Greetings! I´m ShadowHaken, and welcome to another article where I’ll be talking about the latest anime/manga that I´m reading or watching.
Disclaimer: English is not my native language, so I apologize in advance for anything that is badly written or completely incomprehensible.
You can check the last chapter here.
Chapter 16: The story of Shiranui
The chapter start exactly were the past one left off. Itachi has found Dororo and he wants the other half of the map! Dororo shows her back and there is nothing there, she says that she doesn´t know anything. Itachi doesn’t believe her, and will take the little one with him until she start saying what its inside her head!
Meanwhile, Hyakkimaru has started searching for Dororo, he went back and is trying to know where she is…
The night has fell, and Itachi starts telling his story to Dororo who is tied to a tree and since she doesn´t want to sleep, he might as well tell her a story about how he knew about this map. He tells that when he was under the rule of her Father, he always suspected that the boss hid something, since from time to time some goods disappeared, so the theory that the theft might be the boss himself, still, he waited to see if the boss slipped something; he never did. So when he died, the only ones who might know about such treasure whereabouts must be his wife and offspring then one day, without money, he found Dororo´s mom grave and dig her out, he found on the back of the deceased the map. But just the half of it, so the other one must be with Dororo!
Dororo is pissed off about such revelation, but there is not much what she can do about that, her hands are tied and she has to obey what Itachi wants as of right now.
The next day comes and Itachi and his band has reached the destination, a shore where the island with the treasure is, Itachi tells Dororo that the little one should cheer up since he will give her part of the treasure! So it will be worth it for her too! Dororo doesn´t want anything to do with Itachi and that money, since it had a purpose! In any case everyone starts walking towards that village. The boats are destroyed, so now Itachi doesn´t know how to get there.
Soon enough, they find that everyone is dead, it seems that brigands came and killed everyone, a massacre that happened. Suddenly a man without an arm and with destroyed teeth appears, he says that if they want a boat, he can lend it to them, but it will cost them. Itachi agrees, although the pay will come when they get there. Dororo tells Itachi that this looks suspicious, although the brigand leader says that if he does something, he will just kill him. So no worries!
All the band goes to 2 boats. They don´t need anything to move them since the pets of this man are moving it: two giant sharks. This man says that they are like family to him, and he listen to them.
The weird man looks at Dororo and ask her if she is curious in how he loosed his arm? The answer is simple: He just gave it to the sharks, they were hungry and for that he give them a part of his body, he did it happily since they are family. The bad thing is that they took a liking to human flesh, they wouldn´t eat anything else now! So he started feeding them with dead bodies, but those bodies weren´t enough, so he started kidnapping woman and children. Now… That village, it wasn´t ravaged by brigands, it was him who killed them and used them as food for the sharks.
Now… He has trapped them here and they are going to be shark food! The sharks start eating and destroying one of the boats while the man starts laughing, Itachi can´t do much since if he tries to do something a shark will attack them and everyone would be dead!
One of the beast of the sea comes with an arm, the man says his thanks and that he will eat it later. Now, they will leave this group for the evening. He leaves while ordering one of the sharks to keep an eye on them.
The time has passed, the heat and the lack of water is starting to hurt the people, the Shark doesn´t let them do much, or catch anything that helps them move. Itachi is fearing the worst and he apologizes to Dororo, he said that he actually didn´t wished anything bad to the little one, it is just that his time as an officer for a Daimyo came to an end, an abrupt one, he was just being used by the Samurai and the Daimyos, now he knows that what Dororo´s dad said was the truth, and he came back to being a brigand. He also apologizes to Dororo for digging her Mother´s grave, he is very sorry for that, and also for the destiny of Dororo, such a small child should not die this way, but here they are.
Dororo responds by saying to knock that off! They aren´t dead yet and can fight! The little one says that even herself has been more than once in mortal danger, but never gave up hope for a tomorrow! While speaking, the morale of everyone is getting bigger and bigger. Itachi can see the shadow of the boss in Dororo… If that´s the case then he won´t be losing hope now!
A plan is made, Dororo will bring out the shark, she will give the signal and everyone will pull her up. Then, they will stab the beast with their swords! Dororo goes to the water, and the shark is coming for her! Quickly she gives the signal and they lift her up. When the shark revealed itself, they stabbed him with the swords! Killing the beast! Now with all the safety, they go to the island.
On the island, Itachi demands to Dororo to say the whereabouts of the treasure, he says that while he is sorry, he also wonpt stop on his objective. Dororo says that she doesn´t know where it is! Then, by chance, her back gets near the fire and the map starts appearing. With that knowledge, Itachi and his gang, strips her naked. He does not only discovers the map and draws it; but also that Dororo is female.
The man has got to know what they did to his beloved shark and goes there! While in the sea he had the upper hand, on land he is not so lucky and gets beaten down by Itachi and his gang. Dororo stops them, since more punishment and he will be killed! Itachi hears, and decides to continue the journey for the treasure.
The man gets up and reaches the shore, there he demands his shark to get up and kill everybody! The eyes of the beast start changing, the birth of a demon is about to begin.
The credits roll, but its not the end!
Hyakkimaru keeps searching for Dororo until he finds a monk, who tells him about a man who is known for doing prosthetic members, maybe he can help him with his leg… Jukai, the doctor.
End of the Chapter
An excellent chapter! Now the budget problems that plagued the past chapter didn´t appeared on this one. In another point, this chapter showed us the color gray. This is on the sense of the characters of Itachi and that shark boy. I mean we got to see both characters on different lights.
Starting with Itachi, we can see that while he is obviously an antagonist, he shows that he sort of care for Dororo, to the poin t were he promised to share part of the money with her. Plus, he is pretty much a victim of the circumstances, I mean yeah, he is a crappy person, but his main motivator is the money, not as much a desire of wanting to hurt Dororo or anyone, he just doesnt stop in thinking about others when they are an obstacle towards his goal. Then again, one can see that he actually doesn´t lie much and even one can make a case that Dororo is like family for him, a crappy one, but family in the end.
With the shark boy, a similar example can be made, he actually cares for his pets, those two sharks, to the point were he sacrificed his own arm in order to feed them. Then again, what he did was something out of a horror story. Heck, I even got some chills hearing how much stuff he did in order to keep feeding those two beasts of the sea! Sill one could truly see how much he cares for both sharks.
In both examples, while both characters are clearly enemies, they aren´t straight up evil, like thye would really try to mess with Dororo or Hyakkimaru, they are just stepping stones on their own goals.
Anyway my two cents. See ya Next time!