Allow me to say this first, ReLIFE is a must-watch anime for millennials.
It’s a short slice-of-life story with a decent mixture of drama, friendship, romance, and comedy.
But these elements aside, I also found it a good eye-opener and reminder, especially for today’s teens. Below are five of the hard truths you’ll be reminded of by watching the series:
Insecure people exist.
Let’s face it. There was once (or more) in your life when you met someone who just can’t seem to find pleasure at your success. They are those who find something negative at someone else’s achievements.
ReLIFE shows this dark side of human nature in the character of Kariu Rena, who initially kept on comparing herself and in the process lost the chance to have fun and recognize her self-value.
Her character presented the danger of insecurity as it escalates to something uglier – wishing harm and misfortune to the object of one’s contempt.
Time is irreversible.
“I wish I could go back in time and….”
You’re not alone. We have regrets in life – things we wish we could change if only we can go back in time.
Unfortunately, that’s not how the order of things work. Still, ReLIFE treats us to a fascinating series of ‘What if?’ in the character of Arata Kaizaki, who was given a year-long chance to relive his high school life and do stuff he wanted and failed to manifest in the past.
The message of the series, however, is not to give us false hopes that somewhere in the future, a person from a suspicious laboratory would offer us a pill that would make us look our younger selves and send us back to high school. NOPE.
In a deeper level, it shows us that time CANNOT be reversed. It’s a resource that can’t be recycled, negotiated and purchased.
If you want to do something now, then do it NOW. Time lost is lost forever.
Unfortunately, many still choose to procrastinate, waiting for …….what exactly?
Embracing change is never easy.
One thing that has been consistent in the entire season 1 series is the element of change. This isn’t only limited to the main character but also to the supporting ones.
- Kaizaki Arata, reliving his high school life
- Kariu Rena, embracing her own uniqueness and struggling to fight against her insecurities
- Honoka Tamarai, trying to understand what her best friend feels at always staying behind her shadows
- Kazuomi Ohga, dealing with his real feelings towards his best friend
…and so much more.
Change requires a shift in perspective and embracing new things that come with it – something which requires more than just affirmation.
So as realizing and confessing your romantic feelings to a long-time friend.
There’s that friend who sticks like a brother. There’s a friend that will forever be a good friend.
But there is also that friend who becomes your best friend and eventually turn to someone who means more. Let’s cut to the chase. It’s that friend you end up falling in love with.
Well isn’t that nice?
Others, however, think that falling in love with your best friend is the worst thing ever supposedly because it could destroy your friendship! I mean….how stupid is that?
The issue I think is the fear of not having your romantic feelings returned. It’s never about whether or not you’ll still be friends.
This is portrayed really well in the story between Kariu and Ogha. Both are friends. One is aware of her feelings, the other is not. Yet as both realized their mutual affection, they started feeling awkward.
But they remained good friends!
Well, I’ve never been there but I think It’s really difficult to confess to your best friend. Agree?
If you challenge the status quo, society thinks you’re gutless.
Right. Society. The status quo.
Psychology says its ‘social conformity’ – the need to conform with the norms and feel like we belong in a group.
Sure, belongingness is a need. It’s part of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
Unfortunately ALWAYS and ABSOLUTE conformity KILLS creativity. Says who? Me. If you want to go beyond what society has set for you, what it considers as ‘generally acceptable’, then
you’ll need to do more than just conforming to the norms.
ReLIFE embodies this brave venture in the person of the main character who spoke out in front of his boss for what he truly feels. This doesn’t mean that we should all go on a verbal rampage against our superiors.
However, we should be capable of thinking for ourselves and assessing whether or not we are using our maximum potentials.
Easier said than done, really. After all, doing something that challenges the norms will usually be met by a disapproving look from society. Even your family and closest friends may disapprove.
This is another beautiful slice-of-life story that I’d highly recommend especially for the younger generation. The drama is spot-on and the script writing is smooth.
Much like Barakamon, the comedic element is also commendable.
This post isn’t a review, but I’ll drop in my ratings anyway.
Watch it this weekend and let’s hear some of your thoughts!