March Comes in like a Lion - Recommendations

Alt title: 3-gatsu no Lion

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Your lie in April

Your lie in April

Kousei Arima was a genius pianist until his mother's sudden death took away his ability to play. Each day was dull for Kousei. But, then he meets a violinist named Kaori Miyazono who has an eccentric playing style. His monotonus life was about to change forever.

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Krizz Krizz says...

Both animes have an emotionally damaged protagonist struggling to deal with a past that holds them back from enjoying their present and future. Each is surrounded by cute characters that not only help them to find themselves but shed some light on what could otherwise be a very emotionally overwhelming show. Though the visuals in March are more manga inspired in comparison to April's very polished and sophisticated anime style, both are stunning and work perfectly to capture those emotional scenes that are so critical to driving the story and allow the viewer to not only see but feel the psychological struggle of the main character.

noxhorse noxhorse says...

Both protagonists are prodigies in their fields and have dealt with childhood trauma. They later end up struggling in their fields but are helped by the people around them.

Desiderium Desiderium says...

Both are two cour shows about a young man who suffers from mental illness, and his gradual recovery thanks to those around him. 

jeidoishungry jeidoishungry says...

In my opinion, both of the art styles are super beautiful, and so are the stories. Kousei reminds me a lot of Rei, with their looks, personalities, etc. I really do love both of these animes.

TeddytheBear TeddytheBear says...

THEY'RE BOTH GOT GET CHARACTERS, AN INTRIGUING STORYLINE AND YOUNG  CHARACTERS STRONGLY ATTATCHED TO AN ACTIVITY THAT DEFINES THEM. ALSO THE MCS BOTH HAVE BIG SAD

rammyramramram rammyramramram says...

Both anime feature main characters who've lost their passion for their talent. The main protagonists each meet a girl who's a break away from the regular monotony and greyness of their lives, and find their world just a little more tolerable. Your Lie In April has a romance swing to it, however, which Sangatsu no Lion lacks. Instead Sangatsu no Lion lives in the melancholy of the main character. Both can have oppressive amounts of melancholy to them at times, but it's more often with Sangatsu no Lion.

Both fit the major theme of "doing your talent because you're good at it, not because you like it anymore".

Chihayafuru

Chihayafuru

Chihaya Ayase is a famous beauty at her school, but she’s far from a conventional girl. Three years ago in her final year of elementary school, Chihaya and her friend Taichi became infatuated with the card game, Karuta, after connecting with a lonely boy named Arata Wataya. But when the trio graduated from elementary school, they each went their separate ways but shared one common goal: to excel in the game and meet each other at the national championships. Now, Chihaya is attempting to share her passion for the game by creating a competitive Karuta club at school, but when she reunites with Taichi it seems that maybe she’s the only one with the intention of fulfilling their childhood promise...

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Tora3 Tora3 says...

A great anime about passion, dedication for a traditional japaniese game. Has an interesting storry line beside presenting the game, and lives of the characters. 

NarkyOtic NarkyOtic says...

Traditional Japanese games that alienate the main characters from much of everyday life. Trouble with relationships and friendships either failing to blossom as intended or in ways that they shouldn't.

Dramatic/heavily somatic dream sequences during competition and analysis are also a common factor.

Rntt89 Rntt89 says...

Both anime feature traditional Japanese games that their players have a lot of passion and dedication for them or they’re prodigies that have lost interest in the game. They promote good sportsmanship by showing how the characters develop friendship relationships with their rivals in game but still getting along outside of it. Both anime let the viewer get a good idea of the game, show many competitions and the pressure of the players while they’re at them and the struggle of trying to overcome your current limits.

Tommyliminus Tommyliminus says...

Both shows are incredible, moving and beautiful series! They're about sports/competitive games that you likely aren't interested in but the characters and stories make them shine. Absolute must watches for anyone who loves anime as a medium. The actual games are tense, heart pounding and keep you on the edge of your seat in a way that they never would be in any other format than Anime. You genuinely owe it to yourself to give either a shot. In a similar way I would also compare Your lie in April but that will destroy your soul and emotions so just be careful!:)

wucchu wucchu says...

Both animes are focusing on old traditional Japanese games, Chihayafuru on Karuta and 3-gatsu on Shogi instead. Because of these games the characters develop through victories and defeats. Both animes are good at showing passion towards the things you love and also show struggles that you may come across.

snivets snivets says...

Both shows feature traditional Japanese games and are heavily focused on characters growing, maturing, and experiencing different personal challenges as they face various opponents.

Honey and Clover

Honey and Clover

Art college: cradle of romance, home of bittersweet moments. Takemoto is struggling to find his direction in life, while his roommates Morita and Mayama are moving confidently - or recklessly - towards their goals. Enter Hagu-chan, the childlike and beautiful prodigy whom everyone admires; and thus the love triangles begin. Together, the trio explore the pain of first love, the trials of romantic conflict, and our loyalty to those annoying people who happen to be our closest friends.

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abunai abunai says...

It's hardly surprising that one might recommend works by the same mangaka as similar. Umino Chika's stories in March Comes in like a Lion and Honey and Clover are placed in different settings, but they deal with the same subject matter: the yearnings and pains that dwell in people's hearts, and the sometimes surprising truth that nobody is free of such agonies. And yet, both stories are filled with the same life-affirming truth: that togetherness with other people is a balm for this pain. Both these anime are among the best the medium has to offer, and if you enjoy one, you will certainly enjoy the other.

Tanum Tanum says...

Since the first 10 minutes of the first episode, I knew that March Comes in like a Lion was made by the same manga artist with the same character design style and feeling of the show as Honey and Clover. For the hardcore fans of the Honey and Clover anime, this is a must watch.

hachimitsunolion hachimitsunolion says...

Chica Umino is behind both shows. Therefore, you get similar slice of life wholesomeness in writing, characterization and art style. It is definitely worth checking out one if you've seen the other.

Sweetness & Lightning

Sweetness & Lightning

Having lost his wife, math teacher Kouhei Inuzuka is doing his best to raise his young daughter Tsumugi as a single father. He's pretty bad at cooking and doesn't have a huge appetite to begin with, but chance brings his little family and one of his students, Kotori Iida, together for homemade adventures. With those three cooks in the kitchen, it's no wonder this dinner table drama is so delicious.

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daisy113 daisy113 says...

Both have similar feels in the emotional department, and both feature an adorable little girl and good music.

IchigoCake97 IchigoCake97 says...

It kinda makes you feel that family unity vibe. There is a connection through dinner, and a honest love despite the sweet and sourness of life.

The Ryuo's Work is Never Done!

The Ryuo's Work is Never Done!

A teenage boy named Yaichi Kuzuryuu is the strongest shogi player in history, holding the top title of “Ryuo” (Dragon King). One fateful day, shogi-loving elementary student, Ai Hinatsuru, appears before him claiming that he promised to be her master. But was such a promise really ever made? Thus began their master and disciple relationship!

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AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

If you like anime that centers around the Japanese board game Shogi, these are the anime for you. They feature young players with a high level of talent who advanced quite early in life.

Cruckiller Cruckiller says...

both about shogi but the setting is different ones all happy other is all sad but the game of shogi is played very similar and the vibe you get. both all shogi and relationships along the way basically

A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice

After transferring into a new school, a deaf girl, Shouko Nishimiya, is bullied by the popular Shouya Ishida. As Shouya continues to bully Shouko, the class turns its back on him. Shouko transfers and Shouya grows up as an outcast. Alone and depressed, the regretful Shouya finds Shouko to make amends. 

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trottolina trottolina says...

March Comes In Like a Lion and A Silent Voice both focus on a young male protagonist who is suffering with depression.  While dealing with their mental illness isn’t the central story of the series or the film, it is far from incidental.  I’ve had experience of depression and anxiety myself and I was taken by the way these were portrayed here.  I’m all for representation of different experiences on screen, including difficult ones.  

Worosei Worosei says...

Surprised this recommendation connection is quite low, so thought to booster it. 

Both animes deal with the themes of reclusion and isolation. The male protagonist slowly comes to term with who they are and how they interact with other people. The characters met though aren't all perfect though and both animes deal with the hardships of the side characters well too and how their lives get interwoven. 

Good use of humour and emotion in them that really draws you in. 

Hikaru no Go

Hikaru no Go

While examining an old Go board in his grandfather's basement, twelve-year-old Shindo Hikaru is possessed by the restless spirit of Sai, an ancient Go master who has waited for over one thousand years to play the Hand of God: the perfect move. Sai convinces Hikaru to act as a vessel for making his moves, but it is soon clear that Hikaru also enjoys Go and wants to play his own games. Moreover, the rules of Go have changed since Sai's time, and Go players from all over the world are now much stronger, having had the benefit of hundreds of years of evolution and experimentation by the masters before them. Can this unlikely pair form a successful partnership and rise to the top of Japan's Go community, and can Sai finally play the Hand of God and find some peace?

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killin9machine0 killin9machine0 says...

Both main characters are considered prodigies and also go through a period where they are unable to win. They are mocked by someone who is stronger than them. They are both very young when they become pro and this makes others look down on them until proven otherwise.

Mob Psycho 100

Mob Psycho 100

Kageyama Shigeo, a.k.a. "Mob," is a boy who has trouble expressing himself, but who happens to be a powerful esper. Mob is determined to live a normal life and keeps his ESP suppressed, but when his emotions surge to a level of 100%, something terrible happens to him! As he's surrounded by false espers, evil spirits, and mysterious organizations, what will Mob think? What choices will he make?

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SuriZen SuriZen says...

While watching Mob Psycho 100 I was reminded of March Comes in like a Lion because the main characters seem to share a similar trait they both give off the air of loneness, this theme is present is both. In March Comes in like a Lion the protagonist is lonely because of his past, in Mob Psycho it's because he bottles up his emotions "literally". This theme is more heavy in March Comes in like a Lion.

Shion no Ou

Shion no Ou

When Shion was a young girl, her parents were brutally murdered; and the sight of their dead bodies in a pool of blood caused her to lose her voice. Years later, Shion is now a young woman who was raised by Shinji Yasuoko, a professional Shogi player, and his wife. Shion has become a Shogi player just like her adopted father, and is working her way towards becoming a female Meijin – a master of the sport. With powerful opponents and sinister strangers around every turn, and her parents’ killer still on the loose, Shion’s path to glory has never seemed more challenging!

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GrnEydDvl GrnEydDvl says...

I usually hate recommendations like this one, where we assume that both shows are about shogi, therefore they are similar.  However, I will say that watching one show made me want to watch the other so badly, I thought I would add the recommendation.  Both of these shows are about a child who is orphaned at a young age, who gets adopted by a shoji pro and is raised to be a shoji pro themselves.  Each show is a mixture of extreme darkness and extreme warmth, as the characters strive to find a place for themselves in their new world.  At the end of the day, both shows are about love, family, friendship, overcoming loss and hardship, and yes, shogi!

Clannad

Clannad

Tomoya Okazaki is a third-year high school student who is generally bored with life and doesn't take his studies, future, or anything else seriously. One day, however, he meets a lonely-looking girl in the school courtyard, Nagisa Furukawa. She explains to him the source of her loneliness: she had missed a lot of the previous school year and thus is repeating her third year; everybody that she knew has already graduated, and she is lonely. Tomoya is rather indifferent at first, but decides that he has nothing better to do and spends increasingly more time helping Nagisa restore the school drama club. As his relationship with Nagisa grows, Tomoya begins to open up to various other people around the school as well...

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bluefeatherr bluefeatherr says...

Both anime have protagonists that struggle with mental health and family issues. The atmosphere and tone feel similar, and both shows put a lot of emphasis on family and friends.