These ten series are the closest rivals to Dorohedoro, which is a one-of-a-kind anime that few can duplicate. Binge-watch them if you’re a Kaiman fan.
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A mixture of vengeance, gore, and spite, Dorohedoro is also funny, eccentric, and often difficult to follow.
When Kaiman meets a magic user who nearly kills him, he transforms into a lizard-like creature. Even though it is widespread in the city of Hole, his unfortunate fate has given him an unexpected benefit: he is resistant to magic.
Three things remain on his to-do list as a result of his adventures: restore his head to normal function, retrieve all of his lost memories, and eliminate all magic users. There are a few anime that, in terms of tone, content, or genre, are strikingly comparable to Dorohedoro’s first season.
10. Gangsta (2015)
When things get out of hand in Ergastalumm, the Handymen of Gangsta —Nicolas and Worick — take on odd jobs from private organizations and police officers to keep things under control. Ergastalumm was previously a haven for Twilights (Celebrityr users and their descendants). However, there are some drawbacks to being a Twilight.
Celebrer is both highly addictive and essential to one’s well-being; nonetheless, it has the unfortunate side effect of occasionally resulting in disability in some users. For instance, Nicolas is hard of hearing. Gangsta and Dorohedoro share themes of power struggles against and among supernaturally-abled characters in addition to being situated in the sordid underbelly of a metropolis.
9. Desert Punk (2004-2005)
Desert Punk, like Dorohedoro, is set in a post-apocalyptic and now-desert Japan and prefers episodic storytelling over an overarching plot. Both feature a gluttonous primary man character, as well as a male and female couple, while Desert Punk’s male and female characters are less cooperative.
The male heroes of the show are frequently targeted by assassins, yet both the Desert Punk and Kaiman always manage to survive. Desert Punk is a wonderful option for viewers who enjoy a gloomy environment as a backdrop to an otherwise joyful episodic storytelling style.
8. Black Lagoon (2006)
Now we’re getting into the grittier stuff. As compared to Desert Punk, the Black Lagoon does not play about in its deadly environment Dorohedoro, on the other hand, is about the adventures of Rock and the Lagoon Company, a smuggling syndicate operating in Southeast Asia’s waters.
The crew of the Black Lagoon kidnap Rock one day. Making matters worse, he discovers that his boss has abandoned him and sent an armed helicopter to make sure of it. Rock, fed up with being treated like sand, joins the pirates and discovers what it’s like to truly live. Two people who have abandoned their prior lives find themselves in a variety of death-defying scenarios as they try to understand the world around them.
7. Jormungand (2012)
Koko Hekmatyar and her team of international gun dealers kidnap a juvenile soldier named Jonah and use him as a pawn in a worldwide smuggling operation. As a team, they evade capture, capture, and execution from several arms dealers. He discovers her attempt to achieve world peace as he travels.
To some extent, Jonah’s innocence is a variant on the naiveté portrayed by Dorohedoro characters who are set against a merciless world; yet, Jonah’s strength lies in his role as a child soldier. Jormungand may be a better choice for viewers who liked Dorohedoro’s similarity to Black Lagoon but were put off by the latter’s grim tone.
6. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009-2010)
“Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” is regarded a more thorough, accurate portrayal of the Elric brothers’ harrowing journey than its animated predecessor, “Fullmetal Alchemist.” Magic follows Kaiman everywhere he goes, and he’s not the only one.
In the wake of their mother’s death, Edward and Alphonse Elric embark on a journey to Amestris to discover if it is possible to repair the scars (both literal and mental) of being orphaned. The second run of Fullmetal Alchemist knows when to take itself seriously and when not, making it a delightful (if somewhat heavy) recommendation despite being far more serious than Dorohedoro.
5. KonoSuba (2016-2017)
After meeting Aqua in the first few episodes of KonoSuba, you’ll share some of Kazuma’s frustrations as he tries and fails to do anything.
By helping him slay the Demon King, he hopes to be given another chance at life in the real world and thus picks Aqua as his co-conspirator. Unfortunately, things go horribly wrong in the most amusing manner possible.
Even with the stakes as high as they are, it’s difficult to take KonoSuba seriously, more so than Dorohedoro. But on the other hand, that’s part of the appeal. Season 3 of this popular Isekai series is expected to be released in the near future, so now is the best time for fans to rewatch the first two seasons.
4. Deadman Wonderland (2011)
Ganta Igarashi and other ‘Deadmen,’ who control the shape of their blood once a wound has been made, star in Deadman Wonderland, which is set in a private prison. Inmates of Deadman Wonderland’s G-sector compete for a chance to win 1,000,000 of the prison’s cash in a brutal game show dubbed Carnival Corpse. During a penalty game, if a player is still alive, a slot machine will pick which body part they lose.
Although Deadman Wonderland finished earlier than planned, the animation itself was excellent despite the abruptness of the show’s conclusion. In the vein of Dorohedoro, this semi-magical gorefest contains an odd pair, a good dose of memory loss, and a lot of blood.
3. Devilman Crybaby (2018)
Possibly the polar opposite of Dorohedoro’s dark but hopeful message of unification and seeing past one’s differences, one could say that Devilman Crybaby represents human nature at its worst, especially in the face of danger from the “other.”
The Devilman Crybaby anime walks a fine balance between a heartbreaking tale of betrayal among friends and a mindless slasher extravaganza.
Ryo Asuka, one of the anime’s key characters, and future fans may have a disdain for tiny tragedies that are only satisfied by massive slaughters. As it turns out,Devilman Crybabydelivers in more ways than one may expect.
2. Assassination Classroom (2015-2016)
In a delightful way, events like the baseball game between humans and magic users in Dorohedoro’s classroom may throw you off,Assassination Classroom is recommended. Class 3-E pupils at Kunugigaoka Middle School have a new teacher, Koro-sensei, after an octopus-shaped alien carved the Moon into a perpetual crescent.
However, even though the class’s ultimate goal is to have one of them kill Koro-sensei, the anime is filled with equally tone-deaf moments of bonding, growth and progress in adolescence by the class 3-E roster. There won’t be as much gore as in shounen or seinen films. Even yet, those who appreciated Dorohedoro’s mind-bendingly absurdist humor may want to check out this sequel.
1. Yu Yu Hakusho (1992-1994)
The Dark Tournament arc in Yu Yu Hakusho is a classic among classics, especially because it revolutionized the way Tournament Arcs were written and produced. An unforeseen death-defying destiny plagues Yusuke Urameshi after a near-death encounter in the anime.
Yu Yu Hakusho has a longer run than Dorohedoro, allowing it to delve further into the workings of magic as well as the creation and enhancement of magical talents. Because of its length and tone, Dorohedoro neglects to include compelling rivalries between its diverse ensemble of characters. As a result, Yu Yu Hakusho’s battles are nothing short of epic.