Now in his second year of high school, Rei Kiriyama continues pushing through his struggles in the professional shogi world as well as his personal life. Surrounded by vibrant personalities at the shogi hall, the school club, and in the local community, his solitary shell slowly begins to crack. Among them are the three Kawamoto sisters—Akari, Hinata, and Momo—who forge an affectionate and familial bond with Rei. Through these ties, he realizes that everyone is burdened by their own emotional hardships and begins learning how to rely on others while supporting them in return.
Nonetheless, the life of a professional is not easy. Between tournaments, championships, and title matches, the pressure mounts as Rei advances through the ranks and encounters incredibly skilled opponents. As he manages his relationships with those who have grown close to him, the shogi player continues to search for the reason he plays the game that defines his career.
Outstanding, just as amazing as its first season.
After watching the first few episodes, it feels like returning to a warm home on a chilly autumn day, being engulfed by the sweet scent of apple pie and hugging my cup of hot cocoa.
Everything is told through such a beautiful way like a poem. Most of the emotions Kiriyama is feeling are presented to us through the art style, which plays a big part in how the story unfolds. It gives off subtle Your Lie in April vibes but without the extreme sadness.
Each episode is composed simply and even without a lot of action with
the plot it still captures my attention. We follow our favorite protagonist from last season, Kiriyama Rei, as he embarks on a new journey. How his life has taken a turn and he now experiences new things he has never felt before.
He starts to feel welcome, realizes his worth, his character has made subtle changes from the beginning and it it heartwarming. Just seeing Kiriyama put thoughts into others and share his life with the sisters is such a wonderful sight. There are many more sights like this in the episodes to come, even if they are after boring shogi scenes you have to plow through them, promise.
As stated previously, the way the style is drawn out captures the plot and conveys every emotion through color. It shows us what is going on inside Kiriyama without him having to give a monologue for us to understand.
The art style in itself is great, I admire how the producers created this masterpiece. Quality points I'd like to make, Kiriyama is stunning in the first few episodes so far, the colors are like watercolor and the lines are fine like ball point pens. Especially the scenery is like a painting. As expected from how fascinating the first season was. Refreshing none the least.
Who knew that a simple scene about making ramune make me cry?
The music captivates my heart and brings me to tears, just remembering the prequel through the reused sounds makes the scenes heartwarming.
The music is very nostalgic and they even kept the preview music from last season. That would have to be one of my favorite parts of the soundtrack.
Our favorite boy, Kiriyama, is wonderful. I much more than just admire him, I relate to him in many ways. The way he grows at his own steady pace, how he is overcoming his loneliness, becoming stronger in his own special ways. Of course the spot light isn't all just this memorable main character, the Kawamoto sisters are very valuable to the plot just as much as Nikaidou and Shimada. Even side characters such as Sensei Takashi are a delight to the plot and to Kiriyama's development.
Each character has their flaws and their strengths, their own personalities and lives we look forward to getting to know. Not one character is without some part of Kiriyama's life. Even if it means antagonists who really force Kiriyama to rethink his actions and push him over the edge. Especially when side character's struggles are just as harsh as the main character's, it shows that they are simply human. It is beautiful and I won't ever forget the characters who taught, not only Kiriyama but me, lessons of life. As in every anime we look forward to watching, this one really hits home with the characters' developments and struggles.
I absolutely adore this series if you couldn't tell. I don't think I will ever stop admiring Kiriyama Rei. Since I did rewatch the first season I expect myself to rewatch this one. The purly subtle humor is always the best and creates a warm feeling of joy unlike most anime who force out jokes and represent comedy through inappropriate subjects. 3-gatsu no Lion does not disappoint with its mixture of emotional scenes and comedy relief moments.
I am truly happy to see Kiriyama finally happy in this season, he is slowly coming to love himself and those around him. He is having fun in high school, slowly opening up from how he was.
This series is very memorable and I hope to see anime styles like this for future anime. Although, the original is always the best.
It has not changed much from its prequel. Capturing my heart with each episode, 10/10, glad Kiriyama crossed the bridge again.
3-gatsu no lion that aired in fall was already a masterpiece, a unique, mature show that had very interesting plot points and characters, it was surprising to see that such a show managed to get a sequel, but apparently it was very famous in japan, which is great. now, 3-gatsu no lion's second season is, in my opinion much better than the first season, don't get me wrong, both seasons are masterpieces, but seeing this one and all the characters advancing and changing, it's simply great to watch.
TL:DR: amazing characters, Good, slice-of-life story, the best music and openings, and of course, SHAFT's art, also known
as a 10/10 without even looking at it.
Story:10/10, for a slice-of-life show, this actually has a story, and surprisingly that story advances. in this season, we see more focus on the side characters and the misery of other characters that aren't rei, there is lots of drama, lots of emotions and bonds developing and most importantly, our main character isn't so gloomy anymore, characters developed and changed, and the story is slowly moving.
Characters:10/10,as if the characters from the first season weren't good enough, this season is even better. in the first season the focus was on Rei,Shimada and his circle of characters, but in this season we see Lots of developement for the side characters as i already mentioned, like Hina and her family, the teacher and by the end of their arc, i'm sure we'll be right back to shimada and the story. though in my opinion, this arc that focuses on the three sisters is the best arc in the series ( the first arc in season one was also fantastic. ) it has lots of emotions,lots of "reality" put into it which is why i loved it alot. i'll keep the "Long" review for when the show is finished but for now this is all i have to say about characters and story.
Art:10/10, it's Shaft. amazing scenery, great camera angles, beautiful character designs and simply perfect art.
Sound:10/10, YUKI sings the opening again and her voice is fantastic as always, it's a very memorable and great song, the ending is by a band that never sung in 3-gatsu no lion before that being Brian the sun, but i'm simply glad this band sung the ending, it's the best song out of the entire series in my opinion, or rather, it's in a draw with every other song as they're all just perfect. the background music is still fantastic, the voice actors have lots of emotions into their voices and are very competent, especially Kana hanazawa as Hina.
Overall:10/10, this show only gets better and better, the rating may change when i finish the show.
Que hay que decir de esta joya, que simplemente es lo mejor que han sacado en los últimos años es un anime que poco a poco te empieza a enamora, gracias a su muy bien desarrollada historia, sus personajes que comienzas a querer con el paso del tiempo, con su increíble animación y hermoso arte, es simplemente un anime que tiene de todo que hay que ver si o si, la verdad no he visto ningun fallo en este anime todo es perfecto, y gracias a su protagonista hace que este anime sea tan increible, es sin duda uno de los mejores animes de todos
gracias a shaft por animar tal joya.
If you thought that the Shogi in season 1 was boring but stuck it out anyway for the melodrama then you are in luck!
For many people season 1 was good and season 2 only gets better. And if you thought that the best part of the show was the MC's inner turmoil then by all means this second season won't let you down! As long as you weren't too attached to Kiriyama Rei that is. We kind of left him behind to pursue other crestfallen and overly dramatic heroes. If you think questions like
"show me the proof" should be followed by 3 full minutes of internal dialogue as a black haze surrounds the horror-struck listener, then it doesn't get better than this!
If you are only in it for the art, be not afraid. They didn't suddenly fire their art team and higher the guy who did Pingpong!
As far as I am concerned, however, this show is a far cry from its predecessor. The plot is a rehashing of the MC's struggle in season 1 but in a MUCH less interesting setting with much less interesting characters. There are entire episodes in which Kiriyama does not appear, because he simply plays no significant role in the plot. The story of the young, struggling, prodigy shogi player stagnates and falls by the wayside. The story of a person battling their inner demons lives on, growing increasingly mawkish to the point that Season 2 is almost a parody of season 1. I had expectations that the story would have to change to move on with Kiriyama. I never imagined that instead the story could remain the same and it is Kiriyama who has been left behind.