Rei Kiriyama is a 17 year old boy who recently started living alone, financed by his salary as a professional Shogi player. Despite his independence, however, he’s yet to mature emotionally, and his problems continue to haunt him in his daily life. His relationship with his adoptive family is strained, and he has difficulties interacting with his fellow high school students.
Meanwhile, his professional career in Shogi has entered a slump. Burdened with the heavy expectations placed upon him, his wins and losses are fluctuating as his record and progression into the ranks begin to stagnate.
Acquainted with Rei are the three Kawamoto sisters: Akari, Hinata, and Momo. Unlike Rei, they live happily in their modest home, which they warmly welcome Rei into as if he were one of their own. He frequently visits the family, interacting with them and receiving the kind of care and affection he never quite had while under his foster home.
This is the story of Rei’s triumphs and failures, relationships new and old, and his growth as a person.
This is a spoiler free review. I guess?
March comes in like a Lion is filled with important life lessons that is taught to us in style. It has great music, quality animation and a fantastic art style. All of this added with the writing makes for an experience to say the least. I want to also mention that the first episode of this show made my heart ache pretty hard and it didn’t take long to understand why.
Such a beautiful show full of incredible scenery and landscapes. Hard hitting with every emotion and just a brilliant portrayal of loneliness and rebuilding one’s spirit. Love the originality of the concept and after watching it, it was all I could think about. Dark at times but a heartwarming contrast fills almost every scene. One of the best anime I’ve ever watched.
Top that off with a lovely visual aesthetic and amazing visual metaphors, it creates wonderful animation.
The story for this first half of Season 1 works well as a foundation. It introduces many characters whose roles are big and small, but always in an organic way, and for the most part maintains a good balance between the shifting tone of highs and lows throughout. It emphasises Rei’s deeply analytical mind, a key part in understanding his strategic mentality as a top shogi player.
It’s got a meaningful, well paced “slow” pace, meaning there’s constant, small but significant changes/characterization of our characters, which reflects the “speed” of actual human growth and It handles depression very well. How the show never broods on Rei’s dark thoughts, but shows glimpses of it when meaningful, is very impactful.
The second season of March Comes in Like a Lion. This arc is nothing short of impactful, and although it’s heavy, it never becomes painful to watch, something many other drama-oriented series fail to accomplish.
Studio SHAFT empowers storytelling through visual motifs and stunning presentation, bringing everything to life with powerful imagery to reflect the mood each scene portrays. I really enjoyed the second season, the characters are well developed, the plot moves along at a reasonable pace, and it’s more relatable- which can be said of nearly any “slice of life” sub-genred anime.
The blow to it comes from the artwork, which was way more amazing than season 1.
Well there’s no season 3 for now but it is coming soon.I don’t know when maybe next year anyway I’m looking forward to it.
I’ve gotta say each season was just perfect in each way.
March Comes in Like a Lion is a thoughtful series that manages to take many common themes from typical coming-of-age stories and grounds them in a way that resonates. I recommend this series to everyone who loves anime. This series made my week.