House of Five Leaves

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4.5
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  • A real gem, beautiful and refreshing.
    House of Five Leaves is a visually striking show that is a departure from the usual anime offerings in more ways than its aesthetics. To complement its soft yet bold classic style it is remarkably well written, with a single central plot slowly unfolding over twelve episodes revealing the personality and motivations of the key characters in a way that leaves you wanting more. Development and role ...
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  • Really Quaint Show - Feels Like a Classic
    It's not overly action-packed, but still really interesting, which really sets this show apart. The characters are really well-developed and memorable and I love the historic setting. I was unsure about the art style at first, but it grew on em really quickly.
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  • Elegant and full of intriguing characters
    I miss having this to watch before going to bed. If it were a movie I would say it was really well shot. Sometimes people are talking and you're looking at the corner of a doorway, or burning coals. It sounds stupid but it ends up painting a vivid portrait of Edo.

    This show is like fine wine.
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  • You will feel like nothing is happening
    This show will make remeber of Mushishi but without the fun factor. It's a charactere driven show but with a really really slow space and absolutly no action (something weird for an anime with samurai). The only raison I succeded to watch it completly was because it's a 12 episodes show. If it would have been more than that, I would have stop after 7 or 8 episodes. Not much is going on, the art is ...
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  • Unique and Excellent
    This anime, simply put, is absolutely fantastic. I never fully got used to the art style but it works very well with the pacing, theme and music of the anime itself.

    It's slower paced, there's no one with crazy super powers, none of the cliched over the top stuff we often see in anime. What there is, is a strong storyline, focused on flawed characters and a gradual revealing of ...
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  • What an excellent and unexpected find
    Absolutely stunning. This series is incredibly well done. I'm so glad I found it!

    The pacing in this show is brilliant and the slow development of the characters and their backstories is remarkably well done. This isn't some fast paced, in your face show. It's really thoughtful and eloquent. Every emotion is well earned by the end of it.
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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    Introspective and Philosophical Art
    Initially I'll mention the only real flaw with this anime, and that is the art style. The sketch book feel makes it a little hard to get into at first, but if you focus on the characters and their world...it's quite easy to get passed the style.

    The story basically revolves around Masanosuke, a clumsy and meek ronin who has trouble holding a job, and Yaichi who befriends him because he sees ...
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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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