At the dress shop, Naofumi asks the dressmaker to make Filo custom clothes that don’t tear every time she transforms. The owner explains she needs a Magic Thread in order to make such request. At the Magic Shop, the owner told them she can’t make the thread because the gemstone required to make it is broken. Naofumi then goes on a quest in search for a new gemstone. Along the way, they helped a man give medicine back to his sick mother and escorted a wealthy trader from bandit attacks. The impressed trader introduces Naofumi to other influential traders allowing them to easily locate the gemstone they’re looking for. Inside a temple, Naofumi, Raphtalia, Filo, and the Magic Shop Owner fought against demon bats and a legendary Japanese yōkai, Nue, claiming the needed gemstone to make the dress. Finally, the Dressmaker gives Filo a new dress that doesn’t tear whenever she transforms.
5. Kimi ni Todoke
Feared for her strong resemblance to Sadako from “The Ring”, Kuronuma’s life changes when a friendly and outgoing classmate, Kazehaya, starts talking to her.
4. Maid Sama!
A strict disciplinarian student council president Misaki was compromised when the most popular boy in school, Takumi, walks into a maid café she secretly works as a part-time maid.
3. Kaguya-sama: Love is War
Kaguya and Miyuki like each other but neither is willing to confess as it’s a sign of weakness. It’s a battle of love where the first one confesses loses.
Taiga and Ryuuji forms an unlikely connection as they help each other win the hearts of their respective crushes.
1. Lovely Complex
A mismatched pairing of a tall girl Oizumi and a short boy Otani tries to encourage each other to find love after their crushes started dating one another.
The five-digit ID code you see tattooed on the children’s necks are used by demons to identify their livestock similar to cow tags on a farm.
Emma’s horoscope is Leo which suits well to her character for being sociable and confident. Also, green eyes are often associated as born leaders and intelligent which Emma exemplifies.
The three main voice actors of the show are also known for their other works such as Nina from Rage of Bahamut as Emma, Hiyori from Noragami as Norman and Killua from Hunter x Hunter as Ray.
The Promised Neverland and Dr Stone were the two manga who came out from nowhere and climbed the top of the magazine ranking in less than a year.
If you’re wondering what was the meaning of the six-digit number at the beginning of the show, it’s actually the calendar date of the current episode.
Raphtalia insists to get another slave seal as a symbol of faith to Naofumi. While there, Naofumi buys a Filolial egg which later hatches into a small bird and named it Filo. Similar to demi-humans, Filolials grows quickly as it levels up. During their visit to Lute Village, Naofumi was alarmed to see Motoyasu and Malty imposing heavy taxes to the villagers. Naofumi tries to interfere but the Queen’s envoys suddenly appear and gave Malty a message. Disturbed by the message, Malty challenges Naofumi to a race where the winner acquires the village. Despite Malty’s guards using magic to cheat for advantage, Naofumi and Filo still manage to win against Motoyasu and his dragon. As a reward, Malty and Motoyasu left and the villagers offer them a carriage and Trader’s Pass. The next day, they woke up surprised to find Filo transformed into a little girl with wings.
The Rising Of The Shield Hero is a Japanese light novel created by Aneko Yusagi which originally published as a web novel and later adapted into a twelve volume manga series by Aiya Kyū.
In a short interview with the author, Naofumi was inspired from a defence-specialised crusader character in “Ragnarok Online”.
Demi-Humans adapt to its most efficient form based on their levels. This is why Raphtalia’s body grew quickly in a span of a week. Her physical appearance may look mature but her mental maturity still remains as a 10-year-old.
Kaito Ishikawa, the voice actor of Naofumi, also voices over Tenya from My Hero Academia and Tobio from Haikyuu. While Asami Seto, the voice actress of Raphtalia, voices over Chihaya from Chihayafuru and Mai from Bunny Girl Senpai.
There’s a comedy spin-off story about the Spear Hero, Motoyasu Kitamura, called The Reprise of the Spear Hero.
After defeating the Wave of Catastrophe, a celebration was held at the castle for the four heroes. Myne told Motoyasu that Raphtalia was a slave, which leads to Motoyasu challenging Naofumi into a duel for Raphtalia’s freedom. Naofumi refuses the challenge but the King demanded the duel to take place. Raphtalia tries to explain but she was immediately seized by the King’s guards. Even though Naofumi was 22 levels behind, he still manages to have an edge against the Spear Hero. As he was about to strike the final blow, wind magic from Myne trips Naofumi into losing the fight. While they were removing Raphtalia’s slave seal, Naofumi realises that everything was set up and his burning hatred for it unlocks the “Cursed Series”. Raphtalia slaps Motoyasu for assuming she needed saving and runs toward the defeated Naofumi to calm him down and defuse the “Cursed Series”. Itsuki and Ren call out Myne and the King for allowing such cheating. The following morning, Naofumi’s confidence was restored knowing Raphtalia would always be on his side.
After watching 3 episodes I’m kinda disappointed with the direction of the anime adaptation. One important element to why the manga was so great was because of its internal monologues. At its very core, The Promised Neverland is about the battle of wits between the children and their mother. How they try to outsmart each other to achieve their goals. And the inner monologue plays a big part in the manga, which the anime seems to be missing. Don’t get me wrong. The anime adaptation is okay. Although I wish they didn’t rush through the story, I think they’ve done a good job weaving four to five chapters into a single episode. My main concern is whenever you choose plot over character development, 9 out of 10 the show would turn out okay at best. It’s still entertaining as it is, but it could have been 10 times better if only they took their time building the characters and had a good mix of the right elements.
Naofumi and Raphtalia have been gaining XP since the mining incident. In preparation for the Wave of Catastrophe, Naofumi has upgraded his legendary shield and acquired new skills and armour. As fast as Raphtalia levels up, she also grew quickly into a beautiful young woman.
One day, they went to the Cathedral to learn from the hourglass the remaining time before the upcoming wave. They met the three other heroes and started belittling Naofumi. When Raphtalia asked why they were rude to him, Naofumi refused to answer.
The following day, the four heroes were summoned near the Lute Village were the Wave of Catastrophe has spawned. The other three heroes only rush towards the main boss, while Naofumi and Raphtalia chose to help the villagers instead. The other three heroes took pride in killing the main boss while the villagers thank Naofumi for saving them.
Osamu Tezuka, the creator of Dororo, is considered as the “Godfather of Manga” for his innovations and pioneering techniques. Many people believe he’s the Walt Disney of Japan. His other popular works were Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion and Black Jack.
The title of the show was inspired from Tezuka’s childhood memory of his friends mispronouncing dorobo, meaning thief, to dororo.
A live-action film in 2007 explained that the name Hyakkimaru was a southern term for “Little Monster”.
Blood Will Tell is a PlayStation 2 video game developed by Sega which is based on Dororo.
The eargasmic opening theme: Fire was performed by QUEEN BEE, the same Japanese rock band who performed the ending theme: Half from Tokyo Ghoul: Re.