I've noticed that the revenge genre isn't majorly appealing to me. Part of it is that it often just turns into torture porn, and part of it is that the characters are, by necessity, shallow and uninteresting. I say "by necessity" because it's very rare for actual people, with depth and motives and shit, to be this depraved and selfishly hedonistic. It takes a very special kind of sadistic and indulgent sociopath to actually act out their cruelest desires without fear of potential negative consequences, but this type of story needs every villain plus the protagonist to have this type of attitude in order to not muddy the readers' enjoyment of the vengeance with questions of whether or not these people actually "deserved" to be brutalized by the protagonist. Now, to be fair, this manga does portray some duplicity and attempts to hide their actions, but more often than not, it just feels like these characters think they can get away with anything. And it's not really the cruelty of their actions that make them somewhat outlandish characters--it's the enjoyment of that cruelty. Cruelty happens all the time. People can find all sorts of ways to rationalize and justify the most horrible acts of cruelty. But this sadistic joy at causing others pain just because you can isn't nearly as commonplace.
One thing this manga does better than some others in this revenge genre is that it doesn't purely glorify the protagonist's own sadism. It still wants the readers to get enjoyment from seeing scum get what's coming to them and possibly to get off to scenes of rape and slave-sex, but it also shows this as coming from the protagonist's own broken psyche. Fe has gotten addicted to getting revenge, to destroying other people for "righteous" reasons. We see fem getting excited and thanking people for giving fem an excuse to get revenge on them. Fe also won't limit femself to just getting revenge for femself, but will help and encourage others to get their own revenge. Largescale, it's built around bringing down the corrupt leaders and heroes of the Jioral Kingdom, but fe's also promised to help Iblis get revenge against the demon king in the neighboring kingdom. Fe has a harem of girls that fe's manipulated and hypnotized to varying degrees. The unquestioning adulation and devotion of these girls is stupid and makes their characters feel indistinct from one another. It's also pretty stupid how there's an emphasis on these girls all being virgins before having met fem (as seen from the blood droplets during their first sexual encounters), which feels like it stems from a douchey, insecure mindset of seeing women as conquests.
A lot of the female characters look overly similar. And Keyaruga's face from before and after feir image change didn't feel very different. Like, I can tell the chin changed, but I think the artist is just bad at making faces feel unique.
[Reviewed at chapter 30]
Absolute crap. Sounds like some kind of incel power fantasy. If you readthe series just for the fap, I don't judge you but I would keep my distance from you. If you're reading this because the plot excites you, then you need help. It justifies the idea of rape as a punishment. The reason for the anime adaptation of this series is seriously concerning. And to categorize it into "anime" rather than plain out "h*****" is beyond f-ed up.
This series is a revenge porn, but you might be surprised if I told you it is not the most gruesome thing that I had seen in manga. There is another series Mao no hajimekata, which has more twisted MC using everyone to satisfy his own cravings and impose his will on individuals and society. However, where the healer outperforms most stuff is in variety of gruesomeness in ways how the MC is treated in previous timeline and what kind of things he does as he is exacting his revenge. It keeps things interesting in what would be otherwise story reminiscent of the shield hero (Tate no Yuusha no nariagari) or any other generic RPG-like fantasy series with harem. Except the harem isn’t just a decoration. Something refreshing after reading dozens of typical fantasy harem series.
The healer has pretty broken power, but it is not a healing power per say. Calling it healing is more like red herring. It’s ability akin to time-matter manipulation, which is probably the only inoffensive thing in the series. It’s this very ability that he amplifies using philosopher’s stone to revert the time. For larger part the bad things, which happened to the MC are caused by his hero ability to increase maximum level limit if a condition is met. The condition is you inject yourself with his seed. :sigh: The word used in original does include various meanings, which lead to healer hero being sexually assaulted by both women and men. Except canon hero, he just likes to f- with MC … literally. Yes, that is the thing. The original heroes’ party does have a lot of, what is commonly called nowadays, representation, but with sadistic twist. Pretty much one can see the pattern of sadism presented in characters, which hurt the MC and others.
Even with MC’s broken power, because it isn’t fully developed or rather, he didn’t level his abilities enough, the series does manage to keep tension, because his enemies are still quite powerful. While his primary motivation is revenge, he is still by circumstances pushed to play role of hero. He is also very sympathetic to others, who suffer.
His harem is full of pretty generic variety of girls. Admittedly they look nice. There is nothing much to be said about them. Most of them had nothing to do with his plight in the previous timeline. Antagonists are mostly pure evil.
Visuals are pretty fitting to the story. Art is not the best, but it is good. When it comes to explicitness the manga sits in-between uncensored and censored version of the anime adaptation. It’s pretty explicit in violence a sexuality.
Japanese difficulty 4/10 (see my profile for details about various difficulty scores)
For some reason this series, which is obviously targeted for more mature audience, does contain furigana making reading easier for those, who aren’t much proficient in kanji. The language difficulty is therefore that of average shounen series.
Aside from explicit content the series is not that special. It’s rather pretty average. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone sensitive to those things. Few things in the story are really disturbing. On the other hand, if you are looking for those things, because you are bored with cookie cutter harem series with celibate MC, I would recommend it.
im only reading this because of curiosity. the art is amazing. but this is just h*ntai but with story. the story starts good but turns ass. and the characters are just terrible i hate all of them. i did not enjoy a single second of this manga