The very first thing that struck me about House of Five Leaves was the art style.
The protagonist along with many other characters have almost completely black eyes which makes them look unnatural, almost as if they were the walking undead.
Besides its unique art style, the series flows at the pace of the lead character who is a shy ronin looking for a job when he becomes entangled with a group of kidnappers. Their leader invites him to join the “House of Five Leaves” as a bodyguard. During his first assignment, he displays skill in combat which was surprising considering his cowardly personality.
I can already see the vast potential for character development, which seems to be the main focus of this anime. It’ll be interesting to see if the ronin is able to fix his timid personality while he’s with the Five Leaves.