target 145 – Guardian Showdown! Cloud and Mist
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Yamamoto practices his swings and Gokudera walks around town (passing through a clear view of Fon’s dumpling stand) and stops at a convenience store.
Meanwhile Hibari is firing on all cylinders and attacking Mukuro. He had improved, Mukuro commends him, but says he won’t win. Reborn tells Tsuna not to interfere. Hibari has to win back lost pride, and Mukuro knows it, so the fight won’t stop until someone goes down.
Skull doesn’t understand why Mukuro and Hibari are fighting each other, though. He expected both guardians to arrive and attack Tsuna together. Viper (yes, Viper was the “Tsuna” from last week) assures Skull that it was mission accomplished, and any fixes will require a surcharge. And, it’s Mammon, not Viper!
Skull falls behind Reborn and Tsuna. Skull gets a sound scolding from Reborn about not researching. All the same, the trial has officially started, and Lal arrives (courtesy of Colonello) and pounces on top of Skull.
Anyway, the trial will be for the Sky Ring holder, the Cloud guardian, and the Mist guardian.
Chikusa and Ken come out and see Mukuro. He delegates the lackeys to them, as Mukuro (69) and Hibari (18) go off elsewhere to continue. [If you still don’t know those code numbers, go to Vongola101 and find the fandom codes page, now, now!]
[Before we continue this summary, here are a few more clips of the awesome fight I couldn’t describe here, thanks Eden:]
[Back to our regularly scheduled programming.]
Meanwhile Tsuna is whacked by…Skull’s humongous octopus! But he gets focused quickly and goes into Dying-will mode.
The Kokuyo boys have an easy time with the lackeys, as the 6918 fight continues in the woods. Tsuna hits the octopus’s head and immobilizes it. Ken and Chikusa also take a whack at it. Skull flails that it’s all going so wrong, Tsuna shouldn’t be winning so quickly. Colonello scolds him: Tsuna won against me, didn’t he? What do you expect? Finally Tsuna finishes with X-Burner VR.
[STOP! Tsuna time! Can’t touch this!]
Tsuna flies off to the 6918 fight and stands between them to stop it. (His perfect timing results in an impressed “Wao” from Hibari and an impressed “Well, well!” from Mukuro.) They have no reason to fight and they were both tricked into coming. Both Mukuro and Hibari confirm that they were not fooled by Viper’s illusion. Mukuro admits he was bored back in Vindice so he went along with it, and apologizes for taxing Chrome. Tsuna muses about where TYLMukuro currently is.
Mukuro adds that he probably can’t stop Tsuna from taking Chrome to places he can’t reach, but requests that he take good care of Chrome. Tsuna promises without a second thought. Mukuro muses he must be crazy taking the word of a Mafioso now, but he has no more time. Hibari in his turn says it’s pointless to keep fighting Mukuro in that state (as Chrome, not the real person he fought with in the Kokuyo arc). Hibari says maybe Tsuna would fight in Mukuro’s place? Tsuna declines, of course, so Hibari walks away. Mukuro brings back Chrome.
Reborn notes to the other Arcobaleno with him, that Tsuna managed to make his two people who don’t follow anyone, to back down. Tsuna has that special charisma to him. Lal adds that he has a way of attracting people to him.
The trial was a test of charisma. Tsuna cleared it.
Skull is shoved forward to present his seal. Once again the other guardians get their own seals.
Gokudera was out having dinner alone at a convenience store when he got his seal. He totally missed the second trial, much to his chagrin.
Tsuna, being Tsuna, gives the box of rice balls to Chrome, as well as Ken and Chikusa.
Back home in his room, Tsuna is exhausted, both from the two trials and from trying to appease his overly-apologizing right-hand man. Reborn however tells him that if he got tired out by Skull and Colonello, the other Arcobaleno trials are bound to be harder. The remaining Arcobaleno are far stronger.
In a dark alley somewhere, Himeko asks Monta if he’s “done” with something. He is, and it was a good warm-up, he says. It’s time, Himeko says, and it’s all set up, Monta says with a creepy smile. It’s time for some fun.
The next day (a non-school day), Kyoko gets ready to meet Himeko for more shopping. She apologizes that she can’t be more helpful to that important thing the boys have to deal with. Ryohei tells her that she doesn’t have to do anything, that her presence alone keeps him pumped to the extreme.
Tsuna walks up to their ringing phone, and gets a muffled very Viper-ly voice telling him to go to Namimori Middle School or else something bad will happen.
Himeko meets up with Kyoko near the school. They walk off, Himeko with a very creepy (a MOST Italian-prince-assassin-ly) smile on her face.
– THAT was a trial?! LOL! It was a totally fun watch, but it makes you wonder why Skull is Arcobaleno, ne?
– So it’s confirmed that the Hariyamas are extra bad guys. Awww.
– Bel comes out next ep, if the previews are anything to go by. So to those of you who were guessing Hime(princess)-ko and Mon-ta are Mam-mon and Bel (prince the ripper), plus points to you, I think!
– Discussion of the boxes will also be part of the ep next week.
– Viper is confirmed for next week. WSJ confirms Fon is next. So the last three are Verde, Reborn, and Luce. I can’t believe how nonchalantly Reborn is saying that the succeeding Arco will be harder, when HE’s one of them!
– Tsuna, Yama, and Ryo are up next. ^^v Cool!
– The filler-ness of this filler arc is most obvious in the pacing of this story, not in the story concept itself. Everything feels rather rushed. But why am I complaining, when the eps prior to the filler arc dragged too much?