Posted on 1 June 2010 with categories: Rainbow



Oh, how awesome could this series have been if it had an actually good director who knew the meaning of subtlety. Even with the overacting, I’m completely hooked to this series right now. This show has great pacing, and the strength of the manga really shines through at this point. This episode again featured excellent, believable plot twists when you don’t look at how much the voice actors were hamming it up.

Setsuko (the nurse) takes up a vital role in this. She was vital in restoring An-chan back to health, something that the others probably wouldn’t have been able to do this fast. She also knew an interesting shelter, and I also assume that they lived in a time where people have a lot more to do than to look at wanted posters, which allows them to keep hidden for quite a while. The big mistake Joe made earlier was that it was extremely predictable where he was going. It’s not without flaws, though. As soon as someone in the hospital starts talking, they’ll be in trouble.

While it’s going to be obvious that An-chan at least will escape, the creators succeeded in one thing: portraying how important it is for him to actually get away: Joe in this episode may have made sure that Psycho-guard (who is beginning to sound more and more like a cat in a blender by the way) won’t be able to make the lives of Baremoto, Heitai and Cabbage miserable, they will kill An-chan when they see him again. This is so different from your average shounen hero who survives battles against all odds.

And the best thing is probably the promise that there’s much more in store here. I’m still looking forward to the moment that the characters will leave prison and move on with their lives. If this plays such a big role in the OP, which just keeps hinting at it, it’s bound to play some sort of a big role in this series, and not just pop up as a resolution at the last half of the last episode.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

5 Responses

  1. cx says:

    :( this and raid don’t get no love subbers

  2. Shippoyasha says:

    I kinda like the hamming up of the voice acting considering how outrageously violent the show is. And the mangaka himself has said he wanted to show the MANLINESS of the weak and exploited. Kinda leads up naturally into the ham territory.

  3. Tuskus says:

    I don’t get why you keep saying that there’s too much overacting. Being over-the-top is exactly what this show (as well as all other manly anime) is about.

  4. Taxy says:

    pdgels, I’ve read in the brandnew issue of the german anime-magazine ANIMANIA, in a report about the Anime Toyko Fair, that RAINBOW is a 26-episodes-series! Did you know that? I really like the idea, that this series goes the long way! :) Hope you like that, too!

  5. psgels says:

    Taxy: Excellent, that’s the news I was waiting for. Still, the original manga is twenty volumes long, will that be able to fit? Does anyone know at which point in the manga we currently are?

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    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 08:11 PM)
    Speaking of which, if anyone is able to connect to ftp://78.159.38.69/PubLic/tV/ I’d be grateful if you could let me know how. I can’t connect at all, and it’s either this or a 5 week torrent to get FMP!
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    I’ve nearly finished renaming + sorting 1TB of anime (on top of the 2.5TB I already had). While I do feel slightly guilty about it, the fact that paying for even a fraction of it would bankrupt me for the next few years makes me think “who’s losing out?”
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    @AidanAK47 I only torrent or free stream anime if it’s unlicensed. I pay for the right to watch everything else. Then again, I can afford to. Not everyone can.
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    @Aidan: Early on in kara no shoujo but I’m really liking this notebook feature element. Also to give an example of how it stays with the player, I had a dream about the game even.
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    Sorry for tldr but I wanted to pitch in and give my views like I do with everything.
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    @Anon: And I’d be labelled a psychopath.
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    And I pirate everything by in large.
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    I also agree with despite my love of ghost in the shell and liking Akira Aidan is right about them. And in regards to Dandy, I’d recommend space adventure cobra over it.
    @Aidan: As a hardcore film fan that is a sound sound comment I resonate with well.
    @Bam: I also feel that the slavery comparison is going too far. And I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again moe both has its place and doesn’t.
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    Take it from someone who grew up with 90s/80s ovas, that old generation had its terrible ovas and stuff that can only work on a guilty pleasure level. And those ovas pandered with their exploitation.
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