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Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 388 – No Chance

What? Another manga? Why, yes dear readers – another Shounen Jump series is getting coverage, and it’s Katekyo Hitman Reborn. I love this series, and it’s about time it made its debut on Random Curiosity alongside the other SJ comics! So without further ado, let’s Jump straight in (har, har) with our dying wills!


A little comment about the arc itself before I start delving into this chapter specifically – the Rainbow Representative Arc comes riding the coattails of the Daemon Spade Arc, which was pretty much an adrenaline rush all the way through. I’m not a huge fan of Daemon, but the storyline itself was fast-paced and had the typical high-stakes seen in most of KHR‘s arcs so far. This one is no different and it looks like it’ll challenge Tsuna in a different way: without Reborn, what is Sawada Tsunayoshi?

It’s an interesting question to pose; while the little guy has been growing on his own, Reborn has always been there to guide him and encourage him. For the first time ever though, his tutor seems to have lost faith in him, and the fact Reborn’s so accepting of his impending doom frustrates Tsuna all the more. This time, defeating the enemy won’t fix anything – no matter what the outcome, it’s the end for Reborn and the rest of the Arcobaleno. The chapter drives home all of Tsuna’s frustrations and gosh, you bet I’m looking forward to the emotional roller coaster that’s in store for the next few chapters. The moping around will totally be worth it too, because if there’s anything Tsuna does exceptionally well, it’s bouncing back with gusto. It’s always been his best trait, and one that has always accompanied him throughout all the hardships he’s faced. I’m not entirely convinced Reborn’s lost faith in his pupil, either. While Reborn has some pretty scary – and questionable – methods of training Tsuna, one thing has always been crystal clear: he cares for Tsuna. Hence it’s entirely possible the master assassin is doing this in order to protect him. Conversely, this could be another test; one never knows with Reborn, really… while being the world’s greatest hitman, he’s also the world’s greatest troll. In any case… ganbatte, Juudaime!

Let me know what you think guys – I’d love to hear your feedback on what I can do to improve!

June 6, 2012 at 11:44 pm
  • June 6, 2012 at 11:54 pmJared

    Why only SJ series? I mean, I realize this is an anime blog not a manga blog, but the selection of manga series seems very lacking in comparison to the diversity of anime genres that are covered here. Nothing against shounen manga but in my personal opinion when I visit a blog I want to be introduced to new material, not just read about the same old shounen series that everyone is already reading.

    But it’s good to see you pick up a new manga nonetheless, I don’t mean to discourage you from blogging this – I’m only giving my opinion regarding the selection of genre.

    • June 7, 2012 at 1:41 amsh0yu

      seriously? STFU.

      just be glad that Bakamochi is covering this :)

      • June 7, 2012 at 2:16 amJared

        I’m allowed to express my opinion and I believe I did so in a civil manner. That’s fine if you disagree but you don’t need to tell me to STFU.

        And as I said it’s good that he picked up another manga for RC. I was merely making some suggestions if the site were to continue to pursue the direction of blogging manga.

        Damrod also mentioned another good point that had been lingering in the back of my mind. One of the problems I find with picking up only famous SJ series, is that so many of them are already several hundred chapters in the works – making it difficult anyone who is new to the series to be introduced to it this way since it is being picked up here so far along without proper introduction.

        I just think fresher manga series would suit the RC format better than just never ending old shounen series.

      • June 7, 2012 at 2:48 amSuppa Tenko

        The reason why SJ series are blogged is because they are the ones that are almost guaranteed to have a weekly chapter to blog. Bi-weekly mangas and mangas with irregular release dates are kinda hard to blog.

      • June 7, 2012 at 6:50 pmBakaMochi

        Hey guys – let’s all play nice! :)

        It didn’t cross my mind to have a sort of introductory section explaining the premise/characters and I’m really sorry about that – I’ll have something like that next week to help people who’re new to the franchise familiarize themselves with the material a little better!

  • June 7, 2012 at 12:02 amrandom viewer

    I love Reborn and I jump into the manga right after the anime ended.
    I look forward to more posts. And this arc is really some serious stuff.

  • June 7, 2012 at 12:04 amWatt

    I don’t know if you’re male or female but I am officially declaring my love for you now. :3 Reborn! has become one of my favorite manga since it broke out of its wacky school life days so thanks for this.

    As for the chapter, I don’t think Reborn! has lost faith in him either. Reborn! has just always been “realistic” – as he’s mentioned, he’s always been confident that Tsuna could defeat the opponent so he pushes him; this time though he probably thinks that Tsuna’s just not up to par yet so he’s protecting him by pushing him away….for now maybe. I’m sure Reborn has something up his sleeve that’d give Tsuna some kind of power boost. Or since the series does seem to be heading toward its end, maybe this time around, Tsuna will be the one to give Reborn some kind of inspirational boost.

    • June 7, 2012 at 6:56 pmBakaMochi

      Yeah… this arc really has the makings of a grand finale; I actually thought I saw somewhere that this was the final arc, but I can’t remember exactly (if I really did see it LOL). It’ll be sad to see it end though… the series really is charming.

      • June 8, 2012 at 2:30 amReshenKusaga

        I find it really interesting that three of Jump’s Jewels are potentially on their last arcs. We have the final Bleach arc for certain, Naruto is looking to resolve all their plot lines with this one, though perhaps one final arc to subdue Tobi if that isn’t in this arc, and Reborn with this Rainbow Representatives arc which does look to be an arc to end all arcs.

        I wonder what they’re planning now that it seems like they’re going to be ending three of their most popular and long-running manga…

  • June 7, 2012 at 12:07 amCybersteel

    Thank Sabermochi gosh I am indebted to you no hime-sama. Kore wa sankyou.

    • June 7, 2012 at 2:34 am†Croos†

      Arigato!! Baka-chi ;A;

  • June 7, 2012 at 12:35 amILoveYou

    OMG as I was typing in randomc.net after finishing the new chapter of reborn, I was thinking right at the moment how it should be blogged on randomc, then FWOOSH, THERE IT WAS! Tears :’) I LOVE YOOOUUUUU <3

    • June 7, 2012 at 6:57 pmBakaMochi

      I read minds ;D

  • June 7, 2012 at 1:30 amDamrod

    Maybe it is just me, but would it maybe be a possibility to introduce the characters and all a bit more for when people who haven’t yet read KHR or a better introduction to the series?

    Jumping straight in can be nice, when it is at the start of the story but when posting 100 chapters or more later without some kind of introduction can make it a bit hard to get what you are trying to convey to the readers with the blog-posts.

    • June 7, 2012 at 6:58 pmBakaMochi

      Yeah you’re right… it totally didn’t occur to me though! x__x Silly me. Anyway, I’ll try to come up with a way to ease people in a little better as new characters are introduced since KHR! has an ensemble cast enough to rival Bleach lol

  • June 7, 2012 at 2:31 amPuffyPrincess

    What a pleasant surprise.

  • June 7, 2012 at 2:59 ambleu

    Thought I had the wrong page when I saw Reborn! on the front ahaha. Thanks for blogging this, it’s such a wonderful surprise! Yeah, I can totally imagine Reborn being a no.1 troll xD;;; Looking forward to weekly updates and insights! :)

  • June 7, 2012 at 3:27 amventus

    why no one blogging one piece?is one of the best manga right now.And anyway,it also much more better than bleach

    • June 7, 2012 at 3:53 amTOP2NE1

      One Piece, Toriko, HxH (Whenever it’s back), Berserk, and Shingeki no Kyojin need posts. (Maybe TWGOK and Claymore too.)

      If series like Reborn and Bleach had to stand on plot alone they’d collapse immediately. Fairy Tail is straight in the middle pack and is being propped up by its gratuitous fanservice. Naruto has heart but man has it been disappointing for a while. I mean in the latest chapter there was this character named Naruto in a panel or two, and he seems so much better than that Sasuke guy. Can’t the series be about him more?

      • June 7, 2012 at 4:22 amNeo

        Agree with you, need more TWGOK here. But sadly there will be two weeks break before the start of new arc(since the goddes arc is already finish along with mai high fest).

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  • June 7, 2012 at 3:29 amDanjCole

    Its cool to see Reborn! gets some cover on the site, i was beginning to lose a little faith in the series but the last few chapters have revitalised it for me, should be good

    also cheers for covering it :D

  • June 7, 2012 at 4:07 amP Ko

    Poor Tsuna.
    I still think the Vindice look awesome. I dunno why people rag on them so much :/

    • June 7, 2012 at 3:11 pmCaptain Obvious

      Maybe its because they’re dressed in rags?

      • June 7, 2012 at 7:01 pmBakaMochi

        I think Jager has the best design – he looks menacing even without the mummy get-up. The other three though, I admit I was little iffy.

  • June 7, 2012 at 5:09 amMasterDragonKnight

    I think it is nice that you are spending time to cover more manga, Mochi.

    Perhaps you can also give us some of your thoughts and impressions of Katekyo Hitman Reborn up until now, like in the past arcs too.

    • June 7, 2012 at 7:26 pmBakaMochi

      If that is what you readers want, I will find a way to comply!

      • June 7, 2012 at 8:48 pmMasterDragonKnight

        It is really up to you, since this is your review. ^^

        I mentioned this because some of the older plot points are being brought up in the current arc, like the fights against Mukuro, Xanxus, Byakuran, and Daemon Spade.

  • June 7, 2012 at 5:51 amufobaby

    I miss Beelzebub! >.<

    I wish someone would blog the manga here…

  • June 7, 2012 at 6:42 amRyougaZell

    Manga is getting more blogs lately. Its cool and all but I can’t understand why One Piece isn’t back.

    Why not blog the manga of series previously blogged? like The World God Only Knows or Zettai Karen Children.

    • June 7, 2012 at 3:41 pmVivace

      The writers at least should give us a good reason why not blogging one piece. Receiving no response from the writers and this is not the 1st time someone brought out this issue/request.

      • June 7, 2012 at 5:06 pmQbert

        Maybe none of them like it or follow it? Not many people follow One Piece. Do you just want anyone to do it, regardless of whether their a fan or not?

      • June 7, 2012 at 7:32 pmBakaMochi

        Um… I really do apologize, but me at least can’t give you an answer to that/is not the best person to ask. I know it’s highly unlikely that I’ll pick up One Piece since I don’t follow it… probably not really a good answer but it’s the best I can offer at the moment :(

      • June 8, 2012 at 12:34 pmRyougaZell

        Thanks for the reply BakaMochi :)

  • June 7, 2012 at 6:55 amPuri

    I’m glad you picked up Reborn! I wish someone would bring back One Piece

    Keep up the good work! :)

  • June 7, 2012 at 7:43 amStereoman

    This is a nice surprise! Good luck!
    I’m 50 chapters behind orz

  • June 7, 2012 at 8:48 amNorthRadiance

    This is a very pleasant addition :D Another story review to look forward to every week!! Thank you!!! :3

  • June 7, 2012 at 2:17 pmHutch Hutchenson

    Finally! Someone other than me that cares about this series.

    • June 7, 2012 at 7:38 pmCybersteel

      There’s more people who care about it then you might think.

  • June 7, 2012 at 8:12 pmgrey

    this is the only series i’m keeping up with in SJ so i’m sooo glad rc is covering this! thank you bakamochi!

  • June 7, 2012 at 9:56 pmLayfon

    I’m all for adding KHR! This is great XD!