Have you ever wondered what it would be like to redo your life or even just certain parts of it . I know myself I certainly do. What I missed out especially in my teenage to early 20s . Things we miss due to what we thought was the best decision or out of fear of failure.
Sometimes life is all about second chances especially in cases like this anime.
Re:life is based on a web comic of the same name created by Yayoiso.
The story revolves around a 27 young man who has recently made unemployed after quitting his claiming that it’s because it “does not fit his highest potential”. As a result of this action, he finds it difficult to gain a full-time job at another company and instead he works as a part-timer at a mini market. One day, a mysterious man named Ryo offers him a new employment prospect but first he needs to become a tester for ReLife: a scientific experiment to make him look like he’s 17 again and attend high school for one year. After the year ends they will forget about anything he said or did .
There he will be put to the test to see if he help others around him using the experience he’s learned over the years to make sure others don’t repeat the same mistakes that he made.
This series really spoke levels to me. The way the series deals with serious topics from pressure to have sex to bullying. All topics are dealt with in a mature fashion that you rarely see shows deal with the issues this way. The humor is on point and doesn’t distract you from the concept of the show. The biggest thing about the show was the twist of why characters are involved with the program.
The story follows two loners, the self alienated Hachiman Hikigaya who doesn’t like being involved with people due to various childhood humiliations and beautiful Yukino Yukinoshita who has become alienated from most of her peers due to her high standing ans grades , who despite their varying personalities and ideals, offer help and advice to others as part of their school’s Service Club, assisted by the cheerful and friendly Yui Yuigahama. When I first heard of this show it felt as a run of the mill among the lines of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai dealing with a similar theme about making friends harem . but after two episodes of season 1 proved me wrong as this series dealt with a lot of issues that even after highschool you deal with.
Our main character Hachimann feels he is insignificant to everyone around him . So in response to this he builds up a cold front acting like he doesn’t need anybody but as we get to learn about his past he has been hurt by many in his youth and its only due to the direct actions of his teacher and forcing him to join the club we learns a way to get a long with people but to develop relationships.
But is this show a harem? The short answer is a yes but only on a subtle scale as the girls he does interact with . Develops bonds with him and shows some romantic interest in him . This is only briefly brought up at points because 1 its anime they never go out of their way to announce their feelings with one and another and 2 the characters themselves whether the popular group or the misfits of the club all feel insecure about themselves . Most people can relate to this as we at some
point in our lives can feel worthless like we don’t deserve happiness
Hachiman himself figures out solutions to other people’s problems but while they may hurt others they hurt himself by making himself the villain in these emotional situations of every day high school life. We have all done this before . Putting ourselves in harm’s way just so no one else gets hurt . Whether it is taking the blame for problems other people did or lying to ourselves that we are happy with a friend who puts us in a situation that hurts you.
Now with season we deal more with helping people with romance but trying to find the right balance without changing the group dynamic which always happens . People need change but in our past and youth we are afraid of it . Change is one of the scariest things we deal with .
The animation is handled by Brain’s Base who worked on Blood Lad and Madhouse who have made countless hits, making the show crisp and clean with a slight realistic flair to a not so regular slice of life shows dealing with problems in school or life is never as easy as you think. The only problem with the show is music and background tracks are quite generic and bland and don’t add much to the shows depth