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Dororo
Dororo Anime
Japanese どろろ
どろろと百鬼丸
Alternative Dororo to Hyakkimaru
Dororo and Hyakkimaru
Date Apr 6, 1969 - Sep 28, 1969
Episodes 26
Duration 26 min. per ep.
Genres Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Adaptation Dororo
Related Dororo (Pilot)


Dororo is a Japanese animated series directed by Giasburo Sugii and produced by Mushi Productions. The series ran from April 6, 1969 until September 28, 1969 on Fuji TV.

The setting is the middle of the Muromachi Period, during the 1470s after the Wars of Onin and Bunmei. The story begins in the Noto Peninsula of the Hokuriku District. The main character, who lacks as much as 48 body parts, obtains a fake body and eliminates 48 monsters that were made from his body to retrieve his missing body parts. The 14th, 15th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 23rd and 25th episodes are original stories for television, not part of the original story. Half way through the series, the title was changed to "Dororo and Hyakkimaru" because Hyakkimaru was more prominent than Dororo, the boy thief, and viewers inevitably regarded Hyakkimaru as the main character when the story evolved around eliminating monsters. Unlike the pilot, this was done in monochrome only, probably due to tight budget. As it turns out, the monochrome made the monsters look much eerier.


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