This week, March Comes in Like a Lion hits us hard with visual metaphors as Rei tries to work through some of his baggage, or at least tries to figure out what his problem is. I like that this show continues to treat anxiety and depression with a great deal of respect and acknowledges the complexity of mental health issues. There’s no single trigger that sent Rei into the downward spiral he found himself in, and while there are rays of light in his life he continues to see-saw back and forth as he deals with the day to day. If we were to look strictly at what happened this week, the answer would be not much. That said, the episode doesn’t allow you to feel bored and it feels very much like this character is progressing toward something even if he isn’t sure what that something is yet.
March Comes in Like a Lion is available on Crunchyroll.