If you're able to stand seven manga worth of one chapter mini crack stories, only to get hit with a bag full of PLOT, then Katekyo hitman reborn might be the manga for you.
Tsuna Sawada, the main protagonist, is introduced as a middle school boy who can do nothing right, and is a constant screwup. In comes Reborn, an assassin in the shape of a baby, who's badassery knows no bounds, and who consequently informs Tsuna that he's the unlikely successor to the greatest mafia family in the world, the Vongola. Tsuna certainly doesn't want this thrown upon him, but has no choice
in the face of Reborn's stark violence- soon enough, he starts training, building courage and character, making friends/potential allies, and battling bad guys for his right to rule as the Tenth leader of the Vongola.
The first seven books are all comprised of various one-shots, introducing the characters, their quirks, and setting the groundwork for the eventual plot. When the eighth manga begins, the story suddenly gets heavy- the main and side characters begin to loosely band together to fight a common enemy, and the fun, happy times begin turning much more serious. However, there's still the occasional humor- the manga hasn't quite lost it's fun tone, but all in all, it sucks you in much, much faster than the 'Daily Life' arc did.
Reborn has something that always makes you look back to the previous chapters- the artist, Akira Amano, has written the story so that there's tiny little hints and foreshadowing to any current plot- hundreds of chapters ago! After the crack chapters, the plot suddenly becomes engaging and complex- enough to keep any happy fan's mind brewing with theories and counter-theories.
The art is also amazing- while it starts off a little *too* clean, a little *too* boring, Amano develops her style and by the current chapter, it's flowing with a unique individuality that makes you linger over the full-page spread for minutes.
Speaking of art- the very best thing this manga has to offer, hands down, are the characters themselves. Their dynamics, their quirks- everything about them sets them apart from so many others with their almost realistic feel and complexity. From Gokudera, the spoiled rich kid who tries to act tough and make it in the mafia world, to Belphegor, a prince to a royal bloodline who murdered his twin when they were younger and now goes insane at the sight of his own blood, to Mukuro/Chrome, the complex duo who seem to contrast eachother as the sociopathic world conquester, to the small, innocent girl- and yet, who seem to only be able to live as a part of one another in a form of strange symbiosis.
Of course, there's your run-of-the-mill characters too. The Quiet Badass/Dues ex Machina, Hibari, the overly loud, overly enthusiastic Ryohei- but even they have their quirks (extreme patriotism, extreme big-brother complex) that don't make them boring in the slightest.
Think you can get past hitmen babies (who, of course, aren't *really* babies), inventive weapons, and being kept out of the main plot for seven manga? What if we promised you an amazing plot, fully-fleshed characters, and bad guys who keep you guessing until the very end?
There's so many things that can be said about Katekyo Hitman Reborn (KHR) - good and bad things, but mostly the latter.
Our main protagonist, Tsuna, is a rather atypical hero in comparison to what you'd find in your standard fare of shounen manga in a sense. Tsuna has little to no self-confidence and believes he amounts to nothing much at all, himself and others referring to him as "No Good Tsuna" for having no spine, poor grades, terrible luck, and a lack of athleticism as he catches basketballs with his face in P.E. Bad news for Tsuna is he's assigned a mysterious
home tutor who says he's an assassin that has been hired to turn him into a suitable mafia boss - a future boss of the Vongola, the greatest mafia family in Italy. He screams and cowers in fear, always doubting himself and his abilities as the plot calls him for action.
This manga is a forgettable mess for roughly 60 chapters, making that seven volumes worth of material in which absolutely nothing of value takes place in the overall story. In this period of time, the manga mainly focuses on comedic acts and has little semblance of a plot as it goes through Tsuna's everyday life and the shenanigans that surround him as he's under Reborn's tutelage. This is all prior to the manga's push into becoming more focused on action and battles as it went, joining its Weekly Shounen Jump brethren as a full fledged battle shounen manga. The thing is, this is not smart comedy. Its over reliance on a number of running gags - Dino becoming an absolute klutz when none of his men are near him, Yamamoto having no clue as to what's going on around right in front of him, Ryohei's entire characterization as a bumbling idiot - most having to do with the apparent comical character flaws its characters possess. KHR's childish style of comedy is clearly not my cup of tea as it leaves me shaking my head at the thought anyone finding these acts humorous. The manga attempts to make you laugh by portraying its characters as buffoons. It very rarely switches up its execution and corny jokes become stale corny jokes.
A lot of times during the fights, the art is muddled by speed lines and unnecessary detail that distracts from the action, making it hard to pick out exactly what's happening at times. The artwork is often messy when out of fights as well, but less so as the manga goes on. A lot of the character designs go through a significant change. No Good Tsuna goes from a plain, lanky hero to a bishounen. That can used to define the general art shift as the male characters begin to look more and more feminine until some are even prettier than most of the female characters. There's a reason why this series is known as " fujioshi-bait."
As the story goes on and becomes more serious as it deals with actual mafia affairs, you expect this is all leading up to and building character arcs as the heroes are put into these dangerous situations. If you are indeed, you may wind up more than a little disappointed with the writing and story of KHR. Tsuna is still as reluctant as he was in the beginning of the series towards the end, whining and complaining, never taking full responsibility, outright refusing to be involved with the mafia still in the latest chapters, only rising to the occasion when one of his friend's life is endangered. His naivety is just frustrating altogether as he never really seems to learn anything in particular from his encounters that changes his character in a significant manner. His rebuttals to the Big Bads usually consist of the cliche "I'll protect my friends" line and nothing actually inspiring raises out of it because of this disconnection between the characters. Even at the end of the manga, 409 chapters in, he's fundamentally the same exact character, remaining stagnant even after all of his endeavors, and he even acknowledges it himself. So much for character development.
Characters in this series never particularly caught my attention as I felt largely indifferent towards the cast and the conflict within the story. There's a severe lack of dimensions to the characters as they possess only a handful of character traits usually with one particular exaggerated personality quirk that is meant to be a character flaw.
Chrome, the obligatory girl of the main cast, holds little to no worth at all, her ability to do nothing without the aid of her precious "Mukuro-sama" grates on the nerves. She simply serves as Mukuro's vessel, and then the series does a 180 and she is no longer useful even for that purpose. Ryohei should've remained the annoying comic relief character he was as he's what you'd call a muscle bound idiot without any charm. One who adds "To the extreme!" at the end of his sentences, an example of the exaggeration I was talking about before.
The Varia Arc is little more the than obligatory Tournament Arc that's become somewhat a stable in shounen manga. With that in mind, it's a shame to say this is KHR's at its absolute best. Xanxus wishes to stage a coup d'etat and take over the Vongola family after finding out he was adopted, meaning his bloodline restricts him from becoming the tenth boss. Of course, it has some twists, but it's still little more than a tournament arc with the gang training for its arrival.
The motivations of Byakuran don't go beyond "I'm bad and I want to kill, have some fun, and rule the world." I can't tell you how much that leaves to be desired, much of the characters' struggles aren't felt due to the complete shallowness of its antagonists - Byakuran being the main one for the longest arc. He does, in fact, have an unnecessary sob story that doesn't justify his motivations at all.
A thing that can be praised in KHR is its battle system, utilizing what is called Dying Will Flames with varying properties to differentiate fighters and also create a battle system with some complexity. They are used in conjunction with various types of weapons and fights have the potential to be very interesting. Illusions, animal based weapons, cloaks, gloves, rings, and so forth.
Execution in the manga, however, often leaves you puzzled. For example, in the finale battle of the Future Arc, Tsuna finally gets his anticipated show down with Byakuran after an agonizing wait. Much of the good guys are down for the count and it's all up to him to defeat him. Byakuran overpowers him rather easily and all seems lost. He then gets some power up via some awkward form of emotional catharsis, recognizing how his friends are there for him and everyone has helped him in some way, and deus ex machina involving the rings.
He's ready to go, fighting Byakuran on equal terms. No, but wait, Byakuran was only using 80 percent of his power so far. But, hey, Tsuna's only been using 50 percent of his new found power. By the books dialogue in a shounen battle manga without a twinge of humor or twist of any kind.
Riddled with cliches, deus ex machina, and sloppy writing is my diagnosis of this manga.
This manga is really awesome in my point of view. I heard about it from a friend, and I decided to check it out. I got hooked immediately. The drawing style was cool, and the storyline was fantastic, just my type of manga. It starts out comical, but then later chps show it get intense and with some major action. And it's about the mafia. I mean that's rare to find a manga about the mafia.
And I absolutely love the characters! Especially since the main character is weak and totally useless. It makes for good comedy.
I was introduced to the franchise through the anime. When I realized the anime was cancelled, I finished the anime and then moved on to the manga. Every time I finished a chapter, the next one just got even better. I honestly enjoyed every moment of reading this.
Story is flawless, ofc. The archetypes in the manga are just as perfect.
The art is amazing. You can see she put her heart and soul into her drawings (esp in the Simon Arc and her drawings of Daemon Spade completely revived).
Overall, I enjoyed this manga a lot. Hopefully, Akira will make another
This is a manga review. I promise I'll hit the anime once I'm further into it, but it hasn't registered enough episodes logged for me to review yet.
Story - 5
The story in Katekyo Hitman Reborn is subpar at best and full of almost painful cliches. Full of previously unmentioned relatives, abusive senseis, naive characters, and pseudo villians who will join the heroes cause eventually. Ugh! The story surrounds Sawada Tsunayoshi who is a middle school student, he is naive, whiny, foolish, and over all extremely reluctant to get involved with anything. Before we ever have a chance to actually get
to know Tsuna however he's thrust into a world that he knows nothing about, the world of the 'mafia'. Tsuna will be taught [see: abused) by his home tutor the cursed 'baby' Reborn. He will inherit the title of the tenth generation Vongola Boss (in trying to teach us italian Vongola means Clam, yeah so the Clam Mafia family......), but first he has to gather loyal followers to be his family. Here we get a whole new handful of cliches, but I'll cover those in characters. So instead of listening to Tsuna's abject denial of being a mafioso he is bullied into it, including at one point being told he would be he would be killed if he didn't suceed in a job that had nothing to do with him. And That's the base story....it's kind of.....painful really.....
I'm not sure why this cast is so freaking endearing but well it happens, so I know if your reading this your thinking 'Loveable? With a score of 5?' Yes, loveable and with absolutely no character development at all. I have read 300+ chapters of this manga and the only people who have taken any steps forward as characters are DOkuro Chrome, Sawada Tsunayoshi, Miura Haru, and Sasagawa Kyoko. Four characters out of a very very large cast. Other Characters (Hibari Kyoya, Rokudo Mukuro, Xanxus, and Gokudera Hayato) come of as nothing more then petulant petty children. Don't misunderstand me though I like my fair share of pettyness, but the line has to be drawn somewhere. I draw the line at Xanxus throwing HOT coffee at Squalo's head for ? reason. That is the exact kind of action one would expect from Lambo not a 24 year old man, I really hate that alot. The villians seem to have no discernable purpose, let alone a purpose that you can take even remotely seriously. When Byakuran announces his grand scheme you really can't help but bury your face in your hands and cry a little. On the other hand Dokuro Chrome doing dishes with I-pin showed that she was trying her best to come out of her shell and accept the other girls friendship, and now.... now she's seen frequently with Haru, Kyoko , and I-pin. Then there is the ever cute, eve loveablr blackhole of character development himself Yamamoto Takeshi. Cute? Yes. Lovable? You Betcha! All the depth and meaning of a spoon? Right on the money. From the first time it's brought up all the way into the future arc Yamamoto honestly believes that this is all just a mafia game. A game with explosives, murder, prisons, and assassins. What a game.
Visually Hitman Reborn can fall anywhere between 'OMG what the hells wrong with that guy?' all the way over to 'from the right angel Hibari looks kind of good in that' and so on and so forth. In the later chapters more details become apparent, the characters start to appear less generic looking as more detail is added into their hair and clothes. Overall the art isn't horribly offputting but it's not really striking either. I do appreciate however that other then Hibari's unnatural attachment to his disciplinary committee outfit, that the characters actually wear different outfits from time to time. The most notable of these being the always horrible but ever changing wardrobe of Rokudo Mukuro. Another Area of notable detail is in the tattoos on Dino Cavallone's arms. Also a lot of detail goes into weapons and special moves. PS Mukuro's Khakkhara has some great detail, very cool looking.
Pretty generous score considering this review's bias, but whereas the characters and story are fairly blase' my overall enjoyment of this franchise sits right about here. The story arcs though not page turners are interesting enough that you want to finish the story arc and you really want to see the villiansget their faces bashedin for what theydid to our 'heroes'. Returning side characters always add a nice flair bringing with them their own tricks, trip ups, and one liners that make you smile even if just a little. I think that whereas the things Hitman Reborn does wrong it does really really epicly wrong, the few things that it does right really draws you.
I have to say Reborn is one of the mangas I've liked the most out of the many I've read. What I liked the most, and the reason why I even started reading it is because of the genre shift that made Reborn so famous, and it's something really amazing. It really shows you how the story grows and changes from the original lighthearted and quirky gag manga to a darker and more action based version with great characters and developtment.
Tsuna is one of my favorite characters in all of manga because of his growth from a shy, insecure and cowardly boy into
a....braver version of himself, he's still pretty shy at the end but he's more open about speaking his opinion and isn't as much of a coward as he was before.
The fights were great, though they started to pile up. This relates to the plot. For example, in the Kokuyo arc after the shift the fights are in a realistic level with some few points that sound too weird to be true as more supernatural stuff are added into the mix.
What I liked most about that arc is how everything in the gag portion seemed to come together to the final fight against Mukuro which showed just how much Tsuna had really grown.
As the story went on and the arcs came out Reborn began to escalate and create its own little plot, and this is both good and bad. While the fights start off with few things that are out of this world it eventually gets even more complex as the story unfolds, it's not like it was bad but there came a point where you just didn't know where it was going to go.
This was more evident in the last few arcs, with each of the arcs starting out as the most amazing thing that would happen and ending up in a sort of rushed conclusion or as a dragged out fight, of course that's probably due to the fact that reading it week to week caused the fights to grow old even if they were pretty good.
What I think the problem was is that Reborn tried to bite a lot more than it could chew and when it was finally time to close all the ties it didn't know how to. I also didn't like how it ended very much because it felt like the author just wanted to go back to gag because she didn't know how to end th emanga properly, so in the end we came full circle, except that Tsuna seemed to have forgotten everything he learned.
As all the reviews i have seen seemed very biased to me and unrealstic im going to review this manga for you guys from an objective perspective. Im going to explore the fields where this manga is doing an great job and where it fails in my opinion which is based on my extensive experience in manga and my delicate taste :)
This manga is your dragonball style typical shonen manga with extensive gag elements, powerups, friendship and a mafia element which is very unqiue to this manga. Unfortunately the mafia element is not very well implemented and ends up as nothing more than a gangwar
-The strongest point of this manga is unquestionably its artwork which is absolutely amazing. Everything is very well done. One of the best character designs i have ever seen.
This manga is score 8,44 on mal which i think is very unreasonable i would give a maxiumum of 7 overall for this manga and here is why.
(I am not trying to bash on this manga i do not hate it )
- First of all i find that this manga has way too much unecessery text with absolutely no content. I think the fight scenes speak for themselves there is no reason to explain every little detail , you can easily understand the story by skipping half the dialogues which just spoil the beautiful art. I also think that the gag side of this manga was entertaining for the first 30 chapters after i felt it has become very forced. This manga should definitely go Bleach's direction with big panels and less text would work well in this context.
- I also have a huge issue with character development in this manga. Its very much like feels like that every character matures through the trials which they go through except the main character whos development i would rather describe as having a split personality disorder. Its very annoying not see him develop at all inspite of the fact that he powerups in like every 30 chapters. There i would say this should go in Naruto's direction.
- After like 200 chapters the manga suddenly goes in pokemon's direction which i think was a huge mistake the author should have made it more like dragon ball which would have worked with the context pretty well.
Overall this manga and artist has great potential i think the problem lies in its editorial department. They should change the editor, make the combat scenes bigger, make the main character mature a bit, use the gags smart, put in less text , make fights more dramatic and it could one day become the manga it has the potential to be.
Katekyo Hitman Reborn is a shounen about Tsuna, a no good loser from japan. Until he is visited by Reborn, a hitman home tutor from the vongola family. Together with Reborn tsuna must train to become the next mafia boss of the vongola.
Hitman Reborn has a fairly slow start but once the second arc begins you wont be able to stop watching.
The characters unfortunately is where the show falls down. All the characters are predictable with one or two exceptions and some characters become useless and annoying towards the later parts of the manga.
The artwork is quite good, the the attacks look awesome and emotional
moments draw you in.
Overall I would recommend this manga to any shounen lovers and generally manga readers.
Basically Katekyo Hitman Reborn!AT THE START is a comedy kind of like 'doreamon' which starts with a problem and ends solution which is tsuna getting shot in the head and getting topless to save the day.
After the first with volumes the manga heats up and evoles into a fighting manga with battles using dieing will flames!
Everything gets more exciting after this with more enemies every corner and new weapons everybattle.
The art is eye catching,hard to believe that they are able to draw so well with a deadline of 1 week.
The manga Katekyo Hitma Reborn or Reborn is one of the most interesting mangas I have ever read. The first 25 or so chapters are displayed as a joke or a gag manga as it was originally intended but as the nonsense were done it took a left turn to battle type manga like the other gag manga Gintama. Now the recent chapters are displayed as it belong in the battle manga genre. The story went deeper as the chapters went on.
The characters are memorable especially the titular character Reborn as its iconic stature as a Chibi Hitman. The main character Tsunayoshi Sawada
or just Tsuna shows growth in the manga as the beginning he was a clothes off extreme guy and went into a cool,calm, and likeable character or a real Shonen Protagonists.
I like this manga because its one of the very first mangas I have read other than Dragonball Z and Naruto. Now I can say with confidence that I prefer reading Hitman Reborn than the popular Naruto and Bleach all because its different and it contains a fair amount of battles while retaining some of the comedy that I fell in love with.
I highly recommend this manga for those who wants something else to read other than Naruto and Bleach or for those whose just tired of them both and want something to fall back on LOL. HAPPY READING!!
This is the first work i've ever taken the time to review but i think its worth it. It would be sad for someone to read only the first few chapters and then quit it because it wasn't what they thought it'd be.
Reborn is a FANTASTIC MANGA/ANIME. It really is a work of art.
I will praise it up and down except for first chunk of chapters/episodes.
Until chapter 62 the story is CRAP. HORRIBLE, HORRENDOUS AND SO DISSAPOINTING. Its the whole comedy aspect of it, and while they're are funny moments its prolonged for too long and it ruins the concept of a mafia story.
beginning is mainly getting to know the characters, which is why its important to read it but difficult to handle if u can't stand too much foolishness. Cuz thats exactly what it is. A whole bunch of gags with 1-2 characters who actually see the idiocy in the situations.
And dear lord the main character is pathetic. The bursting into his boxers thing got old quick and very annoying. However its all worth it for what he eventually becomes.
The current Tsuna is BADASS! Just the best.
For story (mainly because of the horrible beginning) i'll give it 8/10
Art...art is a hard one. The beginning of the manga has terrible art. The beginning can only get a 5/10 for me, and thats being generous.
But if u can believe that i'd give later chapters a 10, then thats exactly what it is.
Characters 9/10 (only cuz i need more background! HIBARI WTH IS UR STORY?)
This manga is definitely worth a shot if you have enough patience- or you do have a liking for gag manga aside from action shounen manga. For the first 65 chapters or so it is mostly composed of one chapter stories that display the somewhat comedic daily life of main character Tsuna, and many of the main characters are introduced during these chapters- my advice is, don't let these chapters fool you into thinking that Reborn! is a boring manga that is filled with filler-like blank plots, it really isn't and that is because after these chapters, the series gets very, very good- sort
of like how Darker Than Black is, if you are familiar with that anime you probably know that it took it's time to amaze it's viewers. After the aformentioned daily life arc, the series mood shifts (literally) and shocks it's readers with the serious development of plot AND the characters given that you mostly see them fooling around in the first arc. From then on, the seriousness is continued and the gag-style plots are dropped, leaving it's place to a great action shounen manga- so getting to those chapters is basically like finding a hidden treasure. It is a shame that people drop this manga because they couldn't bear with the first arc. Another good feature of Reborn! is that it has a great art style which develops throughout the whole series- a feast to the eye!
Overall, it is a good series to get into. The storyline really starts around volume 7. Until then, you spend your time read crack chapters that is very funny and entertaining at the same time. I started reading this after friend told me about it, and now I'm hooked. I gave this an overall score of nine, because it took too long to get to the story line. With all that said and done, I highly recommend this manga to anyone.
After about a month and a half's time of reading this, i could say all 409 chapters were worth it. I decided to finally read the original work after I loved the anime when I completed it 9 months ago (was it only 9 months? Feels so long ago...). Both the anime and the manga are the longest works I've completed and both a considerable favorite of mine.
Good things about the manga
The plot is definitely good. The main character is "No-Good/Loser" Tsunayoshi Sawada who is bad at everything and a coward. He meets a baby who his mother had hired as a home tutor and
before he knows it, he is unwillingly dragged into the mafia world. (8)
The art is not bad, like most manga, the drawings start out iffy but then later on, the author gain experience and the art looks much better. Many of the characters are quite attractive with great personality to back it up. (8)
What really makes the manga potentially one of my favorites, is that I LOVE the characters, practically all of them. KHR may possibly be the manga/anime with the the most about of characters I adore. I read a review once that criticize how all the characters and humorous and there is no "straight man". Tsunayoshi Sawada seems like the only straight man in the group ( and no not talking about sexuality but maybe..... hmmm....) but I find nothing wrong with the majority of the characters being humorous. If someone asks me to choose my favorite character in the manga, that would be the hardest decision I can make on the manga. Not only the male characters, but the female characters I like too. The author did not discriminate against gender and there was a share of awesome female characters as well. Respects to the author! (9)
Now the bad things about the manga. This is not actually the manga's fault but more like the translator's, the grammar in the translation can be off at time which i never really noticed until nearing the end of the manga, were they rushing to complete it? On more than a few occasions, text were repeated and a couple dialogue boxes were missing text. An actual con of the manga itself, and the problem I find with most shounen manga, which is a reason why I prefer anime for shounen, is the action scenes. Just black ink against white paper can be difficult to see what is suppose to be happening and many times too much ink is used and i have no idea where is the character and where is the villain, I only know what is going on by the name of their techniques. Also, (this is a thing with most action not just KHR) why do characters always have to explain their moves to their enemies and why does the enemies always just stand (or hover in the air) and listen? Last fault I can find is that although the arcs are great, I can find loopholes within, I can't really give anything away without spoiling the story though one thing I could say though is that in one of the arcs, there were these weapons called box animals and they seemed too much like Pokémon for my liking.
Overall, the manga is great, the anime is also great, if you feel like saving time, you can watch the anime then pick up from where the anime left off and jump into the manga. There are slight differences but nothing to be concerned of. I really recommend it.
If you are wanting to read a fun manga series dealing with mafia and a lot of random things being thrown in there filled with a lot of action, then I think this series will probably be right for you.
There's a lot of arcs in this series dealing with the future and past, many different mafia bosses, you have other mafia countries thrown in here, and you have a whimpy boy who is no good and useless for the main character.
For those who read this already know what I am talking about, our main character hero is a boy called Tsuna ( nickname of course
) and is useless and is no good, and can't even confess to the girl that he loves and just skips school all the time as he can never do anything right and he is failing school. Which all ends when he meets up with someone called Reborn who looks like some toddler but is apart of the mafia and is here to train Tsuna into being the best mafia he can be.
In the story Tsuna recruits members for his mafia gang, meets up with many other people who become friends but are also enemies, but as the saying goes, keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer.
Even if they are enemies though they also become very important in the story for Tsuna in his story of becoming the 10th vongola boss.
The beginning is of course slightly boring and slow as it is the introduction trying to get in all the main characters as possible to introduce everyone and explain all the stories and to try to toughen Tsuna up also. But as the story progresses, well that's when all the good awesome action comes in. And also the art gets better if you compare the first chapters to the newest chapters, the art had completely progressed further and you can tell the author got better. But when has anyone started out as a professional artist in the beginning ?
The whole story was very enjoyable even if the story bounced around to different arcs too much it was still very well put. It may have been annoying but it was great. The ending was satisfying too even if nothing too exciting happened it was still very great !
All in all I highly suggest this manga if you are really into the mafia stories with all the action that comes along with it !
I mean where do I even start with this, being the only reviewer to read the entire series, is that the entire series is absolute trash it goes in way too many directions to be even close to coherent. I mean I get behind the or I'm going to train you to be a mob boss and you're gonna be like the best mafioso ever and you have underlings that's cool but then you introduce things like Lambo and I-pin who explodes and a girl who can only cook poisoned food what the fuck is all this bullshit being put together. It's another series
that's trying to do too many things at 1 time and not doing any of them very well. As of right now I'm on chapter 55 and the story is starting to be what I originally thought it was some sort of supernatural crazy thing I'm glad to see that it's getting there these goddamn crazy ass babies and we're learning about what they are it's kind of weird but whatever. Hey looks like chapter 80 is starting to be an actual manga which is very surprising it's actually taking a shonen turn for the better.
The original above statement stands as is and my feelings at the Time. Then I feel that the story does reflect this and it does go from one battle to another where the main character constantly overcomes Adversity and never loses at all And near the end we actually find out who babies are or at least the origins. As we know who the babies are from like forever ago. Seeing them actually in their full adult forms with their full range of power is amazing absolutely one of the coolest parts of the series. And I believe that the artists or the story guy should make the series of The pre-story cause apparently they went on a whole bunch of missions together and that actually sounds like it would be really cool with what they've shown their abilities are I would love to see that. I'd also would love to see the pre-human kind when those alien people come out of now where I why how is this story line even making any sense a longer. Again like I said in the 1st Paragraph this series tries to do way too many things but by the end it does some of them well, fight sequences are good flashbacks are good the story itself is a little crazy. And I do like how at the end Tsuna actually gathers everybody to help the him fight the Vindici. Worth one read at most...maybe two. With the craziness and bullshitery that goes on it's mediocre at best.
The mafia, a topic that, while restricted to a certain extent with it being a shounen series, could've been so much more, with lots of untapped potential that could bring to a very compelling story. That doesn't necessarily mean it failed to please most of its readers.
I'll start with the hardest point right away. Reason for this is that I felt very comflicted in rating this and you'll understand why. The story follows Sawada Tsunayoshi, commonly known as Tsuna, a boy who lives with his mother and is considered as below average in everything. Being chosen as the next head of the vongola family,
he is lectured at home by Reborn, a pro hitman who is also a baby, in order to become a leader worthy of the title.
The premise is quite simple, as expected of a shounen title. However, the story arcs in the middle of the story are very good and definitely what makes this so compelling to read. Notice how I put emphasis on "middle of the story", that's because the early and the final parts of the manga diminish in comparison to the middle and good story arcs in general. In fact, the manga begins as a gag comedy and it stays that way for a good 50 or so chapters in order to introduce the main characters. Personally, I was not a fan of this approach and it should've been done in a way in which the plot or the world building progresses. As for the ending, while I will not spoil you, those who have read probably understand that it was a very big middle finger to character development to the main character which wasn't reveived very well by most and with good reason.
Art was good, I don't have any complaints about it actually. It's not the best i've seen, otherwise the score would've been higher, but the fights are clear and some pages, namely the ones in which it's only one panel, are quite detailed, making it a big plus for the manga.
The strongest point of the series in my opinion. Tsuna's entire family has very distinctive personalities and some of the villains also display something other than sheer arrogance. My only complaint is that a few characters could've used more development, or heck, even have story arcs of their own as to understand certain behaviours they show.
I really believe this could've become one of my favourites if it wasn't for the rather repetitive gags and weak plot progression of the beginning and the poor ending that left a bad taste in the mouth. They don't do justice to the actually story which begins 50 or so chapters later, in which some progression finally starts to get shown and we get to understand better of what is going on. With that said and done,I will conclude by saying it's worth putting the effort into getting to that part. If i had to make an analogy that sumarized hitman reborn it would be a sandwitch with the best filling that comes into your mind, but you had to eat it with moldy bread and you tried to endure the taste of the bread in your mouth just so you could have a taste of the filling that came with it.
This is my first manga review, so I'm sorry if it turns out bad
(May contain spoilers)
This is one of those mangas you'd never expect to be serious . It started out as a slice of life sort of manga. The first arc helps you get to know the characters better, but I find it boring and cringy. After the first arc, it became more exciting and action based. I love the mafia aspect of this story, despite it not being very mafia-like at times considering the story and such. There are times when the story is being dragged on too much, even when
it is not really necessary. The biggest downfall, in my opinion, are the last two arcs. The inheritance arc is well mediocre and a bit predictable, and most of the characters it introduced are discarded easily later on in the story. What throws me off the most is the final arc, I find the premise to be very interesting and it has a lot of potential, but the last few chapters are anti climatic to say the least, especially the ending of the manga, which is very rushed. The arcs before those though are written well, and provide good action.
The art is very detailed, nice and you could see that it has a lot of improvement from the first few chapters of this manga. The backgrounds and character designs are drawn well.
My biggest gripe about the characters is development. Some of them evolve well, but there are some who are one dimensional. The biggest problem is Tsuna's character, he has the potential to be a great protagonist. But I feel like the ending just ruined it for me, as it seemed like the mangaka just eliminated all of the development he got from the story. As he did not progress much at all form the very first chapter. I also dislike how women are portrayed in this manga. While there are some good female characters, most of them serve irrelevant to the plot. I honestly felt that they could be more than just emotional supports, but the mangaka did not know how to develop their characters outside of it, or simply chose not to. However,despite the flaws, You would find yourself being attached to most of them, because they never fail to grow on you.
While I dislike the way the manga turned out after the future arc and the ending in particular, I still enjoyed it. And if there would ever be a sequel to this manga, I would read it.
Katekyo Hitman Reborn is a manga with potential. Sadly, I think that the mangaka does not know how to properly execute the plot. This manga suffered from pacing problems, so if you like a manga does paces its story well, I guess this manga would not be any good.
I always wanted to comment on this series tho it may be a little late but I still wish to say some key points that cause this to never reach is key potential to me.
(there or some spoilers in here so read at your own risk)
1: No Character development
2: Not utilizing the elements that your story have
3: bad use of romance
4: Horrible ending
1 character development (mainly I'm going to speak about main character in this one since if i talk about all support and mc in this show it would be to long)
in shounen manga one of the biggest thing along
with having action pack awesome scenes that draws the reader is watching the character develop step by step. Not all shounen manga have M.c character developing (ex: one piece luffy DBZ goku ) let me just say a quick show of what i mean by using luffy and why he didn't need character development. from the begin of one piece luffy was never a coward or a weak type of character he was always confident and strong willed and does what he wants to do and feel like doing similar to goku if i say so my self they or more in the category of Over power stupid/genius characters from the start. what i mean by that is from the begin of one piece we witness luffy doing goofy and stupid things like a 5 year old child but when he gets into battle he's like a fighting genius and some what over power from the start of the show. the same goes for goku he was stupid in many ways and seem to know only how to eat and fight also shown to be a fighting genius and throughout both of there stories they never change from the begin to end they tend to be the type that allow people to draw near them and change due to there straightforward nature.
tsuna is from the other bread similar to Kenchi from History's strongest disciple they or weak,cowardly, talent less, so so, uncool and with just about no friends at all type that we see in some shounen manga these or the types that the readers get to enjoy to things watching them get stronger physically if it's a fighting type of shounen manga and watching them slowly come from that pathetic self of theirs to a full fledged bad ass.
So for this character development topic about how tsuna haven't develop at all I will use kenchi as an example of good use of character development. So first like i said above those were the traits tsuna poses in the begin of the story but after meeting reborn and being cast into endless battles but realizing trough these battles he was able to find a place in the world and also gain friends and get closer to the girl he likes as well as becoming a better leader and calling shots well also being able to slowly become more confident in him self. oh you guy's may thing from hearing all of this that there seems to be ntn wrong with his character development well guess what your wrong yes with this it's actually good character development but hats only if the development actually sticks and continue to build up trough out the hold story. So let me explain mostly all what I mention above except for getting friends and getting closer to the girl he likes which can't really say has much to do with character development stays trough out the story but every thing else was reset after an arc was over and we go back to the every day type of arc. whats happen here is the the creator tends to remove all the development he gains trough these trials and turns him back to the character he starts of with in the begin he kept on saying he will never become the 10 boss I understand him saying that in the begin but after 3 4 5 6 arcs and he acts as the 10 boss and gives orders like a boss uses the property off his mafia family accept the heritage of his family and even claim to destroy it if he has to accept the legacy and continue down some of his predecessor path. but once those arcs or over the creator trows everything he gain from them or say during those arcs out the window like it never happen. which is extremely irritating when you feel like yes the mc is starting to become a bad ass and he might soon accept being the boss and then things will get even more awesome and then this happen. now from what I look at from this I think it has something to do with the fact that the creator is a gag manga artist and if you read enough of gag you would know that one of the biggest things in gag that's different from shounen is that what happen in the last chapter story stays in that chapter story.
For an example say in a gag manga story the mc cut off all his hair and turn bald for the hold chapter when the next chapter comes out it's like the previous one never appear there is no continuation of previous chapters. (tho there or still some gag manga that have continuation such as D-frag and so fort ) but most gag manga tend to let things that happen in previous chapters stay in that chapter so I believe the creator is doing something similar with letting every character development tsuna build up during those arcs reset and let him keep denying becoming the boss as a runing gag since she supposedly place it as a gag/shounen manga. this was a horrible mistake and a not funny joke if she had allow tsuna to grow as a character and kept the growth he gain and allow the experience that he gain trough out the battles stick to his character and showed even in his everyday life so that the readers can see him slowly progressing to what we hope he become it would of drawn and satisfy us more then just seeing every thing that was build up collapse in our face like a stupid unfunny joke. while im at it lets just try to cover the other few points but brief first the romance that was suppose to happen with the other 2 girls were horrible and never bear any fruit to the point I even wanted one of them to die to maybe at least serve a purpose to drive the mc to become what he should. also the mc never even once gain the balls to confess and always kept keeping his feelings inside like a wuss. and the ending was horrible I mean at first they had the future arc where they show every one of the characters future versions so we were super hype on hoping to see tsuna at least once but all we got was his lower half face and I think his back when this happen I thought of an idea for the creator to fully satisfy his readers to believe the hold book was worth the journey after seeing an ending where she atleats dedicated 4 pages of the last chapter to a future where tsuna is boss and his guradings discussing something and him giving orders like a bad ass and then they leaving to execute them whiles also showing him in a boss chair with ether one of the annoying chicks since none of them seem different to me coming in to give refreshment to them and they have a panel showing tsuna as well as her ring finger. and then maybe reborn busting trough the window and attempting to kick tsuna in the head like he always does but tsuna was able to doge by going hyper mode at will but reborn still finds a way to hit him calling him by the nick name he usually use then correcting him self saying something like I guess that nick name doesn't suit you anymore. with this it will show a lot of things such as tsuna growth physically and character development first we got him acting like a true boss and looking like one the same time and speaking and being more confident in his self we also seem him even strong enough to quickly sense reborn attack and able to enter hyper mode at will no longer needing to rely on the pills and even reborn praising him for his progress next we got to see him actually gain a lover and we get to see how his future self looks all of this will be enough for mostly all readers to satisfy there hunger for a good ending. but instead we got an ending that no different from there every day arcs
Kenchi on the other hand was done well un like his counterpart above he slowly grow trough each fight he had at first he was an extreme coward and barely can stand his ground for what he believe he was always afraid of sharp objects and didn't want to even come near them he never wanted anything to do with his weird friend organization shinnpaku alliance and was afraid to have the resolve to die in battle. but all of this slowly and obviously was shown to change trough out the show and even the people around him and that are in his school notice these obvious changes he become extremely strong step by step from being able to fight armatures in clubs to tugs outside school to semi pros in school to high class disciples known around the world and even hold off and come back alive against real masters and tell the end he him self finally reach grand master level. in the begin he was scared in fights and even when he did fight he was an extremely slow starter but later we see him slowly start to pick up in the amount of time he becomes serious in a fight to the point he starts from the begin we also saw how at first he could never face a girl but learn to cover this weakness by only using submission Technics on them instead of hitting. we watch him from having 0 friends to having a hold lot and even fully acting on his position as co commander of shinpaku alliance and relying on his friends to have his back we watch him half way trough the manga confess to the girl he likes and tell her that he won't fully confess tell he has the full strength to protect her. we also saw how he had many different fears and even up to some of the later chapters he still did but he laid a resolve that no matter what he faces he will never run and he stick to this to the end showing how he was able to face off with masters that can kill him in an instant and how he does what ever he believe is right never backing down no matter what he has to face. (this is showing that he has evolve slowly to the type like goku and luffy doing what they feel like doing and feel is right never listing to other people which is the road to the true strong) there or many things that showed how he develop as a character and the ending of this story was quite satisfying if there was anything i didn't like it was that I wish there was more chapters but I guess there wasn't anything left to build on. If you haven't read this yet then please do it's an awesome read 585 chapters (History's strongest disciple) there or other things that show character development but it will take to long and I've already write way to much so I can't even cover the 2 point but just to out it in a nut shell with the cards the creator had (mafia, linage, guardians that apart of your intermediate family, rings that represent different meaning and so on) each of these elements were enough for the creator to make the best shounen manga ever ether better then one piece and the others or on par as long as she used it properly but i guess since she wasn't a shounen manga artist it kinda bite her in the butt. they really didn't use much of the mafia elements and one of the main reason to is because of tsuna not accepting his heritage early in the story. anyway this what I would like to say quickly. thanks for reading my opinion and I hope you can read this properly my grammar sucks (but don't point that out please)
Katekyo Hitman Reborn! is probably one of the funniest mangas I've ever read. When I first saw it, the drawings were rather rough and unflattering (maybe the artist, who is a girl, was trying to draw it "boy-style"?), but the storyline was wickedly funny. Seriously, who thinks up stories involving gun-toting infant hitmen?
As the storyline progresses, it seems more like a comedy than a super shonen-fighting kind of manga. Tsuna and his gang gets into all sorts of mischief that is solved in one or two chapters. That's the only reason why I gave its "Enjoyment" rating a 7.
Things are funny but rather dull for about 60 chapters. Then things start getting REALLY interesting.
More characters are introduced. Story arcs are created. Enemies that try to thwart Tsuna and his buds appear, stronger and stronger with each arc. I honestly got swept away with all the friends, enemies, allies, and so on. There were so much you almost lost count -- but the characters, I think, are one of the best parts of the story.
There are so many to love or hate! The good guys: from Tsuna, the pathetic loser of a main character turned mafia leader of the Vongola, to Lambo, the hilariously annoying crybaby in a cow costume. The bad guys: from Xanxus, the surly and arrogant leader of the Vongola assassination squad, to Byakuran, the marshmallow-loving and easygoing guy who's power and influence is absurd.
And the storyline! Forget slapstick comedy. This morphs into a full-blown shonen epic. Forget Guns, swords, dynamite, or grenades. There's nothing this manga can't pull off ..... including magical rings and bazookas that can transport you ten years into the future!
If you're looking for comedy, good fighting scenes, incredibly diverse characters, that sweet fluffy stuff about friendship and bonds, and also romance (Tsuna has some girl problems), then you need to check out Katekyo Hitman Reborn! I honestly recommend it!