Synonyms: Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn!, Home Tutor Hitman Reborn!
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2006 to Sep 25, 2010
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 8.511 (scored by 56424 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagsaction comedy school shounen
Nov 12, 2008
The only thing that prevented me from giving a 10/10 was that the story took waaaaaaay too long to start! Sure, the first 20 episodes were amusing and had me cracked up, but there was no real storyline to it. The anime was also inferior to the manga in my opinion, as they had more fillers and also took out the guns and knives (and Tsuna's reactions to them) that would have made the whole thing even more hilarious. However after that the real action starts, which had me hooked all the way! The storyline is extremely unique, and Tsuna's irritating underwear transformation thing became less frequent, and finally disappeared altogether :D It is also way different from most shonen anime, which usually only consists of blind fighting and no development at all. In all, an amazing storyline! (After the first 20 episodes, that is, but don't skip till there, have a look at the characters!) :DD
I would give it an 8/10, as the characters in my opinion were not very well drawn. The characters usually look fine, however weird if shown from different angles. However the animation was okay, the fighting scenes were well animated, and I especially enjoyed looking at Tsuna's weird faces whenever Reborn is up to his antics again x)
In my opinion the OPs were the BEST! Drawing days (First OP) had me addicted the first time I listened to it. Except for OP3 (Jumping Days I think), I just didn't like it at all D: The voices for the characters in my opinion were well matched and I just loooooooove them, but Tsuna's voice is still a little weird to me (Too high I guess). The BGM, however, was AMAZING. It totally brings out the mood in whatever is happening and will have you paying attention to it in spite of the action going on! Each character's theme was also awesome, especially Hibari and Gokudera's theme.
In all, the characters were what makes Reborn a kickass anime! :DDDD It is amazing how some characters who only appeared for comic reliefs could get so serious and awesome whenever they needed to! The way the characters have matured is the main factor that kept me hooked onto the series. The transitioning is so subtle, you wouldn't even notice how much they've grown until you think back and remember how they used to be (Remember whiny old Tsuna?) The different personalities that match each of the characters and the way they follow such an unlikely boss is truly cool! :DDDD
I enjoyed Reborn as a whole, except for the first 20 episodes (It's TWENTY hello) but the storyline and arcs later on made up for it, and also the character's ridiculous antics which really give the series a light feeling, yet serious when needed.
Overall, if you're looking for a new anime to watch, try Hitman Reborn! It may seem boring at first, but persevere on! Until the main story starts, there is a good chance that you'll be hooked too :D And the storyline is amazingly unique, I've never seen any anime like it before xD
May 20, 2009
Feedback, criticism, and helpful tips would be nice, but it is not necessary.
Katekyo Hitman Reborn is an outstandingly well made anime. I definitely recommend that you watch it if comedy and action applies to your genre of choice.
At first glance, Katekyo Hitman Reborn may seem boring. The major flaw of the anime is that it absolutely misleads you, and it completely deceives you into either a) dropping the anime or b) thinking the anime is lame, when it isn't!
The first 20 episodes may mislead you to drop the anime, just like it misled me, because of its fillerlike episodes. You will most likely tell yourself "Wow, this is really lame. What's the point of all this?" That's what I thought, but I gave it a chance. (And I'm SO glad I did. Katekyo Hitman Reborn is now my absolute favorite anime.)
The beginning is kind of slow and different from the rest of the later episodes, because apparently KHR was initially meant to be a gag anime - it was supposed to be something funny and comedic. The anime took a different turn as you progress to episode 20 into something more serious.
The first 20 episodes is merely a /long/ introduction to the anime. It's worth watching though, because you get to be familiar with all the characters. They are all likeable! If you decide to watch Katekyo Hitman Reborn (and I hope you will!) you should decide whether you like it or not, after 25 episodes or so. It's only fair, right? All animes have their flaws; and it's flaw, in my opinion is that they don't give it a decent start. If you do not have the patience for that, then this anime may not be for you.
Katekyo Hitman Reborn deals with the mafia. Tsuna, the *main* character, is in the next line to be the 10th boss for the Vongola Family~ (one of the many families in the mafia.) Reborn, a hitman, and also a baby (hehe), travels from Italy to Japan to tutor Tsuna to become a worthy boss for the Vongola Family.
From then on, Tsuna's adventures and what he experiences are endless-- but they're all interesting. Over the course of the anime, Tsuna grows and matures, and becomes really strong; fighting his enemies and getting stronger each fight he experiences. The fights he encounters are well made, and they WILL keep you at the edge of your seat. Tsuna isn't the only one fighting, though-- he also has a "family"-- his comrades, if you will, and the battles they encounter are endless.
The art is well made; I don't think there is much to complain about it.
It isn't outstandingly good, nor is it horribly bad to a point where you have to shield your eyes. The characters are wonderfully drawn and are all unique in their own ways. The art progressively gets better as you further get into the anime.
The sound is absolutely AMAZING. It deserves an 11/10, as opposed to a 10/10.
I loved all of the openings, and endings-- I never once had to skip it; and that's kind of rare, considering the fact that I'm absolutely picky with my music.
The soundtrack is amazing as well, there is a couple of them for EACH character (well, the main characters, anyways.)
They have a soundtrack for every different scene in the anime, and it is absolutely positively pleasing to the ears. Everything about it is EPIC!
The characters are very well portrayed; you can't help but love all of them (well most of them anyways.) They change greatly over the course of the anime and it's worthwhile to watch them grow up.
I love Katekyo Hitman Reborn! I love everything about it; it makes me laugh until I fall off my seat and look like a loser, it makes me sad as they go through their hard times, it makes me happy as they overcome their obstacles-- and so on.
I can ramble on forever about how much I love the anime, but I'm going to end now, before I end up typing a ten page paper.
Katekyo Hitman Reborn is an AMAZING anime as I mentioned a billion times (well not really, but let's pretend.) I highly suggest that you go off and watch it right now, but I can't tell you what to do. It's ultimately up to you.
Everything about it is amazing- it's storyline, (although it may seem boring at first) it's art, it's sound, it's characters-- it's everything! read more
Jan 2, 2008
After the second episode and a bit of my own research for random other information and media of the series, I fell in love. I also was VERY addicted. I became current with the series in four days; I even endured a rough night and watched 20episodes in one sitting. Anyways, arhem. Let me go into further detail of how my fanaticism for this series began.
Okay, well, I actually thought the first few episodes were rather ridiculous, still. I kept on watching them, though. I mean, who can turn down a Mafia-based anime, anyway? Episodes, nevertheless, turned out to be so incredibly ridiculous that I just had to watch more and more because of the hilarity and comedy I found within the first twenty episodes. To my surprise, I really could not give up on any of the “Filler” episodes or beginning episodes because I was already hooked on the craziness of the series. And although the beginning got way too episodic and “lame” (e.g. like Bleach, D. Gray-Man, and Naruto), I did not give up hope for the series to improve and for the story to develop. The beginning helped create a very fine atmosphere and background for the lifestyles of the protagonists. Once the plot began to reach its first “arc,” or main story, I was amazed by the sudden turn of events. It was a very pleasant surprise to find the main characters undertaking actions to carrying out a rather “dangerous task.” After the arc finishes, there are a couple “Filler” episodes but, they do not entirely intend to act as such because they do develop towards the next arc. The second arc is full of great action and thrill. As of right now, it is still underway. And, as I write this review, I am very anxious to watch more!
EDIT: Wanted to revise this a bit... since I've watched 42more episodes... my impressions of the anime have slightly changed... I'm still a die-hard fan of the series, I have to say... the storyline has indeed slowed down after the second arc, and well... Filler episodes became a bit more trivial and useless... Regardless, it's been on track again to a third arc for the last few episodes. And yet the annoying thing is that, as some people have said, there's always a flashback to what's happened so far... Like from in Bleach. And so, the plot has slowed down tremendously... The characters are still very original and entertaining to observe in developments, though... All other aspects are still very true, though. :P So be sure to keep with this series for it's uniqueness in many other aspects and well general theme. :P
Another reason why I love this series is obviously because of the character development and portrayal. The characters are all just so amazing and cool in their own special ways. Each character possesses a unique and different personality from every other character. From the first impressions of each character, I was rather disgusted. But upon learning more about each character in time, I grew to love each and every character because they each had a special charm or trait that seemed very personal and almost real. I felt very connected to several characters. Furthermore, the character development was not slow at all. Okay, there were a couple cases where the character flash-backs got a bit tedious to watch, but there were sufficient amounts of information to obtain in the meanwhile, so I was not too frustrated with them. Then, information given about the characters were developed into the story in a rather formal and thorough manner which I felt was effective for letting me know about each character. As for a few characters, I have felt (and sometimes still feel) a bit irked by them and their funky and somewhat “naturally” irritating personalities. However, as the story has progressed, I want to say that the characters have grown on me. And now, I appreciate the existence of every one of the characters, and hope to watch (and read) more about them all.
What also helped me get more into the anime was the animation. Initially, I found it a bit funky, but I watched more and began to realize it was actually pretty impressive. The graphics have been, for the most part, to my standards at least, above par. Everything was quite thoroughly illustrated and never too flashy, abrupt, and messed up. Action scenes were detailed and well scripted and screened. The art styles were well designed, too. I found that the characters and settings did not lack too many details from the original artwork.
Now as for the music… I loved all the sounds! <3
As in, I have listened to the soundtracks and opening and ending theme songs of the series so many times that I think it may be too excessive. I don’t recall too much insert music, but that does not take away from the series since the other sound effects and background music have suited well for all the situations and scenarios of the anime. Sometimes, the music gets a bit wacky, but those are obviously for the funny situations that are in the anime. For the fight scenes, there is more than reasonable usage for action music. Thrills and suspense are well built into scenarios due to the special styles of background music used. Special other sounds are also very appropriated “placed” throughout the series. From the countless times I’ve listened to each and every theme song used, I still cannot get enough of the fabulousness of each song. I enjoyed the opening theme songs so much that I had to watch them all for every episode that I watched in the last four days. Now, yes as much of a waste of time that might have been, I could not get enough of it. The “shot” selections used during the theme songs were neither that great nor that terrible, but I found that they worked fine. And, as long as the songs are good and the shots used are not that revealing nor weird, I could deal with it.
Altogether, I found that the animation company that produces this series was able to pull through every episode very well. I did not feel like they wasted much of my watching time at all because everything seemed at least 25% relevant to the story if not also sparked my interest in watching more. Really, I felt that the plot has moved at a very steady pace that still stirs anxiety and curiosity because of major cliffhangers. I cannot get enough of this series. This is one amazing manga series that has been adapted into an anime that has lead me to enjoy the story in a very wonderful and exciting way. For a load of laughter, adventure, and action, be sure to give this anime a try. read more
Jun 7, 2008
Hitman Reborn is a pretty unique anime in my opinion. There is one major flaw in the story that prevents me from giving it a full 10. The first 20 episodes or so have no real story arc. While each episode is interesting and helps develop the characters it takes way too long for the story to truly begin. But I will say this. The story arc in this anime is top notch. Once you get to episode 20+ you will be watching the episodes one after another after another. I am anxiously biting my fingernails waiting for the next episodes to be subbed!
Art - 8
The artwork in Hitman Reborn is decent. The lame underwear morph on every episode for a while is what brings the grade down a bit, but Tsuna begins to look awesome about 25 episodes in, when the underwear morph becomes not so common and is replaced by something else. The other characters are also drawn very well.
Sound - 9
The soundtrack for Hitman Reborn is awesome both opening and ending songs. The japanese voices all fit the characters as well. The only reason sound isn't a 10 is because of Tsuna's voice in underwear mode. It gets so annoying during the few long sequences.
Characters - 10
The Characters are all unique, with a wide range of personalities all following an unlikely protagonist. Quite frankly i'm jealous of Tsuna. Hes got the perfect range of friends all with flaws that fit the characters as well as strong loyalty to him. The characters couldn't be more enjoyalble. (Save for Tsuna in underwear mode) (Lets face it Underwear mode sucks >.> Thankfully it practically disappears entirely once the true story arc starts.)
Enjoyment - 8
Unfortunately Hitman Reborn loses 2 points here because of how long it takes to get rolling. It seriously has much too long of an introduction phase. If I were to rewatch Hitman Reborn I would start around episode 15 or so. That way you can get a memory of the characters before the story starts. You wont miss practically anything and you'll be loving Hitman Reborn from the start.
Overall - 9
Overall Hitman Reborn gets a 9. It truly is an awesome anime that will keep you hungering for more once it gets rolling. read more
Jul 29, 2007
Tsuna is trained by Reborn, a very well-known hitman throughout the mafia world, but the catch here is that Tsuna is your everyday klutz who has no good qualities about him, hence his nickname, "No good Tsuna," and also not to mention, he wants nothing to do with the mafia. While he meets many new friends throughout his journey who eventually join ranks with him to become his "mafia family," there are of course people who want to see him dead so they can take his place.
The story, while very unique as you don't see too many mafia-based anime shows out there, definitely had more potential than what the final product has showed us so far. The big reason that I state this is that there is a bunch of episodes, while not fillers, can be seen as stand-alone comedic episodes that don't really have too much of a plot line to them. The episodes that do have a plot, while they are extremely interesting, are unfortunately, go by rather quickly. However, don't let that be the reason to stop you from checking this out.
The artwork of Hitman Reborn isn't all that bad, but isn't anything special or spectacular. Sometimes the animation just seems kind of plain, and many times during a few scenes you'll undoubtedly notice how bland it is, but its bearable.
The sound is also on the same degree as the artwork, nothing special, but not disappointing.
I believe what separates Hitman Reborn and makes it special from other shows is its characters. They creators have done an excellent job in creating fresh, very unique and hilarious characters that will have you laughing at their antics in every episode (especially Lambo, who is just too cute). The biggest, and probably the most surprising thing about the characters is how some of them are literally, baby-sized characters. Reborn himself is no bigger than Tsuna's head and while this fact may make you stray away from this anime, let me advise that it only helps in the comedy department, because the creators were able to use this aspect so creatively well.
If you're looking for a hilarious anime with very unique characters and some interesting fighting, look no further than Hitman Reborn. This anime contains its fair shares of battles, action and romance to go along with the many laughs you'll inevitably have. read more
May 22, 2010
The Story is one of the best I have come across in a while with the plot initially having large amounts of comedy and stupidity but goes on to include much darker themes later on. The anime starts of slowly introducing each character and establishing the bonds between them. It then goes on to have one the best concepts and plot I have come across. The plot was fairly consistent with the action and comedy sequences that keep the audience entertained and with just the right amount suspense, leaving the audience eager for the next episode. There are well thought out powers and weaponry that Tsuna and his guardians use to face challenges and save the day proving that though the mafia may be considered criminal syndicates but the Vongola are different.
The art is excellent and the hero looks extremely cool while defeating villains. The equipment and weapons, pets, clothing and characters are well planned, well drawn and unique. I especially loved the Vongola Coat of Arms and Tsuna drawn in Hyper Dying Will Mode. Unlike most shounen manga, The character's clothing changes which is a fact that I love! Even the irritating underwear scene had him don a different pair each time...Though he does have the tyipcal shounen hero's orange color scheme, a popular trend with shonen manga. (I refer to Naurto and Goku's clothing and Ichigo's hair)
The openings and the endings were quite good. I failed to notice any character specific battle music which is a change from normal anime which has music for each character. Tthe music is subtle and suitable to the situation and does not overwhelm the senses and distract. Tsuna's seiyu does an excellent job and Tsuna's voice in HDWM is slightly more mature than normal.
The characters are well developed and realistic and the hero forms a buffer between egos that may otherwise clash, a valuble leadership skill. Tsuna dislikes vilence but once provoked is a deadly force top be reckoned with. Gokudera with his Zeal, Yamamoto and his calm and laid back nature, Ryohei and his Passionate, Kyoya with his Aflooness, Lambo and his Cowardice and Mukuro and his claim to have a personal agenda is understood and is held together by Tsuna who forms the "glue" that holds his guardians together.
I have enjoyed every episode. Though there were things that annoyed me.
1. Tha actual plot starts after 20 episodes.
2.The lead is irritating for the first 20 episodes with his dying will underwear scenes! I must say it was extremely funny but watching the same sequence for over 20 episodes makes you annoyed at Tsuna! I do not understand the point of it. Tsuna goes on to nbecoming super cool later on.
3. The Recap and Omake sections take up too much of the episodes time not to mention recap episodes!!
Despite this, the story arcs are well connected and the balance between action and comedy well maintained.
I strongly recommend this series to shounen fans!! I give this series a 9/10 and inspite of the drawbacks, it was excellent and entertaining. The plot, characters and art are strong points!
Aug 30, 2013
When I first started watch Katekyo Hitman Reborn, I thought this going to be another generic school-life anime but with a twist of mafia to it. For the first couple episodes it was, but then it takes a big turn to the shonen genre. Katekyo Hitmn Reborn is a good anime to watch, but if you don't have the patience to put up with filler-like episodes, you might not like it. But if you're a big shonen fan, you'll be more than pleased to watch this anime.
Katekyo Hitman Reborn has a very original idea of mafia. It's way of telling the story gets you hyped wanting more, but not for long. The first couple episodes were filled with pretty comical, but boring school-life. Throughout almost half the anime, it gives you boring filler-like episodes and that's the worst part about Katekyo Hitman Reborn. But what it lacks in story, it makes up for it in the tense and serious moments. These moments awesome to watch and will keep you engaged in the series, but only if you have enough patience to sit though filler-like episodes.
The art and animation were good and consistent for the most part. I had no problems with the art style and the animation was mostly really good. I just don't like the freeze frames in battles, but other than that, it's good.
The sound is the best part of Karekyo Hitman Reborn. No matter what situation it is, the sound track always sets the mood right, from it's calm and peaceful moments to it's intense battles. Katekyo Hitman Reborn's soundtrack is one of the best soundtracks that I've ever heard in anime. It's so good it could give you goosebumps everytime it comes on. Try listening to this soundtrack and tell me it isn't good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2JQIvZNDX8
The characters in Katekyo hitman Reborn are cool and likable but they're unoriginal, receive almost no character development at all and some characters are just plain useless *cough* Kyoko. *cough* Haru. For example, Hibari does not deveop throughout the whole anime. The same goes to our main protagonist, Tsuna. Tsuna's opinion about the mafia does not change throughout the whole series and he could be annoying at times, but he's a likable guy and when it's his time to shine, he doesn't disappoint.
My Enjoyment: 7/10
It was really hard to enjoy Katekyo Hitman Reborn at time because the boring filler-like episodes that took up almost half the anime. But when it became serious, it didn't disappoint me at all. The intense battles and great story are what makes Katekyo Hitman Reborn really stand out among all other shonen out there, but only if you can put up with fillers.
Overall, Katekyo Hitman Reborn is worth the watch if have enough patience and no exception if you're a big fan of shonen. Katekyo Hitman Reborn is a good anime and one of my favourite shonens of all time. My name is ohhenry2, and I give Katekyo Hitman Reborn a good 7/10 read more
Oct 1, 2010
Katekyo Hitman Reborn is not a very good anime. It isn't, but it's also not the worst I've ever seen. This anime had potential to be moderately decent, but suffers from most of the same problems that hindered Bleach into a tailspin. I wanted to wait until I reached the future story arc before I wrote my review for this show, as this was apparently the money storyline. Admittedly, I wanted to see just what this was about. Now that I'm about halfway through KHR, I have just what I need to write a proper review for this. I'll break it into the good and bad of Katekyo Hitman Reborn.
THE ACTION: While it's not as bad as Bleach, the fighting is just as obnoxious and probably sillier. Battles used to mean something in action shows, now they have dissolved into the method of following in Dragonball Z's footsteps: forget about subtext and just make your fight as loud as possible. It's bad enough that the skills these characters use look completely ridiculous, even by shonen standards, but they could've been utilized on a level that wasn't brain-numblingly stupid. I'll fix some of the stupidest ones right now.
1. Bianchi's Poison Cooking: Would it have been that hard to just have her vex someone's coffee with arsnic instead of producing plates of food out of thin air and shoving it in someones' face? It's hard for me to take this even remotely serious when you model a fighting style I've seen in Looney Tunes.
2. Get Rid of the Boxes: Really? Amano was so out of ideas, he had to rip a bit from a 13 year-old kid's show that already spawned a generation of Pocket Monster knockoffs? This gimmick was incorporated to increase it's female fanbase, because it's cute when Hibari summons a spiky hedgehog. That's fair game in my book; you need to increase your demographic, fine. But what's infuriating is the fact that every cast member that fights already has an established fighting style. Adding this only makes the fights more overbooked and complicated than they already are. It's such a cheap plug for a card game, I was expecting a starter deck to pop out of my C drive.
3. XanXus' Jet Handguns: Ben 10 is calling, and Heatblast wants his powers back.
THE COMEDY: Comic relief doesn't work when every single character has a satirical shtick. By trying to make every character funny, the jokes don't bounce off anyone, and you just have method actors reading catchphrases.
"TO THE EXTREME!!"
"I'll bite you to death"
"I'm the Tenth's right hand man"
"I have to deliver these noodles"
This is overkill. These jokes are repeated anytime one of these acts are on the screen, and they are long past being fresh. Actually, to call them jokes would be insinuating that they were at some point funny. Without a balanced set of personalities (a catalyst, the butt of the joke, an instigator, and a straight man), humor doesn't work. Since there's no set up or punchline, the characters just scream at each other all day, and it's grating. How many times does Gokudera need to double over in agony after seeing Bianchi? Dr. Shamal wasn't funny back when he was Master Roshi. And Ipin's forehaed bomb is about as amusing as a root canal. The only character that truly makes me laugh is Haru Miura. More on her later.
THE PLOT PACING: The story(s) are slighty better than I would expect, but nothing above moderate. In fact, the plot could be a lot better if everything wasn't so drawn out and uninteresting. I won't harp on the endless amounts of filler (it's become almost a necessary evil in anime today), but rather the parts where things are supposed to be happening, but it prolongs simple development to the point where it grinds to a halt. Not a spoiler, during the Millefiore raid, Gokudera actually wants to STOP THE ATTACK so Yamamoto can talk about the Arcabaleno. Top it off with the fact that everything seems like it's kept a secret from the audience when it's just another new character reveal. Byankuan (I think I butchered that name) is supposed to be the main antagonist, but they have not given me a reason to hate him. It's becoming a pet peeve of mine when bad guys now just sit in chairs and LOOK evil instead of doing villainous deeds. They told me he runs a very powerful Family that can crush the Vongolas in 23 seconds, but has failed to alluminate on that, instead telling me how animals kept in boxes can turn the tide in a battle. On a side note, I think the Black Spell and White Spell guys look too much like Soul Reapers and Arrancars for my taste. It's just another stark reminder as to how little thought gets put into these franchises when four sets of cast members in two different shows dress exactly alike. Pitiful.
TSUNAYOSHI SAWADA: I never thought this would happen, and it took awhile, but Tsuna is actually a pretty acceptable main character. He's no Gon Freeces in Hunter X Hunter, but in today's age of shonen leads being just completely intolerable jackasses and ignorant A-holes, Tsuna is a significant upgrade from Ichigo Kurosaki and Ryoma Echizen in Prince of Tennis. Yes, he's whiny, whimpy, and seemingly "no-good", but the real lighting-in-a-bottle of a character like this is watching them grow up before your eyes. it's what I loved about Gohan, though the saiyan's road is far more memorable and cohesive, Tsuna's metamorphosis into an independent pillar of valor is a something I can take away as a mild success from this. He's incredibly down to earth as well. All he wants is to win the affections of Kyoko, yet his own fantasies about marrying her and impressing her are so low-barred, it's like his brain is actually telling him he can't do it. I find that a little refreshing. To grade him on a letter scale, I'd give him a C average.
THE GIRLS: I always get the impression that shonen authors don't like to write female characters, what with the way they all follow the familiar pattern of being completely bitchy, nagging, hostile shrews like Bulma, and good ladies in shonen like Rukia get shelved and taken out of the show for episodes on end. The female cast of Hitman Reborn has been one of the reasons I made it as far as I have. While this mainly pretains to Kyoko and Haru (Lal Mirch and Chrome aren't presented enough at the point I'm at. Especially poor Chrome, she's the worst treated character in the whole franchise), I really like Tsuna's mother and even Bianchi has moments when she plays the big sister to the others. But man, Haru Miura has become one of my favorite supporting characters ever. Her off-beat wackiness, unpredictable sense of style, and unbridled enthusiasum picks me up everytime I got the urge to drop this show and became the heart and soul of KHR for me. her cheery theme music is like a Phoenix Down being dropped on my head after one of those silly box battles. The only other character to breathe this much life into something that didn't seem that good at first was Hime in Princess Resurrection last year, and that's now one of the best titles I'm currently reading. The ladies in KHR are always a healthy break away from the stupidity of the fighting and hackneyed dialouge, and are the best girls going in shonen for me today.
NOSTALGIA: While the humor fails and a good chunk of potential character development gets lost in the mundane battles, KHR has a certain feel about it that hearkens back to the classic days of shonen action series. The characters, while paper thin for the most part, are seemingly vibrant and full of life, like Yu Yu Hakusho or Power Stone. The setting and envoirnment isn't always dark and gritty like in Naruto or Bleach, and stays lighthearted enough to be a tongue-in-cheek action show, even if it is a little bit long. The intensity of the plot kind of picks up when a villian shows up, even if they lose steam halfway through the arc. If this show had come out in 1998, heck, even 2002, I would've fallen in love with it because it retains a glimmer of the spirit that most shonen titles lack nowadays, and that all I ask from this genre. Not Shippuuden.
IN CLOSING: This was long winded review, and I apologize. I can only hope the readers understand my frustration with thinking out a meticulous review for a show that's almost down the middle, it's not a "bad" 5. This was a mixed bag for me. There's a lot I really hate about this show that I can relate to other shonen title mentioned in this review and probably rant about for another eight paragraphs, and while the bad outweighs the good, it comes down to quality of the good over quantity of the bad, and those elements have kept me watching KHR for over 100+ episodes, and is a testament to doing just enough right to keep me entertained. I can't say the same for Bleach and Naruto, which I'll never finish.
OVERALL SCORE: 5 out of 10
PROS: Solid voice acting, most Hibari scenes, music is catchy
CONS: Cast is way too big, terrible fights, lackluster gags, 5 minute recaps every episode read more
Jul 27, 2009
Story - 9/10
Once the real storyline kicks off, KHR turns into something amazing and unique. At first glance, the mafia based story put together with superhuman babies may seem a disaster but the plot eventually becomes something far from that and everything just seems to fit into place. The only reason why i would not give it a full 10/10 is because (as mentioned before) it takes a long time for the real storyline to kick in, but if you pull through the first 20 episodes, you'll definitely find yourself addicted and watching episode after episode. On top of that, KHR has considerably less fillers than other shounen anime.
Art - 8/10
The anime begins with bad character art, but as it goes on, the way the characters are drawn do get better. The action scenes were well done to begin with IMO, and they also get even better further into the anime :]. I particularly liked the clothing style of some characters *cough* Gokudera *cough*, scenery wasn't bad although i didn't pay much attention to that, but at least houses looked like houses and trees looked like trees. x]
Sound - 9/10
I loved nearly all the OP and ED themes, they fit the anime really well and got me addicted to Cherryblossom and Masami Mitsuoka's voice. The character's voices fit perfectly and were very unique, although Haru's voice tended to be quite annoying at times with her "dangerous desu!" thing.
Characters - 10/10
I loved all the characters by the time they were all introduced, they all have unique personalities and the amount of support and loyalty they give the protagonist is almost heartwarming. Each character has something unique to them which stands out from the rest of the people Tsuna knows, whether it be a saying or a style, there isn't any two characters who are similar really (unless you count fringe characters...)
Enjoyment - 9/10
By the time i reached episode 40 or so, i found myself watching it non stop, struggling to slow down so i don't catch up so fast. It became one of my top favourite anime by that point, i usually don't judge anime before i finish them/catch up, but this one became an exception by miles. Once you reach the real storyline you'll be completely hooked wanting to know what happens next.
Overall - 10/10
Despite it's flaws at the beginning (taking too long to start, fairly bad animation etc), for me, KHR makes up for it all with its awesome storyline and unique characterisation whilst keeping typical shounen elements for it to be categorised in this area. I'd recommend it to anyone who is looking for a long running shounen anime without having to sift through 50+ episodes to reach the real plot. KHR is definitely an addictive anime worth watching, you'll find yourself waiting for the new episodes to be subbed before you know it. :]
Aug 3, 2012
The story revolves around a loser of a middle schooler, Tsuna, who is bad at everything and has little friends. One day, a baby home tutor suddenly shows up at his door and informs him that he is a candidate for the boss of the strongest mafia that exists: The Vongola. That is where the fun begins, as Tsuna begins to learn new moves to commence in battle and forms precious bonds with new friends that eventually end up playing a huge part in his mafia. There are many arcs throughout the series, and as the series progresses, Tsuna and his friends battle stronger and stronger enemies that become allies later on. KHR contains many mysteries that end up unraveling in a way you would never expect; this includes the reason Tsuna’s home tutor is a baby, what happened to the first Vongola mafia boss, and much more to fill your heart’s content.
The storyline was well thought out, with a very unique plot that sets it apart from your average action anime. I was kept guessing the whole time, and found myself thinking about the show first thing when I woke up. The action scenes were amazing as well; the characters always pull out new tricks that you would never expect. In addition, Katekyo Hitman Reborn portrays a fascinating cast of characters that are both original as well as lovable and really start to grow on you as the series progresses. I found myself crying in certain parts seeing how much the characters have grown, which is a rare occurrence for me. Each person has their own little perks that make you love them more. Comedy also plays a huge part in the anime, and there are some hilarious filler episodes that really calm me down after a high tension fight scene. The comedic scenes are really what make KHR such a memorable anime in the end, which is also what makes the fillers much more enjoyable than the ones in Bleach and Naruto.
It was hard to find critiques for the show, as KHR is one of my all-time favorites. I did find the show to lack some seriousness, as deceased characters always come back to life, box animals in arc 3 seem very childish etc. This would probably help the show target a wider range of audiences if improved, typically those 16 and older. The first 20 episodes also lack plot, but keep persevering as the show has some pleasant surprises in store later in the story. All in all, KHR is definitely an anime you should try out if you’re into a good action/supernatural/comedy/shounen!
Apr 28, 2013
First off, I felt like the plot of Reborn was, for the most part, poorly adapted. While I feel like the decision to move some of the Daily Life arc's more inconsequential portions around to act as fillers later on in between the Kokuyo and Varia arcs (as well as during the Varia arc) was an excellent idea, many of the adaptations of the plots in those chapters was, well, poor. Some jokes were stretched out and turned into something dumber (like the whole Stickypaper Theory thing), or removed entirely because the folks handling the adaptation felt they would be too risque for the audience they were targeting. One of my favorite chapters from the DL arc was one where Kyoko and Tsuna play Russian Roulette. Morbid, I know, but it was hilarious. When the anime got to the serious bits, it watered them down heavily to stretch them out. I know this is a standard practice for long-running mega-hit shounen manga adaptations, but, for example, there's no way those latter bits of the Varia arc should feel so slow. Especially when the adaptation of the Kokuyo arc was, for the most part, fantastic. The pacing is fantastic; I never felt like it was dragging it's feet. Also, I don't think the audience needs a several-minute-long recap at the beginning of each episode. The worst practice was putting the tail-end of the episode AFTER the ED in some episodes, which I think is just plain dickish. The only thing I felt the anime improved upon was animating the chapter where a particularly plot-important character first appears much later than it occurs in the manga. I actually had no idea he had appeared about 124 chapters earlier when Amano reintroduced him.
Moving on to toning down the darker bits, that move was fairly irritating. The fights lacked a lot of the intensity they had in the manga due to the decision to stop having characters bleed after the Kokuyo arc. In addition, Artland's decision to make all the weapons look unrealistic was fairly stupid, but I can tolerate it for the most part. I can buy having Leone turning into a pistol or a rifle for Reborn to shoot, but the whole "Dying Will energy leaving the bullets and flying into Tsuna" thing was idiotic. Why didn't they just remove bullets leaving the guns and replace it with the energy beams. And while I can tolerate replacing missing teeth with pocketwatches (it makes sense in context; I'd rather not spoil anything) it removes a lot of tension from those scenes.
Most importantly, they removed Yamamoto's introduction. While I won't spoil anything, it's probably the most moving character introduction in the DL arc, and Artland cut it out entirely because they felt it was too dark. Now, Yamamoto just looks like a moron.
Moving on to other character alterations, Tsuna's quite a bit less of a jerk early on than he was in the anime, and is mother is much less mean to Tsuna. Considering Tsuna's behavior ealry on, her attitude makes since, and it later softens as Tsuna (despite what Akira Amano may say in the manga's God-forsaken non-ending) grows as a person. In the anime, this is removed entirely, as well.
The art actually looks pretty damn good; and, in the DL arc, it's a great improvement. The animation, however, is not. It's very jerky and still. Amano's artwork in the manga is far, far more animated than the anime itself is. Many of the actions scenes look absolutely sluggish compared to the manga. Artland could've attempted to fake movement by making the artwork more dynamic (which is what many studios do when they don't have the budget to animate stuff beautifully) but they couldn't even be bothered to do that.
I'm a bit baffled on what to say for the soundtrack for the show. I should note that I'm not referring to the OPs or EDs, as I generally skip those. There were about two fantastic tracks, Standing Friends and Tsuna Awakens. However, the anime greatly overuses them to the point where they lose almost all meaning. The other tracks are fairly meh.
In the end, I can't recommend this anime. I hate that I wasted so much of my time waiting for the anime to start adapting the manga right, and it never did. Read the manga instead; it's far superior.
Nov 12, 2011
The story is unremarkable: weakling meets up with powerful mentor and grows physically and emotionally. Top this overused formula off with bland, one-trick characters and episodes that mainly consist of cute animals flinging themselves at each other and the main character's ever-present plea to "protect everyone", and you have a recipe for banality. I have absolutely no idea why this series is rated "PG 13": it is clearly intended for a much younger demographic. Only a child could sit through all 203 episodes and not be horribly sick of the tired gags, poorly-written dialogue, and tame but exceedingly numerous fight sequences that this series has to offer. That I actually watched every episode baffles me; in retrospect, I have no idea how I did it.
Even more baffling to me is the large fanbase that KHR has garnered: I was introduced to the show myself by the many adolescent female fans who frequently reference it on tumblr. They are actually able to hone in on the admittedly cute male characters, ignoring the many idiotic and unsatisfying aspects of this grossly overrated series. Eyecandy can only hold your focus for so long, right?
All that aside, KHR is tedious in every way possible, from the pedestrian music to the shoddy animation. Unless you are a twelve-year-old girl with a strong liking for long-winded, inconclusive anime arcs and an unnatural craving for all things cute, then stay away: you'll be left with a strong feeling of irritation at the end of the last annoying episode.
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Sep 4, 2010
Nineteen episodes later I was wondering why I was still watching it, the main character was a total let down, Tsuna's wimpy personality really turned me off. I really considered dropping it again, but then the next episode came on, and finally something interesting happens. It was all uphill from there and I /loved/ it.
Story (7/10) - Be warned, if you're looking for an anime with actual mafia fighting and stuff in it, this probably isn't what you want. This anime is more humour/friendship/a tad bit fantastical. There's not much gang/mafia/crimminal related activities going on, and if so it's sort of more light-hearted. You wouldn't take it seriously.
I won't bore you with a summary, there's already one which sufficiently describes the main gist of it without spoiling the anime. Like a lot of animes which have been going on for a while (eg. Bleach, Naruto), the plot is slow-moving. The fight scenes are long and drawn out, and sometimes I find myself skipping ahead only to find I haven't missed that much after all.
The story is so-and-so. There are some arcs I like, and some, well, not so much. Thankfully, unlike Bleach and Naruto, KHR doesn't have as many filler arcs, and on the occasion, there's usually one or two fillers in between arcs before the story dives right into the plotline again. What shocked me the most, however is that the two filler arcs are my favourite out of the whole thing! They were enjoyable and interesting, unlike most fillers and I didn't even know they were fillers until I looked up some episode information. They were /that/ good. Plus, it was interesting seeing the first Vongola family.
Art (8/10) - Is well drawn, the guys are gorgeous (especially Tsuna in Dying Will mode *drool* and Giotto) There's not much I can critique about the art really, I've seen better definitely, but it is good enough to satisfy me. One thing which takes a while to get used to is Reborn however due to the style, but you get used to it.
Sound (7/10) - I didn't really like the voice actor for Tsuna... especially when he started to whine, it really grated on my nerves. But all in all, once I got used to that everything else was fine. The soundtrack is pretty awesome and I love the current opening theme "Listen to the Stereo".
Character (9/10) - KHR has a large, very unique cast. Each character has his/her own back story and I really liked the character development of all the characters, most specifically Tsuna. Wimpy personality aside, he is a very instersting character and he grows and matures a lot as the story progresses. Tsuna may be a wimp, but he has a kind heart and would do anything to protect his friends. It is really interesting to watch how he changes the characters around him change as they interact with him and he doesn't even realise it!
Enjoyment (9/10) - The only two reasons this isn't getting a 10 is because I hate the pace of the show, it's too drawn out and you get bored of it. The episode recaps are annoying as well, they take about five whole minutes to recap what happened previously. That's about a fifth of the episode gone already! Grr
Overall (8/10) - I give it a 'very good'. Definitely worth watching if you enjoy shounen animes and have the time to. At currently 200 episodes, it is a little daunting to start, but once you start getting into it you hardly notice.
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Jul 1, 2013
Story – 8/10
*If not for the two horrible filler arcs this section could have been rated higher*
KHR begins as we see the everyday life of a hopeless middle school boy named Sawada Tsunayoshi (Tsuna for short). Tsuna is called “No-Good Tsuna” by his classmates because he fails at everything: terrible grades, can’t play sports, no friends, and couldn’t even ride a bike without training wheels until the fourth grade. One day, a mysterious baby named Reborn shows up. Reborn claims to be the world’s greatest Hitman and has come to Tsuna in order to train him to become the next leader of the mafia group called the “Vongola.” Tsuna thinks the whole thing sounds extremely dangerous, but as much as he tries to escape his fate as mafia boss, Reborn forces him into it. Reborn has strange bullets called “Dying Will” bullets that cause Tsuna’s clothes to fly off (except his underwear conveniently) and give him incredible strength to accomplish whatever goal he needed to do when Reborn shot him.
With Reborn leading him along, Tsuna slowly begins to become more popular and even starts getting friends like the intelligent delinquent Gokudera Hayato, the baseball obsessed Yamamoto Takeshi, and the little annoying bovine broccoli Lambo. All Tsuna wants to do is not fail at life, get together with his crush Sasagawa Kyoko, and live a normal life, but that doesn’t happen.
Instead, Tsuna, along with the 6 Vongola guardians that Reborn and him eventually assemble, are forced into conflict after conflict. Their bonds grow (well most of them do) over the course of the anime and they gain incredible powers.
That’s enough of a summary without trying to spoil anything, so I’ll give my opinion on the plot now. As someone who’s not really a fan of slapstick comedy, I did have to push myself a bit to get through the Daily Life Arc early on. In a way that is bad and good, they split up the arc into three segments with real plot/action in between. It's nice that it's split up, but at the same time it does take away the from somewhat from the flow of the plots it separates. The Daily Life Arc is mainly just there to introduce characters, have a little development, and then it’s just filler comedy for the most part.
However once that’s over, the story really picks up and become much more interesting.
Art – 8/10
The art style undergoes a big change around 60-70 episodes in due to the fact that the manga did so as well. The main change is just how much better all of the characters look. Still, in the beginning, the art is pretty unimpressive. Like many long-running shows (like Naruto and One Piece), the first few episodes are very lazy when it comes to detail in backgrounds. A lot of fight scenes could have been done better, and even later in the anime, they sometimes choose to focus on side characters talking rather than showing the action. But the action scenes, when fully shown, are awesome with the final few episodes of the show having some of the best animated action scenes I've ever seen. The character designs are where the art really shines as they are not only interesting, but unique among the other characters in the show.
Sound – 9/10
The voice acting in this show is awesome. Tsuna’s VA, Kokubun Yukari, and Sasagawa Ryouhei’s VA, Kiuchi Hidenobu, especially have to go through such huge changes throughout the show and they pull them off perfectly. Tsuna has several different modes and has different voices for each one (and by that I also mean wimpy Tsuna and much less wimpy Tsuna as well). Still there are a few problems. Lambo is almost always annoying (he’s voiced by the same person as Naruto, Takeuchi Junko) and Tsuna starts out sounding very annoying.
The soundtrack is another area where I’m very conflicted. As much as I love the songs used during the serious scenes (especially “Tsuna Awakens” and “Trinisette”), the music used in the beginning and during comedic scenes later on is very basic and really does not add much to the at-times-ridiculous comedy.
Character – 9/10
This show managed to take characters who all seemed fairly boring and comedic and managed to create one of my favorite character casts ever (though I still find Lambo annoying). Sawada Tsunayoshi has one the best developments ever from a wimpy, pathetic, hopeless mess into a less wimpy Vongola Boss with many friends. And really, all Tsuna cares about are protecting his friends no matter what it takes in order to make sure that they are all still together at the end of the day.
As for his guardians (I won’t mention them all due to spoilers) they are also exceptional and development alongside Tsuna. His self-proclaimed right hand man and first friend, Gokudera Hayato uses dynamite to fight. Gokudera came all the way from Italy to meet Tsuna, and is quickly impressed by him. Yamamoto Takeshi takes the whole mafia thing as a joke and becomes friends with Tsuna. Still, when Yamamoto gets serious, he gets really serious (whether it’s about baseball or fighting for his friends). Sasagawa Ryouhei is the loud older brother of Tsuna’s crush (Kyoko). He took up boxing after he promised Kyoko to never get into fights with other guys again. Hibari Kyoya is a strong boy and the leader of the Disciplinary Committee who keeps to himself and loves nothing more than Namimori Middle School. He only respects Reborn and never considers himself part of the group with everyone else.
As for Reborn, there is a lot of mystery surrounding him. He’s a baby with incredible strength, knowledge, and fame as a mafia Hitman. He tutors Tsuna in everything from schoolwork to fighting to making friends. The rest of the supporting cast is excellent as well with Dino, I-Pin, Haru, Bianchi, and everyone else that is drawn to Tsuna and his family.
Enjoyment – 8/10
I was really wavering back and forth between 8 and 9 for this category until the very end. Despite it’s slow start and bad fillers arcs, Katekyo Hitman Reborn is a really interesting and enjoyable anime. It has plenty of great plot twists and there are several characters who seem unimportant at first but end up being necessary later on. If you like similar shounen/action/nakama shows like Fairy Tail, One Piece, and Naruto, then I recommend watching Katekyo Hitman Reborn! The show really got interesting for me around Episode 75 so if you can make it that far, then I think you’ll really enjoy it. read more
Aug 7, 2010
Ok, its pretty well established in the anime community that the first 19 eps or so are garbage.
But they are not garbage because they have no story and a basically filler episodes. They are garbage because some of the characters are so annoying they want to make you pull your eyes out. The cow and egg baby are horrid and the main character, tsuna, his japanese voice acting is more annoying then shinjis dub voice from evangelion. These eps are so bad they make naruto filler eps 136-220 look good! :(
Ok, now thats out the way, to the real review.
Most people are like watch from ep 20 where the first story arc is. However that too is a let down with boring, short and badly constructed fights. Its also just bog standard shonen fare that you have seen a million times before in high school fighting shows. Then after this short arc...more horrible filler.
To be fair, the second arc is ALOT BETTER, and i would recommend just watching as much of the beginning as you can cope with, and then jumping to ep 34.
The fights are alot better, story picks up and becomes a more solid shonen fighting show.
However it still in no way matches the hype. In NO WAY, can this show even come close to Naruto, One Piece, Dragon ball or even Bleach.
The fights so far are no where near as good as the above shows. Storyline wise its ok, better then bleach and dragonball but no match for naruto and especially one piece.
However its lack of emotion, character development and drama seals its fate. Because the start is so bad i feel nothing for any of the characters and the main character kills the show dead. He has to be the worst main character ever.
Even Bleach has better character building and emotion then this and Bleach sucks in that area.
I know there are alot of people who hate the Naruto anime, and thats fine. But if any of those ppl like Reborn then i honestly think they are not using any logic. Naruto CRUSHES Reborn with ease. Narutos fights, story, characters and especially emotional scenes destroy the first 65 eps of Reborn.
And to compare Reborn to the king of the shonen fighting animes, One Piece, is like comparing The Empire Strikes Back with Attack of the Clones.
I know its possible that Reborn goes super after the Varia arc but how many eps can an anime stay mediocre?
Even Bleach got good from ep 15, Naruto was good from ep 1 and went thunderous after ep 19. Naruto Shippuuden is wasting some of the potential the show had but is still fabulous. Dragonball was great from the off, Dragonball z started with one awesome fight and One Pieces first season is still prob the 2nd or 3rd best one piece season with amazing character development.
For reborn to start off with filler is crazy and even the varia arc is not up to par.
Reborn might have been the 5th legendary long running shonen fighting anime, but alas it was not to be.
Apr 26, 2008
The story progresses quite slowly in the beginning 10-15 episodes. The first part of the series shows the relationship between Reborn and the protaganist, Tsuna. And it also gives an idea on the training that Tsuna will go through later in the series. These are mainly repetitive and give us a feeling of lame fillers. However, i must urge you to bear with the first few episodes and continue on. Because later on in the series (when Tsuna and pals begin their training), will the real story begin. The real story includes boss fights and show how bonds later in the arc are formed, and make for me a very interesting watch. Later on will be a few more filler episodes, then towards the next arc - which has yet to complete its airing - but promises to not disappoint.
Many of the characters in the series are 'babies' or kids, so the art tends toward chibi styled characters. For the rest of the characters, the art is quite simple but very likable.
Nothing much to be said in this section, but the first op was nothing to rave about. But the second and third op were much better, and so were the ending songs.
The series follow through the experiences of the main protagonist. And it shows how he grows from a friendless useless boy to one with a 'family' and a will to protect them. Later in the series, the irritating kids i referred to in the beginning prove themselves useful and become likable characters. Tsuna (main character) is developed very well in this series, but i must express my disappointment that other characters are not developed that well yet. Especially Hibari and Yamamoto. However, this may be due to the series not having been completed, and we may see more of their development in the future.
Aside from being slightly annoyed in the beginning of the episode, i feel that the main arcs of the story were very enjoyable. I do not encourage forwarding of episodes, or skipping episodes, but for the bulk of the first few episodes you may choose to do so.
I liked this anime quite a lot. It is not my favorite anime out there, but I most certainly did not regret picking up this series. read more
Jul 28, 2010
Here's a nice little summary of what's happening. We have a pitiful little character named Sawada Tsunayoshi aka. No Good Tsuna. As the nickname implies, he is literally no good at anything. He doesn't excel physically or academically. One day, a home tutor, Reborn, comes knocking at the door and says that Tsuna's the Mafia's Tenth Vongola, and that he will be training Tsuna to become the head of the Vongola Family.
The story then follows Tsuna as he is built up to become the head of the Vongola and makes his own family.
Okay, so the plot is rather original except for one thing. For the first 20 episodes, there is no plot. Nothing. All it is little comedic episodes that introduce the main characters and get you warmed up to the story. I'm amazed that Shounen Jump kept Reborn while the chapters were getting out. For those who like action to be straight off the bat, you will have to wait a while.
However, after the 20 episodes, you get hit in the face with a small little bag of plot. I say a small little bag because to me that is what it literally is. We finally get some good action and real battles about something worthwhile! We even gain some new characters that are potentially helpful further on. But, after the arc finishes, we get a few more episodes of comedic bits. That is, until episode 34 when the plot picks back up. THERE'S that bag of plot that you want.
So, let's give the story a mere 7.
Change the angle a bit and you get some rather odd looking characters. The artwork is not well rounded in cases like such, but it is good. Although not one of the best animations I have seen before, it is sufficient enough for me to give it a 7.
Decent enough. The soundtrack (and by this I mean the background music) is nothing outstanding like some other soundtracks. It most definitely isn't anything that anyone should go crazy about, but the way it is incorporated into the anime makes the soundtrack rather fitting. For example, "Standing Friends," one of the OSTS, fits very well when a battle isn't quite at it's peak yet, but the main characters are already hurt but still wanting to fight. "Tsuna Awakes," is good when Tsuna finally starts to get serious.
As for character voices, some take a bit longer to catch on. For example, Reborn might sound incredibly weird and annoying, but after a while, you get used to it and can't really imagine another person acting as reborn. The voices are fitting, you just have to get used to it. (I can't imagine what this would sound like in English though.)
Openings and Endings are decent as well. I am entitled to say that I do believe that the openings are much better and more fitting to the anime than the endings, though. To elaborate a bit more on what I mean by fitting, the openings and sometimes the endings fit the story where it is. For example, "Drawing Days," the first opening, is rather relaxing and kinda eases you into the spirit of Reborn! The second opening is much more....energetic, which fits the mood of the arc that it portrays.
Each and every character is unique in their own special little way. For example, we have Lambo- a very obnoxious little baby that just happens to carry bombs in that thick bush that he calls hair. We have Tsuna- a scaredy cat no good who cares deeply for his friends and has the potential to do much more than run away and hide. We have Reborn- a sort of not very honest character who is always looking out for Tsuna whether Tsuna likes it or not. We have Hayato- a hot head genius but loyal follower of Tsuna. You get it. Each character brings their own unique personality into the already odd mix of characters in Reborn!
This gets knocked down a bit mainly because of the fact that Reborn! takes so long for it to actually start. I'd have to give it a 7. Still, it is something that is worth watching if you don't mind waiting a bit.
Overall, I give Reborn! an 8. It's a nicely down anime that is overshadowed by some of the more popular shounen animes such as Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece. Whether or not my review was helpful and good or not helpful or bad, I recommend that you give this anime a try. read more
Mar 9, 2013
Katekyo Hitman Reborn! is the adaption of Akira Amano's popular manga series of the same name that ran from 2004 to 2012 for a total of eight years. The anime ended prematurely, and it's unknown whether or not it will continue. However it ended in a good spot as a big arc had been just resolved. So if you're worried about it ending on a cliffhanger, you have nothing to worry about.
Anyway, the story. The story starts out with Tsunayoshi Sawada finding out he is to be the 10th boss of the Vongola Mafia, or as they call mafias in the anime, "families", so the Vongola Family. He is also to be tutored by the Vongola hitman Reborn (Hence the title) so he can become a proper mafia boss. Of course, "Loser Tsuna" doesn't want to be one as he's just a middle school student with no interest in the mafia. The premise doesn't sound too interesting, and really the story never is as serious as it sounds, even during its most serious arc that starts in the 70's. You figure this out right away when you first start the show. Speaking of starting...
One of the main issues people have with the show is the first 20 or so episodes. This follows a Daily Life arc, involving characters doing funny and stupid things. You even have a character training by dodging baseballs being shot out of a tank on school grounds. While this sounds good, people will just want to get on with the plot, instead of just the show being very episodic. Many of these episodes are not to be skipped however as they introduce some characters that become much more important later on, and you miss various developments.
This will be an uphill battle for most, but believe me when I say things get much better after you get past these episodes. Things soon start becoming a little more serious, and you really start getting more and more plot and character development. Not to mention they step up with the animation and soundtrack.
The soundtrack at the beginning of the series doesn't have really any special tracks. They fit the mood well during the daily life arc, but you'll be left wanting more. Fortunately the series during the arcs that come after the first one have far more interesting tracks, and it helps the show become more engaging. The soundtrack will fit each mood perfectly.
The animation and artwork isn't that great either at the beginning, but Artland eventually steps things up more come halfway through the show.
Now back to the story, during its first "serious" arc, the Varia arc, it follows some of the typical stuff you find in shounen (Ex: Tournament style fights, various special moves being revealed, opponents going "Impossible! There's no way this can be!"), but where the show starts to shine is the characters. You learn what they've gone through, what they're willing to sacrifice just for their friends' safety and a tomorrow where they can laugh all they want without a care in the world, among other things. While this sounds like all the various shounen you've probably watched in the past, it ends up doing more than most, especially with the relationships of the characters. I have not seen many shows do what this show has done with the relationships of the main characters, and it actually ends up caring a lot about them. It develops all of them, and continues to do so the entire time. You really get just how real and strong their relationship is, and what they'll do to maintain it.
One big problem I have with the story is the issue of time travel. Come halfway through the show, the show has an arc that uses time travel. It ends up unfortunately greatly testing the established theories of this, and even throws parallel universes in there. For this reason, I cannot justify giving the story a higher score, it just ends up being that messy in this area, and brings down what was already established in the previous episodes. Another reason why I can't justify giving it a higher score, the pacing. While the show past episode 20 has all around good pacing, the arc involving time travel is where the series met the same fate as many other long-running shounens, it caught up to the manga, and as a result they had to do something to allow the manga to get farther. Instead of going for filler episodes, Artland decided to just stretch episodes out far longer, and this results in some of the slowest pacing I've ever seen in a shounen for quite a while.
Speaking of filler, eventually they decide to put in filler episodes, and while this sounds bad, it actually was for the better. The show involves two short filler arcs that were actually written by Akira Amano herself, and something rather surprising about them is they actually ADD to the story and characters, and CANNOT be skipped. They actually are filler episodes that are truly worth watching. Even after the arcs are done, the show continues to reference them.
I can only hope more series try to do what Katekyo Hitman Reborn! did when it comes to the characters, and filler episodes. It manages to succeed where others failed.
This is truly a shounen that manages to stand out from the others. read more
Jan 29, 2013
Gave it an 8, didn't go for a 9 or a 10 because it took a while to start. But after it starts you can get really attached to the characters because of what has happened, and you just don't want the series to end. Watching a Kid that can't really seem to tie his own shoes right turn into a powerful Mafia Boss that can unify his family was great. It's worth the wait.
It isn't the best at first, I thought it was adequate in the beginning though. As the story goes on the art seems to get better.
I wasn't into the opening or the endings, (Except for two of them). But many people do seem to like them, just not my taste. Other than the OP's the sound always manages to fit the scene and add a little something to it, it was simply amazing and might be able to make you cry during something where you wouldn't feel too much of anything at.
I loved most of the characters, most of them grew and mature over time. Two of them went into my Favorite character list.
I didn't like the slice-of-life type episodes too much, but after that was over I started to love the series.
8. It was very good, but I didn't go any higher because of some of the things mentioned earlier.
Feel free to criticize me, since this is my first review and I would like to be able to write better ones. Compliments would still be nice too. read more
Aug 30, 2012
Story: The story is very intriguing and very unique which is why I give it so much credit. The problem with katekyo hitman reborn, or KHR for short, is the execution. Up until the third major arc, there weren't many things that I could complain about. The ending to the third arc is where my problem with this series begins. The whole ending sequence, leading up to the fourth arc but that isn't covered in the anime, is nothing short of a deus ex machina. It really rubbed me the wrong way and while I still harbor lots of love for this series I couldn't forgive it. The plot is clever at some points, although the later plot holes counteract the good parts about it.
Not regarding the story but the show's pacing, there were times when the pacing was rocky, some parts seeming too short and others entirely too long (i.e the first 20 episodes) some arcs being comprised entirely of fillers(more towards halfway through the series and it seems very oddly placed and very easy to identify even without prior knowledge from the manga) and while I know this is because of the anime catching up to the manga it really doesn't excuse it for the bad quality pacing.
Sound: The voice acting was great all around, the voices very distinctive and easy to identify. They all showed their character's quirks very well and I can't really think of a single person who didn't stand out when they were on screen.
Art: The art starts off lackluster, not very good but not very bad, and in some parts absolutely terrible, but the gradual increase of quality is very evident as the show goes on. By the end of the series I thought it to be some of the cleanest art I had seen in a while. The only gripe I have with it is that many of the female characters look way too similar to each other.
Character: This is the category in which KHR shines. The characters are lovable, fun, and more importantly, well done. Even the villains have a certain quality to them that made it impossible for me to hate them. This can also cause a problem because I could never truly feel hatred towards the villains. Despite not getting too much information on a lot of the characters, you still feel like you know them well and hardly any of their actions come as a surprise. There is one major flaw in the characterizations. The way women are portrayed, although not all of them, makes them seem pretty useless. While I didn't have any problem with this at first since I mostly focused on the guys anyway, it became really apparent later on in the series. I know for all intensive purposes that they were never the focus of the story but I would have preferred it if they didn't have the girls around whatsoever instead of having them there as liabilities. Chrome is the prime example, whom somehow manages to get herself in dangerous situations and always has to be saved. For this reason I can't give this category a higher score.
Enjoyment: I really enjoyed this show, having watched it at least three times in a few years time which is almost unheard of from me. It was always fun to watch it back then and it still is, even if I don't take it as seriously as I once did.
KHR is one of those few rare series that can capture your heart despite all of its imperfections. It isn't a show to be taken too seriously, even if it has its serious moments it doesn't feel as threatening and dangerous as shows with a much darker mood, but it doesn't detract anything from the enjoyment. If anything I would say it is a series to be watched for the sheer fun of it and not for the plot. If you're looking for a show with action, comedy, crazy characters, and something that's just all around fun, then this is something you should definitely watch. Otherwise you might not enjoy this much. It's best to watch this anime without thinking too deeply into it or you may find yourself raging a bit at the ending.