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Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin

Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin

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Synonyms: 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
Duration: 22 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.641 (scored by 30375 users)
Ranked: #562
Popularity: #447
Members: 71,802
Favorites: 1,875
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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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Adaptation: Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin

Characters & Voice Actors

Maeda, Noboru
Maeda, Noboru
Park, Romi
Park, Romi
Matsuura, Mansaku
Matsuura, Mansaku
Waki, Tomohiro
Waki, Tomohiro
Minakami, Mario
Minakami, Mario
Oguri, Shun
Oguri, Shun
Nomoto, Ryuuji
Nomoto, Ryuuji
Fujiwara, Keiji
Fujiwara, Keiji


Koujina, Hiroshi
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Kurata, Ayako
Episode Director, Storyboard
Takayashiki, Hideo
Script, Series Composition

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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.

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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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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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Apr 21, 2013
Rainbow : Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin - after watching episodes of this anime, one word kept coming to my mind. "Beautiful". This anime shows how beautiful friendship can be. Acts of selflessness, sacrificing oneself to help another, returning to that one special place - It's all present in Rainbow. It's a good mix of emotion, struggle and drama. Rainbow is one superb anime, regrettably, it's buried deep within the other numerous popular titles out there and I'm glad I found it(more like stumbled upon).

Story? Rainbow focuses on seven teenagers who are found guilty of committing crimes and are sent to a Disciplinary school/Reformatory. In reality, read more
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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 Shawshank at the very beginning. There's even gay rape (taken to anime extremes: fat 1D doctor x ladyboy). But if the TEEN opening theme didn't already give the game away, Rainbow - in its more subdued-realistic way - is just as over the top as Deadman. The macho cheese, aided by guitar riffs, as a band of bros gather around their invincible alpha male "aniki" is quite something. The lead in Rainbow is like Kamina from TTGL without the vibrant colours and glasses--an inspirational heroic man's man that can't help but make everyone around him turn slightly homosexual. The soundtrack makes the cheese even more intense-funny.

Deadman is so far out there it's impossible to even view at is a prison drama with its ill-defined post-apocalyptic setting and school trips where people cheer as prisoners get dismembered. It's a glorified shounen fighting series where blood is used as a weapon, with prison just used as decoration. Prison life soon gives way to death battles and rebellion, so it doesn't even try to mask what it is. I can't knock it for being what it was intended to be but its stylised opening did make me expect more than what it had to offer.
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.
"Friendship" and brotherly bonds between the characters is a very strong theme in the beginning of both series....
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.
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Both plots focus on the "brotherhood". There are dark settings and suitable music for every part of the story. Both highly recommended if you like mature anime!
Same historical background and similar characters.

Opening Theme

"We're not alone" by coldrain

Ending Theme

"A FAR-OFF DISTANCE" by Galneryus

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