For our liked this, watch this article we’re looking at two very intriguing shows today. One known as Ousama Game: The Animation or King’s Game: The Animation has various students forced into a gruesome game of death by an unknown force known only as the King. Meanwhile, our other show is Juuni Taisen: Zodiac War where 12 strangers who come very different backgrounds fight each other in a battle royale to be the last survivor and claim one wish they desire. Both of these shows are action heavy in different ways and will give you that much needed dark seinen theme if you loved Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin. If you aren’t convinced yet then what we here at Honey’s Anime plan on doing by showing several examples that show similarities shared between each show. All you need to do now is scroll down and begin reading so you can see why we love all these shows and why you need to watch them for yourselves.
About Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Apr, 2010- Sept, 2010
Taking place in the mid-1950s, Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin tells the story of six male teenagers who are sent to prison for different reasons. Within this prison, the boys meet a former boxer known as Sakuragi and form a companionship amongst each other. These young inmates will need to rely on their strength and bond to survive the horrible prison environment that has guards treating them like wild animals and are forced to endure each passing day under these gruesome settings. Will these young men escape the prison alive and well or will their wills break?
Liked Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin? Watch Juuni Taisen!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct, 2017- Present
The Zodiac War, a deadly tournament of men and women is held every 12 years where the winner is granted one wish if they can survive. We enter the 12th Zodiac War where a new slew of warriors enter the killing game. Regardless of their pasts, these various embodiments of the Chinese Zodiac will fight with whatever powers and skills they can use. These 12 participants only have 12 hours to emerge victorious or they will perish due to a poison they ingested at the start of the game. Who will win this year’s Zodiac War?
Three Major Similarities Between Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin and Juuni Taisen
1. Mature stories
Death Games like Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin and Juuni Taisen are usually pretty mature. The tales woven in both shows leaves audiences feeling excitement when a character they love survives and depression when a character dies. Though what else can you expect from stories like Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin and Juuni Taisen? Each tale wants to show you the struggle a human will go through for either survival, self fulfilment and or a strong desire. If Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin was one of your favorite shows of 2010 because the story wasn’t afraid to hold back, you’re going to want to watch Juuni Taisen and see a similar mature tale.
2. Beautiful animation
One look at either Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin or Juuni Taisen and you’ll notice something immediately. Both series have some incredible animation. While Juuni Taisen was created under studio Graphinica and Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin was animated by Madhouse, each show was expertly handled giving life to these seinen-like shows. The impressive level of detail in each character within Juuni Taisen shows the emotion going through that particular character’s mind all too similar to Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin where it was never too hard to figure out how bad a character’s mental state was thanks to Madhouse animating each expression wonderfully. While we won’t say which studio did a better job—because honestly, we think both Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin and Juuni Taisen are beautiful—we know that if you’re someone who watches an anime for animation then you need to definitely check out Juuni Taisen.
3. Variety of main characters
One element we love about both Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin and Juuni Taisen is the cast of characters. Each group of characters from both shows offer distinct personalities and interesting backstories that push both anime forward. We see stories of desperate struggles to live in a cruel world and stories of self-sacrifice to save friends and family in both Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin and Juuni Taisen. Without a doubt, not having these unique individuals in both anime series would actually hinder the greatness from each respected show. Let us examine closer what exactly we mean by this.
In Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin, we have our main characters like Sakurau, Mario and Jou to name a few and then in Juuni Taisen we have Monkey, Sheep, Board and the list goes on. As both Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin and Juuni Taisen went about their stories being told we saw the trial and tribulations faced from these troubled souls. Monkey being an expert in pacifism warfare dealing with wanting a world free from war but now forced in a game where murder seems the only answer to survival. Then you have Matsuura—nicknamed Cabbage by his friends—who is kind and only fights when provoked. In both Juuni Taisen and Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin, you get to see these characters fleshed out further and eventually, you begin to fall in love with their dramatic pasts and reasons for trying to survive. Thus, if you’re like us here at Honey’s Anime and want anime with strong protagonists, you’re going to want to watch Juuni Taisen if you loved Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin. Then you can vote which character from both shows had the more troubled past and or better reason for trying to survive.
Liked Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin? Watch Ousama Game: The Animation!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct, 2017- Present
Nobuaki Kanazawa has transferred to a new high school but as his classmates’ notice, he’s not too willing to make friends. That’s because unknown to them, Nobuaki suffered a horrible event in his past school known as the Ousama Game. As the sole survivor, Nobuaki has found his soul crushed at the loss of all his friends and fellow classmates as well as his girlfriend, Chiemi. Then one-day Nobuaki once again receives an email signifying the start of another Ousama Game. Can Nobuaki stop the terrible game this time or will he once more be forced to watch his new classmates become victims of horrible deaths if they should fail to follow the orders of the Ousama Game’s King?
Three Major Similarities Between Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin and Ousama Game: The Animation.
1. Desperate games of survival
While Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin might not be a killing game like Ousama Game: The Animation, that doesn’t mean the survival aspect is lost on either show. Watching Sakuragi alongside his cellmates survive wave after wave of abuse from the guards and the outside world reminds us all too much of Ousama Game: The Animation and how it throws non-stop torment at the main protagonists like Nobuaki and Kenta. That’s why while some may argue that Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin isn’t a killing game, we can also argue back that in a metaphorical sense it kind of is. The fact that the world in Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin constantly throws hardships at our cast makes it a nice sentiment on how tough life can sometimes be even in the real world. Though just expect a bit more of a killing game theme in Ousama Game: The Animation seeing as how those struggles are bit more outlandish.
2. Teens in dire situations
Now, if you had never looked up either Ousama Game: The Animation or Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin, you’d presume that the characters were older seeing how their struggles seem pretty harsh. Though that isn’t the case as both stories use young teens who are thrown into their rather harsh landscapes. Mario—one of the main characters from Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin—was only in high school when he was thrown into prison and we mean prison not a juvenile jail or detention center. Nobuaki in Ousama Game: The Animation also is in his second year of High School making him 17 at the start of the series but was initially 16 in the first Ousama game he was thrown into. This fact makes both Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin and Ousama Game: The Animation both tough shows to handle when you realize these are still young teens dealing with such bleak settings.
3. From one hell to another
Alright, we saved this last comparison for last because it’s pretty obvious but still needs to be mentioned. Both Nobuaki and the six initial teens in their stories are thrown from one hellish life to another. For Nobuaki, he survived one horrible killing game only to then be tossed into another and for the Mario and his friends they went from the post-war world of Japan to a prison where life was just as terrible if not worse than the outside landscape. Needless to say, our main cast of both Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin and Ousama Game: The Animation went from one literal hell to another. Though one has to wonder which story is worse, a game of supernatural killing or one where you’re tortured by lack of freedom and treated like an undesirable.