Coming off the high of last week’s episode of Dororo, I have to admit I was a tad disappointed how this week turned out. Taking a slight turn away from focusing on a specific character, this episode looked at an object. A cursed sword. I feel like I’ve seen one hundred and one cursed sword stories, so as soon as it popped up all I could think was “here we go again”. In this episode, Hyakkimaru and Dororo meet a young man bound to a sword that constantly thirsts for human blood. Throw in a tragic sister character and lots of blood splatter and I’m already missing Doctor Daddy.
Episode Note: Make sure to stay after the ED to see a post credit scene!
It’s kind of weird when a good anime has a disappointing episode, because it’s hard to review it. Compared to other series, it was pretty alright but compared to itself, it was not good. The great part of last week’s episode was that it solely focused on the emotional and psychological background of the Doctor character. We saw his past, the horrific things he had to do, and how he tried to seek redemption. With Tanosuke (Einstein looking dude), it felt the story was repeated but without any greater depth. It tried to pass off the tragedy as siblings torn apart, but it felt very shallow, especially with the random scene of childhood reminiscing. Tanosuke was just a character that didn’t elicit any sympathy and I didn’t particularly care what his fate would be at the episode’s end.
On top of this, I was a lot more interested in the sword’s background than the siblings. Since Hyakkimaru did get one of his senses back at the end of the episode, it’s clear the demon was in the sword. But I couldn’t understand how, was it a Horcrux situation or was it like an odd Touken Ranbu? Also since it was just shut up in an old warehouse and rusting away, how did no one remember how crazy it was? Especially since all those demons seemed to pop up after Hyakkimaru was born/ the deal was made.
I know a few of you readers will think I’m being very harsh on this episode. But I have faith that this series can be great, and I felt like it dropped the ball this time. The episode could hav been far more interesting if it was actually focused on the sword and its history, rather than the siblings whose backstory was a bit cliche. Here’s hoping next week’s episode will be better.