ReLIFE — First Impressions

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Another great manga gets a half-assed anime adaptation.

I’m crying guys. This is a travesty.

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But I’m not particularly surprised. On the bright side, it’s not as awful as it could have been. Nowhere near Medaka Box levels.

Still, what a disappointment. Awful music, poor animation. The worst part, in my opinion, is the portrayal of the main character. One of the things I like most about the manga is that there are surprisingly few words. Much of the story is conveyed through glances between the characters and facial expressions. Or through internal monologues and diary entries. As such, all the words that are spoken have a great deal of weight behind them.

In this adaptation, that’s not the case. The main character in particular speaks frequently and loudly. There’s no subtlety to what he’s thinking or how he’s feeling. The facial expressions are lacking. In fact, he feels a little bit like he’s going to be the generic main character starring in a harem anime.

You could pick up on this a bit in the scene at the end where he talked to the teacher in her office. That was a very effective scene in the manga— they exchanged a few words, but you could tell mostly from their faces the impact it had on them both. In the anime, they tried to do the same thing, but it fell flat. Nowhere near the impact it had in the manga.

Anyway, the manga is amazing, I recommend you read that instead.

4 thoughts on “ReLIFE — First Impressions

  1. What the anime needs is for a sudden plot twist development occur to happen in a huge train derailment from the manga so that Arata becomes an asset with the same strategic value as a nuclear missile.

  2. On the plus side, CR’s releasing all 13 subbed episodes in 1 go, like Netflix does.
    Relife’s anime premiered earlier on some Japanese app channel or other.

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