Crunchyroll Streams ReLIFE Finale OVA

posted on by Karen Ressler
4-episode conclusion debuted Wednesday in Japan

Crunchyroll began streaming the four-episode finale arc for the ReLIFE anime on Wednesday. The episodes are available worldwide outside of Japan, China, North and South Korea, and Syria.

The episodes shipped on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in Japan on the same day.

Tomo Kosaka (episode animation director for Giant Killing, Yowamushi Pedal) returned to direct the new anime arc, and Kazuho Hyodo (Himegoto, Wanna Be the Strongest in the World, Big Windup!) was 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) again adapted Yayoiso's character designs for animation. TMS Entertainment returned to produce the new arc with Double Eagle.

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 in June 2016, followed by a weekly television broadcast in Japan beginning in July 2016. Crunchyroll streamed the entire run in July 2016. Funimation then offered the episodes with an English dub. A live-action film opened in Japan last April.

Yayoiso ended the original manga on March 16. The manga had been running on the Comico app since 2013.

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