Re:Zero − Starting Life in
Another World (Japanese: Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活, Hepburn: Ri:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu, lit.
"Re:Starting Life From Zero in a Different World") is a Japanese
light novel series written by Tappei Nagatsuki and illustrated by Shin'ichirō
Ōtsuka. The story centres on Subaru Natsuki, a hikikomori who suddenly finds
himself transported to another world on his way home from the convenience
store. The series was initially serialized on the website Shōsetsuka ni Narō
from 2012 onwards. Twenty-one light novels, as well as four side story volumes
and five short story collections have been published by Media Factory under
their MF Bunko J imprint.
The series' first three 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 since October 2014. Matsue launched the third
adaptation, also published by Media Factory, in May 2015. Additionally, Media
Factory has published two anthology manga with stories by different artists. An
anime television series adaptation by White Fox aired from April 4, 2016 to
September 19, 2016, starting with an hour-long special. The first of two OVA
based on the series was released on October 6, 2018, and the second OVA was
released on November 8, 2019. In March 2017, game developer 5pb. released a
visual novel based on the series. A second season was set to premiere in April
2020, but was delayed to July 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The second season was announced to be in a split-cour format, with the first
half airing from July 8 to September 30, 2020, and the second half airing in
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, the series is licensed by Muse Communication.
The light novels have sold more than three million copies, while the anime
series has sold more than 60,000 copies on home video. The light novels have
been praised for their fresh take on the "another world" concept, but
have been criticized for awkward dialogue and redundancy. The anime series has
been praised by critics for its "culturally complex world" and for
the actions of its characters. 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 Anime Awards 2016.