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By: Akira Amano
Published by: VIZ Media LLC
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Tsunayoshi Sawada (Tsuna for short) is a cowardly junior high student who doesn’t excel at academics or sports. He only attends school so he can stare at his beautiful classmate Kyoko from afar. But Tsuna’s life takes a dramatic turn when Reborn, a suit-wearing, gun-toting baby who claims to be an Italian hit man, shows up at his house. Reborn was sent to Japan to groom Tsuna for his future life as a big Mafia boss. Tsuna doesn’t believe this absurd story, so Reborn shoots Tsuna in the head with his gun. As Tsuna faces his own death, he’s filled with regret that he never confessed his feelings to Kyoko…and suddenly he’s overcome with supernatural powers that allow him to run off screaming to tell Kyoko how much he loves her. After five minutes, Tsuna goes back to normal. Reborn explains how his gun works: when he shoots a person in the head, if that person has regrets about her life, then she will die and be reborn, temporarily endowed with special powers that enable her to fix or solve whatever is the source of her regret. (If Reborn shoots someone who is free of regret, they would die.)Tsuna becomes Reborn’s disciple, and because Reborn shoots Tsuna in the head all the time, he is constantly being reborn and growing into a stronger and better person, gradually impressing those around him and making friends.
This series is one of my favorites. Though it may start out a bit silly, as the series progresses, Tsuna becomes an excellent mafia boss. I did enjoy all the “REBORN!” moments (Where Tsuna is shot with the Dying will Bullet). Reborn himself is an amusing character ( obviously since all babies wear suits, speak fluently, and know how to shoot a gun =D) as are the many other characters included in the series. Tsunayoshi himself strikes as a very unlikely protagonist, but he does end up growing up stronger and even more worthy to carry the title ‘Protagonist’. Many other characters strike themselves as strange to be in that position, excluding Mukuro who is very worthy of the title ‘Antagonist’ or ‘Villain’. I’d have to say my favorite character out of all of them is the Arcobaleno Colonello, the holder of the Rain Pacifier (You’ll understand this if you read deep into the manga, I think it was the chapter about Mafialand Amusement Park).
I truly think everyone should at least try this book, it will grow on you slowly, until you are finishing one copy, then immediately go for the next. Trust me, I was the same way. =D