Posted by psgels on 27 July 2010 with categories: Rainbow




Awesome, it really looks like we’re going to get an arc about the future of each of the lead characters at this pace, if this episode was any hint at least. On top of that, the creators also put in a lot of effort to make all the different arcs flow into each other: this episode neatly wrapped up the main story between Mario and Setsuko, while it also showed some depth for Baremoto and Cabbage, before moving on to Joe’s future as a musician.

I love the way in which Setsuko’s marriage was wrapped up here: it’s clear that the two love each other, but at the same time the series didn’t chose the cheap way out by devolving in cheesy quest for love abandon her chance for real happiness with her new husband, who will be able to take better care of her compared to Mario, due to his background. Because of that, the romance in this episode was powerful, yet not drawn out or overblown. That smile of Mario, when he saw Setsuko at her wedding, pretty much said it all.

Baremoto meanwhile, in the really rare moments of comedy in this series, gets introduced by Suppon to some old hag in his quest to find some kind of woman. I’m not sure what was up with that, but it’s probably some sort of build-up. Either way though, it’s great to see that everyone is now building their own future here, which was even more symbolized by Mario leaving for Tokyo. I’m really interested in whether Cabbage will join him. He’s always been this simple, lovable type, and while he never really got an arc for himself, I still like the way he turned out.

Meanwhile, Joe. The creators really wanted to use the build-up of the earlier episodes here. And it’s a very strange plot twist here, for him to get into a situation where sleeping with some influential woman in order to make it big in the music industry. Usually a plot twist like that would get rejected immediately, but I’m not sure whether the creators intend this to symbolize how Joe should look at the bright sides of his past, whether he should simply accept what happened, or whether they meant to make some kind of point about how childrape victims can turn out. They already showed a different perspective in this with An-chan’s friend who committed suicide.

And god dammit what happened to his sister?! I mean, I know that he accepted that both of them went into different directions, and he probably has no idea where she is right now, but bloody Nora. She was adopted by someone who looked like a freaking mass rapist for god’s sake. Can’t we at least get a slight hint of what happened to her? Think of the character-development here!
Rating: ** (Excellent)

3 Responses

  1. Kode-Dekka says:

    I agree, this was a great episode all around. As for Joe’s sister, if the preview is any indication, she shows up next episode.

  2. czz says:

    I wonder if Sakuragi had lived would Setsuko still have married that guy. They would have had more time together together to develop a deeper bond. She also didn’t seem to love mario as deeply as she loved him and pretty much said it in the rain.

  3. Kori says:

    Setsuko didn’t abandon her marriage simply because she never loved Mario IMO. All she saw in him is Sakuragi’s image.

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 01:11 PM)
    @Bagel: An underated film I felt and entertaining one if you turn your brain off.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 01:11 PM)
    Haven’t tried it on chrome cause I don’t have it on my laptop. I guess I will give it a shot after work.
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    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 01:10 PM)
    @Aidan how is it on chrome?
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    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 01:09 PM)
    @Aidan oh no, wordpress installation is only for the server. as for plugins, i meant the plugins for wordpress specifically, not a browser plugin. i assume psgels has some installed at the very least. sometimes they can cause little bugs because of conflicts.
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    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 01:08 PM)
    @Emma yeah. we also had that keanu reeves film, right?
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    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 01:08 PM)
    @Bagel, It isn’t my plugins. I ran firefox with all plugins disabled. Still the same problem. And I don’t have wordpress installed on my machine so I can’t have anything to do with that.
    Maybe I will uninstall and reinstall firefox and see what happens.
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    if its only happening to you and none of the other writers, I can only assume it’s an issue with things on your browser. I could see some of those bugs coming from privileges, so that may also be a reason…
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    Theres been some samurai films post the 90s, izo, last samurai, 13 assassins, I remember wicked mentioning one about a samurai astronomer, shigrui is technically a samurai thing.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 01:05 PM)
    @Aidan hm. there are some known problems in wordpress such as the visual editor having problems when you switch back and forth from the text editor. but you seem to have way more bugs. i wonder if there are any troublesome plugins installed.
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    @AidanAK47 I thought the first episode was funny and well animated. The second and third episodes were neither of those things.

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