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
Genre: DramaDrama
Themes: ChildcareChildcare, Strategy GameStrategy Game
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.371 (scored by 284154284,154 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2022
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #302
Members: 684,698
Favorites: 15,741

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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


Yodo, Akiko
Ooshima, Miku
Assistant Producer
Oota, Kyouko
Assistant Producer, Publicity
Ishikawa, Tatsuya
Assistant Producer


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)

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Jul 1, 2024
3-gatsu no Lion it's a heartwarming anime.

We're able to join Kiriyama Rei on his journey to overcome adversity and grow as a person while doing his job as a student and as a shogi player (Japanese Chess).

The animation it's just, beautiful, in my opinion the animation captures perfectly the emotions of the characters. It's an anime so easy to just watch and enjoy the whole show, you won't even see the time pass.

The characters are well developed, so as the shogi's matches. So if you don't enjoy chess I wouldn't recommend this anime for you.

3-gatsu no Lion it's a slow paced anime ...
May 25, 2024
Mixed Feelings
March Comes in Like a Lion is a frustrating show that often sacrifices it's plot and impact for comedy with no relevant audience. It demonstrates an above average ability to write complex characters and emotional struggles, however uses it so little that it calls into question who the target demographic even is. The comedy seems written for nobody older than 12 but the weight and subject matter of the drama falls much more into the seinen category it is marked as. The music is perfectly adequate for the show and the OPs and EDs are very good, both in tone and overall quality. It also ...
Dec 9, 2023
I sadly watched the entire 1st season of March Comes in at 1.25x speed due to a friend's recommendation and truly I could not tell you one remotely interesting aspect the whole way through... I've seen some tedious ass shows I can get through with maximum binging efficiency, but that genuinely felt like maybe the most excruciatingly painful slog a singular piece of media outside of Evangelion has ever put me through. What is the incentive everyone is drawn in by please do tell me? It's literally a whiny ahh dude moving Shogi pieces for mf 22 eps in between 20 second long drawn out ...

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