First Impression – Dororo Episode 01 Review

Adult Hyakkimaru
  • Directed by: Kazuhiro Furuhashi
  • Produced by: Twin Engine
  • Studio: MAPPA
  • Licensed by: Amazon (streaming)

Dororo episode 001, The story of Daigo begins with a woman giving birth. Sir Daigo heads to the “Hall of Hell.” When he enters he’s meet by a old priest that warns him that “one who steps into Hall of Hell has made a choice.” He begs Sir Daigo to “hear him out,” if he abandons Buddha, he will no longer be human and only hell awaits. Daigo then murders the priest with his katanna.

Infant Hyakkimaru

He then prays to 12 demons. He wants more power and is willing to give then anything for it. It turns out this was a flashback and Daigo had already made this deal. As his son is born, lightning strikes leaving a horrifying sight. The newborn infant was left with no limbs, eyes, nose or skin. Daigo is initially shocked, but once her realizes that the demons granted his wish he no longer cares. The boys mother still wants her child regardless of what he looks like, however, Daigo leaves her crying as he demands that she bare him another child.

Jukai the doctor

The child is grotesque looking, as the old woman puts the child in a boat she is eaten by a demon. Who is then killed by an old blind man. Daigo land begins to prosper as he was promised. We flash forward 16 years, during a war. Jukai is doctor that give the dead his prosthetic prototypes. We are introduced to Dororo, a little theft. He steals from a gang of men that end up beating him up and attempting to drown him. While, being assaulted the now grown up child of Daigo, Hyakkimaru arrives. However, he’s not interested in saving Dororo, he’s focusing on a demon.

Dororo the thief

The demon looks like garbage to the men, then it attacks eating them. When it grabs the boy, Hyakkimaru attacks. He removes his prosthetic limbs revealing sword like arms underneath. He quickly defeats the demon, using quick abilities, cutting down the bridge around them. As the boy thanks him his skin on his face returns, forcing the boy to ask him are you human? Dororo isn’t a new series. It was original released in the late 60’s which explains why I had never heard of it. Dororo is considered to be one of the first Shonen series. I love thing episode.

Demon Hyakkimaru defeats on bridge

The animation is great, the story (while dark) is profoundly interesting. The action is subtle, but effective and enjoyable. Dororo seems like he or she (it’s not that clear) will be the main source of joy for this series. However, Hyakkimaru may have a sense of humor, you know when he gets his mouth back or maybe his throat or lungs, probably all three. Anyway, Dororo has everything, a evil villain (Daigo), sympathetic characters with (Hyakkimaru, his mother, Dororo), action, a badass old man, an a captivating story. I’m hooked.

Hyakkimaru face’s skin returns

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Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis ( Series Review)

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What is Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis?

Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis (not to be confused with Shingeki no Kyojin) is an anime adapted from a game of the same name. Written by Keiichi Hasegawa, Directed by Keiichi Sato and produced by MAPPA studios. Shingeki no Bahamut focuses on the magical world of Mistarcia. A Bahamut threaten Mistarcia, together humans, Gods, and demons combined their forces and sealed it. To prevent Bahamut from becoming free again the key to the seal was split into two and given to the Gods and demons. Two thousand years of peace pass, then a woman steals one of the keys from the Gods. Many scrabble to locate the thief, while other aim to get the other key to release Bahamut. This series has ended after 12 episodes.

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Main Characters

  • Favaro Leone is a bounty hunter for the God Bacchus, he makes a contract with Amira to escort her to Helheim.
  • Kaisar Lidfald is a former knight from a prestigious family, he seeks revenge on the man that ruined his family Favaro Leone.
  • Amira is a demon searching for her mother, she enlists Favaro as her guide. She was accused of stealing the key from the Gods and is now being hunted by humans, Gods and demons alike.

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What do I think of the series? Should you watch it?

I must say how pleasantly surprised I was to have watched this series. I’m always looking form good anime and Shingeki no Bahamut is very good. The story is simple, but not boring. The characters are the typical archetypes, but that’s not a bad thing. This series really stands out with it’s animation. I also like how the when the characters are introduced they have special captions (thought I don’t like the font). This series isn’t particular groundbreaking, but amazing animation with enjoyable characters and action is good enough for me. The biggest problem, it’s ONLY 12 episode deep and I don’t think they be more. That’s a total shame. Rating: 8/10

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