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: Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama
Themes: Delinquents Delinquents, Historical Historical, Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Young Sunday (Weekly)
Authors: Abe, George (Story), Kakizaki, Masasumi (Art)


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Ranked: #1512
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Popularity: #519
Members: 28,881
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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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Oct 4, 2021
Beautiful manga, even yet a masterpiece. Really one of the best mangas I've read in a long time. The story made me tear up so many times I've lost count, and the character development is so realistically on point that it made many of the other mangas I read that I thought had a good character development look bad. I can see why people complain about the manga's tone, but considering this was a not-so popular manga back in early 2000's I'd say the art makes up for it. This manga is one of the motivations for me to start boxing, and now in 2months ...
Mar 9, 2018
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 ...
Nov 12, 2021
"Regardless of where you're at, or what the circumstances are, please do not give up. If you can only muster a single step forward, please take that step." - George Abe (creator of Rainbow)

This series is based on 7 young men who are surviving through a horrible depression in Japan after WWII. Survival through theft, conning, violence, etc. This leads to their imprisonment into juvie. A horrid environment where the guards treat them like filthy, easily discardable vermin. And because of this, it forces them to become allies and later friends in order to survive their sentences.

One of the 7, Sakuragi, has been in ...

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