Turtle's world has been turned upside down and illness has now claimed him, making everything worse.
What They Say:
Turtle's fighting a raging fever, and Lilly and Mario don't trust the doctor's diagnosis. They head to the army base to see about having him examined at the military hospital '" but Turtle's got plans of his own.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Turtle has long been the cagey support person of the group, always able to get things done in a pinch and maneuver the tricky streets of commerce and people with relative ease. His arc started off with a fair bit of promise because of Lilly and the US officer she was supposed to return to America with since there was a good chance that he'd be able to go along with them. Unfortunately, there was a good deal of trickery involved there and nothing went as planned for either of them. What made it worse for Turtle was that his illness related to the atomic bomb has started to hit him as well and we got a very intense look at what happened during that fateful day.
With that illness now taking a turn for the worse with him, it's something that Mario can't exactly hide anymore since the local doctor can do only so much, so he has to fill Lilly in on things. Neither of them can afford to get him the medical attention he needs at a hospital, so Lilly hopes to use some of her remaining contacts on the base in order to get him looked at. At the same time, Turtle is going a different approach by using his funds to gain a larger loan with the cheap moneylender in order to gain the 300,000 yen he needs in such a hurry. While he can't get it done the way he wants, he finds himself entering a very different world instead.
What I like about Rainbow is that it doesn't forget things from the past and small moments can come back in a crucial way. With Mario tagging along with Lilly, she finds herself rebuffed very easily because of her past relationship, unless she will bed the new higher up. She won't go for it, but their presence catches the eye of Jeffrey, the soldier that Mario had knocked out some time ago. He's willing to pull strings if the two can box again, something Mario will agree to but only if they do it right now since time is of the essence with Turtle. Having the Jeffrey character come back is really great, since you figure such a character would never be seen again but instead becomes instrumental even briefly in order to help Turtle. There's so many small but beautiful layers to this part, for Mario, Lilly and Jeffrey, that it's incredibly inspiring and shows just how life can surprise you in so many ways.
Rainbow has several angles at work here all in effort to help Turtle get better, but there's that background thought that depending on what he's suffering from, there may not be any help for him at all. You want to believe it will all be alright, but with what others have gone through and with what happened to Sakuragi, there's a fairly good chance that he won't make it. The not knowing makes the series even more engaging. And Rainbow works several angles with this story as it's not just Turtle that's going through this. Lilly and Mario are now going through it with him as well, even as much as he wants to keep them distant from him at this point. Rainbow continues to show with this episode why it's one of the best series of 2010.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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