Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages
Anime 
TL;DR
Dororo Season 1 (2019) Review
Dororo (2019)
どろろ (Dororo)

Synopsis

Dororo, a young orphan thief, falls into the company of Hyakkimaru, a powerful demon-hunting rōnin. Before Hyakkimaru's birth his father, a greedy feudal lord, made a pact with 48 demons and let them each take a piece of his unborn son's body, in return for granting him great power. Hyakkimaru was born a barely human creature—without arms, legs, eyes, ears, a nose, or a mouth—and his father had him thrown in the river. He was rescued and raised by Dr. Honma, who made him artificial limbs and helped him learn to fight the demons—each time he defeats one he reclaims one piece of his body. Now he and Dororo travel together through the war-torn countryside.

Directed by

Written by

Screenplay by

Music by

TV Rating

Country

episode(s)

Rating

  • The overall rating of the show.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Pros

Character design
Character development
Combat/Action
Dialogs
Plot
Visual
World building

Cons

PROs CONS

Overview

During the late 1960s, manga featuring demons was popular among kids. Dororo was first serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday between August 27, 1967, and July 22, 1968, before being canceled. Parallel to the anime broadcast, the manga was then concluded in Akita Shoten’s Bōken’ō magazine.

Tezuka’s childhood memory of his friends pronouncing dorobō (どろぼう, “thief”) as dororo inspired the title of this work. A new anime television series adaptation by MAPPA and Tezuka Productions premiered on January 7, 2019, and is streaming on Amazon.

Alternative title

– Dororo (2019)
– どろろ (2019)
– 도로로(2019)

TL;DR Review

Dororo (どろろ) is a Japanese manga series from the manga creator Osamu Tezuka in the late 1960s. A new anime adaptation began airing in 2019 and will consist of 24 episodes.

The animation for this series is dark and visceral, and yet retain that old style of the ’60s in their character design. The combats are sleek and gory. The colors are very subdued, giving it an almost monochrome old school style.

The opening theme “Kaen” (火炎) is performed by Queen Bee, while the ending theme “Sayonara Gokko” (さよならごっこ) is performed by Amazarashi. The music selection doesn’t seem to fit with the theme of the anime, especially the opening credit. The lyrics of the song is rather modern, which gives it more of a contrast with the medieval era subject. This is probably the only complaint I have for this series.

I didn’t have any expectation going in to watch this series, but it got me hooked after the first episode. This is one of my favorite series of 2019 so far. This anime can be gruesome so have the proper mindset ready if you plan to watch this.

Each character introduced is intriguing, along with their back story. The anime does an admirable job of weaving these stories into a believable cruel world.

I highly recommend this series to fan of action dark fantasy. Dororo contains graphic violence and suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for mature audiences.

This is an ongoing review as the series is still airing.

Similar Title 
Recommendations

ThunderboltFantasy-Header-TV1-600-300x169 Dororo Season 1 (2019) Review

Thunderbolt Fantasy Season 1 Review

Set in an Eastern fantasy setting, Dān Fěi and her brother, guardians of a sword known as the Tiān Xíng Jiàn, are pursued by the ...
TokyoGhoul-Header-TV2-600-300x169 Dororo Season 1 (2019) Review

Tokyo Ghoul Season 2 Review

The ghouls of Anteiku invaded the Aogiri's site in order to rescue Ken Kaneki who is being tortured. Due to provocation, he unleashed greater power ...
TokyoGhoul-Header-TV1-600-300x169 Dororo Season 1 (2019) Review

Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 Review

Tokyo is haunted by mysterious ghouls who are devouring humans. People are gripped by the fear of these ghouls whose identities are masked in mystery. ...
 Dororo Season 1 (2019) Review

Darker than Black Season 1 Review

Ten years ago, a mysterious spatial anomaly is now known as "Heaven's Gate" appeared in South America, shortly followed by the opening of "Hell's Gate" ...
WickedCity-Header3-600-300x169 Dororo Season 1 (2019) Review

Wicked City Movie Review

For centuries, a secret peace treaty has existed between Earth and The Black World, a parallel dimension populated by shape-changers possessing awesome supernatural powers. But ...
Overlord-WP17-600-300x169 Dororo Season 1 (2019) Review

Overlord Season 2 Review

In the year 2126, a Dive Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game or DMMORPG called Yggdrasil was released. It stands out among all other DMMORPG's due ...
NinjaScroll-WP22-600-300x169 Dororo Season 1 (2019) Review

Ninja Scroll Movie Review

Ninja Scroll takes place in feudal Japan and follows Jubei Kibagami, a mercenary swordsman who battles the Eight Devils of Kimon, a team of ninjas ...
Psycho-Pass-Header-Movie2015-600-300x169 Dororo Season 1 (2019) Review

Psycho-Pass 2015 Movie Review

Due to the incredible success of the Sibyl System, Japan has begun exporting the technology to other countries with the hope that it will one ...
TokyoGhoul-Header-OVA1-600-300x169 Dororo Season 1 (2019) Review

Tokyo Ghoul OVA 1 Review

An incident involving a human-devouring Ghoul occurs in Tokyo's 13th Ward. To seek the truth behind what happened to his friend, the rebellious high school ...
Overlord-WP11-600-300x169 Dororo Season 1 (2019) Review

Overlord Season 3 Review

In the year 2126, a Dive Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game or DMMORPG called Yggdrasil was released. It stands out among all other DMMORPG's due ...

Featured Music

Dororo (2019)
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

TV Series 1969

  1. “Dororo no Uta” by Fujita Toshiko

TV Series 2019

  1. “Kaen” (Flame) by Ziyoou-vachi 

Closing Theme

TV Series 1969

  1. “Dororo no Uta” by Fujita Toshiko

TV Series 2019

  1. “Sayonaragokko” by amazarashi

Insert Song

TV Series 2019

  1. “Akai Hana Shiroi Hana” (赤い花白い花) by Nana Mizuki
Dororo-Header-TV2019-600 Dororo Season 1 (2019) Review
Play Video
Dororo-Header-TV2019-600 Dororo Season 1 (2019) Review
Play Video
Dororo-Header-TV2019-600 Dororo Season 1 (2019) Review
Play Video

Featured Video

Dororo (2019)

A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.

Jung Freud
"The moon is great, you're weightless! On Earth, your bra's too tight, your shoulders are in knots, and soon your boobs sag."
Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages

Credits

Photo

All images are copyright to their respective owners.

Photo by Nicolas LB, Jon Flobrant, and Yvette de Wit on Unsplash.

Close Menu