OP: 「残酷な夢と眠れ」 (Zankoku na Yume to Nemure) by Minami Kuribayashi
「回復術士はやり直す！」 (Kaifuku Jutsushi wa Yarinaosu!)
“The Healer Starts Over!”
And now for winter’s most interesting offering. And I do mean interesting. Heh. Given how previews have gone for Kaiyari it’s safe to say this one was going to invoke a good deal of debate, and the first episode doesn’t disappoint on that front. It may not the absolute horror that is proclaims to be, but don’t worry, we’re only one episode in.
As per the RC Preview, Kaiyari is a simple beast. Main man Keyaru (Hozumi Yuya), a village nobody, wakes up one day to discover he’s been chosen as a hero to help defeat the demon lord/queen/cutesy moeblob thing. And not just any hero, the healing hero. Cue all the wonderful adventuring and saving the world and fun that comes from restoring HP! Err, or forced confinement, induced drug addiction, and rape/physical abuse? Yeah, it’s taking the scenic route alright. Much like Shield Hero (at least for the first part of its story), Kaiyari is pretty much a fantasy deconstruction revenge tale, where Keyaru’s mission is to stick it to every other hero who decided he was only a toy fit for use and abuse. How he does of course involves some time travel shenanigans courtesy of
Dragon Ball Philosopher’s Stone and spirits going sensual, but frankly that’s fluff next to what everyone will actually be here for. Kaiyari is going to be all about that sweet revenge porn and make no qualms about any of it.
Given how Kaiyari intends on playing out—i.e. as provocative as possible—the good news at least is that the censoring will indeed be nonexistent. Much like Ishuzoku Reviewers an uncensored version is airing, which ensures that every lewd, disturbing, and outright disgusting moment won’t be offset with heaven’s light or its black bar cousin. Likewise is the assistance of the cast and their true natures. Keyaru for example has the crazed revenge seeker down pat, helped in part by some excellent facial expressions and Hozumi Yuya’s voice acting, while Flare (Shibuya Ayano) does well to show off the pampered and arrogant princess (among other things). Mind you we’re still missing a good deal of personality on the part of Flare—not to mention having the cannon hero and sword hero enter the picture—but this episode gives you a pretty good idea what to expect. Keyaru’s enemies are going to be true to the definition, and the MC won’t waste any breath in doing to them what he believes they deserve.
While pretty clear Kaiyari will be playing out exactly as everyone expects, it’ll be a couple of episodes yet before we have an idea just how much it’s going to play to its themes. The depths of depravity know no bounds, and Kaiyari fully intends on exploring the possibilities. Continue watching at your peril.
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ED: 「夢で世界を変えるなら」 (Yume de Sekai wo Kaeru nara) by ARCANA PROJECT