March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 35: Here Comes The Sun

Review: This episode was adorable and emotionally stronger because even though Hina herself declares the situation over, she adds a 'probably' to the end of it. The scars of bullying remain and the fractures in the class don't magically disappear. The bullies also don't undergo some mystic transformation and see the errors of their way … Continue reading March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 35: Here Comes The Sun

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March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 33: I Kind Of Feel Bad For Shimada

Review: I couldn't help but feel sorry for Shimada while watching this episode. He is tenacious, hard working, dedicated and yet in the absence of any flash or good-looks his winning the right to challenge for a title is seen as undesirable by the club. While I can sympathise with the commercial nature of sponsorship … Continue reading March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 33: I Kind Of Feel Bad For Shimada

March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 32: The Lull

Review: I've kind of been waiting for it and it finally reached us. The lull in this series. For all of season two it has been working hard at tearing me emotionally to threads and now we get this episode that just kind of bobs along with very little concern. While there is some dark … Continue reading March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 32: The Lull

March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 30: Can I Read Subs Through Tears?

Review: The answer to whether or not I can read subs while tearing up is clearly no because I had to rewatch the second half of this episode and subsequently had my heart crushed and trampled a second time in the space of an hour. Fortunately I was out of tears so the second time … Continue reading March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 30: Can I Read Subs Through Tears?

March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 29: Determination and Purpose

Review: The opening theme this season is one I've been really loving and particularly in how it characterises Rei. While water still features heavily, Rei is no longer depicted drowning in it, or at least not so obviously, and more importantly, Rei is regularly seen climbing over obstacles and striving to move forward. This progress … Continue reading March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 29: Determination and Purpose

March Comes in Like A Lion Episode 28: Fight or Flight

Review: The bullying saga continues and there are no easy options here. Every step leads to further complications and Hina is caught in a very rough spot. However, once again March Comes in Like a Lion shows us it understands people very well. Hina's friend fled from bullying and retreated into herself and now is … Continue reading March Comes in Like A Lion Episode 28: Fight or Flight

March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 27: Emotional Ripples

Review: Where last week hit its tone and remained consistent throughout, breaking the audiences' hearts over and over again, this week is far less consistent and yet not any worse for it. Instead of focusing on Hina through both Rei's and her own narration, this week we barely see Hina save for the end. Rather, … Continue reading March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 27: Emotional Ripples

March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 26: An Emotional Bomb

Review: This episode is pure and simple emotional manipulation, however it does it so incredibly well. Actually, probably as close to perfect as any individual anime episode will get. If it doesn't get you crying in the first part where we find out the circumstances behind Hina's tears at the end of the previous episode, … Continue reading March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 26: An Emotional Bomb

March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 25: Packing an Emotional Punch

Review: Not really a surprise to those who read my review of season 1, but this show really does take its audience on an emotional roller coaster and this week, while objectively the episode was no better or worse than any other, this week it hit me hard. Partly this is because I'm in a … Continue reading March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 25: Packing an Emotional Punch

March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 24: Showing the Frustration and Complications of Living

Review: This week returns us to the world of Shogi and to Rei's complicated relationship with Kyouko (and I was really happy to see her this episode as she was the character I most wanted to learn more about this season). Also Nikaido returns and is as annoying and yet sweet as ever. We see … Continue reading March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 24: Showing the Frustration and Complications of Living