“That last sunset that ties us together will never be forgotten… even if everything were to disappear- That one bond… will never come undone”
When looking back of memories in the past, it is clearly easy to say that things could have been done better if “x” occurred or if I did “x” better. ReLife brings us an anime about going through that through one, Kaizaki Arata, which is experiencing his second time through his final year of high school. The events that lead up to this occurring were explained quite well in the anime, focusing on the major areas of drama and slice of life.
Kaizaki’s position is one of an older person viewing the world through his own experiences in high school and having those expectations change meeting a younger generation. It is the overriding factor of age and experience which clearly shows his affect not just on the story but also other characters. It is common in high school for “drama” to occur, but the value of it differs based on the experience you’ve had with it and it was nice to see Kaizaki act as the “guide” to all of it throughout the anime.
At its heart the whole concept of ReLife is the value of doing things again and seeing everything through hindsight. At times its clumsy and light-hearted between friends, and at times its intense and feels like the whole world is crumbling apart. The best point in that is that it feels relatable, as high school can be somewhat similar experience. ReLife doesn’t just provide a relatable show, but one that also gives lessons and provides learning through every event that occurs and the value of communication between others. ReLife also places a heavy emphasis on its character development, and through the ups and downs in the season we see this done really well from fighting, jealousy and of course success it was a nice overall picture of everything that occurs throughout life.
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OP/ED: ReLife contained only 1 single OP, but many different ED’s. The changing of each ED signified a change in what was happening in each episode, as per shown in the animations, which was nice to see. The choice of OP resulted in the start of each episode to be quite relaxing. A majority of the songs used in both OP and EDs were smooth, more mellow songs adding towards that slice of life factor that ReLife is essentially about. The lyrics in all the songs actually were quite intuitive to the situation and matched them really well.
ReLife Was it Good?
ReLife provides to be a show that is relatable to almost anyone. From experiencing different kinds of events with friends, whether they be good or bad to even seeing things in hindsight and wanting to do them again, ReLife shows its appeal through its drama and slice of life elements to create a great season.
Recommendations: Going back and being able to “redo” a certain part of life isn’t seen much. However, there are a variety of different dramatic and slice of life elements which can be taken and seen in similar anime, thus I recommend the following:
- Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru
- Bokue dake ga Inai Machi
- Kokoro Connect
- Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo
- Kimi ni Todoke