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Dororo, Vol. 1 by Osamu Tezuka
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Hyakkimaru's father promised him to 48 demons before he was even born. Each demon took a body part, eyes, ears, legs, spine, and when Hyakkimaru was born he was a disfigured freak. His father convinced his wife to abandon the baby who was adopted and raised by a kindly doctor who fashioned all sorts of artificial limbs for Hyakkimaru. However, as Hyakkimaru grew older, demons came looking for him and finally to save his adopted father, Hyakkimaru decides to leave home and hunt for the 48 demons and reclaim his body parts. Along the journey he picks up the petty thief Dororo as a side kick.

I must admit, it was hard to get into this series. The action is great, but the character development is a little lacking, with Hyakkimaru falling in love with just about every girl he sees (once he gets his eyes back) in aprox. 5 seconds. It is also without resolution, the series ends with Hyakkimaru going off in search of more demons, as he still has several dozen left. Nice for historical quality, but not something I would pick up again and again.
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