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.
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.
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.