Reborn! Volume 17: The Power of the Rings by Akira Amano
Reborn is one of my favourite mangas that I cherish very dearly. I love Reborn so much that despite costing a fortune in my country, I bought the English translations by VIZ because of the quality of it. But you know what makes me tick? The fact that they stop halfway. I don’t get American manga companies. Reborn is not the only one to be treated like that. Future Diary got the same treatment when there was only two more volumes to complete the series. What gives?
To me, manga companies in the States should take responsibility for the manga they translate. By not releasing more translated, licensed manga that has had a huge following, they would only be promoting piracy. Ain’t nothing could better describe the consequences of chickening out of translating a manga.
But moving on, I decided to start reviewing Reborn from Volume 17 because this is one volume after the Future Arc, one of the longest arcs in Reborn, started. The Future Arc started in Volume 16 which I will review later. The Future Arc started right after defeating Xansus in Volume 16. In Volume 17, Tsuna and the gang are discovering the chilling secrets of this era ten years in the future. Another reason is that this is the start when VIZ chickened out of translating the manga. Without giving reason, they just put it in hiatus. Its been two years and not another volume has been translated.
Moving on, after coming to the future, Tsuna and friends receive an SOS from Hibari’s Hibird. But as soon as that happen, Haru reports that Kyoko is missing. What the hell? So what will Tsuna do? Luckily, he has quite a big family so he divides into two teams. One will respond to Hibird and another will look for Kyoko. Thing is, people still need to hold the fort so in the end, two respond to Hibird and two more search for Kyoko, which is pretty thin considering there are swarms of Volgola-thirsty Milliofiore Family member all over Namimori.
Gokudera and Yamamoto, their weak and young version go to Hibird in a place crawling with bad guys and have been alerted that one of the strong bosses of Millifiore, Gamma will be there and Tsuna and Lal Mirch search for Kyoko in a city where there are less people. Why this weird decision? Because Tsuna is injured and can’t fight. To me, won’t it be better if Lal Mirch respond to Hibird? She’s powerful. If they get in a fight, which they will, Lal Mirch is more experienced than young Gokudera and Yamamoto.
In the end, to me, this volume is all about Gamma. This volume introduces Gamma, an A-level captain of a Black Spell squad who is now in Japan with Irie Shoichi who’s motives is still a mystery. Gamma is a lighning user, which puts him in the same attribute as baby Lambo who is present in this era. Be assured that we won’t see those two rumble unless Lambo calls his other self from another 10 years in the future. We seen that once, right? During that fight with Lancia. But thing is, Gamma is stronger than Lancia.
But now that I mention it, if boxes are so important this future, why didn’t adult Lambo used boxes? Shouldn’t it be common sense to use them or did Xansus should’ve been the leader? It’s paradox, no? Tsuna changed history by becoming the new boss and by changing it, created the boxes. Wow, this is so weird. I’m gonna stop now.
In a nutshell, this is a very interesting volume as it tells more of this era and introduces Gamma, the A-level captain who loves pool and is so good at it, he uses it as his weapon.