A new key visual (above), a bloody new trailer (below), new cast members, and the Japanese broadcast schedule have been revealed for Dororo, an upcoming TV anime based on the unfinished supernatural manga by Osamu Tezuka about a young man with a weaponized, prosthetic body who fights to reclaim his flesh and organs from 48 demons during the Warring States period.
The new cast members announced for Dororo include:
Naoya Uchida as Daigo Kagemitsu.
Shōya Chiba as Tahōmaru.
Akio Ōtsuka as Dr. Jukai.
And Chie Nakamura as Nuinokata.
The original Dororo manga was serialized from 1967 – 1968 in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shōnen Sunday and Akita Shoten’s Bōken’ō manga magazines, and an English language version is also available from Vertical, Inc., who describe the story of Dororo as follows:
A samurai lord has bartered away his newborn son’s organs to forty-eight demons in exchange for dominance on the battlefield. Yet, the abandoned infant survives thanks to a medicine man who equips him with primitive prosthetics – lethal ones with which the wronged son will use to hunt down the multitude of demons to reclaim his body one piece at a time, before confronting his father. On his journeys the young hero encounters an orphan who claims to be the greatest thief in Japan.
Dororo was previously adapted into a 1969 TV anime with direction by Gisaburō Sugii and animation production by Mushi Productions. The new Dororo TV anime is directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi and features animation production by MAPPA and Tezuka Productions. Dororo will be digitally distributed in Japan and other world markets by Amazon Prime Video, and it will also broadcast on Japanese TV as follows:
- Tokyo MX: every Monday during the 22:00 time slot beginning on January 07, 2019.
- BS11: every Monday during the 24:30 time slot beginning on January 07, 2019.
- Jidaigeki Senmon Channel: every Friday during the 26:00 time slot beginning on January 11, 2019.
Please note that some Japanese TV schedules count early-morning programming as late-night programming of the previous day, so for example the 26:00 time slot on Friday evening is actually on Saturday morning at 2:00 AM JST.
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