Osamu Tezuka’s Dororo is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by him. The title of the series was inspired by Tezuka’s childhood memory of his friends pronouncing dorobo as dororo. Dororo was serialised in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shnen Sunday from August 1967 to July 1968 before being cancelled. The manga was then completed in 1969 in Akita Shoten’s Boken’o magazine.

Mushi Productions aired a 26-episode anime television series adaptation in 1969. The anime series is notable for being the first in what is now known as the World Masterpiece Theater series. Dororo was also adapted into a live-action feature film in 2007. From January to June 2019, MAPPA and Tezuka Productions aired a 24-episode second anime television series adaptation.

Dororo Anime Synopsis

Daigo Kagemitsu, the greedy samurai lordland’s land is dying, and he will do anything for power, even renounce Buddha and make a pact with demons. His prayers are answered by 12 demons, who grant him the power he seeks by assisting the growth of his prefecture, but at a cost. When Kagemitsu’s first son is born, he lacks limbs, a nose, eyes, ears, and even skin—yet he lives.

This child is thrown into a river and forgotten. But, by chance, he is saved by a medicine man who provides him with prosthetics and weapons, allowing him to survive and fend for himself. The boy grows and lives, and despite his inability to see, hear, or feel anything, he must defeat the demons who took him as a sacrifice. With each one’s death, he reclaims a piece of himself that is rightfully his. He wanders alone for many years until one day an orphan boy named Dororo befriends him. In an unforgiving, demon-infested world, the unlikely pair of castaways must now fight for their survival and humanity.


Dororo Anime Info

  • IMDB Ratings – 8.4/10
  • Genres – Actions, Adventure, Demons, Historical, Samurai, Shounen, Supernatural
  • Season – 1
  • Episodes – 24
  • Status – Finished Airing
  • Aired – Jan 7, 2019 to Jun 24, 2019
  • Premiered – Winter 2019
  • Duration – 24 min. per episode
  • Rating – R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

Dororo Anime Characters


Hyakkimaru is a Sengoku period rnin and the son of Kagemitsu Daigo and Nui no Kata. The unnamed baby was born malformed, limbless, and lacking facial features and internal organs as a result of his father’s pact with 48 sealed demons. The infant was abandoned in the river and later found and raised by Dr. Jukai, who provided the child with prostheses, including a special blade grafted into his left arm forged in vengeance to kill supernatural entities. As a result of the prostheses and healing magic, the boy became nearly invincible. During his travels, he was given the moniker “Hyakkimaru,” among other names, for his inhumanity.


Dororo is a young thief who travels with Hyakkimaru on his adventures. In the original manga and 1969 anime adaptation, Hyakkimaru discovers Dororo is physically female, despite the latter’s insistence that he is a boy because his parents raised him as one (in the 2019 anime it is revealed earlier, though Hyakkimaru makes no note of it). Dororo’s bandit father Hibukuro was shot by a samurai official and died as a result. His mother died from exposure while fleeing in the snow, but before she died, she drew a map on Dororo’s back to find money hidden by his father at Bone Cape.

Kagemitsu Daigo

Hyakkimaru’s father was a Muromachi period samurai and Lord of Ishikawa, as well as a vassal of the governor of Kaga Province. To rule the land and protect it from the repeated famines, epidemics, droughts, and disasters that afflicted neighbouring domains, he made a pact with 48 sealed demons in which each received a piece of his newborn child’s body.

Tahōmaru Daigo

Younger brother of Hyakkimaru and the second son of Kagemitsu Daigo. Born after Hyakkimaru was abandoned.


A skilled doctor and surgeon who created prostheses for the child who became Hyakkimaru using healing magic and alchemical methods.

Biwa Hōshi

An unnamed blind travelling monk and a bisa hoshi (lute priest). He is an excellent swordsman who carries a sword inside his biwa.


Hyakkimaru’s first love, a lovely prostitute who cared for orphaned children. She was killed while defending the other children from a raid ordered by Kagemitsu. She dies before the action begins in the manga and the first anime, so she is only seen in flashbacks, but she appears in the present in the 2019 anime.


A bandit who sided with the authorities after betraying Dororo’s father Hibukuro. He later kidnapped Dororo in order to obtain the map needed to locate the money hidden by Hibukuro.


A hat-wearing puppy who travels with Hyakkimaru. Only appears in the anime and does not appear in the manga. In the first episode of the 2019 anime, he makes a cameo appearance.

Dororo Media


Dororo debuted in Weekly Shnen Sunday on August 27, 1967, and ran until July 22, 1968, when it was cancelled. The manga was then moved and completed in Akita Shoten’s Boken’o magazine from May to October 1969, parallel to the anime broadcast. Between August 12, 1971, and May 20, 1972, Akita Shoten published the manga in four tankobon volumes. Kodansha published the manga in four volumes between March 12 and June 12, 1981, as part of its Osamu Tezuka Manga Complete Works edition. Between August 23 and October 18, 1990, Akita Shoten republished the manga in a three-volume deluxe edition, and on March 28, 1994, it released a new three-volume bunkobon edition under its Akita Bunko imprint. Kodansha released a two-volume edition of the series on November 11, 2009.

Vertical Inc. published an English translation of Dororo in three volumes between April 29 and August 26, 2008. It won the Eisner Award in the category of “Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Japan” in 2009. Vertical reissued the manga in a single volume edition on March 20, 2012.

On October 19, 2018, a remake manga titled The Legend of Dororo and Hyakkimaru, illustrated by Satoshi Shiki, debuted in Akita Shoten’s Champion Red. It was announced in May 2021 that the series had entered its final arc. On April 19, 2019, the first tankbon volume was released. Four volumes have been released as of December 18, 2020. Seven Seas Entertainment has licenced the manga in North America, and the first volume will be released on June 9, 2020.


A live action film directed by Akihiko Shiota was released in 2007.


Between April and September 1969, the first anime series aired. Unlike the manga, the anime version has a satisfying conclusion. Anime Sols launched a crowd-funding campaign in 2008 to fund the show’s official streaming. The funding for the first half of the show was met, and it was continued for the second half. Anime Sols, however, went bankrupt, and Discotek Media picked up the project and released it on DVD in 2016, including the show’s colour pilot.

In March 2018, MAPPA and Tezuka Productions announced a 24-episode second anime television series adaptation. The series aired on Amazon from January 7 to June 24, 2019. Tokyo MX, BS11, and Jidaigeki Senmon Channel aired the anime. The series is directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi, with series composition handled by Yasuko Kobayashi, character designs handled by Satoshi Iwataki, and music composed by Yoshihiro Ike. The series is created by Twin Engine.

Dororo Anime Episodes

The Story of Daigo
Aired: Jan 7, 2019 (JST)

The Story of Bandai
Aired: Jan 14, 2019 (JST)

The Story of Jukai
Aired: Jan 21, 2019 (JST)

The Story of the Cursed Sword
Aired: Jan 28, 2019 (JST)

The Story of the Moriko Song, Part 1
Aired: Feb 4, 2019 (JST)

The Story of the Moriko Song, Part 2
Aired: Feb 11, 2019 (JST)

The Story of the Jorogumo Silk Spider
Aired: Feb 18, 2019 (JST)

The Story of Saru
Aired: Feb 25, 2019 (JST)

The Story of the Mercilessness
Aired: Mar 4, 2019 (JST)

The Story of Tahoumaru
Aired: Mar 11, 2019 (JST)

The Story of Banmon, Part 1
Aired: Mar 18, 2019 (JST)

The Story of Banmon, Part 2
Aired: Mar 25, 2019 (JST)

The Story of Blank-faced Buddah
Aired: Apr 8, 2019 (JST)

The Story of Sabame
Aired: Apr 15, 2019 (JST)

The Story of the Scene from Hell
Aired: Apr 22, 2019 (JST)

The Story of Shiranui” Transcription
Aired: Apr 29, 2019 (JST)

The Story of Questions and Answers
Aired: May 6, 2019 (JST)

The Story of the Cape of No Mercy
Aired: May 13, 2019 (JST)

The Story of the Amanojaku
Aired: May 20, 2019 (JST)

The Story of the Nue
Aired: May 27, 2019 (JST)

The Story of Breaking the Cycle of Suffering
Aired: Jun 3, 2019 (JST)

The Story of Nui
Aired: Jun 10, 2019 (JST)

The Story of the Demons
Aired: Jun 17, 2019 (JST)

Dororo and Hyakkimaru
Aired: Jun 24, 2019 (JST)

People also ask

Is Dororo a girl?

Dororo was born as a girl, but had lived as a boy for as long as she could remember, according to the manga’s final chapter. This could be because his parents raised her as a male rather than a female from birth. Dororo refuses to speak or dress in a feminine manner.

Is Dororo a sad anime?

Because the old art style is too cartoonish, “Dororo” 2019 is far superior to the original source material. The new art style is far more realistic, and it works well with dark themes such as war. When it comes to emotional investment, I could take it more seriously, and the show makes me sad at times.

Is Dororo worth watching?

The storey features samurai and demons, which is fairly common in the genre, but it is the execution of the storey that distinguishes Dororo. The plot has a lot of depth to it, and it tells its storey at a good pace. Dororo will undoubtedly become a classic, and it is unquestionably a 10/10 masterpiece.

Will Dororo have a season 2?

Furthermore, the first manga series concluded in October 1969 with four volumes. Furthermore, the anime had one season in 1969 and one in 2019, as well as a live-action film in 2007. Dororo Season 2 has yet to be announced by the production.

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Source – Wikipedia

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