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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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Popularity: #1182
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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.

(Source: MU)

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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


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

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Nov 11, 2014
Masanosuke: That composure! I'd like to smile like you do.
Yaichi: If you try, you'll find there's nothing stopping you.

I have this weird attraction towards shows that are sluggish and don't appear to do much. Well the latter would be an understatement if we consider the in-depth character study here in this show. The music too, was a treat for me. The tracks match with the gloomy but eventful nature of the show to almost perfection.

Set in the Edo period, the story deals with a gang of kidnappers, five of them to be exact. I went in expecting some action for obvious reasons (there is samurai-related 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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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.

Opening Theme

"Sign of Love" by immi

Ending Theme

"all I need is..." by Rake

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