In 1955 era Japan, ten years after World War II caused countless to descend into poverty, six young men are transported to a special disciplinary school where countless horrors await them. Overseen by a sadistic, abusive guard and a perverted doctor who requires invasive "inspections," the school is the new home of these boys who committed petty and oft-necessary crimes. Alongside their cellmate, the wise and hardened Rokurouta, the young men will try their best to survive their incarceration and hold on to the fleeting rainbows in their hearts.
Rainbow is a book that was difficult to put down, chapters flow into each other with such fluidity that I would consume several volumes without noticing the time that had passed. The art is stunning, and the way that Kakizaki explores different facets of life proves him to be a masterful illustrator. Unfortunately, there are a few shortcomings in the book made all the more apparent by the uninspired closing volumes that do a disservice to the story that came before it. Still, Rainbow is essential reading for those who can accept the challenging subject matter.For more of my thoughts, please check out my full review here: George Abe & Masasumi Kakizaki's Rainbow - Manga Obsessive <div id="popupMenu" style="display: none;"> </div>
One of the best stories that I've read, It can get quite dark and instill a murderous feeling in the readers but in the end it is a beautifull story about friendship and overcoming challenges with the people around you. Sometimes the arcs can be a bit repetitive because the author explored the lifes of all the 7 boys wherever made it so while maitaining a very catching flow.. The art is just beautifull, detailed and always manages to transmit the atmosphere. The characters is what this story is all about so they do grow a lot, explore their flaws working on them, also normally the secondary characters either fall in the segment where through the art you cn see if they are a good or bad person. bonus: all the chapters are named after metal songs and arranged in alphabetical order
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