By Leroy Douresseaux
Jun 28, 2007 - 15:16
In Reborn!, Vol. 2, the screwy cast of characters grows: a super-sexy, older teen girl who uses her wicked culinary skills to poison her targets; a neighborhood girl who attacks Tsuna because she thinks he’s corrupting Reborn, and a diseased doctor who only takes on female patients. However, Tsuna and his “Family” have their hands full when they meet a juvenile gang kingpin who can beat just about anyone.
THE LOWDOWN: Whereas Vol.1 introduced the madness that is Reborn!, Vol. 2 contains stories that easily fit into the concept. At this point, manga-ka (creator) Akira Amano composes each chapter as a separate episode, like a TV series, with a main cast and a guest character appearing each chapter. Theoretically, when this started running originally in Japan as a regular feature in Weekly Shonen Jump, new readers could come in at any point and understand the story. It’s strange, inventive, and oddly appealing.
FOR READERS OF: With its screwball comedy hijinks and cartoon violence, Reborn! is a serial comedy with Looney Tunes’ sensibilities.