The greedy samurai lord Daigo Kagemitsu’s land is dying, and he would do anything for power, even renounce Buddha and make a pact with demons. His prayers are answered by 12 demons who grant him the power he desires by aiding his prefecture's growth, but at a price. When Kagemitsu's first son is born, the boy has no limbs, no nose, no eyes, no ears, nor even skin—yet still, he lives.
This child is disposed of in a river and forgotten. But as luck would have it, he is saved by a medicine man who provides him with prosthetics and weapons, allowing for him to survive and fend for himself. The boy lives and grows, and although he cannot see, hear, or feel anything, he must defeat the demons that took him as sacrifice. With the death of each one, he regains a part of himself that is rightfully his. For many years he wanders alone, until one day an orphan boy, Dororo, befriends him. The unlikely pair of castaways now fight for their survival and humanity in an unforgiving, demon-infested world.
Dororo is an anime about a child that was born with a terrible curse and his journey to defeat the demons that cursed him. It's a great mix between realism and old japanese folktale, and a great mix between action, drama, and mystery.
Everything this anime does is shockingly well. The animation is smooth, Great sword-fighting actions scenes, and some philosophizing about living a life of violence versus peace make this series cover the gamut of emotions a viewer wants from any series, not just anime. The world is immersive and deep, and while the main character himself can't speak a word it's incredible how much
you're able to feel for him and everything he's going through. There's a constant sense of mystery in the air that keeps every episode fresh and with good pacing, and the demons themselves are very creative and make for great fights. Always makes you crave for the next episode and this is something that I really want in any show.
Overall, a pretty damn amazing anime that's a breath of fresh air from your run of the mill action anime thanks to avoiding every cliche that's plagued the last two decades, which is ironic considering the source material was made half a century ago.
A must watch for all anime fans
Dororo is a samurai story about demons, swords, body parts, humanity and this baby who is born without eyes and skin, so it basically looks the same as any newborn to all but its parents. Anyway, this baby dude has the same destiny as Moses and that one annoying nerd from the Disney movie which name I don't remember but it had something to do with singing in the middle of a desert. The difference being these over-grown skull bugs that wear clothes; giant weasels; and tentacle mud-monsters/other equally original looking monsters who eat people while classic Japanese music plays and old
men play banjo-swords or whatever while yelling out some one liners about evil things. Also, his father was robing hood. Naturally, a time skip occurs, followed by past stories because why should series ever start from where they actually start. If first impressions are meant to be important, then this one surely did one hell of a job convincing me it ain't gonna be gray (nor grey).
My 2nd impression wasn't much better. Audio/lip out sync really rubs me the wrong way so of course Dororo's (the character Dororo) had to make her appearance by offering a speech approximately 70x worse than seen in anime typically, mainly reminding me of those cheesy youtube videos where dudes film some duck's peak movements orwhateverthefuck and try to dub it over to make it sound like its talking like a human. I felt physical pain when witnessing Dororo speak had no choice but the yell 'delete this' out loud. Turns out all the mouth movement feat. audio is equally unfitting. Great.
Had these been the biggest problems, I could have forgiven most, but the further the series has advanced the less impressed (positively) I have been. Dororo herself is a generic brat who is at best uninteresting and at worst annoying. A thief and a rebel who basically goes "shuddap your not mi mum" when trying to excuse her bullshit. The side cast is so black'n white it feels like I am watching r/news. Dude goes literally evilz over puppies. Haven't seen this much quality since Guilty Crown, wonder when someone steals candy from kids. The main dude is so far a puppet who can kill and that's about it.
The story has little to nothing to offer. Our dude is trying to discover his humanity/what humanity is by taking a road trip with the brat while collecting body parts and listening to her bullshit all the time. The catch being not all monsters are monsters and just by possessing a human body you can't necessarily achieve humanity or whatever. Very thought-provoking and important concepts being dealt with a manner so uninteresting and soulless I'd much rather take the tedious/pretentious elitist circlejerk approach than this level of meh and eh. For example, one of the most memorable parts of A Song of Ice and Fire for me was when Maester Aemon (who is blind) calls Tyrion (who is a dwarf) a giant because of his personality. There is this thought that only the blind can see what person is truly like and I think that's a great idea. But what Dororo does with this exact same concept is unacceptable. Blind men literally yelling this same idea out loud like total assholes since, apparently, the writer of this thing couldn't come up with any better level of story telling, subtle or build up. Anything that could be meaningful and important is just thrown out in the air completely randomly. It's not a coherent story, just a collection of random ideas and events that simply occur and that's about it. It truly disgusts me. Since the story type is episodic, we get to meet bunch of empty side characters all the time and witness op swords fights. These episodes are practically the opposite of what Samurai Champloo had to offer and that doesn't seem to be a very good thing.
Animation-wise, I have no idea what MAPPA is trying to do. Mimic DEEN's recent action shows? Especially the character movements are hideous. Outside the main cast, everyone looks like their body is made of clay or play-dough. The backdrops can be nice, but I haven't exactly had the time to look around and appreciate those because the pacing is ridiculous, the series doesn't rely on its good sides at all and everyone is too busy talking about demons and souls. The ost is not very good either. I thought water boarding was painful, but then I heard Dororo's opening song. A meme now. Like Jesus fucking christ ban this shit. It's so incredibly bad. The only mildly impressive thing here it the opening animation, but it is practically unwatchable unless muted.
As a conclusion, the samurai genre is one of the strongest this industry has to offer, great many iconic titles produced in the past fall under it, but Dororo has so far been among the least impressive titles centering around this idea. I think it's great if this truly did work as an inspiration to titles such as The Lone Wolf & Cub, Katanagatari, Vagabond, and Hyouge Mono, but as far as I am concerned, Dororo itself sucks ass. I typically never have problems understanding why people hate or love something, but as it currently is, I can't wait to see positive, in-depth analysis of this show because I completely do not understand with what type of perspective or mindset can this show seem good and appealing to anyone.
NOTE: I highly suggest going into this one blind, it will be a much better experience.
Review updated at Episode 21.
Dororo 2019 started very well, and I had many expectations for the story going forward. It didn't meet many, but still does manage to be a overall good experience.
Like many other MAPPA shows, dororo has seemed to take a huge dip in quality around the second half, and has been getting very repetitive for 24 episodes. What started as thrilling and very good looking action show with two interesting main characters, became a demon of the week episodic mess.
So as far as story goes, there is
a nice story and quite interesting, but taking too long to get to it. Hyakkimaru is born and fed to the demons in exchange for peace, he ends up living and each demon he kills he can get back his body parts, along the way meets Dororo and the adventures begin. I understand he needs to kill demons for bodyparts, but when every episode it is a new and boring demon with frankly not much effort put into it, I can't help but be disappointed.
Animation? It's decent now. The animation in the first half was beautiful, some very good looking and crisp stuff then took a dip and is now just fine. The show has been using many freeze frames lately and many faults, such as running scenes look like they are just going up and down, other than that it's still acceptable.
Sound is pretty good. The ost's IMO aren't very memorable, but definitely add to the environment and mood that the series is trying to portray. The sound effects are also good, no complaints from me there.
Art is decent. Follows the classy historical samurai art feel with the character designs and environment, main fault being many outside/side characters looking like straight blobs at times.
Characters... It's hard to make a character that can't really speak for the majority of the show interesting, but still manages to pull it off. I enjoy the Dororo and Hyakkimaru duo, they both have their own development and it is cool to see. Hyakkimaru especially, learning human emotions as all he has ever known is killing demons. There really aren't many side characters except for the family, the show heavily focuses on this duo.
TLDR: Interesting story that quite frankly should not be 24 episodes. If you can handle many episodic demon of the week stuff, you might like this one. If you want some huge story from episode 1 to 24, it might not meet expectations.
This anime will certainly become a masterpiece. The animation is very detailed and has a beautiful artistic style that corresponds well to the dark period of the Sengoku during medieval Japan. The fighting scenes are well done and pleasant to watch. The soundtrack is superb and perfectly follows the animation.
This anime has three main strengths that make me hope that it will become a great anime.
First, the wealth of its history based on Tezuka's manga published in 1967. The story resembles a Japanese folk tale that tells, if we simplify, the journey of a cursed samurai who fights the Youkais. The narrative is very rhythmic,
complex, intriguing and entertaining.
Secondly, the themes dealt with in this tale and their interactions with each other: the search for political power at all costs, social castes, violence, misery, famine, human exploitation, massacres, the ability of individuals to be resilient and to adapt...
Third, the development of the special relationship between the two main characters Dororo and Hyakkimaru plays a very important role in the work.
"I resubmit my review since it has been deleted by a moderator, because it was published after the 4th episode, so too early. I didn't know that rule :( "