Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin
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Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin

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Japanese: RAINBOW 二舎六房の七人


Type: Manga
Volumes: 22
Chapters: 235
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 21, 2002 to Jan 4, 2010
Genres: DramaDrama, HistoricalHistorical, PsychologicalPsychological, SeinenSeinen
Authors: Abe, George (Story), Kakizaki, Masasumi (Art)
Serialization: Young Sunday (Weekly)


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Six minors (16 or 17 years) answering to the nicknames of Joe, Mario, Suppon, Baremoto, Heitai and Kyabetsu are put into a reformatory for offences such as aggravated assault, swindle, flight, etc. Their stay in hell begins immediately. Accommodated by a doctor paedophile, they are placed under the monitoring of a despotic and brutal crew. Companions of cell of certain Sakuragi (called Anchan), the tension flares up between the band of buddies and their new "friend."

A brawl breaks out and our six prisoners are done rossés by mysterious young man thanks to his boxing talent.

The story will not only follow the lives of these seven characters surviving in their hellish environment, but also their disillusions due to the rejection by the outside world and by their close relations. This is about the extraodinary and invincible friendships between these young men.


Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin won the 51st Shogakukan Manga Award in the general category, along with Taiyou no Mokishiroku Dainibu: Kenkokuhen.

The series was serialized in Young Sunday until its final issue on July 31, 2008. Serialization transferred to Big Comic Spirits on June 15, 2009.

The series was published in French as Rainbow by Kazé in 3-in-1 omnibuses from October 7, 2015 to May 24, 2017.

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Mar 9, 2018
redrabbt13 (All reviews)
In my opinion, Rainbow is not really a feel-good type of manga, so if you're looking for a good hero story to lift your spirits Rainbow isn't the story for you.
But if that's not what you're looking for I would say that Rainbow does have some of the best story arcs I have read in a long time. It's drama, mixed in with redemption, and A LOT of tragedy. It has it's really depressing moments, but the promise of a good story providing a consistent stream of adrenaline-pumping moments keeps the reader reading.

Artistically its also a beautiful manga. I can't get over the read more
Jul 18, 2019
Crushervice (All reviews)
The absence of color pages is not striking, since the tone of the story does not claim them either. It would be different if it were a fantastic cut story where the reader, although accustomed to black and white, always appreciates a colorful note.

Regarding the graphic section, Masasumi Kakizaki's work is, in general, good. But not bright at all. There are vignettes where the bodies are disproportionate or poorly designed, for example, by placing the eyes on an impossible axis. Instead, there are very good and impressive illustrations.the adjective that best suits this situation is inconstant.But hey, this is a story where the script read more
Aug 22, 2010
Maz-Maz (All reviews)
Although the title maybe misleading, okay wait, it is misleading but guys, read the summary. I picked this Manga up, thinking it was worth a try and it really was worth a try.

We meet 6 inmates going to a reform facility (juvenile hall) in 1955, some innocent (in my eyes) others not so, however the horrors that lies ahead of them would make you shiver and shake.
Taking his time to flesh out his characters, the writer did a most outstanding job, he didn't rush and in doing so, you'll find complex personalities, realistic pasts and you'll see the characters as people. Not just characters read more
Oct 19, 2013
Czarine (All reviews)
As a fan of violent and tragic stories, I expected maybe a bit too much from this manga. On paper, Rainbow seemed to be on par with the type of manga I read and liked (like Shamo, Sidooh), but it turned out to be less believable.

The manga focuses first on the lives of youngsters in a juvenile prison, and later on how they cope with the hardships of the outside world. What confused me first was the way that the manga "switched" the main character, but as it went on, I got used to it. I think the manga is supposed to be read from read more

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