Saraiya Goyou 1 (House of Five Leaves)
- Director/Series Composition: Tomomi Mochizuki (Kimagure Orange Road, Maison Ikkoku, Ocean Waves, Princess Nine, Ranma)
- Original creator: Natsume Ono
- Art Director: Michie Watanabe (Backgrounds: Eureka Seven, Haibane Renmei, Gundam Seed, Samurai Champloo)
- Daisuke Namikawa as Masanosuke Akitsu
- Takahiro Sakurai as Yaichi
Plot Summary: Akitsu Masanosuke is a timid ronin on his way to Edo from the countryside when he accidentally encounters a playboy named Yaichi, who asks him to be his bodyguard. But it turns out that Yaichi is actually the leader of a group of bandits called the “Five Leaves,” and he’s hoping that Masanosuke will join them. Masanosuke is reluctant to help them, but as grows closer to his eccentric new companions, he learns to relate to them and grow as a person in the process.
The backgrounds are gorgeous and directing is good, but the plot does not seem very interesting to me. It looks like I won’t be watching any new anime this season… Time to go back to the past…