3-gatsu no Lion

3-gatsu no Lion3-gatsu no Lion (3月のライオン), also known as March Comes in Like a Lion is the Japanese sport, comedy and drama anime TV series based on the manga series by Umino Chica.

Title: 3-gatsu no Lion
English: March Comes in Like a Lion
Synonyms: Sangatsu no Lion
Japanese: 3月のライオン
Type: TV
Premiered: October 8, 2016
Season: Fall 2016
Broadcast: Saturdays at 23:00 JST
Producers: Aniplex, NHK
Studios: Shaft
Licensed by:
Network: NHK
Genres: Drama, Game, Seinen, Slice of Life
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Others: 3-gatsu no Lion meets Bump of Chicken
Opening Theme: “Answer (アンサー)” by BUMP OF CHICKEN
Ending Theme: “Fighter (ファイター)” by BUMP OF CHICKEN


Director: Shinbo Akiyuki
Sound Director: Kameyama Toshiki
Theme Song Performance: BUMP OF CHICKEN
Music: Hashimoto Yukari
Character Design: Sugiyama Nobuhiro
Art Director: Tamura Seiki
Original Creator: Umino Chika

3-gatsu no Lion Synopsis

Rei Kiriyama is a 17-year-old boy who just lately started living alone, financed by his income as a professional Shogi player. Even though his independence, however, he’s yet to grown up mentally, and his troubles pursue to haunt him in his daily life. His relationship with his adoptive family is stretched, and he has problems interacting with his fellow high school students. Meanwhile, his professional career has moved into a decline. Burdened with the heavy expectations placed on him as the fifth to turn into pro in middle school, 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 simple home, which they warmly greet Rei into as if he were one of their own. Even though his reservations about getting too close to the family, he regularly visits, interacting with them and experiencing the kind of care and attention 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.

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