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Aniplex of America Is Hosting Open Auditions For The March Comes In Like A Lion Dub!



Are you in love with the slice of life anime March Comes In Like A Lion? Do you have a passion for voice acting? Well, you’re in luck!

Anime fans traveled far and wide to attend one of the most popular anime conventions in the country, Anime Central. Anime Central is held annually in Rosemont, Illinois at the  Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Lucky fans who attended Bang Zoom! Entertainment’s panel at the convention were able to learn exclusive news before anyone else about the tv-series anime March comes in like a lion. They announced that the 2nd season’s dub was officially greenlit, but that’s not all. They also announced that there would be Open Auditions for the second season. Open Auditions has been around for six years, and is held to provide a special opportunity for aspiring voice actors to get into the business.

Aniplex of America released a statement today that “the winner of the Open Auditions will be featured alongside the series’ phenomenal English voice cast including, Laura Post (KILL la KILLMagi: The Kingdom of Magic), Kayli Mills (Fate/ApocryphaOccultic;Nine), Xanthe Huynh (anohana –The Flower We Saw That Day-Sword Art Online) and Kwoi Dao (Katsugeki Touken Ranbu) under the direction of English ADR Director and seasoned veteran, Wendee Lee (Cowboy Bebop, Blue Exorcist, Your lie in April). Each participant in the Open Auditions will receive a special March comes in like a lion button featuring one of the series’ iconic shogi cats, with past winners of the Open Auditions involved on the English dub for shows including Magi: The Labyrinth of MagicMagi: The Kingdom of Magic, ALDNOAH.ZERO, Asterisk War, and Your lie in April.”

The synopsis of the entire 3 Gatsu No Lion, or March comes in like a lion is described on as “Having reached professional status in middle school, Rei Kiriyama is one of the few elite in the world of shogi. Due to this, he faces an enormous amount of pressure, both from the shogi community and his adoptive family. Seeking independence from his tense home life, he moves into an apartment in Tokyo. As a 17-year-old living on his own, Rei tends to take poor care of himself, and his reclusive personality ostracizes him from his peers in school and at the shogi hall.

However, not long after his arrival in Tokyo, Rei meets Akari, Hinata, and Momo Kawamoto, a trio of sisters living with their grandfather who owns a traditional wagashi shop. Akari, the oldest of the three girls, is determined to combat Rei’s loneliness and poorly sustained lifestyle with motherly hospitality. The Kawamoto sisters, coping with past tragedies, also share with Rei a unique familial bond that he has lacked for most of his life. As he struggles to maintain himself physically and mentally through his shogi career, Rei must learn how to interact with others and understand his own complex emotions.”

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Nick Creamer of Anime New Network describes the 2nd season as, “March comes in like a lion has been both compassionate and unflinching in its portrait of bullying, acknowledging the humanity of all its players while refusing to embrace convenient solutions or easy emotional shifts.” While the series takes on these hard hitting topics, Gabrielle Ekens of Anime News Network also notes, “I’d also be remiss not to mention the show’s comedic sensibilities, which do a lot to generate its overwhelming sensation of warmth despite the heavy subject matter. There’s a lot of ‘cute,’ ‘funny,’ and ‘cozy’ going on in this show.”




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