BUMP OF CHICKEN's "March Comes In Like A Lion" Theme Song Title Revealed Along With New Preview

Band's association with Chica Umino anime goes back to collaboration with volume 10

Four-member Japanese rock band BUMP OF CHICKEN's association with Chica Umino's (Honey & Clover, original character designs for Eden of the East) Manga Taisho, Kodansha Manga Award and Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize-winning March Comes In Like A Lion goes back to a "Fighter" collaboration CD, released with volume 10. While "Fighter" will be featured as the end theme for the anticipated March anime, BUMP OF CHICKEN's opening theme has now been revealed as a song called "Answer."


Check it out in the new preview...

Sangatsu no Lion PV by pKjd




The 2007 ongoing follows 17-year-old Rei Kiriyama, voiced by Kengo Kawanishi (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans' Mikazuki Augus), who lives the independent life of a professional shogi player following the death of his family in a traffic accident, but who begins to open up a bit after meeting three Kawamoto sisters from a working-class area of his city - Akari, voiced by Ai Kayano(Konosuba's Darkness) Hinata - Kana Hanazawa (Prison School's Hana Midorikawa), and Momo - Misaki Kuno (Kiznaiver's Nico Niyama).

 Rei Kiriyama: Kengo Kawanishi (Mikazuki Augus in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans)

 Akari Kawamoto: Ai Kayano (Meiko "Menma" Honma in Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day)

 Hinata Kawamoto: Kana Hanazawa (Naho Takamiya in orange)

 Momo Kawamoto: Misaki Kuno (Hawk in The Seven Deadly Sins)


 Harunobu Nikaidou: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Katsuki Bakugo in My Hero Academia)


Kyōko Kōda - Marina Inoue (Attack on Titan's Armin)


Masachika Kōda - Tōru Ōkawa (Fullmetal Alchemist's other Roy Mustang)


Yūsuke Takahashi  -  Yoshimasa Hosoya (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans as Orga Itsuka) 


Kai Shimada - Shinichiro Miki (Fullmetal Alchemist's Roy Mustang)


Tatsuyuki Misumi - Tomokazu Sugita (Gintama's Gintoki)


Issa Matsumoto - Subaru Kimura 


Someji Kawamoto - Shigeru Chiba (Dragon Ball's Pilaf)


Takashi Hayashida - Takahiro Sakurai (Osomatsu)



The Shaft TV anime series is directed by Akiyuki Shinbo (Magical Girl Lyrical NanohaPuella Magi Madoka Magica), and is set for a premiere on NHK General TV Ocotber 8th.

Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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