Rainbow: Initial Thoughts

I’ve always been a fan of the buddy genre. Whether it be Rugrats, Recess, The Weekenders, or even live-action like Friends and Community, a ragtag group of people who work as a team to solve their problems always seems to work as a good foundation for a series.

Enter Rainbow (Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin if you’re fancy)—the story of a group of teens during the ‘50s in Japan, all sent to prison for one reason or another, that rely on their camaraderie to survive behind bars.

I can’t exactly put my finger on it, but current prison shows in the US haven’t really been doing it for me. Maybe it’s the whole predictability factor combined with their cookie-cutter characters, but something about prison shows have just always turned me away.

Not true for Rainbow.

As feminine a name as can be, the series is far from such, covering the lives of six teens in jail post war. From the get-go, each character has some kind of distinguishing factor about themselves accompanied with a quirky nickname to match, which makes you already start to form a bond with them, believing that there must have been some kind of misunderstanding as to how they ended up in such a place to begin with. There, the group becomes cellmates with Anchan, who appears to have definitely seen better days. Honestly, the fact that each person in the one cell is around the same age to get along with the other is a bit hard to believe, though, considering the liberties most shows take in terms of plot, it’s entirely forgivable.

The fact that the setting takes place in Japan post WWII is enough of a change from your typical prison drama to entice viewers. And considering how Japan actually fared during the war, I find it interesting how such has even made it to Japanese television at all… though at least that explains the little note from the staff before the show starts. I would say something about it being strange to live in a country that’s lost a war, but then again I’m sure similar questions about being elitist obese kids is asked about Americans, so I’ll just stop there.

Six episodes in now, and I can definitely see myself following the rest of the series, my only complaint so far being that character designs for authority figures aren’t exactly the prettiest. Then again, in a show where authority figures are constantly shown in a negative light, I guess it would make sense for them to be ugly. Still, the constant use of rape-faces as a sort of bad guy constant is rather disturbing.

External References:
– Rainbow Simulcast Subbed Episodes (funimation.com / youtube.com)


About daemoncorps
Gabe (daemoncorps) has been writing about anime and the like since 2005, but has been babysat by it for much longer. He primarily spends his days distracting himself on twitter or writing for Fandom Post until he realizes he has a weekly webcomic (tapastic.com/series/scramblebouquet) to work on. He also just finished writing his first full-length graphic novel about unemployment (https://tapastic.com/episode/293804).

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