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March Comes In Like a Lion [Anime]

Post by bomaye on Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:54 pm

Japanese name: 3-Gatsu no Lion

There's 12 episodes so far, it's slated to run for 22.

Genre: Slice of life, comedy, drama, technically it's a sports anime but it's about shogi/Japanese chess so it's not athletics,
From the mangaka who did Honey and Clover, if that means anything to you. There's also a manga version, and the anime does split itself up into the manga chapters, so you can do either and still be able to follow along to the exact minute with someone consuming the "other" version.





Wiki description:

"Rei is a 17-year-old professional shōgi player who lives by himself. He is estranged from his family and has scarcely any friends. Among his acquaintances is a family which consists of a young woman—Akari Kawamoto—and her younger sisters—Hinata and Momo—who also keep several cats. As the story progreses, Rei deals with his maturing as a player and as a person, while developing his relationships with others, especially the Kawamoto sisters."

I'm half-recommending this one.

The half I'm recommending it for is the cinematography and wild swings in feels. The show takes its atmosphere and visual metaphors very, very seriously, so you get a lot of artsy angles, chill music, and backgrounds that reflect on the mood of what's happening. The first 9 minutes of the first episode showcases that with high-budget first episode animation, but even though most of the rest is an as well animated as that, it evokes a similar style. The wild swings in feels, you can go from cute and adorable to a little nostalgic to PTSD to crippingly sad within minutes of each other.

The reason I'm only half-recommending it is for those who actually want a plot or a build-up to a climax, that's not here (as far as I know). It's just day-to-day living of the characters and some of it is adorable and some of it is funny and some of it is revealing sad things that happened to the characters.

Last season, this series came out every week on a busy anime day, like 10 different series that I watched would release new episodes. This one slowly wormed its way into being the one I looked the most forward to on Saturday, or the one where if I was tired or whatever that I'd save for when I could take in the experience better.
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Re: March Comes In Like a Lion [Anime]

Post by Student on Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:38 pm

Best anime in quite a while. I love it.

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Re: March Comes In Like a Lion [Anime]

Post by bomaye on Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:34 am

I've been rewatching the previous season with a person and the wild swings between crippling depression and chill comf are even more impressive the second time around
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Re: March Comes In Like a Lion [Anime]

Post by Enail on Sat Jan 21, 2017 4:19 pm

Watched the first episode

Spoiler:

-intro is so pretty
-the song sounds really familiar
-LOVE the way they're using the b&w style, and the flashes of underwater despair in the middle of normal things
-realllllly slow, but does a great job of creating emotional atmosphere
-March is a weird name for a convenience store
-The sudden tone switch the moment he steps into the girls' yard  Shocked
-the cats Laughing
-how the fuck do Japanese people manage to make even curry pretty?!
-yiiiiikes, that's a dark backstory
-owl-cat
-frantic breakfast and the giant riceball totally uncontained by the tiny little nori rofl
-"I'm an adult so I'm really busy!" Laughing
-Wait. WAIT. They run a wagashi shop?!?! They run a wagashi shop???? Why does this anime know my idyllic life dream?!?  
-She did Spirited Away calligraphy, that's so cute!
-The grandfather complaining about the little one and then immediately going sparkly over her

It's a bit slow, but this is a really charming show! I might try and read the manga to catch up with the anime so that if I get into it I can watch whatever of the show is still to be released by then as it happens.
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Re: March Comes In Like a Lion [Anime]

Post by bomaye on Sat Jan 21, 2017 5:44 pm

Cool

Enail wrote:
Spoiler:

-intro is so pretty
-the song sounds really familiar
-LOVE the way they're using the b&w style, and the flashes of underwater despair in the middle of normal things
-realllllly slow, but does a great job of creating emotional atmosphere
-March is a weird name for a convenience store
-The sudden tone switch the moment he steps into the girls' yard  Shocked
-the cats Laughing
-how the fuck do Japanese people manage to make even curry pretty?!
-yiiiiikes, that's a dark backstory
-owl-cat
-frantic breakfast and the giant riceball totally uncontained by the tiny little nori rofl
-"I'm an adult so I'm really busy!" Laughing
-Wait. WAIT. They run a wagashi shop?!?! They run a wagashi shop???? Why does this anime know my idyllic life dream?!?  
-She did Spirited Away calligraphy, that's so cute!
-The grandfather complaining about the little one and then immediately going sparkly over her

Spoiler:

Older Sister = Ultimate Waifu
Younger Sister = Ideal younger sister and not obnoxious shits like real little sisters are Uh-oh
Littlest Sister = Ultimate cuteness Shiny/thrilled  Shiny/thrilled  Shiny/thrilled

I really liked the opening 9ish minute sequence where Rei is winning a match to promote himself to the next level but just dead inside because he's also wiping out his step-father in the process, and doesn't even say a word until the end of it

And then the wild swing from slow-roast despair into Enail's happy dream-life, that's the thing I like the most about how this show can go from A to B really quick


It's a bit slow, but this is a really charming show! I might try and read the manga to catch up with the anime so that if I get into it I can watch whatever of the show is still to be released by then as it happens.

I'm actually three or four episodes behind myself right now because I got someone else watching it and we've been slowly watching the episodes

Also if you can work it, just keep watching, the manga doesn't have the adorable sound effects and the little girl voices and all that Grin[/quote]
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Re: March Comes In Like a Lion [Anime]

Post by Enail on Sat Jan 21, 2017 6:14 pm

I'm never gonna catch up if I watch, though! But okay.
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Re: March Comes In Like a Lion [Anime]

Post by bomaye on Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:28 am

Quality is better than speed Cool
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Re: March Comes In Like a Lion [Anime]

Post by bomaye on Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:49 pm

Episode 12/Chapter 24

Spoiler:

- Rei's starting to notice the emptiness of his life after staying over with the Kawamoto's when he was sick Sad
- Those awful puns 🤢
- I love that Kiriyama and the other nerd look over the other board in the middle of their own match x)
- GOTOU, THAT WAS THE GUY WHO BEAT HIM UP AND KYOKO SAID SHE WAS WITH

Episode 12/Chapter 25

Spoiler:

- Man, Kiriyama being fighting-mad
- "Stalker-girl", eh?
- Notice how Kyoko was basically discarded by her own father (not totally, but sort of) and now she's going after a similar-looking guy
- THE MADMAN SHOGI CHAIRMAN FROM THE POSCARD :rotf:
- Fucking gives him a lariat before telling him to keep his relationship with Akari quiet because everyone loves her x)
- Death flags for ME, MOMO WANTING HIM TO STAY AND THEN TELLING HIM TO DO HIS BEST JUST DESTROYED MY FEELS
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Re: March Comes In Like a Lion [Anime]

Post by bomaye on Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:31 pm

Episode 13/Chapter 26

Spoiler:

- The background music of Smith's life is amazing. The longer it goes, the funnier it gets :rotf:
- And he doesn't stand a chance against the go-for-it Goto
- Looks like he's got a new cat x)

Episode 13/Chapter 27

Spoiler:

- Rei accidentally bumps a piece and then adjusts it, nice job animation
- Rei feelin that pressure of playing against a non-descript guy
- And it's Nikkaido's big bro? silent
- And Nikkaido wants him to wreck Rei? silent
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Re: March Comes In Like a Lion [Anime]

Post by bomaye on Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:51 pm

Episode 14/Chapter 28

Spoiler:

- Rei getting humbled and not taking it well :/
- Smith's fucking reaction to his cat x)

Episode 14/Chapter 29

Spoiler:

- That self-destruction :/
- "I'm even terrible at depression." ;_;
- Rei's internal monologue about trying to be an adult and failing at being a high school student while sitting on the steps is pretty rough
- And then YELLING TEACHER TO THE RESCUE
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Re: March Comes In Like a Lion [Anime]

Post by Enail on Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:57 pm

E2:

-he's going to wipe the floor with his overdramatic wannabe rival in like 2 seconds, isn't he Laughing
-I wasn't expecting all the over-the-top rivals based on the first episode. It's not a bad thing, but it's a little jarring.
-while his opponent is over-dramatically losing it, it's a nice touch the quieter detail of his hand knocking the pieces off their squares just a little bit
-super-sweet wagashi-maker by day, sexy hostess by...well, also day, I guess, it was daytime a moment ago? It's almost too much perfect waifu-ness.
-holy shit, did she just manipulate the other player into not sponging off of Rei?! She's goooood!
-Dont' get any ideas, kid, she is way too old for you, she acts like a mother to you! Uh-oh
-his expression at the Obon supplies
-to be fair to him, Hina's giant, misshapen monster of an onigiri was pretty terrible Laughing
-what a sweet little scene of the grandfather with Momo, explaining Obon/death while she plays
-I love those cats rofl
-the painted backgrounds are so pretty

The lighthearted segments of this show remind me a little of Yotsuba.
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Re: March Comes In Like a Lion [Anime]

Post by bomaye on Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:34 pm

E2

Spoiler:

Ultimate waifu and ridiculously loud senpai GO

I loved how they caught him and guilted him in the supermarket
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Re: March Comes In Like a Lion [Anime]

Post by Enail on Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:24 pm

bomaye wrote:E2

Spoiler:

Ultimate waifu and ridiculously loud senpai GO
Spoiler:
D-does that mean I can wander about the city catching them all with my phone?

Spoiler:

I loved how they caught him and guilted him in the supermarket
Spoiler:

I was kind of wondering if they were secretly stalking him all day until something guiltable presented itself Uh-oh
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Re: March Comes In Like a Lion [Anime]

Post by bomaye on Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:19 pm

Enail wrote:
bomaye wrote:E2

Spoiler:

Ultimate waifu and ridiculously loud senpai GO
Spoiler:
D-does that mean I can wander about the city catching them all with my phone?

Spoiler:

I think that might be a crime Uh-oh Uh-oh Uh-oh
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Post by bomaye on Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:18 pm

Yeah anyways, if you want to read to catch up, go for it, I just way prefer sound/voice acting/colour <.<

Episode 15/Chapter 30

Spoiler:

- And there it is. The extreme daddy issues and resentment for Rei, but also a weird kind of love of him, because I guess he's what she wishes she was. The "broken glass that you can't fill up" stuff is amazing.
- Thaaaat Shimada/Goto match
- Shimada giving the crazy-fighting spirit eyes for not losing next time, dat Nikkaidou hero-worship

Episode 15/Chapter 31

Spoiler:

- I fucking lol'ed when Gramps and the old guys were thinking back to their fiery youths and the girls didn't get it
- HOLY SHIT THAT SHIMADA/GOTO STAREDOWN rofl
- Those fucking nerds in the bushes going "w-will that be me one day?"
- Teacher-san is the best x)
- Them war-drums and THUMPS as Goto and Shimada make their moves, why is Japanese Chess so dramatic rofl
- Dat Shimada win. Body's ready for round 3
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Re: March Comes In Like a Lion [Anime]

Post by Enail on Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:30 pm

bomaye wrote:Yeah anyways, if you want to read to catch up, go for it, I just way prefer sound/voice acting/colour <.<

Just realized how long it'll take me to get through the episodes, did you? Razz
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Post by bomaye on Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:07 pm

I kind of went like "Oh yeah, she read Berserk instead of watching it" and was like "Eh, might as well" :p
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Post by Enail on Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:10 pm

I do miss the sound and movement, but it just takes so long watching things when you're behind.
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Post by Enail on Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:20 pm

The contrast of emotions isn't as intense in the manga. But on the plus side, manga Momo has almost-constant sparkles and flowers emanating off her, which is adorable.

Manga ch 5-6 (Episode 3:

-A piece of karaage dry on a slice of bread is a pretty sad breakfast Sad
-Little kid Rei is adorable
-Huh, they did a nice job of taking the roundabout route to learning a little about Harunobu
-That panel of Momo pressing her face into Akari's apron is such a spot-on picture of a crabby little kid.
-The Obon nighttime scene was lovely

Ch 7-8 (Episode 4):

-Squash croquette apples and a field of onigiri flowers?? This girl's hardcore!
-Awww, Momo thought Rei was her brother!
-But eugh that's an awkward argument for him to be present for Sad
-Nice page
-Hina sobbing over her un-given bentou and Akari being sweet about it after all
-And then it tastes terrible Laughing
-Harunobu is Totoro?!? Shocked rofl
-....Okay, that was a weird little segment Uh-oh
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Re: March Comes In Like a Lion [Anime]

Post by bomaye on Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:09 am

Enail wrote:The contrast of emotions isn't as intense in the manga. But on the plus side, manga Momo has almost-constant sparkles and flowers emanating off her, which is adorable.

Manga ch 5-6 (Episode 3:

-The Obon nighttime scene was lovely

Spoiler:

Dat moment when Rei realizes that something's not quite right with his emotional reactions Sad


Ch 7-8 (Episode 4):

-Awww, Momo thought Rei was her brother!

Spoiler:

I fucking lol'ed at their freakout realization that they just destroyed Momo's idea that she had an older brother x)


Spoiler:

-Nice page

You'll change your mind on that eventually <.<


Spoiler:

-Harunobu is Totoro?!? Shocked rofl
-....Okay, that was a weird little segment Uh-oh

Spoiler:

In the anime, Momo looked like she was panicking for a sec but then BODORO and all was hilarious

Also Hikari's reaction to Nikkaidou's shape x)

If I could make some recommendations for specific watching at least, I would suggest watching Chapter 17 (second half of Episode 8 ) for how uncomfortable it is, and both Chapters 30 and 31 (all of Episode 15) because I think the anime aesthetic and sound will add a ton to the experience

My favourite chapter is probably 19 (second half of episode 9) but looking back on it, I think the point will get across strongly in written form too[/quote]
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Re: March Comes In Like a Lion [Anime]

Post by Enail on Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:36 pm

bomaye wrote:

Spoiler:

-Nice page

Spoiler:

You'll change your mind on that eventually <.<

Spoiler:
I didn't mean everything's happy and nice there, it didn't exactly seem like it was a good memory, and I'm pretty sure that's the girl from the very first scene of the series, just that it was a nicely done page.



If I could make some recommendations for specific watching at least, I would suggest watching Chapter 17 (second half of Episode 8 ) for how uncomfortable it is, and both Chapters 30 and 31 (all of Episode 15) because I think the anime aesthetic and sound will add a ton to the experience

My favourite chapter is probably 19 (second half of episode 9) but looking back on it, I think the point will get across strongly in written form too


Okay, will do, thanks!
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Post by Enail on Sat Feb 04, 2017 3:32 pm

Ch 9-10 (Episode 5):

-I went to pick up my nephew at preschool once. What felt like a gazillion toddlers turned and stared at me with these enormous eyes like they'd never seen an adult before. It was terrifying Shudder
-Had a younger sister? Sad
-He lied about liking shogi to avoid being abandoned, that's pretty heartbreaking Sad
-What a horrible kid Kyoko is
-Though, with her father's attitude, can't really blame her :\
-That central panel
-And he blames himself for it Sad

Ch11-12 (Ep 6):

-Momo's ideas of where she wants to go are just places she just went, that's so little kid Laughing
-This whole sequence is really well done
-I love his teacher, he's so terrible at being kind Laughing
-Hina is adorable worrying about him and trying not to seem like that's what she's doing

Ch. 13-15 (E7):

-Rei getting all intimidated and using polite language to a middle schooler rofl
-And then landing up totally connecting with him
-The cats Laughing
-Nikaidou's ultra-passionate scolding Laughing
-Aww, he's so happy Hina wants to learn shogi from him
-Nikaidou stealing the spotlight
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Post by bomaye on Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:27 pm

Enail wrote:
Ch 9-10 (Episode 5):

-I went to pick up my nephew at preschool once. What felt like a gazillion toddlers turned and stared at me with these enormous eyes like they'd never seen an adult before. It was terrifying Shudder
-Had a younger sister? Sad
-He lied about liking shogi to avoid being abandoned, that's pretty heartbreaking Sad
-What a horrible kid Kyoko is
-Though, with her father's attitude, can't really blame her :\
-That central panel
-And he blames himself for it Sad

Spoiler:

- Poor excitable dog making Momo cry Sad
- Holding Momo's hand and then PTSDing to holding his sister's hand :/
- I think lying about shogi was a huge gut-punch. We see this shogi genius and shogi's not even a true passion for him, it's a survival mechanism
- Kyoko's an awful person, but it's also awful seeing both her and her brother slowly fall apart as their father "chooses" Rei over them. That moment when the thing about the cuckoo is on and Rei goes "Ah, that's me." Sad


Ch11-12 (Ep 6):

-Momo's ideas of where she wants to go are just places she just went, that's so little kid Laughing
-This whole sequence is really well done
-I love his teacher, he's so terrible at being kind Laughing
-Hina is adorable worrying about him and trying not to seem like that's what she's doing

Spoiler:

- I know, right?
- Also, I know right? x)
- Teacher-kun is voiced by the same guy who did Tosaki in Ajin, so it's a bit funny to hear him trying to be nice and not doing it


Ch. 13-15 (E7):

-Rei getting all intimidated and using polite language to a middle schooler rofl
-And then landing up totally connecting with him
-The cats Laughing
-Nikaidou's ultra-passionate scolding Laughing
-Aww, he's so happy Hina wants to learn shogi from him
-Nikaidou stealing the spotlight

Spoiler:

- Rei becoming just as "KYAAAAAAAAAAAAA" about the boy as Hina is x)
- I love how much they're worried about feeding him and I'm just like "He's a middle school athlete, he just wants A LOT of something"
- BODORO getting a bout of anemia and trying to climb through the screen to pump Rei up x)
- Also now you must suffer with the rest of us Grin
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Re: March Comes In Like a Lion [Anime]

Post by Enail on Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:03 pm

bomaye wrote:
Spoiler:

- I think lying about shogi was a huge gut-punch. We see this shogi genius and shogi's not even a true passion for him, it's a survival mechanism

Spoiler:

Yessss, exactly, this thing that the show is centered around that we assume has got to be some kind of mountain to climb but really it's just a little life raft in the middle of the ocean.

Spoiler:

- Kyoko's an awful person, but it's also awful seeing both her and her brother slowly fall apart as their father "chooses" Rei over them. That moment when the thing about the cuckoo is on and Rei goes "Ah, that's me." Sad

Spoiler:

That whole thing was brutal. And the way he comes to recognize the damage it's causing them, but interprets it as him being responsible, not something awful that the father is doing to all three of them. You don't even get the sense he necessarily realizes that now even though he basically understands how the father ticks.


Spoiler:

- I know, right?

Damn, that's even better than the manga!

Spoiler:

- Teacher-kun is voiced by the same guy who did Tosaki in Ajin, so it's a bit funny to hear him trying to be nice and not doing it

Spoiler:
For some reason, my brain's link went to the wrong place and I thought you meant Yashiro from Boku Dake, and was like brb, burning my computer, not falling for that nice act again Shudder


Ch. 13-15 (E7):

- Also now you must suffer with the rest of us Grin

Spoiler:

Shocked Holy shit that's creepy. Maybe I'm not going to watch any of the anime after all  Uh-oh
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Post by Enail on Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:11 pm

Did the anime for these two:
Episode 8 (Ch 15-17):

-Oops, the last chapter should have been in here. He's even more jealous in the anime!
-Nikaidou is a terrifying but useful friend to have Shiny/thrilled
-Everyone being so moved by Nikaidou's speech Laughing
-this sunset-lit scene is really pretty
-the way his voice goes flat around her, like he's just shrinking himself down smaller inside, and Kyoko acts like everything's normal and friendly.
"I'd stab him in his sleep. Because I love him" Shudder
-Really like the last page in the manga

E9 (Ch 18-19):

-That match against the old guy was agonizing. And hilarious.
-D-do they do the cat song every episode? Uh-oh
-that one blue-lit frozen moment by the river, so pretty
-YES! OLD GUY'S NOT QUITTING, SUCK IT KYOKO!
-Matsumoto's reveal that he doesn't want to quit so he doesn't have to help around the house rofl
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