We love slice of life stories, and this fall we are getting one of the best of them all adapted into anime and a live action movie.March Comes in Like a Lion (Sangatsu no Lion in Japanese) is a deeply intricate and emotional tale of a high school boy named Rei Kiriyama, who is an accomplished competitive shogi player (alos known as Japanese chess or the Generals’ Game).Although Rei is a shogi phenom, he lives an isolated life, having been shunned by his adoptive family, and unable to make friends at school.He meets the Kawamoto family (and their many, many house cats), who become his support group and open his eyes to the strength of having friends. Besides taking a serious look at the world of competitive shogi, the manga offers readers a beautiful glimpse at the struggles of a young man trying to figure out who he is and what is important to him.Directing the anime is Akiyuki Shimbo, who also helmed Puella Magi Madoka Magika and Bakemonogatari. The theme song will be performed by anime opening fan favorite, Bump of Chicken.It was also announced that two live action films for March Comes In Like a Lion will premiere in 2017 in Japan, with actor Ryunosuke Kamiki (Bakuman, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno) as the lead role of Rei Kiriyama. The film is being directed by Keishi Otomo, who also directed all three of the acclaimed Rurouni Kenshin live action movies.March Comes In Like a Lion is written by Chika Umino, famous for creating Honey and Clover, which has been adapted into an anime series as well as a live action film, and won numerous manga awards since its start. March Comes In Like a Lion has also won several awards, including the esteemed Grand Prize of the 18th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.We are super excited for the series to debut, and the live action films. It’s sure to be an emotional roller coaster of youthful feels. Hop on, kids.