This season has its fair share of happy, cheery, and overall funny anime, but it also has a couple of darker titles as well; Rainbow
is perhaps the darkest. It is so dark that it feels the need to actually warn the audience that this anime is going to make you lie awake at night and/or randomly puke. But don’t judge a book by its cover, this really isn’t a slasher flick, but a look at the lives of delinquents living an unfair life in a special reform school.
Rainbow is about a group of students who are sent to the Shonan Special Reform School for committing petty crimes, around 10 years after World War II. Here they are treated like harden criminals by the tyrannical staff, and they do not receive much love from the rest of the prisoners as well. However, not everyone in the “school” is terrible, for they share a room with a man who will change these boys lives forever.
He is a man’s man, an almighty figure of GAR
, a character similar to Gurren Lagann
. This man supports the boys, forcing them to throw away all their previous grudges and work together so that they can survive this brutal prison. This is what this story is truly about, not about the blood or the sadness, but individuals surviving through a horrible period in their lives, while also becoming better in the process.
This is a decent looking anime, with character designs that are reminiscent of seinen manga. I can also freely confess that anime opening that features American-like rock, is an opening I’m going to enjoy.
Much like Princess Tutu
before it, Rainbow has a terrible name. It’s not that I do not enjoy the name Rainbow, because it has tons of meaning at what this show is getting at, but I believe people might turn it down at first glance because of it. Also the show is a tad too dark and grey visually, which in turn makes me more depressed.
The Verdict 4/5
Rainbow is an interesting mix between the worst aspects of humanity, and the best (though maybe a little bit below the best.) At times the protagonists’ constant beatings are hard to watch, but it is not a game breaker for me. Rainbow is the perfect example of how diverse anime can truly be. This is proof that modern day anime is not all about little girls and panties.