“I Got A Pocket Gull Of ‘Em” – Rainbow (anime) – 10/10 Turkeys

Hope is the thing with feathers ~Emily Dickenson

Genre: Drama

Review Status: Complete (26 Episodes/26 Episodes)

Licensed: Licensed in the US

Art/Animation: Excelent. The colors were deep and vibrant, and the animation was top-notch.

Summary: Seven teenagers in 1955 have to learn to live together in the same hold in the reformatory of Shio. Confined in a hall where suffering and humiliation are daily, they are waiting for a ray of hope in a dark, incarcerating world. The story follows their life together and how they move on afterwards. (MAL.net)

Review: This anime gets you and grips you from the start. From how society shows their disdain for these boys in the first moments of the show, to how they become friends, to the trials and tibulations, loves, losses, and hardships these boys go through, this knows how to tell a story.

The summary is a bit misleading. While there is a lot about how the boys manage to live through their reformatory years, only about half the anime is about that. They all have hopes and dreams, and this anime is also about those- how they live afterwards to try and achieve them.

These seven boys go through the impossible. Corrupt, abusive guards, breaking out, getting out on their own merits…. And long after everything is said and done, their pasts coming back to bite them. Yet through it all, they manage to keep a bright hope burning for the future.

Overall, this is a great anime. Very true to the period that it was made, and very well-told.

Recommended: Yes…. For those 18+. This is a rare rating, but there is partial nudity, semi-graphic depiction of child rape and molestation of young boys, and lots of violence. As the streaming sites say, for mature audiences only!

Other titles you might enjoy:
Full Metal Alchemist (anime and manga)
Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood (anime)
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (anime)
Grave of the Fireflies (anime)


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