March Comes in Like a Lion

March Comes in Like a Lion

  • TV-PG
  • 2019
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.4  (1,743)

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.

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Episode 22
22. Episode 22
December 31, 1969
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.
Episode 21
21. Episode 21
December 31, 1969
Hinata is shocked to learn that a favorite classmate will go to high school in another town. The day before her entrance exams, she gets sick.
Episode 20
20. Episode 20
June 7, 2019
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.
Episode 19
19. Episode 19
December 31, 1969
Mikazuki-dou will sell Akari and Hinata's new creation at the summer festival. The event brings back memories for Hinata.
Episode 18
18. Episode 18
December 31, 1969
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.
Episode 17
17. Episode 17
December 31, 1969
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.
Episode 16
16. Episode 16
June 7, 2019
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.
Episode 15
15. Episode 15
June 7, 2019
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.
Episode 14
14. Episode 14
June 7, 2019
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.
Episode 13
13. Episode 13
December 31, 1969
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.
Episode 12
12. Episode 12
June 7, 2019
Takajo's behavior is getting worse. After the previous teacher collapses from stress, Mr. Kokubun decides to hold a parent-teacher meeting.
Episode 11
11. Episode 11
December 31, 1969
As rookie-of-the-year, Rei gets to play a special match against Shogi master Souya. Meanwhile, Shimada plays against Sakurai Nanadan.
Episode 10
10. Episode 10
June 7, 2019
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.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
December 31, 1969
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.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
June 7, 2019
While Rei tries to help Hinata, Mr. Hayashida gives him a friendly warning. Meanwhile, Nikaidou has a medical emergency during the semifinals.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
December 31, 1969
Rei worries about Hinata, who gets so angry she gives herself a nosebleed. At the semifinals, he faces the famous hot-tempered Subaru Hachiya.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
June 7, 2019
Rei visits the Kawamotos and asks Hinata about school. Later, Takahashi, the ace of the baseball team, invites Hinata to play catch together.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
December 31, 1969
Rei talks to his teacher about the bullying issue. After coming up with a solution, he decides to raise funds by winning shogi tournaments.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
December 31, 1969
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.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
June 7, 2019
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.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
December 31, 1969
Rei and Nikaidou are disappointed by the words of some senior shogi players. But Rei has mixed feelings when Gotou confronts them about it.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
June 7, 2019
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.
Description

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 series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (44 episodes). The series first aired on June 4, 2019.

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.

  • Premiere Date
    June 4, 2019
  • IMDB Rating
    8.4  (1,743)