Japanese light novel series


Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World (Japanese: Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活, Hepburn: Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu), often referred to simply as Re:Zero and also known as Re: Life in a different world from zero,[d] is a Japanese light novel series written by Tappei Nagatsuki and illustrated by Shin'ichirō Ōtsuka. It started serialization as a web novel on the user-generated website Shōsetsuka ni Narō in 2012. 36 light novels, as well as five side story volumes and nine short story collections have been published by Media Factory under their MF Bunko J imprint. The story centers on Subaru Natsuki, a hikikomori who suddenly finds himself transported to another world on his way home from the convenience store.

The series' first four arcs have been adapted into separate manga series. The first, by Daichi Matsue, was published between June 2014 and March 2015. The second, by Makoto Fugetsu, has been published by Square Enix between October 2014 and January 2017. The third, also by Matsue, was also published between May 2015 and September 2019. The fourth, by Haruno Atori, with composition by Yu Aikawa, has been published since September 2019. Additionally, Media Factory has published two anthology manga with stories by different artists. An anime television series adaptation produced by White Fox aired from April to September 2016, starting with an hour-long special. Two original video animation (OVA) episodes were released in October 2018 and November 2019. In March 2017, game developer 5pb. released a visual novel based on the series. A second season aired in a split-cour format, with the first half airing from July to September 2020, and the second half airing from January to March 2021. A third season has been announced.

The novels and all three manga adaptations are published in North America by Yen Press. The anime adaptation has been licensed by Crunchyroll outside Asia, which released the anime on home video through Funimation in the United States and Anime Limited in the United Kingdom. In Southeast Asia and South Asia, the series is licensed by Muse Communication.

The overall series (light novel and manga volumes) had over 13 million copies in circulation by March 2023 (including digital versions), while the anime series has sold more than 70,000 copies on home video. The light novels have been praised for their fresh take on the "another world" concept, fleshed-out characters, complex world and lore, and thought-provoking topics and themes. The series received awards at the 2015–2016 Newtype Anime Awards and the 2017 Sugoi Japan Awards, and was nominated for Anime of the Year at the Crunchyroll's inaugural Anime Awards.

Season 1 : Episode 25 edit

Subaru : No matter what anyone else says about you. No matter what you happen to think of yourself. I love you with all my heart. I mean it. I'm crazy about you. I want to be with you all the time. I want to hold your hand all the time. You could sit there and come up with a list of ten things you hate about yourself, but I'd just reply with two thousand things that I love about you. That's the kind of special treatment I want to give you. That's the depth of the love in my heart.

Emilia : You know, that's the first time I've received special treatment. It actually made me happy.

[Subaru wipes away a tear]

Emilia : I don't get it. Why two thousand?

Subaru : Because a hundred fold isn't enough. It doesn't come close to how I feel about you.

Emilia : I'm happy. Just so very happy. I never even dared to dream that a day like this would happen. That someone would tell me they love me. What should I do? What should I say? You've told me so many of your thoughts and feelings. I'm thankful, but also a little overwhelmed. I don't know what I'm supposed to do at a time like this.

Subaru : You don't have to stress over it. I'm not demanding an answer right away. The way I see it is this, I'll get your answer one day, and I'm confident of what that answer will be.

Emilia : Really? I mean is it ok for someone like me to be give such pure happiness all the time? To know such joy in my heart it actually feels beyond indulgent?

Subaru : Sure it is. Go on and be indulgent. As far as I'm concerned you can never have too much happiness. If there's so much it overflows, you can share it, you know.


Subaru : Don't worry. Take your time Emilia. Take as much as you need, then little by little, you'll fall in love too. I'll always be there at your side. That way I'll be sure to catch you when you fall head over heels for me.

[Emilia begins to cry]

Emilia : Thank you Subaru for everything. Thank you for saving me.

[Subaru smiles]