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House of Five Leaves

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4.5
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  • A relaxing, unique short series
    There was a lot to love about this anime, but let's stay linear to my experience.
    Right from the start the art is jarring, every character seems just slightly inhuman. flat fish eyes and thin, long mouths. Tiny sometimes absent eyebrows and an ever present feeling that they're hungry. Which sounds, well, terribly off-putting. But somehow I really came to appreciate the art. It worked well ...
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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    what could be more enjoyable than a historical social commentary that's in anime form?
    if you want an atmospheric anime concerning socialization and character flaws, then this is a great one. The story is very relaxing and yet still keeps you on the edge of your seat at all of the right moments. I really enjoyed House of Five Leaves. Definitely would recommend
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  • Dialogue Driven, Beautiful
    I think of this as a long movie rather than a mini-series; this one has very distinct chapters, but the episodic arcs are subtle enough that, although I ended up breaking it into two nights, it really works that way. There isn't a lot of action, but the tension is maintained nicely nonetheless. The ethical issues are presented with a depth of contemplation that is rare not just in anime, but all ...
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  • An anime you will remember
    This is one of those anime that I will look back to with fond memory. It's like having mochi cake with tea on a nice sunday afternoon. Very quiet, but very delightful.

    Don't judge the art style too much. It will really grew on you. The characters, the designs, the story, everything. I really enjoy this style of art by the end. It's beautiful.

    If you already enjoy atmospheric anime like ...
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  • The best story driven show you've never heard of.
    The pacing is a bit slow, but it works with the way the story plays out very well.
    The art style is quite different than your run of the mill anime, which makes this one stand out on its own artistically both in the animation and the story.

    *Semi-Spoiler*
    Excellent twist ending as well.
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  • 1 out of 3 people found this review helpful:
    great anime that has a lot of gray areas
    while it is a very pretty and lovely anime. the characters are drawn out well not great since sometimes you can see what is going to happen. there are also times you feel like the characters are not likable enough to stand on their own. the story a lot of gray areas. it a form of robin hood if he had no conscience. you quickly find out that the characters are more sinister then what they ...
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  • 0 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    All about friends and pyschological development
    The visual style of this anime takes a bit of getting used to, and not always in a good way. It's very minimalistic, and it can be tricky to tell the difference between some of the secondary characters at time.

    However, once you get past this, you're very quickly drawn into a well-paced slice-of-life drama that deftly explores the relationships between the two main protagonists and their ...
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  • Cool and Interesting
    I'm a fan of black & white samurai movies and this felt similar to some of them in many ways. It's enjoyable seeing a historical setting rather than a fantastical setting. The drawing style of the faces was kind of hard to get past but other than that I have no complaints. This definitely isn't a swashbuckling kind of anime though, so if that's what you're looking for, you're barking up the wrong ...
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  • 4 out of 4 people found this review helpful:
    Complex and Refreshing
    Intro:
    This a great anime and deserves high marks. I would describe this anime as a Time-Period-Slice-of-Life with complex characters and meaningful story. In this review I will cover Animation, Music, and Story.

    Animation:
    I must first say that this anime does not have any action in it. In fact, the action moments are more suggestive than visual - a dagger flying away then a ...
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  • 4 out of 4 people found this review helpful:
    Subtle, Elegant, Story-Driven, Anime
    I have only once before been so impressed by serious, dramatic, animated artwork that I was compelled to comment on it. House of Five Leaves is more delicate than a spider web, and just as deadly at its heart. If you want adrenaline releasing. pulse-pounding, action have at it; then wait for a quiet, contemplative, mood to strike you before you come here. This is a serious, adult level, look ...
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