ReLIFE (リライフ Riraifu) is a Japanese webtoon series written and illustrated by So Yayoi. The individual chapters were released by NHN Japan on the Comico website from October 12, 2013, to March 16, 2018, for a total of nine compiled tankōbon volumes published by Earth Star Entertainment. An anime adaptation was announced on February 13, 2015, and aired on television on July 2, 2016. On June 24, 2016, the series was released in full on the web. Tokyo MX, GYT, GTV, AT-X and BS11 later broadcast each episode in the usual weekly format. A live-action film adaptation of the same name was released in 2017.
Cover of the first Japanese volume
|Genre||High school drama, romance, slice of life|
|Published by||NHN Japan (online)|
Earth Star Entertainment
|Imprint||Earth Star Comics|
|Original run||October 12, 2013 – March 16, 2018|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Tomo Kosaka|
|Produced by||Suita Sunaya|
|Music by||Masayasu Tsuboguchi|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, GYT, GTV, BS11, AT-X|
|Original run||July 2, 2016 – September 24, 2016|
|Episodes||13 + 4 OVA|
The story revolves around 27-year-old Arata Kaizaki who has been unemployed for several years after quitting his job of 3-months, claiming that it is 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 Ryō Yoake offers him a job opportunity, but first, he needs to become a tester for ReLife: a scientific experiment to make him appear 10 years younger and send him back to high school as a student. The experiment is supposed to provide a chance to experience youth once again and, in the process, fix whatever is wrong with the subject's life.
- Arata Kaizaki (海崎 新太 Kaizaki Arata)
- Voiced by: Kenshō Ono (Japanese); Micah Solusod (English)
- Played by: Taishi Nakagawa
- Arata is a 27-year old man who became unemployed after quitting his job of 3 months at a black company, claiming the reason was "it did not fit his highest potential". After several failed job opportunities in similar companies, he worked part-time at a convenience store where he was scouted by An Onoya who chose him for the ReLife Project. As a high school student who only appears to be 17-years old, Arata is predictably seen as mature by his classmates and has no problem easily making friends. He has forgotten most of his high school lessons, so he needs to take many remedial tests. He prevents himself from falling in love due to his (real) age and the after-effect of the pill he must take after the experiment ends, even though Ryō encourages him to "live the ReLife to its finest". He is currently the Project #002 from Kanto prefecture.
- It is revealed that after he graduated from college and started working in the company, his older female co-worker named Saiki was being harassed by her male co-workers. He tried to help her, but that only increased the harassment, leading to Saiki rejecting his help and eventually committing suicide. This tragedy left him traumatized and he subsequently quit the job. His surname comes from Kaizaki Station.
- Chizuru Hishiro (日代 千鶴 Hishiro Chizuru)
- Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese); Jeannie Tirado (English)
- Played by: Yuna Taira
- A very smart but socially awkward classmate of Arata. She usually scores the top grades in her year, which makes her the class representative and has all her school expenses paid for as a result. She is not only socially awkward but also fairly ignorant with regards to anything not directly related to school matters, particularly social and emotional ones. She's always doing research online on whatever she doesn't understand. Her surname comes from Hishiro Station.
- Ryō Yoake (夜明 了 Yoake Ryō)
- Voiced by: Ryōhei Kimura (Japanese); Josh Grelle (English)
- Played by: Yudai Chiba
- Kaizaki's ReLife supervisor, the man who offered him the ReLife experiment. He is at the same age as Arata and always seems cheerful (which in fact irritates Kaizaki to no end). Being the supervisor, he always watches over Arata from a distance and writes reports about his daily life. His surname comes from Yoake Station.
- Rena Kariu (狩生 玲奈 Kariu Rena)
- Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu (Japanese); Alexis Tipton (English)
- Played by: Elaiza Ikeda
- Arata's classmate who sits next to him and is a volleyball club member. A girl who is very competitive, she wants to be the best at everything. She thinks of Chizuru and Honoka as her rivals, but is on good terms with them. Rena is stubborn and proud, but actually genuinely confused inside. She has crush on Kazuomi Ōga and acts like a tsundere towards him. Later she and Kazuomi Ōga become a couple. Her surname comes from Kariu Station.
- Kazuomi Ōga (大神 和臣 Ōga Kazuomi)
- Voiced by: Yūma Uchida (Japanese); Blake Shepard (English)
- Played by: Mahiro Takasugi
- Arata's classmate who is the class representative along with Chizuru. He performs well academically but has very poor athletic abilities. He lacks social prowess when it comes to romance, with the help of Arata and their friends he realizes his feelings for Rena, claiming that he wants to be with her, and doesn't want her to be with another guy. He wears his uniform in a particularly eye-catching way, earning him the nickname "Flashy Ōga" (チャラオーガ Chara-Ōga) or just "Flashy Blond Guy". His surname comes from Ōga Station. His older brother was once a cheerful man who became a NEET due to heavy pressure and later is chosen to take part in the ReLife program as Project #005 by Arata Kaizaki in the last chapter ch222.
- An Onoya (小野屋 杏 Onoya An)
- Voiced by: Reina Ueda (Japanese); Kristen McGuire (English)
- Played by: Sae Okazaki
- An is another "transfer student" at Aoba High School. But she's actually Ryō's junior supervisor and the one who scouted Arata for the experiment. Like Ryō, she acts cheerfully and together with watching their project to the point it becomes stalking, much to Arata's annoyance. Her surname comes from Onoya Station.
- Honoka Tamarai (玉来 ほのか Tamarai Honoka)
- Voiced by: Himika Akaneya (Japanese); Bryn Apprill (English)
- Rena's best friend and the captain of the female volleyball team at their school. A naive, friendly, and sweet girl. She has noticeably large breasts which are a bit of the running gag. Having a strong aptitude and athletic ability, she felt pressure from people who can't surpass her, which is why Rena's claim to be her rival makes Honoka treasure their friendship. Despite being a genius at sports, she isn't very good academically. Her surname comes from Tamarai Station.
- Nobunaga Asaji (朝地 信長 Asaji Nobunaga)
- Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese); Stephen Sanders (English)
- Honoka and Akira's childhood friend, he acts like the mother of the group and a member of the health committee. His surname comes from Asaji Station.
- Akira Inukai (犬飼 暁 Inukai Akira)
- Voiced by: Noriaki Sugiyama (Japanese); Alejandro Saab (English)
- He is Honoka and Nobunaga's childhood friend. He has sharp and glaring eyes. He is very protective of Honoka and so he gets mad at anyone caught leering at her. His surname comes from Inukai Station.
- Kokoro Amatsu (天津 心 Amatsu Kokoro)
- Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese); Caitlin Glass (English)
- Played by: Natsuna Watanabe
- Homeroom teacher at Arata's class. She is also the PE teacher and female volleyball club's supervisor. Her surname comes from Amatsu Station.
- Kōshi Usa (宇佐 浩史 Usa Kōshi)
- Voiced by: Wataru Hatano (Japanese); Anthony Bowling (English)
- Male volleyball supervisor and a PE teacher. He was Kokoro's senior at university and they are sort of rivals. His surname comes from Usa Station.
- Sumire Inukai (犬飼 すみれ Inukai Sumire)
- Voiced by: Ryōko Shiraishi (Japanese); Marissa Lenti (English)
- Public health doctor of Aoba Academy. She's also Akira's older sister. Her surname comes from Inukai Station.
- Michiru Saiki (佐伯 みちる Saiki Michiru)
- Voiced by: Shizuka Itō (Japanese); Alex Moore (English)
- Michiru was a staff member of the black company that Arata belonged to. She later committed suicide after being harassed by fellow employees. Her suicide had a great impact on Arata, rendering him unable to function in society. Her surname comes from Saiki Station.
The manga began publication on the Comico app in 2013 with physical publication of the series following in 2014. The series was added to the streaming service Crunchyroll manga service on December 21, 2015. As of the March 5, 2018, Crunchyroll no longer hosts the manga.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN|
|01||August 12, 2014||ISBN 978-4-80-300595-0|
|02||November 12, 2014||ISBN 978-4-80-300619-3|
|03||March 28, 2015||ISBN 978-4-80-300690-2|
|04||August 12, 2015||ISBN 978-4-80-300757-2|
|05||February 12, 2016||ISBN 978-4-80-300861-6|
|06||August 12, 2016||ISBN 978-4-80-300941-5|
|07||February 25, 2017||ISBN 978-4-80-300996-5|
|08||May 11, 2018||ISBN 978-4-80-301186-9|
|09||August 10, 2018||ISBN 978-4-80-301218-7|
Several new chapters were also published by Yayoiso but are not for sale on Amazon. These episodes are available as online reader on the Comico (NHN Japan) official website and many others. English translation is also available for this manga. The last Report is 222 Named: "Restart Life".
It was announced on February 13, 2015, that the webtoon series would be getting an anime television adaptation that is scheduled to air on July 2, 2016. The anime's main cast, broadcast information and first key visual was unveiled at the AnimeJapan 2016 convention in Japan on March 26, 2016. TMS Entertainment is producing the series, with Tomo Kosaka directing, Michiko Yokote and Kazuho Hyodo handling series composition, Junko Yamanaka designing the characters, and Masayasu Tsuboguchi composing the music. All 13 episodes of the anime were pre-streamed before the television broadcast on the ReLIFE Channel app on June 24, 2016. Crunchyroll released all episodes of the anime for premium members on July 1, 2016, each episode was made available for free members throughout the following weeks. The anime is licensed in North America by Crunchyroll, and Funimation released it on home video with an English dub.
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Kaizaki Arata (27) Unemployed"|
"Kaizaki Arata (27) mushoku" (海崎新太（27）無職)
|July 2, 2016|
|Arata Kaizaki is a 27-year-old NEET who is unable to find stable work. One night he meets Ryo Yoake from the ReLIFE Laboratory who offers him participation in the ReLIFE Project. Arata accepts and soon learns ReLIFE involves him taking a medicine that makes him appear seventeen again, and enrolling as a third-year high school student at Aoba High School. There he meets fellow classmates Kazuomi Oga, Rena Kariu, An Onoya, Chizuru Hishiro and Ryo who has also taken the medicine to support Kaizaki while enrolled in school. Ryo explains to Arata that ReLIFE is an opportunity for him to relive his youth in an attempt to change his current self. From there, Arata's ReLIFE experience begins.|
|2||"Communication Skills: Zero"|
"Komyunikēshon nōryoku 0-ten" (コミュニケーション能力0点)
|July 9, 2016|
|Arata becomes acquainted with his classmates Kazuomi, An, and Rena who sit next to him. He learns about Rena's competitive nature and her disappointment in losing the position of class representative to fellow classmate Chizuru. Arata formally meets Chizuru during lunch, but her blunt and straightforward way of speaking throw him for a loop. They meet again after school where Chizuru shares with Arata that she is socially awkward, and does not understand people or know how to communicate with them, but wants to change that about herself. Arata gives her encouragement, and they become friends after exchanging phone numbers.|
|3||"You're Old Now"|
"Ossan nan desukara" (オッサンなんですから)
|July 16, 2016|
|During gym class Arata ends up hurting himself, and Ryo explains that despite his youthful appearance Arata's body is still biologically that of a 27-year-old man. Meanwhile, Chizuru takes Arata's advice to try smiling more in an attempt to make friends, but her forced smiles are misinterpreted by Rena as Chizuru mocking her. Rena also learns that despite viewing Chizuru as an academic rival Chizuru was unaware of who Rena was, causing Rena's perception of both Chizuru and herself to be strained.|
|July 23, 2016|
|Chizuru's continued attempts at smiling have the unintended effect of lowering Rena's self-worth due to her misconception that Chizuru's actions are out of spite. Rena reflects that she measures her self-worth by her success and that the previous year she had both pride and happiness due to being the class representative alongside Kazuomi, whom she has feelings for. Now having lost both the class representative position and the place at Kazuomi's side to Chizuru, Rena begins to think less of herself, and grows angrier towards Chizuru for thinking she is mocking her for her shortcomings. Chizuru, however, is unaware of Rena's feelings and confides in Arata that she feels that she and Rena are becoming friends. One night after staying late at school, Rena sees Chizuru has also stayed late and steals her school bag in retaliation for her perceived mistreatment, but she is caught by Arata. As Arata attempts to stop her, they both fall down a flight of stairs.|
|July 30, 2016|
|Arata awakens in the school infirmary after the fall he and Rena had. Remembering that Rena was stealing Chizuru's bag before they fell, Arata recalls a similar situation at a company he worked for where his senior was bullied by her co-workers due to their jealousy of her. When Rena awakens, Arata confronts her about her actions and Rena shares her feelings of insecurity and frustration towards Chizuru. Arata encourages her not to stoop to the level of harassing people she does not like, and to continue being a person who perseveres to obtain what she wants. After leaving, Arata meets Chizuru who suspects Rena was trying to steal her bag, but could not think of a reason why. Arata confirms Chizuru's suspicions, and she decides to speak with Rena as she is leaving the school. Rena explains her feelings towards Chizuru and learns that Chizuru never meant to degrade her, and was only attempting to be her friend. With the confusion cleared up, Rena apologizes and agrees to be Chizuru's friend on the condition that Chizuru acknowledges Rena as a rival.|
|6||"This Isn't the First Time"|
"Hajimemashite janainda yo" (初めましてじゃないんだよ)
|August 6, 2016|
|Kazuomi and An pay a visit to Arata's apartment for a study session due to both Arata and An repeatedly scoring poorly on their previous tests. When Kazuomi leaves early, An confesses to Arata that they met previously and that she fell in love with him at first sight. Ryo decides to check up (eavesdrop) on Arata via his cell phone but learns An and Arata are alone and rushes to the apartment. An attempts to kiss Arata, but he stops her just as Ryo arrives. Ryo scolds An for her actions, and she reveals she was only testing Arata, and that she is actually Ryo's 27-year-old coworker at ReLIFE Laboratory. An also explains that she was supposed to be Arata's supporter, but Ryo took over due to her not finishing her training in time. Both An and Ryo apologize for the trouble she caused, with Ryo secretly apologizing for partially lying of why he is Arata's supporter.|
|7||"Test Subject 001 → 002"|
"Hikensha 001→002" (被験者001→002)
|August 13, 2016|
|As Ryo is writing his report on Arata's progress, he remembers when he was supporting subject 001 of the ReLIFE project. Ryo was scolded by his supervisors for being too involved in the subject's life, and thus he distanced himself from that person. At that time he was also asked to scout out Arata to potentially be subject 002 in the ReLIFE project. After a year had passed, the results for subject 001 were deemed a failure as the person in question had not changed at all. Discouraged by his failure to support subject 001, Ryo is encouraged by An not to give up as Arata was selected to be subject 002, and that Ryo had been assigned as his supporter. Ryo concludes his report by logging that despite Arata's struggles he is making progress.|
|August 20, 2016|
|Honoka and Arata take a makeup test. Honoka passes but not Arata. Rena stands up for Honoka when other volleyball members make fun of her. Honoka passes out as she studied too hard to pass the makeup test. Unfortunately, this causes Rena to have an accident, and their friendship is in crisis.|
|August 27, 2016|
|Chizuru understands that there is a problem and talks with Arata. Talking about the problem causes Arata to confront his past mistake with Chizuru and they plan to make Rena and Honoka friends again. Akira and Nobu bring Rena and Kazuomi and listen to a private discussion among Honoka, Arata, and Chizuru.|
|10||"Everybody's Selfish Desires"|
"Minna no wagamama" (みんなのワガママ)
|September 3, 2016|
|Honoka reveals the reason she joined Aoba HS. Chizuru talks about her past and motivates Honoka to talk with Rena. Rena runs away before Honoka can talk with her. At the day of the match Chizuru motivates Rena to play. Rena finally agrees to play. Rena and Honoka make up. They lose but have a great time.|
|11||"A Trip to the Past"|
"Kako torippu" (過去トリップ)
|September 10, 2016|
|Arata confronts his past and pays a visit to his senpai's grave. Ryo plans a surprise for him.|
"Daburu panikku" (ダブルパニック)
|September 17, 2016|
|Arata indirectly explains to Kazuomi about love and how important it is. When Kazuomi and Arata see a man with Rena, Kazuomi rushes to her. He learns Rena had a heat stroke and the man had helped her. Kazuomi walks Rena home. That night, he realizes that he loves Rena and asks for advice from everyone. He later decides everything himself. Kazuomi invites Rena to the Summer Festival. Rena asks advice on what she should do with the other girls.|
|September 24, 2016|
|Rena asks for Honoka and Chizuru's assistance in getting her and Kazuomi alone during the fireworks festival in order for her to confess her feelings to him. At the festival, Arata, An, Ryo, Chizuru, and the others split up in order to let Kazuomi and Rena be alone, as they knew Kazuomi was also planning on confessing to Rena. Ryo and An also make it so that Arata and Chizuru ended up alone together too. Rena and Kazuomi confess their feelings towards one another, and as the fireworks begin Chizuru tells Arata she was happy to meet him. Chizuru recalls all of the events that have happened since the start of the school year, and before then when she met Ryo, and became subject 001 in the ReLIFE project. After the festival ends, Arata walks Chizuru home, and realizes that he has fallen in love with her, but decides against telling her since everyone he met in school will forget him once his ReLIFE ends. Instead he tells Chizuru he will never forget her, and she also tells him that she will never forget him.|
|"Seed"||March 21, 2018|
|Chizuru loses the position of class representative to Rena. Realizing she was preoccupied with her feelings for Arata, Chizuru confronts Ryo asking him if Arata is a ReLIFE subject. He doesn't want to confirm it, warning her that exposing a test subject would end the experiment for him and they would never see each other again. Ryo reveals to her that An works for ReLIFE and is her new supervisor. An suggests Chizuru wants Arata to be a test subject, as she could act on her feelings if he were a grown-up. After Kazuomi talks Arata into volunteering as the boys' representative heading the preparations for the cultural festival, Chizuru volunteers for the girls.|
|"Need"||March 21, 2018|
|Everyone is having fun at the cultural festival and the class' English-style cafe, but Chizuru and Arata can't stop thinking about being erased from their friends' memories. A discussion between Ryo and An reveals that Chizuru's and Arata's memories of each other will be lost as well.|
|"Date"||March 21, 2018|
|Chizuru does not understand her current feelings for Arata and starts to avoid him to try and “see things from a different perspective”. However, after talking it over with Honoka and Rena, she asks Arata out for a Christmas date. During the date, they end up buying phone straps for each other. As they walk home later, Arata blurts out that he loves Chizuru. Chizuru is taken aback, but then realizes her own feelings for Arata are also of love and tells him so. It starts to rain and they both walk back hand in hand holding Chizuru’s umbrella.|
|"Life"||March 21, 2018|
At Arata’s apartment, Ryo tells Arata that his ReLife was a huge success and offers him a list of jobs and a pill that will end his ReLife. At Chizuru’s apartment, An is doing the same thing with Chizuru. Chizuru falls asleep after taking the pill and An sees that she had written “I was in love with Kaizaki Arata” on her hand and feels sad that she will have to erase it. Before taking the pill, Arata tells Ryo that he wants to work for ReLife Laboratories. Later, at a ReLife Company dinner, Arata meets Chizuru, who is also working for ReLife. They do not recognize each other, but Chizuru learns that Arata was a ReLife subject.After dinner, they bump into each other outside the restaurant. Chizuru tells Arata that she too was a ReLife subject and Arata asks Chizuru about her ReLife experience. She replies that it was like a firework. This triggers the memory of being together at the fireworks festival for both of them. Then with their memories restored, Chizuru walks into Arata’s waiting arms.
The opening theme is "Button" by PENGUIN RESEARCH, while various artists perform a different ending theme for each episode. The ending songs are compilated into one album titled "MD2000 ~ReLIFE Ending Songs~" and to be released on September 21, 2016. The title "MD2000" comes from a type of mini disc that came out in 2000 while the concept of the ending themes comes from the songs that Kaizaki used to hear back in his (old) high school days.
A series of character songs also released from August 3, 2016, started with Arata Kaizaki from volume 1. Each CD contains two songs with respective instrumental version. A soundtrack CD contains 23 background music from the anime is released on September 14, 2016. The music are composed by Masayuki Tzboguchi.
List of Ending SongsEdit
|1||"Iijyuu ★ Rider" (イ―ジュ－★ライダー Iiju ★ Raida)||Tamio Okuda|
|2||"Hot Limit"||T.M. Revolution|
|3||"Timing" (タイミング～Timing～ Taimingu)||Black Biscuits|
|5||"Kore ga Watashi no Ikiru Michi" (これが私の生きる道)||PUFFY|
|6||"Sunny Day Sunday"||Sentimental Bus|
|7||"Saudade" (サウダージ Saudaji)||Porno Graffitti|
|8||"Yuki no Hana" (雪の華)||Mika Nakashima|
|9||"There will be love there -Ai no Aru Basho-" (There will be love there -愛のある場所-)||The Brilliant Green|
|10||"Asu e no Tobira" (明日への扉)||I Wish|
|11||"Pieces of A Dream"||Chemistry|
|12||"Natsu Matsuri" (夏祭り)||Whiteberry|
|16||"La La La Love Song"||Toshinobu Kubota|
|13, 17||"Button" (ボータン)||Penguin Research|
List of Character SongsEdit
|Volume||Character||Voice Actor||Song Title||Release Date||Package Number|
|1||Arata Kaizaki||Kenshō Ono||"ReLIFE"||August 3, 2016||TMS-335|
|2||Chizuru Hishiro||Ai Kayano||"Momoiro." (モモイロ。)||August 31, 2016||TMS-336|
|An Onoya||Reina Ueda||"ReJOIN♪"|
|3||Kazuomi Ōga||Yūma Uchida||"Berry Suite" (ベリースイート Beri Suito)||September 27, 2016||TMS-337|
|Rena Kariu||Haruka Tomatsu||"Namida Diamond" (ナミダダイアモンド Namida Daiamondo)|
Live action filmEdit
A live action film adaptation of the same name and directed by Takeshi Furusawa was released in Japanese theaters on April 15, 2017. The film stars Taishi Nakagawa and Yuna Taira as Arata Kaizaki and Chizuru Hishiro, respectively. The film was given an original ending.
Volume 1 reached the 30th place on the weekly Oricon manga charts and, as of August 17, 2014, had sold 33,637 copies; volume 2 reached the 9th place and, as of November 16, 2014, had sold 46,040 copies; volume 3 reached the 23rd place and, as of April 5, 2015, had sold 73,019 copies.
It was placed 6th in Zenkoku Shotenin ga Eranda Osusume Comic 2015. It was also nominated for Best General Manga at the 39th Kodansha Manga Awards. The series had sold 1 million copies as of February 8, 2016. As of October 2016, the manga had been downloaded over 20 million times.
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