Japan, 1955: Mario Minakami has just arrived at Shounan Special Reform School along with six 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? – My Anime List
Based on 10 review scores:
This is one of the best underrated/not well known anime’s you’ll ever watch. From start to finish you’ll be on the edge of your seat. This is personally one of my all time favorites. It’s a more serious anime and has some very gruesome scenes. I’ve been waiting to find this for months on a safe site and am so happy it’s finally on amazon. Definitely a nice and unique one to have in your collection.
Rainbow was a fantastic anime, and it will certainly be difficult finding another anime quite like it. It’s a funny thing how the closest series I can think of to it is in fact very different in style. Rainbow is a truly moving series that shows both the best and the worst of humanity and is certainly thought provoking in this aspect.
Anime News Network
Despite its dark setting and lack of humor, Rainbow is overblown in drama, superficial in themes, and unrealistic in ideals. It appeals only to people who are accustomed to cheery things. Or harems full of beta males who want to deflower their sisters. It is uncommon for not doing such a thing modern anime are full of, but that is far from enough to make it anything more than just above average.
My Anime List
In closing, Rainbow’s definitely in the top 10, maybe even top 5 shows of the year 2010. Not watching it should be a crime.
“Rainbow” tells the story of seven boys in a harsh reform school in post-WW2 Japan and their attempts to survive, escape and realize their dreams in the outside world. They have to deal with a sadistic guard and an abusive doctor that use their authority to make their lives miserable and destroy every ray of hope that they might have. In the process, their bonds grow stronger and stronger. In the 26 episodes of the anime, the story remains fast-paced and engaging, and by the end, we have a chance to see all the characters develop in interesting ways, and the story reach a powerful, satisfying ending. For me, this was one of those special series that you enjoy so much and remember the characters (and the author) with fondness (similar ones are “Kaiji” and “Akagi”). I strongly recommend it.
Rainbow isn’tsomething revolutionary, but it is a unique experience, so I can recommend itas something to be backlogged, and not necessarily watched right away.
My Bubbletea Time
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.