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

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March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 31: Lessons Learned

Review: I really loved this episode for so many reasons but I'm going to try to see if I can keep this post from getting out of control. However, other than being a fantastic continuation on Hina's story and closing the newcomers tournament story, what episode 31 of March Comes in Like a Lion does … Continue reading March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 31: Lessons Learned

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 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

March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2 Episode 23: I Missed This

Overview: March Comes in Like a Lion is back and we are resuming Rei's journey as he figures out how to live and what he wants. If you missed my review of season 1 be sure to check it out. Review: The second season has started and initially we find ourselves with a more upbeat … Continue reading March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2 Episode 23: I Missed This

The Eccentric Family Season 2 Episode 4

Review: This is another of those rambling episodes where lots happens but it is difficult to know what if anything will be important later (though someone those final few minutes must be because I did not see that twist to the final game of shogi). Benten and Nadaime have a brief moment following on from … Continue reading The Eccentric Family Season 2 Episode 4

March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 22

Review: Rei's journey has been a fairly fantastic ride to follow and I love that in this final episode we get the analogy of his life playing shogi compared to being on a train, continuing onward without a definite destination. The imagery in this show has almost always worked well (with a handful of exceptions) … Continue reading March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 22

March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 21

Review: 21 episodes and finally we have this: Rei felt connected and was happy. And you know what? This was an incredibly quiet moment buried in an episode but right there was the moment I felt absolutely satisfied having watched this show. Rei hasn't done a complete 180 as a character. He isn't completely set … Continue reading March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 21