[FIRST IMPRESSION] March Comes in Like a Lion 3月のライオン

Plot:

Shogi matches and convenience store runs are the only things that get Rei Kiriyama out of the house. After losing his family when he was younger, he rarely goes to school, rarely eats properly, and rarely socialises. Fortunately for Rei, he can live off the income he earns from playing shogi, so he has an apartment and enough food to keep him alive but it’s not exactly a fulfilling life. Sisters Akari, Hinata and Momo try their hardest to include him in their family, inviting him over for dinner and forcing him out of isolation. It isn’t easy but Rei gradually begins to change.

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[FIRST IMPRESSION] Yuri!!! On Ice

Plot:

Crushed after a series of losses, figure skater Yuri Katsuki returns home with his tail between his legs. Unable to pull himself out of a downward spiral following his defeat at the Grand Prix in Sochi, he starts to seriously consider retiring at twenty three. He’s ashamed of not being able to impress his idol, Victor Nikiforov, and rival skater Yuri Plisetsky resents him for not performing up to standard. Months later, he graduates college and he returns to his childhood home in Kyushu to stay with his parents until he’s figured things out. However, his retreat from public life is short-lived, once a viral video causes Yuri Katsuki to find none other than his hero sat stark naked in his family’s onsen.

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[FIRST IMPRESSION] Orange オレンジ

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A seemingly normal day is interrupted by a letter. Addressed from her older self, Naho Takamiya doesn’t believe it’s real, until the things written in that letter start to happen. A new student named Kakeru transfers from Tokyo, and 26 year old Naho asks her 16 year old self to keep an eye on him. She originally ignores her own warnings, still sceptical that her actions will make a difference. But then she realises that she doesn’t want to live with her regrets ten years later, and starts to make a change.

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[FIRST IMPRESSION] Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso 四月は君の嘘

Plot:

Kousei hasn’t played the piano in two years. A musical prodigy from a young age after being put through hell by his late mother, he finds himself unable to play following her death. His childhood friend, Tsubaki, tries to coax him back into the world of classical music, saying that his part-time job as a karaoke transcriber is a sign that he still loves music. He stubbornly refuses, declaring that he was turning his back on his piano-playing days. That is, of course, until Kaori Miyazono enters his life and changes everything.

 

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