March comes in like a lion, but… in October?
Earlier today, NHK started streaming a new promotional video for March comes in like a lion (Sangatsu no Lion). The two-minute “highlight introduction” teaser offers a first glimpse of the show in motion, intercut with interviews with the voice cast.
The footage was first shown yesterday, on NHK’s NHK Premap show.
March Comes in Like a Lion is based on Chika Umino’s manga of the same name. The series will be 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!) is scoring the show’s soundtrack.
The confirmed voice cast includes:
- Rei Kiriyama: Kengo Kawanishi
- Akari Kawamoto: Ai Kayano
- Hinata Kawamoto: Kana Hanazawa
- Momo Kawamoto: Misaki Kuno
- Harunobu Nikaido: Nobuhiko Okamoto
March Comes in Like a Lion will hit Japanese TV on October 8. NHK currently lists the series as having 22 episodes. Two theatrical films based on the property are also in the works, which will star Ryunosuke Kamiki, and feature direction by Keishi Otomo. Both films are scheduled for 2017 premieres.
The title revolves around Rei, a 17-year-old professional shogi player. Rei is a bit of a hermit, who doesn’t have a real family, and keeps few friends. Among those who he calls friends, though, is a small family that includes a young woman named Akari, two young girls named Hinata and Momo, and their many cats.