“March Comes in like a Lion” is a popular manga series about shogi, also known as Japanese chess, and its TV anime adaptation will premiere in fall 2016.
It is announced that BUMP OF CHICKEN will release a new song for the opening of the anime series.
Additionally, their previous collaboration song, “Fighter” will be used for the ending!
“March Comes in like a Lion” and BUMP OF CHICKEN collaborated in November 2014, for the limited edition of the 10th volume of the manga series and their music video, “Fighter”.
They have respected each other as great creators for long, and BUMP OF CHICKEN made a new song called “Fighter” as their reaction to the manga series. The author, Chika Umino, listened to it and drew a spin-off chapter of the series. It was distributed as an unprecedented collaboration.
As the TV anime adaptation of the series was announced, they were eager for BUMP OF CHICKEN, who had shown their best love for the original manga, to do the opening song, and their second collaboration was finally realized.
In addition, they have announced that their previous collaboration song, “Fighter” will be used for the ending! We have received comments from the members too!
BUMP OF CHICKEN Profile
BUMP OF CHICKEN is a Japanese alternative rock group of four childhood friends. The members are Motoo Fujiwara, Hiroaki Masukawa, Yoshifumi Naoi and Hideo Masu. In February, 1996, they had their first performance with these members. In the year of 2000, they released their first debut single, “Diamond” from a major label. Their first album on major label, “Jupiter”, was released in 2002 and was their first number one hit on the Oricon Weekly Charts, selling over 900,000 copies in total. In February, 2015, they released their live documentary video, “BUMP OF CHICKEN WILLPOLIS 2014” on DVD and Blu-ray. On April 22nd in the same year released a double A-side single, “Hello, world!/Colony”. “Hello, world!” was used for the opening song of the anime series “Blood Blockade Battlefront”, and “Colony” was used for the theme song of the live action movie, “Parasyte: Part 2”. On the new year’s eve of 2015, they performed at the most famous TV music show, called “NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen” for the first time. Their 8th album, “Butterflies”, released in February, 2016, made a huge hit record, selling more than their previous album, “RAY”. It’s been 16 years since they debuted on the major label, and their fans still continue to increase. It is a phenomenal group, majorly popular among the young people but also with a wide variety of fanbase, regardless of gender and age.
Comments by BUMP OF CHICKEN:
Q1: How do you like working on the collaboration with Chika Umino again?
We are so glad to be able to work on a collaboration again with our favorite manga, “March Comes in like a Lion”. I’m really anxious about its sequel at the moment and want to read it very soon.
Q2: What do you expect from the anime adaptation of “March Comes in like a Lion”?
I’m really looking forward to seeing what her beautiful pictures will be like when animated, and also actually hearing all the great lines that I have read as letters in manga. I can’t wait for the premiere.
The manga overview
“March Comes in like a Lion” is a big hit ongoing manga series by Chika Umino, best known for another ongoing series “Honey and Clover”. It is about shogi or Japanese chess, published in Hakusensha’s “Young Animal” magazine. Currently 11 volumes of the series have been released. It won the fourth Manga Taishou Award in 2011 and the 35th Kodansha Manga Award in the general category. In 2014, it won the Grand Prize of the 18th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, and in 2015, it won the first place in “Book of the Year 2015” in comic category on the magazine “Da Vinci”. The TV anime adaptation of the series will premiere on NHK in 2016 fall, and the live action movie adaptation is scheduled to premiere in 2017.
The protagonist, Rei Kiriyama, lost his family in a traffic accident when he was still a child. He is a 17 years old professional shogi player, suffering solitude. He lives by himself in Shitamachi area of eastern Tokyo, and meets a family of three sisters, Akari, Hinata, and Momo, who then start changing his life little by little. This is a heart-warming story where various people regain “something” they have lost in the past. And it is also a story of struggles.
Original author: Chika Umino (published in Hakusensha’s Young Animal)
Director: Akiyuki Shinbou
Character design: Nobuhiro Sugiyama
Art Setting: Yasuhiro Nakura
Art Director: Seiki Tamura
Sound Director: Toshiki Kameyama
Music: Yukari Hashimoto
Animation Studio: Shaft
Production: “March Comes in like a Lion” Anime Production Committee
Copyright: Chika Umino, Hakusensha/“March Comes in like a Lion” Anime Production Committee
TV anime adaptation “March Comes in like a Lion” will premiere on NHK Sougou in fall, 2016.