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3-gatsu no Lion  
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A youth named Kiriyama 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 (Akari, Hinata, Momo), who hail from a working-class district of the city, and little by little his frozen heart begins to thaw.

Note: Nominated for the 2nd Annual Manga Taishou 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
March Comes in Like a Lion
Sangatsu no Lion
Un marzo da leoni

Groups Scanlating
Be With You Scans
Curry Farmer
Hi wa Mata Noboru
Mikazuki Scanlations

Latest Release(s)
v.12 c.115-126 by Hi wa Mata Noboru (154d ago)
v.11 c.105-114 by Hi wa Mata Noboru (260d ago)
v.10 c.95-104 by Hi wa Mata Noboru (268d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 5, Chap 45 - S01

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (411 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.54 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 18th 2017, 2:51pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Young Animal (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #242 decreased(-52)
Monthly Pos #203 increased(+54)
3 Month Pos #282 increased(+56)
6 Month Pos #291 decreased(-74)

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On 1246 wish lists
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March comes in like a lion gets 2nd TV Anime in October 10 days, 2 hours, 17 minutes ago
Got Tv series and Live action 556 days, 16 hours, 22 minutes ago
March comes in like a lion Gets Spinoff Manga Set in 1969 720 days, 17 hours, 34 minutes ago
How much romance? 1837 days, 20 hours, 21 minutes ago
So does the guy 2660 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes ago

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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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Shows much potential   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by smearedink
October 8th, 2008, 4:47pm
This series, although only having six chapters, shows much potential as to be expected from Umino Chika. I can see that this is going to be unique because the reader does not have a firm grasp on the genre of this novel and it can really go anywhere as of now. Here's to an update soon, and that the project will sustain.
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I want more...   
Rating: N/A
August 25th, 2008, 8:05pm
I wish for more chapters. I really like how the story is going so far. I want to know what's going to happen next because the characters have their own issues to deal with and it is interesting to see what they will do when the time comes that they have to face it.
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Rating: N/A
by Dubby
February 21st, 2008, 10:14pm
Of course it looks shoujo-ish! The mangakas last series was Honey and Clover, a josei manga/anime. People don't just suddenly pop out new genre-cliches artstyles out their asses

But the manga itself seems interesting so far =D We'll see how it goes from there
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rpgotaku
January 24th, 2008, 4:09pm
well...drawinig style looks kind of shoujo-ish...but interesting story...something i'd read...haven't seen the romance part come in yet but if it turns out how i wish it would...i'd give it a 10...but...we'll see..lates
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Rating: N/A
by newbie56k
November 29th, 2007, 5:05pm
do u know how cuute that plot sounds??
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