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Synonyms: Dr. Stone 2nd Season, Dr. Stone Second Season

Japanese: ドクターストーン STONE WARS


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Type:TV

Episodes: 11

Status: Finished Airing

Aired: Jan 14, 2021 to Mar 25, 2021

Premiered:Winter 2021

Broadcast: Thursdays at 22:30 (JST)

Producers:TOHO animation, Shueisha, Toho Music

Licensors:Funimation

Studios:TMS Entertainment

Source: Manga

Genres:AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, Sci-FiSci-Fi

Demographic:ShounenShounen

Duration: 24 min. per ep.

Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


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Score:8.191(scored by 338818338,818 users)

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Ranked:#3342

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Popularity: #186

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Senkuu has made it his goal to bring back two million years of human achievement and revive the entirety of those turned to statues. However, one man stands in his way: Tsukasa Shishiou, who believes that only the fittest of those petrified should be revived.

As the snow melts and spring approaches, Senkuu and his allies in Ishigami Village finish the preparations for their attack on the Tsukasa Empire. With a reinvented cell phone model now at their disposal, the Kingdom of Science is ready to launch its newest scheme to recruit the sizable numbers of Tsukasa's army to their side. However, it is a race against time; for every day the Kingdom of Science spends perfecting their inventions, the empire rapidly grows in number.

Reuniting with old friends and gaining new allies, Senkuu and the Kingdom of Science must stop Tsukasa's forces in order to fulfill their goal of restoring humanity and all its creations. With the two sides each in pursuit of their ideal world, the Stone Wars have now begun!

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Overall9
Story9
Animation9
Sound9
Character9
Enjoyment10
Dr.Stone is one of the most entertaining anime that made me feel accomplished
after each episode. It is really satisfying seeing Senku and the others build modern things from scratch .

This Season has the same feel as the first season which was obviously very Entertaining. A lot of new characters are introduced and each and every one of them are so cool.

Story 9/10:
The Story is Great and All of Senku's new inventions are pretty cool. We get to see things outside the village and The action is pretty good too.We even get to see more on Tsukasa's side and I really liked it.

Art 9/10:
The art is pretty nice too. What I like about the art is The color combinations used. It is really beautiful . The cracks on the characters faces are so unique and they bring more out of the surroundings.

Sound 9/10:
I really love this season's opening. It is really good and I cant move it out of my head.The OSTs are great too.I personally think Gen impersonating Lilian is the best.

Character 9/10:
There are a lot of new characters intoduced this season. Each and every one of them has got their own story . They all are looking great and have good voices. There is not much you can complain about.

Enjoyment 9/10:
This Season was pretty good just like the previous season which I really loved. The Character interaction,Personality, New inventions,Sound,Comedy and action were all on spot so I really enjoyed this season.

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“This is exhilarating”-Senku
“Hell yeah it is!”-Me
“10 Billion Percent”-Senku

Dr. Stone: Stone Wars is the second major animated arc of the Dr. Stone manga, Riichiro Inagaki’s 2nd major serialized work in the Shounen Jump (Weekly) magazine, following Eyeshield 21. With one of the most unique art styles and premises of both 2019 and 2021, it’s no surprise why people find this series fascinating. Heck, it’s honestly a great contender for my personal anime of the season, and here’s why:

Picking right up where we left off in season 1, we witness the Ishigami village prepare for the upcoming battle against Tsukasa’s army...except our protagonists are trying to actually avoid battle. Now, if you’re looking for a shounen like My Hero Academia or Demon Slayer with tons of action, Stone Wars is not really the sequel I’d be looking for. Stone Wars follows up on the somewhat unrealistic, but exciting-to-watch antics and inventions of Senku and co. as they now create ‘weapons of warfare’ ranging from telephones, kevlar vests, and motor vehicles to reduce the number of casualties as much as possible. In my eyes, Stone Wars is not about war. It’s primarily about the clashing of ideals between the insanely buff anti-capitalists, Tsukasa and Hyouga, versus Senku, protector of the status quo and freedom of innovation.

What makes Tsukasa and Hyouga more interesting to watch rather than typical villains is their lofty goals of creating a completely new world. However, if you watch critically, you will notice from very specific context clues within both seasons that Tsukasa and Hyouga are very different idealistically. After the deaths of the Tsukasa Army soldiers from the sulfuric acid pond, Tsukasa mourns and recalls their names while he reminisces over their bravery fighting the ‘murderous’ Senku with his weapons of science. Hyouga blanks and asks Tsukasa who these people were, implying Hyouga did not even remember the names of the soldiers he left for dead. Tsukasa is still unaware of Hyouga’s treachery and reminds him of the fabricated incident of the sulfuric pond. While Tsukasa is depicted to be emphatic and distraught over the loss of his soldiers, Hyouga is seen as an individual who does not care much for the lives of ‘the weak’. Even though the guy has destroyed countless stone statues, Tsukasa still feels like a human with genuine emotions because he cares for the common people. Rather than depicting Tsukasa as completely evil, the writers purposely wrote one of the primary antagonists as someone who we should sympathize for. On the other hand, we have Hyouga who we’ve learned is an individual who will sacrifice human lives for an agenda. He is also notably the only person to have killed/let someone die on-screen. If you factor in his blatant support of the destruction of stone statues, Hyouga’s ideals appear to align with fascism. He supports active ethnic cleansing of the human population, even amongst un-petrified people for an over-exaggerated ‘survival of the fittest’. As you watch more and more of this series, the darkness of Hyouga versus the idealism of Tsukasa becomes more and more evident.

Then we have Senku and co. The most common criticism of Senku’s character is that he is a big-brain Gary Stu with zero weakness. That is simply not true. Senku has a weakness! Albeit a shounen cliche, we see time and time again that he will sacrifice himself for the sake of his friends. He always tries to keep them out of danger. Despite taking literal spears to the stomach and facing head to head with Death itself, he only does it for the sake of his friends. People don’t realize this because he NEVER TELLS you this. Even if it is not necessarily efficient or optimal, he will take the path safest for everyone. He always shows this weakness as a strength which makes him all the more likeable as a protagonist. Every invention or trap accommodates even people he is actively fighting against so no one is badly hurt. A combination of bad luck and bluff tactics makes him all the more believable and fun to watch. Even if it’s not always realistic, you have to give props to the writer for writing someone so interesting!

If you have favorite characters that are not Senku, don’t worry, you are in luck. The spotlight this season definitely goes to Chrome and Gen with their own respective challenges, as well as some of the newer characters in Stone Wars. Chrome gets to play an escape-the-room scenario and actually prove his independence from Senku as someone equally passionate in science but significantly more realistic. While Senku might as well be God’s Hand Lite, Chrome is like the HSer trying his best to finish his chem lab before class ends. However, this makes Chrome much more interesting, as he discovers not just how to get out of a messy situation himself, but his own identity as a person. The crazy af antics Chrome always pulls never fails to get a laugh out of me cause I love the guy! He’s my favorite character in the series and it’s great to see him get some spotlight even if he’s not the main protagonist.

For Mr. Asagiri Gen, master of bullshitting his way out of every situation, the guy is so fun to watch as he uses his skills as a liar to gain an advantage. His skills in the psychological department are so versatile, he might as well be Senku’s 2nd half! Although his primary role is certainly in the first half of the season, the visuals that TMS Entertainment uses to display his sleaziness is so damn entertaining I really can’t say anything bad about him! This is the kind of character we need in shounen! Not the dumb, loud, and screamy friend of the protagonist, but someone who is not only intelligent, but cunning.

On the Tsukasa Army side, we got some interesting obstacle characters who indicate their own ulterior motives in addition to possible longevity for the future of the series. We have the guy with superhuman hearing, Ukyo, who provides a compelling challenge for our protagonists as they try to set up a cell-phone communication device. The guy can literally hear a tree branch fall from a mile away yet our protagonists still have to deal with him? He seems like an impossible challenge like everything else Senku and co. have dealt with, yet Ukyo never actively tries to physically injure anyone from Senku’s side...Ukyo’s board position in this tactical battle for communication raises some question marks for the audience, which makes a seemingly minor character provide more subtle details than one would expect. You’ll just have to watch to see what these details are.

The last character I want to touch upon is Nikki. She is one of the other characters in the Dr. Stone setting that I personally found relatively well-done despite playing a minor role. She is one of the first people that Senku’s team tries to convince to abandon Tsukasa for a ‘better alternative’. Rather than just being one and done, Nikki is like your picky anime viewer, unsatisfied with just the bare minimum, and raises the stakes for Senku and Gen with her high standards and sends Senku and Gen’s team into a panic! The end result of the situation is certainly predictable, yet the way Nikki’s character presents her decision in relation to her backstory particularly struck a chord with me. Her background makes what would ordinarily be a plot device, feel significantly more real. Unlike Ukyo, Nikki’s own ideals are clear-cut and surprisingly match Senku’s. It is within her desire to preserve what she loved from the past and save the status quo. Nikki, despite freedom from the shackles of society in the Stone World, longs for that one thing that kept her going throughout her old life. I personally resonated with that so much. It made me appreciate another well-done character in the Dr. Stone World.

Now, I know I’ve said a lot of compliments about Dr. Stone, but there’s a reason I cannot rate it any higher.

Some of the minor issues are the iffy pacing at the beginning (including the recap; yes, I still remember that), and the presentation of Tsukasa’s backstory. Within 5 minutes, we learn how Tsukasa was traumatized by a bad experience and how he decided to enter MMA boxing and got beat up a lot. Except...it never explained how he became buff enough to literally one-shot a full-blown lion in season 1! And catch an arrow mid-shot! He’s still ‘the world’s strongest primate high schooler’ but he appears to have become larger than the Rock at around age 18 with scientifically unexplainable superhuman abilities. Even the Hulk would cry “Uncle!” after getting slapped by Tsukasa. If you were looking for how Tsukasa became the big man he is...you’re out of luck.

The last bone I have to pick is the plot holes. There are so many plot holes. I’m willing to look past them because I love Senku and the gang, but there are at least two problematic scenes. One of them is when Tsukasa and his new ally look for someone important to Tsukasa. I will call this new ally, ‘Al’, and this important person, ‘Pal’. Why doesn't Tsukasa look for Pal on his own with his army? For some reason, Tsusaka chose to postpone un-petrification and wait til Al used that as leverage. Al essentially tricks Tsukasa into thinking that ‘together’, they found Pal. In reality, Tsukasa just found Pal by himself and thanked Al for doing nothing! Also, some of the fight scenes are unbelievably stupid as well. I won’t mention which one, but there is a specific scene with a spear that is mindblowingly dumb. If this certain spear-wielder either let go of their spear or thrust their spear forward, they could’ve killed someone and/or escaped unharmed. The tides of an entire battle are decided by this “ten billion percent” stupid decision that is not realistic.

Even though I cannot look past some of the story-writing flaws, I still loved this season, even more than the first one. It truly is something I looked forward to watching every week while I suffered through online learning over Zoom, and I hope whoever is reading this will enjoy this series just as much as I did.

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:: This review was written after watching all 11 episodes and may contain some spoilers ::

Dr. Stone with a banger of a first season, comes back with what we can call a modicum of the legacy of what it had left behind. I would call this season the smaller brother, talented yet not as much as its elder brother, the latter being the first season. Even with its significant flaws—being extremely fast paced, mundane story telling and characters popping out of nowhere and diminishing in the subsequent episode—there is still a lot to admire and love about this season. So let's dive into this 10 billion percent exhilarating review of Dr. Stone: Stone Wars!

:: Story ~ 8 out of 10 ::
I feel like compared to the first season, this season is a step-down when it comes to storytelling. It felt like it was progressing with great celerity, without trying to engage with the audience too much. It took Senku about 3-4 episodes to build the light bulb in the first season, and this season Senku built a freaking tank in 2 episodes. I would've loved to see another 24 episode cour like the first season, or even a 13-14 episode cour to let the story flesh out a bit more smoothly. But I am in no way besmirching the show, cause for what it is, it is really enjoyable. It branched out from Senku being the main attraction to others like Chrome, Taiju, Yuzuriha and more which I really loved.

:: Art & Sound ~ 9 out of 10 ::
The animation is good. As it is to be expected from any anime in 2021 (Ahem ahem, we don't talk about Ex-Arm). I'll not tergiversate and say, I used to hate the opening at first. But eventually it grew on me, and I couldn't help but listen to it every now and then on Spotify. This season conflates good animation with catchy music, which ameliorates the overall watching experience. No complains here!

:: Characters ~ 8 out of 10 ::
Although each character get their moment of fame. It is ephemeral. So you don't really bond with any character much this season. Even the show's most poignant moments, feel rather... dull, I literally felt nothing when Tsukasa's sister was de-petrified or when Tsukasa almost died. But since this was the second season, we already had a connection with most characters. All the characters add to the show's enjoyment and most of them are amiable in their own ways. Except Hyouga. We hate Hyouga.

:: Enjoyment & Overall ~ 9 out of 10 ::
As a whole, I loved this season. Maybe not as much as the first one, but I still enjoyed it. It didn't live up to what I expected it to be, but oh well. I will be patiently waiting for season 3 which I hope they do make eventually. Dr. Stone is quite unique in its approach, where the protagonist fights using science and his brain, rather than plot armour, muscle and power of friendship. It would be a shame if they decide to drop it.

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About 2 years ago marked the debut of Dr. Stone on television. It’s a breath of fresh air to see Boichi’s unique art being translated into anime form. Almost 2 years later, we are once again blessed by this scientific storyteller known as Dr. Stone: Stone Wars. If you’ve been a fan of this franchise, then here’s some great news for you.

Adapting the ‘Stone Wars’ arc from the manga, this season runs less than half the length of the previous season. It makes sense given the amount of storytelling from the manga. Any more than that would actually make the show less consistent. And speaking of consistency, Stone Wars drop us right into the main story with Senku and his scientific mind. It takes a genius like him to think of ideas such as making space dried food and with help takes the fight right to Tsukasa. Again, I have to emphasize that Senku is a very intelligent individual with the characteristics of a leader. Plus, it also helps that he has the trust of his allies such as Kohaku, Chrome, Gen, Kaeski and among others. He’s a guy who is bold enough to take risks but also responds accordingly to different situations. Such traits makes Senku ideal to carry out dangerous operations.

With the arc in full motion, there’s always time to also remind us the importance of the Stone War. Obviously, the show wants to prove a point and that is to showcase what science can really do in their timeline. Senku’s ability to craft complex inventions also shows that anything is possible. A prime example of this includes the steam engine. Dubbed as the Steam-Gorilla, it stands as a testament of scientific innovation. Sure, it’s not something mind-blowing that can change the fate of mankind. However, you have to admire that these characters were able to create something so complex with the tools they have. Of course, Senku is not the only character that embraces the love of science. Even Chrome, a guy with little scientific experience, preaches his newfound interest to characters such as Tsukasa. And really, I hope you’re a fan of Chrome this season because Stone Wars really puts him into a compromising position.

With each episode progressing, it’s shown through the Stone Wars how characters fight their battles. Most noticeably is Senku and his ability to also use psychology as a source of weapon. He plays mind games with his opponents and throws them off with calculated moves. This show isn’t just superficial about science fiction. It also deals with the way characters execute their plans to keep fan engaged. Senku, Tsukasa, Hyoga and even Chrome are prime example of this. From the first half of the show, you can just see how much the author prepared for the big fight and even the aftermath. And indeed, one of the later episodes throws in together all the prominent characters into a physical clash and science warfare. It’s quite impressive to actually see inventions being put to use. The author could’ve easily had characters clash in a generic physical confrontation but Dr Stone is known for its creative innovations. Not everything is overly complex either such as dynamites and gunpowder being used as weapons. The key selling point is how every episode had its meaningful purpose in some way or another and not wasted. It does that by showing what characters can achieve through science.

Because of the pacing and momentum, you may be wondering if there’s any concrete character development. The answer is sort of yes and no. On one hand, we do know more of about Tsukasa’s reason for fighting and even sees glimpses of his past. However, there are some characters this season that can easily be forgettable despite being there from the start. Oh yes, I’m talking about Tajiu and Yuzuriha. Does anyone even care about either character as pair anymore? Not me. The Stone Wars has been central point of this season that any sort of romantic development is practically null.

It’s just 11 episodes but Dr. Stone: Stone Wars serves as an example of dazzling storyteller. It sells us what it advertises and remains faithful to the manga. With its established cast, we get to see first-hand on how much they put their skills to use. In the end, I didn’t even have a side to root for because the war itself isn’t just about who wins. It’s about making a world and how science can change mankind. And that’s an achievement I can’t help but praise for.

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10 Reasons Why Dr. Stone Is A Must-Watch Anime

Science fiction hit Dr. Stone is taking over the summer 2019 season of anime and rightfully so. In a post-apocalyptic world where everyone on the planet has been turned to stone, Senku awakens with a goal to restart civilization. To do so, he must use the power of science.

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While the series is fictional, all the concepts in Dr. Stone are based on concepts in real life. Merely the ideas are replicated and not the methods entirely. Dr. Stone is currently airing during the summer 2019 season and will continue into the fall. The series is streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

10 The Brilliance Of Science

As stated above, Dr. Stone is a science fiction anime about recreation of the world. What’s interesting about the series is that the science going into Senku’s methods are entirely factual. Since everyone in the world has been turned to stone and since Senku wants to restart the world, it’s only natural for him to need a way to reverse the petrification.

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To do so Senku creates the Stone Formula in episode one. Combining nitric acid and distilled alcohol he creates a liquid known as “Miracle Fluid”. By pouring the fluid onto a petrified human, the stone will crack reviving the person. Miracle Fluid is essentially just Nital which is a real-world solution used for etching metals.

9 It’s A Shonen Jump Anime

Shonen Jump is a magazine that contains manga, anime, and otaku related content. The iconic monthly magazine started in 2002 and released its final issue in 2012. The magazine has featured prestigious shows such as One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, My Hero Academia, and many more. Dr. Stone puts a twist on this classic action-packed anime by emphasizing brain power.

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Typical Shonen format centers around a male protagonist trying to reach an end goal of some sort. In Naruto, it’s Hokage or the number one hero in My Hero Academia. In Dr. Stone, Senku is an 18-year-old boy and has an end goal of restoring society to its original state.

8 Its Post-Apocalyptic Setting

The world of Dr. Stone takes place as a post-apocalyptic setting. Set 3,700 years into the future, vegetation has grown wild and cities have deteriorated. The anime retains elements of the isekai genre but being set in the same world keeps it from being such. One of the most exciting parts about a post-apocalyptic setting is that there are no laws. Because of this we see Senku taking the moral high ground of restoring the world and Tsukasa murdering the stone structures to prevent the world from being restored. A true battle of wits vs. muscle and science vs. strength.

7 Beautiful Artwork

Dr. Stone is full of beautiful imagery. The show is full of bright colors and lots of greenery. Dr. Stone is set in the year 2038 before the world is petrified and by 5738, the world is overtaken by vegetation. Moss has grown on the sides of trees and vines hang down from branches.

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In episode three we see a statue of the Great Buddha of Kamakura is partially cracked from age. During nights the warm bright colors disappear and are replaced with cool dark colors.

6 Overpowered Convenience

Senku is unmatched when it comes to his mind, but also lacks in strength. He is a genius able to create gun powder explosives as seen in episode four of the Dr. Stone anime. He does this by mixing potassium nitrate, charcoal, sulfur, and sugar. Senku isn’t completely overpowered as a character because what he has in mental strength he lacks in physical strength. In episode seven, Senku struggles to carry a large pot of water. Since Senku is so smart it helps for the convenience of the show. Senku can explain the science behind everything in a quick explanation, but still has his limits of what he can and can’t do.

5 The Manga Is Still Ongoing

The Dr. Stone manga began publishing in March of 2017. The science fiction hit is still on going as the manga continues in 2019. The manga is written by Riichiro Inagaki and illustrated by Mujik Park also known as Boichi.

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Given that the anime is a Shonen series and that the manga is still ongoing, it’s likely that there will be a second season of Dr. Stone.

4 Prominent Voice Acting

Senku’s voice actor in Dr. Stone is Yuusuke Kobayashi. He is known for his roles as Subaru in Re:Zero, Arthur Boyle in Fire Force, and Shin in Wise Man’s Grandson. However, he isn’t the only character in the series with a notable voice actor. Taiju’s voice actor Makoto Furukawa is known for Saitama in One Punch Man, Shorter Wong in Banana Fish, and Miyuki Shirogane in Kaguya-sama: Love is War. Kohaku made her introduction in episode six of the Dr. Stone anime and is voice acted by Manami Numakura known for Brandish in Fairy Tail, Retoree in Show By Rock, and Tsubame in UzaMaid.

3 Its Element Of Mystery

Dr. Stone works to answer the question of the unknown. What would happen if the world mysteriously ended? How would civilization rebuild itself? What would the world be like? These post-apocalyptic questions leave viewers interested to learn more each week of every new episode.

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Viewers are compelled to the series to see what interesting invention Senku will show us next. What destruction Tsukasa will cause and if Taiju will ever confess his love for Yuzuriha.

2 Intense World Building

If you’ve given Dr. Stone a chance with the first few opening episodes and it hasn’t been for you, stick with it. The first six episodes of the series are to build the world Dr. Stone takes place in. They allow the viewer to get used to the predicament the characters are in and get a feel for their personalities. The first major arc of the series doesn’t come until episode seven when Senku aligns with Kohaku and visits her village. If you can get through the intricate world building viewers are rewarded with an enticing story.

1 A Top Tier Choice

Summer 2019 is a powerhouse of a season. With shows such as Fire Force, Vinland Saga, Given, and Maidens of the Savage Season as well as sequels to Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon and Teasing Master Takagi-san. Dr. Stone still shines as being one of the best titles in this star-studded roster. According to myanimelist.netDr. Stone is the most popular title of the season with a current score of 8.18/10 at the time of writing, outshining its competitors.

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English: Dr. Stone

Japanese: ドクターストーン


Information

Type:TV

Episodes: 24

Status: Finished Airing

Aired: Jul 5, 2019 to Dec 13, 2019

Premiered:Summer 2019

Broadcast: Fridays at 22:00 (JST)

Producers:TOHO animation, Shueisha

Licensors:Funimation, Crunchyroll

Studios:TMS Entertainment

Source: Manga

Genres:AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, Sci-FiSci-Fi

Demographic:ShounenShounen

Duration: 24 min. per ep.

Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


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Score:8.311(scored by 727995727,995 users)

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After five years of harboring unspoken feelings, high-schooler Taiju Ooki is finally ready to confess his love to Yuzuriha Ogawa. Just when Taiju begins his confession however, a blinding green light strikes the Earth and petrifies mankind around the world—turning every single human into stone.

Several millennia later, Taiju awakens to find the modern world completely nonexistent, as nature has flourished in the years humanity stood still. Among a stone world of statues, Taiju encounters one other living human: his science-loving friend Senkuu, who has been active for a few months. Taiju learns that Senkuu has developed a grand scheme—to launch the complete revival of civilization with science. Taiju's brawn and Senkuu's brains combine to forge a formidable partnership, and they soon uncover a method to revive those petrified.

However, Senkuu's master plan is threatened when his ideologies are challenged by those who awaken. All the while, the reason for mankind's petrification remains unknown.

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Dr. Stone is one of those sorts of anime which you love even though it’s extremely over the top. It’s realistic while being unrealistic, funny yet with high stakes. It’s set in prehistoric-like times and that’s what’s unique about it. Make no mistake, this is the kind of “you’ll either love it or hate it” anime. It’s got these moments that’ll either make you fall in love with the show because of its execution or make you hate it because of how stupid it might seem. I fall into the former category and I’ll explain why. Dr. Stone is as much a comedy show as it is about science. You’ll fall off your couch laughing if you continue watching it. I liked the concept to begin with and enjoyed the first few episodes, but they are nothing compared to what Dr. Stone has to offer later in the season. The build-up is quiet but every following episode is an explosion. This is when I honestly began to dig the show as much as I do now.

The setting of the show is so intriguing that you’ll get sucked right in: Earth has been petrified; turned to stone by a mysterious light that suddenly encompasses the globe. Not one person on the planet is left standing. However, petrification doesn’t mean death. These people are still well and truly alive, but they can’t move, can’t speak, can’t think? Well, there’s one person who’s still maintained his ability to think and through his steely determination, breaks his petrification. I’m talking about none other than the protagonist: Senkuu.

Now, Dr. Stone is a show that you’ll only fully appreciate if you can give a pass to its ridiculous science fiction stuff. A lot of what it portrays in terms of science is correct, however, the way the characters achieve it is fairly exaggerated. That’s all down to the genius of Senkuu. He’s a supercomputer in the skin of a human. Senkuu is a guy made by mixing all of the most brilliant brains to ever exist in the real world. He’s just ten billion times smarter.

The main focus of Dr. Stone is showcasing the brilliance of Senkuu and his little science team that he manages to gather. The gang of characters that he befriends all have their different goals and personalities. His initial encounters with them are not always on friendly terms but one of the things that’s good to watch about this anime is how these characters work together with an aim to form the kingdom of Science – Senkuu’s ultimate objective. Most of the inventions of the team wouldn’t have been possible without the cooperation and expertise of each individual and this, in my opinion, is one of the major standout points in the show.

The story starts off with Taiju finally deciding to confess his feelings to the girl he’s loved for all his life. But, just like all great things, this does not come to pass. Right before his confession, the world is petrified. Along with Senkuu, Taiju is one of the few characters who partially maintained his ability to think, and that was largely thanks to his overwhelming love for Yuzuriha. He’s a hardheaded character (in both senses) who’s a perfect foil for Senkuu’s genius. He does most of the physical stuff which Senkuu isn’t great at, and their partnership together is what helps them overcome their greatest enemy.

Speaking of the enemy, that would be Tsukasa Shishio: the strongest person in the show thus far. He is another example of the exaggerations in the show as he’s shown to be powerful enough to kill lions with a single punch. His petrification is cured by Senkuu when he found himself in a perilous situation. However, the two soon find themselves to have totally opposite goals. Their rivalry is a great example of what Dr. Stone is about: brains vs brawns. We don’t see too much of Tsukasa after the initial few episodes but I do expect him to play a major part in the upcoming seasons.

The fiery Kohaku is the first of the many characters of the “new generation” that Senkuu encounters in his quest. She’s a fiery girl who’s one of the best fighters in this prehistoric world and one whose story I particularly enjoyed. Then there’s Chrome, the yang to Senkuu’s yin; a science user who’s shunned as a sorcerer as people find his interests weird. I personally think that Asagiri Gen, one of the characters introduced a bit later in the first half of the season, is one of the best in the show. I won’t go into details about him because almost anything I say about him would be more than some minor spoilers.

The art of Dr. Stone is great with extremely detailed backgrounds and character designs, but the animation does leave some question marks at times. It’s not that it’s bad, but you can certainly ask for something better, especially for a show that’s garnered this much popularity. There are times when stills are overutilized while the “chibi animations” were somewhat overused. That said, I can’t fault the overall art quality, although I fully expect and hope for this aspect of the show to be improved upon in the second season.

Unlike the animation, I have very little to complain about in the sound department. The OST has a variety of different tracks for various situations and their placement is pretty much spot on. I felt the voice actors too did a great job of mixing comedy along with the more serious stuff. The balance between the two adds a lot to the overall experience of the show. The first opening was good, but I think the second opening truly set the tone for the rest of the episode. I never really got bored of listening to it every episode and the visuals during the OP were perfectly directed.

Dr. Stone is definitely going to irk a few people due to its approach to the sci-fi genre and the way it’s handled. It has divided opinions over the last few months and I can understand where some of the negative opinions may stem from, but it covers up for it in spectacular fashion. But if you can ignore that, you’re in for a hell of a ride and an amazing watch. It kept me wanting more after every episode and I watched it as soon as possible most weeks during its run. Its transition from comedy, which is better than most pure comedy anime out there, to a darker tone whenever required was one of the highlights for me. Overall, Dr. Stone was a great source of entertainment, and definitely one of my favorite anime of the year.

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Dr. Stone is an anime that took itself too seriously, and not serious enough — at the same time!

It did this by highlighting the ‘cool’ aspects of science (through Senku’s re-engineering of past inventions), via methods that were beyond human capability. Sure. Humans can grow their own antibiotic (penicillium) through the natural molding process of bread; in fact, this was taken advantage of in ancient Egypt. But is it reasonable for one man to memorize the entire process of producing a sulfa antibiotic, and creating the various instruments necessary in doing so?

Seems rather absurd.

But what’s more unbelievable than these absurd scientific feats, is Senku’s eccentric personality. Actually, everyone’s personality is turned up to an eleven on the ridiculous scale (Taiju would probably be around 3,700). This wouldn’t be a problem if said characters were funny, yet their personalities are anything but. Starting with the man of science himself, Senku, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of all scientific inventions (actually, he puts encyclopedias to shame with their dearth of information). Senku offsets his profound cognitive abilities with an edginess that redefines the trope itself. Essentially, think of Senku as an extreme version of Light Yagami. But where Death Note succeeds in providing an engaging, thought-provoking plot, Dr. Stone is as fake as Matsuda’s girlfriend (forever alone!).

Even bad anime have one character that can make the show, somewhat, bearable. That is not the case for Dr. Stone. (Google) Chrome’s inane antics and exaggerated facial expressions would normally be sufficient to categorize him as the worst character of the show; however, Taiju’s tomfoolery is second to none (although, Ginrou’s cognitive bêtise was something to behold — so many awful characters). Moving on from the comedically impoverished lot, Shishiou is the token evil dude who is bent on world domination. Instead of a personality, he perform epic physical feats like punching a lion or snatching a bird in mid-flight (dude thinks he’s a f—kn’ falcon). Kohaku is your basic action-girl, and Yuzuriha is just that…m-minus the action, meaning: she’s just a girl (hard to believe, I know).

The amount of posing in Dr. Stone puts runway models to shame. Every time Senku inspires Chrome — which seems to be at least once per episode — they overly dramatize the situation to make it look like the two are going to save the world. Incidentally, this tone matched numerous events, particularly the tournament for Ruri’s hand in marriage. The staff conveyed a sense of urgency in winning the tournament, but zapped all tension away when “liquid hot” Magma lost in the second round. Also, the tournament itself was a travesty of bland fights, mismanaged pacing, and excessive stupidity.

Dr. Stone sort of had an interesting concept (turning everyone into stone), but it quickly dissolved into bat shit. The isekai-ish plot, along with the MMORPG style of acquiring new items was a stark reminder that Dr. Stone was a video game masquerading as an anime, meaning: we all got played.

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"Even if you kill me, even if you kill anyone, even if you reset science… There's always an idiot who will try anything, and the shiny monkeys will inevitably create a technological civilization."
-Senku

The year is 5738, and the entire human population was petrified in stone three millennia ago. Three thousand years in the future, one kid awakens. He isn't your typical kid. He's Senku, and he's ten billion percent smarter than the average high school student. Now that civilization has regressed to the stone age, and the world needs a hero. Senku embarks on a journey to rebuild civilization with his knowledge of science.

First of all, if you are expecting a grand story about reconstructing the 21st century within twenty-four episodes, you will be disappointed. I initially assumed this would be a dystopian action-adventure—it's not; this is an edutainment comedy about science. I understand why this direction frustrated a lot of people. The trailers and promotional material were misleading. Unfortunately, this led to people harshly nitpicking it. It blows my mind that people have said the writing is shallow, without redeeming value and lacking focus. This series successfully uses an unreliable narrator; this gives it a sense of unpredictability. Anything can happen. It's exhilarating. I'm not going to pretend like this anime is perfect, but it's way better than some would lead you to believe.

In truth, this show is about Senku: The prideful genius who makes it his job to help everyone through science. Senku is overconfident to a fault. He prides himself on being ten billion percent logical, and he likes to think he'll always be right. Honestly, he makes his fair share of mistakes. He might be able to make a high-speed wagon in a couple of minutes, but don't expect it not to fall apart the first time he rides it. Seeing the show from his perspective is fantastic. He's not another overpowered blank-slate isekai protagonist who gets pushed through the story by coincidence. The story's direction is unpredictable because Senku is a force of nature. His encyclopedic knowledge of science is his main advantage. He's not invincible, he makes impactful decisions, and he makes mistakes. Much of the time, he has a utilitarian motive behind any of his kind actions. If he needs a lot of manpower, he baits villagers with ramen, with hard labor as their payment. It was always funny seeing the different ways he would trick people into doing what he wanted.

In this show, a life or death situation lies on whether or not Senku can create Coca-Cola from scratch. It does not attempt to hide how ridiculous it is. At the same time, it will also detail how to make cola with science. Once they have all parts of the latest science scheme working, we get a quick montage of it in action. He explains each scientific idea comprehensively before everyone begins working. It's all said in simple terms so the audience can follow along. I'll be honest; I don't know much about science. I slept through biology, chemistry, and physics. Somehow Dr. Stone got me to love science. Senyu taught me science can solve every problem. Like all good edutainment programs, the teachings are seamlessly weaved into the story.

The main characters are so likable—not just for their personalities and chemistry—because they have personal goals and senses of humor. The writers make sure to give each member of the science squad a considerate amount of development. For some of them, it's only a few minutes shoved in-between arcs, but their growth is visible throughout the rest of the show. I've said all I needed to say about Senku—he's the heart of the show. He has a subdued personality; even admitting he prefers not to show much emotion, but the show always subtly clues us in to how he's truly feeling. One of his pals, Kohaku, is entirely the opposite: She's a spirited girl who takes no shit.

On the other hand, his partner Chrome is another avid science fan, but he's more relatable because he isn't quite a super genius. He made a great deuteragonist, but I missed the original side characters Taiju and Yuzuihara. They're a pleasant enough duo even though they're only in a couple of episodes. I wish the story occasionally cut to their perspective. In the beginning, it's exciting watching Senku and Taiju trying to survive in the stone age. In a life or death situation, they revive the strongest man they can find, Tsukasa. With his revival, the antagonist enters the show. I've seen people criticize Tsukasa and say he's a weak villain, and I can't help but disagree. His goal for the stone world is to give everyone equal opportunity; no one will pay taxes; no one will own anything in simpler terms, libertarianism. To achieve his dream for the stone world, he endeavors to kill every petrified adult. He wants only to revive the strongest youth he can find, or the "pure-hearted youth," as he hypocritically calls them.

The first arc is an action-packed battle of wits, hunting for food, running from lions, creating the cure for humanity, friends reunite after thousands of years, the goddamn world ends. It's kind of epic. It's entirely unlike the bulk of the story, which is fine. It was an unexpected but welcome change of pace. I came for the exhilarating premise; I stayed for Senku and his band of goofy science trailblazers. When watching Dr. Stone weekly, my biggest problem was the slow pacing of the main plotlines. After rewatching the entire show, the progression didn't bother me as much. Even if it looks like the show forgot about your favorite character—don't worry—they'll be back.

Dr. Stone thoughtfully uses reincorporation in its narrative to hint at future plot points, new characters and foreshadow meaningful twists. In one of the early episodes, someone mentioned a specific electronic he missed from the old world; as Senku progresses science, he reflects on that conversation nostalgically and endeavors to make that same electronic. It seemed so insignificant at first, yet it became a central plot point later on. One of my favorite characters, Gen, the magician, is subtly mentioned in a book long before being introduced. Another clue sprinkled throughout is the modern pop culture references, which contrast with the archaic society. There's a pretty awesome in-story explanation for the villagers to use derivatives of modern Japanese. I have to give props to the writer for making someone from the stone age say "meme" without ruining the timeline.

These small victories might not seem like much on their own, but together it shows great foresight from the author. Senku's occasional unforeseen scientific solution comes to life satisfyingly—surprising both the audience and the other characters. Like any engaging twist, Senku's science is never contrived; every twist left me in awe. I could always look back and see the clues the writer creatively laid out. If the writer weren't just as brilliant as Senku, then he would not work. Thankfully, he is, and that's why Senku's a great protagonist. You could argue there's a lot of unexplained science in this series. I'd say it's not bad. There's no concrete explanation for the stone epidemic, and that's fine. I don't know science. I know stories. As long as the science stays consistent with its own internal logic, I think it has succeeded, and Dr. Stone does.

The humor is over-the-top but well-executed. It relies entirely on comedic timing and the presentation. Thankfully the editing in Dr. Stone is top-notch. Every part of the audiovisual production works in unison. The BGM, openings, and endings were all superb—this is the best soundtrack I've heard all year. Each background song is deftly synced up with scene transitions and set pieces. Jokes land with boisterous sound effects—absurd facial expressions pop-up on the screen, lined-up perfectly with the punchline. I understand why people have criticized the comedy for being idiotic. And they're right. All of these characters are either idiots or socially inept. If you don't like them, you'll hate the comedy aspects. The jokes mainly rely on the character chemistry and, fantastic directing aside, I think they have hilarious chemistry. Other than the stellar character artwork (warning: some of the female faces are borderline Lovecraftian horrors), the backgrounds are consistently beautiful. TMS Entertainment continues to provide great still art; however, the longer the show went on, the more animation hiccups I noticed.

Dr. Stone gets heavily scrutinized for its plot progression, pacing, and dumb characters. Some of the criticism is fair, but much of it underserved. I consider myself pretty critical, and I enjoyed this show way more than I thought I would. The amount of research put into the science blew me away. The way it entertained me while teaching me felt so nostalgic. I grew up on edutainment, like Bill Nye The Science Guy and Magic Schoolbus. This anime follows in their footsteps, but for an older audience.
I never expected I would love these characters so much. I'm looking forward to their science shenanigans next season. It took humanity two million years to crawl out of the stone age to the modern era. Thankfully, it only took twenty-four weeks for people to realize Dr. Stone is a great anime.

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Having been a fan of Weekly Shonen Jump works for many years, their arsenal of genres continues to bring diversity to its audience. From ninjas in hidden villages to mages from magical guilds, it seems once in a while, there comes a new hot topic for fans to celebrate. Dr. Stone celebrates a post-apocalyptic adventure that serves as a love letter to science but also brings a refreshing look to its fans.

One of the more distinctive features about the anime is the illustrator of the manga. Boichi had previously worked as an illustrator on manga such as Sun-Ken Rock, Wallman, and more recently, Origin. To see his character designs being animated is a breath of fresh air. In fact, the previews and key visuals demonstrated that Dr. Stone can be translated into the anime medium. Studio TMS collaborated with Crunchyroll to delivery to us a definitive imagination of the post-apocalyptic world. Just as in the manga, the anime takes in a period some 3700 years after the modern times. Now you can imagine how much potential Dr. Stone can bring with its expansive setting.

As with many anime these days, it’s becoming easier to judge by the cover and more so by what to expect from the synopsis. Dr. Stone doesn’t hide anything from its fans as the first episode quickly unravels the depths of its plot. We are thrown into the story immediately as the world seemingly ends and mankind get petrified into stone. It’s too bad for a guy like Ooki Taiju since he was planning to confess his love to a girl named Yuzuriha. Then, we meet Senku Ishigami, a brilliant man with a fascination for science. Not only does have a big ambition to rebuild civilization, he also wants to revive science and discover the truth of the past. Comparing the two characters seems like apple and oranges at first but as time went on, I grew to appreciate both characters. They share similar goals despite possessing different skillsets. And unmasking the truth isn’t an easy task. Combining their talents together brings them closure to discovering the nature of the Stone World. However, you may be wondering what Dr. Stone is really aiming for.

The answer is quite simple and that is to explore the idea of science but translating it into without being dull or forced down our throats. Every idea spawned in the show has a purpose such as important inventions. Senku’s brilliance helps bring technology into the Stone World through his innovative ideas. It’s clear that his passions goes beyond just curiosity but genuinely wants to rebuild mankind into a civilization. As the main character, Senku’s natural charisma gave me the impression of a leader, someone who is capable of expressing his voice without much bias. Some of his actions may seem manipulative in nature but deep down, he is a selfless man who applies his logic to help people. However, Senku himself is not just the sole person to keep an eye on. If there’s one character to name that stands on the opposite side of Senku, it would be Tsukasa Shishio, a man with a desire to recreate a world without modern technology. Clashing against his personal ideas, Tsukasa serves as Senku’s main obstacle and antagonist throughout the show. Similar to Senku, he is also highly intelligent but also carries a great amount of physical strength. The plot details of his own ambitions and while not being promoted as much as Senku, we are shown about the true nature of his character.

As the cast expands, we are also introduced to Ishigami Village, a community from the Stone Age world where some of the major characters reside in. These include Chrome, Ginro, Kinro, Suika, Kohaku and her sister Ruri, to name a few. The village serves a symbol of mankind achievement. It’s where we see some of the science at work and inventions bought to reality with the ingenious work of the characters. These include but not limited to food seasoning tools, clothing, shelter, fire, traps, alcohol, gunpowder, iron, drugs, magnets, glass, weapons, and of course, the formula that de-petrified humanity. If you think about it really, the ability to make all these made possible may be the closest thing mankind has to a superpower.

With the manga still ongoing, the main plot is decorated into arcs that expands upon the overall storytelling. This is similar to long running Shounen Jump manga and also important to flesh out its colorful character cast. Dr Stone keeps its fans engaged and entertaining with its addictive character chemistry. We have characters such as Kohaku and Suika often stealing the spotlight with their personalities. Others such as Tsukasa and Asagiri develops rivalries with Senku to bring out the best of their characters. Unfortunately, not everyone can be appealing in the show. I quickly lost interest in Taiju and Yuzuriha’s relationship after being introduced to the Stone World. Even as one of the more important characters, Yuzuriha rarely ever stands out compared to the other cast. When we talk about Taiju, he holds a much lesser degree of presence compared to Senku, Kohaku, Tsukasa, or even Asagiri in later episodes. Fortunately, the character chemistry connects the show’s humor together to still bring out entertainment. There’s an immense amount of comedy that draws out character personalities. Sometimes, it may seem to go overboard but most often, it’s great to get the fans entertained.

Even as a 2-cour show, Dr. Stone doesn’t have enough material to cover to the manga story. With over 130+ chapters and ongoing, the anime did accomplish the mission to deliver a wealth of its ideas. If you managed to complete the anime from first episode to the end, you should have a great understanding on what the author is trying to deliver to us. Luckily enough, the anime remains faithful throughout its run without going off rail with its main plot. Even the ambiguous background storytelling is told through the eyes of the international space station crew. The animation quality is adamantly beautiful with its world setting from the prehistoric landscapes to its scientific inventions. I can’t thank Boichi enough to make his characters look more distinctive than the generic looking character models we find so often these years. Take me advice and read some of his other works. As with the animation, soundtrack brings a colorful sense of charisma with its theme songs. The character voice mannerisms synchronizes well with each personality especially Senku, our scientific genius of the Stone Age world.

There’s no doubt that Dr. Stone tried to be unique with its science culture and storytelling. Every now and then, there’s an anime that I find myself deeply indulged in with its creative ideas. This show proved itself to be a refreshing take on the science fiction genre that 2019 needed. Toonami also recently took steps to bring the show to a broader audience in the West. Hopefully, that means more fans will get to experience the fascination of Dr. Stone’s style of science. I mean, what more could you want? Another season? Well good news because we're getting it.

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