「回復術士は、奴隷を買う！」 (Kaifuku Jutsushi wa, Dorei o Kau!)
“The Healer Buys a Slave!”
If watching the collective head of Wall Street lose its mind over Reddit tendies and Gamestop memes wasn’t controversy enough for a Wednesday, lest one forget Kaiyari is here to ensure anime’s own tempest in a teapot gets its due. Sure, this episode isn’t as wicked as last week’s entry in all thing edgy, but in a series like this, it’s never about absolutes.
For anyone still in doubt that Keyaru’s past was less severe outside of Flare than suggested, I think the additional backstory revealed here solved that little problem. Every hero had a part in literally defiling our MC, whether than be as a masturbatory tool, pressure relief valve, or a suitable doll fit for use and abuse. Is it disgusting? Damn right. Is there any real purpose to playing it up so heavily outside of reinforcing the revenge premise? Not really. Can we expect plenty more of it going forward? Oh hell yes. Best believe Kaiyari still has plenty more up its sleeve when it comes to this sort of material, because if the past couple of weeks have shown anything, it’s that breasts, vaginal canals, and the tender manly clapping of cheeks are the base sustenance through which Keyaru sustains his vendetta.
As for actual plot (heh), the first bits of it came courtesy of new party member Setsuna. Ignoring the superficial variety of fantasy slavery here (note all the slaves are effectively beastmen) and how ironically similar the scenario is to Shield Hero’s Raphtalia, Setsuna’s focus on revenge pretty much ensures Kaiyari will be doubling down on all things revenge by expanding the premise out to its secondary characters. While I’m still doubtful about Kaiyari’s narrative longevity, particularly in terms of visual edginess, such a move isn’t actually that bad an idea; besides dealing with Blade and Bullet, we now have something different in Setsuna’s past to explore, and a potential route to play up less divisive material compared to Keyaru’s own vengeance. Of course it remains to be seen just what happens with Setsuna and Keyaru’s treatment of her, but I’d say Kaiyari has given itself a bit more track to speed up before the risk of train derailment kicks into overdrive.
After all, with royalty apparently now catching onto the bait and switch, it won’t be long before the real fun and games begin in earnest.