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->''"When you're hungry, anything tastes good."''
->-- '''Yaichi'''

''House of Five Leaves'' is a manga by Natsume Ono (''Manga/NotSimple'', and ''RistoranteParadiso'') about a washed-up {{ronin}} named Akitsu Masanosuke (nicknamed Masa), who possesses great skill with a blade but also a timid personality that often causes him problems. After continually failing to find work in Edo, he meets a mysterious man named Yaichi (nicknamed Ichi) who takes a liking to Masa and offers him employment as his bodyguard. Yaichi is leader of a group called the "Five Leaves", which kidnaps the heirs of wealthy businesses and holds them to ransom. Though initially reluctant to participate in their shady activities, Masa finds himself becoming more and more involved with the other members, all of whom have their own secrets to hide.

Recognisable for its distinctive art style, it is a very beautiful manga with an intricate plot and fascinating characters that teach you that people are often far more than they first appear.

It was later adapted into a TwelveEpisodeAnime by Creator/{{Manglobe}} in April 2010.

Not to be confused with ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves''.
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!!''House of Five Leaves'' provides examples of:

* BaitAndSwitchCredits: Makes the story seem much more cheerful and happy than it really is.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The "heroes" are not exactly what you'd call nice but the "bad guys" are far worse.
* BookEnds: When Yaichi and Masa first meet in episode one, Yaichi offers a dango to him while saying the page quote. In the last scene of the last episode, [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Masa offers a dango to Yaichi repeating the same line]]]].
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: Masa constantly misunderstands what is really happening around him and other people's intentions, especially Yaichi's. [[spoiler: But in the end, he often ''does'' get it right, and he has a way of speaking out uncomfortable truths out loud.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Everyone, particularly Ume and Yaichi.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Everyone except Yaichi.
* FiveManBand: The Five Leaves
** TheHero: Yaichi, though he's more of an AntiHero.
** TheLancer: Matsu, TheQuietOne.
** TheSmartGuy: Masa, savvy and {{Adorkable}}.
** TheBigGuy: Ume
** TheChick: Otake
* FourthWall TalkingAnimal: The preview voice in episode eleven. Nyao.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Played with.
* GoryDiscretionShot: In the last episode.
* GratuitousEnglish: Both the OpeningTheme (sign of love/ show me your soul) and the EndingTheme (everytime I breath/ I wanna hold you in my arms/ every word you whisper/ makes my heart beat up and down).
* HeroicBSOD: Yaichi does not take it well when [[spoiler:Jin tells him that he lied about the original Yaichi betraying him]].
* HonorBeforeReason: Masa refuses to accept any work he deems beneath a samurai, like manual labour, even though he's too poor to even afford a decent meal at the beginning.
* KabukiSounds: Used to punctuate important moments.
* {{Keigo}}: One of Masa's charming points. He refers to himself as "sessha" or "soregashi" and ends his sentences with "de gozaru". He also adresses everyone with the suffix "-dono", whatever their social standing.
* ManlyTears: [[spoiler: Yaichi]], in the last episode.
* MelancholyMoon: In the last episode. Averted in the sequence, when the moon disappears and it starts to snow.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: It's heavily implied that [[spoiler:Yaichi/Seinoshin killed the original Yaichi for his involvement in his kidnapping/attempted murder]]. Thus, when Jin reveals that [[spoiler:the servant involved in the incident probably ''wasn't'' Yaichi]], Yaichi [[HeroicBSOD snaps.]]
** Not precisely accurate. In one of the later episodes, it is revealed in a flashback that [[spoiler: Yaichi/Sei went to someone's house to inquire about the original Yaichi. When he was told Yaichi fell down a well and died, he became distraught and left. Jin sees him shortly after and remarks that his eyes are red.]]
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailer makes looks like is some kind of [[HoYay happy love story between two samurai]] (one of them, [[Film/PrettyInPink pretty in pink]]). Don't believe it? [[http://www.animekon.com/trailer-3047-House-of-Five-Leaves-trailer.html Check for yourself]].
* OneLiner: One of the characters always says the episode's title in the beginning of each episode.
* PurelyAestheticEra: Just as a few examples, Yaichi has white hair and there is a French tango in the [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome soundtrack]].
* {{Ronin}}
* {{Samurai}}
* ScarsAreForever: Seinoshin has a burn scar in the shape of a maple leaf on his back. [[spoiler:Yaichi has the same scar on his back, revealing him to be the boy in question]].
* SceneryPorn
* SliceOfLife
* SnowMeansDeath: In the last episode.
* SoundtrackDissonance: And how?! In the most intense and troubled moments you can nearly always hear some happy song.
* TitleDrop
* TroubledFetalPosition: [[spoiler: Yaichi]], in the last episode.
* VerbalTic: Masa's "de gozaru", an archaic form of "desu".
* {{Yakuza}}
* YouAreNotAlone: [[spoiler:In the last episode, Masa appears when Yaichi is on the verge of despair to offer an umbrella and his support. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Yaichi finally drops his tough face and cries leaning on his lap.]]]]
* YouCanKeepHer: One of the House of Five Leaves' kidnapping plots go awry when one of their targets decides to pay only half the ransom... and tells them to kill the kidnapped heir in secret. [[spoiler:This hits a little too close to home for Yaichi.]]
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