TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Bizarre anime series is compelling but extremely violent.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 9 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Humans and magical sorcerers have a legacy of not getting along since ancient times. Friendship, loyalty, anger, and retribution are themes. It includes some references to toxic rain and other environmental problems. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Caiman does not hesitate to eliminate sorcerers. Nikaido is a strong, independent young woman, and a good, loyal friend. Sorcerers use humans like guinea pigs. 


There is an extensive amount of fantasy blood and gore. People are slashed, crushed, and mangled, faces and skulls are crushed into walls, and body parts are severed and often thrown about. Rifles are visible. People are shown maimed or partially converted into other beings. 


Cleavage-revealing outfits and nearly bare breasts are shown (but without nipples). The sides of a naked man’s body is also visible. 


Words like "bitch" are audible. 


Coca-Cola cans are prominently visible. The series is based on a very popular manga series. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Caiman drinks lots of beer. Hard alcohol is consumed at bars and clubs. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dorohedoro is an anime TV show adapted from a popular manga series. It has an extensive amount of fantasy violence and gore, ranging from people getting slashed or crushed to lots of blood shooting about when body parts are severed and thrown around. Narratives center around sorcery and black magic. There’s some strong language (like "bitch") and sexualized partial nudity (breasts without nipples, sides of buttocks). Characters drink alcohol, including beer and hard liquor.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHaching August 31, 2020

Great anime

I watched the whole anime and there is nothing too mature. But yes it is dark and violence is high too.
Adult Written bywizardortitan June 28, 2020

A fun gorefest

In case you somehow missed it in the CSM review, this show is bloody. VERY bloody. However, the extremity of it is slightly muted by the fact that the majority... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byCrypticLulu May 19, 2021

Amazing anime for action and gore lovers

To start off, this anime contains graphic gore all throughout the entire show. There are several scenes of fighting between the characters. Also, some swearing... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byaoaizne May 6, 2021


It's very good but very gory and bloodly like a bloodbath

What's the story?

DOROHEDORO is a Japanese anime series about a semi-reptilian man with amnesia trying to recover his memories in a post-apocalyptic world. Caiman has a lizard’s head and no memories of being fully human, thanks to a sorcerer who entered the human cityscape called the Hole to practice dark magic. Now the frustrated Caiman, along with long-time friend and diner owner Nikaido, violently hunts down sorcerers to find the one that transformed him in order to break the spell. It’s a difficult and disheartening task, especially since there are a lot of sorcerers entering the realm to meet their practice quotas. There’s concerns about zombies, too. Meanwhile, gangs from the sorcerers’ dimension are trying to eliminate him, creating a fight between the two dimensions. But over time, Caiman learns more about his past, and begins to understand the events that led up to his transformation. 

Is it any good?

This anime series, which is based on a popular Japanese manga, tells a bizarre tale that mixes friendship, dark magic, and horror. Caiman is as inhumane as the sorcerers he battles, a fact that audiences are expected to justify as he attempts to uncover his identity. But he and Nikaido are easy to relate to, and their comfortable relationship is believable. Meanwhile, as secondary storylines develop and additional cast members emerge, viewers get a better sense of the colorful, but brutal, two-dimensional world they are negotiating. Overall, Dorohedoro tells an interesting story, and anime fans mature enough to handle it will find it compelling. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about anime movies and TV series. Why are they so popular around the world? Are they all adapted from manga like Dorohedoro

  • A lot of anime series for teens and adults features violent content? Why? Is the choice to incorporate violence based on the culture(s) anime comes from? Or is it an attempt to make them more entertaining? Can anime be as entertaining if there’s no blood or gore? 

  • Do you empathize with any of the characters? What kind of personalities are on display here?

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