Dororo (Dub) Episode 20
The character draft was the most difficult of the production staff. Hiroyuki Asada took the place and was glade since he is a fan of Tezuka's work. Kobayashi said at the time, he knew the title, but did not read the original. Hyakkimaru for the competition that he drew in a week was set to be older than now, and at a meeting after that, Furuhashi said there are too many Egui expressions, and that the design was cute. On the other hand, Asada said, he decided to draw Hyakkimaru in a way that is closer to the original work by Tezuka. Kobayashi adored the design presented as, when the storyboards and scripts were made, it felt easy to empathize with such character. Meanwhile, Dororo was considered an easier work to design than Hyakkimaru. Kobayashi said whether somebody writes a scenario or direct it, the work will change completely with just one piece of music. This time, Dororo was a work that tries to draw with as few lines as possible, so it was nicely enlivened with heavy music. Kobayashi was impressed that he felt it amazing. Asada considered the work as an historical drama. Since Hykakimaru was too different from Tezuka's work, the recovery of his body became the focus of the narrative and have his first line in the fifth episode.
Dororo (Dub) Episode 20
Furuhashi considered creating the series a difficult job due to his portrayal of Hyakkimaru who is meant to look younger and more naive than in the 1969 series. While the series featured multiple episodic stories, Furuhashi made several to be focused on Daigo's family in order to combine with Hyakkimaru and Dororo's journey. When creating the series, Furuhashi read other works created by Osamu Tezuka. He was aided by Yasuko Kobayashi in order to properly handle the setting. As the story progresses, Hyakkimaru recovers lost parts of his body. Furuhashi decided that the first one he recovers should be the one that allows him to feel pain. In regards to messages, Furuhashi wanted to leave hidden content rather than having the cast explain it. The director cites episode 18 as an example of this as well as how the dynamic between Hyakkimaru and Dororo was written in order to properly develop the former in order to prepare him for his personal story arc.
Taking place during the chaotic Sengoku period, the anime focuses on the tragedy on war and men's devotion towards religion. Crunchyroll noted that the series have a heavy focus on Buddhism and the demons that threaten society often resulting in violence in most episodes with the heroic Hyakkimaru standing out as under complicated socio-political stakes with Daigo's devotion towards the demons representing the shifts in changing Buddhist attitudes toward these entities.
Anime News Network noted that there is the ideas involving the damage of the Onin War as the anime often addressed victims of wars regardless of age and poverty is common in villagers. The idea of yokai predated the arrival of Buddhism into Japan, but like how later Japanese Emperors were both high Shinto priests and devoted Buddhist practitioners, belief in yokai and adherence to the buddhas were never mutually exclusive. Although Daigo offers his son to the yokais, Buddhism still saves the recently born child from a dark fate with the first episode showing a Boddhisattva Kannon statue losing its head when Hyakkimaru is saved from being eaten.
The 24-episode series was broadcast from January 7 to June 24, 2019, on Tokyo MX, BS11, and Jidaieki Senmon Channel, and was streamed exclusively worldwide on Amazon Prime Video. The episodes were collected in two Blu-ray volumes released in Japan on May 22 and August 21, 2019.
Early impressions of the series were positive with the handling of MAPPA's animation, the alterations to Hyakkimaru's portrayal and origins in comparison to Osamu Tezuka's manga and Dororo's personality. The handling of the tragic relationship between Hyakkimaru and Mio was earned similar response as the former is suddenly developed when meeting Mio though the dark twist was noted that it could negatively affect his future as well as the latter's occupation as a prostitute which was deemed too dark. Although the narrative uses the idea of villain of the week, RiceDigital and Popzara noted that Hyakkimaru changed almost in every episode due to he builds his own identity as he regains parts of his body, noting his meeting with Mio heavily affected his desire to restore his own body rather than defend his own body.
Dororo's backstory was also noted tragic not only for how the young child suffered following the death of his parents and it was shown how he created a stronger personality in order to fight for her life, acting like a male rather than a girl, though Fandom Post found it as obvious knowledge for the audience. His eventual reunion with the bandit Itachi who plans to steal his father's treasure using the map hidden on the child's back was noted for the story more moral tones as despite Itachi's cruel nature, the two protect one another from the young Shiranui. Despite Shiranui's twisted nature as he uses shark-like demons to feed on his preys, he still shows love towards them in tragic tones when Hyakkimaru kills one of them. These episodes were also noted to show the kind nature of the two leads, most notably Hyakkimaru as he shows more affection towards Dororo and Jukai. Dororo's continuous dynamic with Hyakkimaru as well as the growth of Hyakkimaru's younger brother, Tahomaru, were also praised as interesting subplots fow how the build up the main story.
In regards to the series' ending, Manga.Tokyo said he did not look forward to Hyakkimaru's hatred towards Daigo as the he still enjoyed deep bond between the leads rather than a possible tragedy. The series' finale felt rushed by Anime News Network for how Dororo's gender issues were not properly explored which is left ambiguous when Hyakkimaru compliments his look upon recovering his sight. Neverhtless, he praised the conclusion between Hyakkimaru's arc in regards to his family as he spares his brother and father, something that works as a result of his growth as a person. Fandom Post had similar commentaries in regards to Hyakkimaru's family and whether or not his mother needed to die in the fire as well as whether or not the continuous wars from the Sengoku will bring more harm the leads' life. In conclusion, the reviewer praised how MAPPA managed to improve on Tezuka's original manga by changing the characterization of the two leads despite noting issues in the series' production. Popzara enjoyed the series' animation because of how gruesome fights tend to be. Fandom Post noted that while some episodic stories work out, the series suffers fatigue in the second half as the characters focused stories felt stronger than the scenario and sometimes felt that Hyakkimaru was too overpowered when fighting demons. Although the animation remained consistently praised, the animation direction in Osamu Kobayashi's the televised airing of the 15th episode was not as positively received. Despite enjoying the scenario, UK Anime Network said that Dororo could have "from having a less staccato narrative" as well as a more balanced storytelling. He still recommended the series to Berserk and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba fans due to the heavy fights and narrative style. 041b061a72