After reliving the life of a high school student through the ReLIFE experiment, 27-year-old Arata Kaizaki cannot believe how quickly it has changed him. He has begun to see the world through a different perspective that he had completely forgotten as an adult. He has made friends and formed deep relationships with each one of them. However his support, Ryou Yoake, reminds him that the experiment is all an illusion; after his experiment ends, he will be forgotten by all of them.
The experiment of another ReLIFE subject is also coming to an end. After spending two years with ReLIFE, Chizuru Hishiro has developed into a more open, more thoughtful person than she could have ever imagined. She has met people who have changed her life, her perspective, and ultimately her. However, now that their ReLIFE is coming to an end, will they be able to let go of the memories they have made?
The Last 114 chapters of ReLife -which cover 52% of the overall story- were adapted into a 4 episodes long sequel to the ReLife anime.
In one way, this soul-cleansing, all-happy version of ReLife was exactly the conclusion it deserved. On the other hand, it was just a massive sucker punch in the nuts.
We're missing all the drama, hardships, the insecurities, and all major events -such as the solitude phase- which developed the characters and their relationship.
We're also missing the PTSD, the suicide, the introduction of one major character whom greatly impacted the final conclusion. Not to mention the 2nd last arc which is gone
completely. The list is a long one, but essentially this version of ReLife is missing all the factors that made the story mature and impactful.
In short, eveything that made ReLife neccessary for the characters, is gone. Just by watching the anime, ReLife doesn't seem to be anything more than an excuse for the settings.
Someone also decided to reenact the ending with different dialogue and leave out the flashbacks that actually connected their ReLife to their adult life. Amazing decisions right there. If anything, this sequel is a perfect example on how to create an inferior version of a story.
In case it seems like I am only comparing this to the source material, let me phrase it in another way: There is practically no character development, the conclusion isn't very believable nor rewarding, and the sequel is not loyal to its own universe and the world building seen in its prequel.
What if you were told that there’s a chance to relive your high school days again? High school is a place to learn, develop, and begin the stairs of adolescence. The opportunity would be an experience like almost no other. ReLife offers a story of life experience, one that tests the water of a character’s values and chance for reinvention.
ReLife’s return consists of a 4-episode OVA that brings the staff and cast back from the original series. While I had hoped for a full season to capture the true essence of the manga, it’s important to note that these four episodes are imperative for the
overall story plot. The main characters return and their personalities are what you’d expect from these OVA episodes. Furthermore, we get the comedy gags that fans may be familiar with from the previous season and manga.
The story itself isn’t complicated to understand. With an established premise already being set, these episodes focuses on expanding the characters’ roles along with their relationships. These include learning more about Ooga’s family, building an important connection between Kaizaki/Hishiro, and reflecting on their life experiences and values. While some of the elements of this story is easily predictable (in particular the romance), it never ceases to stray from its storytelling. There are hints dropped throughout these episodes that heavily hints on a developing connection between the main characters. Furthermore, it takes place in a high school life setting and there’s almost no limit on how characters can enjoy themselves. The first three episodes includes a cultural festival with maid outfits, butlers, and dates. While it seems silly at first glance, it’s also hard to not fall in love with the characters in their roles. The moments when Kaizaki and Hishiro are together can be described in so many words and can easily make viewers cheer for them to get together. The final OVA episode serves as the ultimate end game that ties to dots together.
While this OVA series may sound almost like a big ship tease, it’s about more than that. It highlights the importance of human life and what one can do if they had a chance to relive a part of it again. For Kaizaki, I believe he learned a lot from his experience. He begins to value himself and what he can do for others while learning from his past mistakes. It’s a title that invites reflection. Plus, I feel like these OVA episodes accomplishes at expanding and concluding the plot of the original series. After all, the first season felt rather open ended and invited questions of ‘what ifs’ and ‘how will it end’. Luckily, we have the answers now.
As a fan of the manga, my personal impressions from the OVA left me wanting for more but it’s evident that there’s not much else they can expand on this. An experiment doesn’t last forever and neither can a story. From just these four episodes though, it manages to capture the attention of the audience and get its point across at how important life experience is for high schoolers. The psychology and inner thoughts serve as a constant reminder of character connections. However, I will say that after a while, it feels the show can be a bit tedious as many of the dialogues gets repetitive. If you’re not a fan of this type of storytelling, then it may be hard to enjoy.
Staff from the previous series return to make this happen so expect the anime adaptation style to look very similar. Luckily, it manages to retain the quality with the character designs, setting, and facial expressions. A big part of the comedy comes from the humorous character expressions and I can gratefully say that this anime manages to capitalize that once again. It can range from silly looks that characters throw at each other during casual conversations to a more serious moody tone during emotional moments. Character voice mannerism on most parts are adapted in consistent with their personalities. The one that caught my attention the most is Hishiro as she is able to open herself more to others.
ReLife: Kanketsu-hen (ReLife Final Arc) serves as not just a gift for the fans of the anime and manga but also as a way to give this franchise its deserving sendoff. I began reading this series since its debut and can safely say that it’s been an emotional journey. The final arc made me fall in love with this series all over again and proves how an unorthodox plot like this can work in modern times.
This is a sequel to the ReLife first season.
If you plan to watch this, it is almost absolutely necessary to watch the entire first season (unless you've read the manga and only want to watch the finale).
"There's something a little sad about fireworks. As they fade, you feel sort of lonely"
How you endure the working life of adults depends on your experiences growing up into adulthood, especially the final stages of your journey towards graduation before being thrown into the hectic working life of an adult.
Our protagonists are given the chance to go through this stage of life once again through the ReLife program. To
gain something in their former selves that would allow them to re-enter society as a fully functional member of society.
We follow the ongoing journey of Kaizaki as he fulfills his final period of time left in high school/Relife. Knowing his memory will be wiped after, he attempts to sort his feelings (especially for Chihiro) and how he will follow through enduring graduation with his classmates and friends. Chihiro herself is at a loss of how she feels, but she opens up to her friends now; who are able to support her knowing fully well how she behaves and her personality.
Songs were well laid down, the plot is easy to follow and emotionally strapping. I've never had such a bittersweet high school experience as this but this series made me feel like there were many things I could've done to make it better, the words I should've said and the opportunities lost as time flows and pulls us towards tomorrow.
This sequel comes in a short 4 episode ova, and it saddens me deeply that it wasn't as long as I thought it would be when they announced a sequel.
They did a wonderful job doing it however, whether it was an ironic decision to make it short like the one year time our protagonist spent in their ReLife or not.
"The fireworks may vanish but our memories remain"
And so will this series for me. It was short, enjoyful and fulfilling.
I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and to those of you still in high school, these are the final years before your adulthood. Enjoy the small moments with the people you cherish and make the most of it while you can.
FOLKS, This ova made me feel 2 things,
Sadness and joy.
Now sure it could have been way better if they followed the manga a little bit more but that still did not change the way the ending made me feel, It just hits your right in your heart.
It really saddens me that it’s only a 4 episode Ova since i really came to like a lot of these characters, this show makes you get to know them on a personal level and seeing how this all turned out. It just hurt my heart.
I found the music in Relife to also be a very good part about
it, the music made the scenes even better by controling the mood.
The Characters in Relife are very loveable and their experiences pull very hard on your heart strings.
The thing that I found that Relife shows you the most is to just enjoy the time you have which I find a very good Plotpoint.
It was a short and fulfilling show, and I Enjoyed it a lot!
Overal relife was a Great series and i am happy that i stumbled upon it!
And i’d Highly recommend giving this show a chance!
Now sure it has a some flaws like undeveloped characters but it’s still a show worth giving a shot!!
STORY : 8
ART : 9
SOUND : 8
CHARACTERS : 7
ENJOYMENT : 9
OVERALL : 8
(Karui best girl.)