March 22, 2018

ReLife ReTurns

Almost two years ago I said "I did not expect this to be that good," when referring to ReLife, a little show that just sort of... snuck up on everybody.  Short version of the plot: a 27-year old NEET is given the chance to have his problems (not all of them of his making) dealt with.  He'd be given a good job with a good company, with interesting work to be done... in short, he could honestly feel like he could go out in public again.  The only catch?  He has to spend a year back in high school.  Nope, not as a 27-year old, but as a 17-year old!  There's been a... pill... created that will knock ten years off your appearance until you take the antidote.  Sounds great, huh?  Well, not so much... you're still 27, after all... no longer a teenager, no longer fit, you've been out of high school for TEN YEARS, if you're a smoker you've still got the addiction, and... well, your female classmates are kinda hot.

Yes, now you see the potential difficulties an adult could face in a situation like this.  And it's amazing just how intelligently and realistically ReLife handles such matters.  I mean, "realistically" if you accept the possibility of a magic pill and going back to high school, that is.  There's also an interesting layer of wish fulfillment running underneath the surface: if you could go back knowing what you know now, would you?  I hated high school, and even with 30 years of bonus experience under my belt, I'd rather faceplant onto a claymore mine than go back.  But that's not really why I'm writing here.

No, the reason I'm writing today is to let you know that, sometime yesterday, the long-awaited ReLife OVA was released... the FOUR EPISODE LONG OVA.  For a series that was 13 episodes in length.  There is now good solid evidence that somewhere in Japan, there is a Production Staff that loves us and wants us to be happy.  As opposed to all those Production Staffs that hate us, laugh at us, and makes us watch Rio Rainbow Gate

I will not give spoilers, for no other reason than I haven't watched any of it yet.  One bit of information that I have gleaned, however, is no spoiler: it picks up right where Ep13 leaves off.  That's right kids, no "episode 8.5" here, it's a full continuation of the story!  So if you've seen the series, why in the world are you still reading this?  Go watch it!  And if you haven't seen ReLife, why are you still reading this?  Go watch it from the beginning!

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1 I'm almost done with the first episode (long story as to why I didn't just FINISH the episode) and it finally hooked me with the other students and the cigarettes.  Knowing that our test-subject protagonist/victim is still his almost-30 self, and that there seems to be more going on than just "do a year of high school as a fish-out-of-water story" helps considerably.

Posted by: Ben at March 23, 2018 09:34 AM (h8yX6)

2 Sounds interesting. Although, never in a million billion years would I go back to high school. Not even if I were paid a million billion dollars. 

One of the many (many!) great things about working as an engineer is that (nearly) everyone you work with was also the smartest person in their class. So you no longer stand out as Different and Therefore Must be Bullied and/or Ostracized. 

Posted by: Mrs. Will at March 23, 2018 09:45 AM (h8yX6)

3 Unexpectedly, another anime that makes us mostly agree. I was bullied pretty badly in school, but it was survivable, and with the experience I have now, I could do better. Much better. I am still in contact with a girl that I liked and she aged very nicely, I am not at all disillusioned. No, wait, it's not going to be my old class if I go back. Aww, this is too confusing.

Posted by: Author at March 23, 2018 10:29 PM (h8yX6)

4 First the Cubs win the World Series, then Author and I agree on a show... truly the End of Days is upon us.

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 24, 2018 03:41 AM (h8yX6)

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