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House of Five Leaves 

Sarai-ya goyô (original title)
Timid samurai Akitsu Masanosuke becomes involved with the group "Five Leaves" after becoming the bodyguard for their mysterious, yet charismatic leader Yaichi.
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Series cast summary:
Daisuke Namikawa ...  Akitsu Masanosuke / ... 12 episodes, 2010
Fuyuka Oura Fuyuka Oura ...  Take 12 episodes, 2010
Takahiro Sakurai ...  Yaichi / ... 12 episodes, 2010
Masaya Takatsuka Masaya Takatsuka ...  Umezou 12 episodes, 2010
Yûya Uchida Yûya Uchida ...  Matsukichi 12 episodes, 2010
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Ronin Akitsu Masanosuke is a skilled swordsman, but his personality often causes him to be let go from his job. One day he encounters Yaichi, the leader of a group calling itself "Five Leaves" and takes a job from him as a bodyguard. Though he is worried about the intentions of the group, he feels there is something more to the group and reluctantly agrees to work with them. Written by Anonymous

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Japanese

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15 April 2010 (Japan) See more »

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A gripping tale with unique visual style
27 August 2017 | by KraburSee all my reviews

Without going into the details of the plot, I have to say that this is a masterful anime in almost all respects.

Highly recommendable for mature viewers, as the themes explored in the anime deal with complex questions of society morals, finding one's one place in society, creating relationships and following them through and carving one's path in life. There are almost no one-dimensional figures here, and no clear-cut good or bad characters.

With basically no action or fighting scenes, no overbearing internal monologues that explain what the characters are feeling or thinking, and no use of the usual tropes in order to engage you in the plot or characters, this anime stands out from the rest with its mature approach and nuanced storytelling. What "draws you in" is the brilliant script, as well as the completely believable and well developed characters.

I found the pace of the anime and the fashion in which the dialogues are made to be incredibly refreshing, as it takes its time for relationships to fully develop, pieces of the storyline to uncover, but never feels like its lagging behind and keeps you intrigued at all times.

The visual style of the series complements the storyline brilliantly, as the art style does not aim to be flashy and overly complicated, but remains masterful in its simplicity. I was particularly surprised in how the faces of the characters were drawn, as if you can tell their character from their expressions. For instance, just looking at Masa and Yaichi you can tell that they are worlds apart, one is shrewd, calculated and well informed about the harsh realities of his surroundings, while the other is naive but at the same time kind- hearted.

To conclude, a somewhat off-beat series both in terms of substance and form, which I wholeheartedly recommend for any viewers that are looking for something that tries to stand out in its own right.


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