There is no putting it lightly—Tsunayoshi Sawada is just no good. He is clumsy, talentless, and desperately in love with the school idol Kyouko Sasagawa, a girl so completely out of his league. Dubbed "Loser Tsuna" by his classmates, he seems to be the very personification of failure in the guise of a middle-schooler.
Tsuna's boring life takes an extraordinary twist when he encounters the mysterious Reborn, who happens to be a hitman... and shockingly, a baby! Sent from the strongest Mafia family in Italy, Reborn is assigned the daunting mission of preparing the dull middle schooler to succeed the ninth boss of the notorious Vongola family, who is on the brink of retirement. The dull boy has a grueling road ahead, but with the help of his new criminal affiliates and his peculiar home tutor, perhaps even Loser Tsuna can achieve greatness.
#01: "Michishirube" by Keita Tachibana (eps 1-12) #02: "ONE NIGHT STAR" by the ARROWS (eps 13-29) #03: "Echo again" by SPLAY (eps 30-38) #04: "Friend" by Idoling!!! (eps 39-51) #05: "Sakura Addiction" by Takashi Kondo & Toshinobu Iida (eps 52-62) #06: "Friend" by Sasagawa Kyouko vs. Miura Haru (ep 63) #07: "STAND UP!" by Lead (eps 64-76) #08: "AMEato" by w-inds. (eps 77-89) #09: "CYCLE" by CHERRYBLOSSOM (eps 90-101) #10: "Suberidai" / "Slide" by Mori Tsubasa (eps 102-114)
#11: "Sakura Rock" by CHERRYBLOSSOM (eps 115-126) #12: "Smile" by Aya Ueto (eps 127-139) #13: "Aoi Yume" by Mori Tsubasa (eps 140-153) #14: "Yume no Manual" by CHERRYBLOSSOM (eps 154-165) #15: "Gr8 Story" by SuG (ep 166-177) #16: "Famiglia" by D-51 (eps 178-190) #17: "Canvas" by +Plus (eps 191-203)
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!
Reborn is a generic shonen people may tell you it’s more than that but really it isn't the story is pretty interesting for a shonen a mafia story sounds cool right? Sadly we have a terrible protagonist which whines a lot characters like shinji and kamille do this a lot as well but their reasons are justified in their series. As they do have actually mental issues tsuna does not show this yes you can say it’s a fucking shonen but hunter x hunter had a psychologically distraught protagonist as well.
Tsuna is a generic high school teenager which has the hots
for some girl and doesn't have the balls to do anything about it standard shonen cliché’s. The art is fairly mediocre as well the action scenes look alright for a shonen but everything else looks so bland and generic especially the character designs.
The soundtrack is very forgettable as well nothing really stands out except for the openings they are pretty great l think l like all the reborn openings which is really rare the last one is my least favourite though.
The characters god fucking damn it the characters l think l already talked about tsuna enough he is a standard generic shonen protagonist which wants to protect his friends also he dosen't want to become a Mafioso even if it runs in his family's tree his character is just so infuriating the other main characters are fairly forgettable as well only character l really remember fondly was hibari because he didn't give a shit about anything that happened none of the characters get a huge amount of significant development for a 200 and something episode series.
There is also quite a lot of filler in reborn especially in the future arc with the girls cooking food and going on strike and it all feels quite pointless for a shonen to have it was probably there to save money because l don’t remember the filler scenes going for as long as they did in the manga.
While l do have a lot of complaints with the story and the characters l did enjoy myself with the show it was a fun cheesy shonen just don’t bother with the manga it gets even worse especially with the manga ending which l won’t spoil.
Overall Hitman reborn is a fun generic shonen it does hold a special place in my heart though because it was one of the first shows l ever watched when l first got in to anime.
KHR is like any other long shounen series; For someone relatively new to anime, it can be very fun and addicting. If you are too familiar with the tropes used in this genre, it can become a real chore and way too predicable.
Story: The plot progresses in the usual shounen way: The weak and optimistic protagonist trains, and starts fighting enemies who seem much stronger than him, and once he defeats them they often become his allies. The first 20 episodes were fillers, but since I found them funny I didn’t really mind. The battles drag out a bit sometimes, but they are well
done in general and there’s enough suspense to keep the viewer interested. The biggest problem however is the filler episodes; they were initially funny, but the same jokes keep getting repeated again and again and it becomes annoying fast. Even without talking about the recaps, some episodes were just completely unnecessary, like before each battle they have at least one episode where the characters just encourage each other and talk about the upcoming battle.
Characters: The cast seems pretty diverse, but all the characters can fit in an archetype in some way or other. They gain maturity and confidence during the battles, but it seems to revert once the battle is over, and they are back to repeating the same catchphrases again and again. Many of the jokes are based on character antics, but after 200 eps, it becomes really predicable and repetitive. Another thing that really bothers me is the female characters; even though some of them are strong, their strength is nothing compared to the male characters, they hardly participate in battles, often can’t do anything without help from the males (Chrome, cough* cough*). And while it is important to have a female character who can’t fight but serves as moral support, having two of them is way too much especially when one is portrayed as very annoying and immature. Many of the characters who don’t fight are very uninteresting; Despite tagging along for 200+ episodes and getting a lot of screentime, they don’t get character development at all. Hibari Kyouya was especially poorly written; he is some lone wolf who practically wins every battle in 1 min without effort or remarkable injuries, and he doesn’t have character growth at all. In other words, he can be easily qualified as a ‘Gary stu’.
Art: While the character designs are interesting, the art is very inconsistent. It improves through the series, but was never really detailed and every once in a while it is still possible to see poorly drawn frames without pausing the video.
Sound: The osts were decent, but they get kinda annoying after being repeated 98343981 times, especially when you can easily predict when they will be played. Most of the openings and endings however were pretty good and original. The seiyus’ voices fit the characters well, but some of them may annoy you, like Haru and Lambo’s.
REEEEBOORN!! Super hax for 20 seconds!!! Impossiburu! The! Strongest! In! The! World!!! But at all other times he's a useless cry-baby that's attractive to the most popular women! Why! I don't know!
Katekyo Hitman REBORN! is an episodic anime about a useless kid named Tsuna (it's not his full name) who gets a home tutor named Reborn. Reborn is a baby. A baby who is the most intelligent, best, and deadliest hitman in the (Italian) Mafia who went to Japan to find a new Mafia boss, Vongola X. He went to Japan to find a new (11 y. o.) Italian mafia boss. Makes sense? This
is only the beginning. Every couple of episodes a new character is introduced; all of them better than Tsuna. Because he's a tuna. And tuna is not very successful in life, though it may have more success as a dish. Tsuna has a crush for the most popular girl in his school, and she seems to like him as well, especially after he shows his super hax his home tutor has learnt him. Well, how original is THAT?
The everyday life of Tsuna & co. is doing implausible things while the MC breaks his clothes every couple of minutes for deathperation mode. He seems to have an infinite supply of clothes. And the amount of people that ends up living at his place is ridiculous; but don't worry, momma doesn't care (I wonder if Tsuna's family is rich?). Your reaction to what I have written here will be: 1) Sounds kiinda interesting, or 2) This will be quite boring.
The correct answer is 2.
So, yeah, Katekyo Hitman REBORN! is very boring and should definitely not be ranked that high.
Thanks for reading. Now you may just drop this series.
...Or that's what the first 20 episodes make you think. Do not worry, for after that lame and long introduction finally an interesting arc appears (though it has a length of only 5 eps). Tsuna is still a weakling, but, it becomes a bit more interesting due to what happens. This show is made out of battle arcs, and in between them there always are episodes to relieve the tension, which is not bad. It seems to become the typical shonen, in which you get the usual "become 20x stronger in 3 days", and "beat the strongest, most experienced people even though you have started fighting a couple of weeks ago". Oh well, it's quite fun because there are times at which you think: "I'm sure he's going to win", but then you get a surprise; he does NOT win. Sometimes. Sometimes.
The second arc is quite well done, since it is much more entertaining than the first, despite the before mentioned typical shonen elements. In this arc the powers that everyone has are explained quite convincingly (at least there IS a reason why it works like that). The villains that appear have their reasons to do what they do; it's not that they are doing mad stuff on a whim.
And after that arc you may prepare to cry... because we get around 40 episodes in which nothing notorious happens, after which the longest battle arc starts (I think that the rest belongs to this arc). One thing that I personally did not like at all was that the screen-time of the people who don't go to battle is ridiculously big. This typically consists of 30% of the episode in which we see a screen (our TV or PC screen) in which people are looking at another screen in which they see their friends doing something (sometimes); or something about the daily worries of a house maid. A lot of doing nothing, in short. I think it would have been a bit more enjoyable if this time was reduced by, say 20%. MOAR ACTION!! Special mention: episode 132, with an astounding 40% of story and rest filler!
That aside, villains have good reasons to fight; in this arc I even thought that it would be plausible to act like that, given their circumstances.
In this arc we get to see new mysteries that are really interesting and well transmitted; again the superpowers and their origin are explained quite convincingly, adding to the overall enjoyment. This arc is where I found the first obvious plot holes and incongruencies. I think it is best to not touch this subject further since it would make everyone who hasn't seen it hate me. Besides, spoilers aren't allowed anyways.
Though the fact that our gang of kids wins against people with way more experience than them is still going rampant in this arc, it is done in a way that is much more believable than in previous arc (though this is not obvious at first).
All these events, powerups and fights culminate in the final 15 episodes, where asspulls are rampant and battles are very intense. The author didn’t even try to hide the cliffhangers since there were more here than in all of the other episodes combined. Now, this doesn’t mean that it is something bad; it’s almost the opposite, since the battles are highly entertaining and keep you on the edge of your seat.
Finally, the conclusion. It is very rare in series to have a satisfying conclusion, as nearly all shows end in episodes that are like “Our fight has just begun!”, or every character is shown as if they still have some unknown objective. This kind of conclusion leaves me (I don’t know if this is true for everyone) an unsatisfying feeling, as I will never get to know if there really was something else. Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, however, is different. The conclusion is neatly wrapped up and no loose ends are left, making the conclusion, however cliché it might be, very good.
Okay, that's the end of the story part; let's delve into the characterization.
First off, Tsuna. Loser Tsuna is a failure in absolutely everything, which apparently makes him a normal kid (for real?). He does nothing well until he meets our favorite baby, Reborn. That meeting is a turning point in his life, after which he all of a sudden gets a heap of very very loyal friends and gets two girls who love him. He's a kid everyone has high expectations of and he's supposed to become Vongola X because his latent abilities. Will those expectations be met by our protagonist?
Our main character undergoes some character development, but it is not something spectacular, since his beliefs don't change during the anime. His way of acting does change a bit, though. And since there was no real mystery surrounding him, there is not much more that can be said.
His gang is made out of a few incredible people that decide to join our protagonist because... Tsuna is fun? Anyway, these people are not failures in life, since there is the rebel tsundere genius Gokudera (a hitman), the baseball pro Yamamoto (he's dumb), the apathic and mysterious and invincible Hibari (a madman), the EXTREME boxer Ryohei (noisy man), the illusionist C.D. (who doesn't do much but moan) and I can't say more since that would be huge spoilers. The fleshing out of these characters is done quite well, though some characters are more interesting than others.
Gokudera deserves special mention, mainly due to the mystery surrounding him: Where does he come from? Why is his personality like that? All these questions are answered later on, adding to the overall satisfaction of the show. But all these characters are interesting in their own way, and though character development is not much of a thing here, the fleshing out of them is done well.
The supporting female cast is made up by about 4 persons; of which one is the mother of Tsunayoshi. She is your typical nice and young house wife, and nothing else. Then there are two girls, called Haru and Kyoko, who have their unique quirks (Haru, at least); these go to different schools and are best friends. Furthermore there is a young woman called Bianchi, who is a charming woman that throws food at other people.
I see one major problem with these characters, though. They are portrayed stereotypically as housewives. This means that the only thing they do is house chores, cooking, and doing very dangerous and totally useless stuff ("Let's run straight into the open arms of the enemy :D"). The sole purpose of the weird things they do is making the male characters, though mostly Tsuna, worried. It is no real problem in itself, but in my opinion it was waay overdone in this show; they have no deep purpose, they only serve as "mental support". My only reaction to this was annoyance.
Another notorious character is Reborn. Reborn is a baby that belongs to the Shichibukai Arcobaleno, which is composed of the 7 strongest babies of the world (this probably means that they are stronger than every other person, not amongst only babies). Since Arcobaleno means rainbow, and the rainbow supposedly had 7 colors, it's very fitting, is it not? These babies all have fancy nicknames which actually are their real names, and they all look equally ridiculous. They all have an air of superiority that's kind of annoying, but anyway that makes it funny at times, so it isn't bad.
There's other babies, like Lambo, the one, the best, he whom everyone will love because he rules. He has that oh-so-catchy phrase: HOLD IT BACK!!! Another one is I-Pin (this name...) a chinese fart kenpo hitman, who turns out to be a girl and has constant wars with Lambo.
As for the sound, I think the music is quite fitting; epic battle music is reserved for epic moments, and calming music is used for mundane moments. Nevertheless, some tracks are overused, which may result in irritation. Some of the openings have a nice ring to them, which is quite an achievement, in my opinion, since I usually find openings not worth listening to. The voice actors are good as always; but I personally liked the voices of Tsuna and Haru, just because Tsuna's isn't your typical MC voice and Haru's voice is done in a, let's say, unique way.
The animation quality is not bad, but your widescreen is useless for watching this, since it's done for 4:3 screens. Well, not quite, since at episode 102 it is adapted to widescreens. The battle scenes are well done and transmit all the information you need to see what's going on. Another plus point is that the faces are not all the same, which is not the case for many other anime.
The last section is enjoyment. As you might have noticed, my enjoyment varied a lot during the watching of KHR, since there are many ups and downs in this show. The downs were the episodes focused on the jokes, which would get boring after being reused throughout the entire series (though there were some very funny moments) or the ones in which nothing happened. The most enjoyable parts were mostly the battles, though some of them were not that well done. And as I mentioned before, I really liked the conclusion; and the combination of all I have written gave me my final score: 7.
So now the final judgement; the question everyone will want to see answered: do I recommend this? Yes… and no. You see, there are many people who are totally not prepared to wait 20-40 episodes to see things become more entertaining. These people should definitely not watch this show. For those who may want to wait that long, you also need to like shonen anime, because this IS a shonen, in the end. If you can meet both requirements, I would say: give it a shot! (pun intended).
Thanks for reading, and I appreciate any feedback.