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15 Anime Like Dororo

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Dororo

Dororo

About Dororo

Daigo Kagemitsu is an avaricious samurai, who would do anything to stay in power and preserve the dying land. He renounces Buddha and makes a contract with demons. His request is accepted by 12 cunning demons who grant him immense power and ensure the growth of his land but at a cost. When Kagemitsu’s first son will be born, he’ll have no nose, eyes, ears, limbs, and nor skin, but still, he’ll live.

Demons’ words become true and as a result, the child is thrown into a river for good. However, the child is luckily rescued by a medicine man who provides him with weapons and prosthetics. The child lives and becomes capable of fending himself. Though he still can’t see, feel, or hear, he lives and grows with an aim to defeat the demons who forced him into this condition.

Dororo follows the life of a self-made child, who gains his parts with the death of each demon. He wanders alone in search of the demons and meets an orphan boy named Dororo. Together, these two outcasts fight for their survival in a demon-dominated world.

Wandering alone and finding allies on the way is not just Dororo’s faith, here are some more who shares similar faiths.

15 Anime Like Dororo

1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

2. Stranger: Mukou Hadan (Sword of the Stranger)

3. Mushishi

4. InuYasha

5. Samurai Champloo

6. Seirei no Moribito (Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit)

7. Katanagatari (Sword Story)

8. Mugen no Juunin: Immortal (Blade of the Immortal)

9. Noragami: Stray God

10. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

11. Kenpuu Denki Berserk

12. Vinland Saga

13. Asura

14. Violet Evergarden

15. Dorohedoro

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Similarity

Alike in Dororo, the protagonist of Demon Slayer is also looking to hunt demon to make his sister human again. He has to travel places to places, fight with various demons while making allies alongside.

Synopsis

After his father’s death, Tanjirou Kamado took the responsibility of caring for his family from a very young age. Despite their poor condition on a remote mountain, they live a happy and peaceful life.

One day to earn a living, Tanjirou leaves for the town to sell some charcoal. It takes him a full day to run the errand. While returning at night, he is forced to take shelter in a strange man’s house, who warns him about the flesh-eating demons that lurk at night behind the woods. Finding the story to be nothing but a fake, he spends the night and heads to his home in the morning.

On arriving home, he notices something fishy from a distance. He runs to the front door to find his family is slaughtered by none other than demons themselves. The only person alive is his sister Nezuko, who has turned into a bloodthirsty demon. Infuriated by the sight, he vows to take revenge and turn his sister back to normal. With the help of the Demon Slayer Corps, Tanjirou sets on a mission to find the suspected demon and retrieve his sister’s humanity once and for all.

Stranger: Mukou Hadan (Sword of the Stranger)

Stranger: Mukou Hadan (Sword of the Stranger)

2. Stranger: Mukou Hadan (Sword of the Stranger)

Similarity

Both the anime are set in a similar time period. They explore the dark and horrifying view of the era along with gory battles. Both the main characters have to walk the path along with a younger bickering child. Both of them involve a fight with the demons to preserve humanity.

Synopsis

The anime is set in the Sengoku period of Japan. Kotaru is a young orphan, who steals from naive villagers to feed him and his dog, Tobimaru. He is on a constant run to escape from the assassins sent by China’s Ming dynasty for some unknown reasons.

The duo encounters a ronin named Nanashi, who lives in a small temple. The samurai helps Kotaru and saves Tobimaru from poison, however, he later believes they no longer need his support. But when Kotarou offers him a gem for his services, he readily accepts the offer of becoming a bodyguard. The offer ends when Tobimaru is completely healed and the duo has reached their destination.

Stranger: Mukou Hadan follows the perilous journey of this unexpected trio. Their path is full of deadly experiences because of the Ming Dynasty. Awaiting them is a swordsman who aims to capture Kotarou to fulfill a certain prophecy.

Mushishi

Mushishi

3. Mushishi

Similarity

Both the anime have foreign protagonists with distinctive perception. Each of them helps the locals escape from the weird creatures. In fact, the era and environment look quite similar.

Synopsis

There exists a basic life form in the world far away from the knowledge of the general public. Known by the name “Mushi”, it has no worries about good or bad. It exists without any solid purpose and is the simplest being possible. Interestingly, Mushi can bend itself in countless forms inspired by nature. It can become a plant, rainbow, and even disease.

However, there’s much more to its existence. To discover deep into its origin, a group of research team named “Mushishi” explore its wonder. Among them is Ginko who would go to any length to understand the hierarchy of life. He would even follow the rumors that may or may not be truly linked with Mushi.

InuYasha

InuYasha

4. InuYasha

Similarity

Both are historical anime set in a similar time period. Both the protagonists are looking for something crucial. While in InuYasha, the character is searching for shards of Shikon no Tama, in Dororo, the character is looking for his missing body parts. To fulfill their goals, both of them set on a journey with unexpected adventures.

Synopsis

Kagome Higurashi is an ordinary 15-year-old girl. Her normal life soon shatters when she is suddenly dragged by a demon into a cursed well located near her family’s Shinto shrine. However, instead of dying by hitting the bottom of the well, she goes back into the past 500 years ago.

The era is of the Sengoku period when the violence is at its peak. Demons have wreaked havoc on the country and their target is to find a wish-granting jewel named Shikon Jewel. Coincidentally, the jewel is reborn inside Higurashi’s body. While trying to understand the new world, she is attacked by a demon causing the sacred jewel to shatter into many pieces.

InuYasha follows the struggle of Higurashi along with the titular character, who is a half-dog and half-human. They are accompanied by fox-demon Shippo, a smart monk Miroku, and a demon slayer Sango. All of them have to learn to keep their differences aside and work together towards one goal.

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo

5. Samurai Champloo

Similarity

Alike Dororo, Samurai Champloo also includes a journey of an unexpected pair, who are questing something very important. Both the anime have intense fighting scenes. They show the character’s internal conflicts that ultimately leads to self-discovery and character development.

Synopsis

Fuu Kasumi is young but clumsy. She works as a waitress in a small teahouse and lives a peaceful life. Unfortunately, one day she accidentally spills a drink on one of her customers. As a result, the customer starts misbehaving with her, luckily a samurai named Mugen interferes and tries to rescue her. Mugen has a unique style of fighting, his movements are quite similar to the steps of breakdancing.

However, the customer is ronin Jin, who is equally qualified to kill as Kasumi. Jin has excellency in sword fighting and thus, proves to be a formidable opponent. Their fight causes the fall down of the entire shop and the death of the local magistrate’s son.

The samurai are sentenced to execution but later rescued by Fuu, who asks them to become her bodyguard in return. She no longer has any place to adhere to, so asks for the samurai’s help to find a person who smells of sunflowers. As the trio embarks on a relentless journey, they fall deeper into the trap of action, sword fighting, and comedy.

Seirei no Moribito (Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit)

Seirei no Moribito (Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit)

6. Seirei no Moribito (Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit)

Similarity

Both the anime explores the journey of the main character with a supporting young character. They have to face a lot of demons and spirits and indulge in intense combat with them. Both the protagonists are strong enough to remind you of one another.

Synopsis

The Shin Yogo Empire is on the verge of ruin due to a cataclysmic drought. The Star Readers must come with a plan to avoid the widespread disaster. The Empire history says that the first emperor along with eight exceptional warriors slaughtered the water demon and prevented the land from a great drought, which later becomes Shin Yogo. If the water demon reappears, its death can bring back prosperity.

Unfortunately, the water demon is born into Prince Chagum’s body, the emperor’s son. The emperor reluctantly orders to kill his own son in order to protect his empire. Meanwhile, Balsa, a spear-wielding mercenary is in Shin Yogo on a purpose. She accidentally encounters Chagum and protects him from assassins. She is, then, asked by Chagum’s mother to protect him from his father and the hunters. Balsa accepts the request and embarks on a journey with the prince far away from the empire.

Seirei no Moribito explores the budding bond between two strangers. Along with it, it delves deep into the beauty of life, family, and nature that secure precious feelings for love and sacrifice.

Katanagatari (Sword Story)

Katanagatari (Sword Story)

7. Katanagatari (Sword Story)

Similarity

Alike Dororo, Katanagatari demonstrates sword fighting with supernatural twists. It is also a historical anime with the main character treated more like an object rather than a human being. Both the protagonists have similar goals, one wants to defeat 12 demons, while another wants to win 12 legendary swords.

Synopsis

Set in the Edo period, Japan is overflowing with the love for a sword fight. Shichika Yasuri has the most distinctive style of all. He practices Kyotouryuu, a fighting style in which the fighter uses his own body as a deadly blade. Shichika is the seventh head of the prestigious Kyotouryuu school. He is a recluse and lives peacefully with his sister, Nanami.

One day, his life is disturbed because of Togame, who is an extremely ambitious strategist. Togame requests Shichika to help her find 12 mystic swords, which are also known as “Deviant Blades”. His interest in girls forces him to help Togame, which will also let him avoid petty politics in his school.

Katanagatari follows their journey who have to face wielders of these legendary swords and other power-hungry monsters. Though they are strangers, they need to be unbreakable to succeed on the path of uncertainty and peril.

Mugen no Juunin: Immortal (Blade of the Immortal)

Mugen no Juunin: Immortal (Blade of the Immortal)

8. Mugen no Juunin: Immortal (Blade of the Immortal)

Similarity

Both the main characters are trying to fix their checkered pasts. They are swordsman and are accompanied by a young child on their journey. Both the anime are set in Feudal Japan with intense violent scenes and brilliant fighting choreography.

Synopsis

Manji, an excellent swordsman, is a cursed human with immortal life. He is overwhelmed with all murders he has committed. His only specialty is killing and nothing else. He plans to get rid of the curse of immortality and thus, makes a proposition to the old witch who’s responsible for the curse. The old witch agrees and now, Manji is tasked with killing one thousand evil men to become mortal again.

On the way, he befriends a young girl named Rin. Rin is on a mission to take revenge against the sword school, whose members are responsible for her family’s slaughter. With each other’s company, the duo will do everything possible to achieve their life goals.

Mugen no Juunin: Immortal follows the journey of two determined characters who have to face varied enemies, surpass them, and live their lives as offered.

Noragami: Stray God

Noragami: Stray God

9. Noragami: Stray God

Similarity

Both the characters are on a killing spree. They are supposed by younger characters with similar personalities. Their goal somewhat resonates with each other as each of them desires a solid identity. One desires to be a human, while another wants to be a God.

Synopsis

Are you looking for help? Yes, then this is the right place for you. If you look carefully, you’ll see a number written in red. And if you dial this number, you’ll hear a male voice, who’ll introduce himself as Yato God.

Yato is a minor unknown deity. He claims himself as “Delivery God” and wishes to have millions of devotees. However, there’s not even a single shrine by his name and his goals are merely dreams, far away from the truth. He has odd jobs for which he earns five yen in return. One day, his weapon partner becomes tired of his useless antics and leaves him.

Though everything is going against him, his luck takes an upheaval when Hiyori Iki, a middle-schooler, saves him from a car accident. Unfortunately, in the process, Hiyori is hit by the car. Though she survives, her soul becomes loose, and occasionally begins to leave her body. She demands Yato to correct the issue, but since he can’t do it without a partner, Hiyori decides to help him. As the duo sets on an unexpected journey, Yato’s goals may finally become a reality.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

10. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Similarity

Both the main characters are on a quest to find their missing body parts. Both of them lost their sense of being because of a sacrificial ritual. Both the anime explores supernatural fights and have mysteries surrounding their journeys.

Synopsis

The entire anime is based on the law of Equivalent Exchange i.e. “In order for something to be obtained, something of equal value must be lost.” The field of alchemy strictly follows this law, however, the protagonists Edward and his brother Alphonse learned it after losing their body parts in a forbidden act of alchemy. Edwards loses his left leg, while Alphonse ends up losing his entire body, though Edward restores his soul into a suit of armor.

Devastated and remorseful because of their transgression, the brothers are still hopeful of retrieving their original bodies. Due to which, they decide to travel to the city. However, before their journey, Edward uses metal limbs in place of his legs, thus becoming a Fullmetal Alchemist.

After their three years of rigorous search, they need the Philosopher’s Stone, which is known to overrule the Law of Equivalent Exchange. Unfortunately, the path isn’t as easy as it is said. The brothers need to fight serial killers, compete with the time, and eventually, digest the ugly truth behind the stone.

Kenpuu Denki Berserk

Kenpuu Denki Berserk

11. Kenpuu Denki Berserk

Similarity

Both the anime has badass protagonists who are determined to slay the mounters at any cost. Besides that, in each of them, supporting characters are growing and becoming stronger. The main characters are affected by some sort of curse and are indifferent towards people.

Synopsis

Guts’ mother dies after giving birth to him. He is adopted by a mercenary’s wife. Now as a grown-up, his only means of survival is the battlefield. Each day and night, he puts his life at risk and fights intense bloodshed to earn a living for the day. He isn’t concerned with how many he has killed, he just moves on from one bloodshed to another.

He, later, becomes a member of the Band of the Hawk, an infamous troop of mercenaries. Its leader is Griffith, who nicknames Guts as the “White Hawk”. Guts quickly climb the ladder and become the head of the offensive faction. As he progresses further with the band, he learns the world is much more than what he assumed to be. Interacting with new people in his daily lives makes him realize the twisted personalities of different individuals.

Kenpuu Denki Berserk is a dark and fears tale of a young mercenary who struggles to find his own path. He has to do so while supporting others in their quest for power and facing an unexpected tragedy that turns his life upside down.

Vinland Saga

Vinland Saga

12. Vinland Saga

Similarity

Quite similar to Dororo, Vinland Saga explores the story of revenge, setbacks, and a quest to find oneself. The striking similarity is that both the anime shows a character who is naive and ignorant, but due to unavoidable circumstances, he grows to become a formidable monster. The character’s hatred becomes so widespread that it even consumes himself.

Synopsis

After listening to old sailors’ stories, young Thorfinn is curious to travel the ocean and reach Vinland, a so-called legendary place. He knows Vinland to be warm and fertile, a place where people live in peace, and waging war is unheard of. Quite contrary to where Thorfinn lives. He belongs to a frozen village in Iceland, where he spends life solely as a mercenary. The only thing he’s known his whole life is war.

On the other hand, England and Danes are in continuous warfare for the past many years. Death has become a common occurrence and the Viking mercenaries are enjoying every bit of it. They are ready to become part of either side to gain the balance of power. Amid this commotion, Thorfinn is now on a mission to avenge his father’s death and kill Askeladd.

Vinland saga follows the story of Thorfinn and the royal family of Danes, who are individually involved in their own battles. What seems ahead is the era of perpetual war and death.

Asura

Asura

13. Asura

Similarity

Both the anime has a similar timeline and setting. Exploring the dark and gory tale of protagonists, both Dororo and Asura consist of intense and unforgiving battles for the sake of survival. If you liked the gritty storyline of Dororo, then Asura is the perfect suggestion for you.

Synopsis

Set in the mid 15th century Japan, the country is devastated due to flood, famine, and drought. The city of Kyoto has become a barren wasteland. During this time, a boy is born, who is abandoned by his impoverished mother just after giving birth.

Eight years have passed, the young boy has become a cannibalistic beast, who for the sake of survival, attacks a Buddhist monk. However, the monk easily defends himself and provides him with food and shelter. He names the boy Asura and teaches him a sacred chant that might be helpful for him in the future. They depart and Asura continues wandering across the countryside.

How the Buddhist monk’s teachings will affect the young Asura? It’s hard to say for a kid who’s abandoned at birth and forced to live a life of wanderer at the age of eight. Asura is a dark tale of a young boy, who is struggling to ensure his survival during the war and famine phase in Japan.

Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden

14. Violet Evergarden

Similarity

Both the main characters are searching for self-identity. They have lost something important, one is looking for life purpose, while another wants his physical body. On their journey, they encounter various people who help them in their development. Both the anime focuses on human emotions and individual burdens.

Synopsis

After four years of intense warfare, The Great War has finally ended. The continent of Telesis is separated in two now and is learning to flourish once again. Among the survivors is Violet Evergarden, who is a young girl and exists only for destroying the enemies. She is hospitalized after being injured in a bloody battle with nothing to recall except the three words “I Love You” her mentor said to her. However, she doesn’t understand its meaning and is utterly clueless.

She begins a new life after being fully recovered. Now working at CH Postal Services, she accidentally comes across “Auto Memory Doll”. These are mechanical dolls that act as amanuenses and work to transcribe people’s feelings and thoughts onto a piece of paper.

Violet Evergarden follows the story of ignorant Violet, who aims to work as an Auto Memory Doll. An ambition that will let her go on an adventure that will not only reshape her clients’ life but will also help her in self-discovery.

Dorohedoro

Dorohedoro

15. Dorohedoro

Similarity

Alike Dororo, Dorohedoro is equally violent, full of bloodshed, and intense fighting scenes. In both of them, the protagonist is on a journey to find his body back and is tagged along with a supporting character.

Synopsis

Death is a common occurrence in the district of Hole, which is known for its dark and unruly environment. The strong ones prey on the weaker ones all the time. A place far away from law and ethics, Hole is an experiment ground for magic users who sort of rule over it. As each of them is competing to reach the highest ranks in their society, they treat the inhabitants of Hole nothing more than insects. Because of regular murders, mutilation, and forced experiments conducted without any sense of humanity, the halls of the district hospital lingers daily with countless dwellers.

While most of the magic users are indomitable and face little to no challenge from the authorities, Kaiman is an exception. Born more like a reptile than man, Kaiman is on a quest to find some important answers. What accompanies him is a pair of bayonets, his immunity to magic, and most importantly a female companion named Nikaidou. Nikaidou is his greatest ally, who owns a restaurant named Hungry Bug.

Though set in a gritty realm of hellish characters, Dorohedoro manages to be humorous at times with a light approach to the series of deaths and carnages. Filled with plenty of twists and trauma, it explores a world of unearthly origin that doesn’t ask for ones who are squeamish or scrupulous.

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