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    どろろ

    A remake of the 60's show by the famed manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka about a young thief going on adventures with a ronin with a prosthetic body after his father offered him up to the devils.

    Airs: Monday, January 7, 2019

    Studio: Mappa

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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.

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  • #2
    Episode 1

    Selling his soul to the devil.

    So it begins with Daigo offering up his son to the devils in order to bring wealth and prosperity to the land, and that left him in such a wreck. Years later, Dororo meets that guy as the one now known as Hyakkimaru is out to defeat the demons that have wronged him. Pretty interesting relationship that those two are forming, and so far it's off to a nice start there. While I never watched the original series from the days of black and white TV programming, I am very intrigued with what this show has to offer.

    As usual, the show will be subjected to trial period rules as I continue to try out shows before deciding whether or not this show makes the cut.
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    • #3
      Episode 2

      Can't fool him.

      Their first adventure together leads them to a village whose chief just so happens to be a demon disguised as a lady who claims she can't stand up. While all the villagers were fooled, not Hyakkimaru as he saw through that facade as he could sense her evil intent. That just goes to show that being blind has its advantages there as nobody would ever suspect that something's amiss about her. So after a very strong start, this episode does a great job in following it up as this adventure figures to be so full of twists and turns along the way.
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      • #4
        Episode 3

        His road to redemption.

        The backstory of Jukai is explained as he's the guy who saved and raised Hyakkimaru after his father sold his body to the devils. Jukai fought with the Shiba clan and killed Kaname's father among his victims, but despite Kaname's thirst for revenge, Jukai convinced him to let him live until he helps out a certain someone. And then came Hyakkimaru and he helped train him to defend himself despite not having his senses, and then came the moment when his leg grew back after slaying a demon, and that's when his journey began. Pretty interesting backstory that was going to show how rough Jukai has had it and what helped turn his life around so that he could help people rather than killing them, as well as Hyakkimaru's second chance at life after he was left to die and everything.
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        • #5
          Episode 4

          Hear the call of the sword.

          Next demon comes in the form of the sword Nihiru wielded by Tanosuke as he went on to being a killing machine. It all started when Osushi asled them to bring Tanosuke back to her, but after Hyakkimaru defeats Tanosuke, Dororo came into possession of Nihiru as it impaled his detached prosthetic leg, and while he was possessed, he fought hard to prevent it from completely taking over him. And then Tanosuke came back into possession and this time Hyakkimaru ended up killing Tanosuke along with breaking Nihiru to get his hearing back. That was just tragic what happened there as Tanosuke was a model soldier before some bastard gave him the sword, and he ended up slaughtering the village he and Osushi had been living in because of it. At least Hyakkimaru knew that only the sword was evil, but he couldn't save him in the end. This show just continues to absolutely nail it as it goes to show that those two are developing a strong bond and sense of conviction.
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          • #6
            Episode 5

            Listening to her song.

            Now that Hyakkimaru can hear again, that means that song that Mio was singing as she's living with some kids who are war orphans. He slays another demon and get another body part back, but he's weaker seeing that he's losing his prosthetic parts and human parts just aren't as strong. Seeing that this is a two-parter that there's gotta be a lot more to this. While they have found a place for the kids to move to seeing that they can't stay there for very long, something is certainly amiss.
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            • #7
              Episode 6

              Don't underestimate war.

              Daigo had some pretty ominous words there telling why Tahomaru is not fit for the battlefield as he is, and they come to fruition at the end when those kids were brutally slaughtered by some soldiers who suspected them of being spies. Hyakkimaru should have known better than to just run off like that to slay that demon, but he defeated the enemy. Then Hyakkimaru went on a rampage there, and Dororo had to restrain him seeing that he was becoming just as bad as those demons. Just brutal that was, and if this were Hyakkimaru at the beginning then he wouldn't have given much of a damn about it. But as he's slowly becoming human, such tragedies really hit him.
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              • #8
                Episode 7

                She's not a black widow.

                This represents a huge change of pace as previously Hyakkimaru had been slaying demons to get back his body. But this one he didn't have to slay as thanks to Yajiro, he managed to tame the spider demon he named Ohagi. He rescued, fed, and nurtured this demon back to health unaware of who she really is, and when her true identity is revealed, he stood by her, and in turn she stood by him. Thus, the malevolence that Hyakkimaru can sense disappears, and he's getting back his voice. Had Hyakkimaru not gotten his hearing back, she would have been slain, but because he heard that she's not like the other evil demons that it made quite the difference. This show just continues to do an excellent job with the adventure aspect as those two are certainly growing in every way, except for Hyakkimaru's combat ability which he won't have to use if the end result is the desired effect.
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                • #9
                  Episode 8

                  Break through the clouds.

                  The demon of the week story continues with the next one being a centipede that eats brides for lunch. Of course, Saru is none too pleased when it is his "sister" who is the sacrificial bride when it's raining ashes, so he's out to take down that centipede now knowing just how strong it is. That proved to be quite a struggle as it's hard to see, now that Hyakkimaru can hear, he utilizes sound to exterminate that bug. It turns out that the sister is not really his sister, but a woman who cared for him. So with that, Hyakkimaru can now smell. Another great episode there going to show that Dororo and Hyakkimaru are developing their chemistry pretty well, all while they are helping others live better lives.
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                  • #10
                    Episode 9

                    Someday the war will be over.

                    Dororo falls ill and while she's resting (and it's revealed that Dororo is actually a girl), her backstory is explained. Her parents are Itachi and Ojiya, and they were very loving and brave people who were looking to help others being oppressed by others, and among those they attacked are Hyakkimaru's father Daigo. But one day, Itachi fell on the battlefield with Dororo there to see it, and Ojiya was just so mentally broken afterwards with her final words being that someday the war will end. Pretty tragic how it all went down as Dororo's parents were great people who just wanted the war to end above anything.
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                    • #11
                      Episode 10

                      Brother's conflict.

                      This episode focuses on Tahomaru as he's Hyakkimaru's brother, but neither of those two know about it. Tahomaru is a good guy who has noble intentions and looks out for his comrades in battle seeing that he refused to let one of his allies sacrifice himself to blow up that crab monster. They needed all the help they could get as while he came up with that plan to build a sluice gate and drain the lake, it got destroyed, and they survived because Hyakkimaru came in to finish it. So now that those two are together, it will be interesting to see what happens when they find out they are brothers seeing that Daigo sold his soul to the demons and him getting his body parts back is causing the land to slowly wither away.
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                      • #12
                        Episode 11

                        Home and away.

                        And Hyakkimaru finally meets his no-good father Daigo at Banmon, all while neither him nor Tahomaru still don't know that they are brothers, and they probably would be great pals if it weren't for their father. Everything was set into motion when Hyakkimaru was battling a fox spirit demon, all while Sukeroku just wanted to go back home that was conquered by the Asakura clan. But in the end Sukeroku was captured, Dororo was as well chasing after him, and Hyakkimaru comes face-to-face with his father seeing that he's the reason why the harvest hasn't been as productive as it had been in the past. Things are getting heated now that the very person he sacrificed to the demons is standing right in front of him getting ready to kill.
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                        • #13
                          Episode 12

                          All in the family.

                          Emotions sure were flying here, especially with Tahomaru as he is so psychologically conflicted as he had to choose between his brother or the land. And thanks to Daigo's persuasion Tahomaru makes the tough decision to back his land, and that costs him his right eye in the fight with Hyakkimaru. Then there's Oku who is not thrilled with the decision, and she takes her life after everything that unfolded. At least Sukeroku made it back with his family, but that was just brutal and such a heated way to end the first half. It will be two weeks before the next episode as the atmosphere figures to be quite different now that Hyakkimaru knows about his family situation.
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                          The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                          • #14
                            Episode 13

                            Face the facts.

                            After Hyakkimaru meets his family, Dororo meets her mother. Well, not exactly as the person she thinks is her mother is actually a carver who can change her appearance depending on who that person holds near and dear. Okaka has been searching for the perfect face for her statue cutting off people's faces, but Hyakkimaru puts an end to that by smashing that statue and Okaka can finally rest in peace after all that. Just when it looked like it was just another adventure, that tattoo on Dororo's back is going to say a lot about things to come as she's no ordinary orphan.
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                            The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                            • #15
                              Episode 14

                              This place holds a dark secret.

                              The tattoo on Dororo's back gets explained as it's some sort of treasure map that's only visible when her body is warmed up. The two stumble upon a burnt-down temple that is sad to have been a nunnery that's a cover for a slave farm, and that the place was burned down when it was struck by lightning. Of course, the last part is obviously a lie since the two found oil by the temple, so it was arson that burnt the place to a crisp. And then there's Sabame as something definitely is off about this guy seeing that he's working in cahoots with a moth demon. Things are getting really interesting now that there's a prize to be had, and a lot of danger to navigate through to get it.
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                              Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                              The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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