Kai Shimada’s Dream

3-gatsu no Lion

Hello all and welcome back! It’s been a while but I’m pleased to announce that my return begins with my OWLS post on Kai’s dream! If you’re new to my blog and to OWLS then you might want to go and check out the official OWLS website.

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Theme – Dreamers

“Every individual has a goal or ambition that they devote their whole life to with passion and courage—whether it’s landing your dream job, travelling, or finding the love of your life. However, there are those who spent their whole life working towards a dream but it was cut short due to an unexpected occurrence. Those people are left only to dream and wonder about the possibility.”

It’s a very unique subject and after much deliberation I chose to look at 3-gatsu no Lion, specifically the character Kai Shimada. It’s worth nothing that this post will contain some spoilers for the first season of 3-gatsu no Lion (March Comes in like a Lion). If you plan on catching up before the second season releases in the anime fall season then come back after you’ve caught up!

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Who is Kai Shimada?

Kai Shimada is a minor character in 3-gatsu no Lion. He is a shogi player from a rural town that had a dream to become a professional. His town supported him to the extent that they helped him to leave and study to become a professional. It was his wish to return their hopes in him and become the best it can be.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. When we meet him, Kai is an 8th dan player and stayed in the A-class for a long time without moving on-wards any further. He feels as though he’s let down the people who sacrificed so much for him.

Kai’s Close Call

Towards the end of 3-gatsu no Lion there’s the Shishi Ou Cup that both Kai and Rei take part in. They train together and eventually compete against each other in the semi finales. Both want to progress but as we follow Rei in the anime we see his journey.

We watch as Rei massively underestimates Kai and loses to him in what would become a tough moment for Rei. However, Kai now has a chance to complete his dream of making his village proud.

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As the finale gets closer and closer, Kai becomes sicker. He suffers from stomach problems but is determined to do his best against his opponent, Touji Souya. If Kai can hold out in the fourth match again Souya he can take the game to his hometown! There is no way he would pull out of this tournament, despite his ill health.

Never Give Up

As you might guess from the topic, Kai didn’t succeed. He lost his fourth match again Souya in Kyoto and had to deal with the disappointment from letting his hometown down. You can really feel how disappointed he felt and how much winning would have meant to him.

You have to wonder, has he felt this way before? Just because this is the first time we’re seeing Kai fail doesn’t mean it’s the first time it’s happened. Kai Shimada has showcased how he keeps going on and on. He knew he was unlikely to win Souya in that fourth match after losing three in a row, yet he kept trying.

Sometimes trying is the important part. Sometimes, even when you think you’ve let everyone down, you might be surprised with how proud they are of you. Just like Kai Shimada and his hometown.

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I hope you enjoyed my OWLS post! In case you missed the previous one by Matt on October 4th then follow the link. Next up is Steph from Two Happy Cats on October 9th so look forward to it!

As to more posts by me I’m hoping for one every two weeks to start with so I’ll see you again then. If you want more to read now then take a look at my review of 3-gatsu no Lion’s first season.

4 thoughts on “Kai Shimada’s Dream”

  1. This arc in the series really touched me. I really like Kai’s character and I love the people from his town more for supporting him, no matter what. It’s from them that he gets the strength to continue on, even though he loses again and again to a genius. I feel so bad for his nerves resulting to his stomach problems. And I love him even more when he became a mentor to Rei. Such a great series. I love the manga and I can’t wait until all the eps of the current season of the anime to be released, so that I can marathon it. Really nice tour post to read, Andrea. Keep it up. Cheers!

    1. Thanks Arria!

      Is the manga worth reading? I really enjoyed the first season, partly due to how the side characters had their own really important story lines too. Waiting week by week for the current season is tough.

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