Arata Kaizaki (27) quit the job he landed after graduation in only three months. His life did not go well after that. Now his parents are threatening to stop sending money, and want him to come back to the country. He has no friend or girlfriend to share his troubles with…as he hits rock bottom a strange man named Ryo Yoake appears. Yoake invites Kaizaki to join a societal rehabilitation program for NEETs called ReLife. This program uses a mysterious drug to make him look younger, and sends him back to high school for a year.- Crunchyroll
Based on Yayoiso’s currently running web series of the same name, ReLIFE is a story about finding oneself, the consequences of the decision you make.
Originally, I was expecting something like a typical time travel story, where the main character goes back to his school days and tries to change his future or something. ReLIFE turned out to be different. A lot.
The premise itself is a little shaky. The anime at least doesn’t have any proper explanation on how the pills actually work, why there is even a program like ReLIFE or how come a pill that can actually make a person look older or younger hasn’t been used in the wrong way yet by the organisation itself. There were some question that plagued my mind, but whatever.
It doesn’t put much pressure into the overall of scheme of things, focusing largely on the characters. There is some sort of build up of problem among the characters, and then they are resolved.
Essentially it puts an adult among kids, and makes him- Kaizaki Arata- care about things that he has long since yearned to not care about. Arata is easily emotionally invested in his surrounding, which is why he became a NEET as is revealed as the story progresses. So, what we have here is an adult providing insight to students and helping them, while learning from them at the same time.
Arata, himself is a pretty average but likable characters, and so are the rest of the cast. Maybe they are a bit on the generic side and one character in particular, Hishiro Chizuru, who reminded me of Kujou Mikoto from Last Game, but they have really clear stream of thoughts and reasons for their action.
The pacing is a bit on the slow side, though it’s enjoyable regardless, and keeps you interested. The last episode, particularly had a very dramatic built up, which sadly, wasn’t explored properly.
Then there is some genuine comedic moments, which refreshes you amidst the continuous drama.
My biggest fear, when I started the anime was the romance tag it had, and the dread their was something like a romance between Arata and a high schooler. However, that particular disaster was expertly dodged, though a bit obvious.
Overall, ReLIFE is a series that should at least be given a chance.