House of Five Leaves - Season 1 - Episode 3 - Review: "Gradually Get Him Involved"


The last 2 posts I've gotten a real Omega Man feeling since I have no clue where everyone else has gone. Regardless though I must keep the posts up as best I can, and so I come at you today with House of Five Leaves, episode 3 "Gradually Get Him Involved". This episode is a real eye-opener, especially for Masa (yes, I've come to call him that too), who realizes that despite these people doing semi-noble things and targeting the corrupt, are still criminals, kidnappers, and are motivated by their own desires. Really this episode could be used as a message to anyone good who may be blinded by the glitter and glamour people may offer, only to realize later or too late that they're still criminals and out for themselves.


The episode starts up with Masa working as a bodyguard for a new client, a prosperous rice seller of the Saga-cho district. The job came courtesy of Yaichi who's viewed as a bodyguard throughout the hostel district, but he denies that he's a bodyguard and claims just to be a loafer who's taken to the company of the women later in the episode. Three days have passed since he started his new duties, and for the first time since meeting Yaichi, Masa feels uselful to the people he's working for. People respect him, he's pulling in good money he can send home, and even the other workers have taken a liking to him, calling him "sensei" and such.


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