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  • Audio Rating: NA
  • Video Rating: NA
  • Packaging Rating: NA
  • Menus Rating: NA
  • Extras Rating: NA
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
  • Running time: 24
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: House of Five Leaves

House of Five Leaves Episode #07

House of Five Leaves Episode #07 Review

By Chris Beveridge     May 27, 2010
Release Date: May 27, 2010


House of Five Leaves
© Fuji TV
What They Say
Masanosuke's back in Edo after recovering from his recent illness, but the samurai finds he still has problems when a tough adversary from the past challenges him to a new face-off.

The Review!
Masanosuke's nature has you surprised at first when you discover that someone from his past has an issue with him since you often don't remember that Masanosuke is even there.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The snows are starting to fall as Masanosuke and Yaichi head back to Edo now that the samurai has finally finished healing. The time the two men spend together is often some of the best moments of the show as we get Yaichi to reveal things. He's a very introspective person but one that shares almost nothing unless Masanosuke is involved since he finds himself so at ease when it comes to the masterless samurai. Both men are doing their best to live in the present at this stage and neither wants to think much on the past, but the past is catching up to Masanosuke. Probably because he moves so slowly.

The appearance of Yagi in Masanosuke's life is difficult for him at first since Yagi sees him when he's at a weak moment. As weak as Masanosuke often is in his demeanor, he still doesn't care for people to see him like that. Yagi seems to understand that and offers him an out, to train him one on one since Masanosuke doesn't like dojos, and that certainly has some appeal to him all things considered. At the same time, Masanosuke is continuing his own very mild inquiries into Yaichi's past since he's genuinely curious about it and wants to understand him, but like many things he seems to go about it the wrong way which has him coming off looking poor in his communication skills and approach.

There's a wonderfully tense moment with Masanosuke and Yaichi face off against each other to kind of show off their abilities a bit, though Yaichi gives him grief about his hand and coming back too early from his recovery. It's one of the very few genuinely tense moments in this otherwise incredibly laid back series and because of that it works incredibly well. The tension is high during it and even Yaichi recognizes it and understands that it stems from the mindset Masanosuke has where he believes he can't win against Yaichi. This has him seriously considering Yagi's offer since he knows he needs to regain his confidence in this area, but like most things in Masanosuke's life, the timing is completely off.

In Summary:
House of Five Leaves has a decent episode overall as is brings both Yaichi and Masanosuke back together for a bit and there's some tension to be had along the way. The leisurely pace is certainly something that the series has cultivated well and more often than not it pays off well since it's a good show to really just relax to. The overall plot appears to be picking up again a little bit as we get some nods to the pasts of a couple of characters and one of the subplots appears to drift into the next episode as well, though there's nothing here that's compelling you to watch the next one in any serious manner. I'm finding myself going through ups and downs with whether I like this show or not and am still fairly undecided on it as a whole, though there are pieces I do like.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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