Dororo to Hyakkimaru


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Synonyms: Dororo and Hyakkimaru
Japanese: どろろと百鬼丸
English: Dororo
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 1969 to Sep 28, 1969
Premiered: Spring 1969
Broadcast: Sundays at 19:30 (JST)
Producers: Fuji TV
Licensors: Discotek Media
Studios: Mushi Production
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, MythologyMythology, SamuraiSamurai
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 26 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.261 (scored by 61866,186 users)
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Ranked: #29332
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Popularity: #4695
Members: 22,167
Favorites: 100

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Preliminary Spoiler
Mar 29, 2017
I must warn you at this point: even if this is a children's anime, it is very gory, and has cruel themes going on (starvation, child slaughter, war...). But no sex nor rape, obviously. Many of the monster scenes would be considered way too scary for children today.

As of writing this, only half of the episodes have been subbed. I understand some japanese, so the lack of subtitles wasn't a problem, since the story is quite straightforward. Knowledge of old fashioned and slangy japanese is useful, if you wish to keep up with the characters' lines.


I haven't read the manga, so I didn't have any ...
Mar 10, 2012
Preliminary (2/26 eps)
even though i've only watched two episodes of this amazing anime, i felt i had to write a review, as no one else has, also because anyone who really loves great anime should check this out...based on one of my favorite manga by osamu tezuka, this anime takes place in the sengoku period in japan - a boy name hyakkimaru's father offers up forty-eight of his body parts to demons in exchange for unlimited power and the boy is left for dead - this is the story of his quest and travels with an orphan named dororo to reclaim his body from the demons by ...
Jun 14, 2020
Mixed Feelings
I'm mainly familiar with Osamu Tezuka's dark fantasy/ historical manga series from my exposure to the 2019 remake of the series that would come out for it 50 years later, which I did have the opportunity to see last year. This older adaptation appears to simplify a good deal of the supernatural lore and character depth found from the remake with Hyakkimaru appearing to have psychic abilities for sensing his surroundings and communicating with others, Dororo being more hot-headed and bratty, and Daigo Kagemitsu portrayed as a pure villain. Plus, the number of demons that Hyakkimaru has to slay to reclaim his body parts is ...
Jun 6, 2021
Wow. Despite being an anime from the 60s, Dororo to Hyakkimaru does not disappoint. The story itself is super interesting, and tugs at the heart in a tragic way. Even though the story definitely has its comedic and cute points (the dog omg), it really shows the traumas of war and poverty and the lengths people go to just to survive. I think the funny thing is this story really should be called "Hyakkimaru to Dororo" because the story's main protagonist is hands down Hyakkimaru, while Dororo is a sidekick (with a twist. I was NOT expecting that at the end. Very cool to throw ...
Jun 19, 2018

Daigo Kagemitsu is a man who desires power. Political power, to be exact. One night, he decides to sacrifice forty-eight of his unborn child's body parts to forty-eight demons to gain more power within Japan. When the child was born, it only had a head and a torso. The baby, soon after it was born, became an orphan. One day, a doctor named, Juko, found the baby and decided to take care of it. He named it, Hyakkimaru. As Hyakkimaru got older, Juko had to create prosthetic body parts for him, and that's when Hyakkimaru noticed that monsters were around him on ...
Nov 29, 2022
Mixed Feelings
The original Dororo anime
I initially picked this up to see how it compared to it's remake, and though it is interesting to see the styles of different times telling one story and how anime has evolved over the years, i can't help but feel a vail of disappointment on the route the original adaptation decided to take with it's storytelling

The show went from a very slow start, dragging out each mission into double episodes, then rushed thru one of the most emotional and integral parts of the story, then went back to more side missions, this time changing the formula to slaying demons every episode ...
Mar 29, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Disclaimer: Story spoilers in the character's discussion paragraph.

I like to watch my Anime in sequential order, that is, tracking down entries of a franchise I'm interested in watching in chronological order of release is almost a need for me, however, sometimes, sudden remakes make the jump, and I'm here left clueless of whether to experience the original entry or jump straight into the more popular, up-to-date release that has all the buzz talking about it. When Dororo was first announced and started serializing, that was a challenge for me to undertake, I didn't watch to mùiss out of the weekly hype bandwagon, so I decided ...
May 14, 2024
Masterpiece of an Anime, to me a 10/10. An Anime series in the 1960s, and for it to still be watchable to me and pretty most people who decided to check out this show, is just unbeliveable. It reminds me of how the highest rated movies on Letterboxd include really old movies (Like Harakiri and Seven Samurai) cause they're still watchable to this day, showing how good they were during their time, and Ashita no Joe and Dororo 1969 are the Anime version of that for me. The 2019 Remake will always be recommended, but the original is amazing too and it's Manga faithful unlike ...