ARC Review: The Legend of Dororo and Hyakkimaru Vol. 1 by Osamu Tezuka & Satoshi Shiki

The Legend of Dororo and Hyakkimaru Vol. 1The Legend of Dororo and Hyakkimaru Vol. 1 by Osamu Tezuka
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A modern remake of Osamu Tezuka’s legendary samurai tale about reclaiming stolen humanity–and don’t miss the stunning 2019 anime!

A young swordsman travels alone through war-torn Japan, hunting demons wherever they might hide. His name: Hyakkimaru. Soon he crosses paths with Dororo, an orphan who steals to survive. Dororo can’t help but wonder: Who is this demon hunter with skin as cold as ice, and blades hidden inside his own arms…?

Warnings: body horror; poor social conditions like starvation, oppression, and war

I liked the 2019 anime series Dororo, so of course, I was interested in reading the manga. I must say, though, that my reading of the manga is very much influenced by all the information I had from the anime; a newbie to the series would honestly be confused as to what is going on because this manga doesn’t really do much in the way of establishing anything. It jumps straight into the action, with Hyakkimaru arriving to inadvertently save Dororo, and the latter follows him thereafter, and the story moves into the Bandai arc. Why and what is Hyakkimaru is not even touched upon, with the old man telling Dororo to ask him directly what his story was. The artwork is decent enough, though the style looks a bit dated (more like 90s style that modern shonen); I don’t know how it was in the original manga series, but the character of Hyakkimaru in this manga is much more gruff and aggressive compared to the anime, which changes the dynamic between them substantially. Overall, I think, if you want to read this manga, it would be better to watch at least the first few episodes of the anime beforehand; of course, this lowers the story-telling quality of the book itself if you need to refer to another media just to understand it. I’m hoping the next volume provides the necessary exposition.

Is it diverse? disabled main character with prostheses; gender non-conforming main character

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Seven Seas, via Edelweiss.

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Releases on July 7, 2020

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