Ranked #48

Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin

Alternative Titles

English: Rainbow
Japanese: RAINBOW 二舎六房の七人


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 2, 2010 to Sep 29, 2010
Premiered: Spring 2010
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.661 (scored by 41,839 users)
Ranked: #482
Popularity: #408
Members: 100,346
Favorites: 2,968
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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.


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Sakuragi, Rokurouta
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Oguri, Shun
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Maeda, Noboru
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Park, Romi
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Yokosuka, Jou
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Hasome, Tatsuya
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Koujina, Hiroshi
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Mima, Masafumi
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Sound Director
Kurata, Ayako
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Episode Director, Storyboard
Fudeyasu, Kazuyuki
Fudeyasu, Kazuyuki

More episodes Episodes(8/26)

Episode Title Aired
1 After the Rain
Apr 2, 2010
2 Fugitive
Apr 14, 2010
3 Distrust
Apr 21, 2010
4 Dissolve
Apr 28, 2010
5 Someday...
May 5, 2010

Opening Theme

"We're not alone" by coldrain

Ending Theme

"A FAR-OFF DISTANCE" by Galneryus

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Apr 11, 2010
After finishing episode 1 of this series, a deep breath was taken. I was so engrossed that apparently I had forgotten to breathe while I was watching.

After finishing episode 26, I finally exhaled. This series was a rush of nonstop emotion all the way throw and never faltered for a second. Everything I said here over a half a year ago holds completely true and I can't flaunt my glowing recommendation for this series enough.

Rainbow is definitely one of the best things Japan has put out in a long time, and not in an ironic "Oh, Japan!" flashy comedy/campy/ridiculous way. It's a serious story. So read more
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Apr 13, 2014
What exactly is friendship? Are your friends more important to you than your family? What are you willing to go through for a friend? Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin (for the rest of the review the anime will be referred to simply as Rainbow) focuses on friendship, as well as several other themes based around friendship, such as humanity, morality, violence, love, family etc. This is my review:

Story - Rainbow is a tale about seven inmates in a special reform school who grow closer with the increased time they spend together. All seven of them are there for committing several crimes which shaped these very read more
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Nov 7, 2014
‘Even as the storm howls, even as they starve, they are preparing for it. Afterwards, with guts, courage and a little luck, their dreams will come true. The seven canaries believed this.’

Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin, referenced henceforth as Rainbow, follows the story of six men, who begin their stretch in a Japanese young offenders institute. Upon entering they meet their cell’s only other resident: the hardened boxer Sakuragi Rokurouta. After a brief but violent beat down, the men become friends with their cellmate and thus begin the hardships that come with being locked out from the rest of the world.

Rainbow has an incredibly interesting read more
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Jul 31, 2014
Friendship: a very important aspect of every person's life. Without friends, we would have rotted, we wouldn't have been able to exist. And of course, we would not have been able to make any sacrifices, or bring ourselves to have fun and be satisfied. Is it important to have friends? Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin answers this question in a rather different way than we would imagine. Through very difficult situations, the main characters get closer and closer, learn to trust each other and, finally, help each other move on and manage to achieve their goals.

Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin is a story, which takes read more
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Anime: Deadman Wonderland
Ignoring a Naruto movie and Ashita no Joe (not a series about prison life, but the lead does spend time in prison), the only two prison anime in known existence. Shawshank Redemption they most certainly are not. But Rainbow at least tries to be taken semi-seriously with its 1950's setting and anti-moe 'WHERE GIRL?' approach to prison life. Deadman, on the other hand, blends a prison theme park (!?) and shounen power-ups into a bizarre yet entertaining mix. Shallow and with little planning beyond shock value, but definitely fun.

Rainbow does, deceptively, seem like it's actually going to be anime's attempt at one-upping  read more 
reportRecommended by AironicallyHuman
Anime: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Sakuragi in Rainbow IS Kamina from TTGL... just without the GAR glasses and vibrant anime colours. If Kamina had been in a grimdark 1950's macho cheese prison drama, Rainbow would be it, for sure. The inspirational manliness is off the charts as these two seemingly invincible alpha male characters make their lessor male counterparts into better men/slightly homosexual. Simon's development in TTGL and Team Aniki (especially Mario) in Rainbow is practically the same; timeskip and all. Broship sacrifice leads to becoming a clone of Bro.  
reportRecommended by AironicallyHuman
Anime: Ashita no Joe
Same historical background and similar characters.
reportRecommended by giggi1999
Anime: Gungrave
"Friendship" and brotherly bonds between the characters is a very strong theme in the beginning of both series.... 
reportRecommended by wakka9ca
Anime: Prison School
-Both are about a group of young men fighting for survival in a harsh environment
-Both are quite dark (Rainbow being more violent and dramatic, Prison School being more ecchi and comedy)
-Both have some sort of romance
-The difference is that Rainbow is set in the 1950s, while Prison School is set in the modern era 
reportRecommended by MarkFlowers
Anime: Hotaru no Haka
Grave of the fireflies had a similar kind of setting, hardship, death and sadness.
both animation are set in the period of after and before war.
unbreakable bond.  
reportRecommended by nero

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