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Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 403, 404 – Convergence

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Unfortunately (or fortunately?), Tsuna’s Ultimate Dying Will Mode didn’t go back to the boxer trend present in the beginning of the series. There were still plenty to be excited about though, as he seems to be putting the pressure on Bermuda already – almost too easily so. But realism was never a shounen strong suit, and if it means seeing someone, anyone, finally wound the ex-Arcobaleno, I’ll take the Super Saiyan power-ups if it means the plot will finally start moving.

I may seem pretty harsh on Reborn’s insistent spotlight on Tsuna and his requisite power-ups, but I find KHR!’s shounen tropes a lot easier to stomach than some of its brethren in the Jump! magazine. Perhaps it’s because it hasn’t been running as long, but plot proceeds fairly quickly with this series and the battles are never that long, and when need be, each character does get their time to shine both strength and personality-wise. Things certainly don’t feel as ADD with Amano Akira’s tendency to focus on one battle at a time and she gives the series a very clear goal: to make Sawada Tsunayoshi a worthy Vongola Decimo. The entire manga is built around that theme, so by having understood that, the clichéd events start to serve a specific purpose and become less annoying.

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Bermuda sure didn’t last long, but we all knew that was inevitable. The biggest wtf-ery has to be the revelation of Uncle Kawahira as Checkerface of course, and this not only seemingly ties all the mysteries together, but probably really cements this as the final arc of Katekyo Hitman Reborn!. It’s always difficult to tell how much of the plot mangaka have planned out beforehand, and it’s especially been true for this series because of the tonal cacophany between the Daily Life Arc and the arcs that follow it (not to mention that drastic change in art style).

Uncle Kawahira has been the one great mystery of KHR!, and although I’m not sure if his inclusion in the arc was something Amano intended from the very beginning, it certainly does make for a rather interesting twist. An explanation on the Hell Rings might be nice too – Muroko, Fran, and even Genkishi from way back when have been confirmed to use them, but we still don’t have a clue as to what they are or how those characters even got into possession of them.

Another question to ask is just what Kawahira/Checkerface is; if he’s been around since Bermuda became an Arcobaleno, and taking into account the Vindice have been around for quite a while as well (during Primo’s time for sure), it becomes rather obvious that he’s not a normal human being.

In any case, intended or not, this is a rather nice twist to converge all the unanswered storylines together. Hopefully it’ll lead to a fitting conclusion for the series as a whole.

Note: Sorry for the delay – I’ve been sick for the better part of last week.

October 4, 2012 at 11:20 pm
14 comments »
  • October 4, 2012 at 11:24 pmThatGuy

    Honestly, I had forgotten all about Uncle Kawahira.
    The manga series is ending?

    • October 4, 2012 at 11:32 pmPrimusLune

      I do not recall any news to the manga’s end. Plus, it doesnt feel like a concluding-enough arc.

      • October 5, 2012 at 7:27 amzleihsh

        In the daily arc, it was mentioned theat Uncle kawahira had 3 wives and 1 daughter. I just hope Amano will not give us another suprise, like Luch/Aria’ husbands or something…..

  • October 4, 2012 at 11:55 pmPIGLET

    I hope it ends soon the trollerly is getting to me but yeah I was wondering about uncle kawa from chapter 240 or so

    • October 5, 2012 at 7:31 amzleihsh

      I hope he will be the good guy, I mean just look at how many bucks of ramen I-Pin delivered to him!!!
      But then again, he may be want revenge on the (may be)future Vongola Sushi restrain, which become a cooperation and ruin his business?? Just a wild guess, pleas don’t shoot me.

  • October 5, 2012 at 12:45 amDorian

    The reason that BAKAmochi said that is simply this feels like its moving towards a conclusion. I mean to me this definitely feels like a set up to heading towards the end of Reborn.

  • October 5, 2012 at 7:30 amzleihsh

    X____________X!!!
    Yea, like that, I was literally speechless at that last pg.

    But I think Tsuna will keep his promise, “I own you one” during the future arc.

    I-Pin why did you bring him so many ramen……

  • October 5, 2012 at 9:01 amJello

    This should be the last arc. I remember reading in an earlier chapter than Amano-sensei herself had printed it was to be the last. I do feel that it needs to end soon though.

    Also, looks like someone has been playing way too much Portal >_>;;;

  • October 5, 2012 at 10:34 amMasterDragonKnight

    I was only half-kidding when I suggested that Tsuna return to the old stripping routine for the Ultimate Dying Will mode. At least he is not just in boxers this time. ^^;;

    Anyway, for my next completely wild guess, I say that I-Pin will be instrumental for the conclusion of this arc. Maybe she will be an ally, or a secret enemy that Uncle Kawahira is hiding. Perhaps I-Pin was originally destined to be an Arcobaleno.

  • October 5, 2012 at 5:13 pmrazz

    Okay finish up reborn then release a sequel about them actually leading vongola in the mafia business.

  • October 5, 2012 at 5:26 pmgrey

    404 was such a good chapter..if amano can really tie together all of the plot holes with kawahira’s come back i’m sure it’ll be pretty mindblowing development.

    i definitely (sort of) saw this coming. he was the only character that hasn’t shown up yet.

  • October 6, 2012 at 12:11 pmrandom viewer

    The Pinnacle of Dying Will!!! Chapter 403 is the best chapter to show how much Tsuna has grown over the years. Also, I enjoyed all the pages of Bermuda getting his face punched in. Which brings in chapter 404 with the most painful looking upper face-punch given to Bermuda – it’ll leave a mark for sure since he dived right into Tsuna’s “ultimate fist of fury.” Of course, there’s that grand twist at the end. My guess is that Checkerface or Uncle Kawahira is not only the creator of the Arcobalenos’ pacifiers but also the Hell rings as well; he’s set for world domination.

    • October 6, 2012 at 1:44 pmCybersteel

      Tsuna hasn’t gone Dying Will Mode ever since the end of the Varia Arc.

      • October 6, 2012 at 10:49 pmrandom viewer

        True which is why it’s so nostalgic.