Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, also known as REBORN! (official US title), is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akira Amano. The series was first serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump on May 31, 2004 in Japan, where it ended on November 12, 2012.
The series was published and licensed by Viz Media in the United States, where the first sixteen volumes were translated in English, until the serialization had come to an end.
The overall plot of the series centers around the primary protagonist, a teenage boy named Tsunayoshi Sawada, constantly known for being a loser meets an infant hitman known as Reborn, who acts as his home tutor in order to train him to become the Tenth Boss of a Mafia Famiglia known as Vongola Famiglia.
The main protagonists of the series are Reborn and the guardians of the tenth generation of the Vongola Famiglia. Most of the characters introduced are either purely Japanese, Italian with Japanese descent, or purely Italian.
The series first started as Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, a one-shot manga in Weekly Shōnen Jump in 2004. Due to the success of the one-shot, Amano started working on the manga, which officially began its serialization on May 2004. The weekly releases officially ended on the release of the 409th chapter in November 2012.
The series volumes began its publication on October 2004, and ended on March 2013. Following the announcement of the anime adaptation, the English releases started its publication on the second anniversary of the series. It ended only on the publication of the 18th volume on January 2011.
On October 2017, Shueisha announced the re-print of the Japanese volumes with new cover art. Two volumes will be combined into one publication, making 21 re-printed volumes. The re-printed volumes started its release on November 17, 2017. Two re-printed volumes were released on every publication until the 21st volume's release on September 18, 2018.
An anime adaptation of the manga was started in the October 7, 2006 and ended on September 25, 2010, the series was broacasted on TV Tokyo with 203 episodes, the anime was produced by the Japanese animation studio Artland, and was directed by Kenichi Imaizumi. The DVD volumes in Japan were distributed by Marvelous Entertainment.
The anime adaptation mostly follows the story of the manga series. Some changes were made to the story, such as censoring out mature themes such as cigarettes and the use of blood. The Inheritance Ceremony Arc and The Curse of the Rainbow Arc were never adapted into the anime. Instead, the anime had created two new filler arcs, the Arcobaleno Trials Arc and the Primo Family Arc, which both took place in between the Future Arc, and revolved around Tsuna and his friends temporarily returning back to the present.
While production for the series had already came to an end in 2010, six years later, in 2016, a short was shown at the Akira Amano Illustrations Exhibition known as REBORN X ēlDLIVE 24H, the short had animated scenes from the artbook Rebo to Dlive.
Various merchandise have been sold over the course of the series.
The series has been adapted into video games.
The music of the series mostly comprises of original soundtrack from the anime adaptation.
- In a 2019 ranking, 2,830 pollsters voted on "Jump works with genius dialogue." Reborn! placed 49th out of 60.
- In a 2019 ranking, 7,612 pollsters voted on which Shonen Jump Heisei era anime series is the most popular. Reborn! placed 13th out of 70.
- Dennison, Kara (October 14, 2017). "Reborn!" to Be Reprinted as Comic Book Collection. Crunchyroll. Retrieved on April 1, 2019.
- せりふ回しが天才的なジャンプ作品ランキング (Japanese). Goo Ranking (August 26, 2019). Retrieved on October 23, 2020.
- 一番面白い！平成スタートのジャンプアニメランキング (Japanese). Goo Ranking (March 5, 2019). Retrieved on October 23, 2020.
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