10 Anime Recommendations About Making The Most Of Second Chances
Life is a journey filled with ups and downs, and sometimes, we find ourselves in need of a fresh start or a second chance.
Life often presents us with second chances, opportunities to rewrite our stories and rediscover our purpose.
In a world where opportunities are as fleeting as a Sakura blossom’s bloom, anime has a unique way of reminding us that second chances are not only possible but can lead to incredible adventures.
1. A Place Futher than the Universe, a second chance to take Risks to Pursue your Passion
The story follows the journey of four high school girls who embark on an expedition to Antarctica, each one of them has their own reasons for wanting to go, often related to past regrets or missed opportunities.
The main character, Mari Tamaki is initially hesitant about joining the expedition but she seizes the opportunity to do something extraordinary with her life. This represents the idea of embracing second chances to step out of one’s comfort zone and pursue their dreams.
Throughout their journey, the girls form strong bonds of friendship, for them these new friendships offer a second chance at meaningful connections and support in their lives.
2. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, a second chance that arise in the Face of Disaster
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 revolves around two siblings, Mirai and Yuuki, who must navigate the post-earthquake landscape and work together to survive and reunite with their family.
The disaster forces Mirai and Yuuki to confront the fragility of life, prompting them to appreciate the second chance they have to live and make meaningful connections with others.
The earthquake serves as a catalyst for Mirai to overcome her initial selfishness and immaturity for her personal growth, emphasizing the concept of second chance for self-improvement.
3. Masamune-kun’s Revenge, a second chance to get Revenge after a Rejection
Masamune- kun’s Revenge is a story following Masamune Makabe, a boy who was rejected by a girl named Aki Adagaki for being overweight.
He undergoes a transformation, becomes handsome and fit and seeks revenge by making Aki fall in love with him only to break her heart.
Masamune’s journey to transform himself physically and gain popularity in high school represents his desire for a second chance at a better life, free himself from the pain of his childhood by reinventing himself.
4. ReLIFE, What will you do if you get a second chance at Life?
The anime ReLIFE explores the theme of second chances through a unique premise.
The story follows Arata Kaizaki, a 27- year old hopeless NEET who tries to revamp his miserable lifestyle by participating in an experimental program where he take sa pill that makes him appear 10 years younger and allows him to relive a year of high school.
Arata’s return to high school gives him a second chance to reflect on his past mistakes, regrets, make different choices, improve his relationships and develop a more positive outlook on life.
ReLIFE encourages viewers to appreciate the value of the present moment and the importance of not taking one’s youth for granted.
5. Orange, a second chance given by their Future selves to Save a Life
In ‘Orange’, the main character, Naho, receives letters from her future self, which contain information about events that will happen and regrets she has about those events.
These letters essentially provide Naho and her friends with a second chance to change the future by making different choices and taking actions that can prevent those regrets from occurring.
This highlights the idea that second chances are opportunities to redeem oneself and make amends for past mistakes.
6. The Pet Girl of Sakurasaou, a second chance at Achieving your Dreams
Every character in the anime are pursuing their passions and dreams, whether it’s in art, music or game development.
They encounter setbacks and moments of self-doubt but they persevere and continue to chase their dreams.
This underscores the message that second chances can be opportunities to pursue what you love and are passionate about.
7. Erased, a second chance at Redemption
Satoru Fujinuma possesses a unique ability called ‘Revival’ that allows him to go back in time a few minutes before a life-threatening event occurs, giving him a second chance to prevent it.
Throughout the series, Satoru uses this second chance to not only solve a cold case involving the abduction and murder of his classmate but also to protect his friends and family from harm.
He recognises the importance of making different choices to change the future for the better.
By revisiting his past, Satoru learns to confront his own regrets and traumas ultimately seeking redemption and growth.
8. Anohana, a second chance to Find Closure
Anohana: The Flower we saw that Day doesn’t directly focus on second chances in the same way as some other anime but rather focus on creating opportunities to fix broken relationships and find closure.
The story revolves around a group of childhood friends who have drifted apart after a traumatic incident from their past come back together to fulfill their deceased friend’s unfulfilled wish.
It showcases how the characters who are haunted by their regrets and past mistakes have a second chance to amend thier broken relationships and find closure.
9. Parasyte- the maxim, a second chance to Change Yourself for the Better
Parasyte- the maxim explores the theme of making the most of second chances through its protagonist, Shinichi Izumi.
Shinichi’s life takes a dramatic turn when a parasitic alien creature takes over his right hand.
Throughout the series, Shinichi evolves from a timid and introverted teenager into a more confident and assertive individual.
The series explores the theme of second chances also through Tamura Reiko, a parasite who’s transformation represents the idea that even those who’ve made wrong choices can find a second chance for redemption.
10. Re:zero, a chance to Start a Life in Another World
Subaru Natsuki finds himself transported to a fantasy world and discovers that he has the ability to return from death to a specific point in time, essentially giving him second chances to make different choices.
Subaru faces numerous challenges and often fails, leading to his death. However, with each return, he learns from his mistakes and tries to improve.
It also delves into the emotional toll of repeatedly experiencing failure and loss, emphasizing the mental and emotional struggles that come with trying to make the most of second chances.
Anime has a unique way of touching our hearts and inspiring us to make the most of the second chances life offers.
So, let these anime series be your guide on your own journey of making the most of second chances.