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I enjoyed this
episode, despite it almost qualifying as filler. It felt like the calm before a
storm, with Dororo suffering a bit as usual to balance out the light-hearted
Or at least, I
believe that is what they were trying to convey. The entire arc was goofy, and
had a persistently sinister undertone. Picking up on the events of last week,
the dynamic duo is in search of a blacksmith named Munetsuna. After
Hyakkimaru’s mom refused to fix his prosthetic limbs, the two presumably
journeyed to the nearest town that had a reputable option.
I know Dororo
makes a comment that they could use a horse, but why didn’t she take money to
buy one? There was enough money for a lifetime and a half in that cave (that
hopefully nobody robs). She could have grabbed more for their living
situations. Then again, she is a little girl and Hyakkimaru is kind of useless
when it comes to socialized human survival, so I’m probably being too hard on
decides to nuzzle everything in existence to show his affection and ends up
doing this to Munetsuna’s daughter. She (for some reason) falls head over heels
in love with the ronin ragamuffin at her door and an amanojaku…almost gets the
pair married? For…kicks? I mean, the creature had been trapped in the statue
for a while but if that was the case, just how long was the village under its
I don’t think
Hyakkimaru’s vision is impeded without his swords, but I can’t think of any
other reason he didn’t sense the creature. Maybe it was just a mischievous
youkai, but it is odd to say the least that their backwards way of life had
become normalized. Watching the villagers’ insult one another reminded me of
how friends and I would indulge in “opposite days” as kids.
The only one
unaffected seemed to be the grouchy old blacksmith, who inherited masks to
protect him from the youkai’s tricks. It is kind of funny that everyone thinks
he is brash, when really he is being genuine and the others are simply spouting
For the most
part, it was a silly episode and then Hyakkimaru accidentally almost strangles
a little girl to death while under a spell. Dororo cries and looked extremely
hurt, and Hyakkimaru hugs her to try and console her. Then there is this
sequence where Hyakkimaru, a blind ragamuffin ronin, goes on to say everything
looks happy and places a flower crown on a horse. Okay, I’m exaggerating about
the horse part but I wouldn’t have been surprised if a laugh track queued up in
I’m sure next episode is going to be brutal and since it’s out…I am going to leave this review here.
Did you enjoy the
pacing of this episode? Why would a girl marry a traveler she just met who
offered no dowry? Do you think something terrible will happen to Dororo, given
the “I’m the only one who can be by his side” foreshadowing?
(Is it ironic the
show mentions Banmon the one time I don’t?)
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I would like to think that this is a redemption arc
for Erwin Smith, who lied and conned the recruits into giving their hearts
until the very end. Let’s give a round of applause to this absolute madman, who
in the end gave up his dreams and decided it was all for naught.
He would never discover what was inside Grisha
Yeager’s basement, he would never avenge his father, and he would lead another
group of bright-eyed kids to their deaths.
All jokes inside, I love morally grey characters.
Did Commander Erwin do some questionable things in pursuit of an (ultimately)
unattainable goal? Yes.
But in the end, did he still lie to himself about
And I can totally respect that. How many characters
hide behind false bravados, taking their secret inner thoughts to the grave? I
respect that he was a hypocrite, who relied on his charisma and analytical mind
to make a life in the hellhole that is… the walls.
Shingeki no Kyojin is great at showing the human heart in conflict, so to speak. Instead of the youngsters being pumped for a meaningless death, we see their struggle. We see newer recruits like Marlo, who left his cushy Military Police position to come to the front lines – only to die, what? Weeks later?
It is so unfair, but understandable given the world
they live in. Sometimes, things really are just that bleak and rather than
lying down and dying – you can fight until your last breath. Even if Erwin was
lying through his teeth to hype them up before sacrificing his dream, he was
convincing enough to quell their fear even for a moment.
So then you just have a bunch of young people,
nervous, afraid, probably pissing themselves – fighting an enemy they know they
cannot win against.
But still they continue on, even if in the end it
could all fail. I admire the Survey Corps strength, perseverance, and drive.
Next week is when all of the fun begins, so I’ll leave this review here.
What do you think about Erwin Smith’s suicide
charge? Have you ever selfishly fought for your dreams despite the consequences
surrounding you? Do you feel like the survey corps could have had a chance
against the beast titan if they were at full strength?
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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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Wow, the plot is
moving along swiftly! After next week, we should be almost to Dr. Yeager’s
This episode gave
us the revelation of what really happened to Marco, and how Bertholdt, Reiner,
and Annie left him for dead after discovering their secret. He was just too
clever to live. I wish someone had told Jean that, maybe Bertholdt could have
let it slip during the parlay with Armin.
Since Jean was
basically in love with Marco, it would have motivated him and the gang to fight
I do like the setup in this episode concerning Reiner’s mental state. As I mentioned in my last review, he is not all there. Bertholdt and Annie knew this but since Annie decided to turn herself into an eternal popsicle, Bertholdt is the only one left. I don’t believe War Chief Zeke knows, especially since he threatened to take the Armour Titan power away from Reiner if he screwed up again. The little nuggets of truth were certainly spread around this episode – from Zeke’s words, to Reiner referring to team titan as ‘Warriors’, to Bertholdt realizing those behind the walls didn’t deserve to die, but they were at war and he wanted to go home.
I’m sure when
Reiner comes to, he will completely dissociate and try to kill his former
comrades in attempt to be a good warrior. I say this because although I did
read the manga a while ago, I don’t completely remember all of the small
details that progress the story from Point A to Point B.
basement’s truth is revealed, I wonder how the show adaptation will reveal the
weight of the pair’s beliefs about the residents of….”the walls” let’s call it.
Since the two are more connected than they realize, and in reality it makes you
wonder what exactly they are fighting for. Or for whom, or why.
information we can reveal so far” title card being unsure of what the liquid
the titan trio enjoyed before the fight truly shows just how in the dark the
wall residents are. They have no idea what coffee is, and think it is some new
futuristic drink. Then again, they have never had exposure with anything
outside of the walls, or knowledge of what lies ahead.
I’ll leave this review
here, as I am too tempted to talk about things that will be later revealed. The
anticipation is killing me to see it all animated and adapted. I may even go
back and re-read these chapters of the manga, because greater things are sure
to come with this story. The seasonal plot may even go longer than I initially
thought if they continue at this pace, judging by the opening credits.
It’s going to be good, and I can’t wait.
What do you think
the remaining survey corps will do about the Colossal, Beast and Armoured
Titan? Will Armin make an effective leader? Do you think poor Marlo from the
Military Police got far more than he bargained for joining the Survey Corps?
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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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Okay, this episode was so good that I: watched it twice upon its first airing, went back to rewatch episodes 3, 4 and 9 from earlier in the season, and then got depressed after watching the latest Game of Thrones abomination. I haven’t watched Dororo yet, (those reviews will be on time, someday…) but I did watch The 100 and was reinvigorated by well-developed characters and narrative storytelling.
So here I am, at
12:22 AM on a Wednesday morning sitting in front of my laptop attempting to
review a Shingeki no Kyojin episode I
have absolutely no problems with. I’ve got to give it up to those of you who
blog about anime weekly and cover maybe seven to ten shows. I don’t know how
you do it, you are all amazing.
I keep having this
internal struggle where I enjoy the episode and don’t want to say anything but
remember I said I’d do reviews , or disliking the show that week and wishing I
didn’t have to relive the pain by typing the tragedy out and giving my
Okay, maybe not a
tragedy. I’m being dramatic.
It also doesn’t help
that I usually write longer, serious pieces. I’ve been having fun writing these
recaps for the most part off the cuff, and I’m not sure if my deadpan sense of
humor is proving to sound sarcastic or disdainful.
A very fine
balancing act I am not sure that I’m managing well.
Anywho, I should
really start talking about the episode, yes?
I love despite the perilous tone of the situations surrounding the story, there is always an unintentional silly moment. Whether it be Erwin’s terrible drawings, just Hanji Zoe’s goofy presence, or the titans and their ironic poses.
I know the titans are meant to be mindless killing machines, but reflecting on Ymir’s experience of having a degree of sentience, along with the Ilse’s Notebook OVA…they have to retain some of their core personalities.
After all, they are eating people in subconscious hopes to regain their humanity and end the nightmare. Then again, Ymir had a strong personality and that cult worshipper was sincerely devoted in life so, maybe anyone who has a connection to the progenitor has a stronger will to live?
I really appreciate
the internalized monologues coupled with believable character motives backed by
subtle actions. The series will explore this more, but Reiner struggles with
his identity as the Armoured Titan. The ending credits are a vast montage of
memories the teenagers had during their time in the army. When Hanji, who
didn’t share the same bond with Reiner, instructed the team to take him out
The portrayal of
their realization that he actually needed to die and this is what they came
here for was wonderful. The myriad of emotions that later change to anger at
the additional realization that they are home and Reiner took this away from
them was simply the icing on top of a delicious sponge cake.
I also love that
Erwin is a hypocrite. The great leader of the survey corps, humanity’s greatest
defense – doesn’t even believe the words he recites. Telling new recruits to
“give their heart” while the commander reflects on the pile of bodies it took
to allow him to stand atop Wall Maria once more. One step closer to the basement
filled with secrets that will progress the plot.
Either way, I think
I’ll end this here. This was a wonderful episode, and since I experienced a
week busier than normal, it’s now Sunday and the new episode is out. On to the
Do you sympathize
with Erwin Smith’s goals? What do you think the survey corps will find in the
basement? Do titans still have a personality? Leave your thoughts in the comment
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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
changes? Does it even matter at this point? Leave your thoughts in the comment
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