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March Comes In like a Lion
Sangatsu no Lion.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume
(Sangatsu no Raion)
GenreComing-of-age,[1] romance,[2] slice of life[3]
Written byChica Umino
Published byHakusensha
MagazineYoung Animal
Original runJuly 13, 2007 – present
Volumes15 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by
Written by
  • Shaft[a] (Composition)
  • Akiyuki Shinbo (Composition)
  • Yukito Kizawa (Scripts)
Music byYukari Hashimoto
Licensed by
Original networkNHK G
English network
TV Japan (subtitled)
Original run October 8, 2016 March 31, 2018
Episodes44 (List of episodes)
Live-action films
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

March Comes In like a Lion (Japanese: 3月のライオン, Hepburn: Sangatsu no Raion, lit. "The Lion of March"), is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Chica Umino, best known for Honey and Clover.[4][5] It began serialization in Hakusensha's seinen manga magazine Young Animal from its fourteenth issue in 2007 (published on July 13, 2007).[6]

Hakusensha aired a television commercial announcing the series on numerous Japanese television stations, also posting it on its official website.[4] Fifteen tankōbon volumes of the series have been released as of December 2019. An anime television adaptation by Shaft aired between October 8, 2016 and March 18, 2017 on NHK, with a second season airing from October 14, 2017 to March 31, 2018.[7][8][9] A two-part live-action film adaptation was released in March and April 2017.

The manga has commentary by professional shogi player Manabu Senzaki on shogi rules and culture.


The series is set in Tokyo, following the everyday life of a 17-year-old shōgi player, Rei (lit. "Zero").[4] Umino based the setting of March Comes In like a Lion on research she conducted herself, whereas she was already familiar with the setting for her earlier work, Honey and Clover.[5]

Rei lives by himself, his parents and younger sister died in an accident, he is estranged from his foster family and has scarcely any friends. Among his acquaintances is a family consisting of three sisters—Akari, Hinata, and Momo Kawamoto—who also keep several cats. As the story progresses, Rei deals with his maturing as a player and as a person, while developing his relationships with others, especially the Kawamoto sisters.


Main characters[edit]

Rei Kiriyama (桐山 零, Kiriyama Rei)
Voiced by: Kengo Kawanishi (Japanese); Khoi Dao (English)[10][11]
Played by: Ryunosuke Kamiki
The protagonist of the series. 17 years old at the beginning of the series, later turns 18. A five dan in the beginning of the series, he is later promoted to six dan. Rei became a professional shōgi player while in middle school and his achievements soon made him one of the most promising players of his generation. After his parents and sister died in a traffic accident, he was taken in by his father's friend Kōda and became his apprentice in shōgi. After becoming a professional shōgi player and completing middle school, he decided to become independent and not attend high school. However, after feeling a "need" to attend school, Rei joins a high school after a one-year delay. He lives in the city of Rokugatsu-chō (June town).
Akari Kawamoto (川本 あかり, Kawamoto Akari)
Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese); Laura Post (English)[10][11]
Played by: Kana Kurashina
A resident of Sangatsu-chō (March town), she is the eldest of three sisters. After her mother's death, she starts taking care of her two younger sisters. In the morning, she helps her elderly grandfather run a traditional wagashi (Japanese confectionery) shop, Mikazuki-dō, while in the evening, she works as a hostess for a bar in Ginza, Misaki, which her aunt manages. Akari gets acquainted with Rei when she finds him on the street when his older shogi rivals got him drunk and abandoned him; she takes him to her home and looks after him all night, which starts Rei's close relationship with the family. She often calls Rei "Rei-kun".
Hinata Kawamoto (川本 ひなた, Kawamoto Hinata)
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese); Kayli Mills (English)[10][11]
Played by: Kaya Kiyohara
The second of the three sisters. A middle school student. She sleeps in late in the mornings till the very last minute and often makes bentos by herself. She calls Rei "Rei-chan". Like her elder sister Akari, she likes taking care of Rei, who develops romantic feelings for her as the series progresses. She has a strong loyalty towards her friends and family. She aspires to be as mature as her sister when she gets older. Later she graduates from middle school, enrolls at the same high school where Rei studies and starts dating him.
Momo Kawamoto (川本 モモ, Kawamoto Momo)
Voiced by: Misaki Kuno (Japanese); Xanthe Huynh (English)[10][11]
Played by: Chise Niitsu
The youngest of the three sisters. A preschool student, she attends a daycare center. Pure and innocent, she has a bit of a selfish streak at times. Her favorite anime character is Bodoro (modelled on My Neighbour Totoro's Totoro). She calls Rei "Rei-chan".

Kōda family[edit]

Masachika Kōda (幸田 柾近, Kōda Masachika)
Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa (Japanese); Cam Clarke (English)[12][11]
Played by: Etsushi Toyokawa
Rei's shōgi teacher, a pro eight dan. He was both Rei's adopted father's friend and rival in shōgi. After Rei's parents and sister died, he adopts Rei and guides him in shogi. He is serious about shogi and is very strict with his biological children when they were studying it themselves. Because of the attention that their father showed Rei, both the Koda children grew to resent Rei and treated him poorly as he was growing up in their household.
Kyōko Kōda (幸田 香子, Kōda Kyōko)
Voiced by: Marina Inoue (Japanese); Lauren Landa (English)[12][11]
Played by: Kasumi Arimura
Kōda's daughter. She is four years older than Rei. Beautiful and hot tempered, Kyōko seems to hold a grudge on Rei as she has the habit of exerting a negative influence on him by discouraging him purposefully before his matches. She appears to be in love with Masamune Gotō, a married man. When she was younger, she was openly hostile to Rei when he first joins the family because she is jealous of the attention her father gives Rei. She aspired to become a shōgi professional but was discouraged by her father as the field was dominated by men and she was not talented enough to be a part of it. She often goes to Rei's apartment whenever she is feeling lonely. Later on, she admits to herself that she was unfair to Rei because she realizes that he wasn't trying to steal her family, rather, he just wanted to be part of one.
Ayumu Kōda (幸田 歩, Kōda Ayumu)
Voiced by: Marina Inoue (Japanese); Janice Kawaye (English)
Kōda's son and Kyōko's younger brother. He is of the same age as Rei. After losing to Rei in shōgi, he stopped playing at all, and afterwards started confining himself to his room and only playing video games.

Professional shōgi players[edit]

Harunobu Nikaidō (二海堂 晴信, Nikaidō Harunobu)
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese); Zach Aguilar (English)[9][11]
Played by: Shota Sometani
Rei's self-proclaimed "best friend" and "lifelong rival". A four dan, he has played with Rei since they were children. Even though he appears to be healthy, he is in fact chronically ill, which has contributed to his obesity. He is from an extremely wealthy family. He is modelled after actual real-life shōgi player Satoshi Murayama.
Kai Shimada (島田 開, Shimada Kai)
Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki (Japanese); Kirk Thornton (English)[12]
Played by: Kuranosuke Sasaki
In his late 30s, of the same age as Tōji Sōya. Eight dan. He is a senior fellow student of Nikaidō, who he takes care of like his own little brother. He is a gentle tempered person and is naturally inclined to look after younger shōgi players. But he is also an incredibly tough soldier in shōgi. He hosts the "Shimada shōgi study groups", which he invited Rei to join. He originally comes from a rural area. In his youth, he had to work long hours on the farm and relied on his fellow villagers' donations to support his shōgi study in Tokyo. He has chronic stomach pain because of the stress from his matches. The president of the shogi association often laments that Shimada is not charismatic or as good looking as the meijin, Soya, who is his same age.
Masamune Gotō (後藤 正宗, Gotō Masamune)
Voiced by: Hiroki Tōchi (Japanese); Ray Chase (English)
Played by: Hideaki Itō
In his early 40s. Nine dan. A tall and muscular man with a stern and frightening face. His wife is in a coma and appears to have been hospitalized for a long time. He was a younger fellow pupil of Masachika Kōda, whose daughter Kyōko he appears to have a very complicated relationship with, though he calls her a "stalker". Rei sees him as a main antagonist in life for he thinks Gotō is having an affair with Kyōko and breaking her heart. He had an altercation with Rei where he punches him when he was confronted for his improper relationship with Kyoko. Even though she loves Goto, Kyoko is the one who often helps him get gifts for his comatose wife. He is generally very forthright and impatient to the point of being arrogant, but he also doesn't hesitate to stand up for Shimada when he overhears some other players making demeaning comments about him.
Tōji Sōya (宗谷 冬司, Sōya Tōji)
Voiced by: Akira Ishida (Japanese); Todd Haberkorn (English)[12]
Played by: Ryo Kase
The current meijin. He has longed for a rival like Rei. Similar to Rei, he became a professional shōgi player in middle school and several players who faced both pointed that their playing styles are very similar. He became the youngest ever meijin at age 21. Later in the story it's revealed that he has intermittent hearing loss due to unknown causes.
Issa Matsumoto (松本 一砂, Matsumoto Issa)
Voiced by: Subaru Kimura (Japanese); Doug Erholtz (English)[12][11]
Played by: Hiroyuki Onoue
26 years old. Five dan. He is 181 centimeters tall. A quite expressive and enthusiastic person, he can be aggressive at times as well. He comes from the countryside. He is a fan of Akari.
Tatsuyuki Misumi (三角 龍雪, Misumi Tatsuyuki)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese); Robbie Daymond (English)[12][11]
Played by: Tomoya Nakamura
26 years old. Six dan. He is often called "Sumisu" (for "Smith"). He is 180 centimeters tall. A bit aloof, he gets along well with Matsumoto.
Takeshi Tsujii (辻井 武史, Tsujii Takeshi)
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura (Japanese); Xander Mobus (English)
A 9 dan professional shougi player, ranked A for the past 8 years, Tsujii Takeshi is a lover of wordplay and craves public attention. Other people within the shougi world calls him 'a waste of good looks' due to his propensity for dad jokes and terrible puns. He is usually the only one to laugh at his own gags. Tsujii played against Rei during the quarterfinals of the 20th Lion King Tournament.
Shōichi Matsunaga (松永 正一, Matsunaga Shōichi)
Voiced by: Kazuo Oka (Japanese); Steve Kramer (English)
65 years old. A seven dan. He is a veteran who has been a professional shōgi player for over 40 years. He comes from Fukushima.
Manabu Yasui (安井学, Yasui Manabu)
Voiced by: Mitsuo Iwata (Japanese); Joe J. Thomas (English)
A six dan. Upon losing a match, he lost his temper, thus resulting in him divorcing his wife.
Raidō Fujimoto (藤本 雷堂, Fujimoto Raidō)
Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka (Japanese); Taylor Henry (English)
Shogi Dragon titleholder. Passionate about eventually dethroning Sōya. He temporarily separates from his wife when he thinks a hostess from a bar has genuine affection for him.

Other characters[edit]

Yūsuke Takahashi (高橋 勇介, Takahashi Yūsuke)
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese); Chris Hackney (English)[12][11]
A middle school student. A childhood friend and classmate of Hinata's, he is her first crush. He is the son of a milkman. He is the ace of his school's baseball team and aims to be a pro. Since Rei became a shōgi pro in middle school, Yūsuke greatly looks up to him. His father and grandfather are both fans of Rei. He is very straightforward and encourages Hinata during the time she was being bullied. In order to realize his dream to become a professional, he moves to a high school in Shikoku seeking to participate in the kōshien baseball tournament, much to Hinata's sadness.
Someji Kawamoto (川本 相米二, Kawamoto Someji)
Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba[12]
The grandfather of the three Kawamoto sisters. He runs a traditional wagashi shop, Mikazuki-dō (Crescent Moon). Even though he gives off an impression of a grumpy old man, he actually dotes on his grandchildren a lot, in particular Momo, and aims to live long enough to send them away for their marriages. He is incredibly passionate about being the sole male protector of the family.
Hanaoka (花岡)
Voiced by: Yōji Ueda (Japanese); Doug Stone (English)[11]
The butler of the Nikaidō family, who has been in continuous service for them for over 45 years. A gentle and kind elderly man, he has been taking care of Harunobu ever since he was a baby.
Takashi Hayashida (林田 高志, Hayashida Takashi)
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese); Keith Silverstein (English)[12][11]
A teacher of the high school where Rei decided to join. He is a big fan of shōji and regularly reads shōgi magazines. He is the only one in the high school who had heard of Rei being a professional shōgi player though when he first knew of him joining, he presumed he only had the same surname. He speaks in a very friendly manner with Rei and is often concerned with his wellbeing, always thinking of ways to help him socialize with others. He later develops feelings for Akari.
Misaki (美咲)
Voiced by: Michiko Neya (Japanese); Wendee Lee (English)[11]
The aunt of the three Kawamoto sisters. She, helped by Akari, manages a bar in Ginza called "Misaki". She has a strong and confident personality and employs Akari to work at her bar so she can at least spend one night a week to dress up so she doesn't lose herself to a state of only being a mother to her younger sisters. She encourages Rei to bring his fellow shogi players to the bar so she can make money off of them.
Eisaku Noguchi (野口 英作, Noguchi Eisaku)
Voiced by: Yūji Ueda (Japanese); Arnie Pantoja (English)
President of the Burners club (as in Bunsen burner), a chemistry club in the school Rei goes to. Because he has a mustache, everyone assumes he is Rei's teacher.
The father of the three Kawamoto sisters. He left them and their mother when Momo was still a baby to live with another woman and returns several years later, after a long time without contacting them once. Once Misaki warns Rei about him, Rei makes his own investigation about Seijirō and discovers that he kept leading an irresponsible life, involving himself with other women and abandoning them on his own whim, just like he did with Akari, Hinata and Momo's mother. After Rei exposes Seijirō, the sisters reject his plea to raise their half-sister, daughter of one of his other women, and he leaves with her to never return.
The cats
The three cats of the Kawamoto household. The first two cats, the tuxedo (black and white) and calico (black, white and orange) cats, were the first two gathered, while the white cat is a new arrival. Their names are Kuro-chan, Mike-chan, and Shiro-chan, respectively. They are big-eyed and always apparently hungry. The white cat looks strikingly like an owl at times.


The English title "March Comes In Like a Lion" is written on the cover of the manga. Although Umino had not seen the movie "March Comes In Like a Lion," the movie poster and the title of the movie left an impression on her: "A girl with a black haircut is holding a half-eaten ice cream in her mouth." This phrase is from the British weather proverb "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb."[13] In addition, the supervisor, Manabu Senzaki, commented that the Shogi rankings begin in June, and the final game for promotion and demotion is held in March, so the professionals become lions in March.[14]



The series has been serialized by Hakusensha in Young Animal since 2007 in issue #14. As of December 26, 2019, the series has been collected in fifteen tankōbon volumes.[15]

No. Release date ISBN
1 February 22, 2008[16]978-4-59-214511-0
  • Chapter 1 : "Kiriyama Rei"
  • Chapter 2 : "The Town along the River"
  • Chapter 3 : "Akari"
  • Chapter 4 : "Across the Bridge"
  • Chapter 5 : "Harunobu"
  • Chapter 6 : "Beyond the Night Sky"
  • Chapter 7 : "Hina"
  • Chapter 8 : "Comparison"
  • Chapter 9 : "A Contract"
  • Chapter 10 : "Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
2 November 28, 2008[17][b]978-4-59-214512-7
  • Chapter 11 : "God's Child (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 12 : "God's Child (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 13 : "God's Child (Part 3)"
  • Chapter 14 : "Important Things. Important Matters."
  • Chapter 15 : "Teach Me Shogi"
  • Chapter 16 : "Image"
  • Chapter 17 : "Distant Thunder (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 18 : "Distant Thunder (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 19 : "Distant Thunder (Part 3)"
  • Chapter 20 : "A Gift (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 21 : "A Gift (Part 2)"
3 August 12, 2009[19]978-4-59-214513-4
  • Chapter 22 : "Year Out"
  • Chapter 23 : "Year In"
  • Chapter 24 : "What Lies on the Other Shore"
  • Chapter 25 : "Black River (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 26 : "Black River (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 27 : "Beyond the Door"
  • Chapter 28 : "Blinding Darkness"
  • Chapter 29 : "Just a Bit of Water"
  • Chapter 30 : "Moonlight"
  • Chapter 31 : "Mass of Ego"
  • Chapter 32 : "Run Through the Night"
4 April 9, 2010[20]978-4-59-214514-1
  • Chapter 33 : "Partway Down the Hill"
  • Chapter 34 : "Silver Thread"
  • Chapter 35 : "Water's Surface"
  • Chapter 36 : "Under the Warm Night"
  • Chapter 37 : "Torrent"
  • Chapter 38 : "Passing Time"
  • Chapter 39 : "The Night Passes"
  • Chapter 40 : "Kyoto (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 41 : "Kyoto (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 42 : "Kyoto (Part 3)"
5 November 26, 2010[21]978-4-59-214515-8
  • Chapter 43 : "When Cherry Blossoms Bloom"
  • Chapter 44 : "Tiny Murmur"
  • Chapter 45 : "New Semester"
  • Chapter 46 : "Western Sun"
  • Chapter 47 : "Lamune"
  • Chapter 48 : "Confusion"
  • Chapter 49 : "Kumakura"
  • Chapter 50 : "June"
  • Chapter 51 : "Ladybug Bush (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 52 : "Ladybug Bush (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 53 : "Ladybug Bush (Part 3)"
6 July 22, 2011[22]978-4-59-214516-5
  • Chapter 54 : "Sentiment"
  • Chapter 55 : "Confession (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 56 : "Confession (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 57 : "Letter"
  • Chapter 58 : "Start of the Rainy Season"
  • Chapter 59 : "Hachiya"
  • Chapter 60 : "Midday Moon"
  • Chapter 61 : "Adventures"
  • Chapter 62 : "Kingdom (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 63 : "Kingdom (Part 2)"
7 March 23, 2012[23]978-4-59-214517-2
  • Chapter 64 : "Silver Wings"
  • Chapter 65 : "River Scenery"
  • Chapter 66 : "The Place the Sun Shines"
  • Chapter 67 : "Small World"
  • Chapter 68 : "Black Mist"
  • Chapter 69 : "Light"
  • Chapter 70 : "Small Palm"
  • Chapter 71 : "Sunny Place"
  • Chapter 72 : "Flowing Thing"
  • Chapter 73 : "White Storm (Part 1)"
8 December 14, 2012[24]978-4-59-214518-9
  • Chapter 74 : "White Storm (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 75 : "White Storm (Part 3)"
  • Chapter 76 : "White Storm (Part 4)"
  • Chapter 77 : "White Storm (Part 5)"
  • Chapter 78 : "Restart"
  • Chapter 79 : "Burnt Field (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 80 : "Burnt Field (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 81 : "Burnt Field (Part 3)"
  • Chapter 82 : "Burnt Field (Part 4)"
  • Chapter 83 : "Being Here"
9 September 27, 2013[25]978-4-59-214519-6
  • Chapter 84 : "Summer Vacation (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 85 : "Summer Vacation (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 86 : "New Year"
  • Chapter 87 : "Passing Time"
  • Chapter 88 : "Spring Comes"
  • Chapter 89 : "The Children of Sangatsu Town"
  • Chapter 90 : "The Man Called a Grim Reaper"
  • Chapter 91 : "Family (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 92 : "Family (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 93 : "Bug"
  • Chapter 94 : "Family (Part 3)"
10 November 28, 2014[26]978-4-59-214520-2
  • Chapter 95 : "New Days"
  • Chapter 96 : "Lunch Break"
  • Chapter 97 : "Other Home"
  • Chapter 98 : "Soft Wind"
  • Chapter 99 : "A Town Where it Rains"
  • Chapter 100 : "Swimming Man (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 101 : "Swimming Man (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 102 : "Visitor (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 103 : "Visitor (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 104 : "Promise"
11 September 25, 2015[27]978-4-59-214521-9
  • Chapter 105 : "A Small Talk"
  • Chapter 106 : "Fun Dinner"
  • Chapter 107 : "Osaka (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 108 : "Osaka (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 109 : "Osaka (Part 3)"
  • Chapter 110 : "Osaka (Part 4)"
  • Chapter 111 : "The Night the Cuckoo Sang"
  • Chapter 112 : "Sunday (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 113 : "Sunday (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 114 : "Gentle Song"
12 September 29, 2016[28]978-4-59-214522-6
  • Chapter 115 : "Party Invitation"
  • Chapter 116 : "The Tale of Elizabeth the Faithful Dog"
  • Chapter 117 : "The Satsuma Arc (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 118 : "The Satsuma Arc (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 119 : "The Satsuma Arc (Part 3)"
  • Chapter 120 : "The Satsuma Arc (Part 4)"
  • Chapter 121 : "The Path Lit by the Paper Lanterns (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 122 : "The Path Lit by the Paper Lanterns (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 123 : "The Path Lit by the Paper Lanterns (Part 3)"
  • Chapter 124 : "The Path Lit by the Paper Lanterns (Part 4)"
  • Chapter 125 : "The Path Lit by the Paper Lanterns (Part 5)"
  • Chapter 126 : "The Night of the Summer Festival"
13 September 29, 2017[29]978-4-59-214523-3
  • Chapter 127 : "Distant Fireworks"
  • Chapter 128 : "Ginza"
  • Chapter 129 : "The Wind's 20,000 Miles (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 130 : "Midsummer's End"
  • Chapter 131 : "The Wind's 20,000 Miles (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 132 : "The Wind's 20,000 Miles (Part 3)"
  • Chapter 133 : "The Wind's 20,000 Miles (Part 4)"
  • Chapter 134 : "The Wind's 20,000 Miles (Part 5)"
  • Chapter 135 : "The Wind's 20,000 Miles (Part 6)"
  • Chapter 136 : "The Smell of Rain"
  • Chapter 137 : "The Smell of the Rain, the Smell of the River (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 138 : "The Smell of the Rain, the Smell of the River (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 139 : "The Thing Lying Right in Front of Your Eyes"
14 December 21, 2018[30]978-4-59-216024-3
  • Chapter 140 : "Fluffy Treasure"
  • Chapter 141 : "Nostalgic Flavor (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 142 : "Nostalgic Flavor (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 143 : "By the Side of the Red Bridge (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 144 : "By the Side of the Red Bridge (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 145 : "By the Side of the Red Bridge (Part 3)"
  • Chapter 146 : "By the Side of the Red Bridge (Part 4)"
  • Chapter 147 : "By the Side of the Red Bridge (Part 5)"
  • Chapter 148 : "Autumn Scenery (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 149 : "Autumn Scenery (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 150 : "Autumn Scenery (Part 3)"
  • Chapter 151 : "Autumn Scenery (Part 4)"
  • Chapter 152 : "Autumn Scenery (Part 5)"[c]
15 December 26, 2019[15]978-4-59-216025-0
  • Chapter 154 : "On the Night the Stars Fall Upon (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 155 : "On the Night the Stars Fall Upon (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 156 : "Azusa Number 1 (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 157 : "Azusa Number 1 (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 158 : "Azusa Number 1 (Part 3)"
  • Chapter 159 : "Azusa Number 1 (Part 4)"
  • Chapter 160 : "Azusa Number 1 (Part 5)"
  • Chapter 161 : "Path (Part 1)"
  • Chapter 162 : "Path (Part 2)"
  • Chapter 163 : "Path (Part 3)"
  • Chapter 164 : "Path (Part 4)"
  • Chapter 165 : "Path (Part 5)"
  • Chapter 166 : "Path (Part 6)"


An anime television series adaptation was announced in the Young Animal magazine's 19th issue of 2015 on September 25, 2015.[31] The 22-episode[32] series is produced by Shaft and directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and Kenjirou Okada, featuring character designs by Nobuhiro Sugiyama and music composed by Yukari Hashimoto.[8][33] The anime's first opening and ending theme songs are performed by Bump of Chicken,[34] titled "Answer" and "Fighter", respectively.[35] Yuki performed the series' second opening theme song, titled "Goodbye Bystander", while Kenshi Yonezu performed the series' second ending theme song, titled "Orion".[36]

Season one of the anime began airing on October 8, 2016 on NHK G and finished airing on March 18, 2017 with a total of 22 episodes.[9] The series has been licensed by Aniplex of America and Anime Limited for North America and the United Kingdom, respectively.[37][38] Crunchyroll simulcasted the series in their Fall 2016 line-up.[39] A second season, announced at the end of the first season's final episode, premiered on October 14, 2017 and finished airing on March 31, 2018 with a total of 22 episodes.[40][41] Crunchyroll streamed the second season.[42]

Live-action films[edit]

A two-part live action film adaptation of the same name directed by Keishi Ōtomo, starring Ryunosuke Kamiki and distributed by Toho and Asmik Ace was released in two parts in 2017, with the first part released on March 18 and the second released on April 22.[43][44][45]


In 2009, the series was nominated for the 2nd Annual Manga Taishō,[46] and it won this award in 2011.[47] Also in 2011 it won the Kodansha Manga Award in the general category (shared with Chūya Koyama's Space Brothers).[48] In 2014, it won the Grand Prize of the 18th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.[49]


  1. ^ Credited under the collective pen name Fuyashi Tō.
  2. ^ The second volume of the manga featured an alternate cover illustrated by Berserk manga artist Kentarō Miura.[18]
  3. ^ Chapter 152 and 153 were combined into one chapter in the Volume release.


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