Like ReLife? Watch This!

Life is all about a second chance. A handful of anime has depicted that, and amongst them is ReLife, a story that revolves around a man in his late 20s getting a second chance to turn around his regretful life. Though ReLife doesn’t show the characters traveling back in time, it reverts the protagonist’s body to his younger self to rewrite his remorseful life. And if you are looking for more anime like ReLife that deals with elements like time travel, a second chance in life, and adults in the bodies of teenagers, we have got you covered with two current must-watch anime.

Like ReLife? Watch Bokutachi no Remake (Remake Our Life!)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: July 2021 - Ongoing

With an abrupt end to his internships in the gaming firms, 28-year-old Kyouya Hashiba is broke and has no place to go but his parent’s house. With regret for not pursuing his passion in an arts college, Kyouya falls asleep wishing to redo those days. Miraculously, he finds himself waking up a decade earlier, where he chooses to join the art college and follow his desire to become a creator.

Major Similarities Between ReLife and Bokutachi no Remake (Remake Our Life!)

1. Never-Ending Regret

Both Arata Kaizaki from ReLife and Kyouya Hashiba from Remake our Life are in their late 20s and have just lost their jobs. They are filled with regret for not making the correct choices and wish to correct those mistakes if they get a chance. ReLife and Remake Our Life show the growth of Arata and Kyouya by how they carefully think before making any crucial decision, unlike their past selves who didn’t take these seriously.

2. Life Gives a Second Chance

In ReLife, Arata gets offered a pill to revert his body to what it was ten years before, while in Remake our Life, Kyouya also travels back in time exactly a decade. Both are given a chance to rewrite their destinies starting from their teenage years, the point at which they strayed away from the intended path.

3. Meeting New People and Making Friends With Them

Arata and Kyouya are lonely adults. After reverting to their teenage days, they come across new individuals. They make friends and learn that friendships are there to reflect on themselves while making valuable memories. Both Arata and Kyouya find people they care about while their sense of loneliness fades away. Honestly, Remake our Life seems like an alternative version of ReLife with elements of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou blended in.

Like ReLife? Watch Tokyo Revengers

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: April 2021 - September 2021

Takemichi Hanagaki is a 26-year-old part-timer who led the life of a nobody. Not only that, he was scolded by his younger boss and even got bullied by kids. But news about his former girlfriend getting murdered turns his life upside down. Following this, a chain of events ends up sending him twelve years back into the past to his 14-year-old self, to save Hinata Tachibana, the girl she dated at that time. Little does he know he will soon become part of the Tokyo Manji Gang, the gang soon to become the greatest in Japan.

3 Major similarities

1. Desire to Change the Future

In Tokyo Revengers, Takemichi Hanagaki is hellbent on changing the future to save everyone dear to him. While in ReLife, Arata is determined to have a future where he lives an honest and happy life without deceiving his friends or family. Both of their affection for the close ones drives their desire to change the future.

2. Known Trigger to Travel Back in Time

In Tokyo Revengers, Takemichi has to shake hands with Naoto Tachibana to travel back in time. Though Arata doesn’t travel back in time, he takes the pill from the ReLife laboratory to revert to his teenage self. Both of the triggers to time travel in ReLife and Tokyo Revengers are controllable, and both have certain conditions before doing so.

Final Thoughts

We all have regrets, and let’s be honest, we all wish to travel back in time to correct the regretful decisions. While time travel is impossible for us, it is possible for these fictional characters who live the dream we all long for and make us want more of such stories. So, which one are you watching right now? Remake Our Life or Tokyo Revengers? Or are you watching both of them? Make sure to comment down below.

by Abhradip Acharya