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Anime Sols Crowdfunding Of ‘Dororo’ Succeeds

posted Oct 5, 2014, 1:18 AM by J Shaw   [ updated Oct 5, 2014, 1:21 AM ]
Crowdfunding of streaming for shows is something that caught a lot of people off guard, but Anime Sols is trying it with their “retro theater” shows, which included Dororo. That series has found itself 55 crowdfunders to help achieve the $2,700 goal it needed, which means the first thirteen episodes are set to be brought out. The first three episodes of the classic Osamu Tezuka series are live on the site now, which you can find here, and more will be coming soon.

Plot concept: The setting is the middle of the Muromachi Period, during the 1470s after the Wars of Onin and Bunmei. The story begins in the Noto Peninsula of the Hokuriku District. The main character, who lacks as much as 48 body parts, obtains a fake body and eliminates 48 monsters that were made from his body to retrieve his missing body parts. The 14th, 15th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 23rd and 25th episodes are original stories for television, not part of the original story. Half way through the series, the title was changed to “Dororo and Hyakkimaru” because Hyakkimaru was more prominent than Dororo, the boy thief, and viewers inevitably regarded Hyakkimaru as the main character when the story evolved around eliminating monsters. Unlike the pilot, this was done in monochrome only, probably due to tight budget. As it turns out, the monochrome made the monsters look much eerier.

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