Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin – impressions up till now

May 2, 2010 at 12:47 am 2 comments

“I wonder what they’re doing now. There were seven men who survived through rather grand days at the bottom of the cauldron of Hell, inside a cell, fifty years ago..”

Don't disturb An-chan's meditation...

If you like anime that is beyond the bounds of what we’d call mainstream, you’ll probably enjoy Rainbow. This stuff is hard-hitting, confronting and very engaging on a human level.

This Granny is EVIL.

A brief synopsis: “Seven teenagers in 1955 have to learn to live together in the same hold in the reformatory of Shio. Confined in a hall where suffering and humiliation are daily, they are waiting for a ray of hope in a dark, incarcerating world. The story follows their life together and how they move on afterwards.” (MyAnimeList)

Ishihara would have won the prize for world's prettiest gorilla.

Rainbow shows the best and worse of humanity in the darkest of times. Not all the prisoners ended  up in jail for being totally crap guys. For instance, Mario was detained after severely beating up a teacher who was striking a fellow female student.


Rainbow does little to hide the realities these inmates face. In episode 1 we were somewhat abruptly exposed to some distasteful probing (guess where). In episode 3, we focus on Joe, an orphan who was forced to have intercourse with his sick carer. He was sent to jail for inflicting injuries of the said offender. The result is a far grittier series that makes all other shows currently airing look like sunshine and candy.

This series pays a surprising amount of attention of animating teeth...

However, Rainbow does have a key fault. In allowing us to empathise with the prisoners, director Koujina Hiroshi tends to label anyone who opposes these 7 dudes as pretty much evil incarnate. Ishihara is a prime example. So far there’s not a single inkling of good in this fat-lipped guy. Dr Gisuke is subtley sinister, and if you watch the series, it’s a good bet that most adults you come across aren’t portrayed in the best of lights.


Rainbow features a good concept, and Madhouse has executed the animation very well. While characterisation can be a little one-sided, if you’re looking for an anime series that is beyond mainstream and has more depth, this is definitely one to watch.

OP: The awesome rocky song is paired with a few before-and-after shots of the stars in this anime series. This decent idea is well-executed, and I really liked it..

ED: Plain. This season is generally not a good one for the EDs. You won’t miss much by skipping this one.

For some reason, this guy reminds me of M. Bison from Street Fighter...


Entry filed under: Anime.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Baka!  |  May 2, 2010 at 4:26 am

    tbh im not a fan of the hard hitting stuff…..might be good but I’ll probs stay away from it.

  • 2. Reltair  |  May 5, 2010 at 1:25 am

    You’re right about the evil incarnates. If they’re evil, then they’re REALLY evil.


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