target 162 – The Sky Vongola Box
credit to EK
screencaps courtesy of whispering_eden
raws from AMZ with thanks to jigoku_no_hana
summary is dependent on Crunchyroll translations
The summary is resumed as this episode (and episodes after it) once again have information important to both anime and manga.
Several minutes are spent summarizing the contents of episode 161. Basically, Tsuna and the guardians try out the airbikes (the motorcycle equivalents in the anime). Tsuna is first tricked by Reborn into making a wheelie when he could not handle it yet, and Tsuna is tossed off the bike [a scene also in manga]. Gokudera and Basil get the hang of riding the airbikes quickly, Ryohei and Yamamoto eventually run their airbikes as well. Tsuna barely manages to get his bike moving in a straight line after many attempts and encouragement from the core trio. But considering that Tsuna stopped using bicycle training wheels only in fourth grade, getting an bike to move in a few days is an achievement.
TYLFuuta patches up Tsuna’s elbow after he fell off the bike again. Lambo ribs Tsuna about it for a while, but Lambo himself trips and cries, then runs off with I-pin. This makes Fuuta realize that Lambo has not been doing any training. Is it really okay for Lambo to be doing nothing? Fuuta asks Tsuna. After all, Lambo was also given a Vongola (Primo, Arcobaleno-sealed) Box.
But Tsuna doesn’t want Lambo to fight. Actually he doesn’t want anyone to fight. That much has not changed about Tsuna, Fuuta said. They will not lose, they will work together, and Fuuta will do his part.
Reborn calls the guardians in for a meeting. He assembles the guardians in the strategy room. Now that they could, more or less, operate the airbikes (Tsuna chagrins about the “more or less”), they could now move on to the next stage. Reborn confirms that they have the Vongola Primo boxes. [Knowing what I know, this is how I will identify the colored, Arcobaleno-sealed boxes from now on.] Starting tomorrow, they will begin training using those boxes.
Gokudera wants to start practice using the boxes already, having already had enough rest and now able to activate his Dying-will flame again. But Reborn insists that practice starts tomorrow, because he said so, giving no explanations. Preparations have to be made.
Yamamoto wonders what Tsuna’s box animal would be. He gives a quick rundown: Yamamoto’s is a swallow, Gokudera’s is a cat (Uri), Ryohei’s is a kangaroo (Kangaryuu), Hibari’s is a hedgehog. Tsuna doesn’t know what his is yet. Reborn sends everyone off to rest up until dinner.
Tsuna stays awake in bed in his room and looks at his ring for a while, as he muses about the acquired Arcobaleno seals, and that all the Arcobaleno are now gone, with even Lal immobilized. Everyone’s hopes are now in his ring.
The Sky ring lights up with his strong dying-will flame. His Vongola box on the table moves about, like the animal inside is rocking its cage. Tsuna is not sure what he saw, so he activates the ring flame again, and the box rocks back and forth again. Tsuna is rather frightened that the animal inside wants to come out already, when Reborn said they have to wait until tomorrow.
But maybe the animal is cramped inside the box? Tsuna decides to take a peek. He aligns the ring to the box, to inject the flames. The seals are recognized, and the box lets out bright beams of light. But as the box opens, Tsuna’s room has an explosion.
The boys run to Tsuna’s room, which is still having blasts. They find Tsuna in the air in Dying-Will mode, holding off a powerful firefox-type animal. Tsuna’s box animal. Tsuna wonders if the creature is trying to kill him. The creature angrily chases after Tsuna around the room, and finally binds him hand and foot with flames. It is so powerful that Tsuna could not wrench free. The creature then attacks Tsuna at the chest and send him hurtling on to the wall.
The girls hear the blasts, as well as the sound of Tsuna hitting the wall, and they run in concern. They meet at the intersection Bianchi, Chrome, Fuuta, Lambo, and I-pin. Bianchi tells them that they are evacuating. She lies that there is just some mechanical trouble and that the boys have also evacuated. Chrome, of all people, assures Kyoko that the boss is okay, and is strong. Kyoko smiles and takes her word as they evacuate.
As Giannini, Spanner, and Reborn watch from the strategy room, they receive an alarm of one of the cloud-flame-guarded gates being opened. Reborn smiles. A horse passes through the gates.
Meanwhile Tsuna is still holding off that powerful burst of flames that is his box animal. Gokudera raises his box to help, but Basil reminds him that his storm flames cause disassembly. Using the Primo storm box on Tsuna’s box animal might do more harm than good.
Basil finally says sessha would do something. He opens his ring box and releases Alfin, Delfino di Pioggia (rain dolphin). Basil coordinates his brain to Alfin’s, and Alfin releases Dolphin Edge, rain-flame-coated boomerang-type edges. These are sent straight at the box animal. The creature is hit and writhes in pain. Basil explains that Dolphin Edge sends rain flames to the inside and utilizes its traquilizing properties. This calms down the box weapon.
But Tsuna’s box animal is too strong and Basil’s Dolphin Edge blades have no effect. The creature turns to attack Alfin. The dolphin is saved in the nick of time by another wave of rain flames, from Yamamoto’s Rondine di Pioggia (rain swallow) in his older box. The rain flames penetrate Tsuna’s box animal, finally calming it down. The creature goes back to its box. Basil gives his thanks, and Yamamoto compliments on the good joint play.
Meanwhile Tsuna is on the ground and soaked from the rain-flame effects, and he quickly explains what he did. Basil notes that box animals should be based on actual animals. Tsuna’s animal doesn’t look like a real animal. Gokudera declares that Irie Shouichi likely gave out a defective box. Tsuna quickly tries to calm down his furious right hand.
The clatter of horse hooves are heard behind them. It was Tsuna’s fault. The box is not defective, but it should not have been opened that way. Thus that was not how the box animal should look. Sky boxes are delicate. If Tsuna keeps opening the box like that, it would be unusable. So says TYLDino, mounted on the horse with a sky-flame mane. He is the reason Reborn waited for another day for training.
– To partly explain, at the time of the Choice training chapters in the manga, KHR had rather low rankings. I suspect Amano-san was asked to cut short the training phase so she can get on with Choice, then given leeway to provide the missing parts in the anime. This would have been part of the deal, along with the Arcobaleno trials arc, judging from the way those chapters are written and drawn.
– Yes, I did like it that the anime fleshed out what the manga just glossed over about Tsuna’s opening the Sky box.