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3-gatsu no Lion

Alternative Titles

English: March comes in like a lion
Synonyms: Sangatsu no Lion
Japanese: 3月のライオン


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
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.411 (scored by 59,935 users)
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Ranked: #1532
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Popularity: #423
Members: 176,943
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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


Shinbou, Akiyuki
Okada, Kenjirou
Director, Episode Director
Asano, Naoyuki
Director, Storyboard, Animation Director
Kameyama, Toshiki
Sound Director

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

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#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) (ep 7)
#3: "orion" by Kenshi Yonezu (米津 玄師) (eps 12-21)

More reviewsReviews

Mar 18, 2017
Veronin (All reviews)
Sangatsu no Lion's first five minutes contains a scene I might characterise as one of the best in animation. He 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 me read more
Apr 10, 2017
Cinefil_original (All reviews)
My opinion:
To be honest, I’ve always found reviewing slice of life series to be difficult and unpleasant, doing it is just tedious.
In recent years the anime production standards have steadily dropped culminating with the winter 2017 season which is filled with generic otaku-targeted shows, and thus 3-gatsu no Lion distinguished itself by having a more “serious” tone and being better, compared to the vast number of shitty series that aired at the same time.
I usually avoid watching slice of life because, in most cases, the story is nothing special and the pacing is slow, leaving me unsatisfied and on the brink of falling asleep in read more
Mar 18, 2017
TuyNOM (All reviews)
3-Gatsu no Lion is a work with an unrivaled artistic direction.

In terms of animation and staging, Shaft has always succeeded in surpassing, innovating and surprising us with each of its new creations/adaptations. The evolution of Shaft studio animation is progressive and always looking for originality, so you can see that 3-Gatsu no Lion is a dynamic slice of life. Due to the ingenuity of its director Akiyuki Shinbou (which it is useless to present to you so much he is present in all Shaft projects) and his staff, you will probably always be surprised by how each feeling, every moment comic or dramatic will be read more
Mar 18, 2017
Sterps (All reviews)
3-Gatsu was originally an anime I started watching because I love Shaft's other animes, but a few episodes in I started watching to follow along on Rei's journey.

8/10 Story:
The story resonates with me a lot. It's like a combination of figuring out life in the present and how to deal with your past at the same time. The story is more than just about shogi, it's more about the player. How he decides what pieces to use, what pieces to move, and try and overcome his next opponent/obstacle. It also applies to his life. He has his new family which currently guards him and read more


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