Hole—a dark, decrepit, and disorderly district where the strong prey on the weak and death is an ordinary occurrence—is all but befitting of the name given to it. A realm separated from law and ethics, it is a testing ground to the magic users who dominate it. As a race occupying the highest rungs of their society, the magic users think of the denizens of Hole as no more than insects. Murdered, mutilated, and made experiments without a second thought, the powerless Hole dwellers litter the halls of Hole's hospital on a daily basis.
Possessing free access to and from the cesspool, and with little challenge to their authority, the magic users appear indomitable to most—aside for a few. Kaiman, more reptile than man, is one such individual. He hunts them on a heedless quest for answers with only a trusted pair of bayonets and his immunity to magic. Cursed by his appearance and tormented by nightmares, magic users are his only clue to restoring his life to normal. With his biggest obstacle being his stomach, his female companion Nikaidou, who runs the restaurant Hungry Bug, is his greatest ally.
Set in a gritty world of hellish design, Dorohedoro manages a healthy blend of comedy and lightheartedness with death and carnage. Taking plenty of twists and turns while following the lives of Hole's residents, it weaves a unique world of unearthly origin and dreary appearance not for the squeamish or easily disturbed.
Dorohedoro has been published in English by VIZ Media under the SigIkki imprint since March 16, 2010.
The manga was first serialized in Ikki until the magazine's discontinuance on September 25, 2014. It was then serialized in HiBaNa from March 6, 2015 until its discontinuance on August 8, 2017. It was then transferred to shounen magazine Gessan on November 10, 2017.
Settings directly from post-apocalyptic series. World filled with anomalies of every sort. Characters who are the combination of futuristic cyberpunk and magical fantasy adventure. Artwork by the assistant of BLAME, relying on nothing but new ideas that are weirder than the last one. Story centering around the daily lives of our wide and colorful cast, yet the whole thing is essentially an action comedy. No one could have ever asked for Dorohedoro because it's simply too original and specific to be an answer to a need.
There are several reasons to like this series,
-Significant amount of the original ideas offer new perspective on things. For example,
stuff like "curse" or "disease" is not necessary a similar concept as we understand them IRL, but they can vary from living persons to inanimate objects. It plays with words and wits.
-The series stays loyal to its own world and uniqueness to the bitter end. It abandons so many norms and "in the box" ideas, introducing its own take on practically every concept it deals with.
-Our cast is memorable to say the least. From their personalities and character design to badassery and taste in food, heavy amount of detail exist in characteristics an character-centric narrative. Liking the characters can end up carrying the entire series during its worst parts because it is just that strong.
-The art work manages to capture the atmosphere of the world in an impressive manner, making Dorohedoro immersive and pretty to look at. Mostly weird, but also pretty.
-The combination of different genres creates a narrative that can offer enormous appeal to those readers who are tired of seeing the same old stuff.
The are also several reasons to dislike it,
-Some of the weirdness seems to exist just for the sake of it.
-It masks most of the common things and cliche events seem unique by simply using its extraordinary settings and cast, but it never quite seems to live to its full potential. For example, there is always a convenient magic power that can solve the current problem and lead the story to preferred direction.
-Significant amount of the dialogue and text boxes contain something that could be considered irrelevant filler-text. This makes the reading experience suffer in smoothness and in generally, some of the most boring parts are skip-worthy.
-"All of this and more in the most chaotic limbo that is Dorohedoro." The manga is repetitive and it knows it, but doesn't really do anything to counter its repetitiveness. Quality differences exist and are obvious.
The first 50 chapters were a pleasure to me. I could say the same about events around 70 chapter mark and 100 chapter mark. The remaining parts made me change my mind more than once. Dorohedoro was supposed to end first time already over 5 years ago, but it was extended over the next years. Some of it feels forced and rises the question was this length truly necessary for the work? Spoiler: It wasn't. It could have been both: more entertaining to read and more meaningful by simply being shorter. This series is worth of reading for everyone who considers themselves a fan of manga, but I really wouldn't call it an obligatory read.
The world of Dorohedoro is one of the rarest and most original that I have seen in a manga: it is violent, dark and visceral, without falling into the common topics of this kind of stories.
Personally I think that would be its main characteristic: Dorohedoro can use elements such as magic, satanism with demons or steam-punk aesthetics, but in such a way that when using them as material to build their history and lore, they end up Feeling fresh and differents.
In short, the author Q Hayashida has a gift for making the grotesque and bloody something fascinating, enjoyable and interesting. For that reason, Dorohedoro is
a very good story, which I could easily recommend to anyone who enjoys this world.
The first Manga i ever read was Dorohedoro and i'm grateful that it was. The excitement of waiting for a book to be released and checking them out at my library 4 books at a time, the anxiety of having to return them and not be able to go back and admire the art and worrying that i was reading them too fast. I never want to forget the amazing experience that Dorohedoro was. It introduced me to a new idea of what manga is and what it can be, that the most complicated of stories can still be simple and heart warming even in
a swarm of guts and gore.
Regardless of who i show this manga to, the first thing they are captured by is the art, rough lines and sketchy characters, detailed settings and apocalyptic-grunge clothing with nikes. The world of Dorohedoro draws you in visually first before enchanting you with a plot constantly leaving you wanting more and romance that will have you ripping your hair out in anticipation (and always will (: ) humor that builds and eventually requires the 23 volumes of knowledge to really get, never ending action, information and plot twists. And of course, everyone's favorite- little gyoza fairy
Dorohedoro NEVER had me wanting to drop or put this on-hold, in fact I'd have to pace myself as to not read too much. Q Hayashida really created an entire world like you've never seen it and does a spectacular job at being able to create a diverse cast of unique people and animals. each story is choreographed perfectly with the personalities of each character. It accomplishes what a lot of manga doesn't care as much to touch on- architecture and the nuances of the world and environment.
I'm not the best at conveying why i enjoy things objectively but if anything I urge you to read a story that will always give you enjoyment!
Dorohedoro, a bizarre story of black magic and revenge, follows the exploits of Kaiman, the victim of a magic user that transfigured his head into that of a reptile while simultaneously wiping all his previous memories. Accompanied by his companion Nikaido, they search for the perpetrator, hunting down sorcerers along the way.
The world of Dorohedoro is creative and nuanced, unlike a lot of what can be seen in other seinen series, a genre that tends to be dominated less by the fantastical and more by the mundane and realistic. In this society there is a dichotomy that provides a good backdrop for the plot, that
being the disparity between magic users and normal people. The sorcerers have their own world, and the normal folk have theirs, an urban slum referred to as "the Hole". The Hole is where the majority of the series takes place, and also serves as a veritable playground for magic users, who reach it through portals for the purpose of exploiting Kithe people with their magic. Early on, this is shown in quite inhumane acts as transmuting someone's body into that of a grotesque insect. This back-and-forth dynamic between the two worlds makes the setting of this manga all the more interesting.
This great fantasy settingis also backed by a well-thought-out plot that gradually reveals more about the world and our main character as the series progresses. The most intriguing part of the story in my opinion, is that of Kaiman finding out about who he was before his transmutation. In the beginning, the only thing he has to go on is a mysterious head that appears in the back of his throat to meet any magic user who's head happens to get half-swallowed, only to be met by an enigmatic "He's not the one" from said head. In the first couple of chapters we can see Kaiman, in attempt after attempt, asking the previously swallowed sorcerers what the strange man said. This mystery will keep a reader hooked to this manga, as the author presents the question of "Who is this man, what does he have to do with Kaiman's past?"
There isn't a whole lot to say about the characters' respective personalities other than that they dont stand out too much, but work great within the confines of the story. What Kaiman lacks in personality is made up for by his mysterious past. As for Nikaido, she is also not terribly noteworthy personality-wise but plays a large role as the MC's trusty partner and provider of food, since she owns a small restaurant. As for all the sorcerers they are the devious, scheming bunch that you would expect, and also stand out in a series with already memorable character designs. Each one having their own signature mask and power.
My biggest gripe when it comes to Dorohedoro is the art. In a way it does fit the atmosphere of the series, but all too often its dark style can look half-assed and muddy. As more of a shonen reader this is probably my main complaint with seinen in general is how it's always stuck on this style of art. But if you like that type of thing you'll feel right at home here.
Altogether, I'd have to wholeheartedly recommend this series, amd thats as someone who likes only a handful of the darker seinen manga. If you can get past the sometimes messy art there is some awesome character designs and story to enjoy.