Despite his thirst for revenge and lust, is Keyaru, the protagonist of Redo of Healer, a Hero of Recovery or just a ruthless villain to the people of the Jioral Kingdom? The latest episode of Redo of Healer provides an answer, but it's not as simple as you might expect. (If you want to find out how to stream Redo of Healer online, you can click here)
Warning: Spoilers for Redo of Healer Episode 7: The Healer Enforces Justice! ahead!
In the seventh episode of Redo of Healer, The Healer Enforces Justice, Keyaru heads to the execution ground to save his village people, and when he gets there, the executioner asks for the Hero of Recovery to step forward, or the villlages will be executed. He tells Keyaru that his death would be worth of a demon and a human, then sends his armored knights to capture the healer. The executioner's threats to kill the villages if he moves closer are useless. "Even if they are killed, I'll be sure to get the revenge I want," Keyaru says. As expected from the show's overpowered antihero protagonist, Keyaru evades their attacks (he even has super speed!) and uses his healing finger to brutally kill them with ease, gushing out blood from their weak bodies. This bloodbath scene reminds me of the violence and gore unleashed in the opening episode of the anime series Elfen Lied. The way Keyaru is enjoying the bloodbath as the view rotates around him shows how deviously insane he is. Even the crowd watching in the colloseum become sick watching his brutality. The executioner reveals that he and his knights are not responsible for poisoning the villagers
It's expected that the badass Keyaru will take all of them down, no sweat, but what's unexpected is how this scene concludes: With Flare Arlgrande magically appearing in the sky of the arena, proving to the people that the first princess of the Jioral Kingdom is alive even though the executioner tries to convince the citizens that she is just an impostor, and that the real princess was killed by the healer. She sings an enchanted song and casts a fiery sun-like fireball that illuminates the sky, something only she could do. After making an inspiring speech about how she used to "turn a blind eye on the darkness of the kingdom" and how Keyaru saved him from her evil country, the citizens rise to deliver justice by slaying the knights despite having no armor, and Keyaru doesn't have to do anything else.
This whole execution scene echoes the themes of Death Note - does the ends justify the means no matter how brutal it can get? Is violence necessary to create peace in the world?
When Keyaru asks Goldman to watch over the boy, the only person he was able to save from poisoning, he says that the kid needs something to recover from the sadness of losing everything, and when Goldman tells him that the boy might exact vegeance on him because he might think that it's his fault why the village was attacked, the healer's reply reveals his wisdom:"Vengefulness makes people stronger. It blows away sadness, loneliness, and the desire to die".
This shows that despite the healer's ruthlessness, he is still — as Goldman describes him despite Keyaru's refusal to be called that — soft. The Hero of Recovery still has a heart for his home village, and he said that he is just doing what he can to help.
Heading to an unknown future, Keyaru, Flare, and Setsuna travel to the city of Brannica, the only city where demons and humans co-exist and where Norn is planning her expedition (something that did not happen in Keyaru's previous life), to confront Flare's sister, Norn. While the three are riding the Chocobo-dinosaur-like creature, Keyaru tells them that the demons are just the type of people with the special ability of controlling monsters, to which Setsuna replies, "In that case, humans are also demons. The humans that control demi-humans with a magical pact and treat them like animals are demons". This is a thought-provoking dialogue, and I love how Redo of Healer brings up these meaningful themes between the sex and violence. "Humans label demons as barbaric and cruel devils, but that's exactly what humans are," Keyaru says. This makes you wonder who the real demons are, and we get to see one in the next scene: Norn talking with her servant, and telling him about how she is still down to do her "hunting game". Her naughty-sinister eyes show that she's intrigued by the Hero of Recovery, building up the tension of their future encounter.
The final scene treats the audience with the healer's hot threesome with Flare and Setsuna as they camp for the night. Of course, you have to watch the uncensored version to fully appreciate this. Each woman gets their own spotlight, but the princess gets more attention as the healer asks her if she's happy with him while she grinds on him, cowgirl-style, and Flare expresses her willingness to make him happy. Her response makes him realize that even though her memory was erased, her personality hasn't changed. "Princess Flare only loved herself, but now she has come to love me as well, and nothing has changed about how she treats other humans". It's a sexy-hot scene with a glimpse of character development.
Overall, Redo of Healer Episode 7 feels more satisfying than the previous episodes. Despite the insane brutality of the execution scene and the softcore sex (probably the main reasons many viewers watch this show), it still brings up some meaningful themes about justice and evil in society. So, is Keyaru a hero or a villain to Jioral Kingdom? I'd say he's both, but more of the former than the latter.
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