March comes in like a lion Anime Casts Yuji Ueda as Eisaku Noguchi
The official website for the television anime of Chika Umino‘s March comes in like a lion (Sangatsu no Lion) manga revealed last Friday that Yuji Ueda (Show By Rock!!‘s Maple, Pokémon‘s Takeshi/Brock) will play Eisaku Noguchi. The character is a senior member of the science club in the original manga.
March comes in like a lion premiered on NHK in Japan in October. The anime premiered for North American audiences on Crunchyroll and Daisuki in October. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs, and Daisuki is streaming the episodes one week later.
Akiyuki Simbo (Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Bakemonogatari) is directing the anime at SHAFT. Nobuhiro Sugiyama (ef: a tale of memories, Arakawa Under the Bridge, Nisekoi – False Love) is designing the characters for animation. Seiki Tamura (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, K-ON!, Mr. Osomatsu) is credited for art direction, while Yasuhiro Nakura (Nekomonogatari (Black), Monogatari Series Second Season, Hanamonogatari key animation) is credited for art setting. Yukari Hashimoto (Toradora!, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Mr. Osomatsu) is composing the music, while Toshiki Kameyama (Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, Nisekoi – False Love, Kan Colle) is the sound director. NHK listed the anime with 22 episodes.
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 have a large number of cats.
Umino started the series in Young Animal in 2007, and Hakusensha shipped the 12th compiled volume in September. 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.
The manga is inspiring two live-action films starring Ryunosuke Kamiki in the lead role, and Keishi Ōtomo directing. The films will open in Japan in March and April.