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Dororo is actually adapted from a manga by the father of the medium, Osamu Tezuka. Of course it’s going to be good. It’s just a matter of how good. A samurai lord sacrifices his firstborn to demons in exchange for power. But the child survives, horribly maimed, to be rescued by a doctor that gives the child prosthetics, and teaches him to survive. But more than survive, the boy learns that when he kills some demons, parts of his body are restored, and so begins his quest. Early on, he encounters a young thief named Dororo. A fantastic adventure series ensues, set during the early Warring States Period, adding no little complexity to the story. Dororo is much more than the sum of its parts, pun intended.
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Utawarerumono has its issues, wearing its game origins on its sleeve, and can be profoundly atonal at times, mixing cutesy characters with brutal blood and gore. But it’s still a compelling and addictive watch. ADV Films released Utawarerumono on six single volume DVDs, although coming around the time of the company’s demise, finding second hand copies in the UK will be hard now. The show was released in the US as well in 2007, and I imported the ADV volumes. Here's my review of Volume 1. Funimation subsequently released the show as a complete collection, and that Region 1 release can still be found for import. Since then, Japanese producers have returned to Utawarerumono’s world with OVAs and a sequel series, which can be had from the US on Blu-ray (check Region coding before importing).
MVM release Dororo on Blu-ray today.