A samurai lord has bartered away his newborn son's organs to forty-eight demons in exchange for dominance on the battlefield. Yet, the abandoned infant survives thanks to a medicine man who equips him with primitive prosthetics—lethal ones with which the wronged son will use to hunt down the multitude of demons to reclaim his body one piece at a time, before confronting his father. On his journeys the young hero encounters an orphan who claims to be the greatest thief in Japan.
Production wise, the anime looks visually appealing with fantastic uses of colour and rich fluidity to enhance action sequences. The modernised art style is executed perfectly and thus MAPPA has excelled in transforming this 60s manga into a modern gem. Sound wise, holy shit that opening! Holy shit that ending! Holy shit that OST! Holy shit, excellent voice acting! You get the picture, opening and ending of the season and just everything production wise has been polished to an extremely high degree, I'd give the art a 9/10 and the sound a 10/10!
The initial concept of this anime seemed a bit
cliche at first yet within the first 5 minutes I was instantly hooked, captivated by an excellently structured episodic format! Each episode is crafted very well, implementing a wide variety of emotions that fuels the plot although it's too early to say how well it progresses. Moreover, the characters within a few episodes have received a massive amount of the development and don't obviously fall into typical anime tropes! The main character (especially) has received development every episode due to his coherence with the plot, making the viewer become more interested in him and making him more likeable! Lastly, I would just like to point out how phenomenal the flashback episode was, take notes everyone, that is how it's excecuted! I'd give both a 9/10!
Dororo has been the anime I've looked forward to the most these past few weeks; even before watching, my expectations were incredibly high and yet it still destroyed my expectations and has captivated me in a way only another anime this entire season has. I would highly recommend this anime to everyone and I'd give it a 9/10 for now with an enjoyment of 10/10!
Little update around episode 6: The show has provided some more dark and thought provoking themes and honestly has constantly improved every single episode! I have no choice but to give it a 10 right now. The best anime of this season!
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.
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 my ear autismo anti-g-points 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.
Dororo is weird, it’s a blend between berserk and samurai champloo, its dark but doesn't try to be edgy, it has a blank slate as the main character yet every episode he becomes more interesting and the anime has allot of flaws but also allot of heart in its characters and its production.
The story is simple, almost comparable to Katanagatari but a bit darker and with shorter episodes. It's about a kid cursed by his father with selfish desires who must fight for his humanity (Literally) he has to defeat demons/ghouls in order to restore his body, the story itself is very simple
but the execution of it is simply amazing. Hyakkimaru is an crazy cool protagonist and carries the series on his shoulders. Seeing him regain his limbs one after one is great and seeing how it affects him and his combat style and the people around him is super interesting. I can't spoil too much but this is one of the most interesting characters I have seen in anime.
The reason the plot and characters are in the same paragraph is because they go hand in hand, Hyakkimaru is the plot. The supporting characters are also interesting. Dororo might not be developed yet but he serves at a bright light in this dark universe (Literally again the anime is mostly black and white) the three other characters we have met are also very different in design and intensions and are also very funn and interesting to watch. The monsters we meet in the series also has lore and (most of the time) has a reason to be the place they are located.
The art is ok, character design is good but sometimes the backgrounds are very dull, action scenes however are great often being quite short as well. I do love the references to the old manga and cartoon. It also has allot of storytelling in its animation just in the newest episode (episode 4) the rain in the episode has a meaning of pain at the start of the episode and ends with the rain in a painfull way. The music is also very fitting using old Japanese instruments and drums and all the ambient noises and sound effects are very impressive. All around a good looking show with stunning fight scenes and nice music.
Dororo has flaws with its pacing as most episodic shows have. You have to follow the story closely to understand what's going on or why certain actions are being taken. It's not confusing just very fast paced and I'll say this is its biggest weakness. In katanagatari we had allot of time developing the different characters each episode because the episodes where so long. In Dororo almost all the characters are very complex but doesn't get enough screen time to fully enjoy them because most episodes have a different narrative.
This fast pace might be ok with some of you and it is for me. The anime just has so much heart which sounds like a loose statement and it kind of is but you just have to watch Dororo and see for yourself. I'm not the best writer of all time so if this review was messy I'm sorry and my English is bad as well but I tried.