Rainbow Episode #20 (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Release Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2010

With most of the cast having had their lives detailed, it's time for little known Cabbage to get his spot in the sun.

What They Say:
The gang is still following their dreams '" unfortunately, Cabbage's goal is to live the yakuza lifestyle. Turtle and Scam try to talk some sense into him, but it might be too late to prevent a tragic outcome.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With Joe's story having come to a close, things move in an interesting direction. The amount of yakuza and thugs involved in the music industry is no surprise but what resulted from Joe's arc is that he's back at square one but he has his sister in his life. That leaves us with one young man who now finds himself with a new possibility opening up for his life. When Turtle, Mario and Cabbage go to make mild amends and step away from the yakuza world, they're made the offer to join up since they're good kids who have some gumption to them that's not seen all that often in the streets these days. While Mario and Turtle are quick to get out, you can see the appeal of it to Cabbage who sees it as a manly world he can enter and do good in.

While I don't think Cabbage has really been portrayed as the slow witted type, and he's not really going that route here, he's the one without a real dream it seems at a time when everyone else is moving on with theirs. The appeal of joining up with the Fukomoto gang is big to him since it would give him a path, something he sorely lacks. Scam and Turtle do a decent job of trying to show him another path, mostly in using scams and the like, but it's not a world that really fits for Cabbage and his personality. They really couldn't make him feel more out of place with it without going over the top and taking some of the reality out of the show. And while you don't want to see any of the boys really turn to a life of crime and criminal activity after what they've suffered through, it's an area where you can see Cabbage really taking root in.

The episode does take an interesting turn when he gets in there and experiences the entry level life, which is pretty sucky no matter how you look at it. But it also introduces an edge of violence to it that you wouldn't ordinarily get as a low level new flunky going through the routine of cleaning and place and being beat down on. But that's also part of what it's about at every level of being a yakuza. What ends up surprising everyone is that when things do go wrong, their first instinct is still to run there and try to help out so that nothing bad happens. Yakuza and gang activity in general is a nasty business no matter when, but the post-war period of this show still has things falling very much on the seedy side.

In Summary:
Rainbow's use of Cabbage has been pretty minimal throughout the series as he's been more of the outsider of the group. He's been involved, but he's never truly stood out or really felt like he's connected heavily. While others had their tangents crossing main stories that made them accessible, he's never been heavily involved in any of them. With him getting the full brunt of attention here, it does paint how shallow the character is and how little there is to him, but giving him definition and purpose is definitely welcome as it fills in that little blank spot that's been there for so long. While not a fantastic episode, it's a needed one that doesn't feel too forced or out of place with how any of it plays out.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.



Mania Grade: B
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 16 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
Running time: 23
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Rainbow