the anime tells a story of a young boy striving towards his goal of being a professional in their own respective field while simultaneously facing other problems in their daily lives. while solving their inner problems, they get stronger and eventually reach their goal (hopefully).
graphics-wise, both anime has a similar style. it can be gloomy in times and bright the other. the main character is a boy wearing glasses with a blonde older sister-type support female character.
Both of these anime delve into a deep psychological trauma. Both MCs are known as child prodigies and it is due to a need to avert their eyes to reality. They are both complex stories that touch upon the heart strings with topics of depression and self-acceptance.
I can't help but to think about Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso when watching 3-gatsu no Lion.
Similar titles aside, both feature the same premise; a prodigy young man's struggles to cope with the depression of losing a loved one. Both series feature a prodigy MC (Rei and Kousei) who are similar in looks and personalities and female figures (Kaori and the Kawamoto siblings) who came inside the MC's life and help them overcome their depression. The MCs also gains many rivals and friends throughout their journey in their career.
Even though I found 3-gatsu's tone more consistent and its comedy less forced than Shigatsu, I enjoyed both works and guarantee if you enjoy one of them you'll enjoy the other due to their similarities. read more
3-gatsu no Lion and Your lie in April both have a main protagonist who suffers from a depression. They also are good in playing the piano. While the one is more romance oriented and the other slice-of-life, they both share the story of how the protagonist overcomes his depression.
Main character who has a painful past, who excels in a field (Arima on the piano and Rei at the shogi). He also has many uncertainties about his future and lack of self-confidence.
Warm characters around the main character; (Hina, Momo, Akari in 3-Gatsu no Lion and Kaori, Tsubaki in Shigatsu)
A wonderful animation with a visual identity for both. (The two animes look slightly alike)
Both animes are quite , about feels and talents and independence
both animes have the main character who is shy , wearing glasses
both heroines are blonde , and they look like each other
both main characters have suffered their parent's death and trying to live independently
Both shows have a lot in common. They both tell stories of a main character who is a child prodigy and struggling to maintain their title. Their struggles are represented in a similar style and narrative, and yet the overall story is different, so it doesn't feel like you're watching the same show twice. In fact I would go so far as to say March Comes in Like a Lion surpasses Your Lie in April in many ways.
TL;DR: If you enjoyed watching Kousei overcoming his past and learning to love life, this show is for you.
Both protagonists share a dark past and a remarkable skill. The monologues in each of them often have deep metaphors for life. Introspection, retrospection, and dealing with losses/mourning all are resonating themes in these two.
Both protagonists struggle living their lives due to their treacherous pasts.
They both have people help them develop into becoming better people.
Both of the protagonists are proficient in what they play, Rei to Shogi as Arima is to piano.
Both protagonists have glasses (I ran out of comparisons lol)
Both feature a protagonist who is struggling with depression because of the death of his loved ones and both main characters have a complicated relationship with their passions (Shigatsu has music, 3-gatsu has shogi), but these passions are not the main focus of the shows. Also, both protagonists meet people who change their lives for the better. They have similar color pallets and realistic characters.
March Comes in Like a Lion has more unique visuals and better direction than Your Lie in April due to the very different animation studios and directors. Also YLIA has way more romance (3-gatsu being more of a slice-of-life series), but anyone can feel the similarities while watching one after having seen the other. Both are touching dramas that serves as a memorable experience for fans of the genre. read more
Both of these series feel similar in their directing and animation styles.
While Your Lie in April focuses more on romantic relations, March Comes in Like a Lion focuses more on familial/platonic relations.
Both are sure to hit ya right in the kokoro.
Not only the titles look-a-like, but the feeling you get when watching is fairly similar. Main characters have only one thing they are good and his friends (and other side-characters) will help him get back on his feet. The scenes vary from funny to death serious which makes it very appealing to keep on watching. So If you liked "Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso", "Sangatsu no Lion" will not disappoint you.
Both protagonists look like they could be brothers and they have a very similar personality. They both deal with depression and loneliness, but are also gifted with a special talent in their field.
Both series have an unique color palette and look very good.
The main characters are both struggling with depression, they're both genius and can't give up on it.
They are both drama/slice of life anime with beautiful unique soundtrack and animations.
The plot of the stories revolve around the main character struggle and them learning things from their mistakes and experiences.
A talented prodigy who feels as though they've got nothing else (and also happen to look kinda similar) the stories are pretty different, but they give off a similar vibe - and anyone who loves the first, will definitely love the other - at least, I certainly did! They're emotionally deep, are astonishingly beautiful to watch and will leave a whole in your heart you won't be able to forget.
About dealing with past trauma, and the journey to self discovery and finding a way to wake up from that half-life depression. Honestly, they are instant gems, masterpieces, unbelievably refreshing and unique but with unbelievable parallels.
Truly, you're missing out if you pass either one up after seeing the first! read more
I find these shows both similar not in the aspect of plot but in character. Both mains, Kousei from Your Lie in April, and Rei from March Comes in Like A Lion both share similar character as they have both had traumatic past life events. This prompts them to be somewhat timid and silent but have thoughts encircling their minds at all times. On top of that, they are both young prodigies in a competitive field (Piano and Shogi respectively). Finally, they share a somewhat similar appearance with glasses, messy black hair, and an always wavering mouth.
Another thing noted is the animation. I find a large resemblance in the styles, especially on the character designs. read more
Both MCs have mental and social problems due to losing their family member(s). And some characters help them get out of those problems.
Both are anime with competition in it.
Both arts and musics have the same vibes.
EVEN THEIR TITLES HAVE "GATSU" IN THEM.
Both of these series focus on characters who are dealing with depression and the loss of loved ones. Both also follow their character's chosen profession and how they handle these careers at young ages. I recommend this to those who are interested in stories about depression, loss, and perseverance.
Both of these anime are both similiar and different in a lor of their aspects. Both of these series have a talented teenager as a main character that are good at what they do( shogi and Piano). Both these characters deal with tragic events that had happened in the past. Both these characters seek outside help from people they hardly know for support and both these shows get you right in the feels. They have a competitve aspect too.
They're a lot different too!
Both series' deal with a MC who struggles with personal problems as a result of a loss of family, to which it is through the relationship with the center female (3 in 3-gatsu) that the main character starts to break from his shell
the main character Arima, kousei is so much like Rei in how they both see the half empty part of the glass .. how they both feel lonely without piano - in case of arima - and shogi -in case of Rei -, and how the few people around them make the the biggest effect with the least action the make towards them.
both are one of my favorite slice of life animes
and if you happen to like one of them, you got to watch the other
cause surely you'll like it,too
enjoy it :D
-Both the male MCs are eerily similar, both physically as well as with their past.
-As time passes, they both slowly open up and start mending the cracks by forming beautiful relationships with those around them.
-Both series capture emotions of the viewer and twine them together as the story progresses.
Why they should be similar, were you thinking, right?
Well, to start both told a story about a shy, confused and little coward boy, who tries to overcame his fears and anxiety. As the story moves on we will see our main character grow, evolve, we’ll see him smile and cry, how he’ll interact with his surrondings and what kind of relationship will born with the other characters; because personally, i believe, that these last ones are the most important and fascinating.
I will be straightforward with you, both of them have quite the strong emotional impact, on which i reflected a lot. Both of the stories deal with strong, difficult and heavy themes, things that maybe not everyone have desire do deal with, but i still want to invite you, at least, to try to watch and not discard them immediately.
To conclude, i hope i have motivated at least some of you, the only things i can add are that there are some of the best scenary that i remember, the musics are fantastic and there si an extraordinary characters personalization.
Thanks for reading this far and goodbye. read more
Like a bolt from the blue Chihayafuru striked to my mind while watching Sangatsu no Lion:
- despite Sangatsu alternates quite some dark moments or very sad ones to the happy ones while Chihayafuru is rather cheerful most of the times, both series still have that colorful atmosphere and very heartwarming vibe that catches your heart.
- both are heavily mainly focused on old traditional japanese games who are setted to be 1 vs 1 players type, Chihayafuru deals with Karuta and Sangatsu has Shogi instead. Both games are greatly introduced and developed in a charming way that could easily let you curious with the will to try them (that is if we knew japanese, of course).
- characters' developing, victories, defeats, improvements, struggles are very well described and shown in both series
- both main characters are kinda talented when it comes to their Karuta/Shogi, also they are both bounded to childhood friend/s who are challangingly skilled at the games too
- while Chihayafuru also deals with love and heartbreaks in "classical" ways (rated as Josei), kinda of major importance at some point, Sangatsu deals with love too but definitely in a different and minor way, at least for big part of it (however that is rated Seinen) so we could still say that both are mainly thought for young adults
- Curious enough, Touji (Sangatsu's Shogi Meijin) & Shinobu (Chihayafuru's Karuta Queen), the biggest rivals for our main characters, are also similar; both are the quite type, indiscussed extremely talented since young age whose game brought them to be at the top of the top, sometimes showing an eccentric side, both capable of (evil-ish) smiles in certain occasions, and very confident without a doubt.
I Adored them both, with capital A. If you already loved one of these and are looking for an emotionally rewarding serie full of captivating games and strong feelings, then wait no more, the another serie will satisfingly be just what you are searching.
an anime about traditional Japanese game being played by high-schooler trying to be pro. both games (shogi and karuta) were somewhat less popular compared to other games, so the setting is very similar with fewer people to interact with both in rivalry and friendship.
the main character will be supported by their rival back in their early days while keep on maintaining rivalry relationship as well.
although chihayafuru is brighter than 3-gatsu and with less psychological complex, both anime tells a similar story.
Traditional Japanese games that are not so popular in the digital age
3gatsu has a much grander vision, whilst focused on its high school protagonist, it still gives plenty of screen time to everyone else from the professional Shogi world, taking care to explore their stories as well for a more 'whole' sort of experience. Granted the pro Shogi circle is very small, there are very few 'mob' competitors whose sole purpose is to explore some aspect the protagonist. Chihayafuru is more focused on the high schoolers with their lives, their loves, and their drama taking main stage. The characters also feel flatter compared to 3gatsu no Lion.
Romance is a main theme in Chihayafuru whereas it's not so in 3gatsu. Childhood bullying and the aftermaths of it are explored in both. read more
First off both are mainly focused on old traditional Japanese 1 on 1 games, Chihayafuru (Karuta) and Sangatsu (Shogi). The games are considered competitive sports where players are ranked and compete to go higher reaching the top position. Both main characters admire that position and consider the people at top their biggest rivals. Of course the main characters are very talented and are both bounded to childhood friends who are skilled at the games too. Both series show amazing characters' development and how they deal with struggles and improvement. The games are greatly introduced and developed in a charming way that a viewer could easily understand. Now 3-gatsu has some quite dark/deep moments, while Chihayafuru is rather happy and cheerful, the drama in that sense is different however both series still have that colourful atmosphere and heartwarming vibe. read more
Both are emotional dramas featuring teen protagonists. Both have competitive strategy games as a part of their stories, however while Chihayafuru focuses more on the game aspect of things, 3-Gatsu no Lion focuses more on the MC's growth in regard to interpersonal relationships, understanding the meaning of family, and the daily struggle of living with major depressive disorder - these themes are elegantly intertwined within the world of competitive shogi. Incredibly melancholic and inspiring.
This isn't meant to be a review though Chihayafuru is also REALLY, really great and does a wonderful job of creating a drama around the world of a competitive poetry card game. Yes, a competitive card game featuring poems, it's pretty wild honestly and not at all what you'd expect.  read more
Both anime explore sports of Japanese origin and the mind-sets of those involved. While 3-gatsu goes a step further in exploring themes of depression, bullying and more psychological problems outside of shogi. Chihayafuru remains rather lighthearted and instead focuses more on players styles and affection for karata. Both shows are accompanied by a phenomenal cast of memorable and loveable characters and lush visual presentation.
Very similar concepts, very good characters + despite 3gatsu being a good drama narrative visual kind of series, Chihayafuru being a good drama yet good and refreshing concept with a good Slice of life genre. I love both series because they're not shy to show the Traditional Japanese culture. I think Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu goes also that way but that show is a pure drama and I can closely compare Madhouse's Chihayafuru to Studio Shaft's March Comes in like a lion.
If you are interested on Japanese games/sports, then both series will grant your wishes. Both, karuta and shogi are considered competitive sports. Players are ranked and compete on very important tournaments all over the country. There are amateurs as well as professionals, which are very respected.
Now, that is not the only thing both series have in common. Chihayafuru shows us a school club for students who are fond of competitive karuta. The show highlights the passion of the characters, their objectives, their relationships through karuta. Sangatsu is about competitive shogi outside school. They emphasize the great work there is behind a shogi player. They study hard in order to succeed, to have better strategies o their games.
Chihayafuru has some shoujo hint that SnL doesn't. Both can get very funny at times! Chihaya is a clueless girl who doesn't have limits. She will do anything she can in order to reach her objectives. She is wild, carefree, innocent, and that is what makes her a funny and loveable character.
SnL can be very dramatic. Rei's background is hard, what explains his unemotional regular state. Fortunately there are many characters that get him down to earth, characters that give us the comedy fee the show has.
One of the most amusing things I find on both of the shows is the deepness of the emotions. How profound into the characters hearts they can get, and how perfectly portrayed that is in both. read more
-Both shows focus on traditional Japanese games, Sangastu on Shogi and Chihayafuru on Karuta.
- the shows revolve around them trying to get better to achieving their own goals also helping others to get better as well.
- The character development part is quite strong in both shows.
Both anime are slice-of-life drama with a traditional Japanese game as the game of choice for the characters.
Also, although the tone of these anime differs greatly (Chihayafuru is the definition of relaxing and cheerful whereas 3-Gatsu no Lion is much more serious), both treat character development well (this is 3-Gatsu's strong card) and provide enough hype with the games (this is Chihayafuru's strong card).
They also don't shy away from showing the main characters actually getting defeated in games and feeling anguish. Still, in case one looks for superior drama, they should prioritize 3-Gatsu no Lion, whereas Chihayafuru is well-suited for people who prefer the hype and thrill a sports anime provides. read more
3-gatsu no Lion is about shogi. Chihayafuru is about karuta. The main characters play their respective games obsessively. They have centers where the practice, matches and tournaments that they play, and high ranks they wish the achieve.
What really makes these two anime similar is the overall atmosphere and plot. Half of the story is shogi/karuta, but the other half is about relationships. Most sports anime (and yes, this is considered a sports anime) tend to have the normal life become a backdrop, used every few scenes to remind the audience that the characters are people. But these two shows balance the games with the seemingly mundane parts of life.
If you enjoyed one of these shows, I highly recommend watching the other with it. They have the same focus and the same structure. The mood is also very synonymous. read more
Besides the fact they're both from the same manga-ka, they are both stories about the interpersonal relationships with others, illustrated with the perfect contrast between other dynamic characters and the overall tone and color of their lives. The use of real-life based drama fleshes out the characters which genuinely immerses you to experience the lives of these characters. They're both aimed towards the adult demographic respectively! (Seinen and Josei)
Both written by the same author so the main reason to watch one if you liked the other is they have the same "feeling" and atmosphere.
There are also these similarities:
-Stories of people growing up, and learning how to cope with hardships
-Strong casts with a great mix of heartwarming moments with drama
-Same unique art style
I've been trying to find an anime similar in feeling like Hachimitsu to Clover for a long time. And now I can say: the most similar to Hachimitsu to Clover is "3-gatsu no Lion"
- same feelings and humor
- Yuki Music, heh
The manga they are based on are made by the same author. It involves prodigies struggling with finding their place in the world, and the MC are similar in the fact that they reflect on their lives and struggles. The atmosphere is also similar, although HtC is a lot less serious most of the time. If you like how the characters interact, the atmosphere of the show, and in particular the depth of the characters and how they are portrayed in 3-Gatsu no Lion, you will definitely love Hachimitsu to Clover equally.
I think they have a similar feel to them.
- They are both about finding yourself, accepting yourself and finding motivation.
- There is an age gap between the main characters where one is in highschool where the other is in college. But the cast in 3-gatsu no lion is very varied with its characters, so it makes up for it if you are looking for a mature story.
- Both shows gives you the feels.
- They can both be very heartwarming.
- Great characters in both shows.
Realistic, relatable, coming-of-age stories. Both feature thoughtful dialogue and deal with mature themes such as depression. They're more than just anime; they're life experiences. Shows like these are rarely produced nowadays, which is a sad thing.
Considering that both have the same authors, 3gatsu and H&C are coming-of-age stories with very angsty MCs. Their premises are really similar with slight variations (3gatsu is shogi centered while HachiKuro is on fine arts). If you like the watercolor backgrounds and likable character interactions then you might like either of them.
Both are grounded and personal tales about life with all of it's bitterness and sweetness. A perfect balance of lightheartedness and realism. A naturally unfolding drama that shows a lot of thought to the characters. Both works have a lot of heart put into them and I highly recommend watching both.
when I saw this anime quickly remembered Hachimitsu to Clover (one of my Top 10), and started to compare them and find their similarities, and these are:
-Both Have the same Author
- Art is similar
- Characters are very similar
- Have deep thoughts
- Interesting story with characters always diversified
Both have a similar artstyle, the artstyle flawlessly manages to show emotions the characters feel. Both shows step into the more mature anime side. In both shows the main characters struggle with life.
I feel the same exact vibe between these two anime. Yes, they have nothing in common story wise, but the journey that the main characters go through give off a similar heartwarming and/or super intense vibe that just makes you want to watch every episode non-stop.
deals a lot with depression and opening your heart to others. both are very good at changing your feelings with the mood it sets. some scenes can feel cold and distant, while others feel warm and welcoming. they're overall fluffy, feel good shows. both protagonists are quiet, antisocial, and not good at expressing themselves. both are also frequently taken care of by kind people who are not blood-relatives.
- Main characters are presented as precocious children who are initially withdrawn from society due to circumstances.
- Story is nonlinear and series is broken up into short stories. Mainly seem to be coming of age stories of protagonists slowly coming out of their shell.
- Shows make viewers want to protect their sweet cinnamon rolls.
Both are slice of life shows about boys dealing with isolation and depression who learn to open up, depend on others, and be happy. Both are very touching with beautiful character development. Rei and Natsume are similar character archetypes, and if you enjoy either show for the main character, you'll definitely like the other show.
The great point is the personal rhythm of the anime series, with a great visual style where the characters evolve how humans, with feelings and discover the world of the friends and family, but always supported on an element that marks his life.
Although Natsume Yuujinchou is a fantasy slice of life with supernatural yokais and 3-gatsu no Lion is about shogi, they have similar themes in overcoming struggles, depression etc. They have similar vibes and look good and unique.
Both about introverted high schoolers, whose parents died when they were young, dealing with their own issues and slowly coming out of their shell with the help of other people and sometimes, in the case of Natsume, yokai.
we can sense the same warm and sad feeling from them plus the background music is really support that feeling. the characters face same difficulties of being alone and for the first time finding the meaning of love from friends etc,
-Both the MCs have somewhat of a sad past, but slowly break out of those shells by forming close bonds with people around them.
-They both learn to trust the people around them, while also learning lessons from those that mean harm to them as well.
-Both series revolve greatly around SoL and emotions.
Both are stories about protagonists pursuing success in the only thing they have to fill the void inside while coping with the isolation and loneliness that comes with it. Hurting people close to them and trying to fix the mistakes are dealt with in both anime albeit in different ways. And even though Shouwa Genroku takes a mature tone compared to Sangatsu, both of these stories are character studies and are pretty good ones at that.
> the protagonists were obliged to choose the way that they travel still very young
> are part of traditional Japanese art and are improving over time
> there are several dramas and suspensions around the protagonists while developing the plot and talking more about their trades
Both series are incredibly introspective series. The main characters are both melancholic but not to the point of being annoying. In fact, they both work quite well with the tone of the series (dealing with doubts and anxiety that come with pursuing a profession at a young age). Also, the supporting cast can be quite uplifting while also dealing with complex issues of their own. Overall, I'd say Rakugo is a little darker in tone as it deals with subjects such as death. However, 3-gatsu is no lightweight either as it deals with subjects such as child abuse but it definitely carries a lighter tone.  read more
Fantastic and entertaining stories with appealing and deep character development. Drama is the strong key on both animes, showing the life and difficulties of a daily day. Both the main male characters grows in personality over the anime.
Great dramas that focus on character development. With both Rei and Yakumo, their main focus in life (shogi and rakugo respectively) are things that bring them pain. To them both, this pain is brought about by losing people close to them.
Sangatsu and Ping Pong both use their respective activity as a means to present character interactions and conflicts of emotion.
Both also involve elements of coming-of-age, with the characters maturing, standing up against life's hardships and growing to appreciate themselves and others' being a MAJOR part of the shows' magic.
These also feature an artistic element that makes them stand even more to other game/sport drama stories: Sangatsu features unique Shaft-style animated sequences that depict the mental state of characters (e.g depression, hostility, pressure), whereas Ping Pong features unorthodox direction that makes it resemble a comic rather than an animated series.
On the surface level, Hyouka and 3-gatsu are not very similar. I believe in spite of this that if you enjoy one, you will likely enjoy the other. I think this largely because of how the two series handle character development.
Both have cheerful girls drag the MC out of a meager existence. In the case of Hyouka, it's more about a guy learning to enjoy his life to the fullest while 3-gatsu is more about a guy overcoming his past trauma and depression and learning to enjoy his life and career. Both series have character development that is very subtle. That is to say in the moment to moment happenings of each show it's not especially overt but when looking back at a character from the beginning of each series at the end it's painfully obvious how much they've grown.
It's also worth noting they both have gorgeous visuals.
In the end Hyouka is definitely different from 3-gatsu, being more laid back while 3-gatsu is very dramatic, but they both have heavy similarities in their handling of their main characters and their themes. Those similarities make them each worth watching if you enjoyed the other. And I mean both the main characters have green eyes and shaggy black hair so that's pretty neat. read more
Now, no one ever mentioned 3-gatsu no Lion when they recommended Hyouka to me, but I think you would easily love this one if you love the other. Something like 3-gatsu no Lion is definitely what I was looking for when I asked for 'similar anime to Hyouka', because I don't mean it story-wise but instead more like another anime with a similar atmosphere, something that can make you feel calm and fascinate you with its calmness. Something with a lot of metaphors in it, something that tells a story in poetic kinda way. Something that has depth but also feels light and just let you drown in it without suffocating you. Something that has a certain angle to its camera that creates intimacy between you and the anime you're watching. Many people miss this and just mark Hyouka as some anime about a detective wannabe, so they recommended me with another detective anime, not that it bad or I blame them for it hehe, I'm still grateful for their recommendation but still, it wasn't the one I was searching, so I'm just happy when I stumbled upon 3-gatsu no Lion because it's everything I ever wanted in a slice of life anime just like Hyouka. Both are warm and beautiful and sweet, at the same time both also hold some kind of bitterness in it. Both main characters are also a teenage boy in their first year of high school. They share the same messy black hair and beautiful green eyes, Kiriyama did remind me a lot with Oreki ever since the first time I lay my eyes on him. They also share the same wild imagination when they're thinking or imagining something, both doesn't have a lot of friends at school, both are great at a certain ability, both have at least one cheerful friend that help motivate them to go forward. Both are beautifully animated, both are slice of life anime and both anime are from two well-known studios. What are you waiting for?! Go watch it already! read more
Both anime's protagonist are somewhat similar. They were both living in a grey world but started to change due to interacting with other people. Both are very good series. You wouldn't regret watching them.
Both have great character development
Both series have lively girls drag the MC out of a miserable existence.
Although both series don't have similar stories, if you like one- you will probably like the other.
Both are heartfelt dramas that deal with depression, isolation, and the human condition. They both teeter between heavy and uplifting atmospheres and give off a similar vibe. Season 2 of 3-gatsu also touches upon bullying in a similarly beautiful manner as A Silent Voice does.
If you liked A Silent Voice, you'll probably enjoy 3-gatsu and vice versa.
Both are very personal drama's, that give the viewer credit to infer and which focus on the protagonists emotional turmoil. There isn't a shred of doubt in my mind that 3-gatsu no Lion is the most similar anime to Koe no Katachi in existence. Trust me, I've seen everything considered even remotely similar.
Koe no Katachi - Definitely watch it subbed
3-gatsu no Lion - Preferably watch it dubbed
Both of these animes deal with the consequences of depression and, while to a much less pronounced extent with 3-gatsu no Lion, bullying and feelings of inadequacy. The primary driver in both of these stories is character interaction, which both helps and hurts the MCs.
A high school student suffering from depression and loneliness has to face his past-self and grow as a person. Both of these are touching anime and if you enjoyed 3-gutsu no lion you're sure to enjoy Koe no Katachi
Both main characters were isolated because of their profession. MC in 3-gatsu is a professional shogi player, MC in barakamon is a professional calligrapher. Both MC get help and inspiration from new friends.
Both stories are slice of life and realistic.
Both shows are about aspiring professional shogi players. However, the approaches to the show are much different as in March, the MC is trying to make it into the world of shogi after numerous setbacks in life, and in Ryuo the MC is already a champion in shogi and is teaching girls to become pros. Both have cute girls in it, though it is far more pronounced in Ryuo as they are the center of attention, while in March the girls are just emotional support for the MC. If you like Ryuo, then I highly recommend March, though the other way around I'm hesitant to recommend it. read more
Even wondered what i'd been like if 3-gatsu no Lion was a moe harem? Well it exists and its called Ryuuou no Oshigoto. Both anime dictate through the life of a young but professional shogi player. 3-gatsu no Lion differs by focusing on the complex emotions and struggles of its central protagonist as he suffers loneliness, anti-social behaviour and depression. While Ryuuou no Oshigoto differs with its central protagonist teaching young moe girls how to become professional shogi players. So if looking for an anime that focuses on shoji I suggest you watch one of these.
in the both the anime the protogonist is a kind of down dull & omactive nature, both they aim for the top to avhieve their own aim having some bitter sweet family background but at last after their struggle they get the reward. & in both anime main lead is treated kindly. MUST WATCH BOTH R FABULOUS
If you were able to watch and enjoy Hikaru no Go you will probably like 3-gatsu no Lion as well. Both are about characters trying to be / become professional board game players so the style is similar, because you get to see the gameplays. In my opinion watching Hikaru matches was more interesting, while in 3-gatsu the life of the player in general is more developed and perhaps more troubled. But overall both very nice shows.
Both about a boy playing a board game. Hikaru no Go is more match focused than 3-gatsu no Lion and 3-gatsu no Lion is more focoused on the personal struggles and mindset of the main character. However, they both have these two aspects, and are very good emotionally charged anime about chracters growing up alongside a board game.
Both stories start off with a depressive main character who doesn't communicate much with other people. They live on their own. They are very good at their work but they lack interactions with others. As the story goes on they find that "something" that keeps them going further in life (it's different for either series!)
If you like stories like these, check them out!
My Roommate is a Cat is way more light-hearted and comedy-based, but the protagonists are similar. Both of them deal with social anxiety and loneliness and depression, until others come to their lives and gradually "force" them to open up.
Warm atmosphere with lots of slice of life moments truly relaxing and very touching.
The two main characters have a painful past and are orphans. They also grew up in host families.
However, 3-Gatsu No Lion focuses on shogi while Natsume Yuujinchou is rather a fantasy series with supernatural creatures (yokai)
Plotline and setting are different but I think if you enjoyed Natsume Yuujinchou, then you will enjoy 3gatsu no Lion, too.
They have a familiar feeling I cannot explain well...
-Main characters have similar background. Rei is an orphan who went through bad experiences and met nice people too.
-Both have heartwarming and sad/bittersweet moments.
-The narrative gives off a somewhat familiar feeling.
-Both are slice-of-life and you can see the struggles of MC in both of them.
theyre not only about the same game but have a similar developement of relationships. the main chars are closed off for one reason or another and with the push of people in their surrounding they get more confident. they are still vastly diffrent and both very interesting.
Although 3-gatsu is much more pensive and a tad more dark, both shows specialize on having characters deal and interact with their internal problems; making use of visual metaphors and graceful dialogue to describe exactly how the characters are feeling. Neither show drowns you in sadness or pity, however. Both makes use of more wholesome and comedic moments which feel less like just trying to make the viewer smile or laugh, but more to remind them that life—no matter how bleak, is never always a bad thing.
both are heartwarming slice of life stories with the main character going over to a girl's house to have dinner; in amaama to inazuma the main character comes with his daughter to his student's house, while in 3 gates no lion the main character comes alone to the 3 sisters that live in the neighbourhood
Both series feature people finding happiness and wholesome comfort in the company of others, despite suffering in the past due to unfortunate circumstances. They can be lighthearted, silly, and nostalgic at times, but also deal with more depressing topics.
Both anime show how great professionals are born as we follow them through their struggles...
Though bakuman is more little light-hearted with more comedy and does not have the long dialogues of the protagonist's thought train...
I liked 3gatsu no lion better between the two :D
Both with great storytelling, while Rakugo using such poetic kind of narration that make a good clear picture to the audience, March Comes in like a Lion uses visual narration that symbolizes the whole point of a story.
You must be scratching your head thinking, "how in the world are these two anime similar?"
(This is a kinda long recommendation, but reading it would be appreciated)
Well, the similarities lie in one key aspect and that is the fantastic usage of time.
Saiki Kusuo utilizes 5 minute episodes to adapt a single chapter, and does so extremely well as the experience from start to finish is aimed at comedy first without anything in between.
3-Gatsu no Lion takes the chapters from the manga and adapts 2 per episode, which are about 25 minutes long, or 20 minutes if you take out the OP/ED.
I'll admit that these two are extremely different experiences, but they do manage to avoid dragging on a chapter.
These two anime are certainly not the first to have little to no filler, but I'd say they are some of the best and deserve their scores.
And just a few words about the series themselves.
Saiki is a nice brief slice of comedy that feels rewarding to watch.
For me it's like Gintama in that it provides some much needed relief and variety.
The characters and plot are very simple, and that's okay because it doesn't need them.
3-Gatsu is a very calm, down to earth anime with a focus on the chess-like game shogi.
It provides a different sort of relief and variety than Saiki, but it's relief regardless.
The thing that really helps the anime go to another level is it's amazing cast of characters and it's top-notch animation from Shaft.
Saiki is heavily under watched and I implore you to give it a chance.
While it may have 120 episodes, that only amounts to 10 hours, or about 30 standard episodes of anime.(20 minutes each)
3-Gatsu is fairly popular, but I still feel the need to recommend it as its just that good. read more
Yagate Kimi ni Naru is about self-acceptance and growth through romantic love. 3-gatsu no Lion is also about self-acceptance and growth, this time through the the warmest care I've ever seen animated, given by our 3 sisters who more or less adopts our main character into their household. Over time he learns to take care of himself, realises his identity, and in turn can begin to care for others.
Music and a Game are two diferent things, but they also are a hobbie where one must have an iniciation at one point in life. So you will see how much they resemble each other having people with diferent backgrouds learning.
They share an unusual tradicional japanese art form for modern high schoolers to learn.
Both show characters believable and relatable backstories drama through their interactions and learning experiences.
The best resemblence is that both have a main character who in the past were excluded from interacting with people the same age group and while being a expert/much experienced in their art then others, is trying to fit in with other people. read more
Despite having different subjects and themes, both shows are by studio shaft and share the same gorgeous art style, they also share some of the best dialogue in the entire medium of anime and are both criminally underated series's.
i dont really good at reviewing. really enjoy watcing this. at firs i think it will be boring story. right after "it" then i become "woooh" it has good story afterall.
the story its good. a single parent mom raise two wolfchildrn, family, neighboorhood, ahh thast something i really want to have a life in those place.
i like the art animation made by chizu. compare it with the anime series in that year 2011. it has smooth animation, with a good backsound made me enjoy watching this movie.
overall i like it. very good
We can sense the same warm and happy feeling from someone else love (not family). If you like how Rei Kiriyama struggle to win every match, then you will love how the Fune wo Amu's male lead struggle to make a good dictionary.
Both of these shows are compelling in their own ways. Given how the protagonists in both shows have personal demons of their own, they struggle to fit in with the rest of society, much less find a place that manages to effectively bring out the best in them both. Similarly to how Sangatsu treats its supporting characters, NHK fleshes out its supporting cast by giving each of them loads of subtle characterisation, namely refraining from exposition dumps and actually having them interact with the main cast in ways one would least expect. Both of them also feature female leads who serve to aid the main characters in their predicaments and so on. Also worth mentioning is the visual presentation of each of the shows. NHK relies heavily on hallucinatory and comical imagery to capture the feeling of paranoia that its main character is constantly subject to whereas Sangatsu takes a more nuanced approach with its visuals by incorporating a juxtaposition of vibrant and dull colours into its scenes, making for a more visceral and well-rounded experience. read more
At the heart of Uchouten Kazoku is, unsurprisingly, family. More specifically, love and support from family. In a similar vein, 3-gatsu no Lion explores the same ideas of support and love, although not necessarily from a blood-related family. It has the same sort of light-hearted and pure sense of humor, though it is more present in Uchouten Kazoku than in 3-gatsu and 3-gatsu is more dramatic. Both focus on human(?) connection and both are a great watch if you're looking for something a little sad and very heartwarming.
Both MCs doesn't know what to do with their life and future.
They both wanted to escape their homes for similiar reasons.
Both deals with depression though Silver spoon is on the lighter side and 3-gatsu does it in "show not tell" way.
They're both very funny. Silver spoon has more comedy while 3-gatsu has more sweet moments that will give you diabetes.
They're both incredible and deals with kind of the same things in different ways.
While the settings are drastically different, there is a very similar general tone to each story. The protagonist in both start out more or less empty inside and try to close their heart away from the world. They both deal with their problems in a similar manner at the start as well. Both also have a similar tendency to sprinkle in more lighthearted slice of life/comedy moments into the show occasionally as well. 3-Gatsu no Lion does that more often than SukaSuka admittedly.
-Similar protagonists (not exactly the same)
-Very different story and setting
Family, in it's various forms, is at the heart of these shows. Dark, complex themes (like isolation, death and societal issues) are woven with bright, heart warming ones. Humor is also used to sharply contrast serious moments (in ways that some viewers may even find jarring). The direction is creative and beautiful in both; the music, the art, just everything about these shows elevates them and will pull at the perceptive viewer's heart strings. Still, with such distinctive directors both shows have their own voices and despite feeling related in many ways, they also feel very different upon viewing.
Both shows have a number of important similarities despite having opposite and completely different themes with Sangatsu being more light-hearted compared to BokuMachi's serious content.
The male protagonists wear eye-glasses and tend to be silent or serious.
They have their own dark and trouble pasts that often keeps on haunting them and they have to face them before moving on.
They have friends who are ready to support them when they are sad and troubled.
Aside from characters, there is also symbolism portrayed on both shows.
If you like Sangatsu No Lion but want a more serious twist, then I recommend watching BokuMachi.
Both Anime's Have A Very Sweet Storylines
Both Have Lighthearted Characters
Both Are Relaxing To Watch
Both Have Heart Touching Moments
And Both Of Those Anime's Will Make You Smile And Cry As Well
The Difference Is That March Comes In Like A Lion Is Involved A Shogi Player Named Rei Kiriyama And Lived With The Kawamoto Sisters, While Tamayura Is Involved A Girl Name Fu Sawatari Who Likes To Photographicing Just Like Her Father And Having Fun With Her Friends, If You Like March Comes In Like A Lion, I Would Highly Recommend You To Watch The Tamayura Series
The main characters of 3-gatsu no Lion and Houseki no Kuni try to find their place in the world. Rei was thrown into a situation he didn't choose (his dependency on shogi), and Phos starts off useless due to a condition (s)he didn't choose, in a society that requires a function from everyone. They experience how it's lonely at the top, and how much these at the top had to sacrifice in order to get there. As coming of age stories, they lay down the importance of these around you, and that yes, you have value.
School-age protagonists from broken families choose to live socially isolated. Their lives change after meeting a cast of lively and adorable characters. The story begins to fluctuate between the initial broody mood and a new lighthearted one. Through their new friends, the protagonists begin to better understand the marvels of companionship.
3-gatsu and Shogi Hour both focus on Shogi. 3-gatsu uses shogi as a backdrop for exploring the life and psychology of the MC and supporting cast; on the other hand, Shogi Hour satirizes the slow pacing of televised Shogi.
Depression? Well, both of these anime have it. But they access it very differently.
Sayonara uses depression as kind of a comedy element, while 3-gatsu uses depression as a story element to make series more deep.
Both are made my Shaft studio so you can expect similarities in many ways!
3-gatsu no Lion and Kono Danshi heavily revolves around the theme of loneliness and opening yourself up to others. Both shows are mellow and contain beautiful artwork. While there may not be any shogi played in Kono Danshi, the main characters still want to rise to the top of each's respective life.