Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Season One review

Oh my.
So I just finished watching KHR (That stands for Katekyo Hitman Reborn). First season. What are my thoughts?
*_______________* I absolutely adored it.
Of course, I have my nitpicks, but I’ll adress those in a moment. First off, let me give a basic explanation of the plot.
So Mr. Sawada Tsunayoshi (Known as Tsuna and “No-Good Tsuna”) is pretty much this first year middle schooler who’s a complete loser. He’s a wimp and crybaby, bad grades, no friends, but he’s really sweet at heart and has a crush on a girl named Kyoko. Then he finds out he’s to become the 10th boss of an Italian mafia called the Vongola Family from an infant hitman named Reborn. Uhhh. What? And of course, being Tsuna, he freaks out. Like, “WTF LEAVE ME ALOOOOONE!!!” freakout. But he gets friends, and he slowly matures through the first season. Kind of.
Sounds pretty blah, right? That’s what I thought. And the characters- whew. I won’t describe them because I’m afraid of scaring people off…hearing about them is never a good thing, only seeing them and giving them a chance. Honestly, its amazing. Because anyone who can take that random a gathering of characters and make an anime that can honestly be considered “woahmygosh that’s freaking awesome”, is a mangaka god.
I won’t lie, I was a little put off at first, but once you get through maybe 15 episodes- I mean really, most of it is introductory, boring, and repetitive. What’s new? But then you get to honest to goodness PLOTLINE, and that’s where it starts to get good. Really, you should give it a chance. Sadly KHR is not english dubbed, but I couldn’t watch it even if it was. I’m too attached to the japanese VA’s (Voice Actors, for those not forum-inclined).
My small little nitpicks of season one? One: After the Mukuro arc,what was the point of the small little episodes that sort of gave a lame ending to the season? They really should have stopped right after the Mukuro arc and just continued to the second season from there. I thought I’d gotten to season two because they changed the opening (second. opening. is. amazing.) and ending themes. But apparently not, according to Wikipedia. And two: A little too many mini episodes. Like, those little episodes that just don’t advance the plot at all. I’m totally fine with that, they’re hilarious, but they’re sometimes a little boring. Mmm. And Tsuna does fantasize about hanging out with Kyoko, her giggling gets a little annoying sometimes. I usually just fast-forward through the sparkly bits and then its all good. =_________=” Plus, no girls in Tsuna’s mafia family! And the only girls he hangs out with are really naive. I-Pin doesn’t really count much, she’s more of a nuisance a lot of the time. It kind of bothers me that there are no really cool girl characters in Tsuna’s family D:
I can’t let you go without a little enticement though! I need to recruit more KHR fans! I mean it, the fanbase is just too small compared to Naruto and Bleach and things. Not saying those are bad animangas, but seriously! When you find gems like these, you want other people to turn away from their Naruto fanfictions and appreciate something else for a moment! D:
Second Opening:
h o m g.
If you don’t lurve this, then…wah.

Oh my.

So I just finished watching KHR (That stands for Katekyo Hitman Reborn). First season. What are my thoughts?

*_______________* I absolutely adored it.

Of course, I have my nitpicks, but I’ll address those in a moment. First off, let me give a basic explanation of the plot.

So Mr. Sawada Tsunayoshi (Known as Tsuna and “No-Good Tsuna”) is pretty much this first year middle schooler who’s a complete loser. He’s a wimp and crybaby, bad grades, no friends, but he’s really sweet at heart and has a crush on a girl named Kyoko. Then he finds out he’s to become the 10th boss of an Italian mafia called the Vongola Family from an infant hitman named Reborn. Uhhh. What? And of course, being Tsuna, he freaks out. Like, “LEAVE ME ALOOOOONE!!!” freakout. But he gets friends, and he slowly matures through the first season. Kind of. And because he’s such a wimp, the only way for him to fight is for Reborn to remove his inhibitions (and unfortunately, usually most of his clothes o____o) with something called a “Dying Will Bullet”, that makes him focus on one task with inhuman strength and determination. Through this, and his slow improvement, Reborn shapes him to become the Vongola Juudaime.

Sounds pretty blah, right? That’s what I thought. And the characters- whew. I won’t describe them because I’m afraid of scaring people off…hearing about them is never a good thing, only seeing them and giving them a chance. Honestly, its amazing. Because anyone who can take that random a gathering of characters and make an anime that can honestly be considered “woahmygosh that’s freaking awesome”, is a mangaka god.

I won’t lie, I was a little put off at first, but once you get through maybe 15 episodes- I mean really, most of it is introductory, boring, and repetitive. What’s new? But then you get to honest to goodness PLOTLINE, and that’s where it starts to get good. Really, you should give it a chance. Sadly KHR is not english dubbed, but I couldn’t watch it even if it was. I’m too attached to the japanese VA’s (Voice Actors, for those not forum-inclined).

My small little nitpicks of season one? One: After the Mukuro arc,what was the point of the small little episodes that sort of gave a lame ending to the season? They really should have stopped right after the Mukuro arc and just continued to the second season from there. I thought I’d gotten to season two because they changed the opening (second. opening. is. amazing.) and ending themes. But apparently not, according to Wikipedia. And two: A little too many mini episodes. Like, those little episodes that just don’t advance the plot at all. I’m totally fine with that, they’re hilarious, but they’re sometimes a little boring. Mmm. And Tsuna does fantasize about hanging out with Kyoko, her giggling gets a little annoying sometimes. I usually just fast-forward through the sparkly bits and then its all good. =_________=” Plus, no girls in Tsuna’s mafia family! And the only girls he hangs out with are really naive. I-Pin doesn’t really count much, she’s more of a nuisance a lot of the time. It kind of bothers me that there are no really cool girl characters in Tsuna’s family D:

I can’t let you go without a little enticement though! I need to recruit more KHR fans! I mean it, the fanbase is just too small compared to Naruto and Bleach and things. Not saying those are bad animangas, but seriously! When you find gems like these, you want other people to turn away from their Naruto fanfictions and appreciate something else for a moment! D:

Second Opening:

h o m g. If you don’t lurve this, then…wah. This is an extremely good anime. Its got great animation, its ongoing, its got original plotline, and if you’re looking for anything more then you really shouldn’t be watching anime at all. KHR also has a manga, but I’ll stick with the anime for now. Watch it! If you don’t like it, no loss, but you might end up loving it, like me. :3

– Vanessa

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16 Responses to Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Season One review

  1. Timothy Qi says:

    Oh really? Kinda short, Vanessa.

  2. Falang says:

    IT GETS SO MUCH BETTER LATER ON.
    You should watch the 6th opening just to see how much it changed.

    • Vanessa says:

      I KNOW RIGHT?

      I’m already on the 5th season, in fact. The arts much better now, and you can tell they’re grown up. I’ve totally fallen in love with this show.

      – Vanessa

  3. Rokudou Mukuro says:

    I love the bishounen in this anime.
    Especially Mukuro and Byakuran.
    Their smile are too dangerous, I tell you ^^

    • Vanessa says:

      Reborn’s smile is pretty freaking dangerous too. ; )
      Haha whenever he smiles my friend and I always wince. Always. (Tsuna’s in for some painnnn)

      – Vanessa

  4. June says:

    I looove it! For me KHR is at the same level as Naruto & Bleach maybe even better ^-^

  5. the series do get really awesome after season 1, but i liked your review its pretty decent ^^

  6. Joanne says:

    EXACTLY ! It’s awesome . I’ve heard KHR KHR KHR and at last decided to watch it . after 15-30 eps . You gotta faint . If you don’t you’re not normal .
    ITS AWESOME .
    And right ! The fanbase is small compared to Naruto Bleach etc .
    I personally think KHR should be put in the same level as Naruto , Bleach, One Piece, Fairytail , which I also think is awesome . (FT AND ONEPIECE YOU GO )
    It needs more attention . I got one of my friend into loving KHR . I FEEL REALLY HAPPY JUST BY GETTING ANOTHER FAN FOR KHR ! Akira-sama , kono suteki to kampeki no anime ni tsukute , kokoro kara ureshi , arigatou gozaimashita !

  7. mady says:

    OK thanks everyone im defiantly going to watch it now all the comments and the review have got me excited looking forward to a great amine.

  8. Your Daddy says:

    Hm Tsuna is by far the most pathetic, wimpiest, useless main character ever developed in anime.

    Unless of course he’s in deathperation mode. However, since he’s only in that mode while fighting, the rest of the time you have to deal with him spazzing out like a wimp 99% of the time.

    The problem is, he’s like that the entire series. Yeah, he never changes. If you’re thinking, “Oh he’s gonna probably change and not be like this eventually. Nope. He will continue to be a wimp, continue to whine, continue to act like a loser, the entire series.

    UNLESS, he’s in deathperation mode. ^_~

    This isn’t a bad show, but it’s not in any league to Naruto or Bleach (take out the fillers of course). I watched Reborn to the very end, mainly because I was curious to see how it ends. Whether Tsuna changes…

    Everything I have said here is well known by those familiar with this series. Many complain about Tsuna being how he is. Being “good at heart” to most is not relevant. People watch the show to see Tsuna go into deathperation moe and kick butt. Period. That’s the ONLY reason to watch this show. When he’s in that mode, it’s awesome. After he comes out of it, you’ll be like, “Man, this sucks”… trust me.

    • Vanessa says:

      Hello. If you bothered to look at the date on this review, it’s from 2009. This is also a review from when I just began watching KHR, so no, I didn’t realize Tsuna would “continue to be a wimp, continue to whine” and etc.

      I disagree. While Tsuna is still a “wimp” as you put it, he has grown greatly as a character. In the beginning he rejected the Vongola Boss position out of fear, but now he takes up the title (though unofficially) in the name of protecting his friends. Tsuna’s number one motivation is to protect, and he does it while being realistic. I’m tired of overpowered protagonists that respond to situations with irrational bravery. Tsuna is a different sort of character, and that’s like a breath of fresh air. While his whining can get aggravating at times, he’s responding in a realistic way to ridiculous situations. He’s just a regular kid subjected to crazy daily antics and constant threats on his life. Frankly, Tsuna has a right to freak out all the time.

      And I also disagree that Tsuna is still a loser. A loser wouldn’t constantly put himself in danger for his famiglia. Tsuna has grown a lot, and while you may not be able to see that, I thank you for your comment.

  9. Kasanyan says:

    In the end you say the animation is good, but, in my opinion, it is the second worst thing. Like, right after the characters.

    • Vanessa says:

      Well thanks or your opinion. Of course, you should probs keep in mind I was a rising freshman at the time and everything was amazing animation to me at the time. I realize now how bad it was at the beginning of the series, but I think we’ll have to agree to disagree on the characters, I still love them 🙂

  10. lindsey says:

    Kasanyan,
    Hi, I’m Lindsey the blog moderator. It’s okay if you disagree with Vanessa, but can you tell us more about why you think the animation is not good? Give us the facts. It’s good to have various viewpoints on the blog, that’s how good discussion happens.

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