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Saraiya Goyou

Saraiya Goyou

Alternative Titles

English: House of Five Leaves
Synonyms: Sarai-ya Goyou
Japanese: さらい屋 五葉


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 16, 2010 to Jul 2, 2010
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #5782
Popularity: #1204
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Masterless samurai Akitsu Masanosuke is a skilled and loyal swordsman, but his naïve, diffident nature has time and again caused him to be let go by the lords who have employed him. Hungry and desperate, he becomes a bodyguard for Yaichi, the charismatic leader of a gang called "Five Leaves." Although disturbed by the gang's sinister activities, Masa begins to suspect that Yaichi's motivations are not what they seem. And despite his misgivings, the deeper he's drawn into the world of the Five Leaves, the more he finds himself fascinated by these devious, mysterious outlaws.

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Adaptation: Saraiya Goyou

Characters & Voice Actors

Sakurai, Takahiro
Sakurai, Takahiro
Ooura, Fuyuka
Ooura, Fuyuka
Takatsuka, Masaya
Takatsuka, Masaya
Uchida, Yuya
Uchida, Yuya


Kouchiyama, Takashi
Kimura, Makoto
Mochizuki, Tomomi
Director, Sound Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Composition
Yano, Yuuichirou
Episode Director, Storyboard

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Feb 23, 2015
Every now and then a show is needed to unwind to. Something to break the monotony of the typical over the top anime shows with "in your face" color pallets and the usual overused tropes. We seek these melancholic shows to provide temporary release from the norm, a sort of meditative experience if you will. House of Five Leaves is that kind of show. A show that understands its audiences desires and executes it with a delicate balance. This certainly isn't for anyone seeking an adrenaline rush or intense action flick but rather serves as an oasis for anime fans that want to just kick read more
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Jun 23, 2010
Saraiya Goyou is about a gang called “Five Leaves” during the Edo period in Japan. There is very little action, the artwork is nontraditional, and the story moves at a snail’s pace. So why should anyone pay attention to this? Actually, I’d say that those points work to Saraiya Goyou’s advantage, resulting in a well-written, mature story.

Story & Characters

The members of Five Leaves make their money through undercover jobs such as kidnapping, but they are not the usual rough and tough gangsters. Most of them appear to be friendly, thoughtful people who spend their time lounging around in a relaxed environment, read more
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Jul 1, 2010
What if there was an anime, an anime that was about samurai. This anime wasn't about "the strongest samurai" or "the path to glory" or even a "demon sword," but instead it was about meek looking samurai with slightly above average skills. He wasn't looking to fight the strongest fight, or defeat the overlord and free his people, but maybe, he was just looking to make his living and help his little sister back at home. That would be, if not anything, interesting. That's exactly what Sarai-ya Goyou (House of the Five Leaves) is about. This anime isn't for those who live to see explosions read more
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Nov 2, 2013
Peace and serenity, independence of the mind, graceful beauty, resting, & death; the rich magnificence of a maple leaf as it falls at the closing of its years. Before we begin, I would like to say that no other symbolism can effectively associate itself with Saraiya Goyou moreso than that of a satin maple leaf.

At this very instance, the broad versatility of references that exists within this beautiful piece of nature constructs a focal point for everything that Saraiya Goyou is and stands for. To me, it simply opts to convey every aspect of the rich symbolic context of a maple leaf through its character read more
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slow moving, calm pace, presentation that is strongly supported by an excellent music score and a unique animation style, story has a mysterious feel to it and it all falls together slowly piece by piece. Mushishi is episodic and more plot/world focused, and Saraiya Goyou is more character centric.
Samurai Story. In genre these anime are totally different as far as action, comedy, adventure, etc. They are however historical and involve samurai, so if you are search of those, you might like to watch Saraiya, but don't expect to see a lot of fighting in it.
Both are from the samurai era, dealing with some psychological problems of the main characters. Hakouki has more action but the atmosphere of the old Japan is present in both and it's described in a very similar way.
In both of these anime there are some problems about bushido code ideal VS real life and common problems, especially inner ones with the personality of the characters.
Similar art ~
Mysterious Aura ~
Both have a main character who struggles with social anxiety.
Slow paced anime about samurais both give the same feeling.

Opening Theme

"Sign of Love" by immi

Ending Theme

"all I need is..." by Rake

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