Japanese-S. Korean Vertical Remake of Osamu Tezuka’s Dororo
The Japanese-South Korean vertical-scrolling webcomic adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s legendary Dororo manga debuted on Wednesday thanks to the efforts of Tezuka Production, South Korean comic publisher Copin Communications, and Japanese distributor Media Do. The narrative and storyboards for the webcomic, named Dororo Re:Verse, were written by Lee Do-gyung.
The webcomic’s first 21 episodes are accessible in Japan via the Piccoma web manga service and in South Korea through the kakaopage website. After the South Korean serialisation is over, the manga will have a worldwide distribution with a focus on North America, China, and Europe.
The comic shifts the scene from mediaeval Japan to the present, when ykai and criminals work together covertly to control a brand-new kind of magic known as “science.” The primary character, Hyakkimaru from the original manga, is the immortal Hakki, who is still looking for his body’s missing pieces centuries later. He meets Roro, a young man who is startlingly similar to his former travelling buddy Dororo.
The original 1967 Dororo manga by Tezuka was originally published by Vertical in three volumes and in a collected edition in 2012. According to Vertical, the manga is described as follows:
In Japan’s Warring States Period, a Samurai general’s aide named Daigo Kagemitsu makes a deal with 48 demons for full control of the nation in return for 48 body parts of his unborn child. When the son is born, Daigo has him drowned in a river in the hopes that he would perish. But a good sage discovers him and takes him in. The wise man equips his helpless kid with prostheses. Japanese-S. Korean Vertical Remake of Osamu Tezuka’s Dororo Manga Launches.
As time passes, the infant develops into a boy who goes by the name Hyakkimaru. When Hyakkimaru defeats a demon, he always gets back one of his lost body parts. Together, Hyakkimaru and Dororo, a young thief, seek the countryside for the demons who are in possession of Hyakkimaru’s pieces. They encounter creatures and spirits along the way.
In 1969, Tezuka Productions produced a 26-episode black-and-white animation series based on the supernatural historical manga. In January 2019, a fresh anime series debuted on television. The anime was licenced by Sentai Filmworks.
A comparable Dororo remake manga titled The Legend of Dororo and Hyakkimaru is also being written by Satoshi Shiki (Dororo to Hyakkimaru-den). In October 2018, Shiki debuted the manga in the Monthly Champion RED issue of Akita Shoten. The manga is being published by Seven Seas Entertainment.