Manga, Ties and Bonds

Round table on March Comes in Like a Lion

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 19:00 – 20:00 (CET) / 27:00 – 28:00 (JST)

Blanca MIRA (Writer and manga scriptwriter)
Oriol ESTRADA (Manga expert)
Carlota LLORET -KARU- (Editor and letterer at ECC Ediciones)
Marc BERNABÉ (Director, JMAF Overseas Promotion Manga division)

Director’s comment

March Comes in Like a Lion is a delicate masterwork that has received four of the most important awards of the manga scene, one of them being the Grand Prize at the 24th Japan Media Arts Festival. In this round table, a mangaka, an editor, a critic and an expert on manga will talk about the sensations they felt while reading this moving tale of a shy and lonely young shogi wonder who discovers human warmth and family bonds.


Blanca MIRA

Blanca MIRA is a Spanish novelist and scriptwriter. She has published five novels and she has won the Norma Editorial Manga Award twice. Currently she is publishing the manga series Good Game! in Planeta Manga magazine and she has published an original manga work in Joker Gangan from Square Enix (Japan).


Oriol ESTRADA RANGIL is a member of the Manga Barcelona organization and also the co-founder of Espai Daruma, where he teaches about manga and society. He has written several books about manga, such as Songokumanía, 501 mangas que leer en español and Cultura manga, among others.


Carlota LLORET, better known as KARU in social media, has been drawing comics and illustrations since she can remember. After having received extensive training in this field, she began working for ECC as a letterer and now she is an associate editor at the same publishing house. One of the series she coordinates is March Comes in Like a Lion.



Marc BERNABÉ is a translator from Japanese with more than 20 years of experience. He is also an expert on manga, director of this Virtual Exhibition and coordinator of the associated events.