Tsuna continues to keep his Boss-mode on, rallying his previous opponents to help him in his fight against Checkerface. This is a part of Tsuna’s character that has always impressed me – willingness to ask for help and receive it does not come easy, and his humbleness is a trait often overlooked in favor of overall growth as a character. The ability to depend on others has always been with Tsuna though, and I feel his maturity has honed that skill to a point where he can call a bunch of alpha dogs into one room, ask them to lend him their strength, and keep them in line all at the same time. Of course, the most interesting part will be how Tsuna puts his words into action – that will be the real test, to see how he can coordinate the clash of so many different personalities and strengths into a coherent strategy and mold them into a working team. It’s easy to keep Hibari or Xanxus in line now, but what happens on the battlefield? Both are wont to just go wild and kill everything on sight, rather than follow a given set of directions and play nice with the other teammates. There’s also the slight issue that people like Mukuro won’t just offer his help for free – there has a to be a concrete reward for him, a strong incentive to really convince him to join Tsuna. Maybe Chrome will finally become useful for this, but who knows?
Cooperation is going to be essential in the fight against Bermuda – while revenge might not be the best motive out there, it certainly gives the Vindice the strength and motivation they need to fight. They have a solid connection that ties them together, a common cause that overrides their individual selves. Without equal resolve and bonds on the Combined Representative’s part, it’s going to be difficult – if not nigh impossible – to defeat Bermuda and the Vindice. Hatred may be a powerful source of strength, but if Tsuna plays his cards right, his dying will may just be able to win this chess game once and for all.