Every season, I pick up a handful of shows. That being said, I don’t often write a review unless I feel particularly attached to a series.
ReLife, happens to be one of those series.
To start off, lets have a look at the generic summary shall we?
The story follows Kaizaki Arata, a 27-year-old jobless man, who fails at every job interview he had after quitting his last company. His life changes after he met Yoake Ryou of the ReLife Research Institute, who offers him a drug that can change his appearance back to his 17 year old self and asks him to become a subject in an experiment for one year. Thus, he begins his life as a high school student once more.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s look at what the series has to offer.
Note: I’ll try and keep the spoilers to a minimum.
Kaizaki isn’t your generic main lead. In fact, he’s quite the opposite. Unlike the recent trend of submissive male leads who get supported all through the series by the female characters, Kaizaki isn’t a push over.
That being said, its not as simple as that.
He is still bashful and still has his moments of clumsiness but its natural and seems perfectly believable. A trait most Anime seems to miss out on recently.
The series isn’t rushed in the slightest and offers substantial character development.
Character arcs pan out properly and people are shown as they are in real life; Imperfect.
There isn’t any “Do no wrong” character in the series. And the show highlights that by showing us the trials and inner turmoils of the characters.
If anything, it makes you appreciate and sympathize with the characters more.
I personally loved Hishiro Chizuru’s transformation as she slowly evolved alongside Kaizaki.
Moreover, this is not a story that ends and leaves you none the wiser.
Kaizaki’s journey through high school and his chance at a second life shows that nobody and I mean NOBODY is without purpose or talent.
Our futures are, after all determined by the choices we make in the present and ReLife does a great job at illustrating that.
It made me get off my butt and attend classes again and even work; Something that I had stopped doing for a few weeks due to events in my life.
But enough about me, lets break the series down.
OP: “Button” (ボタン) by PENGUIN RESEARCH
#1: “Iijū Rider” (イージュー★ライダー) by Tamio Okuda (ep 1)
#2: “HOT LIMIT” by T.M. Revolution (ep 2)
#3: “Timing” (Timing ~タイミング~) by Black Biscuits (ep 3)
#4: “HONEY” by L’Arc~en~Ciel (ep 4)
#5: “Kore wa Watashi no Ikiru Michi” (これが私の生きる道; This is the Way I Live) by PUFFY (ep 5)
#6: “Sunny Day Sunday” by Sentimental Bus (ep 6)
#7: “Saudade” (サウダージ) by Porno Graffitti (ep 7)
#8: “Yuki no Hana” (雪の華; Snow Flower) by Mika Nakashima (ep 8)
#9: “There will be love there -Ai no Aru Basho-” (There will be love there -愛のある場所-; -The Place Where Love is-) by the brilliant green (ep 9)
#10: “Asu e no Tobira” (明日への扉; The Door to Tomorrow) by I WiSH (ep 10)
#11: “PIECES OF A DREAM” by CHEMISTRY (ep 11)
#12: “Natsu Matsuri” (夏祭り; Summer Festival) by Whiteberry (ep 12)
#13: “Button” (ボタン) by PENGUIN RESEARCH (ep 13)
Yes, there is a separate ED for every episode.
If you like your Anime like you like your prime steak, then this is a great choice!
ReLife is a great example of the kind of Anime that puts detailed story telling into a 13 episode window and yet makes it seem natural and progressive instead of rushed and cluttered.
With loose ends tied in the finale and the promise of a happy ending, it left me feeling satisfied and happy at the end.
Definitely worth the time!