And with that, the student becomes the master.
Congrats to the people who guessed it right last week! The mystery visitee was Talbot, and Tsuna’s surprise plan was to refill the empty pacifiers with their respective flames; this probably starts another round of guessing game as to who the possible candidates will be. Not every boss has a different flame, and Enma doesn’t even have one of the Flames of the Sky to begin with; maybe Tsuna’s visits to the bosses were to form an alliance and the actual candidates will be someone else? The entire cast of KHR! is eligible, but I have a feeling Amano Akira will be grounding the story to the 10th generation Vongola. It would make sense – the series started with them, after all.
Talbot’s line throws a bit of ominous foreshadowing in it though, and I do suspect the matter isn’t so simple; it all comes down to what a “flame” actually is – is it something equivalent to a person’s life? Or is it simply the actualization of someone’s will? How complicated the process is really depends on the answer to those questions.
Aside from the plot, I’m really impressed at how mature Tsuna has become over the series! It’s amazing how much he’s changed from the whiny little kid from the start of KHR! to someone who fully deserves to headline a series. He’s showing more and more of what makes him the future Vongola Decimo that everyone respects and I absolutely love the road he takes to get there. He’s still a kid in some respects, but every ordeal helps him grow little by little; that all culminates in the final scene of the chapter that just blew me away. It’s always significant when students become the master, because there’s just something so satisfying about teachers being able to learn something from their apprentices, and seeing how they’ve matured due to the lessons taught to them. It’s the same for Tsuna and Reborn, as the future don aims to teach his mentor the will to live, so to speak. Such an awesome reversal – I knew it had to come at some point, but I can’t express my satisfaction in words my enjoyment of the scene. All I can say is: next Wednesday where are you?!