Dorohedoro is about a lizard-headed amnesiac named Caiman who works with his friend Nikaido to recover his memories in a post-apocalyptic city ruled by Sorcerers. Is the bizarre premise enough to hold viewers’ attention or is this dark fantasy series just smoke and mirrors?
I’m not a fan of the current trend for CGI anime series. While it’s not distractingly bad, the CG characters look clunky. Studio MAPPA is perfectly capable of rendering Dorohedoro in 2D as evidenced by a few flashback scenes in the show. While not a deal-breaker, the CG adds nothing to the aesthetic appeal of the show.
Dorohedoro is a much needed “shot in the arm” for an anime landscape overtaken by Moe and Isekai shows. The fun of watching Dorohedoro is uncovering what the plot is and how this crazy world works. It’s a level of out-of-the-box thinking that made me look at my own writing and say “I need to be more creative.”
It should be noted that Dorohedoro doesn’t substitute weirdness for content. All of the characters are fully fleshed out and there are some surprisingly touching moments. The over-the-top gore is used for comedy as much as action. Dorohedoro‘s strength lies in its ability to move the emotional needle from horror, to comedy, to tragedy, and back again.
Dorohedoro stands out due to its creative world-building and endearingly insane characters. While it won’t be for everyone, the anime’s unique story is worth people’s time. So if you’re in the mood to branch out from expectation, get ready for a show that reminds us how beautifully bizarre anime can be.