House of Five Leaves

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  • TV-14
  • 2010
  • 1 Season
  • 7.6  (615)

House of Five Leaves is a 12-episode anime series produced by Manglobe and directed by Tomomi Mochizuki. The show is set in Edo-era Japan and revolves around the story of a naive samurai named Akitsu Masanosuke who is struggling to find a place in the world. After being fired from his job as a bodyguard, Masanosuke is approached by a mysterious man named Yaichi who offers him a job as a bodyguard for his gang of thieves, the House of Five Leaves. Despite his reservations, Masanosuke accepts the offer and begins to work for the gang.

As he begins to work with the gang, Masanosuke learns more about each member of the House of Five Leaves and their motivations for being a part of Yaichi's gang. He also begins to question his own beliefs about justice and morality as he is forced to confront the actions of the gang.

The show is a slow burn, with each episode focusing on a different character's backstory and motivations. This allows for a deeper exploration of each character and their place in the story.

Despite its slow pace, the show does have moments of action and suspense, particularly towards the end of the series. It also features beautiful animation and a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack.

One of the major themes of the show is the idea of family. Each member of the House of Five Leaves is drawn to the gang for different reasons, but they all find a sense of belonging and purpose within the group. Masanosuke, who is initially distrustful of the gang, eventually finds himself drawn to them and begins to see them as his new family.

Another theme of the show is the concept of identity. Masanosuke is struggling to find his place in the world and is forced to confront his own beliefs and ethics as he works with the House of Five Leaves. Each member of the gang is also struggling with their own sense of identity, whether it be as a thief, a victim, or a member of the lower class.

The show also explores issues of power and control. Yaichi is the leader of the House of Five Leaves, but he is not a typical gang leader. He is quiet and reserved, and often gives his gang members a sense of agency by allowing them to make decisions for themselves. This leads to some interesting power dynamics within the gang and raises questions about the nature of leadership.

Overall, House of Five Leaves is a thoughtful and beautifully animated show that explores complex themes and characters. It is not a show for those looking for non-stop action, but for those interested in character-driven storytelling and exploration of complex themes, it is definitely worth a watch.

House of Five Leaves is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on April 15, 2010.

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Already Wasted
12. Already Wasted
July 1, 2010
Yaichi joins Yagi for a drink, where they reminisce about the past and old friends. Later, tensions escalate after a confrontation between Jin and Yaichi leads to a confession about the kidnapping.
Pardon Me
11. Pardon Me
June 24, 2010
Masanosuke begins to understand what motivates Yaichi to keep kidnapping, even when the rest of the gang sees no need. Hoping to learn more of Yaichi's past, Masanosuke visits Elder.
A Dirty Stray Cat
10. A Dirty Stray Cat
June 17, 2010
Yaichi's strange behavior is becoming a concern for people at Katsura-ya. Meanwhile, Masanosuke learns more about Yagi's past following a graveside visit.
Come to Rescue You
9. Come to Rescue You
June 10, 2010
Masanosuke sets out to rescue Matsukichi and settle the matter of the stolen wooden tags. Meanwhile, Sachi, Masanosuke's little sister, is on a mission of her own after running away from home.
Deeply Indebted to Two People
8. Deeply Indebted to Two People
June 3, 2010
When Matsukichi hears that Kiku-ya's owner is having problems, his decision to try and help out results in even bigger troubles. Masanosuke and Umezo's growing concerns lead them to investigate.
Thoughtless of Me
7. Thoughtless of Me
May 27, 2010
Masanosuke's back in Edo after recovering from his recent illness, but the samurai finds he still has problems when a tough adversary from the past challenges him to a new face-off.
Consider Yourself Fortunate
6. Consider Yourself Fortunate
May 20, 2010
Masanosuke's still healing at the Elder's house, and while Umezo occasionally visits to check up on him, Yaichi remains reluctant to make an appearance. Meanwhile, Denshichi investigates the source of Senkichi's funds.
It'll Be Fine
5. It'll Be Fine
May 13, 2010
Masanosuke recuperates from an illness at the Elder's house, where he is encouraged to leave the world of the Five Leaves behind. The samurai also learns the reasons behind Umezo's involvement with the gang.
Sure Does Get Carried Away
4. Sure Does Get Carried Away
May 6, 2010
Masanosuke gets hired as a bodyguard at the brothel where Yaichi lives. If he can keep from getting fired, he'll be able to send his family some money - and maybe learn more about the elusive leader of the Five Leaves.
Gradually Get Him Involved
3. Gradually Get Him Involved
April 29, 2010
Thanks to Yaichi, Masanosuke's found a job as a bodyguard at a rice wholesaler. The work is steady and the samurai hopes to keep the position for a long time - but the situation might be too good to be true.
Make Love to Me
2. Make Love to Me
April 22, 2010
Masanosuke begins to grow more comfortable within the world of the Five Leaves, but despite his efforts to learn more about Yaichi, the gang leader remains a riddle.
In Name Only
1. In Name Only
April 15, 2010
Masterless samurai Masanosuke Akitsu' life is changed after a chance encounter with Yaichi, who offers the timid swordsman a bodyguard job and invites him into the mysterious world of the Five Leaves.
Where to Watch House of Five Leaves
House of Five Leaves is available for streaming on the FUNimation website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch House of Five Leaves on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    April 15, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (615)