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Sangatsu no Lion 2
(16 episodes watched):|
The original Lion series seemed decidedly incomplete when it wrapped up, and here's why--because there was at least one additional season in the making. The story picks up where it left off. Rei is at a meeting of his high school science club (the science club and Shogi clubs were combined to get enough members). He experiences an 'Aha' moment when his fellow members ask him exactly why he plays Shogi. Again, the plot of this show has such complexity and sophistication that I almost feel that I'm watching an animated version of a novel. In many anime it's clear from episode one that no semblance of a moving plot is ever going to come together, but not here. This story is clearly going somewhere.
The story goes off on a sort of a tangent when Hina gets into trouble at her middle school when she stands up to three girls who bullied a friend of hers. I wonder how this can interplay with the main theme of Rei's career as a Shogi player and struggle to find self-confidence and peace. We also learn that a rival of his, Nikaidou, has a serious problem of his own. This show clearly isn't about just Rei. Rei finally takes on the silver-haired Shogi genius Souya, and makes a surprising discovery about why he behaves the way he does. I might point out that I still don't feel that the story as a whole is anywhere near a climax and conclusion, even though it is well into a second season. For example, the issue of Rei's sister has yet to be addressed this season. I assume the crucial issue will be Rei making peace with himself over his troubled past and the stressful, highly competitive career he follows. Finding a way to be happy, basically.
Last updated Saturday, February 17 2018. Created Wednesday, October 25 2017.
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