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Osamu Tezuka's Dororo Manga Gets Remake in October

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda

The October issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Champion RED magazine revealed on Saturday that Osamu Tezuka's Dororo manga will get a remake manga titled Dororo to Hyakkimaru-den (The Legend of Dororo and Hyakkimaru) that will launch in the magazine's December issue on October 19. Satoshi Shiki is drawing the manga. The current issue published a 15-page preview for the manga.

Vertical released Tezuka's original 1967 Dororo manga in three volumes, and in a collected omnbius volume in 2012, and it describes the manga:

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 complete domination of the country. When the baby boy is born, Daigo has him thrown into a river, hoping the boy will die. A kind sage, however, finds him and adopts him. The sage fits out his poor son with prosthetics.

Time goes by and the baby grows into a boy who calls himself Hyakkimaru. Everytime Hyakkimaru eliminates a devil, he retrieves one of his missing body parts. Hyakkimaru meets a boy thief named Dororo and together they travel the countryside in search of the devils who possess Hyakkimaru's parts. Throughout their travels, they face monsters and ghosts.

The supernatural historical manga inspired a 26-episode black-and-white anime series in 1969, and is inspiring a new television anime by MAPPA, Tezuka Productions, and Twin Engine.

Anime Sols held crowdfunding campaigns for two DVD sets for the 1969 television anime series, but the service shut down in May 2015. Discotek released the complete series with English subtitles on Blu-ray Disc.

A live-action film adaptation starring Kou Shibasaki and Satoshi Tsumabuki premiered in Japan in 2007.

Shiki is currently serializing the manga adaptation of Ryo Suzukaze and character designer THORES Shibamoto's Attack on Titan: Before the Fall novel series. Shiki launched the manga in Monthly Shonen Sirius in 2013. Kodansha published the manga's 15th volume on August 9. Kodansha Comics published the 13th volume in North America on April 3. The manga entered its final arc in July.

Sources: Monthly Champion RED October issue, Satoshi Shiki's Twitter account, Comic Natalie

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