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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 the 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
3 Gatsu no Lion
El león de marzo
Leão de Março
March Comes in Like a Lion
Marcowy Lew
Maret Datang Seperti Singa
Março vem como um leão
Sangatsu no Lion
Sư Tử Tháng 3
Un marzo da leoni
Мартовский лев
يَحٍلُ مارس كالأسد

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

Latest Release(s)
v.15 c.158 by Hi wa Mata Noboru 13 days ago
v.15 c.157 by Hi wa Mata Noboru about 1 month ago
v.15 c.156 by Hi wa Mata Noboru 2 months ago
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in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 9, Chap 89 (Season 2)

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (465 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.56 / 10.0

Last Updated
May 19th 2019, 8:07pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Young Animal (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher

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Weekly Pos #334 increased(+76)
Monthly Pos #374 increased(+48)
3 Month Pos #382 decreased(-127)
6 Month Pos #231 decreased(-9)
Year Pos #233 increased(+24)

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3-Gatsu no Lion is crazy varied and crazy good, but man, shogi is confusing.  
by Swifft
May 21st, 2017, 1:11pm
Rating: N/A
I wrote a long review on this series and I believe it came across sounding more negative than positive, but I honestly feel that it's an extremely good manga. It took me a while to actually really enjoy 3-gatsu and even after I started I found that I was a bit miffed how I didn't understand the shogi games. This isn't the manga's fault, but my own, as I'm no good at and not interested in strategic board games. Still, the series covers many different, depressing subjects in a very interesting way and despite all the sadness, it's still rather hopeful. Characters grow, relationships strengthen... it's just all very good.

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The Best!  
by cecropiamoth
September 1st, 2015, 2:10pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I've read literally thousands of manga over the last 6 years, and I've concluded that some creators of it have a sense if what human beings are like, both externally AND internally, and some only can imagine the surface. By "internally", I mean that some can imagine the feelings of a different person from themselves, and some can't. Umino Chica is one who can. Often in reading this series I've found myself crying—and not always out of sadness. It's just so REAL, and that's why it's moving.

For example, there's a small arc where the MC tries to take on a guy who's involved with his sister. If you're a man, you can imagine doing that stupid thing even where the guy is an older, bigger man—and you can imagine the result. Most of all, you can imagine the resulting shame. This mangaka apparently can too, even though she's a woman. The exchange is depicted realistically, and then we are permitted to picture how the MC feels afterward. No explanation is given, and none is necessary. As often happens in Japanese written fiction, the storyteller lets the events speak for themselves.

This creator does that often, and on top of that, she can think up many interesting events to have happen. She also has a lot of ability to draw cute people, expressions, and animals. Check out, for example, the cats who make little comments from time to time—and the adorable littlest sister.

All in all, it's a winning package. And thanks to Be With You Scans for sticking with it!

... Last updated on September 1st, 2015, 2:15pm
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How I wish more was translated  
by great_k
October 16th, 2014, 9:05am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
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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by Azure_1802
August 13th, 2014, 5:19am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
i normally don't like dramas, but this manga is exceptable
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Great manga to read  
by nimoniyu
August 12th, 2014, 4:55am
Rating: N/A
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?  
by melquiades
August 20th, 2012, 7:04pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
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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by frozensins
June 17th, 2012, 9:12pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
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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by Oriolidae
June 14th, 2012, 3:45pm
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
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+  
by tacit
August 1st, 2011, 9:25am
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
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  
by makasar
February 22nd, 2011, 10:26pm
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
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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