OP: 「Good Morning World!」 by BURNOUT SYNDROMES
I went into Dr. Stone with zero knowledge of the show and came out a gigantic fan.
Man do I love everything about this show. From the characters to the story all the way to the animation style and character designs, everything about this first episode was damn near perfect. To kick things off, let me dive into the amazing mix of personalities and humor between Senkuu and Taiju.
When it comes to character types, I’m normally not a big fan of the condescending genius who thinks they know it all. Besides not being super fun to watch, I’ve found that as I’ve gotten older it’s tough to just accept that their “super knowledge” will solve all problems. Luckily, Senkuu isn’t that type of character or rather gets to be the smart one without all the negative baggage. As someone who’s probably a lot smarter than the rest of the population, it isn’t too hard to see where his snarky personality comes. That said, it’s also clear that he’s able to socialize with his peers and can build meaningful relationships with others which means he’s not some savant that requires good will from others to be more than just a one dimensional character. On the other hand we also have Taiju, the loveable oaf who has strong morals but isn’t reduced to being a dummy for the sake of making Senkuu look smart. A more simple character for sure, but when it comes to balancing Senkuu, I don’t think we could have asked for a better duo.
Shifting gears to the story, I loved the world that Dr. Stone introduced us to. Existing in an interesting time period after a calamity has struck and left its mark on humanity, you have to love the underdog feeling of two guys doing their best as they try to literally reestablish humanity. As the “Adam and Eve” of this new stone world, it’s great to see the lack of technology act as both a realistic barrier to progression and the driving factor that leads to creative solutions.
Man, what a great first episode! I can’t wait to see where Dr. Stone goes from here, but I for sure will be there watching Senkuu and Taiju’s exploits. Based on the opening sequence, it looks like there are a ton of characters on the way and I for one can’t wait to see what kind of story they’re all going to tell.