House of Five Leaves. Saraiya Goyou.

House of Five Leaves (Saraiya Goyou). Story and art by Natsume Ono. 8 Volumes. Completed.

Natsume Ono is an amazing storyteller. Her characters are quietly compelling. Her unique style of art is simple yet striking.

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The House of Five Leaves brings together an unlikely group of individuals. A shy, masterless samurai. A lonely gangster. A thief. A tavern owner and his daughter. And a geisha.

The story is subtle and winding. It gradually draws you in. You are caught up and entangled in the story before you realize it.

There is a high level of emotion running through the story that is quiet and loud at the same time. The story slowly gnaws at you and quietly tears you apart. It leaves a tight knot in your chest. It leaves you gasping for air. It leaves you parched. And in the end, thoroughly satisfied.

I read the entire 8 volume series over the span of two days. I cannot imagine what it was like to wait for each new chapter or for each new volume. But, then again, maybe it was so compelling because I read one volume after another. I was like a starved animal devouring one page after the next.

Note: The anime and manga have different endings. Though equally beautiful, I prefer the manga ending. The manga ending truly captures the impact of the sacrifices made and the friendships forged. Do not miss it.


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