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begin, can I ask if anyone else is worried that someone will take that money
before Dororo decides to return?
I mean, because of Shark Boy’s tirade and refusal to just die, half of that small island appeared to be blown to bits. If travelers can get past the demon shark corpses and jagged cliffside with Buddhist artifacts spewn about, they may find it to be a resolve away from the war. One person could go up and hike to the top of a mountainous peak, only to notice a hole leading to the interior of a cave. They quickly lower themselves down and catch a glint of gold as the sun shines high overhead.
person enters the cave and realizes they have been blessed by the gods,
discovering a treasure trove! Dororo comes back years later, Hyakkimaru doing
whatever he decides to do, and her finally having a stable home in a less
war-torn area. Because unless she lives past a hundred and fifty, she is not out
-surviving the war.
memories the map illuminates the path and when she arrives she realizes it is
all gone. On her way back home she overhears a casually conversation between a
villager and wayfarer speaking of the good fortune once found in that area.
she hangs her head and apologizes to her parents for failing to ignite their
course, the battleground proves to be too intimidating and travelers
accidentally step on a live explosive, blow a limb off and decide the island is
cursed and shun it forever. In which case, Dororo should be fine for a few
of battleground, how the heck did Tahomaru and Hyakkimaru get to the island so
quickly? I know the location wasn’t too far away from Lord Daigo’s lands, but
geez that happened fast. I enjoyed the battle between the two brothers, and
thought Hyakkimaru would take his brother’s now good eye.
got what he deserved, as did his gang. I don’t know why the episode opened with
a naked Dororo once more, wasn’t really digging that but okay. I kept wondering if Itachi had suddenly become protective of
Dororo this episode because he respected her father and their uncle-niece
relationship, or because she was his little moneymaker and if he lost the maps
he still had Dororo to force the treasure route out of.
be mean to say, but I relished when the other brigands kept referring to the
treasure as “theirs” only to be shot down by Daigo’s archers. The treasure
would have caused so much infighting and would not have ended well. Almost as
badly as Hyakkimaru outstretching his hand for Dororo to take while leaving,
and deciding he couldn’t wait literally five seconds for her to grab some gold
to aid their travels. If that is foreshadowing, Dororo will end this series
much better than I anticipated.
It was a great episode, and I am excited for the next! I do wonder though what was up with Hyogo’s weapon with the bluish-glow.
Maybe a protection spell was cast on it, as was the wall of Banmon (I reference this every single episode review because it was my favorite arc ☺ haha ).
think Tahomaru and Hyakkimaru can come to an agreement that keeps both brothers
alive? Will someone steal Dororo’s treasure before she journeys back to the
island? Was Itachi’s death warranted?
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Last week, I ripped on the show in frustration over the path
I thought it was taking. I’m so glad I was wrong.
With that out of the way, let’s get into the meat and bones
of this episode.
Is it taboo to casually remark that I am happy we got away
from Hyakkimaru to find out what was going on over at Camp Daigo? Don’t get me
wrong, I enjoy the eternal suffering of a teenage boy and all, but Tahomaru is
much more interesting at this point in time. After the Banmon arc, we only
caught glimpses of the fiefdom and its lord.
Oku awakes as Hyakki regaled a flashback to Jukai, making me wonder if he and his mother are somehow connected on a spiritual level. Unless it was just precise editing, it seemed like Hyakkimaru speaking of his mother triggered her awakening. I’m not sure if the woman has been in a coma or just a deep sleep for an unspecified amount of time, but Okuwoke up with knowledge previously unhad.
Feeling naïve, Oku realized the role Kannon played in her and
her son’s survival. Laying all of this information out for her husband, he
denies her revelation and upon exiting the room – gives the order to kill his
Tahomaru is out on a mission and receives the news later on.
Lord Daigo may be taking preventive measures in case his wife acts out again,
or maybe he cannot trust her judgement; attempting to stop her involvement now
that the pact has been broken.
I do wonder that since the secret is out, why is Tahomaru
still killing ghouls?
Would the young lord not think to be more careful given the
circumstances and information he is privy to? It has already been established
that he deeply cares for his lands and people – hence the episode with the crab
ayakashi. But any of these demons could hold a piece of his older brother’s
body – so why even risk it?
Tahomaru is in such an interesting position. Does he do
nothing and allow demons to wreak havoc on his community, or defeat them and
risk wreaking havoc on his community?
He is damned either way, hardened by the affection he once held
for his older brother.
Then there is Jukai bringing up the argument (again) that
maybe Hyakkimaru should not be alive, as a whole region is dependent on his
death. Hyakki seemed to enjoy the love and affection his father showed, until
he repeated the same “I cannot save you” phrase as his birth mother.
Jukai would not fix the boy’s prosthetic, despite in the opening sequence affixing limbs to the dead. The sculptor was aware that the surrounding folk were stealing them as soon as he turned his back, but he allowed it to happen.
Does this imply that Hyakkimaru is no longer dead, although
becoming less human each time he regains a stolen body part?
Once the ayakashi shows up and his life is threatened, it is
affirmed that Jukai still has a purpose. The oni then attacks another older
man, who asks “why me” before dying. After the events with Hyakkimaru, a dying ghoul
bites his leg and draws blood, signifying that his purpose had been fulfilled.
The stench of death has been lifted, and Jukai can finally die in peace with a
haunted, but unburdened soul.
I can’t help but think what would have happened if he did fix
his son’s prosthetic leg, rather than alluding to the fact that he will have it
back soon given the demon-slaying pace he’s at. Hopefully, when he does meet
Dororo again, Hyakkimaru thanks her for always watching his back. She is the
only reason he knows how “oka~chan” should truly act.
This episode finally felt like the show is back on track in a narrative sense. The only thing I don’t understand is the green soul coloring Hyakkimaru sees out of his own eyes.
Kannon had a green aurawhile saving Oku in the Banmon arc.
Is this implying that Hyakkimaru sees himself as a divine being? While others such as Biwamaru see a white soul with the red flames of corruption? Unless…Hyakkimaru is now under Kannon’s divine protection.
A lot of interesting things to think about until the next episode. I’m glad this was enjoyable, and my expectations were subverted.
Why do you think Hyakkimaru’s soul is green? Do you think Oku’s change of heart is sincere? What will happen to Jukai now?
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Reviewing Episode 16 of the Dororo 2019 anime! Where I really examine what has been bugging me about the series’ direction in cour two.
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So I’m sure those who are following these reviews have noticed
by now, that I am fairly inconsistent when it comes to this show.
It’s not that I dislike it, on the contrary this is currently my
favorite show airing in the Spring 2019 lineup. However, for the past few weeks
since the cour shift, I’ve been left feeling unsatisfied. Hence the shorter
reviews where I forced myself to say nice things. I couldn’t quite articulate
what my problem with the show was, and I’d start and stop writing various
reviews with differing tones; each leaving me more annoyed than the last.
The days would pass and yet again, my Dororo review was late. Finally, I sat down and really thought long
and hard about it. Longer than I really should have, in all honestly. After
all, it’s just a TV show – that is what some would say – but I really enjoy this show and the drop of
quality I could not put my finger on irked me.
So I’m going to be going on a tiny rant while talking about episode sixteen. I feel the need to state that I do not hate this show, and I understand just how much time and effort are put into any show, let alone an anime series. In fact, just this past April one of the workers at Madhouse studios was hospitalizeddue to overwork.
Karoshi [過労死], or death by overwork is a very
real thing in Japan and I don’t want my criticism of the anime to make like of
that. I’m not in the business of, nor do I ever want to trash a work just for
the sake of trashing it. Even if it’s not apparent, someone did their very best and worked hard on that project, even
if not reflected in the final product.
With that being said, I cannot ignore the tonal
shift in the series from the first to the second cour.
I have not viewed the previous adaptations of
Tezuka Osamu’s work, but I do know that this portrayal has been steeped in
realism. In the first five episodes of the series, the audience is made to
understand the gravity of war, the atrocities during this time, and shown how
those with a powerless innocence are made to suffer.
Mio, from episode five and six, is the first
that comes to mind during this discussion. When Hyakkimaru meets Mio, she is
quite literally washing her privates in the river. Given what we learn about
the character, we can assume she had just come back from “work”. I merely have
the word ‘work’ in quotations because the character herself is vague about what
she does, despite in actuality having a viable job to make ends meet. I will
not judge this woman for how she survived, the same way I won’t judge Itachi
for his own methods of self-preservation.
Whether it be love or infatuation, Hyakkimaru falls for the young woman. In a world too noisy for the rouge ronin, her sweet voice soothed his tender new ears. The old priest Biwamaru points out to Dororo that “when you take a toy from a baby, it will cry”, to the effect that Mio served as Hyakkimaru’s shiny new toy; stealing his attention away from quests of vengeance. A toy that caused him to lash out more so than usual in pursuit of freeing the demon on the distant plot of land to make her happy.
She didn’t ask him to do this, he took it upon himself and suffered the consequences. Along this reactionary chain of cause-and-effect, Mio decides to start working between two enemy camps – realizing the risk that she could be labeled a spy and sequentially killed. Mio takes a gamble, and ends up losing.
This is the first instance in Dororo where we see that despite a character’s best efforts, they themselves cannot change the world around them. No one is going to just say “oh, we understand you are trying to take care of a gaggle of orphans while you can barely take care of yourself. We understand that this is the only way you know how to make money during this war. We are all broken during these times – here, take the seeds and claim that plot of land. Live long and happily”.
That is not going to happen. Nobody cares about
What happened is that Mio went to these camps,
and had sex with drunk and rowdy soldiers. No doubt some refused to pay, hence
Mio returning exhausted, bruised and bloodied from work. Dororo understood what
was happening, but Mio wanted to protect her image in the orphan’s eyes. So they
never knew a thing.
They all died still believing their big sister
was serving drinks to soldiers and receiving food and other supplies in
addition to money for her patriotic service. It was just easier that way, and
that is understandable and very realistic. She wanted to preserve their innocence
in a cruel world.
Dororo mentions that Mio’s job was one “no
matter what…her mother would not do” while reflecting on her death. Even a
young child could grasp the situation without explanation. I often wonder if
Dororo just for a second, thought that maybe if her mother had, she would still
be alive and not alone in the world as she is today.
This is the level of complexity the show set for itself. Little nuggets of information scattered in contextual instances. Another example, because that arc was just so great: occurrences where Mio sings.
While washing in the river upon the initial meeting, Mio is singing. She sings again before asking Hyakkimaru not to stare at her, and on the ground while the heat of the flames negate the chill of death washing upon her body. Earlier in the episode the woman explained she only sings when she is sad, and again the audience thinks of her walk through the woods, her songs through tears as she is being raped my soldiers.
Mio was a fully fleshed out character in a
I found a striking parallel between Mio and Shino from episode 11 of Samurai Champloo. Sold into sexual slavery to cover her husband’s debts, the woman meets ronin Jin during her last day of freedom.
The two have an instant connection and Jin talks her out of suicide upon their first meeting.
A whirlwind of events later in the endless
rain, Jin finally convinces Shino to accept an escape plan. Upon being
discovered before leaving the brothel, Shino jumps out of the window and runs
through the streets with a weaponless Jin. The owner of the Brothel tells the
two “In this world, you don’t always get what you want” before the ronin’s
friends come through and help.
In the end of Gamblers and Gallantry, Shino is
ferried across the river to a Tōkei-ji, or Buddhist temple where she could live
amongst a nunnery for three years. The stay would lead to grounds necessary to dissolve
It is never implied whether or not they
accepted Shino into refuge, or if the two reunite after the series. Hell, the
brothel thugs could have rowed across the river after Jin left, stormed the
temple and took the woman back by force.
All we see before the credits is an image of
the storm clouds clearing, allowing the group to move on from that town. If the
rain had cleared sooner, would Jin and Shino have met?
In this world, you don’t always get what you want and that is life. Despite your best efforts, the universe will not bend to your will or whims. It just does not work that way.
Leading up to the Battle of Banmon arc, we get to know Hyakkimaru’s brother, Tahomaru. And turns out, he is a well-rounded, and decent guy. Sure, he was raised by a homicidal, egotistical maniac of a warlord father and a distant mother – but given his place and status in life he’s a decent kid. Tahomaru cares about his subjects, even going so far as to construct a fake canal to defeat the oni crab monstrosity. The young lord was willing to give his life to defend his subjects, and channeled that same passion into discovering the truth surrounding his brother.
Come the zenith of Banmon and given the
contextual evidence the audience learned along with Tahomaru, his actions are
extremely sympathetic. If I’m honest, I actually like Tahomaru as a character
more than I like Hyakkimaru. I understand that he wants to protect the
prosperity he has grown up in, and that had Hyakkimaru not survived they would
not even be having this conversation.
What is one life meant to be sacrificed, in the
grand scheme of things? In a war-torn, disarrayed land, the few do not outweigh
the many. Then their mother’s confession makes you question whether or not she
had prayed to Kanon for sixteen years for the safety of her firstborn son, or for
forgiveness because she had no remorse over her actions.
All of this development falls stagnant as we
shift into cour two of the series. The poor episode directed by Kobayashi
aside, we find out Dororo has a map on her back. During that scene I thought to
“Hmph, the show is named Dororo. I guess we will focus on her now.”
Dororo is Hyakkimaru’s biggest hype man. Alone in
the world after her mother’s death, she is determined to outlive the civil
strife. Then in a spot of luck (or fate), she meets someone strong enough to
take care of her, and whom also serves as a protector. The brawn to her brain,
Hyakkimaru is the pair’s meal ticket; exchanging extermination of monsters for
food and lodgings.
The shift to Dororo becoming the primary focus and the (previously) unadapted to screen arc where Dororo is kidnapped by Itachi could have been handled better. I want to blame Kobayashi’s episode for this disconnect, but the second cour seemingly had no intention from a storytelling point to ignite this shift in intelligent ways previously explored by the series.
Yes, Dororo has a map on her back. The little girl buried her mother in a grave which Itachi dug up after their meeting. Hyakkimaru and Dororo have traveled a considerable amount since her mother’s death, but somehow Itachi happened to be on the trail? Maybe he heard rumors of the boy with prosthetics who was going around murdering monsters and soldiers alike. Maybe he didn’t – either way he found her.
Yes, the priest has been hinting at Hyakkimaru
completely losing his humanity for weeks. But the ronin being so lost in
thought he didn’t notice Dororo felt off to me. Not to mention Hyakki tracking
her original location from the mountains he realized in, to the field of white using
one peg leg felt off to me. The lazily edited pan of stills to denote the
transition of time and illustrate the distance between the two felt lazy to me.
Hyakkimaru after the credits finding out his father Jukai was nearby when all
hope was lost in rescuing Dororo in time felt like the show was issuing its
first piece of plot armour to the story.
I swear, if next week he finds the strength to
overcome his nature and the demon flames within him through a talk-no-justsu, a
prosthetic power-up, and comes to the aid of Dororo when her situation becomes
perilous I will scream. Bonus points if the bag with his clan sigil breaks and
Mio’s seeds remind him who he is once he no doubt, lamely gets his sight back
from defeating the baddie of the week – shark boy.
I’d be completely fine if none of the things I
just mentioned happened, because that would mean the story is following a stale
formula and becoming predictable. Which I hope it won’t.
Let’s just point out, Dororo’s whole encounter
with Itachi was blasé. Sure, I understand the initial compliance at being
kidnapped by this man, but I don’t understand the indifference towards the man
who betrayed her father and indirectly caused the death of her mother. THEN to
FURTHER add insult to injury, desecrated her grave and stripped her naked to
view the treasure map on her back.
THEN while being saved by the man you betrayed’s
daughter, be reminded of him, only to continually screw over the little girl
and strip her naked in search of a treasure map. Only to stupidly remark “hmm,
I have no clue why your dad would raise you as a boy” all the while grown men
stand over a naked little girl by a fire.
The same reason Dororo was raised a boy, is also why Osushi cut her hair once she lost her estate and fell into poverty. In episode four Dororo mentions that the woman spoke “pretty words [and had] a ladylike face”. Had Osushi been draped in finery with long hair common for her status, she would had been raped a dozen times or ransomed. Once the revelation came that she was broke and had no one to pay this ransom, she would have been raped and most likely murdered.
Dororo’s speech and mannerisms match that of a
boy, as does her prepubescent body. Similar to Arya Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire, during war times
it is safer to be perceived as a little boy alone in the world, rather than a naïve
little girl looking for a family.
And I may be a terrible person for saying this,
but I am sure if the show hadn’t doled out the plot armour, something would
have happened to Dororo. I am not saying I would want that, in no shape or form
do I enjoy human suffering – especially that of children.
But they are at war. Even if Itachi is not a pedophile
himself, there is always one in the group. A creep who would wait until night,
and a friend who would aid in. Itachi (given his character) would turn a blind
eye, feel bad about it, and leave her tied to the tree as he did to go forth in
search of the treasure. Only to find treasures and in a stroke of bad luck, run
into an old adversary or maybe even lose it – deeming it all for naught.
That would be a realistic option, but instead
Dororo is just tied to a tree waiting for Hyakkimaru to rescue her, while the
latter is getting a prosthetic power up and chatting with dear old adoptive dad
about his morality.
Sigh. I know this was a lot to read and maybe I
am looking too far into this, but given the established world rules the last
few episodes have been a slap in the face.
I didn’t truly enjoy them, and I didn’t know
why until I laid it all out.
Hopefully the following episodes return to the
shows earlier pace, and aren’t contrived by plot armour and other nonsense.
That’s one thing I hate the most in media, when realism is featured in a story
and it is abandoned in favor of saving a character. If you are going to be
gritty, be gritty until the very end. Don’t allow one character to suffer,
while the other doesn’t while placed in a similar situation that would have
otherwise killed them.
It’s lazy, cheap, and diminishes the audiences’
Again, maybe I’m being too harsh – but that’s just how I feel about Dororo right now.
Do you feel the same way? Have you noticed any
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I found out on Reddit that this episode had a different director. Apparently this director will not have any more involvement in the show, and he is also credited with “ruining” episode four of Gurren Lagann.
It felt like the original plot was lost in favor of edgy jump cuts, pans, and experimental animation that had not been previously shown. Which is fine to switch it up, but not if it affects the story negatively.
Given the past cour’s attention to detail and respect for its characters, I could not focus on what was happening in this episode. We were not allowed to see the expressions on Hyakkimaru or Dororo’s faces, and there was this persistent awkwardness of their motivations.
Clearly, Hyakkimaru is being corrupted by the
darkness within his spirit. That is nothing new however, there has been
abundant foreshadowing and Biwamaru gives cryptic warnings every time he runs
into the pair. Dororo had been getting fed up and needed a catalyst to motivate
her to find her father’s fortune, but not like this. It came out of left field
that she would be this upset over a random podunk village.
Sure, they had been kind to her but at what
expense does that kindness nullify their actions? They murdered an entire
convent with children and lied to gain sympathy. Using this sympathy, Sabame
and his villagers systematically isolated and murdered countless other travelers
all for their gain. Dororo blames herself for the destruction of the village,
but they were their own undoing.
Maimai-onba’s baby flew into the lookout tower and knocked into the torch, causing the thatch roofing to light up like a tinderbox. And where was Maimai-onba? In the ocean, hiding as her husband and their community burned to the ground. The demon had a sinister smile in last week’s episode when Sabame vowed to protect them, which (unsurprisingly) foreshadowed that he was being used. The oni exploited his love for his people and the dire circumstances surrounding them.
The only good thing I see coming out of this is
that Dororo may have an idea of what type of community she would like to build
in the future. I don’t think the little lady will be tempted by these otherworldly
forces, especially after seeing the effects firsthand.
Hyakkimaru received a body part this episode,
although I didn’t expect it to be his spine. I’m surprised he has been able to
function thus far, with spools of thread and twine holding up his core. I also
have no clue when he had the time to make an interim prosthetic leg and tour
the destruction of the village with Dororo before they went their separate ways.
Again, the pacing was super off.
Hyakkimaru was so lost in grief over his familial
ties he failed to notice Dororo was no longer there. We received a random
training montage with Tahomaru and his charges. No doubt the two brothers will
fight once more, although once Hyakki receives his eyes he may feel differently
about revenge. If he could see the enemies he faces, it would scare him.
Hyakkimaru would have to rely on his intuition rather than seeing the make of a
person’s soul. Things would become less white and red, so to speak.
Ah, I wish I could say I enjoyed this episode but I didn’t. I’m not one who cares about animation quality usually but my gosh did it ruin this week’s tale…
How do you think Itachi got the second half of
the map? How will Hyakkimaru find Dororo? Do you think it was the village’s
fault they are suffering, or the dynamic duos? Leave your thoughts in the
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This is a review for episode 14 of the Dororo (2019) anime.
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Okay, so I don’t know if this is intentional on the story’s part, but I distrust every wealthy person Dororo and Hyakkimaru encounter. Either the rich person made a soul pact with a demon in exchange for wealth, or they are a vicious, murderous, psychopath who took what they wanted by force. And on top of that, you have various youkai running around the rural villages of Nippon wreaking havoc and eating people. Needless to say, I don’t think the warring states period in Japan was easy at all. This train of thought is doubled by the fact that I am an active believer in native folklore across the globe. These stories all have common denominators when you really look closely and examine them.
There is always some demon that will promise
wealth in exchange for a sacrifice. Some creature looking to simply murder
humans for the sake of evildoing, or in their warped view as a cleanse to this
world. Our universe is so much more than it seems on the surface and although
we don’t hear about reports of ghouls and primordial beings anymore, I am sure
they are still here. Lurking, waiting for their time on this earth to begin
anew once more.
But I digress, you all came here for the Dororo episode 14 review, correct?
This week was a two-parter episode, the latter half of the story sure to concede next week. Another Podunk village, another bunch of demons trying to possess the local residents. I may be severely off topic at this point, but I don’t understand why certain people never fail to engage in soul pacts with these darker entities. It is almost always most certainly a trick.
I grew up reading and hearing oral traditions of
folklore, mainly concerning here – in indigenous America. Those guided by greed
or blind obsessions chose to make bargains that they could never keep, or ended
up dying when the demon proved its nature and exploited a loop hole.
You never get what you truly ask for, and what you
seek is warped in a sick way that you realize all but too late. While I’m
writing this I have The Chilling
Adventures of Sabrina in my head (mainly because I’m working on a review
for my other website). In season 2, Lilith (a big baddie who acts like a Scooby
Doo villain in her pursuit to murder the show’s namesake, Sabrina) glamours
herself as a fortune teller and gives one sided prophecies to the inhabitants
of Greendale by manipulating their inner insecurities. Harvey (Sabrina’s ex) is
shown a vision where an artist is gaining his work subjects though
communications with entities. They came during the witching hour through a
portal in his room, whispering secrets of the universe in exchange for their
image being brought to the human realm.
Once the artist tells Harvey his secret, the
entities drive the young man to kill himself.
There is always a hidden, sinister clause or agenda. When Dororo and Hyakkimaru meet Sabame
at the burned down temple, I just knew he had something to do with the
disappearances of travelers at night. However, I was surprised he wasn’t
actually the monster. I mean the dude doesn’t even blink and he has turquoise
colored eyes, I don’t know why none of the villagers found that strange.
Then again, a united Japan doesn’t exist yet and
each state is warring. Lord Daigo’s lands were the only prosperous ones for
miles around and even then, its citizens were just happy to be safe – magical
interference be damned. So I can understand the residents of Sabame’s hamlet
truly not caring what is going on outside of their safe space in a cruel world.
In exchange for safety and power, the baddie of the week needs life forces to feed on. As usual, they made the mistake of assuming the blind young man and the little girl would be easy targets. I am truly glad Hyakkimaru was awake and feigning sleep when the monster showed its intention to attack because the way he was treating Dororo earlier I thought he was lost.
Poor Dororo was being molested by a big belligerent baby reminiscent of Boh from Spirited Away. For those of you who may not have seen the film or forgotten his role, Boh was the name-stealing witch Yubaba’s child.
Bō enjoyed being a holy terror and threatened to break Chihiro’s arm if she didn’t play with him. Towards the end of the film he has a change of heart and stops his mother from hurting her.
The complete disregard for anything not an oni by Hyakkimaru is
starting to bother me. He wasn’t even sure if they encountered neutral spirits
or evil ones with a dormant intent, but allowed the harassment of Dororo. The
blind priest Biwamaru may be correct in reminding Dororo that she has options,
and urging her in subtle ways to plan for the future. Biwamaru, as well as us –
the audience, can see the negativity infiltrating Hyakkimaru’s fragile soul.
I wonder what she will do with the money in the end. Dororo cried when thinking about her parent’s sacrifice, so I don’t think she will abandon their life mission just to watch her big bro Hyakki. Either way, I’m excited to see what she chooses, and how that will affect her and whomever else she decides to live by.
Do you think the map on Dororo’s back was intended to be seen by a
lover? What do you think Hyakkimaru’s fate will be? Would you make a pact with
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