If you’re a fan of anti-mainstream anime storyline, which also have mental health awareness slipped on its story, you might get familiar with March Comes In Like a Lion, as this anime is not only telling you a usual slice-of-life storylines, but also depicting mental health issues in their story.
March Comes In Like a Lion is a romantic and slice-of-life anime series. It was adapted from the manga of the same name, written and illustrated by Chica Umino. The manga was first published in 2016 and soon got adapted into a television anime series in October 2016 produced by Aniplex, Toy’s Factory, Asmik Ace, and Shaft. On 2017, the series then got adapted as a Live Action movie.
So far, the series has two seasons and it was originally aired on NHK G and the anime is also licensed by Aniplex of America. Its popularity also spiked up as the anime made it to the Netflix list, Cruchyroll, and Funimation.
March Comes In Like a Lion also won the Manga Taisho, the Kondansha Manga Award’s general category, the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize’s Grand Price, and the manga division’s Grand Prix of Japan’s Media Arts Festival.
The story has been praised for the psychological depiction of its characters. The anime adaptation also has been overall well received, but it’s art-style received polarized viewers. The anime that has a depressing story makes the viewers hungry, waiting for March Comes In Like a Lion Season 3.
March Comes In Like a Lion: A Quick Recap
March Comes In Like a Lion has a rather depressing story. Focusing on the life of Rei, a famous 17 year-old Shogi player, he is very emotional, and even a little depressed. This happened after his biological family died where then he has problems with his adoptive family. Worse, his emotionally immature personality even prevents him from overcoming these problems.
After he moved to Tokyo himself, Rei makes friends with the three sisters (Akari, Hinata, and Momo) that was originally his neighbors while he’s living his own life. Unlike Rei, the sisters are full of joy, living with their grandfather and maintaining their joy despite the hard living conditions. Rei is also having apathy. which is lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern.
Rei endures the stress of being a professional Shogi player while trying to unravel family relationships. The series wants to tell whether if these three sisters can make Rei have enough ability to change his outlook on all events in life.
Will There Ever Be March Comes In Like a Lion Season 3?
There are a few questions remain between the viewers: “Will There Ever Be March Comes In Like a Lion Season 3?”, “When is March Comes In Like a Lion Release Date?”
Season 1 and 2 of March Comes In Like a Lion gave us 22 episodes. However, the fans are still not satisfied and demandingly want to see more of this series. The previous seasons got positive critical reviews as well as the viewers reviews.
March Comes In Like a Lion Season 3: Release Date
So far, there has been no official updates whether or not Shaft will make another season of March Comes In Like a Lion or not. But, the manga is still running now and there is definitely enough material for March Comes In Like a Lion Season 3. The 15 volumes published by the manga illustrated by Chica Umino have a total of 166 chapters, and the second season of the anime series ended on chapter 88 of it’s manga ninth volume. This means the producers still have 88 more chapters to make March Comes In Like a Lion Season 3.
Even though the popularity of the anime did fade within the second season, giving the disc sales meeting a noticeable drop, the fan interest will hopefully be enough to give Shaft inspiration to make another season.
March Comes In Like a Lion Visual
March Comes In Like a Lion Characters and Cast
|Akari Kawamoto||Ai Kayano|
|Hinata Kawamoto||Kana Hanazawa|
|Rei Kiriyama||Kengo Kawanishi|
|Raido Fujimoto||Akio Ohtsuka|
March Comes In Like a Lion Action
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.