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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: 7.321 (scored by 53135,313 users)
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Ranked: #39692
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Popularity: #1171
Members: 13,244
Favorites: 227

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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.

(Source: Vertical Inc.)


Dororo was published in English by Vertical Inc. in 3 volumes from April 29 to August 26, 2008 and again in a complete omnibus on March 20, 2012.

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Jan 12, 2018
Assthete (All reviews)
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 read more
Jul 10, 2017
Chinaz (All reviews)
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, read more
Aug 6, 2012
fujifruit (All reviews)

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 read more
Jun 14, 2012
BlitzkriegLove (All reviews)
At times when the fad is to read action/mecha/romance packed series, coming across a manga such as Dororo is a wonderful experience indeed. Most of us love Tezuka’s works but barely a few might have heard and bothered to read such an unknown manga. Compiled up in 4 volumes and about 870 pages (which are actually 3 volumes with a total of about 850 pages in the translated version) is the story of a Samurai and a chibi samurai hater in the Sengoku period.

The main protagonist, despite the fact that the manga title points to the orphan Dororo, seems to be Hyakkimaru. In order to read more

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