One year to change your life, all expenses paid… sounds good, right? For Kaizaki Arata, a part-time conbini worker, it seemed too good to be true. Approached in the middle of the night by an employee of the ReLife organisation, he’s promised a full time job if he agrees to take part in a social experiment for a year. Drunk and desperate, Arata takes the pill he’s offered, which makes him look ten years younger. It’s his job to infiltrate the local high school and act as a normal student, but it’s not exactly easy. His body is still physically 27 years old, and he hasn’t sat in a classroom for years. Add a smoking habit and a dash of alcohol dependency… well, he’s not exactly the star pupil.
Far from sober and lamenting his failure at finding a full-time job, Kaizaki Arata wanders home from a local bar, only to bump into Yoake Ryou: a strange man with a strange proposition. Ryou offers him a drug, and the opportunity to turn his life around. Drunk and desperate, he takes the pill, which transforms his 27 year old appearance into that of someone ten years younger. With promises of a job at the end of the experiment, Arata has to infiltrate a high school and act as a regular student for a year. But unfortunately for him, it’s not as easy as it looks.
A seemingly normal day is interrupted by a letter. Addressed from her older self, Naho Takamiya doesn’t believe it’s real, until the things written in that letter start to happen. A new student named Kakeru transfers from Tokyo, and 26 year old Naho asks her 16 year old self to keep an eye on him. She originally ignores her own warnings, still sceptical that her actions will make a difference. But then she realises that she doesn’t want to live with her regrets ten years later, and starts to make a change.
Kousei hasn’t played the piano in two years. A musical prodigy from a young age after being put through hell by his late mother, he finds himself unable to play following her death. His childhood friend, Tsubaki, tries to coax him back into the world of classical music, saying that his part-time job as a karaoke transcriber is a sign that he still loves music. He stubbornly refuses, declaring that he was turning his back on his piano-playing days. That is, of course, until Kaori Miyazono enters his life and changes everything.
With Winter 2016 pretty much over, it’s time to look back on the anime that was showing this season.
Satoru has a gift. When something bad is about to happen, he experiences what he calls a ‘Revival’, a reversal in time which gives him the opportunity to fix things before they go wrong. As a struggling mangaka working a part-time job as a delivery driver, he shuts down any memory of his past, which is shrouded in the mystery of an eighteen year old crime. But he is forced to relive those memories, as his ability sends him back to 1988, the year that three of his classmates were murdered.