Target 180 – The Duty of the Guardian of Rain
credit to EK
summaries are dependent on Crunchyroll translations
Yamamoto arrives late for school the next day, telling people he slept in, but looking quite depressed.
As soon as he is settled in, the teacher announces a transfer student will join Tsuna’s class. Uni enters to everyone’s surprise. She tells them at break that Reborn told her not to tell the kids, so she can enjoy their reactions, especially Tsuna’s. Reborn himself is in school, reminding that Uni is Tsuna’s tutor. Kyoko is asked to tour Uni around the school. Meanwhile, Reborn talks to Tsuna about Yamamoto, that Asari said Tsuna would know the answer to the situation. But Tsuna is not sure that he does. Yamamoto seemed different, as if in pain, not his usual self.
Yamamoto is indeed still sad and wondering what he did wrong. Tsuna and Gokudera come up to him, Tsuna saying he’s been relying on Yamamoto too much, so he may have been putting unneeded pressure. Gokudera pounces next, asking why Yamamoto is beating himself up about it. Because he has not looked this depressed for quite a long time, manga or anime!
Meanwhile the girls walk in the rain to see Chrome at Kokuyo Land. Bianchi, partly wondering since when were Kyoko and Haru friends with Chrome, warns them not to go alone, saying there are strange people there.
The inner circle of boys also walk in the rain. Gokudera wants to think the battle through to know why Yamamoto lost, Ryohei says that if winning means failing it, why not lose it next time? Gokudera repeats that the tests are to prove that they have what is needed to embody a guardian. The Rain guardian clears up battles and settles conflicts.
Fon, Reborn, Colonello, and Uni are tailing the boys. Reborn notes that Yamamoto has ‘dug himself into a hole’, what is the tutor, Colonello, going to do?
Yamamoto is desperately practicing his sword drills while Colonello looks on, quite at a loss. Yamamoto’s father comes in with a lacquer box filled with sashimi of various kinds. He tries to keep his concerns away from his dad, but his dad notices the sad look on his face, which he sees when he looks down at his tea. Yamamoto finally admits that he is blanking. If that is the case, his dad says, ‘it’s not an issue of what you should do’, but what you want to do. His father heads back to the restaurant.
Colonello comes closer. Does Yamamoto know why Colonello stopped him? If he has not found out, he will not succeed in the test. And Colonello will not tell him, it is something he needs to figure out himself. He leaves him with that and flies off.
Yamamoto heads on to the shrine, late (Fon, Colonello, Reborn, and 80’s friends are already there). Yamamoto still has no answers, and neither does Tsuna. But Tsuna knows that he could not stand seeing the pained look on Yamamoto. If by pushing too hard he looks like that, Tsuna wants him to stop. I have no idea what Reborn knows, and neither does Colonello, but Reborn has a knowing happy grin on his face when this is said. Yamamoto apologizes for worrying Tsuna.
Asari appears. Yamamoto draws out his weapons and launches a direct strike with Scontro di Rondine. It is easily blocked by Asari’s sword setup. Heavy attacks are brought out by both sides. [Please someone help me with these new technique names!]
Yamamoto flies in for the final strike…but suddenly remembers what Tsuyoshi and Tsuna said. He stops.
That will do, Asari says.
Yamamoto deduces that Asari gave him those attack openings on purpose. Such a good swordsman would not keep using an attack that keeps his back open. Colonello confirms this is right. Asari says that he invented those attacks on the fly, just for that battle. It was a test if Yamamoto would attack a defenseless person. After all, it did not come from Asari that it would be a fight, it came from Yamamoto. Asari was just in the process of taking out his short swords, to probably show it, when Yamamoto saw it as a call to a fight. Yesterday he was more than ready to betray his heart and kill to defeat an enemy. But what would that accomplish? If the guardian of rain would dry up, the bond with his companions would become brittle and crumble.
The battle today was a good exchange between two good swordsmen, one both of them liked. Soon the rain guardians are chatting like close friends, in mid-air.
Yamamoto is deemed worthy to inherit the rain ring. The Vongola box is brought out, and Asari’s spirit fills it. It should come help in dire need, Asari says in closing. Yamamoto gives his thanks to Colonello, and the tutor compliments back.
Reborn then explains that [much like the Arcobaleno trials], each element guardian will be tested differently, there is no point in getting worked up.
Yamamoto asks for the circle group hug again, as Asari and G look on from the roof of the shrine. G could not believe that Asari gave him another chance. Asari chuckles. The tenth generation is much like them. Because indeed, Gokudera is chiding Yamamoto much the same way G is snarling at Asari, as everything about the inner circle goes back to normal.
Hilarious summary with screencaps from Headshotted here.
– Um…why leave the easy test to Colonello again, please explain?
– Yes, I loved seeing the Yama-papa knocking sense into Yamamoto once again.
– Someone seriously needs to help me with the technique names, so I can add them in to the website.
– Next test is with Lambo and Lampo. It looks to be a funny test, at least!