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Rei Kiriyama is a 17-year-old boy who recently started living alone, financed by his salary as a professional Shogi player. Despite his independence, however, he's yet to mature emotionally, and his problems continue to haunt him in his daily life. His relationship with his adoptive family is strained, and he has difficulties interacting with his fellow high school students. Meanwhile, his professional career has entered a slump. Burdened with the heavy expectations placed on him as the fifth to become 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 modest home, which they warmly welcome Rei into as if he were one of their own. Despite his reservations about becoming too close to the family, he frequently visits, interacting with them and receiving the kind of care and affection 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.

March Comes in Like a Lion is a Animation & Cartoon, Drama series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (44 episodes). The series first aired on June 4, 2019. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.4.

March Comes in Like a Lion is available for streaming on the NHK website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch March Comes in Like a Lion on demand at Netflix online.

2 Seasons, 44 Episodes
June 4, 2019
Animation & Cartoon, Drama
Cast: Kengo Kawanishi, Khoi Dao, Ai Kayano, Kana Hanazawa
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March Comes in Like a Lion Full Episode Guide

  • For the first time in a long while, Rei visits the Koda family who helped raise him. Later, he invites Hinata and Takahashi out to eat monjayaki.

  • Though she can easily think up new ideas for desserts, Hinata can't seem to focus on her studies. Rei invites her to his school for a summer treat.

  • Mikazuki-dou will sell Akari and Hinata's new creation at the summer festival. The event brings back memories for Hinata.

  • The match that will determine Yanagihara's legacy enters its final stages. Though it looks like Shimada will win, Yanagihara plays with all his might.

  • It's the night before the last match of the tournament. While Yanagihara jokes with an old friend, Shimada sets his sights on a victory.

  • On the way home, Rei and Souya are forced to stop in Sendai because of bad weather. There, Rei begins to discover more about Souya's past.

  • The match between Rei and shogi master Souya has begun. The audience cheers on Rei as he desperately tries to keep up, but he makes a fatal mistake.

  • Yanagihara wins his first shogi match against Shimada. On his way to Shizuoka, Rei fights back nerves as he approaches his first match with Souya.

  • With Mr. Kokubun's help, Hinata's bullying problem may be on its way to a solution. Meanwhile, Hinata gets a letter from her best friend, Chiho.

  • Takajo's behavior is getting worse. After the previous teacher collapses from stress, Mr. Kokubun decides to hold a parent-teacher meeting.

  • As rookie-of-the-year, Rei gets to play a special match against Shogi master Souya. Meanwhile, Shimada plays against Sakurai Nanadan.

  • Yamasaki is dejected when he gets a bad score and his prized racing pigeon goes missing. It turns out he had a lot on his mind during the shogi match.

  • The day before Hinata's school trip, a stomach ache ruins her appetite. Encouraged by Hinata's words, Rei faces Yamasaki Godan at a match in Osaka.

  • While Rei tries to help Hinata, Mr. Hayashida gives him a friendly warning. Meanwhile, Nikaidou has a medical emergency during the semifinals.

  • Rei worries about Hinata, who gets so angry she gives herself a nosebleed. At the semifinals, he faces the famous hot-tempered Subaru Hachiya.

  • Rei visits the Kawamotos and asks Hinata about school. Later, Takahashi, the ace of the baseball team, invites Hinata to play catch together.

  • Rei talks to his teacher about the bullying issue. After coming up with a solution, he decides to raise funds by winning shogi tournaments.

  • Worried about her bullied best friend Chiho, Hinata suggests confronting the teacher about it. But when things get worse, Chiho moves to a new school.

  • Rei is shaken when Nikaidou points out something he hadn't realized. Meanwhile, back at the Kawamoto house, Hinata isn't her usual cheerful self.

  • Rei and Nikaidou are disappointed by the words of some senior shogi players. But Rei has mixed feelings when Gotou confronts them about it.

  • The warm winds of May blow in. As Rei and his friends from the Shogi Club watch a high-profile match on TV, they decide to make a snack of ramune.

  • Rei finds it hard to fit in with his new classmates. Hayashida comes up with the idea of combining the After School Burners Club and the Shogi Club.

  • Rei and Nikaidou go to Shimada's hometown for the Human Shogi Festival. The Kawamotos put their heads together to come up with a new product.

  • Rei suddenly gets asked to be a commentator on the second day of the fourth game. Shimada fights through his stomach pain to go on an all-out attack.

  • When Shimada lived in a snowy village in Yamagata, he worked to play shogi. Rei accompanies Shimada to Kyoto for the fourth game of the championship.

  • Shimada holds a workshop at his house before the third game. The next day, Rei shows up again and tries to offer as much as he can against Shimada.

  • Rei and Nikaidou decide to participate in the festivities before the big opening match. When Rei steps out into the garden at the venue, he sees Souya.

  • Hayashida takes Rei to an after school science club so he can write up a report. Gotou and Shimada compete in their final game of the tournament.

  • Gotou and Shimada face off during the first game of the finals. Rei sees Gotou with Kyouko and recalls the time he left the Kouda residence.

  • Having underestimated Shimada's abilities, Rei runs away from the tournament venue after the match. Shimada considers inviting Rei to his workshop.

  • Rei focuses on the Lion King Tournament after spending New Year's with the Kawamotos. His first opponent is the strong attacker Takeshi Tsujii.

  • On New Year's Eve, Akari, Hinata and Momo check in on the bedridden Rei. Surrounded by their support, Rei realizes he had made those around him worry.

  • Kyouko tells Rei about his upcoming opponent's family circumstances. On his way to the match with Yasui, Rei reflects back on a Christmas memory.

  • Rei prepares to take on Shouichi Matsunaga, a 40-year veteran of shogi. During their match, Rei's opponent makes moves that are hard to read.

  • Despite having become a legitimate pro player earning his own money, Rei feels stuck in a rut after losing his chance to advance to the next level.

  • Rei tells Takahashi about returning to high school after going pro and gets a surprising reaction that resonates with both him and Hinata.

  • Despite having become a legitimate pro player earning his own money, Rei feels stuck in a rut after losing his chance to advance to the next level.

  • After Rei picks her up at preschool, Momo trips and falls. While treating her bruise, Rei remembers the tragic events that led him to his profession.

  • Hinata has a crush on the local baseball ace and wants to make a special homemade bento meal for him. But Akari is critical of her methods.

  • Longtime opponents Rei and Harunobu face off in their first official match, each spurred by the memory of their initial childhood confrontation.

  • Two of Rei's self-professed rivals, Nikaidou and Matsumoto, each make an over-dramatic appearance. Later, some of the players head to Akari's bar.

  • After a match with someone who knows him well, taciturn teenage loner and shogi professional Rei Kiriyama gets a sudden invitation to dinner.