3-gatsu no Lion
March Comes in Like a Lion
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3-gatsu no Lion

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Synonyms: Sangatsu no Lion, Lion of March
Japanese: 3月のライオン
English: March Comes in Like a Lion
Spanish: El león de marzo
French: March comes in like a lion
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Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Jul 13, 2007 to ?
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Themes: Childcare Childcare, Iyashikei Iyashikei, Strategy Game Strategy Game
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Young Animal
Authors: Umino, Chika (Story & Art)


Score: 8.901 (scored by 1587815,878 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #212
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #231
Members: 56,206
Favorites: 3,681

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Rei Kiriyama is an extraordinary shogi player. Among the few elites to have gone professional as a middle school student, he is considered a genius. But what lies behind his prodigious facade is a teenage boy who suffers immense pressure from both his family, and from the high expectations from the shogi community. Rei moves out to live a more independent life away from his family, but his unorganized lifestyle and unsociable personality show no signs of improvement.

However, in a twist of fate that will prove to be a turning point in his life, Rei then encounters the Kawamoto sisters—the motherly Akari, the passionate Hinata, and the energetic Momo—who take great care of him. 3-gatsu no Lion tells the story of Rei as he reshapes his melancholic life and picks up the courage to begin facing the problems he evaded during his past.

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3-gatsu no Lion was nominated for the 2nd Manga Taisho Award in 2009 and in 2011, won the 4th Manga Taisho Award and the 35th Kodansha Manga Award in the general category (shared with Uchuu Kyoudai). In 2014, the series won the Grand Award of the 18th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.

The series has been published in Spanish by ECC Cómics since October 31, 2017, and in Italian by Planet Manga since Febraury 13, 2011.

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Sep 24, 2016
czxcjx (All reviews)
The failure of a sports manga, or a sports story, comes when the activity is segregated from human perception and life itself.

There’s one scene in the completely over the top TV series Aoi Honoo where Honoo realizes that the secret to Adaichi Mitsuru’s success as a sports writer was that he wasn’t writing sports manga at all – but school manga. This, to me, is the secret to making a sports story shine – the activity must be an excuse to develop human emotions, because this aspect is where it really sticks inside your head beyond the mere manipulation of parts.

I find the same idea read more
Feb 2, 2012
CherishAnime (All reviews)
Another masterpiece from the wonderful insightful Chika Umino, the creator of the very successful series Honey and Clover. She really knows how to stir you up in emotions with her unique characters and plot.

Story: What would life be like at the age of seventeen, living on your own with no real family and having to play Shogi to earn a living? This is the life of Rei Kiriyama, who is an introverted quietly awkward boy that’s been through so many traumas in his past, that it makes your heart swell. He is also a professional player of a Japanese board game called Shogi, which gives read more
Oct 25, 2015
Nervin (All reviews)
Losing your parents at a young age can influence your later life significantly. Luckily for the protagonist Rei, he is taken in by a family. How did it affect his life, and the relations with other people? From the creator of Honey & Clover, comes the manga "3-gatsu no Lion", a slice of life manga which incorporates dramatic elements.

As mentioned earlier, due to Rei losing his parents, his life is thrown upside down. Insecurity and loneliness plagues his everyday life, even when living in an adopted family, being shogi his only scapeway to avoid confronting his new-found life. Obviously showing talent in Shogi, he ranks read more
Nov 5, 2015
SodiumChloride (All reviews)
Sangatsu No Lion is a good manga that is less talked about than many others that it is superior to .

Perhaps it's because of its synopsis which fails at being eye-catching .In any case this is not bad or boring provided you don't dislike slice of life .

On to the review then .

Story - 7
Being slice of life in its purest form ,Sangatsu No Lion doesn't exactly have what you can call a major plot line .This is just the story of a high school shogi pro with family issues .Like a biography ,you cannot exactly pick a point that represents the story even if read more

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