Rei Kiriyama is a 17 year old professional shogi player with issues.
Review Episode 1:
I’d originally put this one on the wait until it’s done list because the plot didn’t exactly seem like it was going to be my kind of thing. Yet there were just so many highly positive reviews I had to check out at least an episode. Blown away after watching. It’s really slow and quiet (except for the youngest sister who I would really like to hit the mute button on) but everything is just so well thought out and delivered. Right from the opening I was drawn into this and the whole episode just held me completely enthralled. The way Rei’s loneliness and isolation is depicted throughout the episode is fantastic (not subtle but fantastic). I do not know if they can keep up the level of quality in presentation or story telling but episode 1 was a delight to watch.
Review Episode 2:
This episode is broken into chapters with each one giving us a small glimpse of Rei Kiriyama’s life and starting to fill in some of the pieces about how he got to where he is. The presentation continues to be beautiful but the slow and quiet is continually broken up by the insertion of rather loud and over the top characters. This kind of feels like a deliberate intrusion into the tone as these characters are intruding upon the carefully constructed solitude Rei has surrounded himself with. Once the other characters leave things return to being very calm and feeling like everything is more or less standing still. It’s interesting and a bit different from the other shows I’m watching at the moment and it is also just well put together at the moment. Of all the new shows this season (not sequels) this is the one that has left the biggest impression so far.
March Comes in Like a Lion is available from Crunchyroll.