House of Five Leaves Ep. 6-8

I like the way swordplay is being handled in House of Five Leaves.

Masa finally got the chance to brandish his blade again at the end of the sixth episode, but it wasn’t an extended fight full of fancy choreography. When the opportunity arrived, i.e. Ume distracting Denshichi, Masa made a decisive move and knocked his foe’s weapon away.

With that, the fight was over.

Is that how people fought in the old days? I wouldn’t know and I don’t really care. The importance here is the tension being conveyed. So often in media, whether anime or not, fight scenes have to be this long struggle of epic proportions. Opponents are back-flipping and twirling… it’s really just unnecessary nonsense. These fights also turn into a dime a dozen. No one cares about the 27th fight when there were already twenty six of them beforehand. Here’s an example of what I’ve been talking about:

If you don’t want to slog through ten minutes of lightsaber fanservice, here’s the epitome of the scene’s stupidity.

In House of Five Leaves, the feeling is totally different. Fighters take only quick and deliberate actions. I get the sense that the margin of error is razor thin and any mistake spells death. In the face off between Yaichi and Masa in the seventh episode, there wasn’t any actual fighting, but the tension was palpable. The anime concerns itself with the build-up and anticipation instead of some silly swordplay. I especially like the pounding drums in the soundtrack during this scene.

Bits and Pieces

You know, I had a hard time distinguishing Denshichi, Matsu and Senkichi.

Senkichi

I guess Denshichi had some freckles to stand out a bit.

Denshichi

But honestly, they all looked like the same person.

Matsu

There was also a noticeable drop in animation quality in the last few episodes. Everything in the background is as detailed as ever, but the character animations are starting to get a little sloppy.

Nice toes you got there, Masa.

The seventh episode begins with an ominous warning to Yaichi from the elder. Yaichi tells Masa, however, that he only wants to speak of the present.

Even so, almost everyone in the anime is controlled by their pasts. We just resolved a part of Ume’s side story with Senkichi. We find out that Masa can’t go home for some reason; all we know at the moment is that his troubles have something to do with his brother. Even more surprising, however, is that Matsu has a child. Otake seems to be the only character with little to reveal. Hopefully, she gains some depth because it would be a little silly for the only woman in the group to be a token character.

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7 thoughts on “House of Five Leaves Ep. 6-8

    1. E Minor Post author

      Not his fault George Lucas is a shitty director and a shitty writer.

      “Anakin you’re breaking my heart.”

      Reply
        1. E Minor Post author

          Oh, he’s a great businessman. He’s just soulless. He doesn’t the passion and dedication it takes to make a great movie versus a profitable one. Here’s a quote from Gary Kurtz:

          One of the arguments that I had with George about Empire was the fact that he felt in the end, he said, we could have made just as much money if the film hadn’t been quite so good, and you hadn’t spent so much time. And I said, “But it was worth it!”

        2. NinjaYali

          Say what you will about ROTS but nothing can be worst then the Clone Wars (movie and cartoon show).

          Still, I enjoyed that fight if not for that laughably, ridiculous sword swinging without contact.

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