While Netflix handles the distribution of numerous anime each season, they have a slightly confusing habit of withholding these shows from global audiences until months after they debut. This has led to numerous big anime series like Beastars only airing weekly in Japan, as potential fans wait months for the shows to come to their countries. One of the big anime of last season that was streamed by Netflix was Dorohedoro, with new episodes hitting the online service in Japan each week as they released. For global fans who have been eagerly waiting to get their hands on this show, your wait is almost over. Netflix has announced that the series will finally be made available for overseas fans starting May 28th.
The Dorohedoro anime is based on a manga of the same name, which debuted in Shogukan’s Monthly Ikki magazine all the way back in 1999. When that magazine ended serialization in 2014, the long-running science-fiction manga moved to a new publication, Hibana, before swapping again to Monthly Shonen Sunday when Hibana shut down in 2017. The manga finally ended in September of 2018, in the October issue of Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine. The 23rd and final compiled book volume of Dorohedoro was released last November.
Viz Media publishes the manga in English, and it describes the story as follows:
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.