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Anime: House of Five Leaves

One of the best series this season, House of Five Leaves is set during Japan’s feudal era and concerns the Five Leaves gang. The group is led by the somewhat enigmatic and unexcitable Yaichi, who hopes to recruit Akitsu, a masterless ronin. Akitsu, uncomfortable with the groups MO, kidnapping upperclass kids and holding them for ransom, is unsure whether or not he should join the group. However, Akitsu finds himself spending more and more time with Yaichi, who he struggles to understand, and the rest of the group. The others accept his presence, figuring that Yaichi won’t give up until Akitsu joins.

One of the most striking features of the show is the characters designs, especially the large, black eyes and wide mouths. It’s definitely a departure from most anime character designs and I think it gives the show a unique style that sets it apart. Another difference is that the show is very quiet and contemplative, rather than excitable and brimming with action. Some people are probably going to be turned off by that, but it’s another aspect of the show that I really enjoy. There’s no real overarching plot here, at least not yet, just a lot of situations to develop the characters and find out what they’re all about.

It’s hard to say where exactly the show is going to go after the first two episodes, but I honestly don’t care. I’ll follow this show wherever it goes because it’s proven to me at this early stage that it’s a quality show and one of the highlights of this season of anime.


April 26, 2010 - Posted by | Anime | , ,

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