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House of Five Leaves, Vol. 1 by Natsume Ono
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Oct 28, 10

bookshelves: adult, graphic-novels, manga
Read in October, 2010

This is a samurai story with an odd twist. Akitsu is ronin who lost his appointment to a feudal lord not for being unskilled, but for lacking confidence and not having an intimidating air about him. Too proud to take non-Samurai work, he falls in with a crowd of thieves/kidnappers known only as the House of Five Leaves. Led by Yatchi, a very charismatic and confident man, Akitsu finds it hard to say know even though his conscience tells him to. This is a very character-driven, dialogue heavy introduction without a lot of action. While there is a sense this is all heading somewhere, it's really hard to tell where. I'd liked it enough that I'm willing to try the 2nd volume, but if that doesn't move the plot much further I doubt I'll read beyond that.
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