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March Comes in Like a Lion 

Sangatsu no Lion (original title)
A 17 year old socially awkward orphaned shogi player, dealing with adult problems like financial difficulties, loneliness, and depression.
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Series cast summary:
Kengo Kawanishi Kengo Kawanishi ...  Rei Kiriyama 44 episodes, 2016-2018
Khoi Dao Khoi Dao ...  Rei Kiriyama 41 episodes, 2016-2018
Ai Kayano ...  Akari Kawamoto 32 episodes, 2016-2018
Kana Hanazawa Kana Hanazawa ...  Hinata Kawamoto 32 episodes, 2016-2018
Zach Aguilar ...  Nikaido Harunobu 29 episodes, 2016-2018
Laura Post ...  Akari Kawamoto 29 episodes, 2016-2018
Misaki Kuno Misaki Kuno ...  Momo Kawamoto 28 episodes, 2016-2018
Kayli Mills ...  Hinata Kawamoto 28 episodes, 2016-2018
Nobuhiko Okamoto Nobuhiko Okamoto ...  Harunobu Nikaido 26 episodes, 2016-2018
Xanthe Huynh ...  Momo Kawamoto 25 episodes, 2016-2018
Shigeru Chiba ...  Someji Kawamoto 20 episodes, 2016-2018


A 17 year old socially awkward orphaned shogi player, dealing with adult problems like financial difficulties, loneliness, and depression.

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The Best Slice of Life Anime?
31 December 2020 | by vikram-3996See all my reviews

Firstly this is one of the most underrated anime I have ever come across. Not even the anime blogs that I follow have mentioned about this gem. It might be that since the main lead is a Shogi player and the game is not that popular across the world. But don't let that obstruct you from having a go at this. There are 2 seasons released as of now and the story is still running in the Manga. The 1st season starts off the story introducing us with wide variety of characters, all pretty well structured. We gradually get to know the past and present of Rei Kiriyama and his struggles to lead a life as a pro Shogi player. His relationship with the three Kawamoto sisters are thing to gaze upon. The 2nd season gets deeply into the lives of all the characters and shows how each are overcoming their difficulties to lead a happy life. Especially Hinata's story is the most gripping one as she encounters hardships at school. The dialogues are outstanding in this anime. I would suggest to watch the English dubbed version. They have done a wonderful job in retaining the core emotions in every scene. Overall this anime sure comes into my top 5 favourite anime of all time.

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8 October 2016 (Japan) See more »

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