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Dorohedoro  
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Associated Names
Mud Sludge
Mud to Mud
ドロヘドロ
異獸魔都

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Fallen Syndicate
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Latest Release(s)
v.23 c.158-167 (end) by Fallen Syndicate 2 months ago
v.21 c.147.5 by Fallen Syndicate 2 months ago
v.23 c.137.5 by Fallen Syndicate 2 months ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
23 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 (Abridges Ch. 40) (OVA adapts Vol. 1,3,5,6,8,9 Extras)
Ends at Vol 7, Chap 41 Pg 19 (Skips Ch. 11, 32)

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Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (820 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.71 / 10.0
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Last Updated
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Year
2000

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Serialized In (magazine)
Gessan (Shogakukan)
Hibana (Shogakukan)
Ikki (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (23 Vols - Complete)

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Fantastic until the ending arc.  
by apsyda
July 28th, 2020, 12:40pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Other reviews have covered the general idea of the manga so I won't talk about that.

The pacing is near perfect for most of the read. Its confident enough to not rush itself, but it gives new information and builds characters quickly enough that there never is a feeling of stagnation.
The art is wonderful throughout. Gritty and rough and totally unique. The only issue is that the faces are often drawn in an oddly simplistic manner which can contrast in a poor way with the rest of the art.
The comedy is spot on. No generic boke + tsukkomi ad nauseum here. What little of that style that is present is done very well, and the rest of the comedy is far more original and its just really funny.
The characters are wonderful. Well realized and multifaceted across the board they're possibly the best cast assembled in a manga.
The fanservice is plentiful, but frankly I could never find it at all arousing. Its just not very impactful.

The manga runs into a wall at the end, however. The pacing slows to a crawl as the writer tries to tie up all loose ends at once and struggles to spin all the plates of separate character arcs ending at the same time. The more serious tone that was built up over the entire rest of the manga starts to give way to an awkwardly light-hearted and comedic tone at the worst possible times. The wind gets sucked out of the story's sails and what should be climactic moments feel generally lackluster.
The finale itself is good and brings the story to a satisfying and enjoyable close, but that last arc leaves a bad taste in one's mouth despite the greatness that came before it.
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Sketchy art and pointless fanservice pulls it down.  
by Shellshock
July 18th, 2020, 1:21pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
NOTE: Dorohedoro a series best to go in blind. I Believe the author intends you to know as little as possible.It's an 8/10 series. This is a spoiler free review.

Dorohedoro is set in a dystopian universe filled with magic and devils. It is unique and gritty-ly crafted. Its the story about an lizard man who has lost his memories with his bestest female friend Nikado. He puts a sorcerers head in his mouth and the man inside of the lizard man says "you are not the one" which results in the Man's death. Sorcerers themselves live in another world however. An alternate dimension if you will. They come over to where the MC is living called the HOLE. Which is where the non sorcerers live and they experiment on them. This is created very large amount of animosity between the Sorcerers and the Non sorcerers. I think the author wanted to make like a racial stand point where neither are right or wrong.... kind of.

Dorohedoro Now i love the setting i really do. Its very dark and gritty giving a very vague and sad outlook on the life. The author lets you know this is a fucked up world very early on. Monsters and death are right around the corner. Every day is a gift. So why not live it via smiling. Now in that sense I'm a bit confused on the world. Like the food for example is top quality type stuff. Majority of the food and the food quality remains the same in the Hole. Which is weird because everything else is run down and distraught. So why did the food make it out? No one knows.... Easily the biggest mystery in this entire fucking series. The Magician's world is more different. and is more early 1900's. There are 2 hierarchy's essentially. People who excel at magic (the rich), and people who don't (the poor). They are basically like people from the HOLE but born as sorcerer. This contrast is very interesting to watch and unfold. I can't exactly reveal more on the details.

Dorohedoro story is completed insane. It is everything with slowly filling in the gaps. This is a series that gives answers and we are meant to think of the questions. It is complicated as it is gritty and confusing. There is also small details that you really need to look at or you'll miss. A lot of questions are actually given in the art you just need to focus on it. As far as mystery reveal goes besides a couple they haven't actually made me jump or shocked. Neither did Dorohedoro actually. But that doesn't change the facts that the twist were very well written and thoroughly enjoyable. I just thought they could be better. I do believe the author left some questions open. Whether its on purpose or not i don't care it feels like lazy writing. I hate this think of your own answers BS. Its stupid and honestly pulls down the quality of the author. Make me seem like the author couldn't think of answer themselves so they left it to the audience. Though the main reveals aren't falling in this I do think the author left some questions open ended. I'd rather she forgot them than make up your own stuff.

Dorohedoro Characters are easily my favorite part of the series. They are all very charismatic especially En. who is like the main villain. I really loved his character. I would say he carried the series but thats implying that everyone else sucked but they were fantastic too. Caiman is a great MMC and i loved his whole unraveling. He was so enjoyable to watch and even his comedy was mostly on point. I didn't Like ebisu though. She was a horrible character. She was boring unfunny and fucking lazy. I actually wished she would disappear. It is sad that she is a big side character because she pulled this series down. Another thing i didn't like was Nikado but not because of her exactly. Its how the author used her for so much fan service. and honestly it was boring. When draw nudity you draw it at a certain angle. There is no real sense of style or eroticism when it comes to nudity. Meaning that when they were naked it wasn't that entertaining. Some scenes were nice but mostly they were just drawn randomly naked. This is an issue for other characters as well. Another thing is that Nikado isn't utilized well. She cooks for the MMC and despite being very strong constantly is the damsel in distress. Its honestly upsetting.

Dorohedoro art is an issue for me. I get that people like sketchy art but i don't. It is a sorry excuse of a talent less author trying to draw. I didn't hate the artstyle most of the time but the art is just not that great. Especially backgrounds. Sometimes though it looked like the author put some ink on some paper and sneezed. In berserk you can clearly see whats what in that dark gritty world but Dorohedoro you can't make heads or tails sometimes. Which is why i really liked the anime for that part. It was good because you can tell the fucking difference. Nonetheless the characters are drawn well so i guess its not completely bad. I've also been told calling the author talent less is a bit excessive. Alot of people saying this is incredibly pretentious so let me see if i can put it in an another way. I think she's wasting her talent by drawing it sketchy like. If thats the point i don't care. It pulls down the series. When you look at series like berserk you can see how gritty and dark it is without it looking like someone sneezed a blotch of black ink. I absolutely think the author has talent. But just cause the reason is to draw sketchy like doesn't mean its good.

Dorohedoro Doesn't really have romance though i find that genuinely odd. there is loads of hints and potential doing and wanting to do one another wonder why the author never looked for more.

Dorohedoro TLDR I loved it i did but there are just too many issues for me to not knock down 2 points. Also there are open ended question which might annoy some people but overall i think this is a great read that everyone should experience. Especially people who love darkness and violence.
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Astounding Masterpiece for Gore-Shounen lovers  
by whitespade
March 28th, 2019, 7:54pm
Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
If you love shounen, you will love this manga because at its core it is very wholesome and full of characters that try their very very best for their 'nakama'! Friendship is very central in the relationships between the characters, also loyalty and responsibility towards people who depend on you. There are also no overt romance but the deep bond between the male and female here is actually more profound. You could just have your own head cannon for some of the pairs here.

The characters are all strong in their prowess and their conviction. Even the weakest physically is the one that actually give the biggest impact. In the end, actually a character we never notice the one that deal a very heavy blow towards the Big Bad. You will love every single characters in this manga due their good points - including the Big Bad, in a way he is cute and noble due to his reason to live. And they are all comic in their own way, giving the readers great laugh at their individual unique antics. My favorite is Chidaruma, he always do whatever the heck he want to amuse himself, and I think he's the most pitiable of them all.

The gore here is beautiful, as with all the 'messy' art. If you cannot stand sketch-like art you may not like it but I find their messiness add dimension and depth towards the tone of the manga. However, if you really really like guro you might find its a bit lacking because blood and guts is not actually the center and the fetish for sensei unlike in other mangaka art like KAGO Shintaro.

If you love Franken Fran and any ITOU Junji you will love this.

... Last updated on March 28th, 2019, 7:55pm
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Dorohedoro's more than Mud Sludge  
by nervcord
February 5th, 2017, 9:44am
Rating: N/A
If you manage to read this on it's Japanese print or particularly good English localize print, you'll notice that the screentones aren't perfectly cut and pasted into the comic pages before publication. That thing just works with this manga even adds flavor to it. Q. Hayashida's art could be a good goal for up and coming female comic artists.
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please give it a try  
by rorcual
May 23rd, 2015, 7:59pm
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
i think that this is one of the best manga i ever read in my life. The art is awesome, the plot is great and the development too. Furthermore the sense of humor of this woman (hayashida) is the most wonderful thing in the world, i laugh a lot while reading it. Some times the story can be tiresome or weak, like near to the 15 vol but then (17 i think) it gets great again. I almost think on drop it in that point and i feel a little disappointed, but now i reach the japanese publication (sadly) and i don't regret nothing. Is a really good reading but the story is not easy to follow so perhaps you will need some patience with it ( particularly i love that) and the characters are awesome too. Is one of my favourite mangas of all the time, so i hope you enjoy reading it too.

(my english is a mess, sorry)
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Too convaluted  
by cactuspunch
October 18th, 2014, 7:50pm
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
I just want to say that I liked this at first, I really did. The city felt gritty and dark, the main character had a interesting mystery in his background, namely how did he come to have a lizards head. The art added to the grimness of it all, harsh lines and dark shadows can really affect the atmosphere of a comic. The manga did a good job relaying that magic users were evil a-holes and that the whole city was in the crapper because of them. The villains were all varying shade of evil, and some of them came out as sympathetic characters. The main character was a dick, but we routed for him because he stuck it to the d bag magic users. But as I read though the manga, I began noticing problems.

The first thing, is I cannot tell the difference between several characters and the main character, and while that might be part of the story, it is not always clear who is who in any given scene.
Then, characters who were established as not having magic power, (as said powers meant they were pray for the main characters curbside) start showing magical abilities. And I could deal with it if it was just one charter, but no, many character pulled this crap.

Another thing is the convoluted mess of the plot. I was struggling to understand what the heck was happening at volume 15. There were so many sub plots, I couldn’t keep up. And then they added time travel. I HATE time travel on a normal plot where I can tell who is who, bit this messed up everything. It was at that time that I realized I was on volume 19 and I still was unclear who exactly the main character was, why he was a lizard, and who is the main antagonist, because
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they killed off the guy who I thought was going to be the main baddie
. At that point I couldn’t do it anymore, I gave up.

This manga is to long for the amount of exposition it is giving me. We are almost 20 volumes in, and I have yet to figure out what is going on.
5/ 10 and only because I liked were this was going before the story ran itself into the labyrinth of convolution.

... Last updated on October 18th, 2014, 7:52pm
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A Manga more people should read.  
by Sauros
June 25th, 2014, 1:11pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Theres nothing quite like Dorohedoro really, it blends horror, mistery, action, comedy in a way that you wouldnt possibly imagine, the cast of characters is part of why this all holds together so well, there is not one character I say I can dislike because all of them are interesting and well writen and you just love seeing them interact with each other as the misterious plot progresses.
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Great characters, but very inconsistent tone  
by MeisterKleister
December 24th, 2013, 12:36pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
The art is beautiful and I like how every character has a backstory - even the antagonists, who have motives and are likeable. "Villains" who aren't one-dimensional seem rare these days.

I started reading because of positive reviews and am ultimately left a bit disappointed. They can't seem to have a serious or touching moment in this manga. Many times something disturbing and/or sad seems to happen, and they almost always turn it into a joke, which often ruins it for me. Namely, characters treating the death and mortal injuries of others like mild annoyances. Doing that once in a while would be fine, I think, but they just overdo it. It might just not be my kind of humor. Though at other times they manage to be genuinely funny without resorting to this "black humor".

Another thing that bothers me is that the world the manga creates seems void of sex.
-I'm not criticizing the lack of ecchiness, but rather, all relationships in the manga appear almost completely platonic; no one ever kisses and no one seems to be sexually attracted to anyone else ever (except maybe Chota). I just have trouble buying into a world like that.

I'd say read the first volume and see whether the inconsistent tone bothers you.
I am currently 13 volumes in and I still cannot confirm the claims of "it gets really good later", but I'm intrigued enough by the characters to keep on reading.

... Last updated on December 24th, 2013, 8:14pm
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A fairly good, dark *comic*... doesn't feel very much like manga, though. And not as original as it tries so hard to seem. Kinda juvenile, too.  
by Aadieu
June 15th, 2013, 2:39am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
Entertaining. Gore aplenty with limbs flying, jaded characters, dark humor, restoration of severed limbs and occasional resurrection, a hint of romance, a couple sources of regular humongous bare boobage fanservice, wanton slaughter of intruders from another world... sound like Gantz or something? I thought it did... BUT THAT COULDN'T BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.

Mostly because it doesn't much feel like manga. Seems to borrow a lot from some sort of western influence, maybe comic books (wouldn't know, don't read em). The whole everyone's masked like 3rd rate superheros or WWF/mexican staged "wrestling" stars - supposedly due to the world's social norms - idea wears thin real quick, and seems like a gimmick or a cheap trick to avoid drawing facial expressions and emotions. It wears so thin that even the author senses it and starts losing masks more and more around the halfway point.

When I say it doesn't feel like manga, it especially does not feel like *seinen* manga. Emotional bonds at times flare intensely, but few and far between. Despite plenty of nudity, romance is hinted at, but only developed to a middle-school blushing virgin kind of level.

Lots of effort is made to show an utterly surreal and brutal society (well, 2 different utterly surreal and brutal societies), but it somehow tries too hard to seem original... Lots of where'd I see that before style dejavu. It's like a quilt or a collage of borrowed elements. Alice in wonderland stuff, other people's familiar-looking and fairly popular illustration styles, other dystopia-genre stuff, tongue-in-cheek grotesque "stylized nightmarish" imagery, etc.

Violence is extra-graphic, but somehow gag-grade... Mostly laughed off, used to depict factional relations or balance of power, or just forgotten entirely 10 seconds later. By everyone except a single recurring character: a deeply shocked & traumatized loli-ish girl in her early teens used to provide contrast. Which doesn't really work quite as well as you'd expect, because her getting brutalized and maimed in a gazillion ways is one of the series' main running gags. .

Oh well... at least it's entirely 100% non-sexual.

...BUT that, combined with a surprised (and surprising) translator's note is what finally puts things into perspective: IT WAS, AT ITS START, WRITTEN AND DRAWN BY A 23 or 24YO GIRL.

Suddenly, everything clicks into place. It's a naive, sheltered, slightly antisocial, veeeery young and utterly virginal geeky girl's view of "dark and gritty". Despite her sadistic gag treatment of the character of Ebisu, mangaka shows time and again that she has zero understanding of the mechanics of cruelty. SHE TRIES, SHE REALLY DOES. But she's a sheltered, well-educated, middle or upper-class quiet nerdy girl from one of the cleanest, most prosperous societies in the world, and obviously not of the adventurous trouble-seeking variety ... IT SHOWS

Mangaka has clearly never experienced darkness or adversity, never met anyone with any experience with any sort of darkness, lacks the knowledge of psychology needed to "model" it believably, and was apparently unaware of or unwilling to read authors with strong authentic insight into the topic (too disturbing?). She also has precious little, if any, romantic experience. Probably very unsocial, too, or tends somewhat to the asperger's end of the autistic spectrum - despite an obsessive attention to background clothing etc. details, faces are very plain and unexpressive, drawn emotions are rare, and her inability to draw much expression is such that she works it into the core of the plot by covering for it with a multitude of devices - the lizard mug of the cursed protagonist / the masks for magic users / tattoos and crap for hole residents / immobile faces for demons... There are just too many things she has nooo clue about.

For those who HAVEN'T read this:
****it's a super-bloody SHOUNEN. A seinen wannabe cranking violence to 11, trying ever so hard to be dark and gritty, but only giving us a naive girl's best guess as to what dark and gritty might taste like, but lacking in adult-like relationship dynamics, adult emotions, and realistic character psychology. it tries to compensate for this naivete through lots of wanton murder slaughter and dismemberment, but that wears off fast... also, the gore fails anatomy forever, which dulls the impact a lot*** (ex: around the middle chapters, a few arms get cut off about every other chapter and limbs fly all over the place, but mangaka has NOOO idea that the forearm contains TWO large bones not one... and NOOO clue just how small, in proportion to muscle and flesh, a "large" bone really is)
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this manga was DRAWN BY EBISU. literally. once you figure that out, everything falls into place.



PS despite its many shortfalls, it's fairly entertaining and interesting. VEEERY addictive, too. author has a good chance of becoming hella good once she matures.

... Last updated on June 15th, 2013, 2:53am
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SHOCKING!!!  
by 6655321
April 15th, 2013, 7:25am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
I would summarize this manga by just one word : Shocking!
Dorohedoro is a must-read for anyone looking for something different and fed up with mundane, stereotypical stories. It's a mix of dark humor, gore, action and mystery. Every single thing about the story is consistently weird, and whats actually weirder is the fact that you get hooked up to such a GROSS and WEIRD tale.

... Last updated on April 19th, 2013, 9:04am
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