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Katekyo Hitman REBORN!

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Katekyo Hitman REBORN! by Amano Akira

Katekyo Hitman REBORN! (家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN!; Home Tutor Hitman Reborn), often shortened to REBORN!, is a shonen manga created by Amano Akira. The series originated as a one-shot that ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in 2003. Because of its popularity, Amano reworked it into a weekly comic, which began its run on April 4th 2004. The series was licensed by Viz Media in 2006, and released the first volume on October 3rd of that year under the Shonen Jump Advanced manga-line.

An anime adaptation of the series was created by Artland. The series debuted on TV Tokyo on October 7th 2006, and is ran for a total of 203 episodes ending its run on September 25th 2010. Even though the anime version is not licensed in North America, the weekly shows are available for streaming on Crunchyroll. Additionally, the series has received several video games and a series of light novels.

Synopsis

Sawada Tsunayoshi is a pretty normal middle school student. He is not really good at much and he doesn't recieve very good grades, and because of this he is known by his classmates as "Dame Tsuna" (だめツナ; No Good Tsuna). One day a baby dressed in suit arrives at Sawada's home, and introduces himself a a legendary mafia hitman, Reborn. He then tells Sawada that he was chosen to become the boss of the Vongola Family, seeing as he is the great-great-great grandson of "Vongola I". Reborn was sent from Italy to Japan by "Vongola IX" to train Sawada. To help him get over his fears, Reborn shoots Sawada with a "Dying Will Bullet", which causes him to become reborn and helps his strength come out and lets him correct his last regret before he was shot.

Not long after his training begins, different mafia members come to fight Sawada for the title of Vongola. Through a series of battles, he gains a mafia family, which contains his six guardians. He then sees he has the power to become a mafia boss, and he does all he can to protect his new friends.

Characters

Note: Click here to see a complete list of characters.

Music

The music for Katekyo Hitman REBORN! was composed by Sahashi Toshihiko, and produced by Pony Canyon.

Theme Songs

Opening themes
Closing themes

Discography

Albums
Singles

Adaptions

Manga

Note: Click here to see the full list of manga voluems, and their chapters.

Amano Akira first started to write the REBORN! story in the early 2000s. Her early drafts of the series appeared in several seinen manga magazines. In 2003 Amano released a one-shot of her refined series in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump. The one-shot was so well received that she was able to turn it into a weekly comic, which began its run on April 4th 2004. There have been 26 volumes of the manga released in Japan.

The series started off as more of a slapstick comedy, comprised of a bunch of strange and unusual characters. Amano likes to refer to her cast of characters as "a bunch of weirdoes." Since volume eight of the series (the introduction of Rokudo Mukuro), the series has become more action orientated. Because of this change, the series has been noted as being a better shonen series.

Outside of Japan, the series has also been licensed in several English speaking countries by Viz Media. It was licensed by Viz in 2006, and they released the first volume on October 3rd of that year under the Shonen Jump Advanced manga-line. There are currently ten volumes released through the UK, US, and Canada. The series has also been licensed by Tokyopop in Germany and by Glénat in France.

Amano has also released two character books for the REBORN! series. The first book "Katekyo Hitman REBORN! Koushiki Character Book Vongola 77", covered the 77 incidents that have happened since Reborn arrived at the Sawada household.

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  • [2007.10.04] Katekyo Hitman REBORN! Koushiki Character Book Vongola77 (家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN! 公式キャラクターブック Vongola77)
  • [2009.10.30] Katekyo Hitman REBORN! Soushuuhen Vongola Family (家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN!総集編 ボンゴレ・ファミリア!!)

Anime

Note: Click here to see a complete list of episodes.

An anime adaptation of the series was created by Artland, and is directed by Imaizumi Kenichi. The series debuted on TV Tokyo on October 7th 2006, and is still running weekly, currently in its sixth season. The series has not been licensed outside of Japan, although the North American-based anime company Funimation exercised a power of attorney to remove fan subbed episodes of the REBORN! anime from the Internet, sending cease and desist notices to all groups working on the series. Starting on March 21st 2009, new streaming episodes of the Japanese dubbed series are available on Crunchyroll, within an hour after its original showing in Japan.

Light novels

In addition to the weekly Katekyo Hitman REBORN! manga installments, there have been monthly light novel chapters published in Shueisha's Jump Square magazine since 2006. The novels are written by Koyasu Hideaki and illustrated by the series manga-ka, Amano Akira. These storys tend to follow the other members of the series instead of the main members of the Vongola Family.

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  • [2007.03.12] Kakushi Dan 1 Mukuro Genso (隠し弾1 骸•幻想; Hidden Bullet 1 Mukuro's Illusions)
  • [2008.02.04] Kakushi Dan 2 X-en (隠し弾2 X-炎; Hidden Bullet 2 X-Fiamma)
  • [2009.07.03] Kakushi Dan 3 Millefiore Panic (隠し弾3 ミルフィオーレ・パニック; Hidden Bullet 3 Millefiore Panic)

Radio programs

Starting in 2007 after the weekly episode, there was also a radio show that aried, ReboRaji! ~Bucchake Ring Sodatsusen~. The show was hosted by Ichinose Hidekazu (Gokudera Hayato's seiyuu) and Inoue Suguru (Yamamoto Takeshi's seiyuu). The show however ended on June 30th 2008. A month later another show, ReboRaji! Bucchake Namimori Dong☆Dong started in its place. This show is hosted by Ichinose Hidekazu, Inoue Suguru, and Iida Toshinobu (Rokudo Mukuro's seiyuu).

  • [2007.09.10 - 2008.06.30] ReboRaji! ~Bucchake Ring Sodatsusen~ (リボラジ!〜ぶっちゃけリング争奪戦〜)
  • [2008.07.21 - current] ReboRaji! Bucchake Namimori Dong☆Dong (リボラジ!ぶっちゃけ 並盛Dong☆Dong)

Video games

The Katekyo Hitman REBORN! cast first made their video game debut in the Nintendo DS game, Jump Super Stars. The game is a battle game (similar to the Super Smash Bros. series), but instead of being made up of Nintendo characters, it was made up of characters from various Weekly Shonen Jump series. In 2007, the REBORN! cast released their first vary own game, Katekyo Hitman REBORN! DS Shinuki MAX! Vongola Carnival!! also for the Nintendo DS. Since then the series has spawned many video games, which are for a variety of gaming platforms.

Nintendo DS
  • [2005.08.08] Jump Super Stars (ジャンプスーパースターズ)
  • [2006.11.26] Jump Ultimate Stars (ジャンプアルティメットスターズ)
  • [2007.03.29] Katekyo Hitman REBORN! DS Shinuki MAX! Vongola Carnival!! (家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN!DS 死ぬ気MAX!ボンゴレカーニバル!!)
  • [2007.06.28] Katekyo Hitman REBORN! Flame Rumble Mukuro Kyoushuu (家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN!DS フレイムランブル 骸強襲)
  • [2007.09.20] Katekyo Hitman REBORN! DS Flame Rumble Hiraki En Ring Soudatsu Sen! (家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN!DS フレイムランブル開炎リング争奪戦!)
  • [2008.03.27] Katekyo Hitman REBORN! DS Vongola Shiki Taisen Battle Sugoroku (家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN!DS ボンゴレ式対戦バトルすごろく)
  • [2008.05.01] Katekyo Hitman REBORN! DS Fight Bullet En no Unmei (家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN!DS フェイトオブヒート 炎の運命)
  • [2008.12.04] Katekyo Hitman REBORN! DS Mafia Dai Shuugou! Vongola Festival!! (家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN!DS マフィア大集合! ボンゴレフェスティバル!!)
  • [2009.04.16] Katekyo Hitman REBORN! DS Fight Bullet II En no Unmei (家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN!DS フェイトオブヒートII 運命のふたり)
  • [2009.07.23] Katekyo Hitman REBORN! DS Fight Bullet X (Ikusu) Mirai Chou Bakuhatsu (家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN!DS フレイムランブルX(イクス)未来超爆発)
  • [2009.12.17] Katekyo Hitman REBORN! DS Ore ga Boss! Saikyou Family Taisen (家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN!DS オレがボス!最強ファミリー大戦)
Playstation 2
  • [2007.08.30] Katekyo Hitman REBORN! Dream Hyper Battle! Shinuki no Honoo to Kuroki Kioku (家庭教師ヒットマン REBORN! ドリームハイパーバトル! 死ぬ気の炎と黒き記憶)
  • [2007.10.25] Katekyo Hitman REBORN! Let's Ansatsu!? Nerawa re ta 10 Daime! (家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN! Let's暗殺!? 狙われた10代目!)
  • [2008.08.28] Katekyo Hitman REBORN! Nerae!? Ring Kakeru Vongola Toreenaazu (家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN! 狙え!? リング×ボンゴレトレーナーズ)
  • [2008.11.20] Katekyo Hitman REBORN! Kindan no Yami no Deruta (家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN! 禁断の闇のデルタ)
  • [2009.12.17] Katekyo Hitman REBORN! DS Ore ga Boss! Saikyou Family Taisen (家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN!DS オレがボス!最強ファミリー大戦)
Playstation Portable
  • [2008.09.18] Katekyo Hitman REBORN! Battle Arena (家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN! バトルアリーナ)
  • [2009.09.17] Katekyo Hitman REBORN! BATTLE ARENA2 Spirit Burst (家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN! BATTLE ARENA2スピリットバースト)
  • [2010.02.25] Katekyo Hitman REBORN! Kizuna no Tag Battle (家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN! 絆のタッグバトル)
Wii
  • [2008.01.10] Katekyo Hitman REBORN! Dream Hyper Battle! Wii (家庭教師ヒットマン REBORN! ドリームハイパーバトル! Wii)

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