Politics may be about the future when running for office, but it's invariably the past that defines it.
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Mario appears ready to violently settle the score with Ishihara once and for all, but after learning of Anchan's true feelings, he arrives at surprising realization. Upon taking their revenge, the boys go their separate ways.
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There's something disturbing about someone like Sasaki thinking that with the things he's done he can get away with running for public office, even at a time when so many things were swept under the rug. Considering what things people did during the war and afterwards to survive, there's bound to be plenty of dirty secrets out there and people who will want to expose them. Sasaki's running of the reformatory, the murders and the sexual abuse ranks high on things that will crush him no matter what if it gets out, which is why he's in such a sorry state of panic and depression now. Mario and the boys are intending to put him through his paces to face what he's done before and they've gotten him out to a quiet place to do just that.
The plan the boys put into action is cruel, brutal and entirely warranted as they put a kind of fear into Sasaki the likes of which he has never felt. The kind that could be very life altering in a couple of ways. It's a moment that also cements that things are done from the past and allows the boys to start moving on with their lives, to find their paths more fully that they've been walking on since getting out of the reformatory. For Mario, it's an important piece as he's been holding onto what Sakuragi did with Ishihara for awhile now and hasn't quite understood it until he faced him himself, which has lead to the way the group has decided as a whole to handle Sasaki.
The revenge aspect of the series has been interesting as I really expected everything to take a lot longer to deal with when it came to both Ishihara and Sasaki. In fact, I really expected them to stay in the reformatory for the bulk of the series, but they really surprised me by dealing in an escape that worked and legitimate paths for each of them to get their lives back. Seeing them all decided what's right on their own, how far to take everything with both of those men in order to avenge what was done to Sakuragi, speaks to an interesting mindset for them. Considering the rough lives they've had, and the relatively short time that Sakuragi spent with them, his influence on them is truly amazing and life altering.
If this was the end of the series, Rainbow would be capped off in a truly perfect way, if a bit too perfect in rounding up the loose ends and closing the book. The series started off with them facing two very different things. The harshness of Sasaki and Ishihara and the strong warmth of Sakuragi. Each of them played against the boys in different ways, and you could see them swaying very easily both ways depending on the situations they were placed in. While they did have to avenge Sakuragi, for themselves as much as for his memory, the methods through which they would do it is what will define them as people, and that is what will make the second half of the series interesting, to see if they can live up to the ideals they've now presented about themselves. Rainbow again manages to delight and captivate with beautiful writing, great situations and a wonderful intensity.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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