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Story Introduction

Ronin Akitsu Masanosuke is a skilled swordsman, but his personality often causes him to be let go from his day job as a bodyguard. One day, he encounters Yaichi, the leader of a group called the "Five Leaves" and takes a job from him. Though he is worried about the intentions of the group, he feels there is something more to them and reluctantly agrees to work with them.
Complete Series Standard Edition
  • Release Date: March 12th, 2013
  • Genre: Historical Fiction, Crime Thriller, Psychological Thriller
  • Age Rating: Teen
  • 2 DVD disc set
  • Total of 12 episodes
  • Runtime: 274 mins
  • Features original Japanese voice acting with English subtitles
  • Story guide leaflet
  • Bonus content: Clean opening and ending, Japanese trailer

*This product is for sale and use on playback units only within licensed territories. It is not intended to function in any other region.

Complete Series Premium Edition
  • Release Date: March 6th, 2012
  • Genre: Historical Fiction, Crime Thriller, Psychological Thriller
  • Age Rating: Teen
  • 2 DVD disc set
  • Total of 12 episodes
  • Runtime: 274 mins
  • Features original Japanese voice acting with English subtitles
  • Bonus content: Clean opening and ending, Japanese trailer
  • Exclusive bonus item: Maple Leaf - Make a great bookmark, fan, decoration, or conversation starter
  • Premium box with bonus item: 30+ page, full color, hardcover art book (approx. 11" x 7")
    Art book includes character information, episode guides, artwork, behind-the-scenes storyboards, draft designs, concept art, and even a glossary of terms for insight on the culture of feudal Japan.

*This product is for sale and use on playback units only within licensed territories. It is not intended to function in any other region.

Masanosuke Akitsu

Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa
Tall, but constantly stooped over, he is the newest member of the “Five Leaves.” He has a problematic personality, where he becomes nervous when people watch him. This has caused him to be let go by his lord. He is now a ronin wandering the streets of Edo in hopes of serving the government once more. He is highly skilled with a sword, so he tries to make a living as a bodyguard. But due to his personality, he keeps getting fired right away. Seeing the potential in him, Yaichi recruits him into the “Five Leaves.” Masanosuke wants to leave the “Five Leaves,” but is unable to, due to the fact that he needs to send money to his brother in his hometown.

Yaichi

Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai
This playboy is the leader of the “Five Leaves.” He is popular with women, and is a quick thinker. However, he is also a mysterious character, of whom no one knows what his true intentions are. He is the one who recruited Masanosuke into the “Five Leaves.” Yaichi stays at a brothel called “Katsura-ya” as their bodyguard. No one knows about his past, and he refuses to talk about it.

Umezo

Voiced by: Masaya Takatsuka
This big man is another member of the “Five Leaves.” He was originally a member of a group of bandits, but he quit for the sake of his daughter. He is currently the owner of a tavern where the members of the “Fives Leaves” gather. He has a sharp tongue, but deep down, he is a kind person. When his daughter was being molested by the second son of the shop owner where she worked, it sparked the formation of the “Five Leaves.”

Matsukichi

Voiced by: Yuya Uchida
A taciturn ornament craftsman who does most of the recon work for the “Five Leaves.” Back when he was originally a lone thief, he was saved by Yaichi just as he was about to get caught. Since then, he places utmost trust in Yaichi. He is a man of honor who will repay any favors done for him.

Otake

Voiced by: Fuyuka Ohura
The only female member of the “Five Leaves.” This beautiful woman is old friends with Yaichi. She is a heavy drinker, and is wildly popular among the men around her. She came up with the name of the “Five Leaves” from looking at a maple leaf.

Elder

Voiced by: Katsuhisa Hoki
An old man who lives on the outskirts of Edo. He isn't a formal member of Five Leaves, but he assists them by holding onto the kidnapped hostages.

Heizaemon Yagi

Voiced by: Hiroyuki Kinoshita
A samurai who befriends Masanosuke. He doesn't seem to talk or act like a conventional samurai.

Okinu

Voiced by: Ao Takahashi
Umezo's daughter and waitress at the tavern.
Cast Akitsu Masanosuke Daisuke Namikawa
Yaichi Takahiro Sakurai
Otake Fuyuka Ohura
Umezo Masaya Takatsuka
Matsukichi Yuya Uchida
Okinu Ao Takahashi
Elder (Soji the Saint) Katsuhisa Hoki
Staff Original Story Ono Natsume "Sarai-ya Goyou"
Series Composition Tomomi Mochizuki
Character Designer Kazuto Nakazawa
Animation Supervisor Yoshimitsu Yamashita
Art Directors Michie Watanabe 
Masahiro Sato
Color Coordinator Miyoko Ichinose
Prop Setting Shinobu Tsuneki
Director of Photography Kazuhiro Yamada
Editor Tomoki Nagasaka
Sound Director Tomomi Mochizuki
Music Composed by Kayo Konishi / Yukio Kondo (MOKA)
Music Production Aniplex Inc. 
FUJI PACIFIC MUSIC, Inc.
Music Producer Hiroaki Sano
Animation Production Manglobe Inc.
Directed by Tomomi Mochizuki
Produced by Sarai-ya Goyou Committee