Dororo Paperback – Mar 20 2012
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2009 Eisner Award Winner
“By far Tezuka’s edgiest work at that point in his career, this series is riveting and, frankly, creepy as hell, with Tezuka’s signature ‘cute’ style offering a welcome counterpoint to the visceral horrors depicted. Highly recommended.” —Publishers Weekly
“The premise and Tezuka’s eerie renditions of larval Hyakkimaru and the monsters that come after him is unusually effective and chilling.” —The Onion A.V. Club“It’s the pioneer of the manga tradition wading neck deep into the mire of freakish swordsmen, ghouls and historical messiness: Kurosawa and Leone meets Romero… Dororo stands as a classic that showcases Osamu Tezuka’s unique approach to manga and to the world.”—Aint’t It Cool News
“Sleek in design and swift in pacing, the story’s blend of mayhem and laffs and depression creates a uniquely chaotic world… The monster designs are excellent, ranging from detailed etchings to gargantuan masses of doomy scribbles.” —Jog-The Blog
About the Author
Osamu Tezuka was born on November 3rd, 1928, in Osaka. He grew up in a liberal family exposed to manga and Walt Disney. As a boy he also had a love for insects; as a grown-up he would incorporate the ideogram for "insect" into his pen name. Having developed an intense understanding of the preciousness of life from his wartime experience, Tezuka Osamu aimed to become a physician and later earned his license, but ultimately chose the profession he loved best: manga artist and animated film writer.
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With the 15 dollars remaining in my pocket I payed for the first volume of the manga and went home. I was immediately drawn in,
so much that I bought the remaining two volumes the following day. Then I hunted down the PS2 game. I saw the film, but didn't care much for it.
Overall I believe Osamu Tezuka was way ahead of his time. The content and issues he covered were advanced. Subjects that were and still are considered taboo here in the states. His characters have a complexity to them and are, for the most part, relatable.
Dororo was the first Tezuka series I read and since then I have admired his work. I am still deeply saddened that the series didn't go on longer than it did.
The artwork here is more of what you'd expect from Tezuka, with his distinct art styles, his background gag images, and the like. One of the things I enjoyed about how he illustrated this is that it so wonderfully captured the monsters that Hyakkimaru fought against. I hate to sound like a fangirl (wait, no I don't) but this was just, well, cool. I also liked how some of the artwork tended to hint at some of the reveals about Dororo that would eventually come about. Those who have read the manga know which one I'm talking about, and while the reveal is fairly obvious early on, the artwork hints at this even before the characters start mentioning anything.
The story is also pretty cool. You have monsters, samurai, cute sidekicks that you don't want to drop kick into Mount Doom... what's not to like? I'll admit that there's some filler and (slight spoiler) the ending isn't absolutely defined (although it's pretty obvious as to what happened), but these don't really deter from the reading experience. Still, not everyone will fall as hard for this as others. While I loved it, this isn't my absolute favorite of Tezuka's work so far.
The only thing I'd warn against is that this is one huge chunk of a volume. This is rather well bound, but if you're the type of person that doesn't like holding huge volumes (or are overly afraid at how the spine will age over time) then you can always try to track down the individual volumes Vertical released. They're out of print now so you'll have to look around to find a fair price.
The tale is a symphony of human traits, good & bad / kind & hateful / altruistic & avaricious / loving & loathing / "savage" & "civilized"so ... and many more.
From the High Priest of Story Telling / Most Elevated of Artists.
Hope yu enjoy.