Setsuko puts quite a lot on the line for Sakuragi and the others in doing the right thing.
What They Say
The furious Ishihara and Sasaki prepare to punish Scam and his collaborators. Meanwhile, Turtle learns of a U.S. Army club where people bet on boxing matches - and he urges Mario to enter.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Rainbow managed to hit a really high note in the previous episode with the escape planned by Scam and the way it played out. With several of the boys on the outside now, they have to find someplace to crash for awhile to get Sakuragi back on his feet after what happened to him. Luckily, they've managed to find a really good ally in the nurse, Setsuko, who has quite a lot of affection for Sakuragi. Not only does she tell them to head to an abandoned house that her relatives used to have but she also brings them clothes and food as well as some bandages to help Sakuragai get through the night and start on his recovery.
At the reformatory, life there is definitely set to be difficult for those who didn't make it out. Scam, Soldier and Cabbage are all facing a lot of increased abuse from Ishihara and Sasaki because of the escape and the punishments are getting severe. All three are intent on surviving it though because they have the belief that they won't get killed, so they intend to survive the year that they have left to spend there. But Ishihara has been pushed over the edge because of what's happened, he did kill another guard after all, and he wants to end these three remaining collaborators completely. Bringing out the same kind of punishments he used on Sakuragi is going to make it difficult for these three to survive since no matter how strong they are, they aren't Sakuragi.
They do find a surprising bit of luck when Joe returns to the reformatory though, at the urging of Sakuragi, as a way to force Ishihara and Sasaki to ease up on them so they can survive their sentence. While it works in the short term, you can see it driving Ishihara even further over the edge of madness to a point where he's completely unpredictable now. While life goes on there, Turtle manages to find a way for Mario to make some money by participating in boxing matches as the US military base over in Tachikawa. It's an interesting kind of sport that goes on there that pits soldiers against the locals with upwards of twenty bucks at stake. Mario's definitely game for it but the kind of fighting he's been involved with doesn't prepare him to deal with a soldier in peak physical condition.
Rainbow has highlighted a good deal of brutality in previous episodes of different kinds and it hits it again here with the boxing angle. One of the biggest appeals of Rainbow is seeing the country in this post-war state from an angle we haven't seen before so adding the military aspect is definitely interesting. Sakuragi and the others getting out of the reformatory is handled well, though things go a little too smoothly, and getting to see Joe finally have the upper hand for a little when it comes to Sasaki is definitely a highlight. Things definitely change track with this episode as we follow the gang after their escape and almost everyone comes out better, especially Setsuko who risks quite a lot here considering what Ishihara has done before.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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