In case you haven’t read the latest manga by Akira Amano, you’ve been missing out. In the small city of Namimori, Japan, a second rate student at the local middle school gets a big surprise one day. Sawada Tsunayoshi’s mother hires him a home tutor, only he comes to find that his ‘tutor’ is actually a young infant in a fine Italian suit who introduces himself as the world’s greatest hit man,...
Akira Amano was born in 1973 in the Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Her most acclaimed work, Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, was started in late 2003. It was printed as a one shot preview in Weekly Shonen Jump. After gaining rave reviews for the story she recieved a serialization for the series on April 4th, 2004. Still she continues to use traditional drawing methods of the mangaka. Katekyo Hitman Reborn! has...
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As of May 9th, 2009 the Katekyo Hitman Reborn! manga series will have 240 published chapters, or targets as they are more commonly refered to as, in Weekly Shonen Jump. There will be 132 episodes airing for the popular anime series broadcast by TV Tokyo, Animax, and AT-X. Both continue to be updated weekly, give for special holidays or illness.
Finding Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Manga
Though its such a popular manga, Reborn! (KHR’s American title) is very difficult to find because it is a Shonen Jump Advance novel and in limited print in the U.S. However you can buy it at your local Borders/Waldenbooks store. Its often easier to buy it online because of its difficulty to find on store store shelves.
Interview with Christina Thomas
Q: What draws you to Katekyo Hitman Reborn! ?
Christina: The art style is my favorite part. Its very detailed and is unique from other manga stories. The storyline also draws me in. Not only is it about the mafia but, the plot is interesting as well. Especially the fact that one of the greatest hit men is an infant of the Arcobaleno.
Q: What is your favorite part of the writing style?
Christina: I absolutely love the depth she puts into the minor characters. Each one has their own unique story that ties into the plot somehow. Every action made by a minor character could have a great impact on future events in the story. You never know what to look out for.
Q: What would you categorize the art style as?
Christina: I would say that its an equal mix between the action of a shonen series and a comedic series. I love the fact that the reader doesn't get lost in action sequences. They're very easy to follow and understand but, still hold the same impact. Her dialouge is also a strong point in the writing. It makes the reader think more about the overall plot if the story instead of what is happening in each chapter.
Q: Who is your favorite character, why and their importance to the series.
Christina: Rokudo Mukuro of course!, Who doesn't love pineapples? I'm obsessed with the fact that he was an antagonist turned protagonist yet, he still keeps villain like characteristics and behavioral patterns. He is given a very important role in the series by being granted a postion as one of the six guardians to the boss.
Q: Do you feel that the plot progressed after the Ten Year Later arc?
Chrisitina: Definately. It cleared things up that went unanswered in the first part of the series. I also understand more of the value of the ring conflict from part one and the importance of tensions within the Vongola family. With each weekly chapter, I feel that Akira Amano is progressing further than ever into the past yet keeps building on the future.
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Though Katekyo Hitman Reborn! was written in Japan, it portrays many ideals that Americans hold dear to them. Our freedom that we swear to allows us to be able to read manga like KHR if we so desire. If we weren’t granted rights like this, stories about the world of the mafia and other crime organizations would be banned. This also embodies the ideal of freedom of speech and the press. My...