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Chibi Review: Rainbow Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin

Don’t be fooled by this anime’s name.

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.
 
   

The Good: 

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’s Kamina. 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.

The Bad 

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.
  
JonathanMooreon May 12, 2010 at 3:50 a.m.
Will be watching soon!
FekketCantenelon May 12, 2010 at 5:33 a.m.
Woah, flashing back to the second opening from Death Note.
 
I heard good things about Cromartie but arrived too late at that game. Maybe I'll give this a chance to make up for it.
Dream moderator on May 12, 2010 at 7:18 a.m.
I don't mind dark titles, but I found Rainbow to be too melodramatic to keep my interest up beyond its first episode.
sickVisionz moderator on May 12, 2010 at 10:04 a.m.
I've been enjoying this one as well. 
@Dream: You should give it more than one episode.
GodLen staff on May 12, 2010 at 11:46 a.m.
@Dream: after watching the fourth episode it seems to be getting a little less melodramatic.
Dream moderator on May 12, 2010 at 12:10 p.m.
@sickVisionz:  I have several other titles this season, counting Durarara from winter, that I'm committing to right now (though at the moment, I'm also uncertain how much more of Tatami Galaxy I want to see). It's not too uncommon for me to drop a title after one to four episodes if I absolutely can't stand it or it just doesn't have enough to hold my interest for its entire run. You have titles that interest you. I have mine as well. We're not always gonna agree with what titles hold our interests and while you and GodLen find Rainbow to be a brutally believable look into the prison lives of several teens, I just couldn't get that impression when an intrusive narrator, angsty music and the fact the teens are unwanted by society for being criminals kept getting rubbed in my face for the first episode I seen of the show.
sotyfan16on May 12, 2010 at 2:05 p.m.

@Dream:
There is plenty of truth to the actions taken in Rainbow. You can look it up yourelf. And melodramatic? Please. I realize that some people just can't stand some anime and that's fine. However, you're misssing out here. 
 
Rainbow is my sleeper of the season and it had me gripping my computer screen from the first second of the intro. The atmosphere and animation finely suite the story (I am still not quite sure where it is going) and you see the characters grow each episode. Most will hate this anime for what it is based on title (though 7 characters and 7 colors make complete sense to me), animation, story, and even character design. Those people are those who take anime at face value instead of seeing the true depth and worth. 
 
Those of you who like Rainbow, Shamo is a great manga to read. It is violent and has language but those elements add to a good story.

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