Welcome, weebs, to Ani-
Oh, wait, this is supposed to be for Ayano. Hmmm, well I suppose it would not be a bad idea to potentially attract some new fans.
Those who know me from my main blog know that my favorite anime is without a doubt “March Comes in Like a Lion.” I initially heard about the show’s first season while it was airing, and after it finished I decided to see if there was anything worth caring about. As it turns out, there was a lot to enjoy and appreciate about the show.
However, it was the series’ second season that made me appreciate the show on a much deeper level than I previously had. While the first took a big dive into Rei’s personal psyche, as well as his emotional well being and complicated relationship with the game of Shogi, the first half of the second season took a noticeably different approach, opting to focus more on a character that, until that point was not too particularly important on her own: Hina
The show focuses on Hina’s trouble in school, where both her friend and eventually her as well, get bullied without much intervention on the part of the school. Meanwhile, Rei is quietly still dealing with his own problems while also regretting the fact that there is little he can do for Hina outside of just talking to her.
It is also in the second season where Rei finally begins to realize that he has family outside of just the people who adopted him. While looking for a way to make some friends, Rei starts a Shogi club. The only problem is, Rei cannot find enough members, or really any. That is until he creates a joint club with the science club members. Eventually, he comes to see his fellow club members as not only friends but people he can trust, which makes it all the sadder when have to graduate.
The Kawamoto sisters also become much more important to him as well. Even despite going through a lot of horrible bullying, Hina, along with Akari and Momo still help out Rei in a lot of ways, whether it be feeding him or just generally taking care of them. In the first season, Rei vows not to rely on the sisters too much, out of fear of losing focus on Shogi. However, after following around Shimada and gaining more experience, he becomes more confident in his skill and relaxes a bit more.
There is so much to love about “March Comes in Like a Lion” from its incredible character arcs, to its scarily accurate depictions of abuse, bullying, and depression. If you have never taken the chance to watch this show before now, you now have a good reason. Plus, if you do not feel like spending any more money, the show is already legally available on Netflix. So, go watch it, like, yesterday.
Goodbye for now,