3月のライオン(March Comes in Like a Lion), Chapters 1-3

Chapter 3 Discussion starts here!
Here’s a link to the top of the main feed (with the schedule)
And here is a link to the vocabulary sheet.

How are you doing?

  • I’m reading along
  • I’ve already read this part, but I’m here for discussion
  • I’ll catch up later
  • I’m dropping this book

0 voters

This is the first chapter that has a significant amount of shougi in it. You could skip over it without missing much plot…or…your could lean into the shougi. After all, you never know when impressing a Japanese grandfather with your ability to play shougi might save your life.

If you know the basics of chess, you are at an advantage because shougi is like chess, with a couple of major differences:
2) There are a few unfamiliar pieces, and even the familiar pieces move a little differently. I am making a chart to summarize the pieces, because the pronunciations, text references and pictures are hard to match together.
3) Almost all pieces can be “promoted” when they cross enemy lines, which changes their movement pattern.
4) When you capture an en enemy’s piece, it becomes yours, and you can drop it back into the game.
Here is a basic moves tutorial I found helpful.

I printed this paper shougi set to help me follow along with games in the manga. If anyone is interested in discussing the actual shougi, I’d love to!

3 Likes