House of Five Leaves

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  • 3
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4.6
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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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  • 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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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    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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