Ranked #49

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


Score: 8.661 (scored by 38,404 users)
Ranked: #492
Popularity: #417
Members: 91,789
Favorites: 2,584
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.


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.


No background information has been added to this title. Help improve our database by adding background information here.

Related Anime

Characters & Voice Actors

Sakuragi, Rokurouta
Sakuragi, Rokurouta
Koyama, Rikiya
Koyama, Rikiya
Minakami, Mario
Minakami, Mario
Oguri, Shun
Oguri, Shun
Maeda, Noboru
Maeda, Noboru
Park, Romi
Park, Romi
Yokosuka, Jou
Yokosuka, Jou
Hasome, Tatsuya
Hasome, Tatsuya


Koujina, Hiroshi
Koujina, Hiroshi
Mima, Masafumi
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Kurata, Ayako
Kurata, Ayako
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

Write a review | More reviewsReviews

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
I found this review Helpful
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
I found this review Helpful
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
I found this review Helpful
Nov 7, 2010
'RAINBOW - The Seven from Cell 2-6' is about seven teens who spent time in same cell of Shounan Disciplinary School after committing separate juvenile crimes in 1955.

This series is one of the purest example of Japanese "Yankee" or "Furyou" (high school deliquent) Drama . Although prominent in Japanese films, this genre is extremely rare in recent anime series possibly due to lack of interest from typical otaku demographics and decline of furyou in Japan. As far as I know, 'Sakigake! Cromatie High School' being the only other one (and many other series in lesser extent, such as 'GTO' and 'Gokusen'). 'RAINBOW' is a hard-boiled read more
I found this review Helpful


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: 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
Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
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! 
reportRecommended by xoSushi

Recent News

Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Rainbow Episode 12 Discussion ( 1 2 3 )
shanimebib - Jun 22, 2010
134 replies by Shinnigami »»
Nov 9, 3:05 PM
Poll: Rainbow Episode 26 Discussion ( 1 2 3 4 )
Redfoxoffire - Sep 28, 2010
156 replies by Hoshi14 »»
Nov 8, 6:54 AM