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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
Sư Tử Tháng 3
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.13 c.127-139 by Hi wa Mata Noboru 4 months ago
v.12 c.115-126 by Hi wa Mata Noboru about 1 year ago
v.11 c.105-114 by Hi wa Mata Noboru about 1 year ago
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Status in Country of Origin
13 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 5, Chap 45 (S1)

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (437 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.64 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 9th 2018, 8:53am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Young Animal (Hakusensha)

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Monthly Pos #348 decreased(-23)
3 Month Pos #313 increased(+14)
6 Month Pos #250 increased(+72)
Year Pos #304 increased(+11)

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Forum Posts
March comes in like a lion gets 2nd TV Anime in October 10 months ago
Got Tv series and Live action over 2 years ago
March comes in like a lion Gets Spinoff Manga Set in 1969 over 2 years ago
How much romance? over 5 years ago
So does the guy over 8 years ago

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The Best!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cecropiamoth
September 1st, 2015, 2:10pm
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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