Vol: 15; Ch: 222
2013 - 2018
4.366 out of 5 from 3,224 votes
Rank #152

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 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...

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Alright, so this was the first manga I've ever actually read (to completion), but it was for good reason. So I got into this genre of storytelling through light novels, which I then discovered were adapted into anime. Was reluctant at first to watch it (as I'm not the biggest fan of watching TV), but I grew to enjoy it as time went along. However, as I had already watched the anime, I felt that there was little purpose in going through the story once again to see the correlation between the novel, the anime, and finally the manga. So I didn't really read anything, and if I did, I tended to drop it midway out of boredom.  ReLIFE is different, though. I was recommended the show by a friend, and I had not gone through reading the novel for, so I didn't have prior knowledge of how the plot would progress. I thoroughly enjoyed the show, but I never got to reading either the manga or the source novel. However, this changed when the OVA came out not too long ago. I had believed that the story was finished until that same friend (who had read the manga) told me that there were chunks missing throughout the anime. So, again reluctant, I picked up this manga. Within a few days, I have finished. What a journey. The story, needless to say, is great, and the characters are all really likable. I REALLY like the laughing faces they make in every once in a while, which prompts me to give this a perfect score, though I have no real reference of what the quality of this art falls into. I plan to watch the movie sometime soon, but since Spring Break is over, I need to get back to my studies.  Overall: 10/10, would read again in 10 years


My 300th Review! I first read through this webtoon a couple years ago now, and I remember really liking it. And I genuinely enjoyed it this second time through as well. There are several plot twists, but even knowing exactly what's going to happen, the story didn't feel diminished at all. It smoothly flows through developments, without many superfluous storylines, making it easy to end up reading fifty or eighty chapters in one sitting. The most interesting character is probably Hishiro. Feir blunt honesty is hilarious and also a bit inspiring. Other than that, the dynamic between Ohga and Kariu is pretty cute. And wiretapping has never looked so adorable. Some of the subplots early on in the webtoon involve tensions arising between various characters and then being resolved. This process both introduces us to these characters' backstories and values as well as creates a sense of weight and history to the bonds which inevitably arise. The most obvious examples are the conflict between Kariu and Hishiro (ch. 20-44) and between Kariu and Tamarai (ch. 56-83). Other than that, most of the stories mix some light conflicts or tension alongside internal struggles or romance, which play a more prominent role. The characters who go through some internal struggle are Kaizaki (ch. 84-93; 140-156), Hishiro (ch. 121-139), and Ohga (157-178). To avoid spoilers, I won't name names, but there are two sections primarily focused on characters declaring their love for each other (ch. 94-107 and ch. 179-198). And like I mentioned, sections flow into each other pretty naturally, so for the most part it felt well-written. I will say that they seemed to milk the melancholy of being forgotten a bit much. Obviously, this melancholy is necessary for some of the plot and character development, so I shouldn't complain too much. But still, towards the end, it started feeling a bit too mushy and filled with reflections. But the very end (ch. 217-222), I have no complaints about. It was well-written. Since the premise of this story involves a program that attempts to rehabilitate NEETs, there are several lessons the characters learn and/or teach each other: Comparing yourself to others, and competing against them, isn't the only way to "win." Don't isolate yourself when you're at rock bottom. Be open and honest. Get support from people you love and trust. Don't let past failures and injuries prevent you from taking risks. Just because something will end doesn't mean you can't enjoy it while it lasts.

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