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Synonyms: Dororo to Hyakkimaru
Japanese: どろろ
English: Dororo
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 4
Chapters: 19
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 9, 1967 to Jul 3, 1968
Genres: Action Action, Adventure Adventure, Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy, Horror Horror
Themes: Mythology Mythology, Samurai Samurai
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Sunday
Authors: Tezuka, Osamu (Story & Art)


Score: 7.301 (scored by 62236,223 users)
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Ranked: #46322
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Popularity: #1123
Members: 15,741
Favorites: 265


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After the cruel lord Daigo Kagemitsu sells his newborn son's body parts to 48 demons in exchange for power, he casts what remains down a river and quickly forgets about his son, soon establishing a mighty kingdom. Little does Daigo know that his child survives, possessing advanced spiritual senses that allow him to navigate the world without eyes, ears, limbs, or even a voice.

A brilliant doctor rescues the son and raises him as his own, naming him Hyakkimaru and fitting him with advanced prosthetics that make it possible for him to move and fight. However, tragedy strikes when Hyakkimaru turns out to be a beacon that brings demons into the doctor's home, and the doctor eventually has to send Hyakkimaru out into the world.

Amid his travels, Hyakkimaru learns that slaying demons allow him to recover his missing parts and seeks to kill enough to make himself whole. He soon encounters Dororo—a boy claiming to be the world's greatest thief—who joins Hyakkimaru against his will in hopes of one day obtaining his sword. Together, the duo travels through a countryside infested with both demons and brutal men, who might prove to be worse.

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Dororo was published in English by Vertical Inc. in 3 volumes from April 29, 2008 to August 26, 2008 and as a complete omnibus on March 20, 2012. Vertical Inc.'s publication of the manga won the Eisner Award for Best U.S Edition of International Material - Japan in 2009.

The series has also been released in French by Delcourt from April 26, 2006 to October 16, 2006 and in Spanish by Debolsillo on October 13, 2016.

A Japanese live-action movie based on the series was released on January 27, 2007. The manga also received a PlayStation 2 video game adaptation developed by Sega; the game was released as Dororo in Japan on September 9, 2004 and as Blood Will Tell: ​​Tezuka Osamu's Dororo in North America on September 21, 2004.

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Jan 12, 2018
Dororo is simply put a masterpiece. A manga from the late 60s that aged very well and is probably the darkest of Tezuka's works. It's violent, cruel, and does not spare most of its characters from certain and permanent death. Oddly enough, something rare of seeing even today.

The story is about a swordsman, Hyakkimaru, who has born lacking forty-eight body parts because of a curse caused by his father. It's a lone wolf journey sort of story, where our protagonist eventually finds a funny, yet complex fellow, Dororo, who happens to have a very detailed backstory that holds great importance for the plot's progression.

Tezuka is ...
Jul 10, 2017
Dororo - An example of a Masterpiece

Many know Osamu Tezuka as the author of Astro Boy and a few more works and that's it. As logic, that's ignorance. Dororo is one of the most famous works of the author and at the same time, one of the darkest. In English, this work was published by Vertical in three volumes, including a new cover design showing human flesh in some panels of manga, showing how dark it is inside.

Dororo tells the tale of a samurai lord (Hyakkimaru) that has bartered away his newborn son's organs to forty-eight demons in exchange for dominance on the battlefield. Yet, ...
Aug 6, 2012
Mixed Feelings

Dororo is one of Tezuka Osamu's darker works, and I'm honestly not sure what the author was aiming for here. Anyway, this was released by Vertical in 3 separate volumes, instead of 4. Vertical's release features a new cover design, which is possibly the worst cover design I've ever seen. Describe the cover?
Imagine taking random panels of manga and pasting it onto some human flesh.
Cool,right? No, not at all.


What happens when you combine Disney with rather violent fight scene? You get a manga like Dororo. The monsters are awesomely designed, while the humans are rather boring, and just unimpressive. The violent action scene lack ...

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