ReLIFE has gone on to cult popularity in anime and manga circles because of its unique premise, and just like its premise, its run unfortunately has a time limit.
Announced at the end of the manga's 211th chapter, series creator Yayoiso announced that she plans to end the manga sooner than you think.
Ending in March 2018, this will likely be a blow to fans as they have also been waiting on the official ending of the series' anime adaptation that will release at the same time. After ending in 2016, the series announced it was returning for a four episode special anime to officially bring the series to an end.
The story will follow the end of the original series, and features the returning cast of Kensho Ono as Arata Kaizaki, Ryohei Kimura as Ryō Yoake, Haruka Tomatsu as Rena Kariu, Reina Ueda as An Onoya, Himika Akaneya as Honoka Tamarai, Daisuke Namikawa as Nobunaga Asaji, and Noriaki Sugiyama as Akira Inukai
The original production team is returning for the anime finale as well. Produced by TMS Entertainment, Tomo Kosaka (Yowamushi Pedal) is returning to direct the series, Junko Yamanaka (Kamisama Kiss) is returning to design the characters, Kentaro Akiyama is returning as art director, Tomo Zama is returning as setting artist, Miyuki Isogai is returning as a color key artist, Nozomi Shitara returns as director of photography, Kumiko Sakamoto returns as editor, and Masayasu Tsubochi returns as music composer.
The four episode finale will release on Blu-ray and DVD March 21, 2018, and will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in Japan.
For those unfamiliar with ReLIFE, the series was originally created by Yayoiso. The story follows Arata Kaizaki, a man who quits his job three months into it claiming that it does not match his potential. Because of this he has trouble finding a new job and instead picks up a part-time job at a convenience store. One day a mysterious man offers him a job, but under the strangest of prerequisites. He must take the drug "ReLIFE," which would de-age him 10 years, and live as a high school teen again in order to figure out what is wrong with his current life's trajectory.
The series first began life as a webcomic in 2013, and has been since collected into seven volumes once it made the transition to manga. An anime series ran for 13 episodes in July 2016, and a live-action film was released in 2017.0comments