Dorohedoro Episode 12 Recap and Review

In episode 12 of Dorohedoro, Nikaido and Kaiman clash on the bridge.
Nikaido and Kaiman clash on the bridge

The origins of the cross-eye have been a mystery for this entire season. Episode 12 of Dorohedoro, answers some of our questions early. The cross-eye can’t use magic. Risu claims that they have a “headquarters” in Berith. He heads there to find out who killed him. Meanwhile, Kaiman and Nikaido begin to fight on the bridge. Kaiman is reluctant to fight her. She knocks him through a wall. A statue crushes Kaiman’s legs. Barely able to walk, Kaiman’s head starts to hurt. Nikaido is surprised by what appears to be Kaiman. He stabs her in the back. Asu, her devil friend, finds her and removes the contract from her wound. 

The contract is still on

Despite Asu removing the contract, it’s still in effect. Nikaido has escaped its control temporarily. According to Asu, if she lays eyes on En again the “contract will regrow inside her body.” Asu tells her that she must escape and get far from him. Kaiman has flashbacks of meeting Nikaido. It turns out that Kaiman isn’t his real name. Its the name of the reptile he resembles. When he comes to Kaiman swallows Nikaido’s head. She sees Risu and he tells her that she’s “not the one.” Nikaido tells him that the man in his mouth is Risu.

Nikaido meets the Risu in Kaiman’s mouth

Meanwhile, Shin and the others share a meal. He plans to return them to Hole tomorrow and implores them to forget Nikaido. As En follows Nikaido into the church. Asu forces Kaiman and Nikaido into a door and turns Chota into Nikaido. 

A heart to heart

Kaiman and Nikaido are sent to a ruined city. They hid in an abandoned train station to escape the devils. Nikaido explains that her magic caused her to “lose a friend.” It’s dangerous and she has highly sought after. She wanted to become human. She hoped that she could become human by fighting against sorcerers. Kaiman points out that he has no idea what kind of human he was. Why would she want to be friends with him? 

Nikaido asks Kaiman if being a sorcerer is a “dealbreaker?” He rationalizes that if she doesn’t use magic she really can’t be a sorcerer. They pinky swear. Promising no matter what Kaiman is really like they will be friends forever. 

Friends forever

The mysteries in Dorohedoro continue

Dorohedoro episode 12 ends on a touching moment. However, I can’t help but assume both promises will be broken. At some point, Nikaido will be forced to use her magic and we will find out that Kaiman was a terrible man. This episode was very well-paced. It felt quick but satisfying. Dorohedoro has set up new problems, Nikaido can’t escape En’s contract so easily. While implementing a temporary solution, Chota taking her place. Eventually, Chota (as Nikiado) will be asked to use her magic. 

When he fails En will surely kill him. Shin and Noi helping Vaux and the others could prove problematic for them. Finally, Asu is going to pay for his interference. One thing is clear, if Risu can’t use magic then he didn’t use magic on Kaiman. I can’t wait to find out who’s responsible. 

So did you enjoy this season? How did you like the season finale?

Dorohedoro Episode 11 Recap and Review

Dorohedoro Episode 11 Recap and Review

Image from episode 11 of Dorohedoro. En is eating mushrooms in Hell.
En eating in Hell

Dorohedoro episode 11 is full of surprises. After the last episode, I assumed Johnson and Dr. Kasukabe were goners. I had completely forgotten the fact that the Doctor saved Shin’s life. Meanwhile, Chota abuses Nikaido. He gives her poison tea and drops a bowling ball on her head. He’s jealous of her partnership with En. He makes her watch the autobiographical movie that En wrote and produced. Dorohedoro uses the movie as a framing device to tell us En’s backstory. The first chapter is titled “Hell.” When En was a baby, his magic turned his parents into mushrooms. A bulgar kidnapped him. Sold to low-class sorcerers, he stole smoke from higher classed sorcerers. He worked there for nine years. After that, they threw him in a river. 

Image of The Cross-eye eviscerating Shin and Noi.
The Cross-eye eviscerates Shin and Noi

En’s backstory, Surviving Hell

En was mistaken for a corpse by a devil. It took him to hell. However, due to his hatred, he survived. Two years later he was discovered by Chidaruma. He returned to the factory. After killing the owners he developed an alliance with many sorcerers. The second chapter is called “The Enemy.” Twenty years later a serial killer is loose. He targets high-level sorcerers and decapitates them. The Cross-eye was the culprit. He killed En’s men one by one until only Tenjin, Shin, and Noi remained. Tenjin locates his hideout in Mastema. Shin and Noi head there first. The Cross-eye eviscerates them. However, En arrives in time to save them. 

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Face to face with the Cross-eye En blacks out. The surrounding area was turned into mushrooms. En’s mask was broken and he had a “shallow wound” on his throat. En assumes that the Cross-eye was turned into a mushroom. Until he witnessed him walking through a door headless. The movie ends and En arrives. He tells Nikaido that he wants her to rewind time. He wants to know what happened to the Cross-eye. Despite Nikaido being under En’s control, she seems to still have her mind. 

See You At the Food Stall

Kaiman, Tanba and the others arrive. Kaiman introduces himself as Tanba’s new wike, Pieman. Inside they run into Asuka a former employee of Tanba’s. She has opened a competing Pie shop. Elsewhere, Noi heals, Vaux, Dr. Kasukabe, 13, and Johnson. Shin tells them they have to stop associating with Kaiman. Otherwise, they will become enemies. Fukuyama shows Kaiman the En family newspaper. It finally sets in that Nikaido is a sorcerer. He figures he should probably just leave since she seems happy. The contest between Tanba’s shop and Asuka’s results in a landslide victory for Asuka. She uses her magic to summon a monster called “Angel.” It can ” make any man fall in love with her.”  

Seeing an opportunity to speak with Nikaido (as En, Shin, and Fujita are distracted) Kaiman grabs her and runs towards an alleyway. Meanwhile, Asuka passes out from overusing her magic. The men return to normal. When En has a taste of Tanba’s chanterelle pie he declares him the winner. On a bridge, Nikaido tells Kaiman that she “wants to be near En.” He decides that he’s willing to take her by force. She asks “do you think you can?” Another great episode. I just can’t predict this series. Dorohedoro episode 11 scaled back the typical violence (mostly). Just when I thought En was the bad guy this episode gives me a reason to think otherwise. Furthermore, Cross-eye is starting to become a clear villain. I predict that Kaiman and the En family will join forces against him. 

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