ReLIFE Review: Spoiler-Free (Spoiler Light?) Version

I haven't done a review in a while and I guess I promised with ReLIFE. The short review? I think this series is awesome and if reading the manga isn't your thing, this anime works as a decent substitute (though with what happens in the last episode, *censored*). Also, I want to start out by saying that the anime does a pretty good job of delivering on the reaction pictures I was hoping it would have.

Let's start with the good. The story of ReLIFE centers on Arata Kaizaki, a job-seeking part-timer who's having a hard time finding his place in the world. After completing grad school, he quits his first real job after three months of work, which understandably makes finding new jobs difficult. Down on his luck, he meets Ryo Yoake, who offers him the opportunity to join the ReLIFE experiment. Basically, he needs to spend a year as a high school student with the promise of a job prospect at the end.

On its surface, the story of ReLIFE comes off as one man trying to take a second chance at building his life, but I think it's more about how you pick yourself up when you think that your entire life has been ruined by one mistake from the past. I say this because it's not like Arata is going back in time (like in Boku Dake). He's just been given a chance to join a more intimate environment than is typically available to an adult.

But that's all I'll say about the story in this spoiler-free version.

Now, let's talk about the bad. I have a lot of complaints about the music in this adaptation (I mentioned this in my first impression post too). The soundtrack has a jazz feel to it, which is probably supposed to be a nod to the old-timey nature of Arata, but I personally found it distracting. Many of the tracks feature piano songs that swell into faster rhythms, which just didn't feel appropriate to what was being shown on screen and drew my attention away. And though I complain about the soundtrack, I think the opening song wasn't bad. As for the myriad ending songs, I didn't realize they'd all be old songs. It's similar to what happened in Boku Dake and I liked the songs I recognized, but there may have been too much song changing for me to latch on to a particular one.

So, I don't really have anything new to say in the end here. I think this series is great and you should totally give it a try. Overall, I give the series 8/10 with most points being lost to sound. All of the episodes were released at once, so they should all be available for you to watch. (Then you can totally tell me what you think in the comments)

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