House of Five Leaves – 01

April 17, 2010 at 4:32 am 6 comments

“That composure… I’d like to smile as you do.”

Our main cast of zombies

According to ‘Masterless samurai Akitsu Masanosuke is a skilled and loyal swordsman, but his naïve, diffident nature has time and again caused him to be let go by the lords who have employed him. Hungry and desperate, he becomes a bodyguard for Yaichi, the charismatic leader of a gang called “Five Leaves” ‘

The red of the maple is pretty much the strongest colour you'll ever see in this series

While much can be said about the art style, which certainly produced a bad taste in many viewers (but not  in my mouth), Sarai-Ya Goyou was pretty interesting to watch. It has interesting and developeable characters and an interesting concept to boot, and the first episode established these well.

Metro hamaka ;P

The music used is also pretty fine and rather atmospheric. It’s rather perfect for this more-or-less slice-of-life-esque series (or so it seems so far). The dialogue used isn’t forced, and sounds pretty natural. This series looks like it’s going to be slow paced, and that should be fine with the 12 or so episodes that the House is going to consist of.

Awwww~ ❤

The only problem I feel may pop up concerns the direction Manglobe will take in directing House. Just from looking at the first episode, I’m really not certain whether this show wants to be witty, funny or purely slice-of-life. Only time will tell.

"Look Mum! It's a gypsy ronin!"

OP: relatively simple sequence. Lovely and gentle song though. Magic. The Kanji and watercolour artstyle look awesome too!

ED: very unusual and somewhat disappointing.

And then it suddenly dawned on Yaichi that he wasn't actually the prettiest criminal around...


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Baka!  |  April 17, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    wtf? A gypsy ronin?! The cat was the only nice thing to look at. I disliked the animation style significantly. I think the only thing which pulled it up for me was the uniqueness in how it approaches the ninja/samurai anime genre. I’ll continue to watch because it’s actual very interesting but I’ll cringe continuously because it hurts my eyes.

  • 2. justam  |  April 18, 2010 at 1:15 am

    i don’t particularly mind the art style – it’s nice not having to see bishie samurai for once.

    I loved how laid back the pace was, and how natural the flow of conversation was. In particular, I liked how they revealed the reason for the kidnapping – that was very, very well done. The subtle way they added an additional layer of moral ambiguity over the plot was awesome, and if they delve into that more over the next few eps, this one’s a keeper.

    Oh and the OP song, by itself, is pretty bad and ridiculously upbeat when compared with how the OP sequence pans out, but it somehow works out! =.=” strange, strange, strange.

  • 3. ippius  |  April 18, 2010 at 1:41 am

    i agree, Sarai-ya no Goyou was very laid back, which is a good thing once in a while. Take a look at Mushishi: that was pretty laid back, and it’s definitely one of the BEST anime series I’ve watched.

    i liked the OP song!!! it’s very soothing like the episode was on the whole. it would’ve been good if the subbers did the karaoke, so i could actually understand the lyrics. it does however, feel a little out of place, but not as much as the ED song.

    • 4. justam  |  April 18, 2010 at 6:07 am

      yeah, mushishi’s sitting on my external, waiting to be watched.

      if only i didn’t have so many classic shows to catch up on =.=” (well, not to mention assignments, hw and assessments =P)

  • 5. Baka!  |  April 18, 2010 at 2:47 am

    You know now that you mentioned Mushishi I see quite a lot of similarities between that and House of Five Leaves. Mebbe its because Yaichi looks similar to Ginko-san. Or perhaps its the sorta soothing laid back style to it.

  • 6. ippius  |  April 18, 2010 at 6:19 am

    i kno the feeling. assignments, tute prep and clinic all take a toll on my limited hours after uni >_> hence i stopped doing daily updates 😦


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