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Product Details

  • Series: Dororo
  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935654322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935654322
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The artwork and story are amazing.
Henrietta Walker
His characters have a complexity to them and are, for the most part, relatable.
Panda Mask
The only thing I'd warn against is that this is one huge chunk of a volume.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Panda Mask on May 1, 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peterkan on August 22, 2012
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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.
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By Henrietta Walker on February 27, 2014
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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.
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By imran rehmani on June 15, 2013
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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.
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