Ranked #70

Dorohedoro (Manga)


Alternative Titles

English: Dorohedoro
Japanese: ドロヘドロ


Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Dec 30, 2000 to ?
Authors: Hayashida, Q (Story & Art)
Serialization: HiBaNa


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There are two different kinds of people in Dorohedoro. Magic users and non-magic users. The magic users all reside in the magic user realm while all the non magic users reside in a place called "Hole." Magic users all have different powers. Magic users will often go into hole and find unfortunate victims to test out/practice their powers on. The magic users that do this have yet to master their powers so it will often leave their victims either dead, wounded or semi-transfigured. The main character Kaiman is immune to magic, has the head of a lizard & has lost all his memories. He is accompanied by his female companion and best friend Nikaidou as he hunts down magic users in hole in an effort to find out the identity of the magic user who put him in this state.


Dorohedoro has been published in English by VIZ Media under the SigIkki imprint since March 16, 2010.

The manga was previously serialized in Ikki until the magazine's discontinuance on September 25, 2014 (2014-11). It then transferred to Hibana on March 6, 2015 (2015-04).



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Mar 14, 2012
What we learn from this manga:

1. Comedy and Gore can become a good combo
2. An awesome protagonist doesn't have to be handsome
3. Heroine too can kick ass in an action manga
4. Nakama power isn't limited to "Heroes" only
5. Every character can be given proper air time without any difficulty
6. Magic isn't limited to Harry Porter only
6. Weird art does not mean Bad Art
7. Even in a weird series you can show emotions
9. If you are original, you may not get popular but you will always be awesome
8. Female mangaka can handle a fast action packed Seinen

All of this and more ....
In the most chaotic read more
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Jun 2, 2011
This is perhaps the most original, trippiest, creepiest, and imaginative thing I've ever read.

The world is very well thought-out. It is primarily divided into the Hole, a place populated by humans, and the Magic Users' world, populated by human-looking beings with extraordinar[ily weird] abilities. These abilities range from your standard healers, to devastating mushroom attacks, and everything in between. The humans and the magic users don't like each other.

The plot is a lot harder to describe. I mean, saying "well it's about an amnesiac guy with a lizard head named Kaiman who wants his real face back so he's biting people faces so that the read more
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Jul 3, 2015
If you like a large cast of characters that have enjoyable and fun interactions, an intriguing mystery that is both haunting and complex, and have the stomach to handle gore then this is the manga for you.

There are no good guys. The best way to describe it is that the morality scale is incredibly gray. Almost everyone does something bad, usually with violence. Despite that the characters are still lovable and have humorous interactions with each other even in serious moments. There's also some subtle romance, mostly from Noi and Shin. Sometimes hinted at with the main pair, Nikaido and Kaimon, because their relationship is read more
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Sep 1, 2014
Dorohedoro is in one word unique.

One might also describe it as weird, bizarre, eery or simply creepy.

Plot (10):
Magic is really nothing new to be used as theme in manga, but Dorohedoro turns even this highly used concept and manages to deform it to something you've never seen in any other work. I don't want to go into details now, because I'd have to spoil parts of the story, so I'll only say this:
Magic in Dorohedoro is not shining nor sparkling, but rather the complete opposite and that is what makes it so interesting to me.

Art (7):
The art on this series most would describe as flat read more
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Dorohedoro and Tokyo Ghoul involves a main protagonist whose life undergoes a drastic change. Their character becomes less of a human but more of a supernatural being with special abilities. Both series revolves around creatures who can do extraordinary things. At the same time, there's a dark mystery that revolves around the origins of these powers. Both series' story are thought provoking with a variety of themes. Recommended for fans of supernatural/fantasy/horror. 
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Both series contain very likeable characters, violent battles & a great sense of mystery. While Dorohedoro revolves around devil worshiping sorcerers, it does have the same level of "wtf bizarre moments" as JoJo. Part 4 of JoJo doesn't have the same scale of mystery as Dorohedoro but does have the same laid back attitude. 
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