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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical (March 20 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935654322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935654322
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 15.3 x 6.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 980 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Bryan on April 16 2012
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What an epic! highly recommended. Osamu Tezuka's is the only Anime I read. Dororo, Ode to Karihito, and Buddah all sit along side The Iliad, Dante's Inferno and the like.
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A Great Introduction May 1 2012
By Panda Mask - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had first heard about this series when the PS2 game was being released in Japan. Years later I ran into this series again.
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.
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Excellent Tezuka Aug. 22 2012
By Peterkan - Published on Amazon.com
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As an avid fan of Tezuka's work, I purchased this omnibus with the best ratio quality and quantity / prize. Though it contains almost 850 pages of graphic jewelry, the volume is handy and light, easy to read in bedtime. That said, Dororo is not one of Tezuka's masterpieces in terms of story: the outline and extension could have made even a greater piece of art in hands of the master, who, maybe deliberately, left many open holes as if someone besides him could continue the tale of the cyborg samurai and the charming little thief, which is utterly impossible. Actually, I'd loved that Tezuka made a greater arch, like he did with Black Jack. On the graphic side, this is the master's fertile period (the late sixties), and it shows. It's not too experimental, but the depiction of the various demons and the emotions of the characters is awesome. The action is stunning (Tezuka is not Goseki Kojima, but he doesn't need to be), and, as always, the humanitarism and good heart (the animals are part of the cosmos), combine perfectly well with the cruelty of which men are capable. Overall, a very enjoyable read, and a perfect adition to the corpus whe know in the West of he, the best comic book creator ever.
Dororo! Feb. 27 2014
By Henrietta Walker - Published on Amazon.com
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What a wonderful book! I'm a huge fan of Osamu Tezuka and this is a dream come true! The artwork and story are amazing.
tezukas best June 15 2013
By imran rehmani - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
i really liked this. its a short concise story, a samurai and dororo, his child thief companion. they cut their way through the fiercest first battles the samurai has to fight to win back his body parts. then the end.
A must for Tezuka fans Aug. 1 2012
By ChibiNeko - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're a fan of Tezuka, this this will be a must read for you. Now I'll note that I said "must read" and not "must own". To me this was an amazing volume, but I can see where it might not necessarily appeal to all audiences.

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.

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