「回復術士は、フレア王女を壊す！」 (Kaifuku Jutsushi wa, Furea Oujo o Kowasu!)
“The Healer Ruins Princess Flare!”
Well for anyone expecting Kaiyari to be anything else than shown last week I’d say this week gives you the answer. Whether toned down or not compared to the light novels (and there’s some debate on that), this adaptation fully intends on going all in on the depravity with no excuses made. Rest assured this is just the start of what’s to come; with ten episodes to go and a concept this simple, the only direction is down.
Per the foreshadowing last episode, revenge on Princess Flare was the name of the game here, with Keyaru determined to get the full meal deal. Torture; rape; literal mind fuckery; if anything the only real surprise was how Kaiyari clearly held back on where it wanted to go. Some scenes for example were pretty explicit in what would’ve been shown entertainment regulations notwithstanding, while others beg the question just what Kaiyari can top them with down the road. After all, when your pièce de résistance is turning the princess into fully automated submissive sex slave it’s hard guessing what you could possibly do to balance the scales when it comes to the remaining heroes.
More than specifics, however, this narrative intensification invites the very real problem Kaiyari might experience sooner rather than later: desensitization. The main issue revenge-based stories like this experience is running out of ways to both keep the premise going and raise the bar with every new arc. Series like Shield Hero tackle it by morphing out of the pursuit of vendetta into something else, but given the extent of Keyaru’s revenge (both materially and duration-wise) Kaiyari intends on maintaining this initial focus for a good while. Sure, there’s the indication of a switch given the demon lord, but that’s a long-term goal; with the remaining heroes to deal with alongside any other assortment of characters who get in the way, it’s revenge until the cows come home. Couple it with Keyaru’s wide and ridiculously strong array of healing-based powers (even if some are quite hard-pressed to be classified as healing no matter the wordplay) and it’s going to take some imaginative writing to keep things interesting narrative-wise.
In either case, we’ll find out soon enough. After all, no good adventure sticks to just a party of two, and by the looks of it Keyaru is in the mood to start recruiting.