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Synonyms: Dororo to Hyakkimaru
Japanese: どろろ
English: Dororo
French: Dororo to Hyakkimaru
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Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 7, 2019 to Jun 24, 2019
Premiered: Winter 2019
Broadcast: Mondays at 22:30 (JST)
Producers: Twin Engine
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, MythologyMythology, SamuraiSamurai
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.241 (scored by 541239541,239 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2862
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #115
Members: 1,054,892
Favorites: 17,830

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Both MC hunt demon to become human again in Dororo it's for himself and in Kimetsu no Yaiba it's for her sister And both travel to find the demons 
report Recommended by KamiFL
Both main characters we follow as they grow into a cognitive character, and as they develop emotions and bonds. Also ties in with the supernatural, and the hardships of side characters met along the way. 
report Recommended by whalechief
Looking for more angst-ridden protagonists that are out for revenge? Excellent, because these are two of the best. Both are about characters that have had something taken from them, and are out to get them back (Dororo) or get revenge (Both). Great action scenes, beautiful worlds, and enjoyable characters to follow. In both of these series, you often end up rooting for the side characters just as much if not more than the main characters. This is nothing against the main characters, but rather an applause of actual development of the supporting cast.  
report Recommended by Xaeveax
The main characters spend a great deal of time travelling from place to place, dealing with the supernatural. In Dororo, "dealing with" means slaughtering, in Mushishi it means coming to an understanding, usually through experience and knowledge of the world. They both feature very distinct color design when it comes to the worlds themselves. While the actions and motivations of the main characters might be polar opposites, their intentional and focused attitude is very similar. Mushishi is much more focused on understanding the supernatural, Dororo is more focused on battling it (for spoiler reasons), but I can't help but compare the journeys in both. 
report Recommended by Xaeveax
Same setting, similar high level story, similar themes of the dangers of ambition. Also about a voyage to collect things and a monster of the week structure. Katanagatari is not exactly "lighter" in tone but is less relentlessly dark. 
report Recommended by tosifusouou
If you want an anime with Samurai and a good story, also a great theme song, this is a great one.  
report Recommended by 21_Wishes
They both are set in the same time period. They portray a very dark and violent view of this era and boost fantastic fights. The main characters of both series seem to have a similar dynamic with a more talkative 10 year old boy and a quieter badass. Both shows also involve one of the duo being sacrificed to a demon. In Sword of the Stanger, No Name is protecting the kid from being sacrificed, while in Dororo, Hyakkimaru has already been sacrificed.  
report Recommended by MariSan28
Series where the MC travels in search of his body parts that were lost in a forbidden ritual. Both have well-animated action fights featuring "supernatural" powers and have drama surrounding the idea of a family. Plus, both are new takes on stories that already had an anime adaptation before. 
report Recommended by PlzAllow
These both feature a medieval Asian setting where the main character is paired with a younger male character. They both feature a lot of demons and spirits, and medieval combat. Moribito focuses on a strong female main character who is a Spearwoman, and Dororo focuses on a strong male character who uses swords. But they are very similar in that they are "Strong characters of few words" who are extremely competent in battle. You will very likely like one if you like the other. 
report Recommended by Sara_Isayama
They are both historical anime set in about the same time period with Japanese mythology as an underlying theme. Inuyasha and the gang are looking for shards of Shikon no Tama, while Hyakkimaru is looking for his missing bodyparts. This leads to an epic journey for both teams. 
report Recommended by keiyaku_
Both MCs are soul-searching and trying to regain something they've lost. For Violet, it's her purpose of living, while for Hyakkimaru, it was his body. Throughout their journeys, they encounter many people and challenges along the way and gradually develop as characters. Both shows overall are quite emotionally driven and focus on the individual burdens and emotions of humans. Both Violet and Hyakkimaru also have a very somber, saddening past that the story makes an effort to reconnect to. Both shows also have great animation quality and soundtracks to befit their respective premises. 
report Recommended by Ryuseishun
Dorohedoro and Dororo share a lot of similarities (including the half similar names! XD) Both shows have Violence, bloodbath Satisfying fight scenes Main character going on a quest to get their bodies/human form back Another supportive main character accompanying them Made by MAPPA While both shows have these common points, they are also very distinct from each other. So it's not like one is an altered version of the other. You'll surely love both of these shows if you're okay with heavy themes like explicit violence and death.,  
report Recommended by Kong38
Similar premise of a swordsman who has to kill people/things to fix a checkered past. They are both accompanied by a younger person on their journey. Both series take place in Feudal Japan, with some aspect inspired by Japanese mythology with Immortal being more grounded. The two series are also fairly violent with many fight scenes. The main difference is in tone, where Dororo is overall more light-hearted while Immortal is a 100% seinen show. 
report Recommended by reluctantbeeswax
Badass main characters slaying monsters with side characters that keep growing as characters and become stronger.Guts and Hyakkimaru are both indifferent towards people but kind. They are also both inflicted by a curse. If you are a gamer, Dororo anime is basicaly like the Witcher. 
report Recommended by Walter_White18
Both anime involve a main character who fights with a sword and meets people along the way. Rurouni Kenshin has great fight scenes and includes comedy from time to time. The mc gives you a series but calm and kind vibe. The anime is about the mc being a swordsman who is trying to get away from his past and start a new life as a wonderer. Along the way he has encounters with people who want to fight him and he meets new friends. 
report Recommended by PARODY_QUEEN
Noragami has similarities to Dororo in that they both feature main characters who are samurai-like who are killing demons (or spirits in the case of Noragami). They both have a main protagonist who is accompanied with a younger side-kick like character. The main difference between the two is the time periods (Noragami takes place in the modern era) and that the main protagonists have different personalities. Still, there are enough similarities that you would likely like the other if you like one. 
report Recommended by Sara_Isayama
Asura and Dororo both have a feudal Japan setting and thus share similar themes that characterize that time period. Both are explicit and dark in content, but Asura is without a doubt even less forgiving than Dororo is. Beginning with the cinematography of Asura, you can immediately tell it will be a difficult story to watch whereas Dororo has a more familiar shounen feel in its animation and design. If you think Dororo was already too dark, then I wouldn't recommend Asura as the story content is violent and grim. However, if you liked Dororo and want to take your watching experience to another level,  read more 
report Recommended by aled93
There's not much in common regarding the plot, as the story of Dororo revolves around a fantastical elements of Japanese folklore and Saraiya Goyou consists of nothing of the sort. The similarities lie within the timeline where both seem to be set in Feudal/ Edo period, and the sombre undertones, depicted in both works. Saraiya Goyou about a Samurai who becomes part of the 5 Leaves, a group of thieves. Though it is uncertain if Dororo will continue at the same pace as the future episodes air, both series generally have a slow-and-steady type of pacing. 
report Recommended by HiyokoChocobo
Both are set in a hysterical background  
report Recommended by Alzec
Both anime deal with moral dilemmas. This lets us, the audience, think about the actions and decisions of the main characters and if what they are doing is right or wrong. In Death note, the main character has a notebook of death which he uses to rid the world of criminals. It makes us think whether the main character is in the right or wrong. Whilst his actions would create a safer society for the innocent, criminals are being killed. Is it really OK for those in the wrong to be killed? In Dororo, this moral dilemma is done in a similar fashion. Our main character, Hyakkimaru,  read more 
report Recommended by NattyNate
Both protagonists are young men with a demonic curse. They travel the land in order to redeem themselves, as well as seeking answers. Combat with Demons, Animal Gods and Spirits in a similar time period and setting. Unusual friendships and bonds. Notions of war and famine.  
report Recommended by HughesyV
Underdog story about a sacrificed son, in a time with feudal level of society, including royalty or lords  
report Recommended by Lolsebca
1. Similar heroes, even in appearance. This is a child and a guy in bandages. 2. Similar relationships between heroes. One is trying to understand who he is. The second learns that he needs the first. 3. Gloomy atmosphere. In Dororo, this is due to demons. 
report Recommended by DollParanoid
Both plots revolve around an amputee main character trying to get his body back. Both anime have a lot of action and fight scenes. Both main characters use their prosthetics as weapons. Both main characters have a younger "sidekick" whom they travel with. Both anime involve a lot of traveling with mini arcs centered around the places they visit. Both anime deal with morals and politics. Both main characters have complicated relationships with their estranged fathers. 
report Recommended by junistired
Afro Samurai has same focus as Dororo. Obviously it's samurais. >w< While Afro is more dark sided, not like Dororo isn't, in sense that Afro has no demons and evil spirits it's more focused on reality that Dororo. UwU 
report Recommended by Kurozy
Tho, Dororo is set in a Japanese setting and Mo Dao Zu Shi is Chinese, the settings, time periods and mythological themes (in some ways) remind me a lot of each other. Also, there is a war going on, the atmosphere is darker in both etc. Although the personalities of the main characters are different to each other in some ways, they look similar due the time period they are in. Both have very good music. And both are great and worth watching.  
report Recommended by _Maneki-Neko_
Main character has a smaller kid following him around. In Dororo: Hyakkimaru is always being companied by Dororo. In Barakamon: Sei is always being followed by Naru. True, Barakamon is not action, but the main characters with younger "siblings" around kinda give off the same vibe. 
report Recommended by Luminazvi
- Both deal with youkai/demons/monster/spirits - Both shows focus heavily on a familial bond between of an unlikely pair, growing friendship that start off apart, but slowly grow closer and stronger over the course of the show - Both shows are based heavily in Japanese folklore - Both shows hold similar themes of overcoming/accepting ones painful past in order to move forward in life. - Both have seemingly unconnected singular episodes, but each episode plays a part in building the overall story and play into each character learning and growing.  
report Recommended by websky
Both anime have an older character lacking human emotions growing closer to a child and acquiring emotions. Cute children present Conflict of demon/bestial vs human nature Humans portrayed in a grey tone - both bad and good present Will make you cry at least twice  
report Recommended by Halettan
Sword fights against monsters, supernatural aspects, samurai in a historical context.  
report Recommended by Soliniumm
Main character is a bit of an oddball, quiet and under the impression that he's been abandoned for being a terrify being. In fact, he learns a lot about himself as well as how to interact with others. Protect at all costs. Both series are great. Music is great. 
report Recommended by Kaguyachinchin
Both have similar genres (action, adventure, demons, supernatural, historical and samurai) and the same dark atmosphere with a pinch of comedy. 
report Recommended by Deacon_St_John
Both they anime series is about Dark Fantasy with a special bonding between the protagonist . Not only this both has a horrific Character Designing and a Horrific Visual Effect 
report Recommended by Grinset
Both are stories written with a measured and meticulous style with very different sensibilities from what modern shows embody. Stated more succinctly, both are classics. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu is more grandiose, elaborate and winding, mostly avoiding storytelling by direct confrontation and rather focusing on building the character, the setting, motivations and conflict from afar. Although Dororo has a similarly elaborate moral backdrop, it employs a much more straightforward, confrontational storytelling style (with a lot of supporting action) that may make it more palatable for viewers that enjoyed the conceptual landscape of Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu but could not stomach it's sedentary storytelling style. They come packaged  read more 
report Recommended by Anjuro
Both series have a dark undertone to them. In both of them, the protagonist is looking for something that is very important for them and play a big part in the overall plot. In both, we follow these youngster as they grow; through the path they have chosen. 
report Recommended by Sani_animerec
The plot is not similar at all. But the feel is pretty similar, mainly the fight scenes, how his body is made up of katanas/swords, and just overall dark theme throughout the show. The MC is pretty bland and not relatable, but fights insanely well, the supporting characters make up for the MCs lack of personality. I really loved dororo, and didn't find B:tb until about a year later. But it gives me BIG dororo vibes for sure. If you like one, im pretty sure you will enjoy the other. 
report Recommended by Lush4beauty
Both main characters are the silent and strong type Both are determined to meet their end goal no matter how many times they fail without rest Lots of gore Involves demons 
report Recommended by Eli_272
Both are set in a similar setting in historical Japan with similar backgrounds and emotional scenes. 
report Recommended by Weebbe
Main similarities are in the main duo and their dynamics with eachother; - One is an adult male who is extremely skilled in swordsmanship and fighting, and is quite stoic and reserved. - The other is a bubbly little child who is the cutest thing ever. The characters end up travelling together and at first, do not really get along but as time passes, start warming up to eachother, with the older character becoming protective of the younger one. Both are brilliant and unique in terms of plot, with Dororo being for older audiences (gory violence) and LXHZJ being for all audiences. If you like the relationship dynamics  read more 
report Recommended by Grand_Inquisitor
Both shows have a simple and "oldish" artstyle, both protagonist of the shows are young girls that were raised as boys, their family was killed, and are searching how to survive daily, both stories are settled in Japan in an ancient era, where the "kingdom" is dealing with different problems that could lead their leaders and their people to doom 
report Recommended by Lscala
without getting into spoiler territory, all i can really say to compare these two is that inu-ou very clearly has intentionally shaped a significant part of its narrative around the general premise of osamu tezuka's original dororo manga. on a more superficial level, fans of either work may appreciate the fact that both are set in japan's muromachi period, so any fan of one of these will immediately see a resemblance with regard to the setting and the clothing of the characters. 
report Recommended by database_animal
Despite being separated by hundreds of years both series are set in the unforgving words full of violece. Hectoliters of boold are shead and dissmembered body parts fly left and right. And in both cases the violence does not exist just for the shock factor but is an istrument of world building and catalize development of the heros. Main characters are like mirrors immagies of each other. David starts the story as fully flaged human but with the passing time he replaces them with augmentations Hyakimaru starts his journey as a corps without his senses and limbs which has been replaced with prostesis. When David is  read more 
report Recommended by Verticulum
They are both animes but doro ro is no colour very sad 
report Recommended by BestGirlHunter
The character development in both animes is great and resembles with demons being a common pillar of interest. Regardless both are a must watch and great for quarantine binging. 
report Recommended by Fa1zan
Both are dark fantasy themed Both have demons in them as the basis for its stories Both are actually set in olden days Both brings in the moral compass of humanity into question (discreetly) while using the demons as its premise While Mononoke is a collection of 3 separate stories with no overarching plot, Dororo starts of with an episodic story-telling featuring a different demon each episode, then develops into a shounen drama. If you are interested in the demons and folklores, then give the other a try.  
report Recommended by mushi_Jyou
Similarities - Both Series has demons - Both MCs have a dark past - Both MCs are betrayed - Both MCs become strong after near death experiences - Both MCs are feared by normal people/mortals - Both MCs have a secret power/fluid that helps them - Both MCs are wanderers Differences - Mortal's Journey is a historical cultivation series VS. Dororo is a historical supernatural series - Mortal's Journey is a 3D Chinese Donghua VS Dororo is a 2D Japanese Anime - Han Li has family VS Hyakkimaru doesn't really have family  
report Recommended by ST63LTH
Just 2 bros going on an epic journey across the world. 
report Recommended by CoolioMans
and of course there is this one too if you like darker shows, this i'd more recommend to people who enjoy the yona manga, but hey this is just for anyone who enjoys anime, great animation, great characters, good music, and a really good story, go watch this one out of all these. have fun! :) 
report Recommended by Goatsurfer
Both are sombre stories set in feudalistic Japan that will leave you emptier with every episode. This is definitely one for the tissues. Not for that reason you pervs! 
report Recommended by McKemzie
Dororo is like Blood-C with a brain. They're both about badass warriors slaying monsters and are great for action but Blood-C's characters are terrible and the plot is pathetic. Dororo on the other hand has all that great action with some fantastic visuals, characters, and a great plot. If you liked Blood-C for the bloody monster fights but hated everything else then Dororo will more than satisfy. 
report Recommended by mushroomcloud
Dark fantasy show with historical setting and supernatural elements, hero fights against demons and monsters to regain what was taken from him. 
report Recommended by Punkero
Both show have the similar historical setting and also features many stories related to Japanese folklore. Both show's episodic stories has similar lot of old school adventure feel packed with plenty of great martial arts/fast-paced sword fighting action sequences. 
report Recommended by SkyRenderer
Both casshern and hyakkimaru find killing and destroying as their only reason for living but they soon gain the heart to love someone after meeting a small child(ringo and dororo). So if u love animez where an innocent smile can change a heartless MC, u'll probably like these two. 
report Recommended by yabuki-kun
Ninja Scroll and Dororo are very similar. They both take place in the Samurai Era and feature demons and feature a protagonist who spends much of his time killing demons. If you like one, you will very likely like the other. 
report Recommended by Sara_Isayama
The 12 Kingdoms (Juuni Kokuki) and Dororo are similar in that they both feature main characters who end up having to fight demons in a medieval Asian setting. They also both feature tensions between between members of the noble class, and a largely agrarian setting. 
report Recommended by Sara_Isayama
Both series are set in warring periods of Japan and focus on the complexities of family, tradition, honor, and responsibility of leaders. The lead is at a disadvantage due to others under-estimating their resolve/goals. Dororo does involve more fantasy/horror elements, but if that doesn't bother you, it is a good follow up to this series. 
report Recommended by YellowBricks
The plot is full of action and the characters' motives are truly complex. 
report Recommended by Luisis
A long, long journey. Dororo and Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms both follow protagonists, who are almost non-human like, lose absolutely everything. Amidst trying to seek a normal life, they both stumble upon another individual, making a growing relationship along this journey they share. Dororo meeting Hyakkimaru and their quest to get Hyakkimaru's body back, Promised Flower having Maquia raise Ariel. Both are good anime with Dororo being for those who wish for historical and action anime. Promised Flower for those who would like a drama regarding family. 
report Recommended by NextUniverse
Samurai. Samurai who find themselves with everything lost, nothing to call their own, go on a trek with none other than a younger one accompanying them. Yasuke and Dororo tell a grand long journey of what the two pairs face along their way to the ultimate goal they have. Yasuke does this with a real historical figure with the same name, going to help Saki with the strange powers she has. Dororo does this with Hyakkimaru taking back the body he has lost in a Faustian bargain. Both anime also have the two warriors flashback on their life from time. Though I am not everyone, Yasuke isn't  read more 
report Recommended by NextUniverse
Both feature main protagonists who are fighting demons, in a very traditional Japanese setting. Both also feature a lot of references to Buddhism which is interesting. You may like both if you like one or the other.  
report Recommended by Sara_Isayama
Action-packed anime that heavily involve samurai & uphold the values of their respective eras. Dororo is much like a segregated serious arc of Gintama's; while the stories are incredibly different, the way they are told brush at air's width. Expect ruthless bloodbaths & gore in unison with intense action that will urge your heart to race along with the blood spilled in those scenes. 
report Recommended by soulstyce
Okay, we know it is fated to recommend naruto to Japanese feudal anime. But the recommendation goes through the soundtrack extremely similar, and also for having an ambiance and a certain "aura" similar to Naruto. 
report Recommended by tiobaessa
Mind you, I'm on the fourth episode of Dororo while writing this. Although the OVAs of Rurouni are set right before the beginning of the Meiji era (mid 19th century) and Dororo during the Muromachi era (mid 14th to late 16th century), both are grim Jidai Geki that treat war as absolutely loathsome, showing how it scars (metaphorically AND literally) people and how violence and tragedy just breeds even more violence and tragedy.  
report Recommended by Krankastel
Tomoya Aki and Hyakkimaru--two teenage boys who will stop at nothing to seek what will make them complete. Tomoya's adventure has a more metaphorical take on the idea, creating videogames to satisfy his eroge-induced wanderlust. Hyakkimaru's tale is a bit more literal; he collects his body parts in order to make himself whole. The dynamics between Megumi and Tomoya and between Hyakkimaru and Dororo also reflect each other very nicely. Megumi and Hyakkimaru are the stoic ones who have some torque backing them up when they get emotional--they have a difficult time expressing what they want to, but their companions, Tomoya and Dororo - the  read more 
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