ReLIFE Review — C

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An unemployed man relives his high school life.

The ReLIFE manga is one of my favorites. It’s a great story, very well told.

The ReLIFE anime is a great story, very poorly told. It has no heart to it. Everything feels bland and lifeless, from the animation to the voice acting to the direction. It’s a pretty direct adaptation from the manga to the anime, and that just doesn’t work. The manga feels slow and thoughtful, with a great deal of introspection from the characters. And the way they do this in the manga just doesn’t translate well to animated form.

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But mainly— there’s no heart to this.

If you’re thinking of watching this, do yourself a favor and read the manga instead.

  • Storytelling – C – Great story, awful telling.
  • Voice – D – Dead and lifeless.
  • Characters – B – Great characters (but poorly shown).
  • Attention Grab – D – They made one of my favorite manga a bit boring.
  • Production – D – Bad.
  • Overall – C

Recommendations – Kokoro Connect, Oregairu

2 thoughts on “ReLIFE Review — C

    1. Wow, I’m more consistent than I thought. It often feels like I’m actually just pulling the letter grade out of my ass.

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