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Katekyo Hitman Reborn! is a Mafia conspired anime revolving around the boy named Tsunayoshi “Tsuna” Sawada, a typical shounen loser who is bad at sports, horrible at school, doesn’t have any friends and has never talked to a girl. His mother hires a tutor to help Tsuna out, an infant from Italy named Reborn, claiming to be from the Mafia. Reborn informs Tsuna that he’s the next heir to the Vongola family mafia and helps to train the unwilling Tsuna.
Tsuna goes through many predicaments as he progresses; including fighting escaped Mafia convicts, a rival group, Varia of Vongola assassins and rival mafia families. Through his experiences, Tsuna becomes stronger and more confident. Reborn’s character is cute, but for the most part, he acts as a dictionary reciting the different bullets and gang structures with no characteristic and development.
Other interesting characters in this anime would be the recruits, who become the Vongola guardians: Hayato Gokudera, a dynamite expert who wishes to be his right-hand man, Takeshi Yamamoto, a baseball player who thinks the Mafia is a game, Ryohei Sasagawa, the energetic captain of the school boxing club, and Kyoya Hibari, the deadly head prefect. Lambo, an infant assasin who came to kill Reborn and Chrome Dokuro, a girl who is sometimes possessed by the criminal Mukuro Rokudo, joins them as well.
The battles are rather impressive since they go beyond showing off a character’s sword skills. The characters each possess their own weapons ranging from fists, kantanas to tonfas and specialized gloves. The transitions of characters were quite remarkable, from being comedy-relief characters, to intensely serious without making it too obvious. Other animes should look at Katekyo Hitman Reborn as an example of how well they transition their characters. There are many characters that appear in the manga which guarantees that there is always one for everyone to like.
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. I love the character designs; they reflect the personality of the people they belong to. 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.
Well, Hitman Reborn is average with its voice cast. I felt that a few character were lacking like Tsuna, Kyoko and Haru’s voice. Tsuna’s voice sounds like a middle-aged woman, instead of a teenage boy! Kyoko’s laugh sounds freaking fake. The voices were a little disappointing. However, the plus point I must say is the OP and EDs. At least this lifted me up after the initial disappointment of the voice cast. The thrills and suspense are well built into scenarios due to the special styles of background music used. They have a soundtrack for every different scene in the anime, and it is absolutely positively pleasing to the ears.
I felt that the plot has moved at a very steady pace that still stirs anxiety and curiosity because of major cliffhangers. Despite its flaws at the beginning (taking too long to start), for me, Katekyo Hitman Reborn! makes up for it all with its awesome storyline and unique characterization whilst keeping typical shounen elements for it to be categorized in this area. I’d recommend it to anyone who is looking for a long running shounen anime. It’s different, and that’s why I enjoyed it.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Overall, Katekyo Hitman Reborn is a good anime; there’s nothing much to complain about it and it delivers up to its expectations. Still, I can’t give it a higher rating as it’s not superbly outstanding compared to some of the better ones.