In a city so dismal it's known only as "the Hole," a clan of Sorcerers have been plucking people off the streets to use as guinea pigs for atrocious "experiments" in the black arts. In a dark alley, Nikaido found Caiman, a man with a reptile head and a bad case of amnesia. To undo the spell, they're hunting and killing the Sorcerers in the Hole, hoping that eventually they'll kill the right one. But when En, the head Sorcerer, gets word of a lizard-man slaughtering his people, he sends a crew of "cleaners" into the Hole, igniting a war between two worlds.
Urban Fantasy done right
I thought this was great. I found it refreshing seeing an urban/dark fantasy with characters who aren't boring, dumb, whiny, overpowered teenagers stuck in a convoluted love triangle where the main character is the chosen one. I also like how it portrayed magic in a more "scientific" way. Magic (especially in anime) is usually depicted as an abstract force of nature that anyone can learn with enough determination or a whimsical god-given gift that only a privileged few are born with. In Dorohedoro, sorcerers are just people that have a tumor in their brain and unique glands that shoot black dust out of their mouth and hands. Also, almost all the magic users are either murders, cultists, mad scientists, sociopaths, or just people going about their daily lives (which usually involves one of the four mentioned). There are no heroes. However, I found myself liking the antagonists as much as the protagonists. It's also hilarious how no one in the anime is phased by the constant gory violence. It gives it a real Tarantino vibe. My only complaint was I thought it was too short, and the pacing was a little off. If you want to watch it, it's on Netflix.