Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.
ReLIFE is a story about getting another chance to relive your youth in order to move on in life. It’s about 27-year-old Arata Kaizaki, who has been deemed fit to try the ReLIFE program. In this program, he is asked to take a pill in order to revert into his 17-year-old self. He must also go through high school again.
This is Arata’s chance to fix his life. He’s only known as a loser who struggles to find employment after quitting his first job. The ReLife program offers him the rare opportunity to make a change and redeem himself.
I’m sure you are craving for more anime like ReLife. I have made a list of series that you should consider watching. In one way or another, they’re all kind of similar. I hope you enjoy these shows!
1. Golden Time
Having lost all of his memories of the past, Tada Banri is now trying to start a new life for himself. He decides to attend a law school in Tokyo. It is there where he gains a new friend, Mitsuo Yanagisawa. But this is only the start of his new adventures.
Banri meets the most unforgettable girl in his new life, Kouko Kaga. She’s perky, classy, beautiful, and super clingy—much to Banri’s excitement. These new people in Banri's life eventually lead him to confronting his forgotten memories.
2. Kimi ni Todoke
Kuronuma Sawaka is one weird girl. Despite being sweet and helplessly innocent, she is seen as someone who’s terrifying and malevolent. This is all because she resembles the popular ghost girl from The Ring, Sadako. And so, Sawaka has neither friends nor romantic partners due to all the misunderstandings caused by her demeanor.
One day, a guy named Shouta Kazahaya—the most popular guy in class—starts talking to her. As it turns out, Shouta actually sees Sawaka for who she really is. He turns out to be a very refreshing and considerate person. Maybe he’s the person who will actually drive Sawako out of her shell and change her for the better.
3. Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)
Satoru Fujinuma has a special ability that he calls "Revival." With ability, Satoru can go back in time (usually a few minutes) to prevent accidents and disasters from occurring. This power doesn’t actually benefit him most of the time. But one day, his power triggers a shocking event that will determine his future for good.
On the day his mother is murdered by an unknown assailant, Satoru transports himself 18 years into the past. He then discovers that his mother’s murder, his past classmates’ disappearances, his beloved crush’s demise, and his miserable life are all connected. Satoru must crack the mystery and shape the future into what it really should be. If you like anime with thrilling mysteries like this one, here are some series you should consider checking out.
4. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
Shizuku Mizutani is considered stoic by many due to her caring only about academics. As a result, she has very few friends and doesn’t even know how to socialize properly. One day she meets Haru Yoshida—a boy who’s very different yet similar to her.
Shizuku and Haru experience all sorts of feelings and emotions together—with both of them feeling awkward most of the time. This is the story of a boy and a girl whose lives have become intertwined in a sudden twist of fate.
5. Kokoro Connect
At Yamaboshi Academy, extracurricular activities are mandatory. And so, with nowhere to go and with quirks of their own, five students band together to form the Student Cultural Society. In this club, they can do whatever they want. However, they soon experience a variety supernatural phenomena.
All of them experience events like switching bodies with each other or having their desires unleashed. They have to figure out what’s happening before it’s too late.
When the smug-faced Ryuuji Takasu and the palmtop tiger, Taiga Aisaka, accidentally learn one another’s secrets, an unlikely duo is formed. Ryujji is a gentle young man with a delinquent’s gaze while Taiga is a cute young lady with a tiger’s personality. Together, they shall tread through daily school life whilst trying to achieve their personal goals.
Ryuuji has a crush on Taiga’s best friend while Taiga also has a crush on Ryuuji’s best friend. It’s a very complicated situation that will surely only lead to more chaos and wackiness. It’s now up to Ryuuji and Taiga to work everything out and adapt to the blooming wonder of their dubious pairing.
7. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
Chiyo Sakura confessed her love to a young man named Umetarou Nozaki. Unfortunately, he misunderstood her confession. He gives Chiyo his autograph as Sakaki Yumeno, his pen name as a mangaka. Nozaki thought that Chiyo was confessing that she was a fan and that she wanted to be his production assistant.
Chiyo is very surprised, but she can’t say that the misunderstanding wasn’t all that favorable. At least now she gets to be closer with Nozaki. Thus, their comical manga-making adventures begin. If you are looking for more humorous anime shows, you should look into these series.
Seishuu Handa is a prodigious calligrapher. As a matter of fact, calligraphy is his only skill. He’s handsome, charming, and talented, but he lacks proper social decorum. Because of this problem, he has gotten himself into trouble with a key figure in the calligraphy industry.
After causing some trouble, Handa is asked by his father to cool off and take a vacation in the Goto Islands. It’s a place far from the urban world Handa has always been used to. This retreat gives Handa a chance to reflect on himself and develop a new style for his art.
High school student Naho Takamiya just received a letter from the future. It’s a letter that details everything that is going to happen. As first, Naho thought that it was just a big prank. But after events concerning a new transfer student named Kakeru Naruse transpired, she realizes that the letter is the real deal.
Naho now has to make the right choices and decisions. After all, she now has insight into how things are going to happen. The primary content of the letter from the future heavily concerns Kakeru, so Naho has to try her best to create a future with no regrets.
10. Angel Beats!
Yuzuru Otonashi wakes up one day only to find out that he’s already dead. He is now in the afterlife. For some reason, he and some other students are in the midst of a war against a girl named Tenshi.
The war has always been the main focus of the students in the afterlife. But for Otonashi, he has a different way of doing things, and he’s going to showcase it to everyone. His actions lead to the students discovering how the afterlife works and what their real goals should be.
Yong Kuan Leong from Singapore on October 05, 2016:
Good list. And at the right time! I'm still suffering from ReLife withdrawal. :P