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  • 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

Rainbow Episode #08

Rainbow Episode #08 Review

By Chris Beveridge     August 17, 2010
Release Date: May 25, 2010

RAINBOW - Nisha Rokubo no Shichinin

Spurred on by the tragedy occurring so close, the six decide to break out Sakuragi before he dies.

What They Say
Scam's got a plan: he wants Joe to infiltrate the infirmary and unlock the door to Cell 6 under the cover of darkness. It's a risky plot - sneaking into infirmary could put Joe into Sasaki's hands.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The torture that Sakuragi is being put through in order to protect the doctor's secrets is certainly a brutal thing, especially now that they're engaging in a water torture that lowers his body temperature slowly and kills him in the end. Sakuragi has held out for so long against such bad odds that it's impressive that he's still as strong as he is, but there's only so much he can handle. The guys from his cell know this now that they've figured out exactly what's going on and Scam has figured out a plan that will help save him. But they have to sacrifice some of themselves in order to do it.

It's a fairly straightforward plan of getting the keys from someone who isn't a guard, freeing the rest of them and then getting Sakuragi free. There's a lot of peril there but even more so when it comes to actually escaping from the reformatory with him since he's in such bad shape. One of the hardest parts before that is for Joe who is the one that will get the key since he can get it from the doctor on duty that night. Which is Sasaki, and that means offering up his body for him so he can get it out of him after a few drinks. This leads to a rather disturbing sequence but one where it sets Sasaki aflame when he finally gets around to going after the escapees.

A good chunk of the episode, over half, involves their escape outside of the main block and through the reformatory before making it to the outside. There's a fair bit of danger here as they work through the reality of Scam's plan, but Scam has become quite the guy after recent events and he's putting it all out there to save Sakuragi. All of them are, in fact, as they all sacrifice themselves in different ways to get Sakuragi out before they get caught. It's difficult for some in what they do, and Mario takes it the worst internally as he debates with himself over how little he's actually helping, yet he has the most difficult job of them all in ensuring that Sakuragi does make it out.

In Summary:
Rainbow covers some surprising ground here as I wasn't sure whether they'd actually try to do a full breakout or not. The option to try and tough it out was there, but with Sakuragi so close to death and the bond now so strong, they had to sacrifice part of their own futures in order to make sure he had one. And they have to go and do some disturbing things in order to pull it all off, both for the characters and the viewer. The main thrust of the show has been about the bonds between these young men and this is definitely a payoff moment as it's realized in full with what's at stake, which is what makes it work so well. It does leave you very curious about where it will go next since there's a lot more ground to cover and the potential is certainly there to do a lot of things. This isn't a series that's laid out from the first episode in the slightest.

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.


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