After several happy-go-lucky fantasy types, I finally got into something with a little more edge.
As this is from a bit of a review backlog, it’s been over a month since I watched it, but here are the spoiler free thoughts that I’ve retained about Redo of a Healer since then.
Our protagonist, Keyaru, was a village boy who was blessed with healing powers, which awakened in his teens. He was quickly scouted and brought in to join the other heroes of the land. However, Keyaru’s power is a double edged sword which causes him to absorb the experience of those he heals, including all of their traumas.
Keyaru, losing his mind from his power, was abused by the other heroes and treated like a slave. What they didn’t expect is that Keyaru would find a way to use a powerful spell. With it, he was able to send all of his memories to himself in the past, before he gained the power of healing. And so, knowing what is to come, Keyaru is able to redo everything, and he has only one goal: revenge.
Not for the faint of heart
Redo of a Healer pulls no punches. Absolutely none. There is a lot of abuse in this anime, of all kinds. There’s also a lot of sexual abuse. There’s just a lot of abuse, violence, torture, and things of that nature. There’s also rape. It’s an anime that isn’t afraid to show all of these things. It’s very graphic at times. When you put it all together, I’d say this is one of if not the most graphic anime I’ve seen.
Honestly, it was a nice change from the norm.
I’m not saying that I love watching abuse, torture, or anything like that – but I do appreciate when an anime isn’t afraid to go all in with a grittier method of storytelling. In an industry where it feels like 99% of anime shy away from anything doesn’t have a happy tone, it’s nice to see that 1% that doesn’t. At least, every once in a while, given how uncommon these types are.
Keyaru isn’t a hero
Here’s another great aspect of this one – the protagonist isn’t your typical paragon of virtue, or someone who puts up a cold front but really is a nice person inside (ex. Hajime from Arifureta, who always helps people as long as they ask twice).
Keyaru is a very damaged person, and a man who was quite clearly changed due to his experiences. His primary motivations are focused around revenge, and he doesn’t shy away from dishing out similar punishments to what he had received himself. He’s no hero. But he’s not exactly evil either. He’s someone who does things his own way.
It’s nice to see a protagonist like this, for similar reasons as to why it’s nice to see an anime like this.
Redo of a Healer is a very visceral anime. As I mentioned above, I’m not someone who seeks out violence and whatnot just for the sake of it. But I am someone who will enjoy these things when they’re done in a way that works well given the story. And Redo of a Healer’s story is great. It’s a revenge story that is crafted very well, and flows very well. A bit over the top at times, but I don’t mind that in a fantasy anime.
This is a take on the classic hero fantasy story that you just won’t find anywhere else. Considering how common the classic “Dragon Quest” fantasy story is, this is just a really interesting approach to things.
Overuse of sex
Here’s my one and pretty much only complaint about Redo of a Healer, which is that there’s too much sex. Personally, I don’t have a problem with sex, shown or implied, in anime, provided that the sex bears some relevance to the story. And I will say that some of the sex, or sexual content, in Redo of a Healer fits with the tone and the story. For example, early on in the anime, the sexual content helps to establish said tone.
However, fairly quickly, it started to seem like there were many, many sex scenes just for the sake of it. They didn’t feel necessary and there was no real reason tied to them. Sure, one could argue that they fit with Keyaru’s character and certain story elements, and I’d probably agree with said arguments, but I still don’t see why we need to watch them so frequently.
It’s sort of like how we know that characters obviously would have to use the washroom on a regular basis, but we don’t exactly want or need to see that.
That’s how many of the sex scenes in the anime felt to me. Just in your face with no real rhyme or reason, almost with an obligatory feel, like every episode just has to fit in at least one, if not more.
I personally don’t watch anime to be aroused. I don’t mind eye candy in ecchi anime, but ultimately I watch anime to enjoy the story / setting / characters. As such, I did skim over most of the sex scenes in Redo of a Healer. Which is why, in the end, this is my criticism of the series. They didn’t do anything for me but waste time that could have been spent on the story.
And on the topic of ecchi, technically Redo of a Healer is an ecchi anime, but you may want to just consider this a hentai, because even if the only nudity you technically see is nipples, the content is pretty much all there regardless. I’m not saying this is inherently a bad point, it just depends what you’re looking for in an anime.
I’m going to give Redo of a Healer an 8 / 10.
I think that the premise, characters, and dark nature of the anime were a really nice change from the norm, but that the anime is brought down by what I personally thought was just too much sex. In some parts it fit with the tone / story, but most of the time it felt excessive. Still, I enjoyed the story of this anime.
This one will definitely be either hit or miss, with little in between, I think.
If you don’t like dark, visceral types, or you don’t like sexual themes / content, this definitely won’t be for you. Also, if you don’t like such themes, but think you can look past them, I don’t think it’ll work in this case. I’d absolutely recommend to just give Redo of a Healer a pass if you don’t like dark / visceral content, or sexual content, as both are abundant here.
Either way, if you haven’t seen Redo of a Healer, and have read all of this, you’ll have an idea of what to expect and whether or not you’d like it.
That’ll do it for Redo of a Healer.
It’s definitely a polarizing anime, although I don’t think it got much attention compared to something like Goblin Slayer. I don’t think that many people watched it, or if they did, they just dropped it immediately and never really talked about it. Considering how lewd it actually is, I’m not surprised. Even if people watched it they may not want to admit that they did on the Internet!
Anyways, I’ve got more to write as this backlog is still quite long!
Until next time,
Thanks for reading!