Dororo – Anime Preview
Synopsis: In Japan’s Warring States period, Lord Daigo Kagemitsu makes a pact with 12 demons, exchanging his unborn son for the prosperity of his lands. The child is born malformed and is set adrift in a river, while Kagemitsu’s lands thrive as promised. Years later, young thief Dororo encounters the mysterious “Hyakkimaru”, a boy whose arms are blades and whose visionless eyes seem able to see monsters. (Official Amazon Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Dororo is a torrent of potential. From the wonderful animation used to modernize Osamu Tezuka’s (Astro Boy) visual style, to the oppressively dark tone, Dororo is nothing but quality, acting as one of the best premieres for an anime series this Winter season.
Linny: Dororo brims with promise of bad ass action as we follow Hyakkimaru on his quest to reclaim his missing body parts while accompanied by Dororo, a scampy, thiefing kid. What we get to see in episode 1 is already so solid that it’s bound to have action lovers clamouring for more.
Tom: I have very little to criticize here. Dororo opens strong, doesn’t waste a single moment and really hammers home its plot with minimal exposition, crafting dialogue that feels fairly natural (save a couple minor sequences.) The characters are interesting, if a little under explored as the series is more focused on backstory and plot for the moment. We’re also treated to some incredible action that helps to ramp things up to the episode’s climax. If the series can keep up the quality displayed in Episode 1 then this might end up Winter’s best looking title.
Linny: Competent art, interesting visuals and an engaging and thrilling dark fantasy tale at its core all come together to form a show that’s already looking to be one of Winter’s best anime. It’s hard to really criticize anything about this series. My only warning would be that while it isn’t extremely gory, its dark nature means it might upset someone who isn’t an action fan. The first episode shows Hyakkimaru’s skinless, eyeless and limbless condition at birth and also depicts some mistreatment towards animals. The series doesn’t dwell on its brutality long so hopefully it should be fine except for the queasiest of viewers. If you’ve been on the look out for an action packed, brooding period fantasy, look no further.
Dororo is available for streaming via Amazon.