I guess that Lal/Colonello pairing is officially canon! The two have pretty amazing chemistry and such a tightly-knit history together that it was only a matter of time before they became official. And what better timing? This chapter marks the shift in tone for Katekyo Hitman Reborn! to what looks to be its original gag humor and oddball comedy, complete with Tsuna back in his boxers.
Although it’s highly unlikely Tsuna will actually choose between Haru and Kyoko, the search for the future Vongola madonna will be an entertaining sight to watch nonetheless. Haru’s flag was certainly raised big time though, and I’ve come to find her oddity quite endearing through the course of the series as Amano seemed to get more and more comfortable experimenting with her character and giving her room to settle into the cast. Compared to some of the other female characters she has a lot more dimension that’s rather understated and (most likely) underappreciated.
Personally I don’t have anything against Kyoko, but she’s always come across flat and slightly difficult to connect with. She fits a very specific archetype and I can’t recall off the top of my head a moment where she did anything to distinguish herself from characters of similar ilk. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it doesn’t create a very memorable personality, either. In addition, Tsuna’s infatuation with her seems to be just that – a teenage crush that doesn’t really have a rhyme or reason. So I’d be very surprised if it leads to anything serious by the end of this arc/series. At least Kyoko’s character is inoffensive enough that her presence can be glossed over without too much irritation; Haru is a sweet girl, but it took a while for her to get there. She was a hard pill to swallow when she was first introduced since she stood out a little too much – especially since it was obvious she was being set up as Tsuna’s possible romantic candidate.
It’s almost guaranteed at this point his attempts to confess to Kyoko with his dying will will be thwarted somehow though, much to the delight of the audience. Tsuna’s failure is going to be spectacular, and I can’t help but wonder who will be the one to burst his bubble this time.