We never had the opportunity to know Souya for the weird human he really is, and this episode of 3-gatsu no Lion (March Comes in like a Lion) focused on exactly that. Not on the match and definitely not on Rei’s unavoidable water metaphors. This episode was about Souya and how strange and fascinating he really is.
Japanese Title: 白い嵐② / 白い嵐③ / 白い嵐④
Chapter 74 – White Storm Pt2
The first chapter of the episode focused on the first match between Rei and Souya. Up until now, Souya had the role of the unreachable, the mythical shogi champion to whom Rei looked up to. There was no other connection to him than the world of shogi and we knew nothing of him, except that he was too weird to be true. For once more, I was lost in all the shogi moves and strategy references, but it was evident that Rei’s tingling fingers were going to play a role later on. The rain and piano in the beginning of the episode matched well with Souya’s white bird comparison. Souya, for at least this chapter, kept his mythical qualities, those of a shogi God who lives for nothing else but the game. I am so jealous of his state of flow.
Chapter 75 – White Storm Pt3
The next chapter built on the previous. The match was more a two-way conversation between the contenders than a battle for victory. For Rei, Souya was that one opponent whom he couldn’t read, maintaining that mystified aura around him. An aura that persisted until the post-match review. In a scene that was so amazing it had to be narrated from those who were mesmerized by its strangeness, Rei and Souya went through the review without words. In just one scene, Rei and Souya were brought to the same level, one that most of their fellow players would never reach. A level of shogi comprehension that required just the board and the pieces.
Chapter 76 – White Storm Pt4
I’m still not sure if Rei’s assessment that sound for Souya doesn’t exist means literally that he’s deaf or that shogi is the only thing he understands and that he is just not interested in talking with people. I am betting on the first, but it really doesn’t matter, even if Souya’s deafness explains most of the stranger scenes, like his unusual interview answers. During their little adventure through the train station of an unfamiliar town, however, Souya and Rei found common ground.
Konbini: The convenience store close to the end had a very familiar name: Sangatsu!
Umbrellas: Those see-through umbrellas brought back many wonderful memories from my first trip to Japan. It was a rainy day when I rushed to a konbini to buy an umbrella and this see-through type was all they had. I still have that umbrella.
The Familiar is Strange
Another familiar episode of 3-gatsu no Lion: a bit weird and unstructured but, overall, to the point when it came to where it wanted to focus, Souya. I am already excited to see where the beautiful and eerily natural relationship between the two will go in the next episode.
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NEXT TIME: White Storm (Part 4, Continued) / White Storm (Part 5) / Restart (白い嵐④ (承前) / 白い嵐⑤ / 再始動)
TV Anime 3-gatsu no Lion (March Comes in like a Lion)