Original post: Rainbow Episode 1
It’s interesting to see differ ent views on Rainbow. For one, I think everybody agrees that the narration was not only over-the-top but also perhaps unnecessary. It kind of struck me as a more laconic version of the narration in The Third. The guard might have been too radical, if you will, but I wouldn’t honestly think of a nice guard beat ing the snot out of these bunch of kids. Prob ably the most problematic for most viewers was the drama iz a tion of nearly every scene (espe cially the last scene).
All criticisms aside, I thought the first episode was good. Sure, criticize me of being the elitist who thinks that all dreary anime are good, but what struck me as the most compelling was its raw emotion. Sure, I expect a bit more subtlety, but a show that focuses on imprisoned boys who haven’t finished puberty should be anything but calm. They’ve been humiliated, disgraced, called garbage by nearly every one around them. They’ve been sexually tortured and physically beaten. Centering around such a situation, the show did well in por tray ing the raw emotions–and that’s why I think it shows promise as a good/great show this season.