Posted 08 July 2011 - 09:34 AM
Oh my gosh, Katekyo~ It's one of the greatest anime out there.
Initially I was skeptical about the series- it seemed weird. A tutor who teaches you to become a mafia boss? Eventually I saw past this fact that I found hard to swallow and began on the series. The first 10 to 15 episodes were more of less filler episodes where you get to see Tsuna running around one time shy and diffident, the other (being shot with the Dying Will Flame) starts getting all pumped up and ridiculously funny. There was one episode where he had a showdown with one of the karate senpai over something involving Kyoko. Reborn shoots him with the Dying Will Flame and he ripped off the senpai's hair. LOL. I cringed. Real bad. That must really, really hurt.
Afterwards it just got really really interesting. Firstly was the Vongola Boss battle between the Varia and Tsuna's 'gang', followed by the transportation through time, to 10 years later- to find himself dead.
I enjoyed how Tsuna's 'rivals' would never remain as his 'rivals' after he has defeated them. Take Mukuro for example. I was actually really shocked at first, since in the beginning of the series they had portrayed him as such a cold, brutal illusionist. Yet in the later part of the series, he was not only a 'comrade' but he has made several sacrifices for Tsuna and his friends such as infiltrating the enemy base.
Not forgetting Varia- who also ended up as allies.
After where the anime has left off, in the manga of Katekyo- we are hinted with the fact that Byakuran might be their comrade as well.
However, in the latest release of the Katekyo Manga chapter, I was actually disenchanted to learn of how everything seems to be getting draggy as well. I was actually looking forward to Tsuna finally sitting upon the throne as the Vongola Boss, and his REAL fight with the Mafia underworld. Probably some sort of disaster striking the underworld, causing many families to turn their backs against each other or something to that sort. I didn't like its latest expansion. I can just pray that it wouldn't end up as disastrous and hopeless as D.Gray-Man has turned out to be. D.Gray-Man started off spectacularly and I enjoyed every bit of the anime, but lately the manga is suffering from a terrible downward spiral that I don't think can ever be salvaged, no matter how much fame and repute used to surround it.
Looking forward to another anime adaptation of Katekyo. I am very pleased with Artland's animation. In comparison, it is one of the few anime companies that offer GOOD animation. Studio Deen (Vampire Knight) has good ART, but it overlooks some of the details. I find it disturbing whenever I watch some of the animes, 7-Ghost or what-not, and see eyebrows where should have been hair. As in the hair is covering the face but yet you can see the eyebrow! OH MY GOD? ><
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