Dororo Episode 6 Review – The Story of the Moriko Song, Part 2

Dreams of Rice Paddies

After the last episode I can’t say that I’m hopeful that this on will be happier. Dororo leaves Mio stunned at what he just witnessed. He quickly runs into Hyakkimaru and the Old Priest as they return from their battle against the demon. Mio returns with food for the children, she is clearly bruised as she helps Hyakkimaru. Tahomaru gets some attention this episode. He wants to go to war, certain that he would “crush,” the Sakai clan. He seems to care a great deal about his mother view of him. Tahomaru feels that his mother doesn’t care for him. While, his mother never was cruel to him, she paid him little to no attention.

Tahomaru demands to fight

Hyakkimaru recovers, as he remembers his encounter with the demon. Mio tries to soothe him with her song. The Priest warns Dororo that Hyakkimaru may not be as “good.” Mio is insecure about her “soul.” Her “job” has made her feel dirty and she’s ashamed of herself. This belief is unsurprising. Dororo and Mio have a conversation regarding her job. He tells her that the “one,” job his mother didn’t was prostitution. A few days later Hyakkimaru fights the demon again, as soldiers arrive to find the children. Hyakkimaru succeeds in killing the demon.

Hyakkimaru’s new “leg”

My lack of hope was well founded as Mio’s using of both sides of the war comes back to haunt her. She and the children are massacred. As Mio begins to die, she sings as she always had when dealing with a terrible situation. Still unable to see, her song reveals to Hyakkimaru that she’s dying. He becomes enraged and slaughters the soldiers. Unable to speak, Hyakkimaru growls like an animal, covered in blood Dororo fears that he will become the “monster,” the Priest suggest may lurk inside. As the temple burns down, Hyakkimaru hugs Mio’s death body, as he says her name, his first word.

Hyakkimaru kills the demon

Dororo is a series that leans towards the darker end of the spectrum. Many series seem to be heading in this direction. However, Dororo has layers underneath the carnage. Take the song that Mio sings. At first it’s just a pretty song, but then it becomes the only sound that Hyakkimaru can tolerate. It turns out that it also serves as a distraction from the horrors she experienced in life. Finally, the song becomes the triggers for the rage that Hyakkimaru displays. The song ends up humanizing her. The question becomes what will the consequences of letting the solider go. He will surely spread the word of the warrior with no arms right? Daigo already suspects somethings up with the demons. Would he put two and two together?

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Dororo Episode 5 Review: The Story of the Moriko Song

Hyakkimaru meets Mio

Hyakkimaru is having trouble with his new found hearing. He’s able to hear all the animals surrounding and it’s overwhelming him. To Dororo it’s quiet. It’s remarkable that something that we assume would be great for Hyakkimaru, his hearing, turns out to be a bit of a burden. It made sense that regaining his pain receptors would cause him trouble, not his hearing. Hyakkimaru and Dororo are attacked by a flying demon that instantly reminded me of Fearow from Pokemon.

The priest killing the flying demon

Hyakkimaru manages to damage the bird with his arms, but doesn’t manage to kill. However, the old priest arrives to deliver the death blow. Dororo informs the priest that Hyakkimaru has been having trouble with his hearing. He plans to find some medicine in the big town across the river. The priest informs him of the war that’s brewing, making it too dangerous to travel. The Sakai clan has betrayed and ally, resulting in war.

Hyakkimaru charging at the demon

When the morning arrives, Hyakkimaru wanders off and meets a young woman in the river. The girls name is Mio, she lives with other orphan children. Many of these kids don’t have there limbs, having to result in using wood tied to them with bandages. Mio begins to sing while heading out to get food, Hyakkimaru finds her voice to be pleasant. The old priest finds a better home for the children, out of the way of the war. The problem, a demon “owns”” the land. Hyakkimaru quickly heads to kill it.

The demon takes Hyakkimaru’s leg

Mio decides that she’s going to work for the enemy as well. Dororo plans on going with her. Meanwhile, Hyakkimaru and the old priest face off against the demon. It’s pincers shoot out of the ground and it begins to spin, dragging them both towards it. As they battle the demon, Dororo finds out what Mio does for a living, prostitution. After the battle with the demon Hyakkimaru suffers a major consequence, he loses the bottom of his legs. He can finally be heard, screaming in agony.

Dororo watching Mio with two soldiers

The ending of this episode is haunting. To be honest I instantly knew what Mio did to get food. A pretty young girl during war really could only offer so much. This episode wasn’t without it’s kind moments though. The orphan kids creating a family and Mio sacrifice, along with her beautiful voice. Speaking of sacrifice, Hyakkimaru put his life on the line for the orphans.

For a series that focuses on him retrieving his limbs, it never occurred to me that he would lose one he got back. A few thing didn’t make sense. How did Hyakkimaru know what the priest and the others were talking about? He can’t possible understand language yet. Any way each time he gets a limb or body part back it costs him something else. This show seems to value showing the good with the bad.

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