Viz License House of Five Leaves Manga

By Ishaan . September 18, 2010 . 1:00pm


The House of Five Leaves manga, which at present consists of 7 volumes, has been licensed by Viz, the company announced this week. Originally published in Japan by Shogakukan, House of Five Leaves tells the story of Akitsu Masanosuke, a socially-awkward swordsman who has trouble finding work.


Masonosuke is eventually employed as a bodyguard by an individual who turns out to be the leader of a group of thieves who call themselves the Five Leaves. Sensing that there is more to the group than meets the eye, Masanosuke agrees to work with them, despite remaining wary of the nature of their group.


The pricing on Viz’s localized versions of the manga is on the high side at $12.99 U.S. and $16.99 CAN. The series will debut in just a few days from now on September 21st. On a related note, you can also read up on our early impressions of the House of Five Leaves anime.

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  • Schwer_Muta

    Totally read this at first as “Viz leaves manga”. I don’t know if my reading it like that was more or less ridiculous than how easily I believed that.

    • WonderSteve

      Haha I read the same thing on first glance.

  • The artwork is really odd for this series.

  • Jayred_Potter

    Oh this series, though I must admit that it has odd artwork, is an astounding series. A lot of my friends back home are really enjoying the anime, and they are all looking forward to the manga hitting the US

  • Soma

    I’ve read and heard a lot about this series, I want to support the release, but $16.99/volume is pretty steep for Viz.
    I suppose I’ll end up buying it, anyway. =3

    • I was under the impression that all of their titles under the Viz Sig line were higher than the standard shonen jump manga series.

  • Ephidel

    How exactly is this license news? They’ve been publishing chapters on the Sig Ikki website since July 2009 :|(The manga also finished serialisation in Japan in July this year (Ikki’s August issue) although the eighth or so volume hasn’t yet been published).

    • Because unlike other series this one hadnt ever been announced to be published in graphic novel format, and I think its one of their last ones of the early sigikki ones to be released, Children of the Sea was released rather expeditiously, aftershool charisma to if I recall.

      • Ephidel

        That doesn’t change the fact it’s been licensed for quite some time – this is an announcement of the print debut. I know the PR for the print version only went up a couple of days ago, but this isn’t a “license announcement” and titling it as such is misleading. And wrong.
        Online booksellers have also had print release dates up for ages taking preorders as I placed mine months ago (although those dates were probably estimates, as that seems pretty common), and it was listed in Previews in … January? I think it was January.
        Technically Tokyo Flowchart would also be on the list of early sigikki releases yet to hit print, but it’s also only had three chapters uploaded.

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