"Dororo" is a thriller Manga featuring a boy who has been robbed of 48 of his body parts by the devil. The story depicts his travels to destroy the thief.
Daigo Kagemitsu, who works for a Samurai general in Japan's warring-states period, promises to offer 48 body parts of his unborn baby to 48 devils, in exchange for his wish to take over the country. Then a baby boy was born, but since 48 parts of his body are missing, he is immediately thrown into the river.
Time goes by and the baby grows into a boy who calls himself Hyaki Maru. Every time Hyakkimaru eliminates a devil, he can retrieve one of his missing body parts. Hyakkimaru meets a boy thief named Dororo and together they travel. Wherever they go, they are attacked by monsters and ghosts again and again.
From August 27, 1967 to July 22, 1968
Appeared serially in "Weekly Shonen Sunday" (Shogakukan Inc.)
The setting is the warring-state period of Japanese history. A variety of monsters and ghosts appear one after another in this work. Although they look like all-too-familiar figures of Asian legends and fables, they are in fact products of Tezuka Osamu's imagination.
At the time, Japan saw a sudden thriller Manga craze initiated by the work of Mizuki Shigeru, a popular thriller cartoonist. Mizuki's works were often compared with Tezuka Osamu's "Dororo," but "Dororo" can be regarded as more of a traditional hero story rather than as a thriller in that the main character, who was born to a noble family, was forced to leave home but finally became a hero after many years of struggle.
Though this work's serialization was never finished, the animated program for television was broadcast later on. "Dororo" was completed with a "Part II" series, which was published in the monthly magazine "Boken-o"