What a charming anime Dororo is. Full of love and courage and truth. And a few evil centipedes who prefer human females for dinner, but that’s Tezuka for you. He has a knack for combining the fantasy with the real. I’ll never complain.
Humans are not as complicated as we’d like to think. We are all made of the same stuff both outside and inside and thus we need the same things, regardless of the country we live in or the era we lived in. Saru is no different. Ostracized as a child for reasons I couldn’t comprehend, Saru was forced to live alone on the mountains, killing boars for their meat and wolves for their hide. The only person who has ever been kind to him was his mother (both his parents are long diseased) and a young girl in the village who once tended to his wounds. Saru insists that the mountains was all he ever needed, but he found himself mesmerized by his ‘big sister’s kindness enough to risk his life to save her from her impending doom. The village was terrorized by one of the demons who used Hyakkimaru’s body parts, a giant centipede disguised as a huge black cloud who had a taste for young women. She was on her way to become the monster’s next meal when Saru meets Dororo and Hyakkimaru and he tells them his story. Long story short, Dororo makes a new friend, Hyakkimaru gets his sense of smell back, and the pair gets on with their quest.
Mom: We still haven’t learned much about Dororo’s past. The anime throws a few hints here and there, like Dororo’s expression when Saru mentions his mom. It seems there is a tragic backstory there and we still have more than a cour to find out more about Dororo’s lineage.
Saru: Saru (猿) means ‘monkey’ in Japanese. Saru’s character design makes him look like a monkey to make all those tasteful puns with his name.
Taiko: That was a beautiful drumming sequence during the fight with the evil centipede. If you want to learn more about Japanese percussion instruments, check out this Wiki link.
Thank you, Mr Narrator: I admit I was baffled as to why Hyakkimaru couldn’t see the monster and your friendly neighborhood narrator made sure to clear things up not once but twice.
Do-ro-ro: Hyakkimaru can talk! Well, it took a while and Dororo needed to risk his life and Hyakkimaru only growled at the beginning, but who could blame the guy, he had never used his vocal chords before. Dororo’s heart warmed the moment he heard his name uttered by his big brother.
This episode reminded me of a very simple (but for many reasons also complicated) truth: If one wants to learn more of the world, one needs to travel. Anything we need and want to know is out there, amidst the dark alleys, the green fields, the streaming rivers, and welcoming villages. Everything there was, is, and will be in this world is on this planet and one only needs to leave his comfort zone and go out there, keen on discovering what this place we call Earth is all about.
Next Demon, Please!
What a great episode for Dororo. Being a fan of episodic stories, I always found their condensed plots best suited for my taste for small meaningful narratives. I hope we get one more in the next episode.
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Winter 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast