So, March came in like a lion, and it’s here to stay. Maybe it’ll sleep on the couch, watch some Netflix, and charge a $600 Blu-Ray set to your credit card.
Earlier today, the first season of March Comes in Like a Lion (Sangatsu no Lion) ended its run. The end of the episode featured a 20-second teaser, which announced that a second series was greenlit for production.
The title will première on NHK-General in October. The first season of March Comes in Like a Lion will re-air on NHK’s E-Tele channel on Fridays, starting April 7, at 7:25PM.
March Comes In Like A Lion is based on Chika Umino’s manga of the same name. The first series was helmed by Akiyuki Shimbo (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Hidamari Sketch, Monogatari series) at SHAFT, with character designs by Nobuhiro Sugiyama (Nisekoi, Arakawa Under the Bridge). Yukari Hashimoto (Penguindrum, Toradora!) scored the show’s soundtrack.
Aniplex of America currently holds the domestic rights to March Come in Like a Lion. Crunchyroll streamed the show as it aired in Japan. They describe it as:
This is a gentle tale about people trying to regain something.
And it is a tale of battle.
The main character, Rei Kiriyama, lost his family in an accident when he was young. Now he is a 17-year-old pro shogi player who is burdened with deep loneliness. Rei lives alone in an old town in Tokyo, but after becoming acquainted with three sisters, Akari, Hinata and Momo, he begins to change little by little…