Reborn!, Volume 1

Reborn!, Volume 1

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by Akira Amano
     
 

Tsunayoshi Sawada (Tsuna for short) is a cowardly junior high student who doesn't excel at academics or sports. He only attends school so he can stare at his beautiful classmate Kyoko from afar.

But Tsuna's life takes a dramatic turn when Reborn, a suit-wearing, gun-toting baby who claims to be an Italian hit man, shows up at his house. Reborn was sent to Japan

Overview

Tsunayoshi Sawada (Tsuna for short) is a cowardly junior high student who doesn't excel at academics or sports. He only attends school so he can stare at his beautiful classmate Kyoko from afar.

But Tsuna's life takes a dramatic turn when Reborn, a suit-wearing, gun-toting baby who claims to be an Italian hit man, shows up at his house. Reborn was sent to Japan to groom Tsuna for his future life as a big Mafia boss.

Tsuna doesn't believe this absurd story, so Reborn shoots Tsuna in the head with his gun. As Tsuna faces his own death, he's filled with regret that he never confessed his feelings to Kyoko...and suddenly he's overcome with supernatural powers that allow him to run off screaming to tell Kyoko how much he loves her. After five minutes, Tsuna goes back to normal.

Reborn explains how his gun works: when he shoots a person in the head, if that person has regrets about her life, then she will die and be reborn, temporarily endowed with special powers that enable her to fix or solve whatever is the source of her regret. (If Reborn shoots someone who is free of regret, she would die.)

Tsuna becomes Reborn's disciple, and because Reborn shoots Tsuna in the head all the time, he is constantly being reborn and growing into a stronger and better person, gradually impressing those around him and making friends.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This ludicrous comedy has the occasional flash of cleverness, buffered by reliance on an utterly silly plot device, and typical manga art. Tsuna is a nervous middle-schooler whose mother hires a tutor for him, Reborn, who looks like a doe-eyed baby in a suit and fedora. Reborn soon shoots Tsuna in the forehead with a magical bullet. Anyone hit with the bullet "faces his own death and is flooded with desperate regrets about what he's failed to accomplish." He is also given superhuman strength for a few moments in order to correct the regret, before reverting to a normal-hopefully better-person. The bullet turns out to be an age-old secret of the Italian Mafia-and Reborn is using it on Tsuna in order to raise him up to be the 10th boss of the Vongola family. In episodic fashion, Tsuna uses the powers of the "deathperation shot" to profess his love for a girl, prevent a fellow student from committing suicide and score a point in a kendo match. Adults will undoubtedly have a problem with a chapter about Russian roulette; most readers will find their nerves dulled by the constant gunshots, explosions and other action elements. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421506715
Publisher:
VIZ Media LLC
Publication date:
10/03/2006
Series:
Reborn! Series, #1
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
242,112
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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Meet the Author

Akira Amano was born in Aichi Prefecture, located in central Japan. After early versions of the series were published in seinen (young men's) manga magazines, Reborn first appeared in Weekly Shonen Jump as a stand-alone short story in late 2003. The massive success of this one-shot story led Weekly Shonen Jump to begin serializing Reborn! in mid-2004. Amano's work, with its entertaining
mix of action, comedy and drama, remains extremely popular with readers.

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Reborn!, Volume 1 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MY TOP 1 FAV MANGA!!!!!!!!!!!!
Myoukei More than 1 year ago
although it starts out as a gag manga, this series really takes of if you get into it. The story line and characters are new and interesting and you won't be bored. also, the artist really improves their style as the series progresses (compare tsuna on book two's cover to tsuna on book nine for example). Pick up a book and see for yourself!
Quistal More than 1 year ago
As an avid manga reader and artist, it takes much to impress me. In the beginning, Katekyo Hitman Reborn is an average manga, okay art and a plot geared toward humor. However, as you get further in, the manga becomes less of a gag manga and more of a battle manga, so the plots become much deeper and the characters more well defined. The art becomes the style that has succeeded in occupying the first slot in my list of favorites. The art is exquisitely detailed and I have yet to find any drawing errors in the recent chapters. If you love a good shounen battle manga, you're sure to love KHR!
trillium248 More than 1 year ago
Hilarious insanity. I could end it there, but maybe I should explain. This is an odd series where a boy one day discovers that he's an heir to the Italian mafia. You're probably thinking 'awha?' but it IS a manga after all. Just go with it. It gets even more ridiculous, I promise. Tsuna, is a complete failure at life. I mean, he's really nothing special, but worse than that, he gets bad grades, has weird hair, has no athletic ability, and hardly has any friends. He even earns himself the nickname 'no-good Tsuna.' But that doesn't make any difference to Reborn, a renowned mafia hit-man come to turn Tsuna into a Mafia boss. Along the way Tsuna starts to become more reliable. sort of. It's a great story, and funny as heck. The shonen style art and the unique character designs definitely make it worth the read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always been interested in anime/manga, but I never really started anything with it. I then shortly picked up Jump Ultimate Stars, a Nintendo DS Japanese import game from Japan, that involves many Shonen Jump manga characters in random fights. As soon as I witnessed this series called Katekyo Hitman REBORN! (REBORN! here), I knew there was something special about this one. My cousin introduced me too the anime, and I was immediately hooked. I then picked up the manga many months later, and found that the manga FAR out-does the anime. This is the single series that got me into anime and manga, and although its far from the best series, if you hand this too someone, they'll probably be immediately be hooked as well, as many of my friends were. The manga follows the misadventures of Tsunayoshi Sawada (Tsuna for short) and his Home Tutor Hitman, Reborn, whom is training him to be the 10th generation Mafia boss. Tsuna doesn't take this job so lightly, and is very reluctant. That doesn't stop Reborn, however, from finding Tsuna subordinates. This is done with the Deathperation Shot, with which the target is shot, and if they had a regret in their mind at the time they died, they would become reborn, shutting off all safety switches in his body in exchange for amazing power and speed for five minutes. His power is proven, and many come to Tsuna's side when he needs it. I may have made that sound cheesy, but you should definitely go pick this up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first glance this manga may seem pretty weird but it's actually a fun and quirky manga, Mixed in with a little action, I definitly recommend this manga to anybody's collection.
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