Rei continues to explore the mind of fellow shogi players in this new episode of 3-gatsu no Lion; the experience isn’t quite as heartwarming as the last time, but perhaps more revealing.
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3-gatsu no Lion has a rare shogi-focused episode… though there’s little actual shogi. The show, once again, centers itself on themes such as the meaning of the game to its player.
After riding on depression for a long time, 3-gatsu no Lion finally gives Rei some happiness and much anticipated progress.
3-gatsu no Lion returns with a superb uninterrupted twenty-four minutes of… Rei talking.
3-gatsu no Lion comes out of its lull to give us perhaps its best episode yet, as it confronts Rei’s painful past in the form of flashbacks.
Like an athlete tired after a marathon, 3-gatsu no Lion goes for its calmest episode yet right after its first shogi match. While preceding entries each advanced the story in their own way, this one is built on subtle hints alone, making it somewhat unsatisfying.
3-gatsu no Lion goes, to the general surprise, with an episode mostly dedicated to none other than shogi; and we gain further insight into the show’s ever more attaching cast along the way.
Far from jumping right into the shogi action, 3-gatsu no Lion goes for an introspective offering. While the choice is fine, it underlines one important aspect: the shogi is no more than an outlet in this show.