— Mario Minakami
Mind you that this aired in a killer season, standing in the ring up against the likes of Angel Beats, K-on!, and Kuroshitsuji ||, I got a feeling that this tale of survival and friendship and bromance and romance fell completely under the radar. (Much like Samurai Flamenco is doing this season, by the way.)
Why should you watch this apart from it being produced by Madhouse?
Hell, it’s different. That’s one reason.
It’s the year 1955 and Japan is just recovering from a war, seven teenage “criminals” have been kicked in the reformatory of Oshio. Except that it’s more like a hellhole where humiliation is the best you can hope for when waking up, they don’t give up and have faith even when life gives them 78 reasons not to.
When I say hellhole, I mean hellhole.
Despite it’s cruelty and unfairness, Rainbow really is a serie that makes you look at the better in life, telling you that things can and will change, atleast, this is the impression you get before they do something horrible to one your favorite character and you gasp and flinch and have to look away because it’s just so uncomfortable.
Being split in two parts, the first one really shines with it’s “action” and “drama” sequences, sure, the drama is hilariously cheesy what with all the nakama and believeing speeches, (It’s seinen, but these moments might very well fit in the likes of One Piece.) for ounce, this is a good thing.
The second half slows down alot, and all in all leaves one, (or atleast me) satisfied with it’s ending and conclusions.
This is not to say it doesn’t have flaws, and if I have to call out the worst of them, it would have to be that a person is either Satan or Jesus Christ himself. I doubt I have ever seen a serie as black and white as this one, which detracts from the result.
All in all, this show earns itslef a 9, and I would recommend this to anyone wanting something different from your highschool moe-fest.