Dororo (どろろ) is a Japanese manga written by Osamu Tezuka. It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday between August 27, 1967, and July 22, 1968, before being cancelled, but was eventually concluded in Akita Shoten's Bōken'ō magazine parallel to the anime broadcast.
The first anime adaptation by Mushi Production was first broadcast on Fuji TV from April 6, 1969 to September 28, 1969 for 26 episodes. It was made into a live-action film directed by Akihiko Shiota in 2007. In 2018, a new manga adaptation titled Dororo to Hyakkimaru-den, was published in Monthly Champion Red by SHIKI Satoshi. A new 2019 reboot of the anime adaptation by MAPPA and Tezuka Productions premiered on January 7, 2019 and was streamed by Amazon.
The story of a rōnin and a young orphan thief during the Sengoku period. The ronin's father and daimyo, Daigo Kagemitsu forged a pact with 48 demons in order to rule the whole world in exchange for the 48 body parts of his unborn son. When the mutilated baby is born, his mother puts him in a basket in the river flow to save his life. The baby survives and becomes the demon slayer Hyakkimaru to hunt the demons and retrieve his body parts. During his journey, he meets and befriends the orphan thief named Dororo.