March Comes In Like a Lion (aka 3-gatsu no Lion) is a beloved romantic and slice-of-life anime series. It was adapted from the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Chica Umino, known for ‘Honey and Clover’, which met with the audience for the first time in 2016. So far, the two-season was originally aired on NHK G and licensed by Aniplex of America. What makes it popular all over the world is that it has been broadcast also on Netflix, Crunchyroll, and Funimation. Created by studio Shaft, the anime was directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and Kenjirou Okada. After the second season, which aired between October 14, 2017, and March 31, 2018, fans wonder, though years have passed: Will there be a third season of the anime?
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What is the plotline of the anime?
Anime has a very depressing story. Rei has been a very good shogi player since middle school. A 17-year-old, lonely professional player, Rei is very emotional, even a little depressed. Because after his real family dies, he has problems with his adoptive family (more precisely with his step-siblings), and his emotionally immature personality prevents him from overcoming these problems.
Strangely enough, Rei finds himself a close friend of the three sisters while living his own quiet life. Unlike Rei, Akari, Hinata, and Momo, who are full of joy, live with their grandfathers and maintain their joy of life despite the difficult living conditions. Rei endures the stress of professional shogi while trying to unravel family relationships. But will these three sisters, whom he just met, have enough power to change his outlook on all events and people in Rei’s life? This is exactly what the series wants to tell.
Will there be a third season of the anime?
At the time of writing, as of March 2021, anime has not yet been renewed for a third season. Waiting a long time between two different seasons of animes is a situation that we are used to. There is no official statement yet, but it is always possible to see a new season when enough source material is available. Major factors such as disc sales, manga stock material adequacy, and popularity directly affect the anime’s new season decision. Under these factors, we speculated whether the anime would have a new season.
Manga status of the anime
March Comes In Like a Lion or Sangatsu no Lion, as we mentioned at the beginning of the article, was adapted from the manga written by Chica Umino. The manga series published by Hakusensha has been featured in Young Animal magazine since 2007. The manga series, which has 15 volumes in total, was last released on December 26, 2019, and has not yet made a final.
The first season of the anime covers volumes 1-5. In the second season, up to the 9th volume was adapted up to the 89th chapter. The manga has 166 chapters so far, and almost half of them have been adapted. In other words, the manga series contains more source material for about two seasons. There does not seem to be a problem in terms of manga for the second season of the anime.
If you’re too impatient to wait for a new season of the anime, you can read the rest of the story starting in Chapter 90 of the manga series. However, there is currently no publisher publishing in English. American publisher Denpa announced that it would air the manga series in the summer of 2022.
Disc sales in terms of the third season
Disc sales are very important in anime new season decisions. A new season requires a certain budget and is expected to sell at least 4,000 copies to create a new season of the anime. When it falls below this number, it does not seem profitable enough mostly. The anime had sold 6,228 units in the first season, and that number was above targets. It sold 2,273 units for the second season. Looking at the second season disc sales, it seems that the first season has lost some of its popularity in Japan. A third season is a low probability considering the second season disc sales, but not impossible because anime does not only generate revenue from disc sales.
In Japan, NHK joins the production committee, and invests in anime production, holds the prospect of a new season strong. Besides, the fact that the anime shares broadcasting rights with a worldwide platform such as Netflix is another detail that increases the possibilities for a third season. (The anime’s current popularity score is 89.5%. Over 100 thousand people follow anime’s Twitter Page, and it’s perfect for an anime.)
When is the release date of the third season?
There is no confirmation yet for the anime’s third season, and it is impossible to know a clear release date. As a result of our evaluation, we think that the third season of the anime will be released despite the time that has passed. 70% probability the anime will have a new season. The only negative point is that the second season disc sales have fallen. However, it makes up for this gap with major distributors publishing the anime. If we see a renewal in the near future, a new season of the anime could meet the audience in mid-2022.
March Comes in Like a Lion Season 3 Plotline
This section contains some highlights from the manga and carries spoiler risk.
Dark characters will appear in the third season of the anime. In the third season, it is expected to Rei plays against dark characters such as Namerikawa and Radio. Fujimoto Radio is a strong character with lion hair and a beard and is a self-confident character with a generous personality. It is expected that Seijiro, the father who abandoned the three sisters, will appear in the third season. Seijiro proposes to live with the three sisters. However, Rei finds out that Seijiro’s soul is different. The third highlight of the third season is the love affair over Akari. Akari is liked by many men because of her beauty and personality. Still, it is expected that Professor Hayashida and Shimada’s acts, who were particularly fascinated by Akari, will be the highlights in the third term.