Reborn! Vol. #13 (Mania.com)

By:Ben Leary
Review Date: Friday, June 04, 2010
Release Date: Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Yamamoto's match draws to a conclusion, and a new battle begins.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Akira Amano
Translation: JN Productions
Adaptation: JN Productions

What They Say
Yamamoto uses the Shigure Soen Ryu sword technique taught to him by his father to battle Superbi Squalo, who has beaten a Shigure Soen Ryu practitioner once before! Even though Squalo sees through his moves, Yamamoto refuses to lose faith in the technique and presses on. The question is, does he have any chance of winning?! Meanwhile, the identity of the person chosen to be Tsuna's Mist Guardian is finally revealed! Junior high student Tsuna is a failure at school, sports and social life. He needs a Mafia hit man tutor like he needs a hole in the head...and he's about to get both!

The Review!

There's been a string of pretty good, if much too bloody, fights in the tournament of the rings. I have to admit, though, that I'm eager to see it come to a conclusion so that we can get back to the story and, hopefully, some of the excellent comedy that we saw earilier in the series. As tournament fighting goes, you can do worse than what we've seen in the last few volumes; but Reborn! has already shown that it can do something better.
 
Yamamoto's battle isn't as much fun to read as Gokudera's. The strategy and clever use of environment that we saw in the earlier fight doesn't show up here, and in its place is a relatively straightforward match of differing sword styles. It's entertaining enough, and pretty well drawn, but it just doesn't have the immediacy that some of the earlier fights had. Neat shark, though.
 
I was worried that the tournament was starting to run out of steam; but, as it turns out, Yamamoto's bout is just a temporary lapse. Following immediately on its heels is something a little different. The Mist battle isn't a matter of weapons or martial arts: it's a wizard's duel, a match of illusion against illusion, between the diminutive Mammon and...well, just who is this mysterous mist guardian that shows up to fight on Tsuna's side? Is it a new character? Or is it someone we've met before?
 
In Summary:
Reborn! isn't bad at what it's chosen to occupy itself with. It can showcase a lot of different kinds of fighting and keep the mix fresh and exciting. But I still think comedy is its strong suit, and I've been missing it. The sooner and more spectacularly we wrap this whole tournament up, the happier I'll be.
 
This volume's Haru-Haru interview segment features Dr. Shamal. There aren't any other extras this time.


Mania Grade: B
Art Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translation Rating: A-
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Released By: Viz Media
MSRP: 9.99
Pages: 200
ISBN: 978-1421524382
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Home Tutor Hitman Reborn!