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Revenge is a dish best served smug.note 

"Hah, here comes my vengeance."
Keyaru
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It's a familiar sight unfolding in a magical land: a trio of epic-level heroes are locked in an epic battle against a formidable demon lord. But who is that standing in the background, dressed in filthy rags, shackled in chains, a hollow expression on his face?

That's Keyaru, the "Healing Hero". Once a young apple farmer, he thought his dreams had come true when Flare—the leader of the Hero Party and Princess of Zioral Kingdom—came to his village to let him know that he, too, was a Hero endowed with skills transcending the limitations of mortals. Unfortunately for Keyaru, his talent lies in healing. Even more unfortunately, although he is capable of undoing injuries that normal healers cannot treat, it hurts him to do so. Most unfortunate still is the fact that the power structure in Zioral is unbelievably corrupt and tyrannical, and the so-called "heroes" are less a group of noble adventurers protecting the land from threats, and more an unbelievably powerful strike force for an aggressively expansionist land and its Evil Overlord. Deemed worthless as a person and only useful for his powerful healing, Keyaru is Made a Slave and fed an extremely powerful drug that dulls his reasoning and leaves him desperate for more. In this sorry state, he is exploited and abused—physically, mentally, and sexually—by the three "Heroes".

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Four years pass, until one fateful day, Keyaru acquires a particular skill: Drug Resistance. Moreover, it turns out that Keyaru's skillset is far from being limited to just healing. Indeed, you can do some interesting things with healing magic. Lots of things. As the demon overlord's might overwhelms the party, instead of healing them, Keyaru leaves them to die, kills the demon himself, claims her heart—an unbelievably powerful magical reagent—and "heals" the world itself, rewinding time to end up before he was ever recruited by Flare, and with all his memories intact.

Now, he can simply...not join Flare? Live out a simple and happy life in his village? Yeah, no. Besides, that's just not the kind of person Keyaru is. Not anymore. Now, he is out for revenge—brutal and absolute—against anyone who has ever wronged him.

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Redo of Healer, known in Japan as Kaifuku Jutsushi no Yarinaoshi ~ Sokushi Mahō to Sukiru Kopī no Chōetsu Hīru ~ (回復術士のやり直し~即死魔法とスキルコピーの超越ヒール~), literally The Healer’s Do-Over: Transcendent Healing Through Insta-Kill Magic and Skill-Copying, is a Light Novel by Rui Tsukiyo, adapted into a manga. It's notable for containing an incredibly evil protagonist and gratuitous amounts of sex, rape (of the physical and psychic varieties), violence, and other horrific acts.

An anime adaptation by TNK premiered in January 2021 on AT-X.

It got a spin-off manga named Kaifuku Jutsushi no Omotenashi (Hospitality of Healer) which is an alternate take on the story where after traveling back in time, Keyaru decided to abandon his plans for revenge after realizing everyone is good and peaceful and instead opens up a cafe.

Compare to Nidome no Yuusha, another Light Novel starring a hero who, after being betrayed and reviving horrible abuse, becomes a Villain Protagonist with a harem and seeks revenge on the princess and all the other heroes who wronged him. Contrast with The Rising of the Shield Hero, where a Stock Light-Novel Hero set up for failure manages to hold on to enough of his moral compass to become a Good Is Not Nice Knight in Sour Armor while still getting in some well-deserved vengeance.

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This series provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Consent: In the web-novel, Kureha offered up her virginity, completely unprompted, to atone for unjustly attacking Keyaru, Flare, and Setsuna, and he accepted. In the manga, Keyaru fills the room of the inn with a powerful aphrodisiac that he's immune to, taking advantage of her extremely aroused state to have his way with her and manipulate her into being his "property." The anime seems to blend these interpretations. She seems to offer her virginity willingly, but it is later revealed she was under the influence of aphrodisiacs that he set up earlier.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: The Captain of the Royal Guard's horrific actions in Keyaru's village. They earn him possibly the most horrific death in the series, and also one of the few Keyaru doesn't seem to particularly enjoy.
  • Anything but That!: While Keyaru is quite fond of cooking the meat of monsters to serve to his party, and they clearly enjoy it, because he's just that good, none of them, including Keyaru himself, are eager to cook and taste Orc meat, even if doing so will boost their stats and make them stronger. The reason why, aside from some vague sense of disgust and revulsion, is never given.
  • Atrocious Alias: Despite being otherwise dangerously clever and cunning, Keyaru is... not very good at coming up with false names. His name for his main disguise? Keyaruga. When he disguises himself as a girl? Keara! Most egregiously, his fake name for Flare is... Freia. The pronunciation is almost completely unchanged, particularly in Japanese. The first (print) novel justifies the princess’s new name by saying she would more readily accept a name similar to her old one, but that doesn’t explain why he does it to himself (though even he thinks he kind of dropped the ball with it).
  • Battle Harem: Over the course of the story, Keyaru rapes and enslaves multiple girls, all of whom are amazing combatants in their own way.
  • Beach Episode: It's not a sea but a lake, but the vibe is the same. Needless to say, this series being what it is, it doesn't stay innocent for very long.
  • Beast Man: Setsuna, an ice wolf girl. Some others also make brief appearances, both among demihumans and demons.
  • Best Served Cold: Despite developing his Drug Resistance ahead of time, Keyaru knows he's not strong enough to get revenge on Flare when she comes to recruit him. He goes through the same cycle of being drugged, imprisoned, raped and forced to Heal yet again, though this time he secretly absorbs skills and pretends he's still addicted to Flare's drugs. His chance finally comes when he overhears that the King and Norn are out of the country, after which he breaks out of his cell.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • A cruel subversion. Keyaru arrives to save the people of his village from execution in a spectacular fashion... only to find out they had all been poisoned ahead of time to make his efforts in vain even if he did give himself up or tried to save them.
    • Played for Laughs (in a Black Comedy kind of way) in volume 6. Keyaru plans to make a pit-stop at a city only to find it under attack, changing course away only to be shot down. Keyaru orders his party to hold their ground while raping people across the battlefield. Right in the middle of this irredeemably evil act, Freia and Kureha decide to rescue the town because Keyaru has a great sense of justice and would surely want them to.
  • Black Comedy: Flare getting slapped in the face by Keyaru's heal-hardened johnson earned some ironic laughs by the fanbase.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • A lot of those are thrown around by the various high-ranked officials of Zioral. Keyaru does not take kindly to them. A notable example is when Flare claims that she only drugged Keyaru so that he would not suffer the pain of his healing. This, of course, utterly fails to explain all the other horrific abuses that were inflicted upon him, and Keyaru lets Flare know as much before raping, torturing, and enslaving her for his own sadistic pleasure.
    • Keyaru himself has a moment when Eve Reese asks him whether he is a good or bad person. Keyaru claims that he is a good person, but Eve is not fooled.
      "Ohh please, it's obvious that I'm a good person, isn't it? After all, I'm the [Healer] Hero Keyaruga who will defeat the Demon Lord for the sake of the people!"
  • Bowdlerize:
    • A few things change over from the books to the anime version for Flare's initial rape— while she squeals after the second round of finger breaking, the web novel reveals she had her fingers healed over fifty times before she gave in. Keyaru also ends up using the fire poker anyway once he's had his fun, but in the anime, he doesn't bother with it beyond empty threats.
    • Inverted in terms of nudity. The manga always censored the nipples, but the anime shows them in full view.
    • Anna's death gets slightly more cleaned up. Where she originally bit her own tongue off to commit suicide after her brutal rape and torture, the anime instead has her survive long enough to give some parting words to Keyaru and die in his arms.
    • What Blade does to her victims is not fully explained in the anime. It is shown that she uses a spiked strap-on to rape her victims, and she shows it off to Keara while preparing to rape her. The anime doesn't even mention her toy and oddly opts for a Rape Discretion Shot with another victim she picked up.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Notably subverted. While he can perform Laser-Guided Amnesia and use a combination of hypnotic suggestion and mind-altering drugs to fill in the newfound blanks such as using aphrodisiacs to help convince his rape victims/slaves that they’re actually in love with him, he can’t actually change people’s inherent nature. In the case of the two princesses, it reveals that arrogant sadist Flare is actually a well-meaning people-pleaser beneath her royal upbringing and learned prejudices, while Norn/Ellen is as dangerous as ever but now fiercely loyal to her "long-lost brother" Keyaruga.
  • Break the Haughty: Keyaru makes this his job on his second life, with Princess Flare being the first he thoroughly wipes the smugness off of before whisking her away from her life and role in Zioral as she knows it.
  • Corrupt Church: The church in this setting is a bunch of arrogant and depraved nobles that, with King Proum's backing, not only embezzle funds but mark any and all people who don't agree with the official human supremacist agenda as "heretics" so the Royal Knights can go raze their home village to Rape, Pillage, and Burn, happily crush any "competition," and staffs its ranks with Pedophile Priests. Like everyone else, they get their comeuppance when they go after Keyaru...
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: In this story, a person is considered an adult at age 12, and can not only legally drink alcohol but consent to sexual relations, though the main character prefers to rape his victims rather than acquire consent.
  • Demonization: An Invoked example. The Zioral Kingdom vilifies Keyaru's name by claiming that he is possessed by a demon and corrupted the people of his village.
  • Deus Sex Machina: Most people who are not "Heroes" can only raise their level up to 20-30. However, one quirk of the Hero class is that semen from a male hero increases the "level cap" of whoever receives it. This causes a lot of rape for Keyaru pre-time travel from both women and men. Getting molested (semi-consensually) by one of the royal maids was one of the first things to happen to him after being recruited by Flare.
    • Post time travel Keyaru uses this ability to raise the potential of Setsuna, gaining a powerful follower and her unwavering devotion. She had previously reached her peak at Level 7 until joining with him.
    • Other bodily fluids besides semen can be used, but then the chance of increasing the level cap is only 1 in 100.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
  • The Dog Bites Back: It's pretty much the whole premise.
  • The Empire: Zioral is corrupt to the core. Its forces constantly oppress demihumans and are encroaching on demon territory as well (and demons in this setting are not Always Chaotic Evil). Keyaru calls the King of Zioral an "insane monster", both of its princesses are rotten to the core, and its so-called "heroes" are basically a strike team used for conquest more than anything. Somehow, despite all this and its use of knights in dark intimidating armor, the country manages to remain a Villain with Good Publicity.
  • Evil Hero: The "Heroes" of this setting tend to be Nominal Heroes at best and depraved psychopaths at worst. Blade and Bullett are prime examples of this.
  • Exact Words: Keyaru told Flare if he was able to break all of her fingers and she didn't scream he would let her go. So after breaking nine of her fingers he healed them back up and started again.
  • False Reassurance: The Captain of the Royal Guard tells one of the surviving soldiers from Keyaru's defence of Setsuna that he'll let him live if he tells him everything he knows, and honours that... by gouging the poor man's eyes out.
  • Fantastic Racism: Subverted. At first glance, it seems Zioral only razes demi-human villages, seizing the survivors as slaves, and takes their land because the local Corrupt Church says they're just beasts. In reality, they see humans the same way, they just prefer to avoid attacking their own villages without "just cause" because they care about their public image.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: For a given value of "good", Keyaru and his harem have much more enjoyable sex in contrast to all the rape their enemies indulge in.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Oh you bet this gets played with:
    • Sure, Keyaru can certainly heal off a fair amount of the hell that gets inflicted upon him, pre and post redo. But Keyaru is in no mood to soothe his mental scars when they've pushed his will to power the way that they have.
    • One way to make healing magic work for you on your quest for revenge? Extend any Cold-Blooded Torture session by healing your victim back to a clean slate to sully again and again.
    • At one point, Keyaru uses a mook as a Bulletproof Human Shield by constantly healing him.
  • Gratuitous English: The official English name, "Redo of Healer", is grammatically rather awkward. It acts as a fully understandable and decent translation for the Japanese title, but would make more sense worded as "Redo of the Healer".
  • Gratuitous Rape: About as gratuitous as gratuitous gets.
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: Of both the kingdom’s princesses, both “reborn” to serve Keyaruga in his quest to bring down the kingdom and end the war. In Flare’s case, it seems like she was genuinely a good person before being twisted by her royal upbringing. Norn was also like Flare in the early years, but when Flare betrayed her by utterly dismissing her when she turned dark, Norn suffered a severe Break the Cutie moment and became an extreme version of the new Flare.
  • Hero with an F in Good: Pretty much all of the "Heroes" are vile, terrible people.
  • Hero's Slave Harem: After learning how to erase memories and other forms of Mind Manipulation, Keyaru brainwashes Flare and she becomes "Freia", a much kinder and nicer person who falls deeply in love with Keyaru. Later, he also purchases a beast girl named Setsuna, who also becomes fiercely devoted to him. He later also brainwashes Flare's younger sister Norn (who is even worse than Flare), and she becomes "Ellen", who also eagerly has sex with Keyaru.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: The human kingdom of Zioral is genocidal, sees nothing wrong with raping its "heroes" for power-ups, and sees absolutely nothing wrong with the horrors of slavery, either on its own citizens or non-humans and while human slavery is technically illegal, don't expect much in the way of enforcement.
  • Karmic Rape: Keyaru's go-to method when he wants to debase someone. He's personally done it to Flare, and had the Royal Guard Captain's men violate him as a group by injecting them with a massive dose of aphrodisiacs. Less justifiably, he has also "enjoyed" himself with Kureha and an unnamed Cat Girl assassin, both of whom were on aphrodisiacs for different reasons.
  • Kid Hero: After jumping back in time, the story starts just before Keyaru's 14th birthday, which is when he awakens his Hero class.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Keyaru's way of bending both princesses to his will, erasing their memories of who they are and what they’ve donenote  but leaving some knowledge of the world intact so they’re not completely helpless.
  • Left Hanging: The web-novel was taken down in the middle of volume 7. Fortunately, the translated version up to that point still exists and is available for perusal.
  • Let No Crisis Go to Waste: The Kingdom of Zioral loves to use the threat of demon invasions, that it provoked, to demand all sorts of concessions from the other countries, supplies, technology, talent, personnel. In addition, Keyaru uses an "epidemic" to sell medicines so he can get the funds to purchase Setsuna from the slave market.
  • One-Hit Kill: It's in the full title of the series. [Corruption] Heal is a warped version of Heal developed by Keyaru that uses healing magic to tear the target apart from the inside instead, typically killing them instantly. In the prologue, he even destroyed a demon lord that had previously wiped out his entire party with it. The only downside of the spell is its short range (Keyaru needs to touch the target, same as for his regular healing), and of course Keyaru's mana limits.
  • "Pop!" Goes the Human: Commonly happens as a result of Keyaru's [Corruption] Heal. Also occurs to a some unfortunate Zioral soldiers after Keyaru makes a few changes to the enchantments on the Arena.
  • Punny Name: Each of the "Heroes" has a Meaningful Name. Flare's name (as well as her modified name Freya/Freia depending on the version you're reading) refers to the common damaging spell of the same name in the Final Fantasy games, and she is the Black Mage. Bullett's name is a transliteration of "bullet", he is the Cannon Hero (also a possible reference to Barret from Final Fantasy VII). And then there's Blade. Her name is just Blade.
    • And then of course Keyaru. It's less obvious, but nonetheless, it seems to be a corruption of "Cure", a recurring healing spell in Final Fantasy (and his Atrocious Alias "Keyaruga" likely stands for the higher level version of the same spell, "Curaga").
  • Questionable Consent: Everywhere. Almost every sexual encounter Keyaru has falls under this trope in one form or another; He lost his virginity to a maid seeking to raise her level cap—despite his initial protestations—when he was just 14 and had been taken from his village into an unfamiliar environment, his relationship with Freia appears consensual but started with him brainwashing her into loving him, Setsuna was technically his slave when he offered to raise her level cap via sex—playing upon her desire for revenge at the same time—and Norn was another case of brainwashing. Only his relationship with Eve Reese can reasonably be considered uncompromised and that's without taking into account Keyaru's sociopathic true personality that he keeps hidden.
  • Race Lift: Norn's manservant John is explicitly shown to be a muscular Scary Black Man in the manga, while in the anime John is a pale skinned, skinnier man.
  • Reality Ensues: In order to draw Keyaru out, the local Corrupt Church kidnapped his entire village (or at least the ones still alive after Renard's blind murder spree), took them all hostage to a crowded stadium under the excuse that they're all "possessed", and the lead priest tries to frame him as the "evil demon" that's entirely at fault for what's happening while Keyaru is trying to rescue them. Unfortunately for the priest and his henchmen, the surrounding crowd is not nearly stupid enough to believe any of the crap he's spouting since they can clearly see what's really happening in broad daylight, let alone Keyaru outright spelling out the actual situation to everyone. For bonus points, this leads to the exact opposite in what the church wanted since what happened afterward (the hostages dying from preemptive poisoning so they couldn't be saved regardless of the outcome and their supposedly dead princess revealing herself to be alive) led to the rightfully pissed off townsfolk starting a revolt and killing the priest and his henchmen once they realized just how little the higher-ups in the capital actually value them as individuals.
  • Refusal of the Call: In his past life, Keyaru didn't want to Heal anymore and kept trying to run away, only to be captured and drugged again.
  • Ripple-Proof Memory: Originally when Keyaru jumps back in time, he has no memory of the upcoming events and goes to tend his apple farm as usual, only to be guided by a Compelling Voice in order to gain the "eye of the spirits". After analyzing himself with the eye, he then fully regains his memories and makes preparations for his revenge. Played Straight in the manga where he retains all his memories immediately after cycling back.
  • Shout-Out: Episode 11 of the anime pays tribute to Francisco de Goya's famous painting The Third of May, 1808.
  • Sickening "Crunch!": Keyaru breaking Flare's fingers one-by-one is complemented with an audible crack sound per finger broken.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: The light and web novels do not shy away from showing how horrific slavery is. Slaves are treated like animals, on a good day. It sure is something when Keyaru of all people is the closest thing to a Sympathetic Slave Owner.
  • Smug Snake: Everyone. Bloody everyone, but Flare especially.
  • The Sociopath: The Kingdom of Jioral has several up to and including:
    • Flare; prior to her being brainwashed and becoming "Freia," would physically and sexually abuse Keyaru to force him to use his healing power and if that didn't work, she would use drugs to make him more susceptible. The Kingdom doesn't see this side of her due to being superficially charming.
    • Her little sister Norn is even worse before also being brainwashed and becoming "Ellen". She had multiple "toys" that she abused for her own enjoyment. Once she got bored with them, they were discarded. She's also a manipulative warmonger.
    • The "heroes" Blade and Bullet: Blade is a Serial Rapist of women who would slip aphrodisiacs into their drinks and then take them to have her way with them. She is superficially charming to the girls she fancies, yet she only sees them as conquests as evidenced when one of the fathers of her victims approached her for revenge and she couldn't remember which one he was referring to. She also has a huge ego taking offense at a disguised Keyaru bruising her "beautiful face." As for Bullet, he tries to make himself off as a "Good Shepherd" to mask his shotacon fascination, and also sexually abused Keyaru.
    • Renard, the captain of Jioral's royal guard, had a sick love of raping women and giddily gloats to Keyaru about raping Anna all night.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Each arc villain is more heinous than the last: Flare, the Magician hero —> Renard, the Captain of the Royal Guard —> Blade, the sword hero —> Norn —> Demon king Hakuou —> King Proum —> Bullett, the cannon hero.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Depending on the translation, Keyaru may be transliterated as Keyar, Keyal, Keare, etc. The three "heroes" also get this.
  • Spiritual Antithesis:
    • To the more well-known work The Rising of the Shield Hero. Both explore similar themes: in a Crapsack World, the idealistic protagonist's support-focused power causes him to be harshly mistreated by a party of so-called "heroes", leading him to develop a bleak outlook and set out on a quest for revenge. However, Shield Hero ultimately focuses on the friendships Naofumi develops and how they help him rise above his anger and hatred (represented by his Cursed Shield) and become a true hero. Redo dials the cynicism factor Up to Eleven, giving us a vengeance-bent protagonist who has basically thrown away most of his humanity, whose harem members are either brainwashed or also obsessed with vengeance.
    • Keyaru sees a lot of superficial comparison to Alicesoft's flagship character Rance, due to their physical similarities, Rape as Backstory, choice of companions, and usage of rape against certain opponents to succeed. Rance however eventually earns the women he conquers, and when they do fall for him it is of their free will. Keyaru on the other hand manipulates a number of his girls, and even when they are all hopelessly devoted to him, he's afraid that their love will be rescinded once he lifts their brainwashing off.
  • Spoiler Cover: The page image with Flare's twisted expression gives away her Bitch in Sheep's Clothing true nature.
  • Stealth Insult: When entering Jioral Kingdom, the now hardened Keyaru compliments Flare on how the place is as beautiful as her. She has no idea he's talking about how rotten they both truly are.
  • Up to Eleven: The anime (especially uncensored) somehow manages to be much more over the top with its content than the manga.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: Not at all. After debasing Flare, Keyaru laughs happily and exclaims how great it feels to have finally given her the punishment she deserved.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Without exception, the moment the heinous villains of the story find themselves on the receiving end of the pain and suffering they so love to inflict, they beg for mercy and forgiveness the moment they get the chance. Keyaru never, ever gives it to them, at least not in a way that they would like.
  • World of Jerkass: ...This is putting it mildly. Nearly everyone the hero meets is corrupt and/or repulsive to the core, save the few legitimately good people who can be counted on one hand, and is responsible for warping him into an evil and manipulative monster himself. The nice ones tend to not last very long in this world.
  • Wrecked Weapon: A persistent problem for Keyaru in volume 6, as his tendency to max out his attack stat makes his sword-strikes surpass the sound barrier and thus break after a few strikes. One of said swords being a Mythril sword he received from his "best friend" Caruman, although Keyaru puts its raw materials to good use later. He eventually just fuses a number of swords together into a BFS that can handle it, although using it has drawbacks.

Alternative Title(s): Kaifuku Jutsushi No Yarinaoshi

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