Scam forgets one of the big rules in life; never fall in love with a prostitute.
What They Say:
Scam asks Turtle for money to buy reference books for his law studies. It sounds like he's got a plan, but Scam's progress could be derailed by his desperate love for a prostitute named Eri.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
While we've had some episodes focusing on Scam earlier in the series, it was more towards the way he was handling his time in the reformatory or the way he's helped out Mario with his legal issues and getting people on the right page for a plan. With the series getting closer to the end, and more of them finding their place in life, Scam's story starts to become clearer as he brings Turtle back to his house for a meal after a night out with their friends. It's amusing at first, seeing his younger brothers who are twins and look like Scam, but it's an endearing scene overall as Turtle realizes just how good Scam has it in a way because he has family, and he's reaching out to Turtle in his own way, which in turn warms Turtle's heart like it hasn't before.
Scam has unfortunately fallen for a woman though and it's starting to cause a serious problem for his life. He's getting money to visit a prostitute, something that Turtle introduced him to quite awhile ago, and he's fallen hard for a young woman named Eri that works there. She's working through debts owed by her family so that her sister can go to school and get married someday, but Scam wants to rescue her from this fate as he loves her quite a lot. So much so that the money he's been using for his schooling has instead gone towards her, which is straining relations with his brothers and now with Turtle since he's been looped in on what's going on.
The way Scam is so blinded by his love for Eri, which really is his first love and goes overboard in a way he can't quite get, is rather sad to watch in a way. You feel for him as he goes through it as most of us do, but his situation puts both him and Eri in a bad place where it could go quite disastrously. He's ready to throw everything away, including friends and families as he states quite clearly, in order to get her away from this life. And in doing so, he knows but doesn't quite register how much it's going to impact Eri's sister either. But his need is so strong that he can't help himself in this regard. His need is overpowering his common sense, though his friends try different ways of getting him back on track. It's a great sequence with Soldier but painful to watch as the emotions and music roll over you, knowing the situation they're in and the intensity of it all. It's one of the hallmarks of this series and it continues to be done incredibly well.
With this story seeded earlier in the series, Scam's main arc is now coming to light and it's definitely a doozey. Bringing in a young man with so much potential that has fallen for the first woman he's had sex with is a difficult enough one, but here with her being a prostitute and working off a debt only makes it worse. There's a lot at risk here, not only for Scam but for Eri, and he's close to losing his friends, though it's hard to believe they'd ever abandon him. But they're not willing to let him go through with this easily and without really proving just how true he is. Rainbow has always run with high emotions at key times and this episode is no exception and it proves that they do have what it takes, even if Joe's story felt hollow. Here, they hit all the right marks and leave you feeling the powerful emotions of the characters and it makes an impact.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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