3-gatsu no Lion

March Comes In Like a Lion

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Synonyms: Sangatsu no Lion
Japanese: 3月のライオン
English: March Comes In Like a Lion
German: March Comes in Like a Lion
Spanish: March Comes in Like a Lion
French: March Comes in Like a Lion
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Type: TV
Episodes: 22
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2016 to Mar 18, 2017
Premiered: Fall 2016
Broadcast: Saturdays at 23:00 (JST)
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: Shaft
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Themes: ChildcareChildcare, IyashikeiIyashikei, Strategy GameStrategy Game
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.381 (scored by 274438274,438 users)
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Ranked: #1842
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Popularity: #292
Members: 661,548
Favorites: 15,324

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Having reached professional status in middle school, Rei Kiriyama is one of the few elite in the world of shogi. Due to this, he faces an enormous amount of pressure, both from the shogi community and his adoptive family. Seeking independence from his tense home life, he moves into an apartment in Tokyo. As a 17-year-old living on his own, Rei tends to take poor care of himself, and his reclusive personality ostracizes him from his peers in school and at the shogi hall.

However, not long after his arrival in Tokyo, Rei meets Akari, Hinata, and Momo Kawamoto, a trio of sisters living with their grandfather who owns a traditional wagashi shop. Akari, the oldest of the three girls, is determined to combat Rei's loneliness and poorly sustained lifestyle with motherly hospitality. The Kawamoto sisters, coping with past tragedies, also share with Rei a unique familial bond that he has lacked for most of his life. As he struggles to maintain himself physically and mentally through his shogi career, Rei must learn how to interact with others and understand his own complex emotions.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Ooshima, Miku
Assistant Producer
Shinbou, Akiyuki
Nakura, Yasuhiro
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Setting, Key Animation, Layout
Okada, Kenjirou
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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1: "Answer (アンサー)" by BUMP OF CHICKEN (eps 1-11)
2: "Sayonara Bystander (さよならバイスタンダー)" by YUKI (eps 12-22)

Ending Theme

1: "Fighter (ファイター)" by BUMP OF CHICKEN (eps 1-6, 8-11, 22)
2: "Nyaa Shougi Ondo (ニャー将棋音頭)" by Hinata (Kana Hanazawa), Akari (Ai Kayano), Momo (Misaki Kuno) (eps 7)
3: "orion" by Kenshi Yonezu (米津 玄師) (eps 12-21)


Aug 14, 2023
Amazing show. Different type of show than what the studio usually makes (e.g., Monogatari series, madoka magica, etc). Awesome main character. Lips might look weird, but art is very nice. Lovely soundtrack. Show has Shogi but is focused on the characters. A little slow at first but is definitely worth watching.

The story is extremely unique, and the characters are realistic and well-rounded. Main character is a child-prodigy but is still a real person. Not overpowered, not flawless.

No knowledge of Shogi is needed, and anyone will enjoy this anime. The second season is also peak and definitely worth reaching even if this season is ...
Jun 28, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Chess remains one of the oldest and still most popular games of all time. There’s a good reason for this: it’s simplistic layout and rulings with a variety of pieces give it an ocean of depth. The art of trying to put your opponent’s king in a state of inescapable capture while simultaneously keeping yours safe can be as complex as the players want it to be, giving the game a fresh feeling even after all its years of play. Besides the chess most are familiar with, variants of the classic board game are popular in different regions of the world. Shogi, the Japanese variant, ...
Mar 23, 2023
I sadly watched the entire 1st season of March Comes in at 1.25x speed because of a friend and truly could not tell you one remotely interesting aspect the whole way through... I've seen some tedious ass shows I can get through w maximum binging efficiency, but that truly felt like maybe the most excruciatingly painful slog a show has ever put me through. What's the incentive everyone is drawn in by? It's literally a dude moving Shogi pieces for mf 22 eps in between long drawn out shots that feel like they are meant to be deep or something and an army of cicadas ...

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