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yumeniai's Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Manga Review

Katekyo Hitman Reborn! manga Review

The Reborn! story revolves around a boy named Tsunayoshi "Tsuna" Sawada, who is chosen to become the Vongola Family's boss. Timoteo, a.k.a. "Vongola IX," the current head of the family, sends Reborn, an infant hitman from Italy, to train Tsuna. Tsuna unwillingly undergoes training with Reborn.

Tsuna goes through many predicaments as he progresses, including fighting escaped Mafia convicts, a rival group of Vongola assassins and rival mafia families. Through his experiences, Tsuna becomes stronger and more confident.

Contributed by: shika-ma-ryuu

Story & Playability

The beginning of the story is quite a large dissapointment to people who like a lot of action. It doesn't seem to be any good at all, and at first my friends and I thought it was really stupid, as it was nonsensual humour. But then the Kokuyo arc starts, and people who love action (like me) will instantly fall in love, as not only is it just amazingly touching, but also very suspenseful and still entertaining.
I think Tsuna is one of the most cliche characters; he cares about EVERYBODY. But this is his charm; a fangirl of the series will love his gentleness and his seriousness when trying to rescue his friends! He's probablly the most realistic character in the entire story; the rest seem almost surreal, like Hibari who seems to be some type of psychopath along with Mukuro, or Dino whose change in character around his family and alone is just far too strange. Yamamoto seems too oblivious, and Gokudera too tragic, yet still not thinking much about himself ...
Basically, everyone in Tsuna's family cares for their own, and in Tsuna's case, everybody else too. This, in my opinion, is the best thing about the series; that calming caring that simply radiates from the storyline.
However, after the first arc, the rest seem to follow each other without break; the only thing that the anime does better than the manga is the breaks it offers between the main fighting arcs that make it more watchable and breathable.
Still, I very much enjoyed the series.

Rating: 9

Graphics

Aesthetically speaking, the manga is far better than the anime (as is true in most cases). I love the character designs; they reflect the personality of the people they belong to. Tsuna, being a bit on the dim side, has huge spiky hair and large eyes to emphasise his 'innocence' and caring, as well as kluziness. He isn't stupid, shown by his 'cool' side when he gets shot with the rebuke bullets; he's actually really smart, and this is reflected in his cold eyes when he turns into hyper-dying will Tsuna. Another example could be Gokudera; his hair is based off his childhood hero (Shamel), but still manages to make him look meanancing. The additional bonus of all the important characters being REALLY cute helps too!
THe style used really matches the action/shounen genre; it's simple, easy and quick to draw. The drawing style also changes from the beginning of the manga 'til now; the characters are becoming more mature, and this really reflects the concept of the manga, of growing into roles that may not suit you, but you have to fit into, and of growning up and maturing, teenagers learning to face real life.

Rating: 9

Sound

The voice-actors ... some are really talented in the anime, like Hibari, Mukuro, Gokudera ... but please, the acrobaleno and Tsuna's voices are simply annoying. The same with Kyoko and Haru's voice, and what is with Ipin's high, squeaky voice! It sounds nothing like a child's, like Reborn and the other acrobaleno are supposed to sound like! Tsuna's voice sounds like a middle-aged woman, instead of a teenage boy! Overall, I thought the voices were just dissapointing.
The only saving point of sound is the OP and EDs. Some, like Cycle (by Cherryblossom, i think) are, once again, annoying ... others, like Splay and LM.C's music, is simply amazing, along with One Night Star (by the Arrows) and the song 'Friend' by Idoling. Those were amazing, and were what really got me into the anime after the initial dissapointment with the voice actors.

Rating: 6

Fun

Enjoyability ... I simply loved the plot and the character development that happens as Tsuna discovers just how much he cares for his friends. I think it was overall VERY enjoyable, though once again, the lack of breakes grates on my nerves.
I DISLIKED the humour at the start of the manga, I detested the brainlessness of it! I agree that those were what Tsuna started fighting for and are therefore important; what I don't get is why there has to be over 50 chapters full of little more than nonsense! I would understand 20, or even 30 ... but 50????
The entire concept, I think, is friendship; this is portrayed really well in the manga, especially with Tsuna rushing in to protect Lambo, sacrificing his own ring in the process, and Tsuna shouting that they were fighting for those days when they could watch fireworks in peace ... they made my heart melt and really got that point across.
Another concept, in my opinion, was growing into roles that you didn't want in the first place. Tsuna was actually content with being Dame Tsuna; Reborn changed his life when he came into the picture, (therefore the name Reborn), and made Tsuna into a boss, a protecter; how Tsuna became that person that he is so clearly NOT is what truely facinates me about the series. This, I feel, was also presented well in the series.
It's unlike Naruto, with a boy following his dreams, or Bleach, where the characters wanted to protect everything in the world, and unlike Fullmetal Alchemist where the hero is willing, and strives for a goal; it's in a class of its own, with a unwilling hero that, through time, understands that he possess thing worth protecting and so gives it his all in order to make sure that his 'precious people' remain safe. It's different, and that's why I enjoyed it so much.

Rating: 10

Final Verdict

8.83 (very good)

Reviewed by yumeniai, May 28, 2009

Comments

  1. pappo1 Jun 09, 2009

    great, I like Mafia's stories

  2. Nancygl Jun 18, 2009

    fantastic^^

  3. hewie Jun 29, 2009

    good so goooooooooooooood

  4. Fanatik007 Jul 02, 2009

    At first I found it a little bit boring, but than I like it.Thanks

  5. beryl0402 Jul 04, 2009

    i like the characters thanks for the review!

  6. Fanatik007 Jul 12, 2009

    very good review thanks

  7. Jeddy Jul 12, 2009

    very interesting review .... *_*

  8. lordryo Jul 21, 2009

    I've been watching this I kinda like it so far.

  9. ResonantSoul Jul 22, 2009

    Need to keep reading~

  10. yuyuppi Jul 23, 2009

    good.i'll read it

  11. beryl0402 Jul 25, 2009

    the manga is getting better i think (:

  12. lordryo Jul 28, 2009

    Good review.

    merged: 07-28-2009 ~ 09:29am
    Great review.

  13. Onlyrockman Aug 14, 2009

    I love the Chibi style they use for Hitman lolz

  14. SchRita Aug 23, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

  15. emina07 Mute Member Aug 24, 2009

    LOVE IT! THANKS

    merged: 08-24-2009 ~ 05:40am
    i think i can' totally agree

  16. ShadowNeo Aug 24, 2009

    I Like this Anime, thx for the review
    Hibari LOVEE

  17. rukasu04 Mute Member Aug 26, 2009

    Niice :D

  18. beryl0402 Aug 29, 2009

    thanks for the review!

  19. gwakbob Aug 31, 2009

    I've read. :)

  20. Rodrigo0010 Sep 03, 2009

    thanks a lot really dude

  21. nainoi Sep 11, 2009

    i love rambo. ^ ^

  22. sin-shenlong Sep 17, 2009

    accurate review and yea the anime isnt as hardcore. The manga is rougher has more style and the highlight of reborn is the character designs seiously look at a KHR wallpaper and tell me those guys dont look cool!

  23. Fanatik007 Sep 17, 2009

    good anime review

  24. Sanisa Sep 21, 2009

    Cool review

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