Genre: Romance, School, Slice of Life
Studio: TMS Entertainment
Source: Web Manga
The story follows Kaizaki Arata, a 27-year-old jobless man, who fails at every job interview he had after quitting his last company. But his life seemingly changes after he meets Yoake Ryou of the ReLIFE Laboratory, who offers him a drug that can change his appearance to 17-years-old and to become a subject in an experiment for one year. And thus, he begins his life as a high school student once more.
ReLIFE sets you up with a plot that is very unlikely to happen in reality, but is interesting to imagine nonetheless. Giving a person a chance to fix his life is a good thing sure, but getting to see him re-live his high school days is even better. ReLIFE is being animated by TMS Entertainment. This studio is popular for animating D.Gray-man, Kamisama Kiss and the mystery show that has been running for 20 years, Detective Conan. Honestly being a fan of the Detective Conan series, I’m really hopeful for this anime. That also reminds me, the episodes of ReLIFE were released all at once, how cool is that?
I’m writing this after having watched only the first 3 episodes. I did this to make sure I had a good grasp of the story while also making sure I didn’t know too much. I have decided to turn this into a mandatory practice from now on because it suits well with first impressions. Moving forward, we have an anime built around a setting that makes you interested from the very beginning. Honestly speaking, the name of the show didn’t attract me much but once I started watching it, I got hooked. Our protagonist Kaizaki Arata is a jobless man with no apparent hopes of getting a job any time soon, because he quit his last one after only 3 months. When he’s already under such stress, his Mom tells him that they’re not going to send him any money from the next month onwards, arguing that Arata had already grown up enough to take care of himself. And that’s when Yoake Ryou, an agent of the ReLIFE Laboratory confronts him. The man offers him an opportunity to reset his life. In exchange for being part of an experiment, the ReLIFE Laboratory would cover all his costs for a year and if he does well, they will also set him up with a decent job. Beggars can’t be choosers and neither can Arata. With less drama in the middle, Arata’s high school life finally begins. The latter episodes have not shown anything major to the plot yet, other than the existence of a second research subject, I must mention. Arata is subject number two and in Ryou’s table, there was a file numbered as one. Someone who probably came before Arata. So we can probably expect that person to be revealed later on. A little more information about the ReLIFE contract was revealed in one of the episodes that said, after the one year ended, everyone who met Arata in his 17-year-old form would have their memory wiped excluding people from ReLIFE and Arata himself. And if Arata ever tells anyone about the experiment, he will be dropped and have his memories forcibly wiped. Ouch!
I’ll be honest with you, this anime is really fun to watch. The story does appear to be a bit slow but that didn’t really bother me much. Seeing Arata experience high school again is an impossible event in reality yet it is a slice of life I am certain I will remember for days to come. The art style of the anime is really nice. No trace of anything mediocre. The anime features a good opening theme, very relaxing really. It also features 12 ending themes, with the opening theme being reused for the 13th episode. The three endings that I have seen were just as good.
At this point, I’d recommend this anime to every person that asks me for recommendation. I’ve read that some people were not satisfied with the ending. Whether that changes my thoughts about this anime is something I look forward to. My first impression of this anime is a solid 8 out of 10.
Here is the promotional video for ReLIFE:
Here are some screenshots from the first three episodes of ReLIFE: