A bad cold is as good a reason as any to hide in bed with a box of tissues, a packet of cough drops, and an endless supply of anime. One recent indulgence has been March Comes in Like a Lion by Chica Umino. The main character, Rei Kiriyama, is a seventeen-year-old shogi player who turned pro while still in middle school. Episodes explore his daily life, which would be much emptier if it weren’t for the kindness of the three Kawamoto sisters.
I really enjoy these kinds of anime, which take a slow pace as they gently sift through the tangled lives of ordinary people. This one embraces a delicate balance of wistfulness and hope, and it took about half an episode for me to realize why this new story Felt So Familiar.
I’ve probably watched Chica Umino’s earlier work six or eight times. I adored Honey and Clover! You, too?