Nothing much to say about this chapter in particular – it’s primarily a set-up for the altercation between Tsuna and the Vindice, so my guess is that next chapter will offer more in terms of discussable content. The decoys were definitely a surprise though, and seeing strategies come to life is always an enjoyable aspect since it displays a different sort of strength compared to pure fighting. Vongola’s geniuses certainly pulled through with their life-like dummies, and I have to say seeing Gokudera get beheaded gave me quite a shock at first.
Another thing that caught me off-guard was the trio of Basil, Tsuna, and Enma. It was… not quite what I was expecting in terms of mini-teams formed to take on the opposition, reason being I’m not entirely sure about Basil – he’s definitely not a weak character by any means, and he’s more than proved his mettle on multiple occasions, but as bosses of their respective famiglia, Tsuna and Enma’s strength operate on a different level (plot armor may or may not be included in this assumption). On many levels it’s a team that makes sense, given their age, the ability to conjure the Dying Will flame on their foreheads, etc; I guess I just always forget about Basil for some odd reason…
This does raise the question of the other two “teams” that will take on the remaining Vindice – and given how many characters are in the KHR! cast, any combination is possible, really. Personally I’d prefer it if Amano Akira would forgo the “predictable” combinations like Gokudera/Yamamoto/Extra Person, Xanxus/Squalo, etc, etc. A little variation and mixing of the different famiglia would be really nice, since it’s pretty rare to have a chance for such a diverse range of interactions from everybody. Personally, I’d be pretty invested in seeing a team consisting of Squalo and Dino, or Squalo and Yamamoto since there’s real potential for some laughs right there. The latter match-up will also provide some nice showcase of action from the mafia world’s two best swordsmen, and the former is a match-up that I’m surprised hasn’t been seen more often. If I remember correctly, Squalo and Dino attended school together, so it’s not a complete stretch to have them work together. Their fighting styles have the possibility to complement each other as well, so there’s potential for some action, too. A team of Hibari and Ryohei might be pretty interesting too, actually. It probably won’t be very productive, but it’d certainly draw a few good laughs. It probably won’t induce the same sort of frustration as a team consisting of Hibari and Gokudera, at the very least.
Whatever the case, the element of surprise will probably wear off pretty fast, especially with such
an overpowered a strong opponent like Jager. But there’s strength in numbers, so we’ll see how it goes next week, hopefully.