It’s been a long ride, and though the story of March Comes In Like A Lion is clearly not finished, it’s safe to say I am incredibly satisfied with where we leave off.
“Better late than never” as they always say. Hina’s hard work is put to the test. Inspired by her family, Rei decides to visit his adopted mother, who is conflicted by the feelings she has of her estranged stepson. A new beginning for Hina is marked by a farewell and a change towards the future.
After experiencing Rei’s high school, Hina has the inspiration to try and get into it. While she is working hard to get in, she can’t help but feel guilty about the strain this might cause to the family finances. While her grandpa affirms her being considerate, he reminds her that it’s these kinds of expenses that are important in life.
The sisters get excited over getting to work the summer festival, as Hina has fresh memories of her time with Chiho. Meanwhile, her school is still struggling with the fallout of these bullying incidents.
We return to a set of shogi-heavy episodes that hits that sweet spot between dedication to the sport and artful insight into a life of dedication and responsibility.
Rei gets informed by the worried chairman. Even well after the match, he is consumed by the euphoria from his match with Souya, but Nikaidou’s return snaps him back to reality. Most importantly, the Kawamotos teach us how to make the best soft-boiled eggs and it is the best combination of good cooking and cuteness ever. Come fight me, Sweetness and Lightning.
Rei finally starts his match against the Meijin. With his play, his place as a rising star in the game is firmly established, and he gains new appreciation in the master-level play he got to experience. Later on, a typhoon brings the two together again, and Souya’s secret is revealed.
Rei is plunged back into the world of Shogi as his exhibition match versus Meijin Souya becomes the highlight of the Shogi world. Thrust into the spotlight, he feels lost, especially compared to the impeccable Souya. However, it would appear the young Meijin is less put together than he lets on…
Mr. Kokubu’s efforts to end the bullying reach their final stages, as Hina’s tormentor is finally forced to give an apology. Working through her feelings, Hina receives a letter from Shiho bringing consolation and hope. Later, Rei learns of the news, and has his real worth drilled through his thick skull.
Coming back from the holiday break, the moment all parties have been dreading comes to pass. Hina’s teacher suffers a breakdown from the classroom problems, and Hina needs to be brought in for a parent teacher conference to straighten things out.