Hole—a dark, decrepit, and disorderly district where the strong prey on the weak and death is an ordinary occurrence—is all but befitting of the name given to it. A realm separated from law and ethics, it is a testing ground to the magic users who dominate it. As a race occupying the highest rungs of their society, the magic users think of the denizens of Hole as no more than insects. Murdered, mutilated, and made experiments without a second thought, the powerless Hole dwellers litter the halls of Hole's hospital on a daily basis. Possessing free access to and from the cesspool, and with little challenge to their authority, the magic users appear indomitable to most—aside for a few. Kaiman, more reptile than man, is one such individual. He hunts them on a heedless quest for answers with only a trusted pair of bayonets and his immunity to magic. Cursed by his appearance and tormented by nightmares, magic users are his only clue to restoring his life to normal. With his biggest obstacle being his stomach, his female companion Nikaidou, who runs the restaurant Hungry Bug, is his greatest ally. Set in a gritty world of hellish design, Dorohedoro manages a healthy blend of comedy and lightheartedness with death and carnage. Taking plenty of twists and turns while following the lives of Hole's residents, it weaves a unique world of unearthly origin and dreary appearance not for the squeamish or easily disturbed. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
One of the biggest appeals in the manga is its highly detailed scenarios, backgrounds which express the world’s mood around the characters with as much as the character themselves, because everything its hand drawn, all the visuals show some sketch or rough lines, suiting the dirty and convoluted environment. Main Cast-0 As much as the scenarios, the characters are designed in a wide variety of forms, one of the most suitable examples is Noi, with a design which goes from a brute gimp-looking bouncer to a beautiful muscular woman just with a change of clothes. Most of the Dorohedoro characters are surreal or brutal in appearance, but with a charming and quite warming personality, showing them as normal, real people, but with rough exteriors. Their design is inspired in Motofumi Kobayashi’s Omega series, King Gonta’s Soten Koro and even Puripuri-ken sense of humor. These manga gave Q Hayashida her typical touch in design and character development, for example, Kaiman’s militaristic looking clothes and overall detailed weaponry comes from Motofumi’s work. Q Hayashida is quite free in terms of how she put the manga together, sometimes even in a way different from how it is supposed to be. During an interview in 2006 she said: “I just draw it however I feel like drawing it, always. I’m really inconsistent about that stuff. And sometimes I might color with paint that’s supposed to be used for plastic models, stuff like that. I pretty much always use tracing paper, though.Without even planning the layout, I just started drawing it from scratch, and then after a while I got to a point where I felt it was time to end it, so I did.I guess I didn’t really have any overall story. I just went on drawing scenes that I wanted to draw”.