Ranked #63

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


Score: 8.621 (scored by 4252 users)
Ranked: #632
Popularity: #231
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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 7:03 PM
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 1:10 PM
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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Sep 6, 2013 5:46 PM
Dorohedoro, as a series all about the plot twists, is kind of hard to describe easily. It takes place in a gritty magic-punk dual world: The high-class world of the magic users, and the slum-like Hole, the world of the non-magic users. The story centers around Kaiman, a man with a lizard head and no memories. He hunts down magic users, eats their head, and then the person inside his mouth evaluates them, looking for someone. And that description does absolutely no justice to the series.

Q Hyashida loves 'er plot twists. Yes, this series is filled with twist after crazy read more
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Jul 19, 2012 2:57 AM
In this series, magic users are beings born with a certain organ in their bodies that allow them to use magic in the form of puffing out smoke, be it from their fingers or mouth. On the other hand, you have the regular humans who live in a place called the Hole, which is shown to be a ghetto-ish area. The story thus follows two main perspectives, the first being that of Kaiman and Nikaido having their little adventures in the Hole. The second focuses on Shin and Noi, two magic users who are tasked with tracking down Kaiman. This is later expanded to include read more
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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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