March Comes in Like a Lion
Sangatsu no Lion
Genre: Slice-of-Life, Drama, Sports
Season: Fall 2016
Premiere Date: October 8, 2016


Honey and Clover author Chica Umino began her March comes in like a lion (Sangatsu no Lion) manga in Hakusensha’s Young Animal magazine in 2007. The manga has been given a multitude of accolades, including the Kodansha Manga Award’s prize for general manga in 2011 and the Osamu Tezka Culture Award’s manga prize in 2014. A spinoff manga by Hideaki Nishikawa titled Sangatsu no Lion Shōwa Ibun – Shakunetsu no Jidai began serializing in 2015 with direction from Umino herself. A television anime series and live-action film were announced in September 2015.



This is a gentle story about various people working to get something back.
This is also a story of battle.


Having lost his family in an accident when he was young, the protagonist Rei Kiriyama is a 17-year old pro shogi (Japanese chess) player with great loneliness in his heart. However, when the boy who lives alone in downtown Tokyo meets three sisters named Akari, Hinata, and Momo, his life begins to change…


Rei Kiriyama
Voice: Kengo Kawanishi


The protagonist of the story. A pro shogi player who lives alone in Rokugatsucho. He lives his life in isolation, uninfluenced by others.

Akari Kawamoto
Voice: Ai Kayano


The eldest of the three sisters living in Sangatsucho. As the Kawamoto family has no parents, she is the sole provider for her sisters. She’s good at cooking and looking after others.

Hinata Kawamoto
Voice: Kana Hanazawa


The middle of the three sisters. A second-year in middle school with a bright and hard-working personality. She’s not that great at cooking.

Momo Kawamoto
Voice: Misaki Kuno


The youngest of the three sisters, who attends preschool. A bit of a crybaby, she loves Rei.

Takashi Hayashida
Voice: Takahiro Sakurai

The shogi-loving teacher in charge of Rei’s class at his high school. He dotes on Rei because he isn’t fitting in at school.

Harunobu Nikaidō
Voice: Nobuhiko Okamoto

Having played shogi with Rei since a young age, Harunobu is Rei’s rival and nominal best friend. Despite having a body with a weak constitution, he is a ball of energy who puts his everything into shogi.

Kyōko Kōda
Voice: Marina Inoue

The eldest daughter of the Kōda household and Rei’s elder stepsister. She has somewhat of a love-hate relationship with Rei due to him stealing her father’s favor away from her.

Where to Watch

Daisuki North America, Central America, Europe (except German, French, and Italian-speaking countries)
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Director: Akiyuki Shimbou
Character Design: Nobuhiro Sugiyama
Music: Yukari Hashimoto
Art Direction: Seiki Tamura
Art Setting: Yasuhiro Nakura
Sound Director: Toshiki Kameyama
Opening Theme Song: “Answer” by BUMP OF CHICKEN
Animation Production: SHAFT


Kengo Kawanishi as Rei Kiriyama
Ai Kayano as Akari Kawamoto
Kana Hanazawa as Hinata Kawamoto
Misaki Kuno as Momo Kawamoto
Nobuhiko Okamoto as Harunobu Nikaidō
Marina Inoue as Kyōko Kōda
Yoshimasa Hosoya as Yūsuke Takahashi
Shinichirō Miki as Kai Shimada
Tomokazu Sugita as Tatsuyuki Misumi
Subaru Kimura as Issa Matsumoto
Shigeru Chiba as Someji Kawamoto
Tōru Ōkawa as Masachika Kōda
Takahiro Sakurai as Takashi Hayashida

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