SaeArara's Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Manga Review

Katekyo Hitman Reborn!

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

Most of manga mafia stories are about the Japanese mafia: the yakuza. But this manga chose the mighty and fearful Italian mafia as its maintheme and embraced it with humor and magic only Japanese people know.
Sawada Tsunayoshi is the perfect loser but being the only possible heir to the mighty Vonghola family he has to learn many things and his spartan tutor, the baby Reborn doesn't give him too easy options. As the story goes on Tsuna gets a little family around him, close friends he never had before and when the first enemy came he has a reason to fight. But he has a very long road before him, especially since he doesn't want to be a mafia boss. But when he fights he puts his heart into it, so do his comrades.
His family members are:
Gokudera Hayato- a very short-tempered, intelligent, smokeaddict bomber who has deep scars. Gokudera is the child of the mafia and he loves Tsuna above everything. He is Tsuna's self-proclaimed right-hand man.
Yamamoto Takeshi is a baseball player. Very friendly and a bit dumb. He belives or acts like he belives that all the mafia things are a game Tsuna and the others are playing. However he is one of the strongest in Tsuna's family. He is a swordsman.
Sasagawa Ryohei - he is a very enthusiastic boxer. He is the brother of Tsuna's love Kyoko. He is really dumb which causes a lot of argument with Gokudera who has no patiance for dumbness.
Hibari Kyouya - well, he is hard to describe. Hibari is the chairman of the Disciplinary Comittee in the school and he takjes his role more than seriously. His fragile, japanese doll like looks are the opposites of his personality. He hates crowds and he is merciless and cruel. Hibari is very bloodthirsty, and very dangerous and feral. Nothing can stop him. Even though he belongs to Tsuna's family he always goes on his own way.
Lambo - Lambo is a little child in cowdress from the Bovino family. He is noisy and annoying. But he has a very interesting bazooka which will cause many problems in the story.

Spoiler (show)

Rokudo Mukuro - he is the living nightmare, the monster under your bed. He's seen the hell and came back from it to turn every mafiosos life into it. He hates the mafia because of his childhood. He is Tsuna's first enemy who ends up in one team with the boy however he never gave up his original goals.

The KHR is one of the most popular manga of the last few years which made its way into the japanese top 10 yearly sales for over 6 years now.
The mangaka had to find a new theme since pirates, deathgods, ninjas, samurais were engaged. And she find a theme which is interesting and exciting enough.
This manga is very good even though the first seven volumes are mostly humurous and funny but with the first enemy, Mukuro it becomes serious and bloody. I like it very much. I hope the mangaka won't mess it up.

Rating: 9


The manga's art is very beautiful. Well, this is something you have to expect from a woman mangaka I think. The boys are very handsome and the girsl are cute. I like that she used the colours of the rainbow which makes it colourful without using too flashy clothes or haircolors.
The clotheing and the environment suits the manga perfectly.

It's a pity that the anime art is a simplified variation of the manga.

Rating: 10


I really like the opening and endingsongs but what I like the most are the seiyuus: especially the soundactors of Xanxus, Squalo and Mukuro. Every voice suits the character as far as I've seen and this makes me very happy. Because most of the time I watch anime to hear the characters speak and see them move.

Rating: 10


I think KHR is a very enjoyable and interesting manga with loads of fanservice. I can suggest it to everyone for watching.

Rating: 10

Final Verdict

9.67 (excellent)

Reviewed by SaeArara, Oct 04, 2009


  1. nikko3 Oct 04, 2009

    Spoiler beware!

    Excellent. A very good review. Outstanding. Simple and easy to understand. I love the way you put in each category. Especially the brief description of each and every member of Tsuna's family (I love Mukuro's part VERY MUCH! and you did very good about Hibari details). I like the way you present everyone, very orderly & simplified (indeed).

    In terms of graphic, I think you should emphasis more on those stylish clothes.. Just look at them.. Especially, Gokudera Hayato (before the future arc). He is one male icon. And not to mention, the 10 years later version of them are simply too beautiful, charming and exquisitely handsome! XD

    They did a great choice in selecting the opening and ending songs. I like all of them. Nonetheless, seiyuu are the most important factor when I choose to watch the anime. I could not agree more than you about this. They really make me happy as well. *points at Haru Haru Dangerous Interview* Haha.. XD

    There are some spelling mistake other than that, you've done a great job in this review! niko. :)

  2. nakakainis Oct 05, 2009


  3. rukasu04 Mute Member Oct 05, 2009

    Good review :D

  4. yuyuppi Oct 07, 2009

    the guys seem excellent too

  5. itakomalo Oct 08, 2009

    ahm.. excellent? LOL!

    I also think it's a too generic shonen full of useless fansercive (for fujoshis of course), a lot of cliches & it seems to care more for cool bursts of energy and mindless action than a coherent and entertaining story.

    This is for an 8, not 9 nor 10

  6. angelbell00 Restricted Member Oct 11, 2009


  7. holyPaladin Oct 11, 2009

    Just recently read this and it's interesting =p

  8. salmaGX Oct 11, 2009

    for me it's the best anime and my best ch is reborn ^_^

  9. angelbell00 Restricted Member Oct 12, 2009

    I love Katekyo Hitman Reborn! and nice review

  10. syaorannarak Oct 12, 2009

    I love Mukuro-Sama~~~

  11. SaeArara Oct 12, 2009

    Thank you for everybody who commented my review. :)

  12. vangjlee Oct 14, 2009


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  14. rukasu04 Mute Member Oct 18, 2009

    Nice review 8d

  15. Warpten29 Oct 18, 2009

    this i s a good anime review!

    merged: 10-18-2009 ~ 11:34pm
    Good review!

  16. planet-punk Nov 01, 2009

    I have to say, a really good review! It's structured and you used a great writing styl with a variety of words.
    The presentation of the characters is a very good idea, so readers who don't know the series can get a first view of them!
    I totally agree with you on your opinion on the seiyuu! They're all so gread an fit totally to their characters.
    An excellent review for an excellent anime!

  17. animalandia Nov 12, 2009

    tengo entendido que tambien salio el anime, voy a conseguirlo, gracias por la rese

  18. phanpymanaphy Nov 20, 2009

    A review well done :D You make all Katekyo Hitman Reborn! fans proud~~

  19. SaeArara Nov 21, 2009

    thanks : )

  20. sleeping123 Dec 21, 2009

    Nice review! But...well...I have to add something for the sections of Story and Graphics. These two parts are not that good at the begining. The quality of the story and the graphics becomes better and better, especially for the graphics, there is a significant difference! The story is amazing, but also the mangaka, Amano Akira!

  21. SchRita Dec 22, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

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  23. Sanisa Feb 24, 2010

    Thanks for the review! Nice ^__^

  24. petine Apr 23, 2010

    Thanks ^O^

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