Target 182 — Silent Storm
credit to EK
summaries dependent on Crunchyroll translations
Tsuna’s friends and their tutors celebrate Lambo’s success in Tsuna’s room with orange juice. Lambo takes all the credit to himself, not realizing how much work went into it.
Meanwhile Gokudera felt he got upstaged by Yamamoto and Lambo. He shouts to the ceiling, that if his Primo guardian equivalent is listening, give his test already. Fon tells him to calm down, he won’t be able to react properly to the test if he is so angry.
There is some discussion about how the elements are represented by different personalities. One example, calm and cool Fon and hot and annoyed Gokudera, whose personalities are polar opposites. One other example: Skull and Hibari.
Speaking of the cloud people, poor Skull is still anxious about even getting near Hibari at the school roof.
But Lampo and Asari seemed to be a whole lot like their modern equivalents. Gokudera knows at least that his Primo equivalent glared at him. In any case Reborn tells him to wait patiently for his turn.
Fon still tails Gokudera on the way home, saying it’s his duty to do so. They run into several street thugs. They have a grudge against Gokudera (he beat them up previously), but Gokudera is still the better fighter and makes short work of the thugs (quickly glossed over, considering the morning sked of this anime). Fon notes how short-tempered Gokudera is, though…while G looks on.
Early the next day 59 goes out to practice Sistema CAI in the park as Fon looks on. He needs to be ready for anything, he says. But Fon points out that the test may not even involve combat. Even Uri is not up to it and hops off. Meanwhile, as a decidedly-much-too-calm-not-Gokudera appears behind them, Fon says he will buy this person some time.
At school Kyoko just relates that Reborn has been having breakfast at their house, but nothing has happened to Ryohei. Gokudera shows up late and bows unnaturally calmly (NONE of that usual HELLO JYUDAIME I’M HERE!). Giotto makes a quick appearance to seal Tsuna’s hyper-intuition, which diffuses Tsuna’s quick suspicions that this is NOT Gokudera.
The inner circle holds a pow-wow on the roof. Ryohei notes about hating to wait, but the Gokudera with them quietly says they should just prepare while waiting. Intuition or not, Tsuna knows 59 well enough to know something is really wrong with this.
Meanwhile in a similar pow-wow by the Arcobaleno, Fon is missing and does not seem to be with the Gokudera they’re seeing. Skull says maybe Fon is slacking, which Reborn shoots down as something Skull himself is doing. Skull defends himself but Reborn and Colonello kick Skull off their perch telling him to stop lying. He is VERY smoothly caught (Fon-style) by the Gokudera with Tsuna. Uni and Reborn nod together; they seem to understand what is going on.
In class Tsuna spazzes about getting called for math recitation, when the Gokudera they’ve been seeing comes up and quietly says he will help. [WOW….crushing on the megane moment…]. This Gokudera does not speak geek, goes down to Tsuna’s level of confusion and starts from there. It works so well that Tsuna manages to do well in the math problem he answers on the blackboard. But this 59 quietly bows and says it was no big deal, without our usual 59’s bragging.
This thing continues even during soccer for PE. This Gokudera orchestrates things so Tsuna would send the ball to the net. The usual one we know would already be shouting at everybody, stay out of the Tenth’s way, here’s the ball, Jyudaime. Today this Gokudera is more subtle.
The others kids head on home, wondering why nothing special happened. But Tsuna walks off with this Gokudera, without Uni.
Tsuna is really, really, suspicious of the Gokudera with him by now, something Giotto is actually happy to see. But before Tsuna can talk about it, this 59 places him behind him as the earlier street thugs face them. This one makes quick short and calm work of it.
Enter our usual Gokudera.
G directly asks Tsuna how he liked his duties that day. Tsuna reluctantly admits that he did like it, that as right-hand, he was helpful and reliable. Unlike the usual Gokudera, and it hits.
G addresses Gokudera. ‘Consider what a right hand man should do before acting.’ All this means Gokudera failed. That a group of thugs are after Gokudera himself is also a sign of how irresponsible he is. He is exposing Decimo to more danger that way, not protecting him.
G completely fails him, both as storm guardian and as the right hand. Go back to Italy. Of all the things said, this strikes the hardest.
Tsuna backs up his right-hand. Sure 59 gets into fights, he loses control, he makes a lot of trouble. But he is Gokudera, it’s what makes him endearing, and even without boxes and rings and guardian stuff to deal with, he’s a close friend! You can’t just tell him to leave!
So you’re alright with him being right-hand and storm guardian, despite the faults? G asks. That does not matter, Tsuna tells him.
Fon also helps negotiate, asking if that is enough. The bond between them is strong. ‘Recklessness and naivete are necessary at times.’ Besides, wasn’t G a lot like that at one point? G chuckles.
Fon explains that G just wanted to see an unbreakable bond, as the test. Gokudera could not serve as right hand without the boss’s complete trust. If that bond is firm, they can face whatever enemy they have to. The storm guardian is characterized as someone who defeats enemies through relentless attacks which do not falter. He protects his allies with everything he has. Never forget.
G lets Gokudera pass.
That doesn’t change Gokudera’s high-strung personality, of course, but the test is passed.
That evening a wistful G is met by Giotto. Giotto compliments on the test. Giotto says the Decimo could tell even G apart from Gokudera even with his interference. But of course. G says the Decimo group is just carrying on the Vongola they created. They won’t get the job done if the bond isn’t strong enough.
It brings back memories of a group of vigilantes, a bunch of kids people said would not accomplish anything. G just half-bitterly says Giotto has to think of all the things he had to deal with. But G stood by his friend through thick and thin, and Giotto is grateful. But they don’t regret a second of it.
The next day Gokudera is very happy. He thinks Tsuna has now formally accepted him as the right-hand, when all Tsuna admitted was Gokudera was a close friend. In any case, everything is back to normal. Uni and Reborn nod again.
But Reborn is still a bit worried. Four tests left to do.
Summary with screencaps (and a screencap packet! Gokudera looked really good here!) from Headshotted here.
– Gentleman Gokudera was such a fun thing to see. With glasses too!
– A whole episode of Fon up and center! Yay!
– Next up: Cloud test. It says something that I’m worried about Skull, NOT Hibari! lol!