Hello everyone as I welcome you an anime adaptation of Chica Umino’s Sangatsu no Lion by Shaft.
By the way, don’t expect Akiyuki Shinbo’s crazy visuals as it’ll be downplayed on this TV series!
Anyways, this is Rei Kiriyama who is a young professional shogi player and he’s living along.
Of course, the reason why Rei is living by himself is because he has no biological parents nor relatives. While he has an adoptive father, their relationship is a bit strained after Rei Kiriyama beat his own father in a shogi match.
Speaking of his professional career, Kiriyama shows some great results but it appears that he’s not enjoying it.
On top of that, there’s a possibility that Rei would fell into a slump as the pressure to become the best, coupled with his emotional instabilities, could take a toll on him.
Fortunately, there’s hope for Rei as he’s being taken care of by the Kawamoto sisters: Akari, Hinata, and Momo.
Unlike Kiriyama, the Kawamoto sisters are living happily even though they lost their mother and grandmother. In fact, these three girls could become Rei’s salvation of growing out from his anxieties and become an emotionally-stabled person.
Of course, it’s a long way to go before Rei Kiriyama matures into a man!
Anyways, I think this show is one of the subtle ones made by Shaft. It looks great and while there’s a bit of deranged animation in one of the dream sequences, everything else feels vivid and more grounded.
As for the story, I think it’s interesting to see how Rei Kiriyama interacts with the Kawamoto sisters, which would become helpful of growing up into a confident character in the future. Heck, this show might become the best if Shaft continues this adaptation until the end.
In any case, I’ll see you on the next episode!