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Futaba Anzu
May 5, 2011

GROSS BOY



i liked the bump of chicken ed

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Dan7el
Dec 7, 2008



I've been following the manga for a while. I think of the story as a mixture of Hikari No Go mixed with Your Lie in April.

I loved the moon in this episode.

Davincie
Jul 7, 2008

Wiggle to the right
Wiggle to the left
Wiggle to the post that's best


i wish they used picture shogi tiles so i could follow the games

Futaba Anzu
May 5, 2011

GROSS BOY



Davincie posted:

i wish they used picture shogi tiles so i could follow the games

Smh if u don't already understand the metaphorical nuances and meaning of each individual shogi piece and piece arrangements that are going into explaining the story

Compendium
Jun 18, 2013

M-E-J-E-D


I know people have been bringing up Your Lie in April as a comparison a lot, but 3 Gatsu is much better also it has more food

That said, I can see why comparisons would be drawn. There's the tragedy in the four-eyes' lives, their one skill that simultaneously supports and tortures them (piano and shogi), and then there are lady character(s) that bring a light to their lives. Both series also balances silly comedy with melodramatic moments.

I did read all of Your Lie in April and it did end when it needed to, I give it that much. I don't think the lighthearted bits worked as well as they do in 3 Gatsu though. There's something about Rei and his connection with the Kawamotos and his emotional journey in shogi and real life that I'm much more invested in and Umino's art style really conveys both sides of happy and heart wrenching moments very effectively.

Compendium fucked around with this message at 20:37 on Oct 8, 2016

devtesla
Jan 2, 2012




Grimey Drawer

I like Your Lie in April a lot, but even with only watching one episode of the anime I can tell this is gonna be way better.

darkgray
Dec 20, 2005

My best pose facing the morning sun!


Vol 12 of the manga is out, and there's a special edition that comes with a booklet containing some kind novelette written by Nishio Ishin, with a crossover between the Monogatari series and March Lion. Wonder if it's any good. Struck me that there's quite a bit of crossover in the voice actors picked for the anime adaptations as well.

Anyway, first episode was quite sublime. This will however not be a candidate for this year's best anime, so you know!

Cake Attack
Mar 26, 2010



keep araragi away from that innocent family

RME
Feb 20, 2012



First episode was good, there was a moment i really liked, when he gets that second text from the older sister. it was very on-point with depicting depression that small exchange, and the relation and understanding it set in a small moment i really liked i guess (incidentally yuri!!! on ice had a pretty real feeling of anxiety too, not just in his performance but in his whole homecoming sequence). Small things like that always feel like a good way to get me to care about characters/want to see them succeed and it got it right off the bat

Sonata Mused
Feb 19, 2013

I'll show you... a nightmare...


I think this was everything I wanted. Perfect adaptation for me.

Mulva
Sep 13, 2011

LET THIS PICTURE OF AN ADORABLE KITTEN FOOL YOU


Depending on how far into the story it goes, March Comes in Like a Lion might be the last anime to save anime this year. If they get really far into the story, it might save anime twice. Just a ridiculously beautiful story with about a million high points.

e: Possibly it will save anime 3 times.

Mulva fucked around with this message at 07:20 on Oct 9, 2016

Julias
Jun 24, 2012




Cake Attack posted:

keep araragi away from that innocent family

This.

Not having read the manga, I have no idea where the story or characters go, but from the first episode, I'm hooked. Beautiful visuals, great direction, and loveable characters. I also enjoyed the contrasts between the quick, high-energy moments and the mellow, drawn out moments.

Definitely going to keep up with this one.

Nate RFB
Jan 17, 2005



Clapping Larry

Wow! That was great! Wow!!

Futaba Anzu posted:

the main character looks like the guy from the april show
It may just be the timing when I started reading Lion (shortly after finishing the manga for Your Lie in April), everything about March Comes in like a Lion reeked of "This is totally Your Lie in April but 1000% better in every conceivable way."

Compendium
Jun 18, 2013

M-E-J-E-D


I think the varied cast and the multi-faceted nature of them and the story helps 3-Gatsu a lot, while Your Lie in April is kind of just more stereotypical and it was headed down one straight path. Which in a way, again, is good. It knew what it was and where it was gonna go.

Coaaab
Aug 6, 2006

Wish I was there...


I have to believe that the the 3-gatsu manga had to have provided some inspiration for the YLiA manga.

AnacondaHL
Feb 15, 2009


I was shocked to see this was SHAFT, but also not shocked. Good too see them flex their style beyond what they're known for. The quality of some of the background images were so good that they were distracting me from the character drama setup.

krnhotwings
May 7, 2009


Grimey Drawer

I started watching this on a whim and was totally caught off guard. I pretty much liked everything about the first episode (art, animation, directing, sound, music.. all of it.) The quality of the first episode has my confidence for AotS, possibly AotY at this rate.

AnacondaHL posted:

I was shocked to see this was SHAFT, but also not shocked
If you hadn't mentioned it, I would have never guessed it was SHAFT just 'cause of the very different art style.

Cialis Railman
Apr 20, 2007



This show's real good, y'all.

Successful Businessmanga
Mar 28, 2010



The cats are the best!

Cialis Railman posted:

This show's real good, y'all.

Dan7el
Dec 7, 2008



The burning question for me though, may already be answered. In the latest manga, we find out how much our main protagonist makes in a year.

I won't spoil it, but you can read it on your own if you're interested.

Anyway, I did a quick search and found out that the average salary for a Japanese school teacher is about 7 million per year. That's a fairly good salary, if you ask me.

Interesting to see how well the top-10 professional Shogi players fare.

You see these guys all sitting in their rooms with just the two players and some dude keeping score. Who pays for all this? I don't see that it's being broadcasted or anything. Does the Japanese government fund this stuff just because?

z0glin Warchief
May 16, 2007



Dan7el posted:

Who pays for all this? I don't see that it's being broadcasted or anything.

I've heard it's primarily newspapers that pay to host tournaments and for the exclusive rights to list results and such, and their "salary" comes largely out of that. Not sure how true that is.

Phobophilia
Apr 26, 2008
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i'd like to say the opening scene was stultifying, rei absolutely alone, no one walking in his direction

and then we meet the kawamotos, and they drag rei kicking and screaming out of his hell. family is what you make of it, perhaps third time is a charm

Mentat Radnor
Apr 24, 2008

~Water flowers every day~


z0glin Warchief posted:

I've heard it's primarily newspapers that pay to host tournaments and for the exclusive rights to list results and such, and their "salary" comes largely out of that. Not sure how true that is.

Yes, they explain it further in the 3-gatsu manga. Most of the major tournaments are sponsored by newspapers. The manga also has end-pages written by pro or retired pro shogi players who spend a page writing about how the actual shogi scene works, and it seems like the the mangaka has tried to keep the setting as realistic as possible.


Cialis Railman posted:

This show's real good, y'all.

I've been telling everyone I know that it's going to be good for weeks now. SHAFT did not disappoint, this is an excellent adaptation.

Mentat Radnor fucked around with this message at 15:42 on Oct 9, 2016

Mikl
Nov 8, 2009

Vote shit sandwich or the shit sandwich gets it!


Everything is perfect.

The OP is perfect.

Kiriyama's bare room is perfect.

The match scene is perfect.

The Kawamotos' house is perfect.

Momo is super cute and perfect.

The cats are perfect.

The food is perfect.

Nikaidou is perfect.

The ED is perfect.

Everything is perfect.

Anime of the year.

Symbolic Butt
Mar 22, 2009

(_!_)


Buglord

I laughed that the teacher got the same voice as Reigen from Mob Psycho 100.

z0glin Warchief
May 16, 2007



I finally got to watch episode one, and holy shiiiiit I was right, I used to live literally in walking distance to there up until just a few months ago. It's an incredibly cool area sandwiched between the bay, the "old Tokyo" northeast, and the shiny new areas of the man-made islands, which is why you get all those riverways and bridges. Easily my favorite part of Tokyo, and a perfect setting for this story. (and now I feel like poo poo for not having read any of the manga while I was living there aaaugh)









You can see the Tsukishima train station Rei took, the Sumiyoshi Shrine, the elementary and middle schools, etc.


The red marker is Tsukudako-bashi (bridge), the one from the images above. Ueno, on the right, is pretty stereotypically "old Tokyo," and Ryogoku is the big traditional Sumo area. Toyosu is a fancy new area, and those islands are the man-made islands; Odaiba and Tokyo Big Sight are just past Shijo-Mae there off-screen (this is also around where the 2020 Olympics will be held). Minato and Chiyoda are some of the biggest business districts, with the area surrounding the Imperial Palace (the island of green by the Chiyoda text) home to both a bunch of prestigious business headquarters, the major national government buildings like the National Diet, and tons of skyscrapers.

You can basically draw a line down the middle of this image (slightly to the right, actually), and you've split it between "old and traditional" and "new and shiny," though it's a fuzzy one (see the Tsukiji fish market a little on the left).


Sendagaya, where Rei went to play that shogi match, is the area between the two green areas just below the Shinjuku text. Probably took him about 40 minutes to get there depending on how far from the station he had to walk.

cave emperor
Sep 1, 2016



Me watching episode 1 of the Marching Lion anime:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSMN5y_b7z4

Cowwan
Feb 23, 2011


RME posted:

First episode was good, there was a moment i really liked, when he gets that second text from the older sister. it was very on-point with depicting depression that small exchange, and the relation and understanding it set in a small moment i really liked i guess (incidentally yuri!!! on ice had a pretty real feeling of anxiety too, not just in his performance but in his whole homecoming sequence). Small things like that always feel like a good way to get me to care about characters/want to see them succeed and it got it right off the bat

devtesla
Jan 2, 2012




Grimey Drawer

Woah, thank you z0glin!

Julias
Jun 24, 2012




devtesla posted:

Woah, thank you z0glin!

ViggyNash
Oct 9, 2012


Araki posted:

Me watching episode 1 of the Marching Lion anime:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSMN5y_b7z4

Agreed.

Things I thought were really loving good about the episode:

- Shots of his apartment at the beginning: In just a few shots, Shinbou communicates all the basics of Rei's life and personality, but leaves out the most important details for later, where they would make more of an impact.

- News broadcast about the kid murdering his dad, and subsequent shots: This scene really hit home how guilty Rei feels about his life. Its the only aspect of Rei that is overstated by the show, which makes it even more impactful.

- Dinner scene: The entire scene is just tons of fun! Not only does it serve to introduce the three sisters and their varied personalities, but.also builds Rei's character through his relationship with them.

- Bridge scene: We already know that Rei is alone at this point. But this scene hammers home how much Rei wants to be alone. The three sisters may have lost their parents, but they are still a very much functional, if mismatched, family, as shown by the dinner scene and the bridge scene. Rei could easily be part of that family, but instead he constantly wants to push them away.

Lets hope Shinbou can keep this up for a whole season. Judging by peoples opinions of the source, it seems there's plenty of good material for him and Shaft to work with.

Mentat Radnor
Apr 24, 2008

~Water flowers every day~


ViggyNash posted:

- Shots of his apartment at the beginning: In just a few shots, Shinbou communicates all the basics of Rei's life and personality, but leaves out the most important details for later, where they would make more of an impact.

These opening shots, and indeed almost all of the first episode, are 1:1 taken from the manga panels right down to the camera angles. Shinbou took that already fantastic framing and put movement and that deliberate pacing to it that really lets it sink in.

I can skim over those two pages of manga in just a few seconds, but being forced to have my gaze linger on each detail of Rei's room while listening to the sounds of his neighborhood really wowed me. Great directing. "Don't change what's already perfect about the source material, just make it shine like it never could in still, black and white panels." or something like that.

ViggyNash posted:

Lets hope Shinbou can keep this up for a whole season. Judging by peoples opinions of the source, it seems there's plenty of good material for him and Shaft to work with.

The manga is one of my favorites, and I'm already sold on this adaptation.

ViggyNash
Oct 9, 2012


Mentat Radnor posted:

These opening shots, and indeed almost all of the first episode, are 1:1 taken from the manga panels right down to the camera angles. Shinbou took that already fantastic framing and put movement and that deliberate pacing to it that really lets it sink in.

I can skim over those two pages of manga in just a few seconds, but being forced to have my gaze linger on each detail of Rei's room while listening to the sounds of his neighborhood really wowed me. Great directing. "Don't change what's already perfect about the source material, just make it shine like it never could in still, black and white panels." or something like that.

Yeah, the pacing/editing of that scene was really drat good. It's pretty cool that the manga did that shot composition first.

Gnossiennes
Jan 7, 2013


Loving chairs more every day!



So, I've been trying to learn Japanese for fun (reason I give: to translate design publications, real reason: manga), and I've been doing it for a while now. A (Japanese) co-worker i met recently offered to bring me some manga, and one of the volumes he brought is March Comes in Like a Lion vol 1.

I've already read everything translated so far, but it's nice to see it in person, on paper. Hard as gently caress to read, though, tbqh. No furigana :'( if I don't know a word, I have to handwrite it to pull it up, and goddamn some of the chars are so tiny i can barely figure out the radicals.

But seriously, overall I was just happy he brought me stuff, but seeing that volume was so thrilling to me. Like "ohhhh I know this one!!" Plus, I'm so used to seeing scans on a screen, I forgot how nice real books are. And the font choices/proportion make much more sense than in the scanlations, and flow much better.

StandardVC10
Feb 6, 2007

Dreams, Amelia - dreams and false alarms

Megamarm

Watched the first episode of this. No idea what's going on (never read the manga) but it's fascinating to watch.

Okuyasu Nijimura
May 31, 2015




Gnossiennes posted:

But seriously, overall I was just happy he brought me stuff, but seeing that volume was so thrilling to me. Like "ohhhh I know this one!!" Plus, I'm so used to seeing scans on a screen, I forgot how nice real books are. And the font choices/proportion make much more sense than in the scanlations, and flow much better.

The scanlations get a little better as you go along and definitely look nicer now; it seems like the redrawing for them borders on being hellish at times. I think it's more or less just Kewl0210 doing it now since it's not a Be With You project anymore? Anyway yeah I bought all of the volumes too and it's really nice to flip through them

Cake Attack
Mar 26, 2010



im going to marry nikaido

Sharkopath
May 27, 2009



Get you a girl gonna help you vomit.

Okuyasu Nijimura
May 31, 2015




I wish I had something more substantive to say than "this was a good episode" but I really don't, it just makes me really happy to see how well the manga comes across onscreen and how great it is at evoking that emotion you get when reading it. I love the pacing, too, since it's a lot easier to read through quickly without really appreciating some of those details.

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HiveCommander
Jun 19, 2012



tbh the show didn't seem that exciting from the description but I'm really glad I picked this up.

Compendium posted:

I know people have been bringing up Your Lie in April as a comparison a lot, but 3 Gatsu is much better also it has more food

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