GHOST Awakens (GHOST覚醒) is the 199th episode of the Katekyo Hitman Reborn! anime series.
Ghost makes his slow walk onto the battlefield. Ghost, a giant of a man, with both body and hair glowing with green Lightning Class flames, has phantom like eyes. He makes the battle that had been taken to a new intensity, just moments ago, stop, with both friend and foe staring at the new arrival.
Confusion reigns over the Vongola. This new arrival looks just like Byakuran, but Mukuro Rokudo points out that the markings on this new arrival's eye are on the opposite side.
Mukuro Rokudo, having taken note of Ghosts' allies reaction, Levi A Than notices the ring on Ghost's finger. It is the Lightning Mare Ring.
Having confirmed that this new arrival is the enemy, Belphegor decides to take action, and throws his Storm Knives at Ghost. But to the shock of everybody, including Ghosts' allies, the attack simply phases through him. For a second, there is confusion of whether this was an illusion, but Mukuro Rokudo and Fran, state otherwise. This is the real deal.
Basil approaches Gokudera and Ryohei and suggests that maybe a multiple flame attack would work, and proposes to use their box combination attack. Ryohei states that, that technique was hard to control, but Gokudera points out the Ghost is just strolling along. They decide to go for it, so all three of them release their box animals, Uri, Kangaryuu and Alfin. They begin their box combination attack. Alfin uses its Brain Coating to link the minds of the three of them. Uri charges forward, to be shot by Rain Class objects from Alfin, and Kangaryuu fires its Sun Flames to turn Uri into its mature form, the Storm Leopard.
This technique, dubbed Solarstorm Fang by Gokudera, Ryohei and Basil looks extremely deadly. Mukuro, Bel and Zakuro all acknowledge the strength of this technique, while Kikyo, wonders how Ghost will react to it.
Uri heads straight for Ghost, who doesn't even slow down while this leopard charges him. Uri and Ghost collide, causing a massive explosion to occur, even the shockwave of this explosion seems overwhelming. Ally and foe both looked anxiously to see the result of this collision. But something seems wrong, the flames are faltering, and Kikyo, looking quite worried, wonders if its begun. Ghost walks on, a shield around him, and completely unfazed by this powerful attack, a charred Uri is seen falling to the ground.
Gokudera cries out, and tries to go get Uri, but is stopped by Ryohei, who points out that something's happening. From Ghost's shield emerges countless light beams, heading towards everyone in the battlefield. These light beams first head towards Ken Joshima and Chikusa Kakimoto, who sensing the danger, immediately dodge. Next it heads towards Lussuria, who dodges immediately, but Bluebell, whose vision of the light beam was obscured by Lussuria, wasn't so lucky.
She is hit in the chest by one of these beams, in her moment of shock, she just wonders why Byakuran did this, right before her flames are completely absorbed, making her shrivel up, and then die.
Kikyo dodges the light beams heading towards him, and thinks to himself that Ghost has begun to awaken. Zakuro, as his flames are being absorbed, thinks to himself that since Open Asura Box turns their bodies into Box Animals, their very life energy was being sucked away, Zakuro dodges beams heading towards him, and proclaims that it doesn't matter which side anyone was on, they were all going to die. This is Ghost's Awakening.
A little away from this battle for survival, Chrome Dokuro makes her way towards Mukuro, she sees these light beams between the trees, and wonders what they are. She has little time to think however, as a light beam shoots out through the tree's heading straight for her.
From between the trees, yet another light beam approaches, this time targeting Mukuro. However, a Box Weapon is opened, and takes the blow instead. This Box Weapon turns out to be Fran's, and his box turns out to be a miniature Bel.
The Mist Owl turns into Demon Spade's Devil Lens, and soon Mukuro starts to analyze Ghost with these powerful lenses. However, what he finds out is far from pleasing.
At the Millefiore camp, Byakuran, with an evil glint in his eyes, prepares to move out.
At the Vongola campsite, Ryohei has gotten in touch with Tsuna, and informs him about Ghost, and his abilities. Ryohei asks Tsuna to take Uni and escape.
The group becomes extremely worried about their friends in the battlefield, Tsuna is in a horrible position, knowing that his friends are going to be taken out, and knowing that he cant leave the campsite to help them either.
Uni, eases the burden on Tsuna, by asking him to go, and assures him, that she has her uncle to protect her. Tsuna thinks for a brief moment, smiles, and thanks her.
Reborn asks Tsuna to use caution, as Flames and Box Weapons won't work on Ghost. Tsuna prepares to leave but is stopped by a cry from Kyoko and Haru. The two girls seem worried out of their minds at the task set before Tsuna. Kyoko just hopes that Tsuna doesn't push himself too hard, and Haru just thinks that she doesn't want Tsuna to go to such a dangerous place. However, both girls put their feelings to a side, smile, and just tell Tsuna to be careful. Tsuna smiles, and asks them to take care of Uni, Reborn assures him that they got it covered, and even I-Pin promises to protect Uni. Tsuna fires up his X-Gloves and takes to the sky, finally heading towards the battlefield to save his friends. The group watches him leave, with a mixture of worry for his safety, and hope for his success. Uni prays that Tsuna will be able to save his family and allies.
At the battlefield, Ghost's rampage, and the others fight for survival continues. Zakuro doesn't last much longer, as one of the light beams hit him, sucking out his flames, and Zakuro dying in a similar manner to Bluebell, as Kikyo, now the last of the initial three Wreaths, looks on in horror as another one of his comrades dies.
Kangaryuu gets hit by a light beam, but is saved by Ryohei as he's quick to realize the danger and asks Kangaryuu to return to its box, saving it from destruction.
Gokudera, clutching a lifeless Uri, asks Kikyo what the hell Ghost was. Gokudera asks Kikyo why Ghost would be attacking his own allies.
Kikyo, now thinks back to the time Byakuran had first mentioned Ghost. It was in a meeting hall, where Kikyo and Byakuran were alone discussing the new, and final Funeral Wreath. Kikyo is startled by Ghost's looks, noting that he looked exactly like Byakuran. He asks Byakuran whether or not he should treat Ghost as his double. Byakuran then reveals a shocking bit of news, that Ghost was not just a person who looked like him, but in reality, Ghost was him.
Soon after Ghost's arrival, Byakuran had sent him on a test run, to get a better understanding of his abilities. Ghost had ended up destroying three battle ships in this trial, but was arrested by the Vindice for killing a virtuous mafioso in the process. Though he had lost Ghost in this trial, Byakuran knew that he would be able to get him out if the need ever arose, but more importantly, because of this trial, he had discovered that Ghost possessed a very unique talent, a skill that would be, what Byakuran called "My Power".
Kikyo wonders, that when Byakuran mentioned Ghost's talent, whether he meant Ghost's ability to absorb flames. He tries to figure out why, the Byakuran who had saved them from misfortune, would send Ghost when he knew that they themselves would be caught up in Ghost's power. Kikyo wonders helplessly if Byakuran had abandoned them, knowing that at the rate things were going, even he would die.
They are saved by the timely arrival of Yamamoto. Yamamoto uses his Shigure Kintoki to guard against the beams, but even through the blade his flames are being sucked out. Yamamoto states that he heard about the Flame absorption, but says that this was worse than he had anticipated.
Dino emerges from the forest supporting a barely standing Squalo. The Varia has mixed emotions about the arrival of Squalo, with Xanxus and Lussuria stating that he was late, and the other two disappointed that he was alive. Fran makes his usual commentary.
Tsuna arrives at the battlefield heading straight for Ghost. Allies seem relieved, even Kikyo didn't seem unhappy about it. As Tsuna draws closer, he notices that, even at this distance his flames were being absorbed. Tsuna decides to counter using a Flame Absorption technique of his own, Zero Point Breakthrough: Revised.
Tsuna heads towards Ghost, both opponents trying to absorb each other's flames. Tsuna and Ghost clash in an explosion of Sky and Lightning Flames. While Tsuna clashes with Ghost back at the campsite, Uni gets an uneasy apparition.
*Note: Bold + Italicized = First Appearance
- Future Ken Joshima
- Future Lussuria
- Hayato Gokudera
- Ryohei Sasagawa
- Future Levi A Than
- Future Mukuro Rokudo
- Future Xanxus
- Future Chikusa Kakimoto
- Future Belphegor
- Kyoya Hibari
- Chrome Dokuro
- Tsunayoshi Sawada
- Future Futa
- Haru Miura
- Kyoko Sasagawa
- Future Shoichi Irie
- Takeshi Yamamoto
- Future Superbia Squalo
- Future Dino
- Future Lal Mirch