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June 10, 2012

Anime Review: Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin

Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin is a tragic, dramatic, and thrilling anime about the survival of the fittest in a corrupt, harsh society. Basically don't trust anyone except your closest friends. That is how you can survive.

Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no ShichininSynopsis:

Seven teenagers in 1955 have to learn to live together in the same hold in the reformatory of Shio. Confined in a hall where suffering and humiliation are daily, they are waiting for a ray of hope in a dark, incarcerating world. The story follows their life together and how they move on afterwards.

Review:

The first half of the anime series is about seven teenagers imprisoned in a horrible detention centre where most officials are corrupt and other inmates and unforgiving. This is the reality of a harsh world that society shuns. How will these boys survive this horrible environment? With the strength and help of one another, they learn the true meaning of friendship. If after they finally get out of the detention centre, making a living and supporting oneself isn't easy as well. The anime portrays a harsh and corrupt society; however, the end of the anime reveals a true and beautiful ending for these bunch of guys. Throughout the anime, you will see plenty of demoralising moments from brutal torture, betrayal of the worst, unwanted rape, and the threat of being killed. It is all breathtakingly intense from start to finish. You will not find a peaceful moment in the anime as there constantly dangers lurking everywhere.

The art was really detailed and graphical. Each episode had a short blurb that describes that the explicit detail was meant to be in the anime to increase the effectiveness of its message; and it did. The brutal torture and pain that the characters reveal is pretty indepth indeed. The art in this anime contained a lot of bleak and dull colours to represent a dark society, and the bright colours of that friendship tree gives us a sense of 'hope' and 'refreshment'.

The audio and the animation work beautifully in tandem, with the music bringing scenes to life by boosting the dank atmosphere. The opening by Coldrain is especially great, bringing a sense of 'pain and struggles' touch to the show. Similarly, the voices are gruff and work very well with the rest of the presentation.

Characters were all presented rough and untidy; how this anime is meant to be presented. You will not find a true 'calming' or 'peaceful' face in this anime as every character has an ulterior motive or hidden agenda that we do not know about. All gets revealed eventually and we are left with a state of mixed emotions. This anime has effective portrayed the lives of these seven teenagers extremely well. Many times you will feel hatred, sorrow, or pity for these characters.

In the end, it was enjoyable to watch in a different sense. The anime definitely will not make you happy or calm until the very end. The constant feeling of dread and fear is always lingering in every moment of this anime series.

STORY: 8
A deep story that will keep you awake and unable to let go of your breath.

ART: 9
Really detailed a graphical. Some disturbing moments are present that you will never forget.

SOUND: 8
Soundtrack and music was intense and really suited the anime. Voice acting was decent.

CHARACTER: 8
I couldn't find a particular character to like since all these characters have good and bad points.

ENJOYMENT: 8
I was pretty shocked at the amount of themes that this anime portrays. It was enjoyable at the least to say that there was a good ending to this series.

OVERALL: 8
If you can take mental disturbance then I suggest you move on. This anime is for those who can take on a "reality" of a corrupt society and life.