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Sangatsu no Lion 

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




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Kengo Kawanishi Kengo Kawanishi ...  Rei Kiriyama 44 episodes, 2016-2018
Khoi Dao Khoi Dao ...  Rei Kiriyama 41 episodes, 2016-2018
Ai Kayano Ai Kayano ...  Akari Kawamoto 32 episodes, 2016-2018
Kana Hanazawa Kana Hanazawa ...  Hinata Kawamoto 32 episodes, 2016-2018
Zach Aguilar 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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8 October 2016 (Japan) See more »

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3 Gatsu no Lion See more »

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One of the best "slice of life" anime
24 September 2018 | by ste_palomSee all my reviews

Making a truly great slice of life anime is not easy, while other genres like shounen or seinen can rely on action to make their stories more entertaining, the quality of a slice of life show depends almost only on the strength of their characters. Fortunately there are some truly great shows of this genre and March comes in like a lion(which a very bad translation of "3-gatsu no Lion") is definitely one of the best shows of this genre. The first season of the show centers more on it's protagonist which is a 17 year old shogi professional player called Rei Kiriyama. If an anime about shogi might seem like a boring idea don't worry because shogi is only used as a tool to tell the story of Rei and the people around him. This is more a coming of age story that deals with themes like depression and lonelines than just been a show about shogi. The character development of Rei throught both seasons of the show is one of the strongest points of the anime, but is not it's most impressive. This anime shines even more when we get into specific story arcs from other characters which are in my opinion some of the best pieces of storytelling I have ever seen in any anime. The mangaka which created the original story in which this anime is based on has a incredible ability to introduce a new character and immediately give us a reason to care about him/her thanks to the fantastic character development that this mangaka gives to the characters. Apart from the great storytelling and character development that this show has, this anime is very well directed. The themes of show are very well represented thanks to the beautiful art and animation that this show has. The soundtrack is also very appropiate for this type of story. Overall, this a very well directed and very well animated story about people just dealing with their problems and doing their best to continue living. Definitely one of the best slice of life anime ever produced.

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