Turtle the repo man isn't exactly what you'd first think of, but surprisingly enough he pulls it off.
What They Say:
Lilly's set to leave Turtle after learning why he's working as a loan shark. Knowing he'll keep putting himself in danger as long as she's around, Lilly must finally decide what kind of life she truly wants.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Taking on the job for Sugi in getting the money from a very delinquent person, Turtle takes on the role of a repo man with a kind of ferocity that you wouldn't quite expect from him. He's definitely had a kind of certainty and confidence to himself since we met him, but now that we know more of his background and how he's feeling, his approach to life is definitely taking on new tones. With that back in the mind feeling that he may be dying from the effects of the bombing back in the war, it frees you up from certain things you may normally feel. He has his goals that he wants to achieve and knowing subconsciously that you have a limited amount of time, you'll go the distance if you have what it takes.
The relationship between Turtle and Lilly continue to evolve in interesting ways here. She went pretty far for him in the previous episode in order to get him into the hospital to be checked out at the same time that he went really far in order to get her money so she can go to America. For Lilly, it's really impacting her a lot since she's become so immune to the ways of the world since it's treated her like crap for so long. With her now understanding what Turtle has done for her, it's such a shock and a surprise that she's going to go to extra lengths to make sure that he's not going down any further wrong paths because of her. His showing her some brightness and light in this world has her wanting even more to make sure that she's not the cause of bringing him more darkness.
Rainbow moves the show in an interesting direction as it progresses though, largely because of Lilly and the way she starts to understand herself more. She's been a tough as nails woman for awhile, surviving on her own by using others, but has ended up where she is now. Like many of the boys from the reformatory, she has to try and restart her life and there are several options available to her for doing just that. Seeing the offer that's made to her, combined with the way others are trying to help her, is a really engaging part of the show because it helps to ease the darkness that we'd seen so much at the start and through other storylines. While most of them ended with some aspect of hope, Turtle and Lilly's story has to bring us even more of that since it's about to end the series.
With every episode of Rainbow, a new layer is peeled back to reveal just how deep and interesting each of these characters are, including the secondary characters for each individual storyline. The story of Turtle turns out to be the most inspirational I think, especially because of Lilly and even more so after what we saw happen to Scam when he became involved with a woman. There's a very different feeling to this one to be sure, it's not the same, but you can see just how far it can all progress if things happen naturally. And much of Rainbow is about the natural progression of events and this episode highlights it all beautifully once again.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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