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Rainbow: Nishakubou no shichinin 

Set in 1955, the anime follows the story of seven teenagers locked in a reformatory, waiting for a ray of light in a daily hell of suffering and humiliation, focusing especially on how they faced the life once regained freedom.
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 Mario Minakami 26 episodes, 2010
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 Noboru Maeda 26 episodes, 2010
Takaya Kuroda ...
 Tadayoshi Toyama 24 episodes, 2010
Tatsuya Hasome ...
 Jou Yokosuka 24 episodes, 2010
Tomohiro Waki ...
 Mansaku Matsuura 24 episodes, 2010
Keiji Fujiwara ...
 Ryuuji Nomoto 23 episodes, 2010
Kôji Ishii ...
 Ishihara 14 episodes, 2010
Rikiya Koyama ...
 Rokurota Sakuragi 13 episodes, 2010
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 Narration 13 episodes, 2010
Takaya Hashi ...
 Gisuke Sasaki 12 episodes, 2010
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Set in 1955, the anime follows the story of seven teenagers locked in a reformatory, waiting for a ray of light in a daily hell of suffering and humiliation, focusing especially on how they faced the life once regained freedom.

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Narrator: We are just the trash of society, and if we don't risk our lives for every chance we get, we'll become nothing more than sore losers.
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A great story with amazing characters
6 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

"Rainbow" tells the story of seven boys in a harsh reform school in post-WW2 Japan and their attempts to survive, escape and realize their dreams in the outside world. They have to deal with a sadistic guard and an abusive doctor that use their authority to make their lives miserable and destroy every ray of hope that they might have. In the process, their bonds grow stronger and stronger. In the 26 episodes of the anime, the story remains fast-paced and engaging, and by the end, we have a chance to see all the characters develop in interesting ways, and the story reach a powerful, satisfying ending. For me, this was one of those special series that you enjoy so much and remember the characters (and the author) with fondness (similar ones are "Kaiji" and "Akagi"). I strongly recommend it.


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