House of Five Leaves is one of those shows that really gets to me in that you can watch half an episode and practically nothing really happens at all. There's a lot of dialogue but it's like listening to neighbors or friends who have a whole lot to say but nothing of any serious substance. What makes this a bit tougher to watch is that Masanosuke doesn't have much to say but his demeanor can drag you down a little bit to make you feel like he looks where the weight of everything is on your shoulders but you're not quite sure what's causing that weight.
The subplot involving Matsukichi and what was stolen is relatively taken care of here but it's the kind of storyline that seems to end in something of a whimper, or even just a sigh, as it wasn't a story that was all that engaging to begin with. With Masanosuke doing what he can to help out and getting Matsukichi back into some form of good standing, it says a lot about Masanosuke in how he wants to do right by people whenever he can. There's a lot of talk of debt and loyalty to things, but it's all stuff that Matsukichi doesn't want to talk about. He's in such a rough place, so downcast and unlike himself, that just watching Matsukichi can be fairly depressing. Put him in the same room with Masanosuke and it's even more so.
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