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Live-Action March comes in like a lion Films Unveil New Teaser Trailer, Poster

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2 films based on Chika Umino's manga open on March 18, April 22

The official website for the two live-action films of Chika Umino's March comes in like a lion (Sangatsu no Lion) manga revealed the first teaser trailer and poster visual for the film on Wednesday. The teaser focuses on the life of protagonist Rei Kiriyama (Ryunosuke Kamiki).

The films will open in Japan on March 18 and April 22, respectively.

The cast includes (from left to right):

  • Ryunosuke Kamiki as Rei Kiriyama
  • Kuranosuke Sasaki as Kai Shimada, a hard-working shōgi player from Yamagata prefecture
  • Hideaki Ito as Masamune Gotō, a shōgi player with an intimidating face
  • Ryo Kase as Tōji Sōya, the youngest shōgi Meijin-level player at 21 years old
  • Kasumi Arimura as Kyōko Koda, Masachika's daughter who acts like a sister to Rei
  • Etsushi Toyokawa as Masachika Kōda, Rei's foster father
  • Kana Kurashina as Akari Kawamoto, the oldest of the Kawamoto sisters
  • Kaya Kiyohara as Hinata Kawamoto, the middle child of the Kawamoto sisters
  • Chise Niitsu as Momo Kawamoto, the youngest of the Kawamoto sisters
  • Gin Maeda as Someji Kawamoto, the grandfather of the Kawamoto family

  • Issei Takahashi as Takashi Hayashida, a teacher in Rei's school
  • Ryō Iwamatsu as Takanori Jingūji, chairman of the Japan Shōgi Association
  • Shigeru Saiki as Sakutarō Yanagihara, the oldest active A-rank shōgi player at 60 years old
  • Tomoya Nakamura as Tatsuyuki "Sumisu" Misumi, one of Rei's seniors in shōgi
  • Hiroyuki Onoue as Issa Matsumoto, one of Rei's seniors in shōgi
  • Eita Okuno as Junkei Yamazaki, Rei's opponent in the beginner's match
  • Masahiro Komoto as Manabu Yasui, a shōgi player who disturbs Rei's heart
  • Yuka Itaya as Misaki, the aunt of the Kawamoto sisters, who watches over them

Kamiki and director Keishi Ōtomo previously worked together on the live-action Rurouni Kenshin films. Ōtomo directed the films, and Kamiki played the character Sōjirō Seta.

The story of the March comes in like a lion manga follows a solitary shōgi player named Rei and his relationships with a neighboring family. He becomes acquainted with Akari, and two young girls, Hinata and Momo, who also have a large number of cats.

Umino started the series in Young Animal in 2007, and Hakusensha released the 12th compiled volume on September 29. 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.

A television anime adaptation of the manga is currently airing, with Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Bakemonogatari director Akiyuki Simbo directing the anime at SHAFT. The anime premiered on NHK on October 8. Daisuki and Crunchyroll are both streaming the series as it airs in Japan, and Aniplex of America has licensed the series.

Source: Comic Natalie


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