Japan, 1955: Mario Minakami has just arrived at Shounan Special Reform School along with five other teenagers who have been arrested on serious criminal charges. All assigned to the same cell, they meet older inmate Rokurouta Sakuragi—a former boxer—with whom they establish a close bond. Under his guidance, and with the promise that they will meet again on the outside after serving their sentences, the delinquents begin to view their hopeless situation in a better light. Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin follows the seven cellmates as they struggle together against the brutal suffering and humiliation inflicted upon them by Ishihara, a sadistic guard with a grudge on Rokurouta, and Gisuke Sasaki, a doctor who takes pleasure in violating boys. Facing such hellish conditions, the seven inmates must scrape together all the strength they have to survive until their sentences are up; but even if they do, just what kind of lives are waiting for them on the other side? [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Rainbow : Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin – after watching episodes of this anime, one word kept coming to my mind. “Beautiful”. This anime shows how beautiful friendship can be. Acts of selflessness, sacrificing oneself to help another, returning to that one special place – It’s all present in Rainbow. It’s a good mix of emotion, struggle and drama. Rainbow is one superb anime, regrettably, it’s buried deep within the other numerous popular titles out there and I’m glad I found it(more like stumbled upon).
Story? Rainbow focuses on seven teenagers who are found guilty of committing crimes and are sent to a Disciplinary school/Reformatory. In reality, it was Hellhole for them because they received very harsh treatment by some of the authorities to the point where they got thrashed by a group of hired thugs and received a lot of unnecessary punishment, though not all of the main characters suffered the same exact punishment. The story takes place in 1955, a decade after the end of the Second World War. During that time, Japan in it’s state, still rebuilding its cities after the war and corruption is common.
Speaking of plot, it can be rather predictable sometimes. Characters’ “motives” are predictable as ever too. What’s very common in anime are that you can tell who’s evil and who’s not; Especially, when one of those anime characters who always had their eyes shut, suddenly they open their eyes and with a wide silly grin across their face obviously tells you that they are up to no good. It often shows that their intentions are usually bad too. But even with that, with lots of edge-of-seat action scenes, plenty of sorrowful moments, plot twists and memorable acts of friendship – Rainbow’s overall storyline is top notch.
Character? Rainbow have a nice cast of main characters each with an interesting backstory. The seven protagonists of cell six each have their own unique personalities. Also, Character development is good. For example, Mario Minakami. In the start, He was weak and sometimes talks big but with help in the later episodes, he becomes a badass. The MCs are initially hostile towards each other but soon after they start helping out they quickly become friends. My favourite character in the series is Sakuragi Rokurouta: a young man with a boxing talent. He’s also the oldest, strongest and acts as the leader out of the seven. With all that, Sakuragi Rokurouta is a man worth respecting.
Sound? The Opening theme is extremely good because I like these kind of songs: the Rock/Metal genre. Opening theme “We’re not alone”, sung in English by Japanese Band Coldrain was epic. Not only that the opening theme was awesome, but its also very fitting for the anime. The ending theme, wasn’t entirely great, still I don’t think its too bad. Also, whenever one of the protagonists gets serious, a distinct background music kicks in. Voice acting was brilliant but I find the English voice overs of the American characters sound a little weird.
Art/Visuals? The overall visuals passable. I think the dark/gloomy art style and colors really does suit the anime. However, Viewers who constantly had been watching anime with bright visuals might find Rainbow’s visuals repulsive. Amusingly, all the evil characters in the series look so hideous. Characters’ hair colours are natural; colours that naturally exist in real life: black, dark brown, blonde, etc. No, I don’t hate the colorful hair that exist in anime, but the natural hair colors gives a more realistic feel.
Conclusion? Rainbow is an anime with an inspiring story and have many likeable characters. However, some people may find Rainbow’s art style unappealing, but even you don’t like that, you should at least give it a try. But for fans of thriller/Drama or anyone looking for a good anime of its genre, it’s a must watch.