The dark fantasy manga Dorohedoro was originally published from 2000 to 2018. A total of 23 volumes have been released, with the manga series ending with Chapter 167, “All-Star Sayonara”. The series was praised by fans and critics alike and in 2020, it was adapted into a 12-episode anime series that covered roughly the first 40 chapters of the manga. With fans demanding more, here is what is known about a potential second season of Dorohedoro.
Dorohedoro has not been renewed for a second season officially. The manga is complete and the first season adapted less than a third of the total number of chapters. If you pair that with the fact that the first season was enormously popular, we think that Dorohedoro is a likely candidate for renewal, we just don’t have any precise information on it as of yet.
The rest of this article is going to bring you all the known and unknown information related to a potential season 2 of Dorohedoro. You’re going to find out about its potential release date, whether there is a trailer, what the story could be about, and much more about this great anime series.
Dorohedoro Season 2 Release Date
Dorohedoro‘s first season aired between January 12 and March 29, 2020; the show consisted of a total of 12 episodes and an additional batch of six OVA episodes, adapting roughly the first third of the whole manga. The first season of Dorohedoro aired at a time when the manga had already been completed, which means that the producers never had to wait for new material to be written.
The first season of Dorohedoro received a lot of positive reviews and fans usually labeled it as being very “addictive”. The animation was good, the story was very attractive for fans and it was overall a very enjoyable experience.
Now, since the first season adapted only around 40 chapters of the manga, there is more than 100 chapters left to adapt, which means that there is a lot of material for a lot more seasons. So, what does this mean for the future of the show?
As of January 2022, no one has said a thing about a potential second season of Dorohedoro, or any other form of a sequel for that matter. Dorohedoro is, still, a likely candidate for renewal – the show has been popular and there is more material to adapt without a doubt – but seeing how we lack any official information, we cannot really say anything particular except that the show is a likely candidate for renewal sometime in the near future.
Taking all of this into account, the second season of Dorohedoro is probably at least a year away and we don’t think it will appear before 2023.
Dorohedoro Season 2 Trailer
After going through the basic and general information on the show, you have probably deduced by yourselves that there is no trailer for the second season of Dorohedoro and the reason for that is quite simple. Namely, things are like this simply because the season has not yet even been announced, which – in turn – means that production hasn’t started yet, so there cannot even be a trailer.
As we have said, Dorohedoro is a very likely candidate for renewal, seeing how the now-finished manga series was very popular and how the first season adapted less than a third of the available chapters of the original manga written by Q Hayashida, but until we get a confirmation that a second season is going to be produced, as well a confirmation that production has started, we won’t know when a trailer is going to appear.
Taking into account all of the delays, we could probably wait until late 2022 or early 2023 to get some info on the new season’s trailer.
Dorohedoro Season 2 Plot
And while we do know what happens further in the manga series, as it is finished, we actually don’t know what will happen in the second (and potential third and fourth seasons) season of Dorohedoro, because we don’t know how many chapters that season, is going to adapt. The sheer number of chapters is still a mystery so we cannot assume as to the content.
Namely, we don’t know how much of the now-published material the producers would adapt, nor how many episodes the second season would have. This is why we cannot really speculate about any precise details related to the plot.
The series is set in a post-apocalyptic future and takes place in three different worlds: Hole, a sprawling human-inhabited favela-like city heavily polluted by wizard magic; Wizard World, vibrant land of magic users controlled by the wizard boss En; and Hell, a torturous underworld inhabited by all deceased wizards and ruled by demons presided over by the head demon Chidaruma.
Although they resemble each other at first sight, humans and wizards are two different species. The former evolved naturally, while the latter descended from a primordial devil called Chidaruma. Wizards have a special circulatory system that allows them to produce “smoke,” the source of their unique magical powers.
Most wizards have weaker powers, while others are capable of far greater feats, such as resurrecting the dead or controlling time; these powers are incredibly rare and highly sought after. The amount of smoke a wizard can create determines the effectiveness of their magical abilities.
Many wizards work to improve their smoke production through surgical procedures or, more commonly, through the illegal use of black powder, a smoke-enhancing drug distributed by criminals. Smoke can also be bought and sold, similar to pawning magic, with the sold magic having the same effects as the cast magic.
Both the magical realm and Hole are highly lawless. In the past, Hole was ruled by violent vigilantes who tortured and killed suspected wizards and their families. However, these vigilantes have since disbanded, leaving Hole’s inhabitants largely helpless to prevent wizards from experimenting on and killing them, to the point where specialized hospitals must be operated to save human victims of magical attacks.
In addition, the magical realm used to be dominated by human traffickers who would extract magic from wizards for resale before disposing of their corpses. En is one of the few surviving victims of these machinations and eventually tore down the realm to establish himself as the ruling mob boss of the magical world.
The realms are structured not unlike a caste system: Demons hold the highest rank, are deeply respected and revered by the wizards, and obey Chidaruma’s orders; within the wizards, there is a hierarchical system in which powerful magic users live in luxury by selling their skills, while wizards who are weaker, unskilled, or have less desirable magic can live in abject poverty in their world; and at the lowest end are the people forced to live in the slums of Hole, surrounded by heavy pollution and magical acid rain caused by wizards.
In response to the abuse they endure, some weak wizards and humans join a widespread gang called The Cross-Eyes. Their members can be identified by the tattoos with the red cross on their eyelids and work to supply weaker races with illegal black powder and oppose En’s family.
A man named Caiman is searching for his true identity after being turned into a reptilian head by a wizard and has no memory of his former life.
Together with his friend Nikaido, he violently attacks the wizards in the Hole with the aim of taking their heads into his mouth, where a strange face appears from his throat and judges whether the wizard he bit was responsible for his transformation or not. Somehow Caiman is immune to magical effects and therefore extremely dangerous for wizards, especially given his size and skills with knives.
News of a lizard-headed wizard killer immune to magic catches the attention of En, a powerful wizard and head of a syndicate known as “The En Family,” and he sends his cleaners Shin and Noi to kill Caiman. En himself is currently trying to take out a gang of low-level wizards, the Cross-Eyes, after an encounter with their legendary boss nearly cost him his life years ago.
Shin and Noi regularly work with low-level sorcerers Fujita, who wants revenge because Caiman murdered his partner, and Ebisu, who lost her memory after having her face accidentally torn off.
As the denizens of the hole, the En family, and the Crosshairs gang, as well as many others, clash, the mystery of Caiman’s identity begins to unravel, rekindling old grudges and threatening to change both the hole and the wizarding world forever.
Dorohedoro Season 2 Cast
The cast of Dorohedoro would probably remain mostly the same for a potential season two, as it would still be early in the manga’s plot, mostly because we know that the majority of the main characters continue to appear later in the story, and it’s not a show that actually has a lot of characters dying or anything.
We actually don’t know if we’ll see a second season of the show, or will there be more movies, but if we do, the cast from season one will probably return (since they have returned for the movie), and it includes:
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How Many Episodes Will Dorohedoro Season 2 Have?
The first season of Dorohedoro had a total of 12 episodes with an additional batch of six OVA episodes. Knowing how modern-day anime work, a potential second season would also, very likely, contain roughly 12 episodes, as it is rare for modern-day anime to actually have more episodes per season, opting instead for more seasons with fewer episodes and no filler content.
Where to Watch Dorohedoro Season 2?
Originally, the first season of Dorohedoro aired on the Japanese networks Tokyo MX, BS11, MBS. It aired for two months. The show was then licensed by Netflix and released internationally. Now, when we get some information on a new season, we assume that the show will also first air in Japan and then be licensed by Netflix for streaming.