Masanosuke Akitsu is a shy, self-conscious and slightly cowardly man with a goal of becoming a great samurai. However, when he is dismissed from his job after two days he must live the life of a ronin until he can return to service. So when a man named Yaichi approaches him offering food and a job as his bodyguard, it all seems too good to be true - that is, until Masanosuke learns that this confident stranger is in fact a gangster of the Five Leaves who specializes in kidnapping and lives in the city’s red-light district. While the ronin’s sense of justice makes him think twice about accepting the offer, Masanosuke’s grumbling stomach, his growing familiarity with the rest of the Five Leaves, and Yaichi’s determination to recruit the budding samurai, may well have other plans...
Sarai-ya Goyou has several things going for it: a cowardly samurai who is actually damn good in a fight; a dubious antihero called Yaichi, who hides in the shadows smiling knowingly; a gorgeous soundtrack that mixes the modern (OP and ED) and traditional (in-episode score); a mature concept design and distinctive-looking characters wearing haunting, mournful eyes; and a ‘rogues against the world’... read more
While the primary character, a nervous and quiet ronin samurai whose timid nature makes it hard to find work in spite of exceptional skill when the need is great, is a complex, moody, fun to dissect creation, the plot unfolding around him shows a lot of promise early on but never quiet gels into something exciting. As he finds himself desperate for earnings, he gets pulled into a criminal lifestyle by a... read more
|House of Five Leaves||2006||Original Manga|