Redo of Healer Review
Now, before we dive into any reviewing let's first make one thing very clear: You do not want to watch any of the regular streaming versions, and this goes for all the various "uncensored" versions out there. So, while there will be a more detailed breakdown of the differences between the different versions, the gist is that the BD is superior to the AT-X version, which is in a whole other world that the standard streaming version.
The plot is as simple as you get: guy gets fucked (in more than one way), and proceeds to get revenge on those that wronged him. Now, wasn't that simple, eh?
In a dark world of monsters, adventurers and mages, some of the most gifted healers are subjugated to brute force even by the hands of their compatriots. But one mage, Keyaru, gains the ability to rewind time, turn the tables and right all wrongs.
– Sentai Filmworks
Right from the start we've got strong character- and world-building that's rarely found in modern anime, or any medium, old or new– Okay, no, pardon me, I can't even say that with a straight face.
It wouldn't be an overstatement to say that the series has a somewhat cringy storyline, and an MC that's the personification of pure, sharpened edge. Now, that doesn't mean that it's bad – far from it. No, in terms of enjoyment to be had from an anime series, this one places quite high on the all-time highest list. See, when judging a series like this, you have to look at just what it has to offer; and in this case it's simply: a mindless dumb (fun) revenge story-ride.
The main draw of the series is, as you might guess, the revenge part, and this is very well executed. We'll get to follow along as Saint Edge, our very fair MC, absolutely destroys his enemies, and he has some very interesting ways to do this.
How much one will enjoy the fanservice and story will depend heavily on the type of person they are. If you require solid animation throughout and wholesome, consensual, sexy time between characters, then this series ain't for you. However, if edge to the absolute max; lack of an even somewhat decent backstory; questionable animation in pretty much all scenes besides the juice parts; and if the mind break and rape tags are your favorites ever; then sure, this might just be perfect for you.
In other words, this is a series you'll want to watch as something stupid beyond belief, with a main characters that's so edge you can't believe – as something that's closer to parody than anything else. Something to laugh at in between gloating at how the "baddies" get their shit handed to them, more than anything else.
Overall, the series is fun as some afternoon mindless entertainment, just don't expect to be getting a deep story, or some profound artsy-fartsy message to go along with it.
Romaji: Kaifuku Jutsushi no Yarinaoshi
English: Redo of Healer
Broadcast: Jan 13, 2021 – Mar 31, 2021
Amazon.co.jp: Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3
Don't scroll past this section if you do not want to have any scenes spoiled in detail.
Here's a rough breakdown of the first two episodes' story, with screenshots.
First we get introduced to the MC, Keyaru, and his darling childhood friend, Anna – whom I'm sure nothing bad is going to be happening to, and is gonna go places.
Keyaru soon finds himself a "Hero" – later to be confirmed as, unsurprisingly, the hero of healing – and is welcomed to the capital by the nice Princess Flare Arlgrande Jioral herself.
Turns out that the nice princess, in fact, wasn't so nice. After finding out that Keyaru is "useless" as a hero – while able to heal to a far greater deal than any other healer, he's unable to do so without collapsing – Flare decides to have our innocent little healer be drugged and endlessly, and without mercy, violated for the benefit of the other heroes and kingdom.
The anime were released with three different levels of censorship: the TV version, a streaming-exclusive "Redo" version, and finally the uncensored "Complete Healing/Recovery" AT-X version. However, even if the Redo version might be roughly the same in terms of censorship, it's vastly inferior in terms of animation compared to the final Blu-Ray release.
With this in mind, if buying the BDs aren't on the table, seeing as some of the available x265 encodes of the BD aren't even too much larger than the AT-X encodes, there's no real reason to ever download anything but the BD version.
First is the default streaming version, which is censored to hell and back, and there's even whole scenes that's removed entirely. Next is the AT-X broadcast, and in this version the censorship is gone, freeing those precious nipples from their harsh restraints imposed by our unjust societal norms, just as the Lord always intended. Finally there's the Blu-Ray, where you see that the details has been improved, and certain scenes has been redrawn to be prettier.
So the version to go with is clearly the BD. However, should that for whatever reason not be on the table, then the AT-X version – the "Complete Healing/Recovery" version – will have to suffice.