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Watch & Learn: REBORN! #1

A 5-year-old's fantasy of organized crime. I love it.

There's a certain... dichotomy here.
There's a certain... dichotomy here.

Holy crap, this was hilarious. Now, here’s an opener that just lassos your interest and pulls you in right out of the gate. “Ree-bohnnnnn!!!”

My reasons for enjoying are maybe a little “high concept,” but I really felt like this was the creation of a five-year-old who idolizes mobsters, but has absolutely zero understanding of the world of organized crime. Like, instead of his role model being Scarface, with his mansions and his hot ladies and his mountains of blow, he has this is an ideal of this outrageously-violent chibi who murders wise guys and grants wishes with the same cheap, plastic toy gun (that also happens to turn into a chameleon and everything else, really.) I just imagine the scenario being something like AX COP where adult animators have just taken some “story pictures” made during free draw time and turned them fully-animated toons without any editing.

Oddly enough, because it’s intentionally ludicrous, this works as some kind of response to a couple other shows I’ve watched lately. It demonstrates about as much comprehension of the actual mob as BLUE EXORCIST did for demonology… but that’s the joke. The part where the kid tries to ask his crush out while he’s running around in his underwear with must be a raging boner (that’s the implication, right?) isn’t tricky like VAMPIRE BUND or NEEDLESS… because it's a joke.

I can’t fathom how this pilot kicks off five seasons and 100 odd episodes of content, but I haven’t laughed out loud this hard (literally LOLed) for an anime in as long as I can remember. This didn’t make a single shred of sense, and I’m so glad it didn’t.

REE-BOHNNNNNN!!!

Watch this episode “What?! I’m A Tenth-Generation Mafia Boss?!” below and decide for yourself.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

AdamantCrashon Oct. 25, 2011 at 12:05 p.m.

I love this show. When I first started watching this, I thought... "This is too... childishly crazy for me, I don't know if I will like it, but I'll give it a shot anyways." And let me tell you... SUCH A GOOD ANIME. And it's sad that they've stopped airing it, I'm dying to see more of the manga translated to the show. It's not only very funny, but action-packed awesomeness.

rubberluffyon Oct. 25, 2011 at 12:33 p.m.

Reborn starts off sort of like a comedy gag series but it becomes a (pretty cool) shonen action series. It is also one of the seemingly rare shonen mangas created by a woman, which kind of explains why the males in the series get prettier as the the series goes on.

Also this show has a lot of great opening themes/animations.

I'm really wishing that Yakitate!! Japan had some sort of licensing for its anime, because THAT is probably the shonen "action" comedy series with the strangest setting (bread baking, complete with over-the-top tournaments), so that Tom could watch that. Too bad only the manga had any US licensing.

Ciaossu!

Babylonian staff on Oct. 25, 2011 at 12:36 p.m.

I was sold from the promo image. This looks ADORBZ.

JayDoxon Oct. 25, 2011 at 1:14 p.m.

I loved this show when from the first episode. Also when it gets to like episode 15 or so, it becomes a shonen battle anime. Also, you just started watching it? I recommend you stick with it.

P.S. the anime ended, but the manga isn't over. In fact they just started a new arc

DawnToDarknesson Oct. 25, 2011 at 1:19 p.m.

@JayDox: at firsts it seems episodic but when the arcs kick in its really good...

hell get hooked come varia arc

Solh0undon Oct. 25, 2011 at 2:03 p.m.

@AdamantCrash said:

I love this show. When I first started watching this, I thought... "This is too... childishly crazy for me, I don't know if I will like it, but I'll give it a shot anyways." And let me tell you... SUCH A GOOD ANIME. And it's sad that they've stopped airing it, I'm dying to see more of the manga translated to the show. It's not only very funny, but action-packed awesomeness.

I agree with you,sir. The action doesn't kick in into 18 episodes later. My favorite arc thus far is the Vongola Rings arc.

"Exa-burna air!"

Wunderon Oct. 25, 2011 at 2:15 p.m.

I love Reborn. The anime was awesome but there was some big problems in the subbing area so I decided to move onto the manga - and it was alright. Some of the later sagas, as with a lot of other mangas, took a bad turn, but it's still pretty fun!

sickVisionz moderator on Oct. 25, 2011 at 4:04 p.m.
Oddly enough, because it’s intentionally ludicrous, this works as some kind of response to a couple other shows I’ve watched lately. It demonstrates about as much comprehension of the actual mob as BLUE EXORCIST did for demonology… but that’s the joke.

Wait wait, so does this mean that Tom thought Blue Exorcist was aiming to be a super serious and accurate take on Catholicism and Demonology?

Lurkeroon Oct. 25, 2011 at 5:40 p.m.

Another show I tried to get into but couldn't take me away from the main 3 shonen. I would follow a quick look though, I'm glad to hear you liked it Tom.

By the way. You should check out Hunter x Hunter later on when more episodes are uploaded to Crunchyroll. I enjoyed that series because it involved kids, but it was more serious.

Marshal Victoryon Oct. 25, 2011 at 7:44 p.m.
@rubberluffy said:

Reborn starts off sort of like a comedy gag series but it becomes a (pretty cool) shonen action series. It is also one of the seemingly rare shonen mangas created by a woman, which kind of explains why the males in the series get prettier as the the series goes on.

Also this show has a lot of great opening themes/animations.

I'm really wishing that Yakitate!! Japan had some sort of licensing for its anime, because THAT is probably the shonen "action" comedy series with the strangest setting (bread baking, complete with over-the-top tournaments), so that Tom could watch that. Too bad only the manga had any US licensing.

Ciaossu!

Hmm i think i made it into 7 episodes or so before it got predictable to me.If theirs a turn in tone i may go back an give it another go.
rubberluffyon Oct. 25, 2011 at 9:32 p.m.

@Marshal Victory:

Yeah, the beginning is pretty much "Tsuna encounters problem, Reborn shoots him with dying will bullet, Tsuna deals with problem", but eventually actual villains start showing up and things get very shonen actiony. I like the power system in the series, it is pretty ridiculous.

@Lurkero said:

By the way. You should check out Hunter x Hunter later on when more episodes are uploaded to Crunchyroll. I enjoyed that series because it involved kids, but it was more serious.

HxH is amazing. New series is shaping up nicely, despite what some over-reactionary whiners I've seen think.

ComicMan24on Oct. 25, 2011 at 11:59 p.m.

It looks interesting. I would check it but 203 episodes? Way too many.

SergioBon Oct. 26, 2011 at 12:19 p.m.

I stopped watching halfway through the second episode. Reading the comments, it looks like it eventually picks up, but far too late for me. Too many things to watch at this point.

Marshal Victoryon Oct. 26, 2011 at 3:56 p.m.
@rubberluffy
thanks ill check it out again .Huluu has it now an cruchyroll has it be i had some problems when watching the series their as well.Their players doing much better now tho.
Still trying to catch up to one piece .Part of what i like about that one tho is theirs a old western style to some of the fights. least that kind of feel to it.So many anime shows to watch so little time.
MrASSH0LEon Oct. 26, 2011 at 4:15 p.m.

@sickVisionz said:

Oddly enough, because it’s intentionally ludicrous, this works as some kind of response to a couple other shows I’ve watched lately. It demonstrates about as much comprehension of the actual mob as BLUE EXORCIST did for demonology… but that’s the joke.

Wait wait, so does this mean that Tom thought Blue Exorcist was aiming to be a super serious and accurate take on Catholicism and Demonology?

Not necessarily but it is pretty obvious when you watch the anime that the author made no research at all and often confuses Japanese youkai and Christian demon.The author also seems to not have any basic understanding of what are the moral and dogmas of Christianity .

SpikeSpiegel88on Oct. 27, 2011 at 6:10 a.m.

God... THIS show...

OK. My at-the-time GF tried to get me into this. She forced me to sit down and watch the first 30 or so episodes in pretty much one sitting. I was staying open minded I said, I was gona give it a shot. But god damn was it hard. The whole build up from the start of the show was excrutiatingly dull and when a decent moment shined trough, it was quickly overshadowed by the next episodes return to the mondain, dull slice-of-"mafia"-life. I kept watching to see if it would improve at all, and managed to pretty much catch up to it at around 130. I never picked it up again. Only glimpsed trough a few eps here and there but never wanted in any way to go bakc to it.

It was too childish and repetative for me. It's fights where waaaay to staggered, with too much explantations of things that where pretty damn obvious just by seeing. The whole "Reeeebooon" thing wore out in the first 10 episodes, and even with the power-gloves and all that stuff later on, I failed to find many fights that kept me interested. There where some hidden.. Not "gems" perhaps "shiny rocks" troughout, but like I mentioned before, they were short-lived.

The characters where generic and uninteresting, the plot was messy and didn't really go anywhere. Some of the bad-guys where allright, but thats about it.

Overall a dull childishly written shonen, not anywhere near what One Piece, Naruto and even (well, early) Bleach is/where. (and I hate bleach with a passion).

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