Katekyo Hitman Reborn! News

Katekyo Hitman Reborn! is a franchise comprised of 1 anime series, 1 manga series
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So Soul Eater month went by pretty successfully, I added 15 new pages, over two hundred new images, and ranked up about four or five thousand points editing pages (heck I added over a thousand to Maka and Black Star's pages just by themselves), so now I can add it up on the shelf of other series I have had theme months for. But now a new month is here and its time to choose a new series to focus on this month. And since this month is November, the month that has Thanksgiving in it, and Thanksgiving is supposed to be about bringing family together, why not go with Katekyo Hitman Reborn (yes I know that his "family" is a mafia family, but its my project so I say it counts). 
I was lucky enough to have a pal join me in Soul Eater Month and he helped fill in several pages, so if anyone out there wants to help on KHR month, then join right in. Or you can always just sit back and enjoy the ride.  Either way I hope you guys all have a happy November, and head on over to crunchyroll or any other anime/manga site (the manga is much better FYI) and check out this fun series. 

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As someone who is currently unable to use my left leg due to my ankle being broken in three spots, I generally need to find some good ways to spend my mandatory indoors-time for the next few weeks. Rest assured, that does include watching anime and reading manga, but as a gamer, there are always good ways to spend my time. My Nintendo DS particularly is a system I've been using (and I've even been replaying Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, crazy right?). So basically here is my situation: I need to stay indoors and my DS is a way to spend my time, therefore buying at least one new DS game makes sense right? Well here is the game I chose... 

An odd choice no? Not only am I not buying an A-grade DS game, but I'm also buying an import game which costs twenty bucks more than a regular DS title. Even more odd is that I actually bought the previous two Katekyo Hitman Reborn DS: Flame Rumble games (I even put one of the games on Giant Bomb). So why did I do it? Well there are two reasons why actually: 
I'm a big fan of Katekyo Hitman Reborn and the DS Flame Rumble games are actually legitimately good video games. 
 I buy it because I love the Katekyo Hitman Reborn series, but thankfully the game is actually good
 I buy it because I love the Katekyo Hitman Reborn series, but thankfully the game is actually good
Takara Tomy isn't a developer that is particularly well known for making a good anime-based video game with some rare exceptions, but the Flame Rumble games actually are some of those exceptions. It'll never be on the same level as Jump Ultimate Stars, but as a Reborn-only substitute, it's actually a good Smash Bros. clone. It uses the touch screen well for the special attacks and the controls are surprisingly good. Reborn fans like myself can especially appreciate it since the Katekyo Hitman Reborn presence in Jump Ultimate Stars was very weak since far greater power forms and potential fighting characters have been shown since that game was released. Basically the Flame Rumble games provide the good Reborn non-nudity fan service with a pretty good fighting game. And before you say "well why not just download the ROM?" I should just say that I'm not that kind of person, end of story.
But I'm not going to lie here, the only reason why I bought this game in particular is because it contains the Six Real Funeral Wreaths characters, as well as Vongola Primo as playable characters (that, and the fact that Fran returns which is always something to greatly respect). There might be some improvements to the fighting engine, but yeah, this is all my fandom coming to get at my wallet yet again. But the reason why I'm writing this blog entry is simply to say to all you people at the Anime Vice community: "Isn't it great when you spend money to support your fandom and it doesn't make you feel like crap later on?" I'm buying this game cuz I want to fight with those Real Six Funeral Wreaths y'all, but at least the game itself will be pretty good while I heal this stupid broken ankle. 
Watch the video I included to see the game in motion and all you Reborn fans can buy this surprisingly great game as well at Play-Asia
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World Anime Channel and Leading Intellectual Property House Partner to
Stream REBORN! Within One Hour of Japanese Broadcast

San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (March 17, 2009) —Crunchyroll and
d-rights Inc. team up to bring action-comedy anime REBORN!, based on the
manga by Akira Amano (serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump -Shueisha), to
Crunchyroll starting on March 21, 2009.  More information can be found at
www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .

One of the top-rated action anime programs in Japan, Crunchyroll's release
marks the first time REBORN! will be available in North America. As part of
its phenomenal Japanese success, numerous merchandise including video games,
action figures and apparel, have been released and sold in Japan at
blockbuster levels.

"As one of the most popular anime in Japan, we are pleased to finally bring
REBORN! to North America and fire start the franchise," states Miyako Toda,
d-rights’ Vice President of international division, “this partnership with
Crunchyroll is highly strategic for us, not only do we gain a strong video
platform and community, but also powerful marketing tools to expand this
series on an international platform."

"We are excited to begin our relationship with d-rights Inc., one of the
premiere animation rights management and production companies in the world,"
states Vince Shortino, Representative Director and head of Crunchyroll's
Japan office, "we look forward to the success of REBORN! and being a central
part of its marketing efforts."

Each episode of REBORN! will be available within one hour of its Japanese
broadcast to Crunchyroll's Anime Members in high definition without video
advertisements, and for free a week after for non-members in lower quality
with advertisements.

Title Synopsis:


Tsuna, a timid junior high student, is a failure at school, sports, and
social life. But everything around Tsuna has been completely changed when a
baby called Reborn, who claims to be an Italian hit man from Vongole family
shows up! Reborn was sent to groom Tsuna for his future life as a mafia boss
of the family!

After a short while, Tsuna started to get involved into a couple of intense
battles and overcomes any numerous trials and grows up surrounded with
Reborn and good fellows!

About Crunchyroll
Headquartered in San Francisco, California – Crunchyroll is hailed as a
leading online entertainment brand with the largest international online
community and destination focused on Asian entertainment including anime,
drama, music in addition to electronic entertainment and auto content.
Crunchyroll’s distribution channel and partnership program delivers content
to over five million passionate fans worldwide. Crunchyroll is funded by the
premiere group Venrock.  More information can be found at its website
http://www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com/> .

About d-rights Inc
d-rights Inc. is a 100% owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation handling
entertainment content for a variety of Media, with a current focus on
production and licensing of animation.“Beyblade” is one of its productions.
Mitsubishi Corporation is one of  the world’s biggest general trading
http://www.d-rights.com <http://www.d-rights.com/> .

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Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any
forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date
hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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