Rei Kiriyama is now in his second year of high school and the shell he had developed over long years of bullying and self hatred has begun to crack. He is surrounded by vibrant personalities in his school life, professional shogi life, and his personal life. These people include the three Kawamoto sisters (Akari, Hinata, and Momo) as well as the high school student with the most fabulous mustache, his former homeroom teacher, and the people he has gotten to know from the Shogi hall. This season starts off shortly after where the last season ends, at the beginning of the school year. As he continues his stressful life as a high school professional shogi player he seeks the reason he plays the game which in turn defines his career.
There are three things I love about March Comes in Like a Lion; the imagery, how it handles with the personal issues of multiple characters, and how it handles mental illness as more than a simple plot device. Season two does these three things even better than the first season. It contains the most realistic look at bullying I’ve seen in any story except for maybe A Silent Voice. It also looks at the problems of a few characters that you would not expect to get their own scenes. In fact the way this series focuses on the problems of multiple characters makes multiple characters more relatable.
I recommend that you watch this season if you watched the first one. You can find it on CrunchyRoll for streaming. This is a series that looks at the problems of multiple characters in order to show how everyone has something going on no matter how old, young, smart, beautiful, or anything else they are. This is why it is such a relatable series.
Final Rating – 49/50