The recent television anime series based on Chika Umino’s March comes in like a lion manga ended on Saturday and announced that a second anime series has been green-lit for an October premiere on the NHK-General channel. The first series will rerun on NHK’s E-Tele channel on Fridays at 7:25 p.m. starting on April 7.
The story of the March comes in like a lion manga follows Rei, a solitary player of shōgi (a Japanese board game related to Western chess), and his relationships with a neighboring family. He becomes acquainted with Akari, and two young girls, Hinata and Momo, who also have have a large number of cats.
The first March comes in like a lion television anime series premiered on NHK in Japan in October and ran for two consecutive cours or half a year before ending on Saturday. The anime premiered for North American audiences on Crunchyroll and Daisuki in October. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs, and Daisuki is streaming the episodes one week later.
Akiyuki Simbo (Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Bakemonogatari) directed the anime at SHAFT. Nobuhiro Sugiyama (ef: a tale of memories, Arakawa Under the Bridge, Nisekoi – False Love) designed the characters for animation. Seiki Tamura (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, K-ON!, Mr. Osomatsu) was credited for art direction, while Yasuhiro Nakura (Nekomonogatari (Black), Monogatari Series Second Season, Hanamonogatari key animation) was credited for art setting. Yukari Hashimoto (Toradora!, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Mr. Osomatsu) composed the music, while Toshiki Kameyama (Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, Nisekoi – False Love, Kan Colle) was the sound director. NHK listed the anime with 22 episodes.
Umino started the manga series in Hakusensha’s Young Animal magazine in 2007, and Hakusensha shipped the 12th compiled volume in September. The series has won several awards including the Manga Taisho award and Kodansha Manga award in 2011. The manga also won the 18th Tezuka Osamu Prizes’ Top Award in March 2014.
The manga is inspiring two live-action films starring Ryunosuke Kamiki in the lead role, and Keishi Ōtomo directing. The films are opening in Japan on March 18 and April.
Source: Anime News Network