Posted in 2016, Anime

March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 1 Reaction

Do not read past this point unless you have watched at least episode 1 of March Comes in Like a Lion.

March Comes in Like a Lion is an anime about a high school aged boy named Rei Kiriyama. He lives alone in his house since his parents are dead. He is quiet and polite. He is also a very young professional Shogi player. Shogi is a Japanese game which I honestly don’t know much about. What I do know is that this game plays a very big part in Rei’s life.

The episode starts with Rei being told that he is essentially zero because he has no family, no home, and he doesn’t even really go to school though it seems he started after this flashback moment. The scene shifts to Rei getting out of bed then getting ready to go to his Shogi game. This scene and the one that follows are very long. They also reveal a lot about who Rei is by the way he carries himself and his facial expressions during everything he does.

He winds his Shogi game and heads home before getting a text from Akari who is one of the three girls he has become acquainted with. He goes to their house for dinner after nearly turning them down. The reason he didn’t turn them down was because his text was interrupted by another text from Akari asking him to bring a few things when he comes to their house.

The shift from the Shogi game to dinner is amazing. The first part of the episode was quiet and slow. Nothing happened instantly. Also there was an emphasis on water imagery. The water on the river, the reflection it made on Rei’s face as he looked out his window, the pulse of water from his glass of water, and the pulse of green water his beverage made when he sat it down at the Shogi table. All this emphasis on water made Rei appear cold and depressed. Even without the water effects Rei would seem this way because of the way he spoke to his opponent.

At the dinner however everything was lively. It seemed as though everything was happening at once. The cats wanted food. The youngest sister was excited over pudding. Rei said he won the game when asked. And then he fell asleep and the sisters left him where he lay since they didn’t want to wake him. The colours even seemed to brighten up. This contrast is what I enjoyed the most about this episode because of how exceptional it is.

This episode also had a few funny moments. These moments didn’t start occurring until after the dinner scene. They added even more life to an otherwise simple poetic slice of life anime. If you want to know more about what happens I highly recommend watching this episode. It is on Crunchy Roll right now though it won’t be available for free users until Friday. This may just be the best anime of the Fall 2016 season.

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