The budding relationship between Mario and Setsuko gives the series something very charming.
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Mario grows increasingly fond of Setsuko, but after learning of her secret arrangement, he goes on a violent rampage which threatens to land him back behind bars.
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Rainbow certainly faces an interesting challenge at this point in the series as the boys lives have changed dramatically from the start and they've been moving on after having their revenge on Sasaki. They've grown older as well as time has passed and are becoming real young men as opposed to boys that got in trouble and were paying the price. For Mario in particular, he's becoming more and more like Sakuragi, something that Setsuko has realized, and while that could complicate things, it's a positive for Mario as Sakuragi has given him the best gift by showing him how to be a good, strong and proud man that does the right thing by people.
Mario's life is not going smoothly though, much as he wants it to be. He's working well at a local bar doing clean-up there and seemingly enjoying the work since it gives him a sense of accomplishment. He's earned the friendship of the owner as well which is good and shows that he's made inroads to being a good citizen. Where the trouble lies is in that Setsuko is caught up in a marriage proposal made to her that fits in with the times and Mario is unaware of it. Joe catches wind of it in an awkward situation and when he goes to talk to Mario, he stumbles upon the bar in a bit of trouble at one of the patrons has decided to get rowdy. Not a big issue in itself, but with Mario involved and his being on the run from the law still, it can lead to a really bad situation for him.
The combination of this and what he's learned of Setsuko pushes him to a bad place and does show that he is still young, something that can get lost as you watch him integrate into society prior to this. Losses are felt harder to be sure and Mario has certainly had his fare share in the last few years, especially with Sakuragi. He's trying to live on the straight and narrow since then, but events push him further towards bad places and it's hard to see how he'll handle everything. With the threat of real prison time ahead of him, you want to see him free but you also want to see him do the right thing since he did escape previously and has to finish paying off the debt he owes.
Rainbow does manage to set up a fairly realistic and straightforward plot to carry the show forward for a bit that makes sense. With Mario being on the run from the law, getting in trouble with it will certainly cause him a lot of problems to deal with. Enough so, especially with prosecutors wanting to make more of a name for themselves and cops wanting to clear up an escaped reformatory inmate, that they'll throw away the key for quite some time. Mario's life is going in the way many of us feel in that things start to go right and then the rug is pulled out from under us, so we can sympathize heavily with him and feel the pain of what he's going through along with the need to make things right. What his friends will do, however...
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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