Before producing a TV series, a pilot film was made to let sponsors and television stations grasp the work's pervasive quality. This is the pilot film for "Dororo" in which the characters are closer to those of the original story compared to the characters in the TV series. The faces and personalities of the characters in the TV series are altered from time to time to gain popularity among its viewers. As a result, sometimes viewers really loved it, but at other times it didn't go over as well. The pilot for "Dororo" was made in color, but the TV series was monochrome due to a tighter budget. The story depicts a journey in which the boy thief named Dororo and a cursed man called Hyakkimaru destroy monsters. Hyakkimaru can be a complete "human" only after he destroys 48 devils.
Two characters find themselves traveling together in a world plagued by demons/devils. Hyakkimaru is a cursed child who regains his humanity as he slays foes. Dororo is a child Hyakkimaru inadvertently saves and decides to follow Hyakkimaru on his journey. As a pilot this is a decent and even fair representation of what viewers can expect from future episodes. The narration tells a bit of the backstory without giving everything away, though the translation [English subtitles] could have been proofread a few more times. -- There is an odd choice with blood in in this anime that make it less enjoyable. When Hyakkimaru slashes some human foes a different color of blood is created [green, orange, blue etc.] but when a canine is slain its’ blood is red. It’s unclear why this is. -- Overall this anime is for those who have some time on their hands and/or for those who like origin stories.
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