Masanosuke came to the city of Edo to prove himself as a warrior, but the man’s lack of confidence is so obvious that he’s perpetually unemployed and can barely afford to eat. So when the mysterious Yaichi offers him a job as a bodyguard - room and board included - the ronin jumps at the chance. But little did he know that his new employer is the head of the Five Leaves, a gang of kidnappers, and that his fees will be paid from the spoils of their crimes! Masanosuke never expected to find his home with a band of criminals, but as he grows more entangled in their world, his dreams of honor begin to fall by the wayside...
House of Five Leaves has plenty of style. If that style is good is a matter of taste. On one side, it is particularly pretentious, and on the other hand it manages to pull it off. Still, it is more something that one would want to like rather than actually likeable. The opening theme is a rather annoying synthpop piece, but the soundtrack is heavily influenced by traditional Japanese music. The main character... 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|