Where I’ve Been…: Katekyo Hitman Reborn!

I absolutely love Reborn, or KHR as I often abbreviate it. I first heard about this series from one of my friends in high school and I was hooked. I rocketed through the available chapters and binged watched the anime the next summer. I continued to follow the series even when I left the country, checking up on new chapters with my BlackBerry even when I was out of the country (it was Canada, so I was still on the same continent but had no roaming data. Wi-Fi is my friend). The series is over now, but I can instantly tell you how many chapters, manga volumes, anime episodes and light novels there are (409, 42, 203 and 5 respectively). I also dressed up as one of its characters for Halloween this year.

I’m a bit obsessed. *cough*

Enough fangirling (for now), I’m here to tell you about the series. It takes place in the town of Namimori somewhere in Japan and focuses on a boy named Sawada Tsunayoshi, or Tsuna to just about everyone in the series. Tsuna is your typical loser middle schooler: his average test score is somewhere around 15 out of 100, he is always picked last in sports, and he’s overall unpopular. His life is a downward spiral of hopelessness and failure.

Then Reborn shows up.

Reborn is a baby. Literally. He also happens to be the most trusted hitman of the Ninth Boss of the Italian Vongola Family and one heck of a tutor. He shows up at Tsuna’s house one day and shoots him in the head with a bullet that makes whoever it kills be reborn with the single-minded desire to do whatever they regretted as they died. Tsuna finds out that Reborn and his “Dying Will Bullets” have been sent to train Tsuna to become the Tenth Vongola Boss. Tsuna is adamantly against it but builds up a family including an over enthusiastic bomber, a somewhat oblivious baseball star, a single-minded boxer, a cow child and fighting obsessed school prefect.

The series starts out a little slow, with the first six volumes and nineteen episodes devoted to character introduction and development, but it eventually turns into an action series with plenty of heartfelt family building moments in between. I highly recommend that everyone read/watch it. Unfortunately, the series is not particularly well loved by Viz (who license it in the US), who have only published 16 of the manga volumes and have not dubbed or released any DVDs for the anime. The anime can be found on subbed Hulu and Crunchyroll though, and volumes are available online at Amazon and Barns & Noble.

If you’ve already seen it, or you want to try something else before actually diving into the series, try this story here. It isn’t particularly long but it doesn’t give too much information away either aside from a couple character names and it makes for a good bit of light reading.

With that I’ll bid you farewell, so that you can go check out my favorite series for yourself. I hope you like it. As always, have a great day! Mattane!

PCCAW Ep. 3: Sounds Like We’re Doing All Sorts of Stuff in the Bath Together?

Well that’s a weird episode title. It wasn’t particularly representative of the episode either, since only the beginning and a flashback actually took place in the bath. I’m cool with that though, I came for the story, not fanservice. (Though the strategic placement of the cat was funny.)

Things are really starting to pick up in this episode. The community started to take it’s first steps forward, symbolized by the implementation of the water tree Izayoi won in the first episode, we get more insight into the character’s gifts, they manage to win their first real game against another community and Izayoi and Jin start a high stakes plan to defeat all of the Demon Lords.

Speaking of high stakes, Izayoi doesn’t do things by halves does he? Seriously, in the first episode he fights and beats a god. In the second he meets a Demon Lord and instantly wants to fight her. In this episode he hatches a plan that will utterly destroy the community if it fails and enacts it before even talking to Jin about it. If he weren’t so confident or obviously strategically minded I’d wonder if he was an idiot. I do wonder how much of it is for his own sake and how much is for the community.

As far as the gifts themselves go we’re getting some new info pretty quickly. In the last episode we found out that You is able to use the abilities of animals she has befriended and this time we learn about Asuka’s “Control” ability, which is apparently not limited to living things. Pretty awesome. We’re still in the dark about Izayoi’s abilities, aside from what appears to be super strength but is more likely something like gravity manipulation or illusions or something. And we still have pretty much no idea about either Jin Russel or Black Rabbit’s abilities.

As for the episode’s events I’m glad they gave the tiger guy a licking, though the fact that he had originally started off as a tiger was a surprise to me. Guess we know what that vampire girl Demon Lord’s ability is. And apparently Jin knows her somehow. I’m looking forward to learning more about her- and Jin for that matter. I like him.

Well, that’s it for now I guess. I hope you guys are liking the show so far, and make sure you take a look at my Facebook page and Twitter. They should be able to be found in the blog’s “About” section. Until next time, have a great day. Mattane!

PCCAW Ep. 2: Seems Like a Crazy Loli Clad in Japanese Clothing?

It looks like things have started happening in episode two- not that they weren’t happening before. I was totally right about Black Rabbit’s community being in poor straights, and also completely right about our main characters joining them in spite/because of that.

Some of that stuff was really sad though. Demon Lords who challenge people to undeniable games, communities losing their entire livelyhoods because of that, and then there’s that sharp toothed guy whose name I don’t bother remembering. I’m glad Asuka shut him up before he could keep talking- imagination is one thing, conformation is another entirely. Though perhaps for some people knowing is better than having to imagine. I hope they beat him up good in the next episode, even with whatever new powers that vampire girl gave him.

Speaking of which, we got a couple new characters in this episode. There was that nameless vampire girl at the very end, who I think is your typical background shadowy figure who works against the main characters and the over-energetic, not-actually-so-cute-and-cuddly loli mentioned in the title, Shiroyasha.

We got another game too, and some background information for You. Her story so far is pretty sad, and I wonder what happened to her dad. The way she has those flashbacks definitely implies something happened to him after she got better. Also, what happened to her? Was she born weak? Was she in an accident? Did she get sick? Whatever the case it lead to her getting that pendant and her abilities.

And then there’s the gift cards (pictured above). I’m pretty sure Shiroyasha isn’t as powerful as she leads everyone to believe, since she seemed to be using the gift cards to do the job that Black Rabbit had wanted her to do the whole time. More importantly though they helped us to figure out who the real real main character of the series is: Izayoi. I mean, it isn’t all that surprising that there’s someone that the super cool thing doesn’t work on but it does a good job of establishing who the most mysterious and unique person is and who you will want to keep a close eye on.

That’s all for now, but I’ll probably have another post by the end of the day. I’m feeling binge watchy at the moment. I hope you girls and guys have a great day. Mattane!

Happy Halloween! (Or Cosplay-day)

Halloween is seriously one of the best holidays ever. It’s a night when children are encouraged to stay up late, get and eat tons of free candy, and pretend to be someone they aren’t. The perks diminish somewhat as one gets older, since most high-school/college age kids stay up late and parents have to deal with the problems the aforementioned perks bestow on their children the next day, but that doesn’t make it any less of an awesome day.

Naturally my favorite parts are the costumes. I mean, it’s pretty obvious when you think about it. Halloween is basically the day anime/video game/TV fans everywhere have an actual excuse to cosplay. Not to say we can’t every day- I knew a kid in high school who would occasionally show up in an Akatsuki cloak from Naruto- but on Halloween you get rewarded for it.

For example, yesterday I was Basil (pictured above), from Katekyo Hitman Reborn (Here’s a Hulu link, for anyone interested: http://www.hulu.com/reborn). It isn’t a particularly difficult costume, or a good one for that matter. My hair’s too long, the jacket’s too big, etc., but most people wouldn’t even notice it on a regular day. Today though? If they don’t pick up on the unusual clothing they ask if I am wearing a costume, to which I am able to respond with who I am and what show I’m from! I get to spread the word about my favorite anime and not be judged for wearing something strange in public because everyone is doing it!

Maybe that isn’t really a reward for most people, but even so it’s still cool to be able to dress up as my favorite anime characters. Another friend of mine dressed up as Beat Jumper, from Shugo Chara, and she had a great time doing that too (here’s her blog, for anyone who’s interested in checking her out: http://kpopschooldj.tumblr.com/).

And if you don’t want to cosplay you don’t know what you’re missing, but I’m not here to judge. There’s always the opportunity to hoard candy for your next binge watching day. I wish I had the chance to go trick-or-treating, but I guess I’ll just head to Walmart or something to pick up some discount clearance candy bags. Whatever tickles your fancy I hope you had an awesome Halloween, and that you have another awesome day. Mattane!

PCACFAWAT (or PCCAW) Ep. 1: Problem Children are Coming from Another World Aren’t They?

Problem Children are Coming from Another World, Aren’t They?

Interesting name, huh? The premise of the show is that there are three super powered kids who get brought to a place called Little Garden in order to play in things called Gift Games, which are apparently sports-like things that people in the world gamble on. As the Black Rabbit (more about her in a bit) explains the Games can be anything from gambling to fights. The kids seem pretty excited about the whole thing, considering they were brought to Little Garden with little warning and no choice. I guess there wouldn’t be much of a show if they just said “Send us home.”

Anyway, the first episode starts off by introducing the main characters. Izayoi Sakamaki is a blonde haired guy who seems to like fighting, since he’s already ended two fights in the first episode, and I don’t think he likes people much either. People with headphones are usually trying to block out the world in media. He’s really bored though, he says that a whole bunch. He has super strength sorts of powers, and possibly other super senses.

Asuka Kudou, who’s name reminds me of Detective Conan of all things, is apparently pretty rich. She’s the one with the long, brown hair. She lives in a big house and has at least one servant and is rather haughty seems like the kind of person who would be ready to take advantage of any situation. She seems friendly though, so she isn’t bad. She can control people and animals just by telling them what to do.

You Kusakabe (again with the names of other characters I know!) is a much more quiet sort. She’s the short haired girl and she has this calico cat that follows her around or something. We know much less about her background because we find her hanging out in nature and she doesn’t talk a whole lot. She’s apparently able to talk to animals though.

Then there’s the Black Rabbit, who is the blue haired one with bunny ears. She is apparently able to turn it pink, though I don’t know what affect that has on her. She’s one of those energetic, somewhat ditzy types. When she first shows up, spying on the other three, they notice immediately. She wasn’t being very sneaky.

So after a short game they all go with the rabbit to a temple like building but before they get there Izayoi wanders off and picks a fight with a water god/dragon. He wins of course, since this is the first episode and the writers are showing off his powers.

So yeah, mostly exposition here, but that’s okay. I’m a bit curious about Miss Rabbit’s motivation, since Izayoi asks what she’s hiding, but they’ll probably explain that in the next episode. I can also tell that the series is going to have a fair bit of fanservice, but the plot seems good so I can deal. Well, have a good day, and mattane (see you later)!

Who Am I, and Where Are We?

Hi! I’m Jairdin and this is “Let’s Watch …!”, a blog where I watch anime episode by episode and share my thoughts with you. I’ve been a big fan of anime since seventh grade, when I read a volume of One Piece that some of my friends had brought to lunch one day. Since then my love for anime has grown and I’ve reached out and found more and more series to pay attention to and watch. There are always more though, and I’m not always able to enjoy them with my friends because we don’t always watch the same kind of anime and it’s difficult to find time to watch together. Hence this blog.

This blog is based off of the idea of a video game “Let’s Play”, where someone plays a game and comments on what they are playing. I can’t post videos here since that would be verging on copyright infringement, if not straight out violating copyright laws, but I will post my personal thoughts on each episode. That’s where you come in. You can watch the show yourself (don’t worry, I’ll tell you where to find it) and comment on it. I’m hoping that we can have some interesting, anime based discussions. I do have to warn you, there will be spoilers for each episode in the posts I make, as well as for the episodes in the past. I can’t very well talk about what I’m watching if I have to do lots of censoring.

Finally, please be courteous when talking or commenting. I’m a fairly tolerant person by nature but it really bothers me when people start doing things like insulting each other in comments. Discussion is good, debate is fine, full blown arguing and name-calling just sours everyone’s day. Also, please try to keep things at least PG-13, if not PG or G. Anime is for everyone to enjoy and we don’t want people to have to leave because of content that they aren’t supposed to see.

With that taken care of I wish you all the best. Thanks for taking the time to check this place out, and I look forward to seeing you later. Peace!