It’s Episode 3 of Dr. Stone, so let’s check out how things are going in Stone World. This week Tsukasa cements himself as the series’ antagonist. With his anti-adult agenda, and ridiculous strength, he’ll be a difficult opponent for Brains and Brawn. But the revival of another character could give them a slight edge… if not give the series a bit of adorableness.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 科学の武器
Taiju gathers enough nitric acid to depetrify Yuzuriha. In his excitement he runs over to Senku, interrupting the tense confrontation with Tsukasa. Trying to prevent Tsukasa from learning the depetrification secret, Senku sends Taiju to gather more from the cave. But Tsukasa sees through this, and demands he goes instead. Senku relents, but while Tsukasa is away, the two quickly depetrify Yuzuriha themselves. By the time Tsukasa returns it’s three against one, but even then they have no chance. Reasoning with Tsukasa doesn’t work, so they leave him to do his own thing while they go to Plan B. Senku leads them to Hakone where they will be able to make their weapons of science.
Sleeping Beauty Awakens: I’m so glad that Yuzuriha was depetrified early on in the series. The animation around her depetrification was fantastic, and gosh she’s such an adorable character!! I will say that I’m a little confused as to how her headband/ headphones survived 3700 years but, as I’ll discuss below, plot logic isn’t Dr. Stone’s strong suit.
Call the Fashion Police: What the heck is that dress Taiju made for Yuzuriha? Yeah, we’re in a world where we have to fight for survival, but you know what? Let’s not make an outfit suited for that! Let’s make the most cumbersome outfit possible for the poor girl. She’ll definitely be able to run, climb and swim in that without trouble and without flashing us all. Honestly, no facepalm is strong enough.
Cracks Explained: We finally got an explanation for the marks on everyone’s faces. They are the cracks from when they were stone. It’s an interesting design choice that Senku’s cracks are symmetrical on each eye whereas Tsukasa’s are like slices across his face.
No Arrows to the Knee: The animation of Tsukasa dodging the arrow and Taiju’s attack was incredibly fluid. Definitely one of my favorite segments of the series so far.
Great Buddha of Kamakura: In this week’s episode the group stops in Kamakura on their way to Hakone. There, they find the bronze Great Buddha of Kamakura (鎌倉大仏). The statue is the second tallest bronze Buddha in Japan and is located at Kotokuin Temple.
My biggest frustration with this episode was the plot logic. If Senku knows that the group wants to separate from Tsukasa, why tell him about the bat cave? Surely it would be smarter to send him on a fool’s errand while you free Yuzuriha and then pack up and leave. While that may have a proper explanation – he was worried Tsukasa could tell he was lying, force the location out of him etc. – the next one doesn’t. With the group in Hakone, Tsukasa finds the camp abandoned. He’s able to tell that the group were trying to throw him off their trail, but then he somehow pinpoints their location to Hakone!? Just by looking at footprints and the power of deduction!? Step back everyone, we have a boneafide Sherlock Holmes right here.
The ending of the episode does leave an interesting thought to mull over the next week. Senku announces that they’ll be using the gunpowder to defend against Tsukasa, and I suppose make makeshift guns/ explosions. But these would either severely harm Tsukasa or even kill him (super strong or not). Taiju wasn’t even prepared to fight against Tsukasa, so I don’t know how the group is going to be ok with blowing him up. It definitely will be a moral challenge for them all.
I’m Cracking Up
We’re three episodes in, and I can say I’m not really enjoying this series. I don’t know what it is about Dr. Stone but I struggle to get through each episode. It seems to stretch on for an hour, and once it ends it feel like nothing really happened. As I’ve mentioned in my last two reviews, visually this show is stunning. But the characters and plot continue to fall flat. I’m 10 billion percent not invested in this series, nor its outcome. I sincerely hope it picks up soon.
NEXT TIME: Fire the Smoke Signal
Summer 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast