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As bad as things were looking in the previous episode, I actually quite liked this ending. There are a couple of parts that felt a little bit rushed, but I liked the overall bittersweet tone to this finale. This series as a whole has been a fun journey. It’s rough around the edges at times, but it’s a gritty look at humanity. Admittedly, the message has an archaic undertone to it, but there’s still plenty of relevant material to find.
I enjoyed this conversation between Hyakkimaru and Tahoumaru in the end. Tahoumaru basically starts with a tirade about all that Daigo has given him, and Hyakkimaru asks why its made him feel inadequate. It’s hard not to feel sorry for Tahoumaru given what we’ve seen of his childhood, but Hyakkimaru definitely has a point here.
This series doesn’t let up on its painful scenes, even right at the end. Of all the heart-wrenching scenes that depict Hyakkimaru regaining his organs, I think this is the saddest one. After fighting so hard to regain his vision, the first scene he sees with them is the loss of the two mothers willing to give everything to help him.
In contrast, the final demon goes down pretty easily. I guess it’s meant to imply that Hyakkimaru’s final battle was purely mental after all, but it’s disappointing to see. The characters hyped up that demon so much, and it basically gets taken out in a single attack.
It’s strange that Daigo gets to survive in the end, but I do like that he’s used to prove that Hyakkimaru has finally changed. I guess there’s something to be said about Daigo being forced to live with everything he’s done, assuming he doesn’t die immediately after Hyakkimaru leaves him. There was definitely a lot of blood in that scene despite Hyakkimaru’s choice.
I also think it’s sad that Hyakkimaru has to leave Dororo behind after finally getting his body back. Honestly, I understand this development, but it’s still sad to see. Given the speech Dororo makes about using her own strength to survive rather than relying on the samurai, it would be awkward if she continued to rely on Hyakkimaru to protect her. It’s fitting that she forges out on her own, but it would have been nice to have more of an epilogue where the two reunite. Oh well…
Final Score: 8/10
This series has been fun to watch, if not for the fight scenes alone. It’s not lacking in emotional scenes to give it more flavor, though.