The Breaker New Waves (브레이커NW), a sequel to the original, began weekly serialization at Daum's online comics portal from 2010 onwards and is the direct continuation of Part I. The manhwa is licensed in France by Booken Manga, and the first volume was released in February 2011. In Italy, it is licensed by Star Comics, and released the first volume in June 2011. In Russia, it is licensed by Alt Graph, and released the first volume in September 2011.
The story centers on Shi-Woon Yi, a student of Nine Dragons High School whose fate is sealed when he meets Chun-Woo Han, an infamous martial artist from the secret world of Murim who later becomes his teacher.
Part I: The BreakerEdit
|Part I: The Breaker|
|Release Date||August 31, 2007|
|Genre(s)|| Action, Comedy|
Drama, Martial Arts
Romance, School Life
Shi-Woon Yi is a first-year student at Nine Dragons High School who is constantly bullied by Chang-Ho, and has reached his breaking point until he meets the new teacher Chun-Woo Han, a member of the secret martial arts world of Murim. At first, Chun-Woo sees Shi-Woon as an annoyance for constantly trying to get him to teach him martial arts. However, after a number of incidents where Shi-Woon shows his resolve, including jumping off of a bridge and running enough laps that for his weak body caused him a heart attack, Chun-Woo accepts Shi-Woon under his teachings. Another member of the Murim and acquaintance of Chun-Woo called Shi-Ho Lee becomes employed at the school as a nurse. She sees Shi-Woon's training and informs him that due to his body's weak constitution and a problem with his blood vessels he cannot learn martial arts, but that there is a way to overcome this: by consuming the Illwallsidan (One Moon Divine Dan). This pill results in his body ingesting a huge amount of Ki, that of a large number of high level Murim combined, and without proper training his body would be overcome due to not being a strong-enough container for this power and he would die. Chun-Woo teaches Shi-Woon the Hyun-Chun-Ji-Gong (Black Heaven and Earth Technique), a technique revered in the Murim world as the ultimate energy distribution technique, the same technique that Chun-Woo's master Un-Wol was killed protecting. Chun-Woo is seeking revenge for his master through the Black Forest Defence Group, which seeks to blend the Murim society with normal society and cause a conflict between the two worlds.
During his training Shi-Woon unwittingly joins Alex, a top-class porter and also the new school janitor, and gets involved in a mission to rescue the leader of the now-splintered but still very powerful Sun-Woo Clan, Jang So-Sul. So-Sul has the appearance of a young child even though she is fifteen years old due to her having an incredibly rare condition known as the Nine Yin Body Type, preventing her from performing any strenuous activity, including even talking, for a prolonged time. She grows attached to and develops feelings for Shi-Woon during her stay at Shi-Ho's apartment after witnessing how selfless he is, and that he, unlike many others who have died around her, would not suffer the same fate leaving her alone again. At the same time Shi-Woon also has his first encounter with So-Chun Hyuk, the young head of The Heavenly Way School and highly famous Murim-in said to be a genius amongst geniuses. He intercedes and prevents Shi-Woon from landing with a potentially fatal punch to Chang-Ho after he and his gang tried assaulting Sae-Hee. During their confrontation, So-Chun is amazed at the sheer willpower and spirit that Shi-Woon shows after being beaten mercilessly to the point where he cannot understand how he is still standing. Shortly after Chun-Woo appears and they part ways. After a small break at the beach, Chun-Woo's location becomes known and he, Shi-Ho and So-Sul have to take their leave with Chun-Woo saying that he and Shi-Woon will meet again. The next day, Shi-Woon attends school and after confronting Chang-Ho goes to class. It is at this times that the Martial Arts Alliance Chief and a number of his subordinates appear to search for clues on the Nine Arts Dragon. They find that he has been associating with a boy and call him on his phone, Shi-Woon picks up and while talking is attacked from behind by Chang-ho carrying a bat. Chang-Ho threatens anyone who tries to interfere and when bringing down the bat to hit Sae-Hee who tried to protect Shi-Woon, is knocked unconscious by a punch thrown by Shi-Woon. Immediately after, two Murim attempt to apprehend Shi-Woon but he escapes. So-Chun also arrives and finds the actions of the Alliance Chief suspicious and so calls for a meetings of all the Munjus (Alliance Heads). Meanwhile, Chun-Woo and Shi-Ho are at a shipyard talking and they both confess their feelings for each other. This is short-lived, however, as Alex and two other members of the Black Forest Defence inform Chun-Woo that Shi-Woon is being chased by the whole Martial Arts Alliance and that he has yet to be caught. Chun-Woo, recalling his own past and how his master died, decides to go to the Alliance HQ and rescue Shi-Woon. Shi-Ho, saying she loves him, tells him that she will accompany him. Shi-Woon gets caught when he faces Kang-Sung, a master thought to rival the Nine Arts Dragon himself, but he does not remain captured for long as he covertly escapes when two Murim-ins help him escape by pretending to be escorts. The ruse is quickly found out and the Alliance comes in hot pursuit but are unable to catch Shi-Woon due to his rescuer's use of tactics. Chun-Woo at this time has already knocked Shi-Ho out and handed her over to her ex-boyfriend Hyun Won-Jae, as he believes it to be too dangerous for where he is going. He arrives at the HQ and proceeds to face a furious Iron Fist Munju (Head of the Iron Fist School) who, despite being able to flip over a car with ease, proved to be little match for Chun-Woo; some Murim that witnessed the fight claimed that Chun-Woo was merely toying with him before he killed him. Shi-Woon overhears on the radio that the Alliance claim that he has been captured. Realising that this is a ploy to lure in the Nine Arts Dragon, he sets off to the KOA Tower to meet up with his teacher.
Meanwhile, Chun-Woo, driving to the KOA Tower, encounters three Munjus but before there is a conclusion, Shi-Ho arrives and he leaves with her. Upon arriving there, there is a large crowd awaiting the arrival of the Nine Arts Dragon, many of which were at the last Shinmujengpe (Matial Arts Championship) and where inspired by him. He, along with Shi-Ho, enter even knowing that it is a trap. His elevator ride to the top floor is cut short and he enters a room full of top level Alliance fighters. Shi-Woon arrives at the KOA Tower and asks the doorman, Gyu-Bum Yi, a member of the Four Supernovas, to let him in but he is denied. He proceeds to use the Soul-Crushing Strike on the entrance and is recognized as the Nine Arts Dragon's apprentice. He has a fight with Gyu-Bum and although clearly outmatched lands a blow that damages him. This angers Gyu-Bum and he uses his Lightning Fist but before it comes into contact with Shi-Woon, Mun-Gi Ma appears to save Shi-Woon. He reveals that it was his men who pretended to be the escorts as he wishes to repay the debt that he owes Shi-Woon for persuading Chun-Woo to spare him and his men's lives. During the conversation between the two Supernovas, it is found out that Gyu-Bum was an avid follower of the Nine Arts Dragon, but after his disappearance, his school was targeted as a symbol of hate for the Alliance and was destroyed. Another revelation is that Gyu-Bum is a retainer of Sun-Woo Clan and was unaware that she had been freed from the custody of the Torrent Clan. Knowing this, he aids Shi-Woon and using his access card helps Chun-Woo and Shi-Woon escape from the numerous remaining Murim-in. After a short break, they are forced out to the top of the building where the Alliance Chief and all of the Munjus are.
Chun-Woo proceeds to fight with the Alliance Chief but is outmatched due to his exhaustion from fighting and defeating many of the top Alliance Murim-ins on a previous floor. Shi-Ho comes up with the plan to help him by transferring Ki from Shi-Woon to Chun-Woo to give him a fighting chance. She succeeds and just before Chun-Woo can mount a counter-attack, he is shot from behind in the torso and Shi-Ho is shot twice by a member of the Song-Hak Dojo, Hyuntae, whose elder brother died fighting against Chun-Woo. Distraught, Chun-Woo asks for medics but the Alliance Chief intercedes, saying their match is still ongoing and will only allow medical attention to Shi-Ho if he hands over the Black Heaven and Earth Technique. Chun-Woo agrees but immediately after So-Sul arrives with Alex in a helicopter along with Dimitri and Takeshi, two other members of the Black Forest Defence who cover for Chun-Woo and Shi-Ho. However, just before they reach the helicopter, the Alliance Chief catches up and sends Chun-Woo flying. He then steps on Shi-Ho, revealing that he was a fellow pupil of Un-Wol (Chun-Woo's master), and that they trained under the same mentor. Looking down, the Chief sees a large amount of blood under Shi-Ho and is shocked at how her condition has worsened. It is shown that during the clash when the Chief caught up, she was shot once more by a sniper (Jung Lae Won) under the orders of the leader of the Black Forest Defence Group. His wish is to see the Nine Arts Dragon transform into a being that will spread terror throughout the Murim known as the Demon King. Chun-Woo smashes the face of the Chief with his arm that had been placed in a cast, sending him flying. He then exchanges his final words and a kiss with Shi-Ho before she dies. This event causes him to go on a rampage using the Black Origin Threshold, a state originating from the Black Heaven and Earth technique which is the highest known level to have been achieved in Martial Arts, this form making the user lose all reason and attack friends and foes alike. He overpowers all those around his with ease, even nearly landing a fatal punch to Shi-Woon's head before he was saved by So-Chun, but is finally pushed back when Kang-Sung arrives and prepares to die along with him to prevent any more destruction. Fortunately, Shi-Woon is able to pull Chun-Woo from his rampage, but afterwards is held hostage by the Alliance Chief. Chun-Woo, rather than sacrificing himself and leaving Shi-Woon with the same guilt he felt, expels Shi-Woon as his disciple and destroys his Ki-center, leaving Shi-Woon without the ability to use martial arts.
Shi-Woon later wakes up in a hospital and learns that after he became unconscious, Chun-Woo disappeared with the other Black Forest Defence members and So-Sul, having only left behind a cell phone with video tutorials on his techniques for Shi-Woon. A few weeks later, Shi-Woon is at school and adjusting back to life before he met Chun-Woo and the others. News has spread of his beating of Chang-Ho and he was being challenged by others for the top spot. On his way through the school exit, he is greeted by a large number of men in black suits led by Gyu-Bum who tells him that he has become the new Head of the Sun-Woo Clan, as he is now in possession of the Phoenix Medallion and that a new Murim world awaits him.
Part II: The Breaker New WavesEdit
|Part II: The Breaker New Waves|
|Release Date||October 21, 2010|
|Volumes||8 (Next: Volume 9)|
|Chapters||139 (Next: Chapter 140)|
|Genre(s)|| Action, Comedy|
Drama, Martial Arts
Romance, School Life
No longer a member of the martial arts world of Murim, Shi-Woon Yi is supposed to return to his normal life. However, he was given a medallion from So-Sul that names him as the new leader of the Sun-Woo clan. The Sun-Woo Clan elders send Jin-Ie Kwon as bodyguard for Shi-Woon, and to make him accept the position of head of the clan so they can make him their puppet. Shi-Woon is confronted by several individuals with grudges against his master. Despite having a shattered Ki-Center, Shi-Woon chooses to fight in order to protect the reputation of his master. The Sun-Woo clan, realizing that Shi-Woon will not be a willing puppet for them, orders Jin-Ie to kill him, but she spares his life. Not wanting to cause trouble for Jin-Ie, Shi-Woon goes into hiding, hoping the Sun-Woo clan will believe he is dead. Shi-Woon encounters difficulties, however, when he starts getting regularly attacked on the street by the S.U.C. (Soldiers Under Command), an organization of individuals claiming to be "disciples" of the Nine Arts Dragon. They claim that in order to fullfil Chun-Woo's will, they must eliminate his "first student", Shi-Woon. Believing that they are going against his master's beliefs and teachings, Shi-Woon tries to fight them but struggles. He encounters Seung-Jae Bae who gives him a special medicine that, when consumed, allows Shi-Woon's body to produce Ki for a limited period of time despite his shattered Ki center. With it, Shi-Woon is able to utilize his old techniques and defeat several of his attackers along with Chang-Ho, Shi-Woon confronts with 2 of the 5 leaders of the S.U.C. Yong-Hyun Yan and Ji-Woo Li.
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