Characters appearing in Re LIFE. Under construction.
At 27 years old, Kaizaki is working part-time at a convenience store while looking for steady work. He maintains the appearance to friends that he still holds a regular, salaried position at a company, unwilling to admit the truth. Cut off by his parents, Kaizaki embraces the opportunity to join the ReLIFE program, hoping to be hooked up with a job when it's over.
Arata Kaizaki is a kind and compassionate soul. Though he is comparatively Book Dumb, he's quick to approach his high-school peers with words of wisdom and guidance, acting like a surrogate parent. Despite his initial resolution to stay detached, Kaizaki can't help but try to help those around him. Over the course of the series, Kaizaki grows increasingly fond of his high-school circle of friends, struggling with the concept that he will eventually disappear from their lives and memories. Though he jokes about being able to hook up with "legal high-school girls," Kaizaki is very considerate of others, sometimes at the cost of his own happiness.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Usually does this to comfort somebody in pain
- Blithe Spirit: Kaizaki is emotionally in-tune with people, recognizing other people's problems and worries. His advice often propels them to resolve their issues.
- Book Dumb: If there is a test, chances are Kaizaki fails it at least once. Though subverted in that hes not actually dumb, but hes long forgotten the things hes learned back in high school.
- Character Tics: Kaizaki tends to fidget with or scratch his neck when he's uneasy.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Kaizaki. His senpai at his first job was bullied heavily due to the competitive nature of their company. He tried to stand up for her, but it ended up making the bullying worse to the point that she committed suicide. In his rage he quit the company and has been jobless ever since.
- Death Glare: Kaizaki gives a magnificent one to a couple of jerks who is harassing Hishiro during the festival in Chapter 147.
- In-Series Nickname: Hishiro has trouble with names initially, so Kaizaki is the "Cigarette Guy" for a while, after he brought cigarettes to his first day of class. The nicknames get less flattering from there.
- It's All My Fault: Blames himself for what happened to his senpai at his first job.
- Living Emotional Crutch:
- Love Confession: Kaizaki finally confesses to Hishiro in 197.
- Love Epiphany: Kaizaki's advice helps Ohga realize his feelings for Rena Kariu, and that very same advice helps Kaizaki realize his own feelings towards Hishiro
- Magnetic Hero: In contrast to Kaiziki being Book Dumb, he's actually quite the people person and finds it relatively easily to fit in with his classmates despite the age gap.
- Oblivious to Love: Kaizaki is aware of everybody else being in love with each other except for when it comes to someone being in love with him. It helps that he's too considerate to want to fall in love with someone only to be erased from their memory at the end of the experiment. A dose of denial makes it easier that way.
- Shipper on Deck: For Ohga and Kariu, for Yoake and Onoya.
- Supporting Protagonist: For much of the first half of the series, Kaizaki spends more time being supportive of his classmates rather than actually being the main focus. In fact, it takes a good 80+ chapters for his backstory to get fully elaborated on.
- Team Dad: Kaizaki, being Older and Wiser than the others despite looking their same age, tends to act like a dad to the rest of the students.
- Tears of Joy: Chapter 145, from Kaizaki after Kariu reminds him of all the good he's done for the people in the school, to serve as living proof he made a difference..
- Trauma Button: Due to his old senpai's suicide, Kaizaki reacts negatively to anyone reaching for his neck, even if done innocently.
A third-year student at Aoba Academy, Chizuru Hishiro is the epitome of a socially isolated Book Worm. She gets top marks in her studies, but she struggles with basic social interactions. She is a friendless loner, blunt to the point of bludgeoning situations that require tact and a soft touch, and so disinterested in people that she can't remember their names.
Dissatisfied with her situation, Hishiro resolves to learn to better interact with people. Kaizaki is one of the first to reach out to her, and she responds in kind. For all her directness, Hishiro is a cool, determined, earnest, and unwaveringly loyal. She may not intuitively grasp how to interact with the people around her, but the last thing she wants is to upset them or push them away. Her curiosity is insatiable, especially when she begins to develop strong feelings for someone—feelings she isn't equipped to understand.
In later chapters, Hishiro's backstory is explored, revealing the reason for her friendless background and that she, like Kaizaki, is a subject in the ReLife experiment.
- The Ace: Top of her class, much to Kariu's consternation. Only uneasiness about her feelings after the fireworks festival can shake her.
- Adorkable: In spades. Hishiro's social cluelessness has her resort to search engines to find out what to do with people, and her efforts usually come off as unusual but adorably earnest. Folding a 1000 yen bill to make a portrait is just one of these weird and endearing things.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Hishiro does this to Ogha in Chapter 170.
- Cannot Keep A Secret: Hishiro has a very poor filter for what she says.
- Friendless Background: Hishiro moved around a lot as a child and never made a lot of friends. Later on, that would affect her ability to work with people in her job, resulting in her firing and eventual turn at ReLIFE.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Though she is too good-hearted to lash out about it, Hishiro nevertheless acts quite cold toward Onoya, believing her to be a romantic rival. She refers to Onoya as the braid-and-glasses girl rather than use Onoya's name, even after she's become much better at remembering names, and she responds coolly when Onoya takes Kaizaki by the arm one morning. She asks if Kaizaki ever hugged Onoya the way he hugged her, and his denial makes her feel entirely too satisfied.
- In-Series Nickname: Hishiron, from Tamarai.
- Never My Fault: Hishiro tends to have this as a mantra in regards to her doing the work for others and them complaining. It's not her fault they were lazy and she did the work for them. However, it's deconstructed in that by doing their work and isolating herself from them, she was fired from all of her companies because the other employees wouldn't work with her and complained.
- No Social Skills: And how, but she's trying to change. The school festival arc puts this in focus, as her usual method of not bothering to cooperate with people starts to drive a wedge between her and the rest of the class. She knows she needs to change; she just doesn't know how.
- The Un-Smile: While Hishiro can smile normally subconsciously, her trying to smile voluntarily results in this. Unlike most other examples of this trope, this gives rise to some tension between her and Kariu early on.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: despite falling increasingly hard in love, Hishiro is still disconnected enough from her own feelings not to understand them, or to understand them only haltingly. She's probably been in love for over a hundred chapters by the time she actually comes to the conclusion herself! Hishiro's approach to understanding her feelings is direct, as usual: if people in love enjoy being touched by they person they're in love with, just ask to be touched and see what happens!
- When She Smiles: When Hishiro smiles genuinely, it's enough to leave Kaizaki stunned. When she tries however...
Yoake is Kaizaki's handler in the ReLIFE program, joining Kaizaki in this second chance at high school life to observe him. Cool and collected, Yoake feels no compunction about needling Kaizaki about his relationships with the other students, or anything else that comes to mind.
Beneath this gadfly exterior, Yoake is deeply committed and invested in seeing Kaizaki complete a successful ReLIFE. Unbeknownst to Kaizaki, Yoake has worked as a support before, and that subject failed miserably. Yoake will work himself to the bone to make sure that doesn't happen again.
- Character Tics: Yoake tends to tap his finger when he's troubled.
- Creepy Good: His Dissonant Serenity and Gadfly tendencies can make him come off as weird, but he's ultimately a compassionate man who wants to see Arata and Chizuru make the most of Re LIFE.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Yoake's experiences with Subject No. 001 really shook him up. He's determined not to let Kaizaki fail.
- Dissonant Serenity: The more irritated he is, the more pleasant of a front he puts up.
- The Gadfly: Yoake delights in teasing and attempting to manipulate Kaizaki (even if it's for good ends). When Kaizaki and Hishiro have a misunderstanding, Yoake tries to needle him with the biggest bomb imaginable:Yoake: At the rate things are going, I might have to take Hishiro-san for myself.
- Romantic False Lead: In the manga in particular, several chapters try to suggest Yoake is a love interest for Chizuru Hishiro, only for it all to be revealed as clever misdirection. Even so, multiple characters believe it possible, and Yoake uses the perception and potential for jealousy to his advantage.
- Stalker Without a Crush: As Yoake is in charge of looking after Kaizaki for the experiment, his job basically dictates being a stalker. Their relationship eventually becomes closer to Vitriolic Best Buds (albeit with the vitriol being on Arata's side).
A transfer student in Kaizaki's class, Onoya joins Kaizaki and Ohga's study group, having bombed the preliminary exams harder than even Kaizaki had. She joins Kaizaki in gossiping about and teasing Ohga for his obliviousness regarding Kariu.
Onoya's innocuous facade hides a merciless gadfly, tease, and matchmaker. She would come on to Kaizaki merely to test his resolve, and as Kaizaki begins to realize (and deny) his feelings for another student, Onoya works overtime to push him closer to that person, and to tease him relentlessly for it. She does much the same for Hishiro in turn: despite having positioned herself as competition at one point, Onoya becomes a source of love and fashion advice for Hishiro.
Onoya's interest in such matters is more than casual, though: she works with Yoake in the ReLIFE support division, and in the second term, she takes over as Hishrio's handler.
When she's not teasing or matchmaking, Onoya is a compassionate person who only wants the best for people. Her goals are sincere, even if her methods make some peoples' lives more eventful than they'd like.
- Conflicting Loyalty: In Chapter 181, Onoya has a case of this when Hishiro admits that she's shutting down her feelings for Kaiziki due to the Re LIFE program. That and she mistakenly believes she's been burdening Kaiziki. Onoya can only struggle to maintain her composure, feeling guilty.
- The Gadfly: Teases Kaizaki and Hishiro more than Yoake does (after all, Yoake never came onto either of them).
- Meganekko: Subverted with Onoya, who may or may not even need glasses.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: She fails her tests to give her an excuse to stay near Kaizaki.
- Romantic False Lead: Onoya leans into this, playing up her relationship with Kaizaki to tweak Hishiro. She latches on to him while walking to school, she stays close to him during the fireworks festival, and she continues to eat lunch with him. All of this is not just a game to her, either: it's a deliberate plan to set up her handling of Hishiro in the second term.
- Secret Test of Character: Onoya's attempt to seduce Kaizaki was to see how he would react to such advances from a high school girl. Or so she says.
- Shipper on Deck: Even moreso than Yoake, Onoya continuing encourages Hishiro to pursue a romance with Kaiziki.
The male class representative in Kaizaki's class at Aoba, Ohga befriends Kaizaki in part to make sure Kaizaki won't be stuck in an endless cycle of makeup tests. Ohga is considerate and easy to get along with. His one flaw is that he is Oblivious to Love—Rena Kariu has been crushing on him for two years, yet he hasn't picked up the hint, and he unwittingly aggravates her at times because of that, much to Kaizaki and Onoya's consternation.
- Class Representative: The male rep for Kaizaki's class.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His family situation is not pleasant. His mother's gone, and his brother is a shut-in, causing Ohga great anxiety about possibly following in his brother's footsteps. Even without that, he's on the hook for trying to help make ends meet.
- Eating Lunch Alone: Due to spending most of his final year eating lunch with Kaizaki & Onoya (both of them being in the Re Life program), his memory will be altered to become this.
- Innocently Insensitive: Ohga's a genuinely nice guy, but his completely obliviousness to interpersonal dynamics (particularly Kariu's attraction to him) places him in this category.
- Love Epiphany: Kaizaki's speech, along with seeing another man touch Kariu (even if just to keep her from falling), seals the deal.
- Oblivious to Love: He and Kariu have been wearing matching earrings for two years and he didn't get the hint. Moreover, he's completely blind to everyone else's interpersonal dynamics.
- Smarter Than You Look: More than one character has mentioned that Ohga does not look as smart as he is.
Kariu was the female class representative in her class before third year, when she's pitted against Hishiro. Losing the honor of being class rep—and being at Ohga's side—prompts great jealousy from Kariu, and Hishiro's clueless attempts to befriend her only exacerbate the situation. Still, Kaizaki is able to influence both of them, and the two defuse the situation. Indeed, Kariu becomes Hishiro's first female friend.
Prone to bouts of great insecurity, Kariu will nevertheless defend her friends to the end. She can be very intense and competitive, on top of being 100% Tsundere.
- Always Second Best: Kariu gets top grades and is an excellent athlete, but she remains second to Hishiro in academics and Honoka in sports.
- Competition Freak: Kariu is noted for being very competitive about everything.
- Fiery Redhead: Kariu is hot-headed and highly competitive, fitting this trope nicely.
- Insecure Love Interest: Kariu ropes Hishiro and Tamarai into watching Ohga—and his attractive female coworker—on the job. Kariu at least has the maturity to admit she thinks she's being unreasonable.
- Second Place Is for Losers: Kariu's problem in the first arc. No matter how much she tries, she can't catch up to Hishiro in grades, or Honoka in sports, making her feel like all her effort is pointless.
- Tsundere: She uses her bag as a weapon against Ohga's denseness.
Kariu's best friend and captain of Aoba's girls' volleyball team, Tamarai eats lunch with Kariu and Hishiro regularly, and the three form a close circle of friends. Though she gives off a kinder and more gentle air than Kariu, Tamarai is very protective of her friends: as a child, she started a fight to protect a friend from false accusations, and she would do the same in the present. Even so, Tamarai is a sensitive person who chose Aoba Volleyball to escape the pressure of a competitive environment, even though she has the talent to attend top-tier schools. As Kariu and Hishiro deal with romance in their lives, Tamarai offers a steadying perspective and insight what's going on around them.
- The Ace: Has been the best volleyball player on her teams going back to middle school, to the point that it irritated her seniors. It also forms the basis for her friendship with Kariu, who wanted to be The Rival to her.
- Book Dumb: She also has to take makeup tests occasionally, which interfere with her volleyball practice.
- Childhood Friends: With fellow Aoba students Asaji and Inukai. They're close enough that she refers to them as Aki-chan and Nobu-chan, respectively, even to people who might be unfamiliar with the names.
- Nice Girl