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3-gatsu no Lion (Manga)

3-gatsu no Lion

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Sangatsu no Lion, March Comes in Like a Lion, Lion of March
Japanese: 3月のライオン


Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Jul 13, 2007 to ?
Authors: Umino, Chika (Story & Art)
Serialization: Young Animal


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The protagonist is Rei, a 17-year-old shogi player. He lives by himself, not having a family, and does not go to school and has scarcely any friends. Among his acquaintances is a family, which consists of a young woman, Akari, and two young girls, Momo and Hinata, and who also keep a numerous number of cats.

(Source: Wikipedia)


3-gatsu no Lion was nominated for the 2nd Manga Taisho Award in 2009 and in 2011, won the 4th Manga Taisho Award and the 35th Kodansha Manga Award in the general category (shared with Uchuu Kyoudai). In 2014, the series won the Grand Award of the 18th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.

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Feb 2, 2012
Another masterpiece from the wonderful insightful Chika Umino, the creator of the very successful series Honey and Clover. She really knows how to stir you up in emotions with her unique characters and plot.

Story: What would life be like at the age of seventeen, living on your own with no real family and having to play Shogi to earn a living? This is the life of Rei Kiriyama, who is an introverted quietly awkward boy that’s been through so many traumas in his past, that it makes your heart swell. He is also a professional player of a Japanese board game called Shogi, which gives read more
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Oct 25, 2015
Losing your parents at a young age can influence your later life significantly. Luckily for the protagonist Rei, he is taken in by a family. How did it affect his life, and the relations with other people? From the creator of Honey & Clover, comes the manga "3-gatsu no Lion", a slice of life manga which incorporates dramatic elements.

As mentioned earlier, due to Rei losing his parents, his life is thrown upside down. Insecurity and loneliness plagues his everyday life, even when living in an adopted family, being shogi his only scapeway to avoid confronting his new-found life. Obviously showing talent in Shogi, he ranks read more
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Nov 5, 2015
Sangatsu No Lion is a good manga that is less talked about than many others that it is superior to .

Perhaps it's because of its synopsis which fails at being eye-catching .In any case this is not bad or boring provided you don't dislike slice of life .

On to the review then .

Story - 7
Being slice of life in its purest form ,Sangatsu No Lion doesn't exactly have what you can call a major plot line .This is just the story of a high school shogi pro with family issues .Like a biography ,you cannot exactly pick a point that represents the story even if read more
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Shigatsu and 3-gatsu no Lion are coming ages series that really gives an insight on our characters' role in their story as they experience youth. Both series' main male protagonist are prodigies in a particular field. Throughout the story, we see their skill and the rivals that they compete against. Both series has a lot of characterization as we learn the characters' motivations and struggles. Their past (involving a dead family member) continues to haunt them although the experiences they develop with other characters slowly brings them out of their shell.  
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