A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Cleavage-revealing outfits and nearly bare breasts are shown (but without nipples). The sides of a naked man's body is also visible.
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Words like "bitch" are audible.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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