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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.

Note: Was nominated for the 2nd Annual Manga Taishō in 2009 and won this award in 2011.
Won the Kodansha Manga Award in the general category (shared with Space Brothers) in 2011 and won the Grand Prize of the 18th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2014.


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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.40 by Be With You Scans (4d ago)
v.4 c.39 by Be With You Scans (20d ago)
v.4 c.38 by Be With You Scans (33d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (338 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.52 / 10.0
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March 15th 2015, 4:57pm PST

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Young Animal (Hakusensha)

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6 Month Pos #525 increased(+125)

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How I wish more was translated   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by great_k
October 16th, 2014, 9:05am
This is a great slice of life manga.
The character dynamics are so interesting, Rei's relationship with the other cast of characters through the course of the manga is really engaging. I love how these relationships are explored.

I do wish that Rei would raise his shoji game as his career really seems to have stalled after the first few volumes up until the current raw chapters. Hopefully he will start to make a comeback sooner rather than later.

I only have 2 criticisms to make:
The pace of the mange slows down considerably after the first few volumes as the manga focuses on the different shoji players besides Rei. Most of which I don't care about. Feels a lot like the shonen element of showing the past/perspective of each enemy our heroes face in shonen manga, even the small fry.
My second gripe is that so little of the manga has been translated. Only 38 out of 104 chapters have been translated. If this had been translated at a greater rate over the years, I am sure it would have been a lot more popular outside of Japan.

... Last updated on October 16th, 2014, 9:10am
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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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