Cover of Dororo volume 4 from the Osamu Tezuka Manga Complete Works edition.
|Genre||Adventure, Historical, Supernatural|
|Written by||Osamu Tezuka|
|Published by||Shogakukan → Akita Shoten|
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Sunday → Bōken'ō|
|Original run||27 August 1967 – 22 July 1968|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Gisaburō Sugii|
|Original network||Fuji TV|
|Original run||April 6, 1969 – September 28, 1969|
|Directed by||Akihiko Shiota|
Dororo (どろろ) is a Japanese manga series from the manga creator Osamu Tezuka in the late 1960s. The anime television series (1969) based on the manga consists of 26 half-hour episodes. It was made into a live-action film in 2007.
During the late 1960s, manga featuring demons was popular among kids. Dororo was first serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday between August 27, 1967, and July 22, 1968, before being cancelled. Parallel to the anime broadcast the manga was then concluded in Akita Shoten's Bōken'ō magazine.
Tezuka's childhood memory of his friends pronouncing dorobō (どろぼう, "thief") as dororo inspired the title of this work. In the live action movie series, the name is explained to be a southern term for Hyakkimaru, meaning "Little Monster".
The anime series bears the distinction of being the first entry in what is now known as the World Masterpiece Theater series.
Dororo is a thriller manga, which revolves around a rōnin named Hyakkimaru (百鬼丸) and young orphan thief named Dororo (どろろ) during the Sengoku period. The un-named child was born malformed, limbless and without facial features or internal organs. This was the result of his birth father daimyō Daigō Kagemitsu forging a pact with 48 sealed demons so that he might rule the world. In return, he promised the demons could each obtain a piece of his unborn child's body. This enabled them to roam free and commit atrocities along the countryside.
After his mother was forced to set him adrift on the river, lest he be killed by his father, the infant was subsequently found and raised by Dr. Jukai, a medicine man who used healing magic and alchemical methods to give the child prostheses crafted from the remains of children who had died in the war. The boy became nearly invincible against any mortal blow as a result of the prostheses and healing magic. Grafted into his left arm was a very special blade that a travelling storyteller presented to Dr. Jukai, believing it was fated to be within his possession given that ever since the boy had been discovered, the doctor had been visited by goblins. As revealed in a short tale about the blade's origin, the blade had been forged out of vengeance to kill goblins as well as other supernatural entities.
After the doctor was forced to send him on his way because he was attracting demons, the young man learned from a ghostly voice of the curse that had been set upon him at birth and that by killing the demons responsible he could reclaim the stolen pieces of his body and thus regain his humanity. Across his travels, he earned the name "Hyakkimaru" (百鬼丸) among other names for his inhuman nature. On one such hunt of a demon, Hyakkimaru came across a young orphan thief named Dororo who thereafter travels by his side through the war-torn countryside. When Hyakkimaru met Dororo, he had already killed 15 demons.
Throughout their journey, Hyakkimaru killed 6 more demons, bringing the total to 21. Along the way, Hyakkimaru learns that Dororo was hiding a big secret. Dororo's father, Bandit Hibukuro, hid money he saved up on his raids on Bone Cape to later be distributed to the people squeezed dry by the samurai. Itachi, a bandit who betrayed Hibukuro and sided with the authorities, crippled Hibukuro. Hibukuro escaped with limping legs, along with his wife and young Dororo. Hibukuro dies trying to let his family escape. Fearing that she will die, Dororo's mother prayed to Buddha and, with her blood, drew the map that will lead him to Bone Cape. Three days later, she froze to death.
With Hibukuro out of the way, Itachi kidnapped Dororo. He knew about the map on Dororo's back which lead them to the Cape. They had a mysterious boatman ferry them to the Cape but unbeknownst to them, he had two demon sharks with him. One of the sharks ate half of Itachi's bandits while the other shark left with the boatman, leaving them stranded with a shark. With half of Itachi's bandits dead from a demon shark, Dororo and the remaining bandits managed to kill the shark. The boatman and the second shark caught up with Dororo and the bandits. Dororo was able to separate the boatman and the shark. Hyakkimaru caught up with struggle and used his sword to stab the shark in one of its eyes. It escaped. They held the boatman as prisoner. Then they landed on Bone Cape.
As time flew by and night fell, the bandits were getting thirsty. The boatman told them of a spring not too far from their camp. The rest of the bandits — except for Itachi, Dororo, the boatman, and Hyakkimaru — left to drink from the well. Later, when Dororo went to check on them, he found corpses and blood leading to the half-blind shark. Dororo telepathically told Hyakkimaru of the deaths and he came, ready to kill the shark. Hyakkimaru killed the shark and the boatman and left them drift at sea. Hyakkimaru got his real voice back.
With the demons out of the way, Itachi went to search for the money but only found a letter, stating that Hibukuro thought Itachi might come looking for the treasure so he hid it somewhere else. As the sun rises, the Magistrate under the pretense of getting rid of the bandits but in actually, came for the treasure. Hyakkimaru, Dororo, and Itachi were able to kill them. Itachi was left for dead, and Hyakkimaru and Dororo continued on their journey.
Some time passes. When Hyakkimaru learns that his father, Daigo Kagemitsu, was possessed by the 48 demons, he went to try and slay them. Things were bad on Daigo's land; citizens were forced to build a fort for him. Behind Daigo's back, the slaves were planning a rebellion but one of the slaves told Daigo of their plans. The slaves would run when a fire signal was lit. Daigo was ready. As the slaves ran, his archers shoot and killed many. The remaining slaves hid in a tunnel they built under the fort.
Hyakkimaru forcefully separated Dororo and ran in the fort. Dororo was caught by the slaves and joined them in their ambush. Daigo's soldiers caught Dororo. Daigo told Hyakkimaru to kill him and Daigo will gain his trust. Hyakkimaru acted as he is about to kill Dororo but turned around and threw his sword into the dark. The thing he stabbed was the physical manifestation of the 48 demons. Hyakkimaru was able to kill it but some of the demons managed to escape. With the slaves entering through the tunnel, they were able to open up the big entrance doors and attacked Daigo's soldiers. Daigo, too weak from more than half of the demons dead, left with his wife to someplace far away.
Hyakkimaru parted with Dororo. He wanted Dororo, who was actually a female disguised as a male, to grow up to be a beautiful lady. Hyakkimaru also wanted Dororo to fight alongside the farmers against those in power because Dororo's father was a farmer. Hyakkimaru gave his sword, the one that Dororo wanted throughout the series, to Dororo. Hyakkimaru will continue his journey alone and they will meet again when Hyakkimaru's body is whole. They parted, with Dororo crying at the doors. It wasn't until 50 years later when the last of the 48 demons was slain.
Characters and voice actors appearing in the Anime films.
|Character Name||Japanese voice actor (Anime)||Japanese voice actor (VG)||English voice actor (VG)||Description|
|Hyakkimaru (百鬼丸)||Nachi Nozawa||Tomokazu Sugita||Chris Murphy||One of the main characters, Hyakkimaru is a rōnin during the Sengoku period. Due to a pact forged by his father with 48 sealed demons, the un-named baby was born malformed, limbless and without facial features or internal organs. The infant was set adrift in the river and was subsequently found and raised by Dr. Jukai who gave the child prostheses including a special blade grafted into his left arm forged out of vengeance to kill supernatural entities. The boy became nearly invincible as a result of the prostheses and healing magic. During his travels, he earned the name "Hyakkimaru" among other names for his inhuman nature.|
|Dororo (どろろ)||Minori Matsushima||Ikue Ōtani||Bret Walter||One of the main characters, Dororo is a young thief who joins Hyakkimaru in his travels and adventures. In the original and animation Dororo was depicted as a boy, but it is clearly revealed in the final story that Dororo is a girl. Her bandit father Hibukuro was wounded by a samurai official and later died. Her mother froze to death while fleeing in the snow, but before she died she drew a map on Dororo's back to locate money hidden by her father at Bone Cape.|
|Daigo Kagemitsu (醍醐景光)||Gorō Naya||Akio Ōtsuka||Kevin Blackton||Hyakkimaru's father and Samurai in the Muromachi period. So that he might rule the land, he forged a pact with 48 sealed demons where could each obtain a piece of his unborn child's body.|
|Tahōmaru (多宝丸)||Shūsei Nakamura||Takeshi Kusao||Kevin Miller||Brother of Hyakkimaru and the second son of Daigo Kagemitsu. Born after Hyakkimaru was abandoned.|
|Dr. Jukai (寿海)||N/A||Kiyoshi Kobayashi||Adam Harrington||A skilled doctor and surgeon who used healing magic and alchemical methods to give the child who became Hyakkimaru prostheses crafted from the remains of children who had died in the war.|
|Biwa-hōshi (琵琶法師)||Junpei Takiguchi||A mysterious lawyer who frequently appears with Hyakkimaru and Dororo.|
|Mio (みお)||Reiko Mutō||Yuki Makishima||Evelyn Huynh||Hyakkimaru’s first love.|
|Shiogo Itachi (イタチの斎吾)||Masaaki Okabe||A bandit who betrayed Dororo's father Hibukuro and sided with the authorities. He later kidnapped Dororo to get the map to find the money hidden by Hibukuro.|
|Nota (ノタ)||A puppy wearing a hat that travels with Hyakkimaru. Original anime character only and does not appear in the manga.|
A life action film directed by Akihiko Shiota was released in 2007.
Unlike the manga, the anime version has a conclusive ending. Anime Sols began a crowd-funding of the official streaming of the show. The first half of the show had reached its goal, and the funding had continued for the second half. However, Anime Sols folded, and Discotek Media picked up the slack, with an announcement of the show on DVD. Also included in the set is the show's color pilot.
List of anime episodes. All English titles are taken from Anime Sols.
|1||"The Tale of Hyakkimaru Part 1"
"Hyakkimaru No Maki Sono Ichi" (百鬼丸の巻 その一)
|April 6, 1969|
|At the Cloud Dragon Temple (寺龍雲), Daigo Kagemitsu, a warrior in the Age of Civil Wars offers his soon-to-be-born baby’s body to the 48 demons as a sacrifice to fulfil his ambitions and rule the land. When the baby is born with 48 parts of his body missing, he forces his wife to put it in a basket and send it downriver because of its horrifying ugliness. Years later, in the aftermath of a battle, a ‘’rōnin’’ named Hyakkimaru (百鬼丸) comes across a group of enemy soldiers. When they attack him, his arms become swords and he kills them all. Meanwhile, in a nearby village a young thief named Dororo (どろろ), tries to steal a sword from a weapons dealer. Dororo is chased and encounters a starving monk who calls for help. Dororo gets some food, but by the time Dororo returns, the monk has died. Later Dororo eats the food of a band of thieves, but is caught, beaten up and then thrown in the river. Hyakkimaru intervenes but a spirit appears from the water and consumes the leader. Hyakkimaru kills the spirit and Dororo decides to follow him, but not wanting company, Hyakkimaru reveals his fake eyeballs to scare Dororo.|
|2||"The Tale of Hyakkimaru Part 2"
"Hyaku Onimaru No Maki Sono Ni" (百鬼丸の巻 その二)
|April 13, 1969|
|Dororo insists on following Hyakkimaru, so he tells Dororo how Dr. Jukai found him as an infant Hyakkimaru on the riverbank and took him home and how the doctor made prostheses for him so that he appeared normal. However Hyakkimaru learned that only by defeating the 48 demons who possessed his body parts could he become fully human. To help Hyakkimaru in his quest, Dr. Jukai inserted an excellent sword he received from a general into Hyakkimaru's prosthic arm. On his travels Hyakkimaru met an old blind monk named Zatō (座頭) who realized Hyakkimaru's sad predicament. He took Hyakkimaru to an orphanage of children damaged by war where Hyakkimaru stayed and honed his fighting skills. There he met and fell in love with Mio, but one day the orphanage was set on fire by the local samurai with Mio and the children inside, his dreams vanishing in the flames. Enraged, Hyakkimaru attacked and killed all the samurai.|
|3||"The Tale of the Monster Bandai Part 1"
"Bandai (Ban Dai) No Maki Sono Ichi" (万代（ばんだい）の巻 その一)
|April 20, 1969|
|Hyakkimaru tells Dororo that after the death of Mio and the children in the orphanage, wherever he travelled, he has been stalked by demons and suddenly kills one who had been watching them. Dororo could not be dissuaded though, and persists in following Hyakkimaru. That night, a monstrous character Kanekozo (金小僧) carrying a bell approaches their camp, looks at Hyakkimaru and leaves. They enter a village looking for the monster and are captured and brought before Lady Bandai (万代). She denies the existence of any monsters and locks them in a basement room. They are confronted by a watery monster, but Hyakkimaru drives it back into the well. Dororo follows the monster's trail to Lady Bandai's mansion and Dororo is caught by villages and beaten up, but Hyakkimaru comes to the rescue. The villages highly respect Lady Bandai, but say the village is cursed. Hyakkimaru leads them to a bamboo grove where they see Kanekozo.|
|4||"The Tale of the Monster Bandai Part 2"
"Bandai (Ban Dai) No Maki Sono Ni" (万代の巻 その二)
|April 27, 1969|
|The story is told of a monster that moved into a small remote peaceful village in the mountains when it became prosperous and took its food and money. When the village lost heart, a wealthy woman, as beautiful as Bodhisattva, moved in and gave money to the village, but when it began to prosper again the monster would reappear. After Hyakkimaru saved Dororo from the monster, he and the villagers follow the mysterious monster Kanekozo from the riverbank to the bamboo grove. When Kanekozo fades away, Hyakkimaru gets the villagers to dig where it was, and find gold coins buried below the ground. They tell Lady Bandai and distribute the gold amongst the villagers. That night, Hyakkimaru and the villagers lie in wait for the monster while Dororo keeps watch on Lady Bandai, but falls asleep. The monster destroys a villager's house and Hyakkimaru follows it to lady Bandai's house where her real demonic form is revealed. Hyakkimaru and the villages give chase and eventually kill the monster. As it dies, Hyakkimaru's left leg grows back to his joy and amazement, but the villagers force the two strangers to leave because in their eyes, Hyakkimaru is also a monster.|
|5||"The Tale of the Misery Chronicles Part 1"
"Muzanchō (Muzanchou) No Maki Sono Ichi" (無残帖（むざんちょう）の巻 その一)
|May 4, 1969|
|Hyakkimaru and Dororo walk for days in punishing heat until Dororo collapses from heatstroke. Delirious, Dororo starts talking about his childhood. The bloody Onin War saw the country split in two with many casualties on both sides and villages and fields burned which created food shortages. Some died of starvation while others took up weapons and became bandits. A group of bandits led by Hibukuro rob a village, and kill all of the villagers who support the samurai. Some of his men want to join the samurai to increase their power and wealth but Hibukuro and his wife Ojiya oppose the idea. That night some of his men led by Shiogo Itachi kidnap Dororo, the child of Hibukuro and Ojiya, and demand that he go to the magistrate's office to get Dororo back. Hibukuro and Ojiya go, but are arrested and Hibukuro is beaten mercilessly. Fortunately young Dororo stole the key to the cell and they managed to escape, with Ojiya taking Dororo as a windstorm approached. Hibukuro stayed and cut the foundations of the magistrate's house which then collapsed during the windstorm and he set it on fire, killing everyone inside. Ojiya runs into Hibukuro's bandits, now led by the traitorous Itachi.|
|6||"The Tale of the Misery Chronicles Part 2"
"Muzanchō No Maki Sono Ni" (無残帖の巻 その二)
|May 11, 1969|
|Dororo continues the tale of misery. When Hibukuro catches up with his men, he finds that Itachi has usurped his leadership and he has Ojiya and Dororo captive. Itachi forces Hibukuro to surrender and has him is shot in the legs with arrows. Four years later the family is poor and hungry, with Hibukuro crippled and Ojiya is unable to provide for the three of them. They come across a devastated village and Dororo finds the victorious samurai roasting meat, when suddenly the surviving villagers attack and kill them. As the food is about to be distributed, Dororo grabs the meat and runs off. The villagers catch Dororo and the family is driven out of the village. Hibukuro tells Dororo that the ones who wage the war are responsible for the ruin of the country and its people. Hibukuro come down with a fever, and while Ojiya is gathering water, a passing princess offers food to Dororo. Hibukuro refuses the food, insults the princess, attacks her retainers and then is killed in the ensuing fight. Winter arrives, and eventually cold and starving, Ojiya dies in the snow leaving Dororo all alone. In the present, Dororo's fever subsides.|
|7||"The Tale of the Demon Sword Nihil Part 1"
"Yōtō Ni Hiru (Ni Hiru) No Maki Sono Ichi" (妖刀似蛭（にひる）の巻 その一)
|May 18, 1969|
|Hyakkimaru is challenged by a stranger possessed by sprits of the dead. He is Nikki Tanosuke, owner of the demon sword Nihil with a dark and bloody history. Hyakkimaru defeats the swordsman and they depart, but Dororo runs back to retrieve the sword, even though Hyakkimaru warned against touching it. Shortly thereafter, the sword possesses Dororo and cries for blood, forcing Dororo to attack their dog Nota with it. They arrive at a house and Nota is confronted by a pack of hungry dogs. When the dogs see Dororo they attack, but Dororo savagely cuts them all down with the demon sword. However the sword says it wants to drink human blood. Dororo finds an old man and his daughter at a temple, and attacks them and wounds the father, but the daughter Osushi has a talisman which stops Dororo. A warning is spread throughout the village to hide indoors because of a killer disguised as a child. When Osushi goes to the inn for food, she meets her brother, the former owner of the demon sword Nihil. He has been absent for 5 years after becoming an ashigaru soldier in the lord's service. However he is only interested in finding Dororo and retrieving the sword.|
|8||"The Tale of the Demon Sword Nihil Part 2"
"Yōtō Ni Hiru No Maki Sono Ni" (妖刀似蛭の巻 その二)
|May 25, 1969|
|To retrieve the sword Tanosuke attacks Dororo who is holed up in a blacksmith's hut, but fails. Tanosuke then tells his sister of his time in the lord's service where he successfully supervised the building of a fortress. He was then given the sword Nihil and ordered to kill all of the carpenters in case they divulged secrets of its construction - reluctantly he obeyed the order. He used the sword in many battles since and it developed a thirst for blood. That night, under Tanosuke's instructions, the villagers set fire to the hut and Tanosuke retrieves the sword. At the last moment, Hyakkimaru arrives and pulls Dororo from the burning building. He explains the power of the demon sword, but the villagers don't believe him until Tanosuke needlessly kills a villager and his wife. Hyakkimaru challenges Tanosuke and they fight, and Tanosuke continues even after he is wounded. Realising his situation, Tanosuke kills himself with the sword which drinks its fill on his blood. As he dies, the demon dissipates. At Tanosuke's graveside, Hyakkimaru recovers one of his eyes and is able to see for the first time, and Dororo promises never to hold a sword again.|
|9||"The Tale of Banmon Part 1"
"Ban Mon No Maki Sono Ichi" (ばんもんの巻 その一)
|June 1, 1969|
|During their travels, Hyakkimaru and Dororo encounter a high wooden wall banmon (んもん), marked by many arrowheads. During they are attacked by a nine-tailed fox, but Hyakkimaru drives it off. In the morning soldiers approach with three captives to be executed as Asakura spies: an ashigaru and two peasants who unknowingly helped him. They are tied to the banmon and executed by a volley of arrows. Angered at the cruel waste of life Dororo attacks them bare-handed, but is thrown to the ground. Hyakkimaru intervenes, and kills one of the samurai with the sword in his arm to everyone's surprise. The lord is revealed as Daigo Kagemitsu , and when Dororo tells how Hyakkimaru's body parts were taken by demons Kagemitsu realises that Hyakkimaru may be his own son and withdraws, ignoring Dororo's insults. Later Hyakkimaru and Dororo arrive at a town. The hungry Dororo rushes in and is surrounded by wary townspeople who catch and throw Dororo into the river. They mistrust anyone crossing the border marked by the banmon, not wanting to be caught between the warring lords. Hyakkimaru arrives in the town ruled by Kagemitsu but is accused of being an Asakura spy. He meets Tahomaru who invites him to the house of his father Daigo Kagemitsu. While waiting there he again sees the nine-tailed fox outside the window.|
|10||"The Tale of Banmon Part 2"
"Ban Mon No Maki Sono Ni" (ばんもんの巻 その二)
|June 8, 1969|
|The nine-tailed fox attacks Hyakkimaru, but he cannot kill it and it escapes. Kagemitsu and his son Tahomaru question Hyakkimaru, who tells the story of his life. Kagemitsu offers Hyakkimaru a position in under his master Lord Togashi and to help secure the border against the Asakura, but he declines. Restless during the night he explores the mansion, but is seen and chased as an Asakura spy and sheltered by Kagemitsu's wife Nuinokata (縫の方), his mother. They share a silent moment of recognition and Hyakkimaru flees the mansion, denying what he felt. Manawhile Dororo is pulled from the river by Sukeroku, a local boy who explains how he was separated from his parents by war who now live on the other side of the banmon. He also explains how the nine-tailed fox keeps the war going because it eats the bodies of the dead soldiers. That night Hyakkimaru is attacked by the nine-tailed fox. He fights it off, but sees Kagemitsu preparing his forces to attack the Asakura at dawn.|
|11||"The Tale of Banmon Part 3"
"Ban Mon No Maki Sono San" (ばんもんの巻 その三)
|June 15, 1969|
|Kagemitsu's forces to attack the Asakura at dawn led by Tahomaru. Sukeroku want to see his parents, so he and Dororo make a run across the border but are caught. Dororo gives Sukeroku a chance to escape, and is hit by an arrow. Meanwhile Tahomaru successfully takes the Asakura part of the town. He burns it down and takes the townspeople captive. Dororo sees Sukeroku who says his parents have been killed. All the prisoners are placed before the Banmon pleading for their lives, but slaughtered by arrows, including Sukeroku. As they are about to kill Dororo, Hyakkimaru arrives led by Nota and kills the bowmen. Tahomaru attacks Hyakkimaru and as they fight, the nine-tailed fox demon tells Hyakkimaru that Tahomaru is his brother and he is the son of Kagemitsu who made the pact with the 48 demons. Hyakkimaru realises the woman who helped him was his mother as Tahomaru makes a last attack, but Hyakkimaru kills him. Hyakkimaru attacks the war-mongering demon, beheading it. It crashes into and destroys the banmon, however the war goes on. On news of Tahomaru's death Kagemitsu leads his troops in an attack, past the ruined banmon and into enemy territory.|
|12||"Tale of the Fair Fudo Part 1"
"Hakumen (Haku Men) Fudō No Maki Sono Ichi" (白面（はくめん）不動の巻 その一)
|June 22, 1969|
|Now separated, Hyakkimaru again encounters the monk Zatō while elsewhere Dororo meets a woman Hakumen Fudō (白面不動) who changes her features to looks like Dororo's mother. Dororo follows the woman home, even though Nota doesn't like her. They arrive at her home near the "Waterfall of Vanity" and the Fudō Myo shrine. They hear a voice saying "I want a face" and Hakumen Fudō leaves Dororo and goes to the waterfall and prepares to kill an ascetic meditating there, but he falls into the river below and is rescued by Nota. Hakumen Fudō goes in search of him while Dororo follows Nota who leads Dororo into an icy cave filled with faceless frozen people. While there, they and the ascetic are attacked by Hakumen Fudō's mountain dogs which drag the man into the cave. Dororo finds Hakumen Fudō and takes her to save the ascetic, but when they arrive, the cave entrance has disappeared. She tells Dororo that what happened was only a dream. Dororo falls asleep and Hakumen Fudō returns to the cave where she finds the ascetic without his face, and feeds one of the frozen bodies to her dogs. His face then appears on the Lord Fudō statue, but he demands another face and she promises him the face of a child.|
|13||"Tale of the Fair Fudo Part 2"
"Hakumen Fudō No Maki Sono Ni" (白面不動の巻 その二)
|June 29, 1969|
|The woman Hakumen Fudō tries to get Dororo to go to the Fudō Myo shrine but Dororo refuses. She carries Dororo to the shrine, but she cannot bear to sacrifice Dororo to her master. The demon Lord Fudō creates a storm to destroy them both and Hakumen Fudō pleads for Dororo to leave, but does not. She sacrifices herself to save Dororo but the mountain dogs then attack Dororo. Meanwhile Nota has drifted downriver and is found by Hyakkimaru and Zatō. Nota leads them to the Fudō Myo shrine just in time for Hyakkimaru and Zatō save Dororo and destroy the dogs. Hyakkimaru severs the statue's head but finds it is just a mould-covered rock. As they leave Dororo floats an offering downstream for Hakumen Fudō.|
"Yōkai Kaji Rin Kon" (妖怪かじりんこん)
|July 6, 1969|
"I Nai I Nai Mura" (いないいない村)
|July 13, 1969|
"Yoba Midoro" (妖馬みどろ)
|July 20, 1969|
"Yōkai Donburi Bara" (妖怪どんぶりばら)
|July 27, 1969|
|18||"The sea-monster Bira-Bira"
"Kaijū Bira Bira" (海獣ビラビラ)
|August 3, 1969|
|19||"The Thunder-fire Dog"
"Raika Ken (Rai Kake N)" (雷火犬（らいかけん）)
|August 10, 1969|
"Onbu Ra Oni" (おんぶら鬼)
|August 17, 1969|
"Ma Ima Io N Ba" (まいまいおんば)
|August 24, 1969|
"Yōkai Monmon" (まいまいおんば)
|August 31, 1969|
|23||"The Huge Man-eating Tree"
"Hito Gui Taiboku" (人食い大木)
|September 7, 1969|
"Yon Ka (Shike) Nyūdō" (四化（しけ）入道)
|September 14, 1969|
|25||"The Monster Tsuchibozu"
"Yōkai Do Bōzu" (妖怪土坊主)
|September 21, 1969|
|26||"The Last Monster"
"Saigo No Yōkai" (最後の妖怪)
|September 28, 1969|
Developer Sega made a Dororo-based video game for the PlayStation 2 console in 2004. It was released in the United States and Europe under the title Blood Will Tell. The game's artwork was done by renowned manga artist Hiroaki Samura. Dororo was not very successful commercially or critically. In fact, Dororo only had an average of 69% at GameRankings, but it developed a cult following. The ending for the story in the game is slightly different from the one for the anime.
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