First Impressions: The New Dororo「どろろ」

I recently watched Joey, The Anime Man’s, video on this anime and its history, and it inspired me to give the first episode a watch. Granted the first episode is still the only one out at the time of me writing this, so I’ll keep this relatively brief. After all, the video linked above offers far more detail about this anime and its author than I could ever hope to give.

Dororo revolves around a rōnin named Hyakkimaru (百鬼丸) and young orphan thief named Dororo (どろろ) during the Sengoku period. The un-named child was born malformed, limbless and without facial features or internal organs. This was the result of his birth father daimyō Daigō Kagemitsu forging a pact with 48 (12 in the new adaptation) sealed demons so that he might rule the world. In return, he promised the demons could each obtain a piece of his unborn child’s body. This enabled them to roam free and commit atrocities along the countryside. – Wikipedia

What impressed me most about this episode was probably the art style. It’s got the kind of mix between modern and classic that I think will age much better than the 3D style many studios are adopting. The grim nature of the show also reminds me of old video games oddly enough — especially when it comes to scenery. In fact, this episode reminds me a bit of some of Makoto Shinkai’s movies in the way it contrasts the characters and the background. While the backgrounds still have the more classical style I love, the characters are drawn in a more modern way (late 90s-early 00s maybe?) where their features are aren’t so exaggerated.

Well that last statement isn’t completely true… strictly speaking. I mean we do see Hyakkimaru grow skin over his face after he kills the first demon. Even for a guy with swords for hands that was pretty metal.

I can’t say much about expectations for the plot with this anime, but this first episode has me pumped for more! The music is also very fitting with the traditional Japanese instruments. I wasn’t particularly impressed with the OP or ED’s songs, but their art style is still really enjoyable. Can’t wait to see more!

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