ReLIFE Anime Gets 4-Episode Finale Next March
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Production on an arc to conclude the ReLIFE television anime's story has been green-lit. The four new episodes will go on sale on Blu-ray and DVD next March.
(highlight the following white text to read spoilers) [The finale will follow the story after the 13th episode until the end of Arata Kaizaki's ReLIFE experiment.]
The arc will feature the returning cast:
- Kensho Ono as Arata Kaizaki
- Ai Kayano as Chizuru Hishiro
- Ryohei Kimura as Ryō Yoake
- Haruka Tomatsu as Rena Kariu
- Yūma Uchida as Kazuomi Ōga
- Reina Ueda as An Onoya
- Himika Akaneya as Honoka Tamarai
- Daisuke Namikawa as Nobunaga Asaji
- Noriaki Sugiyama as Akira Inukai
Tomo Kosaka (episode animation director for Giant Killing, Yowamushi Pedal) is also returning to direct the new anime arc, and Kazuho Hyodo (Himegoto, Wanna Be the Strongest in the World, Big Windup!) is in charge of the series scripts without the original anime run's co-writer Michiko Yokote (Shirobako, Princess Tutu, Big Windup!) credited. Junko Yamanaka (Kamisama Kiss, Servamp) is again adapting Yayoiso's character designs for animation.
TMS Entertainment is returning to produce the new arc with Double Eagle, and the "ReLIFE Kenkyūjo" (Laboratory) is again the production committee. Other returning staff members include art director Kentaro Akiyama (Studio Pablo), art setting artist Tomoko Zama (Studio Pablo), color key artist Miyuki Isogai, director of photography Nozomi Shitara, editor Kumiko Sakamoto, sound director Shōji Hata, and music composer Masayasu Tsuboguchi.
The story of Yayoiso's original manga revolves around Arata Kaizaki, an unemployed, single 27-year-old who has just been cut off from his parents' financial support. Unable to find a job due to his leaving his previous employer within three months, he is stuck. One night after drinking with a high school friend, Arata meets Ryō Yoake, a man who offers Arata pills to turn him back into a 17-year old so he can redo his life. After agreeing to the experiment, Arata joins a high school class, and meets Chizuru Hishiro, a socially awkward silent beauty who yearns to have friends. Through connecting with her and other classmates, Arata must find what he lacks to live a happy life in the real world within a one-year time limit.
The entire first anime run was released in one day on the Comico app on June 24, followed by a weekly television broadcast in Japan beginning on July 1. Crunchyroll streamed the entire run on July 1. Funimation then offered the episodes with an English dub this past fall. A live-action film opened in Japan this month.
Source: Comic Natalie
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