Rainbow Episode #22 (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Release Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Secrets and lies are revealed as Scam takes things to the next level with Eri.

What They Say:
Scam's plan to start a new life with Eri falls apart when she doesn't appear at their pre-arranged meeting place. After collapsing in the pouring rain, he wakes to learn that there will be no happily-ever-after.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Scam's descent into the world of love has left him crushed, humiliated and at a loss when it comes to his friends and family as he has pushed them away and taken advantage of them. While his love of Eri is true, there's a good chance a lot of it is just first time infatuation and lust gone overboard since it's pushed him to such an extent. But even a most basic of loves that he could feel, accented by all of that, combined by the way he sees her being with other women would certainly push him even further. To find someone you love, that you want to be with as much as possible, and yet know that she's trapped in such a situation and pleasures other men would be too much for most men to handle.

Seeing Scam having to go through such things only to see it go even lower after Eri says she'll meet with him but doesn't is positively heartbreaking. He's done his best to turn things around since getting out of the reformatory since he found brothers in life there that showed him a better way, but living what he thinks is the right life hasn't worked. When it's just Turtle that shows up, someone that he really laid into in his own way before, it just strikes him all the harder and makes it much sadder to watch. The one person he wronged the most is the one that is still there for him and does his best to take care of him afterward since he gets quite ill from waiting in the rain. The bonds of these young men continue to be the strongest point of the series as they find their new paths in life and seeing Scam still connected to them even after what he did is incredibly heartwarming.

Scam is kicked pretty low here, but events just keep pushing him further down as he starts looking for Eri and begins to discover more about her. While he's been loving her with blinders on for awhile, when they start to lift because the truths that are coming, it pushes him further into a mixture of depression and anger that sends him running off. It's rather over dramatic in its own way, but it is fairly restrained when you consider what he's going through. As we see him experience this part of his life, something that will definitely change him and how he handles things going forward, it's one of the better parts of the series. Similar to Mario's loss earlier in the show, what happens to him forces him to grow up a bit more and to realize that not everything can be romanticized and that you have to be more careful. Seeing him experience this and come to terms with it, albeit within the confines of a single episode really, works very well and allows the show to shine once again.

In Summary:
While Scam hasn't been my favorite character of the series, they did a good job of seeding his storyline early on after they were out of the reformatory and dealing with it here in all its pain and glory. You can feel easily for him and understand his pain as well as the shame he feels when he has to really stand up and be a man and admit to it all. The emotions aren't forced here, they're real and honest. And with the bonds between him and the others reinforced once again, it becomes another important block in the foundation of the lives of these young men. Rainbow continues to be a top notch series as it moves towards the end and gives me hope that it will end just as wonderfully as it has been since the start.

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: A-
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 17 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