Racconti di Arcobaleno

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Target 181

Target 181 – Furious Bolt of Lightning

credit to EK
summaries dependent on Crunchyroll translations

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Primo (Giotto) meets up with Lampo at night inside the castle of an amusement park. Lampo is staring at a gold watch on a chain (the same one Asari has). Lampo chose to make the castle his territory during their stay. Giotto informs that Lampo is up next, but Lampo says that he is a lord, that he will only do what he wants to do. Furthermore, he could not stand the ‘snot-nosed brat’, Lambo. He could not believe Lambo is Thunder guardian. But he cannot say no to Giotto. If Lambo manages to reach Lampo’s hideout, Lampo will deem worthy of the title.

At Tsuna’s bedroom, with Lambo fast asleep on his bed, Tsuna and Reborn discuss Chrome for a few moments. Quite suddenly Lampo appears behind them, initially mistaken for TYLLambo. He came to explain his test, but Lambo has to be awake to hear it, of course. Since the little boy doesn’t wake up, Lampo decides to fail him outright. Reborn asks if it’s fair that he fail Lambo outright without giving the test at all, which takes Lampo aback. Tsuna takes responsibility for telling Lambo about the test. Lampo simply tells them to meet him somewhere.

The somewhere being the Namimori zoo and amusement park. Tsuna, Uni, and Reborn, Lambo, and I-pin go there. Gokudera, Yamamoto, Fon, and Colonello also arrive. The little kids just know they’re out for a treat, and that makes Tsuna worried.

Reborn says they are up for a stamp rally, meaning Lambo has to ride a series of attractions and get the stamps from them, to be placed in a stamp book. Once they reach the castle of the park, Lambo wins.

Verde, of course, has not shown up yet. But whether he likes it or not, he’s involved.

The other Arcobaleno think this is way too easy a test [um…Colonello? Speak for yourself about way-too-easy tests, would you?], but Reborn suspects Lampo just did not think too much into it. Indeed, Lampo just wants it over and done with.
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Lambo and Tsuna first take to the teacup ride, but with Lambo’s simple bratty interference the teacup spins out of control.

The devious green-haired genius is present, all right, analyzing Lambo. He stops the teacup himself, but it leaves Tsuna and Lambo spinning. Still, the ride operator gives them their first stamp.

Next, the go-carts. Both Tsuna and Lambo seem to be fine enough to handle it, Lambo even crashing the cars. Gokudera and Yamamoto also help out. Verde wants to test for lightning resistance and thus starts Lambo’s car sparking, sending it out of control, and the bigger boys can’t do anything about it.

Is that a simple malfunction, Fon asks? Definitely not, Reborn and Uni take knowing looks at each other. It is even clearer when Lambo’s car starts firing at Gokudera’s car. And they are one about that: only one person they know will do that, and it figures he won’t tutor properly.

But Fon does observe that Lambo is showing great stamina against the lightning attacks. Reborn agrees, and that is probably what also interested Verde. And it seems Lambo is still fine after being shocked with power to run a town! Verde is still smarting from the loss at the Arcobaleno trials, it seems. And he needs to know why Lambo can handle that much electricity that well.

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Meanwhile things at the amusement park are getting bad (Reborn had to shoot away a falling tree from Luce-cough- Uni), and Lampo is wondering what is taking so long.

Verde finally notices the horns. Meanwhile Gokudera and Yamamoto manage to take Lambo out of the rogue car. And they get the second stamp. Reborn calmly says they can probably think of Verde’s messes as part of the test.

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They proceed to Galaxy Cruise, where they are welcomed in a voice obviously from Verde. It turns out as a sci-fi-inspired boat ride (like It’s A Small World, slow and calm), but there is probably more to it. Suddenly the robots attack them, and they have to make a run for it. But the robots are sturdier than expected. Gokudera takes out Flame Arrow, Yamamoto slices one robot, Fon and I-pin charge at another and send it exploding [cool tutor/student teamwork, really!].

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All their running eventually leads them to just in front of the castle where Lampo is, but Verde is directly controlling the biggest robot. Verde picks up Lambo and wants take his horns away. But it dawns too late on Verde that Lambo’s horns store an unlimited amount of energy, released when Lambo gets emotional. And since Verde unleashed a whole lot of electrical energy on Lambo…all that energy goes back to Verde, short-circuiting all his robots.

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Tsuna and Lambo are thrown onto the room where Lampo is. Unfortunately Tsuna stamped Lambo’s butt, not the stamp paper, for the last ride. Lampo says it doesn’t count.

Still, the job of the thunder guardian is to serve as lightning rod, to attract danger to himself and thus veer it away from the rest of the family. And the lightning charge that finished the battle with Verde did come from Lambo himself. Lampo lets him pass; Lambo is deemed worthy to inherit the thunder guardian position.

And Verde? Reborn sarcastically thanks him for doing his job as tutor, much to Verde’s irritation.
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Headshotted’s hilarious summary with screencaps here.

————————- random ranting:

– It was a really fun episode, and nicely shows how Lampo’s kind of brattiness is different from TYLLambo’s. I don’t like either kind of brattiness, but the contrast is nice to see.

– A test like this was appropriate. Verde is still Verde, Lambo is still Lambo. To whoever thought up this script, hands-down they’re cool (and spiked on something…)

– Storm test next week! Heads up to the 59 fans!

One Response to “Target 181”

  1. Chansa said

    Yeh that was pretty ganxsta, it’s funny how no matter what if you’re an Arcobaleno when it comes to your duties because of fate you end up being involved even if that wasn’t your intention 😛

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