The cruelty of Ishihara with Sakuragi in solitary confinement continues on, knowing no bounds.
What They Say
Anchan grows weaker with every moment he spends locked in solitary confinement. Ishihara has shown a willingness to kill anyone who tries to help his prisoners - but that doesn't matter to Mario.
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Ishihara hasn't exactly straddled the line of being a caricature in his cruelty in Rainbow since I've felt he's gone over it a few times already. With the last episode and this one, he's becoming even more disturbed as he deals with Sakuragi in solitary since he's just a few days away from finishing his sentence. The need to have him dead continues to grow by the minute and he's panicking since so much could be revealed in his freedom. The good doctor Sasaki's suggestions aren't exactly all that friendly either in how he provides ideas on how to eliminate Sakuragi, though the need to make sure that there are no visible injuries is the main thrust of it all.
Sakuragi has certainly earned his friends over the last several episodes, and especially with the fire, which is why we see people like Mario and the others doing what they can to get him some food. With it being ten days since he's had anything to eat, Sakuragi should most definitely be dead. But with the help of his cell mates, and that of the guard Kumagai who is slipping him some food as well, Sakuragi has held on and is in a position to make it through the rest if things continue on as they are. But such a thing can't happen as those who are helping him are slowly revealed, especially when the doctor sees a guard standing outside his office and begins an investigation himself to figure out who it is that's helping the prisoner that simply must die.
Knowing what they have to protect, it shouldn't be a surprise to see just how far Ishihara and the doctor go to protect themselves. It's one thing with the prisoners, there's always some reasonable excuse to be made should something happen to one of them who has a lot of time left in their sentence. But it's another thing when you have them doling out a punishment to a guard who is legitimately and rightly doing their job and trying to stop something cruel and inhumane from happening. Kumagai's putting his life on the line to help Sakuragai and ends up pushing those in power and darkness far in protecting their secrets. It's the kind of moment you see coming but at the same time wonder if it takes the show too far in a place where it shouldn't go.
With a show like this, it's really hard to tell just how far they'll go with the characters to tell the story. With Sakuragi getting down to the wire in the days left, and the willingness to kill people in Ishihara's state of mind, you really can't be certain that any of these boys will survive what's to come. That adds a lot of tension to the show and makes it work in a very strong way because the entire path isn't laid out clearly. When Mario has a very simple but emotional conversation with the nurse, Setsuko, we see how involved everyone is in making sure that not only does Sakuragi make it out alive, but that he has someone to meet him there. The belief that Sakuragi will make it out is strong, but the reality of it is what brings in the uncertainty for the viewer and that keeps you enraptured to the screen to see it play through.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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