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3-gatsu no Lion  
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A youth named Kiriama Rei, who lost his family as a child, endures loneliness to become a professional shogi player. Then, through a chance meeting, he develops a relationship with the three Kawamoto sisters, who hail from a working-class district of the city, and little by little his frozen heart begins to thaw.


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Associated Names
Мартовский лев
3 Gatsu no Lion
3gatsu no Lion
Lion of March
March Comes in Like a Lion
Sangatsu no Lion
The Lion of March
Un marzo da leoni

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Latest Release(s)
v.4 c.35 by Be With You Scans (15d ago)
v.4 c.34 by Be With You Scans (31d ago)
v.4 c.33 by Be With You Scans (38d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
9 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (314 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.52 / 10.0
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September 11th 2014, 9:03am PST

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Serialized In (magazine)
Young Animal (Hakusensha)

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Azure_1802
August 13th, 2014, 5:19am
i normally don't like dramas, but this manga is exceptable
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Great manga to read   
Rating: N/A
by nimoniyu
August 12th, 2014, 4:55am
Differently of the past opinions, from the first time I saw this manga and star reading I got hook. The style of the drawing is smooth and clean, love the pace in which is unfold, the characters are very centered. Didn't notice that it has been a long run since I started this manga but still worth the wait.
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Shoujo? where?   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by melquiades
August 20th, 2012, 7:04pm
Seriously, people should stop judging manga by the art.
This is SEINEN... just look at the magazine it is serialized.
Demographics are not genres, it just says "directed to".

i'm glad scanlators keep bringing us this great manga, it has a very nice feeling for me...
an uminoish-feeling :3
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by frozensins
June 17th, 2012, 9:12pm
At first I wasn't planning on reading this since the art didn't appeal to me (I'm quite busy so I have to choose what I read wisely). Nonetheless, I got some extra time on my hands and now I simply adore this work. It's well worth the time.
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Oriolidae
June 14th, 2012, 3:45pm
This is... really good. The story does have a slow start, but after six or seven chapters, it starts rolling. I read it up to volume three in one go, completely immersed in Kiriyama Rei's world. Rei is often caught in his own pool misery (which is justifiable, since he's been through some tough times), but he slowly learns that he isn't the only one feeling lonely, confused and unsure of himself. This story is slowly dealing with the wounds of his past, and it is beautifully executed.

I really like this story, and I'm impatiently looking forward to the next chapter release. smile
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Read till c40+   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by tacit
August 1st, 2011, 9:25am
I couldn't get into Sangatsu no Lion the first time I tried it, but it proved to be a lovely manga, especially after the story develops. "Slow but touching" is a spot-on description of this manga. I felt that Sangatsu no Lion was realistic, actually, and I could relate to Rei, especially his thoughts and feelings about shogi. (I play a board game too.)
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slow but touching   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by makasar
February 22nd, 2011, 10:26pm
this is a very down to earth slice of life story... the characters are simple and yet at the same time so deep. Each with their own strength and complex.. The main character is a strong shogi player, but his own complex (feeling of unworthyness as a human being, inferiority complex, etc) makes the appeal.
His interaction with the kind people he met brings him into the journey of his life to search of his own identity..

i doubt many people will like this series with its pacing, but if youre a more slice of life reader, that likes believable characters and strong interactions, this may be your cup of tea
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Rating: N/A
by Hell_Clues
December 29th, 2010, 5:31am
At times I felt the character was a little blase. Depression doesn't do that to a person, and his tragedy happend long ago. When it comes to seinen manga, often times it seems that the manga-ka thinks that making a character like that is more realistic when it isn't.

But it doesn't happen all the time due to the comic having touches of humour. The drama is controlled, so it's not going wild. The character reminiscences about some truely sad moments, and I think that's fine enough as something that truely does happen.

Like Crenshinibon said, the art is a little flowery. I did a double check to see if its maybe listed as josei. It barely affects the art outside the main characters, and that's only rarely. The fact that the manga doesn't go out of its way to use him like that means most "shots" aren't positioned for that effect.

This is a good read.It doesn't put you in a particular mood like very depressive or overly happy. Instead it takes you, moment from moment, to whatever feeling is appropriate.
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I can't stand Nikaidou!!!   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by PaterFrog
September 15th, 2010, 8:09am
Before that ***hole Nikaidou entered the story, I would've given it a 10 out of 10. However after an insensitive bast*** ***hole like him came along, I'm demoting this whole thing a full 5 points. Kill him or get rid of him otherwise, but I can't stand that ****ed up shi* of an idiot that repeatedly and always destroys the mood this manga managed to give me. -.-

... Last updated on September 15th, 2010, 8:10am
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Absolutely Fantastic   
Rating: 8.6 / 10.0
by Crenshinibon
April 28th, 2010, 9:45pm
I'm going to be honest and admit something a little embarrassing: it took me a couple tries to really get into sangatsu no lion. I'm not quite sure what it was that initially made things difficult for me. Maybe it's just that the plot seems so superficial at first glance. The whole setup is laden with cliches and rife with the potential for petty melodrama. Initially I think I just wrote it off as such.

The reality, however, is quite different. Reading a little more closely, there's a strange depth to the storytelling. My personal impression is that this is the result of the script being written almost in the style of a novel- unlike we usually see with most continuous projects, there are very clear events that seem to have been planned meticulously in advance, all gradually progressing towards a highly intentional ending. As a result, the pacing is fantastic. Everything has relevance, and the atmosphere is changed in order to deftly guide the reader's interpretation. Even the aforementioned cliches to the setup are wonderfully subverted by infusing reality into the personalities and situations, and lightening the melodrama with appropriate touches of humor.

The art, while slightly flowery for a seinen project, still suits the environment perfectly well, and its technical aspects are up-to-snuff.

Give it a read.
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