Racconti di Arcobaleno

tales of the rainbow and other colorful stories

target 186

target 186 — Bewitching Mist

credit to EK
summaries dependent on Crunchyroll translations

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The episode immediately gets to work. Tsuna shouts back at Daemon Spade: fine if you don’t accept me, but that doesn’t mean you can threaten the girls!

The expected response, Spade says, especially because they are so simple-minded. He realizes how important the girls are to the boys, after some observation. With them as hostages, they will submit to him. Futhermore, he took control of Chrome to lure them out to him. Gokudera finishes: therefore the crying, sobbing Chrome they met was just an act, to make them all worried enough to come to her.

Spade has only one demand: ‘I wish for you to become ideal heirs to the Vongola tradition.’

The three allied Arcobaleno are worried. Spade plans to test them on his own terms.

When Ryohei and Gokudera say that the other Primo guardians have already deemed them worthy, Spade says he thinks the opinions of the other guardians are worthless. His vision of the the ideal Vongola goes against theirs: Strength to overcome any foe.

Meanwhile the other Primo guardians are watching the events unfold. They want to intervene but Giotto tells them they will keep watching. It is a problem for the Decimo group to deal with, they must overcome it themselves with their own power. This is despite the fact, G adds, that Spade had already betrayed Giotto once. Giotto holds his ground. They will find out the ‘true mettle’ of the Decimo group.

Spade continues. [I know the Primo group has been calling him ‘Daemon’ but I can’t get used to calling him that myself, so I’m sticking to the surname.] For the Vongola to be the strongest family, the Vongola need a ‘heartless nature capable of crushing all foes’.

Meanwhile the girls are having some trouble breathing, the oxygen is starting to run out (and yet they keep talking…).

Spade says the boys can save the girls if they defeat him. They can’t be released as non-involved, they ARE involved because they are involved with Sawada Tsunayoshi. It is the fate of the one who inherits an organization. Family, friends, and acquaintances may all be targeted by an enemy. Tsuna agrees, remembering that the Miuras pulled out to protect themselves from the future’s battles, that Yamamoto’s dad died for their cause in the future.

Spade continues. That’s what being the Vongola boss entails. Therefore he must spend no time worrying about the people around him, should have no mercy for those who oppose Vongola, should be ruthless and spare no enemy. Become a boss no one will dare defy.

Tsuna responds. He does not know what he needs, but he knows he needs to save the girls and everyone. Defeat our enemies, you say? You’re up first.

Spade just smiles and opens up an entrance to the building. If they want to defeat him and save the girls, they have to show their resolve. It will involve all guardians present, including Lambo. Tsuna of course is worried but Lambo bravely says that he will help (I-pin after all is with them and the older girls have been nice to him).

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Spade fades out to wait for them inside, and the boys go in. But when the four Arcobaleno want to follow, the building disappears! An illusion by Spade. It’s so strong that it deceived even the Arcobaleno (remember that they can see things that others can’t, part of the curse of being so small, noted back during Verde’s first mention when Gokudera became a temporary chibi), that even Fon can’t feel a chi from it. They need Mammon for this. Colonello gets moving to find Mammon. Skull tries to slither away, but Reborn makes him do something else…that Skull doesn’t want to do. Fon says he’ll be looking for ‘the other one’, and Reborn agrees, but I’m not sure what he means.

Ken and Chikusa come back with snacks for Chrome, and also find the building gone.

The boys are hurrying through the building and find themselves sucked into an illusion field.

Tsuna and Gokudera are together when Tsuna comes to, floating in the sky. Ryohei, Yamamoto, and Lambo are nowhere to be seen; they have been split up. Tsuna, being Tsuna, worries about the other three, hoping they are alright.

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But Spade’s voice comes in front of them, saying Tsuna really should first be worried about himself. Illusiony and mean versions of Tsuna and Gokudera appear before them. Ryohei and Lambo are together, finding themselves in a desert. The same illusiony mean images also appear before them. Yamamoto is alone in a rainy forest, and he too gets that illusion version of himself.

Spade speaks alternately through Tsuna and Gokudera’s images. He split them up initially to coach each one to conforming to his ideal of the Vongola. He draws out 59’s cannon thing. This is needed so Tsuna can be reborn as Vongola’s true boss. The Gokudera image charges.
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Elsewhere the Ryohei image fights Ryohei and also talks to him. But Ryohei isn’t affected in the least by having to fight his mirror image. He charges with Maximum Cannon but Spade blocks with the real Lambo in his hand, and Ryohei stops. Ryohei calls him a coward for that. But is the thunder guardian more important that his sister, Spade asks? To save Kyoko, abandon Lambo, that would be true strength.

Chrome finally comes to. She says she was controlled.

Yamamoto finds his mirror image using his techniques against him. Show yourself as a true swordsman, Spade challenges. But Yamamoto just thinks about what he learned: ‘A sword that only exists to defeat foes is twisted to behold.’ He reverses his sword before swiping at the mirror image. Spade says it’s foolish to show mercy to enemies. A sword battle only ends when one person goes down. Yamamoto gets increasingly angry, and Spade is liking the look on his face.

But Yamamoto has had good senseis and battles. There is something missing in Spade that he saw in Squalo and Genkishi. Squalo was all about winning but did not lose his pride. Genkishi had absolute conviction.

Spade continues. A sword exists only to cut down foes, and the same goes for its wielder, a person whose only worth is by defeating foes. But that would make him a demon (oni)! Yamamoto says. But either a man becomes a demon or he doesn’t win.

[SURELY I’ve seen this line of reasoning in one of those Rurouni Kenshin fights?! Saitou/Kenshin?]

Spade is finding Tsuna weak. He won’t deem Tsuna worthy at this rate. Gokudera swoops in to protect Tsuna. CAI goes against CAI. Gokudera tells Tsuna to run, but Tsuna won’t have it. Spade says again: Tsuna is not worth protecting.
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Ryohei is having some trouble with his mirror image but Lambo is now starting to help out. The distraction of talking to Lambo leaves Ryohei open and the image kicks him. Use all means and cheat, Spade persuades, but Ryohei refuses.

Spade continues persuading a Machiavellian approach (the end justifies the means) but Ryohei remembers Kyoko at the hospital, when both were younger, asking him to stop fighting. A fist-fight with no rules is just a brawl, he says, and he promised to stop fighting like that. But when he has to fight, he will, fair and square. And he still is worrying about Lambo, despite everything Spade says. He will save both Kyoko and Lambo.

Spade tries to convince Gokudera to seeing things his way. Is his boss worth risking his life for? Choose a stronger boss! Besides, a boss has to be ready to sacrifice subordinates, and yet 59’s boss is being too compassionate. Sorry, but I like my boss this way! Gokudera retorts. Then you also fail as a guardian! Spade answers.
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But Tsuna notices that they are wasting time fighting Spade. He goes into Dying-will mode. A good choice, Spade says, sending in a mirror image also in dying-will mode, because his only choice is to defeat the enemy before the enemy defeats him. Show me how strong your resolve is.

——————–random ranting:

– Man, Spade! YOU TALK SO MUCH!! This is likely one of the longest summaries I did! (groan…)

– This is a very long trial. ^^;; I guess this is the equivalent of the Verde trial during the Arcobaleno trials.

– Apparently we’re expecting some Primo backstory out of Spade next week. (Argh, more long typing, in the service of the Vongola! ^^;;; )

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