The BEST Episodes of March Comes in Like a Lion

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 12, 2019

Network: NHK

Rei Kiriyama is a 17-year-old boy who recently started living alone, financed by his salary as a professional Shogi player. Despite his independence, however, he's yet to mature emotionally, and his problems continue to haunt him in his daily life. His relationship with his adoptive family is strained, and he has difficulties interacting with his fellow high school students. Meanwhile, his professional career has entered a slump. Burdened with the heavy expectations placed on him as the fifth to become pro in middle school, his wins and losses are fluctuating as his record and progression into the ranks begin to stagnate. Acquainted with Rei are the three Kawamoto sisters: Akari, Hinata, and Momo. Unlike Rei, they live happily in their modest home, which they warmly welcome Rei into as if he were one of their own. Despite his reservations about becoming too close to the family, he frequently visits, interacting with them and receiving the kind of care and affection he never quite had while under his foster home. This is the story of Rei's triumphs and failures, relationships new and old, and his growth as a person.

Black Mist / Light

#1 - Black Mist / Light

Season 2 - Episode 12

After Hinata’s class returns from the trip, the atmosphere in the classroom changes again in a different and strange direction. At long last, Hinata's guardians are being called in for a parent-teacher-student conference.

star 8.91
34 votes
Directors: Akiyuki Simbo
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
Ladybug Bush / Feelings

#2 - Ladybug Bush / Feelings

Season 2 - Episode 4

Hinata has been friends with Chiho since elementary school, but now that they’re third-year middle school students, Chiho has become the target of bullying by classmates. While other students pretend they don’t see anything happening, only Hinata calls out to Chiho and still tries to be her friend. However, the situation only gets worse...

star 8.90
41 votes
Directors: Akiyuki Simbo
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
Small Palm / Sunny Place

#3 - Small Palm / Sunny Place

Season 2 - Episode 13

Mr. Kokubu continues to remedy the class bullying problem. As the situation seems to be winding down, Hinata finally get a letter from Chiho.

star 8.71
31 votes
Directors: Akiyuki Simbo
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
Kingdom

#4 - Kingdom

Season 2 - Episode 9

On the night before she leaves for a school trip to Kyoto, Hinata has dinner at home with Rei and her family, but can't finish the food on her plate because of a stomachache. Rei also leaves the same day as Hinata, but goes to Osaka to challenge Junkei Yamazaki for the Newcomer Tournament final.

star 8.66
32 votes
Directors: Akiyuki Simbo
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
The Other House / Child of March Town

#5 - The Other House / Child of March Town

Season 2 - Episode 22

Rei finally pays a visit to his adoptive mother's residence, after neglecting to visit ever since he moved out. Afterwards, Rei invites Hina and Takahashi for some monja as a last farewell. But before Hina starts high school, she decides to do something drastic.

star 8.57
30 votes
Directors: Akiyuki Simbo
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
Passing Time / Spring Comes

#6 - Passing Time / Spring Comes

Season 2 - Episode 21

Hinata has been studying intently for the high school entrance exams, when she learns in shock that Takahashi, the classmate she has long admired, will be going to a school far away. People she had assumed will always be with her keep leaving her… Depressed Hinata ends up getting a fever just days before the exam. Nevertheless, Rei comes by on the day of the exam, to walk to school with her.

star 8.47
30 votes
Directors: Akiyuki Simbo
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
Silver Wings / River Scenery

#7 - Silver Wings / River Scenery

Season 2 - Episode 10

In the world of shogi, one can only continue making an effort, but Yamazaki finds that Nikaidou and Rei never falter and always throw themselves into the “deep end.” Nevertheless, Yamazaki is determined to win and after beating Nikaidou in the Newcomer Tournament semifinals, he faces Rei in the match that will decide the next Newcomer King.

star 8.44
32 votes
Directors: Akiyuki Simbo
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
Small World / Letter

#8 - Small World / Letter

Season 2 - Episode 6

When Rei visits the Kawamotos, Hinata talks to him about school. Little by little, she confides in Rei about the classroom atmosphere. But one day during lunch, the baseball team’s ace and all-around popular guy, Takahashi, pops in to Hinata’s class?!

star 8.42
33 votes
Directors: Akiyuki Simbo
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
Agreement / Over the Cuckoo's Nest

#9 - Agreement / Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Season 1 - Episode 5

Rei must pick up Momo from kindergarten. Nothing can go wrong with doing this errand, right? Unfortunately, this leads Rei to remember more of his past.

star 8.40
53 votes
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
New School Term / Fighter

#10 - New School Term / Fighter

Season 1 - Episode 22

Rei begins a new school year, and embarks on new adventures. While looking back at the past, we'll look forward to the future.

star 8.37
43 votes
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
Feelings / Confession

#11 - Feelings / Confession

Season 2 - Episode 5

Rei sees his former homeroom teacher, Mr. Hayashida, for advice about bullying. Hayashida offers many examples and concludes with sound advice. After racking his brain, Rei also arrives at his own conclusion about what he can do to help Hina. Meanwhile, Akari has been carrying doubts in her heart about the incident, and opens up to Rei...

star 8.32
34 votes
Directors: Akiyuki Simbo
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
Summer Vacation (Part 2) / New Year

#12 - Summer Vacation (Part 2) / New Year

Season 2 - Episode 20

Hinata has been coming up with new ideas for sweets one after another all throughout summer vacation, but struggles to focus on her studies and deciding which high schools to apply to. Rei decides to invite the three Kawamoto sisters to some nagashi somen fun at his school. When Hinata meets the members of Noguchi's Shogi Science Club and Hayashida, she begins considering Komahashi High, Rei's high school.

star 8.32
31 votes
Directors: Akiyuki Simbo
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
Kyoto

#13 - Kyoto

Season 1 - Episode 20

The second day of the fourth match for the Lion King Tournament begins. Rei sure does get caught up with strange people.

star 8.28
43 votes
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
Midday Moon / Adventurers

#14 - Midday Moon / Adventurers

Season 2 - Episode 8

When the struggling Rei tells Mr. Hayashida that he wants to help Hinata and her family, his former homeroom teacher advises him to do what he can, one thing at a time. Taking those words to heart, Rei goes on a smooth winning streak with his matches. On the other hand, Nikaidou has suddenly been hospitalized?!

star 8.22
32 votes
Directors: Akiyuki Simbo
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
Where the Sun Shines / Small World

#15 - Where the Sun Shines / Small World

Season 2 - Episode 11

Just when Rei thought he found a happy place within school, that place begins to disappear. Meanwhile, Shimada has a match against Gakuto Sakurai 7th-Dan, as they vie for the right to challenge Yanagihara, the venerable reigning Kishou champion.

star 8.17
29 votes
Directors: Akiyuki Simbo
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
Burnt Field (Part 3) / Burnt Field (Part 4)

#16 - Burnt Field (Part 3) / Burnt Field (Part 4)

Season 2 - Episode 18

It’s the final match of the Kishou Championship and the honorary title of “Eternal Kishou” is on the line for Yanagihara. As the shogi game approaches the final stage, Shimada is dominating. Yanagihara reflects on how he’s been entrusted with metaphorical relay race-like “sashes” from friends who have given up or retired from the professional shogi world. Even while feeling bound by this pressure, Yanagihara continues to play.

star 8.11
28 votes
Directors: Akiyuki Simbo
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
When the Cherry Blossoms Bloom / Small Murmur

#17 - When the Cherry Blossoms Bloom / Small Murmur

Season 1 - Episode 21

The fourth match of the Lion King Tournament has finally ended. But for some reason, Rei finds himself in a very unfamiliar territory.

star 8.09
44 votes
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
Harunobu / Beyond the Night Sky

#18 - Harunobu / Beyond the Night Sky

Season 1 - Episode 3

Showdown between Rei and Harunobu in a shogi match! Will Harunobu finally defeat his lifelong rival? Tune in as we celebrate the end of Obon.

star 8.09
58 votes
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
Silver Thread / Water's Surface / Base of the Blue Night

#19 - Silver Thread / Water's Surface / Base of the Blue Night

Season 1 - Episode 17

The Lion King Tournament finally begins. Rei continues to grow with his workshop buddies, but also runs into some trouble with his sister.

star 8.08
40 votes
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
White Storm

#20 - White Storm

Season 2 - Episode 15

The commemorative match begins between Rei and Meijin Souya. There’s a clear gap between their levels, but Rei holds on tight to his opponent, which causes a lively discussion among staff members who are watching the match in a waiting room. However, during the middle stage of the match, Rei makes a move that will probably cost him the game. Even so, he doesn’t give up and continues to play, searching for the best possible move each turn. How will the match turn out in the end?

star 8.03
29 votes
Directors: Akiyuki Simbo
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
The Old Year / The New Year

#21 - The Old Year / The New Year

Season 1 - Episode 11

All of Rei's matches are done for the year, but a small tragedy happens as the year comes to a close. Will Rei be able to overcome it?

star 8.02
41 votes
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
What Lies on the Opposite Shore / Black River

#22 - What Lies on the Opposite Shore / Black River

Season 1 - Episode 12

Rei runs astray a little bit, but gets right back on track. Can he bear the cold jokes from his latest opponent, Tsujii, and emerge victorious?

star 8.00
41 votes
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
Something Given

#23 - Something Given

Season 1 - Episode 10

Rei's next match is with Mr. Yasui. Mr. Yasui's memories with his daughter are on the line, so will Rei throw the match, or will he bring misery to others by winning?

star 7.98
41 votes
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
Rainy Season / Hachiya

#24 - Rainy Season / Hachiya

Season 2 - Episode 7

Hinata is so enraged by her classmates and homeroom teacher. When Rei arrives for a visit at the Kawamoto home, he treats Hinata with kindness in his own way. On the other hand, the semi-finals of the Newcomer Tournament are here. Rei’s opponent is Subaru Hachiya, the “Irritated Prince of the East.” How will Rei fare against this strong, irritable yet irritating player?

star 7.97
32 votes
Directors: Akiyuki Simbo
Writers: Yukito Kizawa
Teach Me How to Play Shogi / Image / Distant Thunder

#25 - Teach Me How to Play Shogi / Image / Distant Thunder

Season 1 - Episode 8

Let's continue to learn Shogi! In this episode, we'll also discover a little more about Rei's Father, and not to mention that special guest he has..

star 7.96
46 votes
Writers: Yukito Kizawa