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 284059284,059 users)
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Ranked: #2012
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #302
Members: 684,475
Favorites: 15,734

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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)

Episode Videos


Mar 18, 2017
Sangatsu no Lion's first five minutes contain a scene I might characterise as one of the best in animation. A boy listlessly wakens, drinking out of necessity, dressing out of obligation, and leaving his sterile apartment out of confusion, an existence so fragile it could perish with the wind. He doesn't say anything. He doesn't tell people about his problems. He just moves on with his life.

At first I did not understand why this scene had such an impact on me. I thought it could have been the beautiful music, or perhaps the captivating artwork so characteristic of Shaft. That wasn't it. What overwhelmed ...
May 31, 2017
Mixed Feelings
Visually and emotionally engrossing but intellectually misplaced, this show struggles most at maintaining a focal core to its story, undermining its originally interesting characters. This nebulous nature is demonstrable most by disregarding the emotional struggles of the protagonist. The advancement of story plot by becoming a sports-esque shonen midway through the show abandoned our initial premise of a numbed and enervated youth, struggling with self-discovery and plagued by a fear of straying from routinely methodical thinking. The transition in show style itself is not necessarily at fault, rather that the execution lended itself poorly to the furtherment of the characters. This striking offence widens even ...
Oct 17, 2018
Sangatsu no Lion is a completely pointless series, revolving around a few more than flat characters.

I'll try to be as spoiler free as possible while pointing out what I think worked and what not.

Story: 3
In a few words, the story in Sangatsu no Lion is "playing shogi". For as much as I would like to say that it talks about a kid growing, fighting his fears, learning how to relate to other people, eventually understanding how to live one's life, all of this is just barely touched, focusing more on "what if I moved the pawn in A7 instead of B2?". In 22 episodes, absolutely ...

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