Last week in Dr. Stone, we were introduced to a post-apocalyptic world of stone. This week, we learn how Senku and Taiju will survive and thrive in it. An episode that starts out on a hopeful note ends dangerously with the introduction of a new character. Finally, and unfortunately, we still have not learned the secret behind Senku’s hair color.
With the cure in hand, Taiju and Senku go to Yuzuriha’s stone statue to free her. Taiju hesitates at the last moment realizing that once she’s free, she’ll be butt-naked. He demands that they take the statue back to camp where they can cover her before de-petrifying her. Just as they leave, they’re attacked by a pride of lions. Taiju leads them to the statue of a famous high school fighter who they free to save them. All seems well with Senku’s brains, Taiju’s strength, and Tsukasa’s fighting abilities working together. However, Senku has his suspicions about Tsukasa and his intentions in this new world.
Young Senku!: In the OP there’s a shot of a young Senku pacing in his bedroom and gosh he’s so adorable! His hair is the same as it is now, white with green tips, almost like a daikon raddish, so I suppose it’s his natural hair and not dyed like I thought it was!
Don’t drop her!: After the series specifically pointed out that people die when their statues are broken, I was so tense when Taiju was just throwing Yuzuriha around. Especially when they fell down that cliff and landed in the vines. Let’s hope they’re a bit more careful with statues in the future.
The three musketeers: While it was only for a short while, Senku, Taiju, and Tsukasa worked really well together and you could tell a real friendship was forming. Taiju seemed very impressed by Tsukasa. I’m sure he’ll be disappointed next episode when he learns Tsukasa is against them.
Senku the brave: The final scene of Senku confronting Tsukasa definitely showed another side to Senku. Not only does he stand up for what he believes in, he’ll even face a dude who can kill lions with his bare hands if he thinks it’s the right thing to do. From seeing this scene, I can tell there’s not much in the world that can stop Senku from saving humanity.
Meet the creators!: Riichiro Inagaki and Boichi will be at Anime NYC in November this year, according to the Anime NYC website both will appear on panels, signings, and special events.
The foreshadowing was strong this episode, so strong it seemed silly. From when the episode first started it was clear that they would revive someone who would mess up their plans ‘although it would suck if we woke up a murderer’. This was only emphasized when Senku whispered to Taiju about Tsukasa being so strong they wouldn’t be able to stop him. It was layered on so thick I was half hoping it to be a red herring and Tsukasa would be the best dude ever. Because surely no series or plot would shove this in our face so much. Surely they would leave some space for intrigue or second guessing. But that was hoping for too much.
There is no concept of ‘show don’t tell’ in this series; it’s a constant stream of telling the audience exactly what is going on.
Last week, I also criticized the show for its lack of character for Senku and Taiju and unfortunately that has remained the same. I believe there’s even a point in this episode where Taiju calls himself ‘simple’ and that Tsukasa should leave all the thinking up to Senku. I know not everyone in the world is bright, but it seems ridiculous to just cut yourself off from ANY kind of thinking. I also want to note that the gag scenes between Taiju and Senku consistently fell flat. Once again, all jokes are reliant on the divide between Senku and Taiju’s intellect. It’s funny once, maybe a smile the second time but by the fifth it’s boring and lazy.
Be Careful Who You Wake Up!
There’s a lot to like in Dr. Stone but not a lot to love. The animations are smooth and clean; the voice acting great and the scenery art is beautiful; but the story and characters leave a lot to be desired. Any potential tension in this episode was given away by heavy foreshadowing. The character still have yet to completely move out of their cliche ‘brainiac’ and ‘brawn’ tropes. If this series wants to keep the interest of its fans, it better pick itself up, and soon.
NEXT TIME: Weapons of Science
Summer 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast