Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Action, Horror, Comedy, Magic, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Lizard People
First Aired: Winter 2020, 12 episodes
Summary: The Hole is a chaotic place free of law and order, dominated by magic users that visit to lord over the regular beings that inhabit the place. Residents of the Hole are taken advantage of by the magic users that use them for experimental magic. Most residents are powerless against the stronger magic users, but a few are utilizing their power to fight back. One fighter is Kaiman, a reptile-man with a mysterious past and an immunity to magic. His appearance is a curse and he is searching for a cure. His companions travel with him and share the same goal, returning life to normal.
Dorohedoro hits hard and fast with the violence. The opening scene gives a shocking realization of what kind of show you are getting into. The world is dark, scary, and full of horrors. The battles pull no punches when it comes to death and destruction. The world-building is superb with the mystery that comes with the magic and what it is capable of. The intrigue is top-notch with Kaiman and the curiosity of his reptilian form. The characters are well executed and the animation is reminiscent of some of the gritty anime of the past.
You might enjoy this if: You are ready for an action-packed mystery full of violence and terror.
You might not like it if: You are tired of the crushing grip of reality and want to escape with something simple and fun.
Note to the Viewer: The Dorohedoro manga series is written and illustrated by Q Hayashida and ran from 2000-2018. It is compiled in 23 volumes.
Dorohedoro Opening – Welcome to Chaos by (K)Now_Name
(This opening song reminds me of the soundtrack from the Berserk series of the 90s, maybe that’s why I love it so much)
AMV – Castle by CRAIG
(Warning, the AMV is full of violence)