If you were to look at a timeline, you could say Sawada Tsunayoshi soul was well and truly crushed when he was ten years old.
But if you were to look at what every single person was doing when Sawada Tsunayoshi's soul was well and truly crushed, you'd realize that things go a lot deeper than botched magic seals and poor adult supervision.
The Abalone Funeral Dirge is the world's most ambitious deconstruction of KHR fanfic tropes, and is mostly occupied with KHR dark!fic cliches, written in a cohesive and structured novel-like style. Utilizes Ensemble Casts and interwoven subplots very heavily.
Sawada Tsunayoshi is cold, aloof, constantly exhausted, perpetually doubtful, and has the resting face of an axe murderer. He's resigned to being a complete failure for the rest of his life, and is pretty satisfied with himself, as long as he has people like his best friend Sasagawa Kyouko to help him along the way.
But his dull, emotionless status quo is shattered when Kyouko decides he should join the Disciplinary Committee and do something with himself. The Disciplinary Committee, as in the thinly veiled school gang run by the Scariest Teenage Boy Alive. And yet, against all odds, it's not the Committee itself that led him into mass international criminal politics, magic powers, and casual murder.
Daily / Introduction
Tsuna's best friend Kyouko convinces him to join the Disciplinary Committee, and he ends up attracting unwanted attention at every level.
CHAPTER ONE The Introduction Of Sasagawa Kyouko Kyouko introduces Tsuna to the Disciplinary Committee in hopes of remedying his can't-do attitude.
CHAPTER TWO The Introduction Of A School Gang Tsuna finds life as a delinquent isn't all that bad! He is immediately proven wrong by a bike gang and way more responsibilities than he can handle.
CHAPTER THREE The Introduction Of A Home Tutor Tsuna finds being totally emotionless is harder than he thought, and a new face arrives in Namimori.
CHAPTER FOUR The Introduction Of A Gang Leader Tsuna solves his problems the only way he knows how - recklessly, without any meaningful thought, and mostly out of spite. This naturally blows up in his face.
CHAPTER FIVE The Introduction Of A Fool Hibari and Tsuna go on an adventure.
CHAPTER SIX The Introduction Of A Friend A terrible illness and a hospital trip gives Tsuna a bit of a reality check.
CHAPTER SEVEN The Introduction Of A Goal Tsuna's friends take to plotting.
CHAPTER EIGHT The Introduction Of A Fantasy A simple agreement and a quiet roof discussion.
CHAPTER NINE A Point of View - The Record of Gokudera Hayato The story of one boy's childhood.
Miyazawa / Willpower
An impromptu vacation leads to Tsuna and his friends being drawn into an elaborate plot that places the yakuza, the mafia, and several middle-schoolers against each other in a magic-powered deathmatch.
CHAPTER TEN The Willpower Of The Departing Time to leave.
CHAPTER ELEVEN The Willpower Of Those Individuals Kidnapping at gunpoint, but like, in a good way.
CHAPTER TWELVE The Willpower Of A Volunteer What seems like a nice place, but isn't, and what seems like a good plan, and definitely isn't.
CHAPTER THIRTEEN The Willpower Of A Fighting Force Everyone gets to work, with varying levels of violence.
CHAPTER FOURTEEN The Willpower Of An Informant There's something foul going on in Miyazawa...
CHAPTER FIFTEEN The Willpower Of The Underfoot The politics of the yakuza and the mafia come to a head.
CHAPTER SIXTEEN The Willpower Of The Doomed The worst possible situation, and the worst possible result.
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN The Willpower Of The Dying Nothing like latent magic powers to help a middle-schooler in a warzone.
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN The Willpower Of The Violent Seven aspects, and seven scenes.
CHAPTER NINETEEN The Willpower Of A Flame Tsuna and friends try to take charge and wrap up the battle to the best of their ability. They do not have a lot of ability.
CHAPTER TWENTY The Willpower Of The Ashes Tsuna, the gravesite, and several people's psyches crack open.
CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE The Willpower Of What's Left Things come to an end, roughly, and without closure.
CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO A Point of View - The Record of Yamazaki Kunihiro The story of one man's history.
Cooldown / Recovery
After the events of the previous arc, Tsuna and friends scatter to the four winds as everyone deals with things in their own way. A dog helps.
CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE The Recovery Of Peace Everyone spends the rest of their day picking up the pieces.
CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR The Recovery Of Soul Various parties take those pieces and try their best to put them together.
CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE The Recovery Of Mind The way things get into people's heads.
CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX The Recovery Of Control Trying to get on top of things, even when it's all gone to hell.
CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN The Recovery Of The Abandoned Facts start coming together, and Tsuna jumps out a window.
CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT The Recovery Of Order Events seem to run deeper than previously assumed, and they're all sliding into place.
CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE The Recovery Of Power Tsuna goes on an adventure.
CHAPTER THIRTY The Recovery Of Ability Tsuna and Hibari go on an adventure.
CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE The Recovery Of Interest Tsuna and Hibari go on a treasure hunt, which is a kind of adventure.
CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO The Recovery Of Hibari Kyouya Hibari tastes blood.
CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE Point Of View - The Record Of Sawada Tsunayoshi The story of one child's decay.
Tsuna has decided to latch onto Hibari, and Hibari has decided they're both going to Italy. This would be nice, if it weren't for the fact that Hibari is a danger to society, all of his friends are almost as traumatized as Tsuna is, and the job Tsuna is in Italy for? Committing treason.
The mafia is imploding, the yakuza is exploding, and at the top of it all, Hibari Kyouya has decided he's going to rule over everything, using the Varia, Tsuna, and a delightful group of emotionally unstable magical teenagers as stepping stools. Some are more okay with this idea than others.
Varia, and Those Who...
Tsuna's jerkass boss convinces him to join the Varia, and he ends up attracting unwanted attention at every level.