About Dororo DVD
Hyakkimaru is a tortured young man who lost 48 parts of his body when his own father offered him up to demons in exchange for power. Traveling the war-torn countryside of Sengoku era Japan, he quests to slay the demons and regain his humanity piece by piece.
On his journey he is accompanied by Dororo, an enigmatic young orphan and sneak-thief who has made it a personal goal to swipe Hyakkimaru's swords.
Together the two will face horrific monsters and the even more horrific ravages of war!
Brought to life by the great Gisaburo Sugii (Night on the Galactic Railroad, Touch) and packed with stories unique to the anime version, including the conclusion of Hyakkimaru and Dororo's story not found in the manga, this is the definitive version of Osamu Tezuka's classic.
Dororo contains all 26 episodes and the pilot film.
Spoken Languages: Japanese with English subtitles.
- Publisher: EASTERN STAR
- Media: DVD
- Spoken Language: Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Action
- Themes: Adventure, Battles, Historical
- Age Rating: 13+
- Run Time: 600
- Release Date: 4/26/2016
- Dimensional Weight: 0.5
- Region Code: 1
Ratings & Reviews
Great release of a very old anime.
by CJ Thom -
I am a huge fan of Osamu Tezuka, but I tend to be more so-so on black and white era anime. Unlike many black and white anime though, this was made in black in white due to budget reasons, and not because color wasn't available (Princess Knight was made in color the year before. The pilot for this show was also in color).
But this is a good series that actually uses the B&W to its advantage. It honestly adds so much to the atmosphere that you will grow to love it. The animation is fairly standard for the time (by today's standards, it's pretty bad most of the time, except for a few random scenes) and the pacing can come off a bit slow by today's standards as well.
This anime is best watched in bite sized chunks though, each story takes 2-3 episodes and that's usually enough in one sitting for me. The stories themselves are very enjoyable. The video is rather dark though, so turn up your brightness or adjust your colors a bit.
Amazingly dark , very original
by C. Brand
Yes this is primitive but it is fascinating . It is, for a "children's cartoon," dark, violent, and at times a pretty bleak view of the world . The manga is great, but this has its own atmospheric tone . Sometimes, it is clumsy, and sometimes things get a little incoherent, but I am always impressed with how strange things can get . This is weird in a good way .
Quite Possibly the First Horror Anime Series
by Mr. Eclect
Perhaps Osamu Tezuka was channeling Robert E. Howard(creator of Conan and Solomon Kane) when he came up with 'Dororo', with its blood, thunder, supernatural horror, and no-punches pulled dark tone. True, the title character is a spunky youngster, with a little dog Nota (a la 'Johnny Quest's' Bandit), but their energy and exuberance are the candles in the dark; they don't dilute the series, and crucial to making it work.
'How scary can a 'primitive' anime from 1969 be?', you may scoff. VERY. VERY. Almost all demons/monsters are played for horror, enhanced by great direction--this ain't 'Scooby Doo'. It also paints an unflattering view of feudal era Japan; sometimes the people are scarier than the monsters. There is blood: Not for small kids!
I expected a good early anime series, but had no idea what I was getting into: it surpassed my expectations. If you love horror anime, 'Dororo' certainly deserves a place on your shelf!