「KING OF THE STONE WORLD」
“King Of The Stone World”
What good is rebuilding civilization without a little conflict?
Man, after a wild first episode that thrust us straight into the (literal) stone-age, I wasn’t ready for what this second episode had waiting for us. Because if I’m being honest with you, I was thinking we’d just get to see more of Taiju and Senku’s antics. Instead we were given another episode full of various layers of character development and the introduction of who I assume will be one of the biggest drivers of conflict in the story.
Starting with the lighter side of things though, I can’t get over how much I love the dynamic between Taiju and Senku. Senku is definitely someone who speaks their mind and there’s no reason why he’d have to humor Taiju especially when he’s already shown he can nudge Taiju in a specific direction. But being more than just a sarcastic genius, I love how he hasn’t cast aside his humanity (and sense of humor) and is capable of holding fun conversations. Using the very first piece of new dialogue in this week’s episode, it’s clear that Taiju had no intentions of forcing his will of wanting to revive Yuzuriha and instead was leaving the decision to Senku as the brains of the unit. As one would assume, you’d think that he’d have some sort of rhyme or reason in his choice but instead demonstrates he’s uninterested in the politics of deciding these things and was extending his appreciation to Taiju by handing the choice to him. In a one-two punch we learn more about Senku’s demeanor toward this new world as well as witness just how much he actually cares about Taiju without him explicitly stating it. That and this moment heavily plays into events later in the episode when we have to deal with Tsukasa.
The moment with the lions before reviving Tsukasa was also another great moment explaining all of this, but I think the first part sold it better since there wasn’t also an immediate threat to force either character in reverting to their instincts.
On that note, Tsukasa seems to be ridiculously overpowered. Not only is he able to take on a lion with his bare hands but his aptitude and ability to successfully hunt all sorts of game feels almost a little too unreal. That said, because it looks like he’s actually the bad guy and not a part of Team Senku, it’s not such a bad thing since it’d probably take someone ridiculous to put up a fight against the power combination of Senku and Taiju. The thing is, Tsukasa fundamentally seems like an alright person who just views the scales of justice a little bit differently. Instead of trying to return to the status quo, his idea of restarting civilization instead of reviving it doesn’t sound all that crazy when you’re starting from scratch — which leads me to believe that in the future we’ll get to see more clashing of ideals that give fights some actual substance.
Anyways, what a fantastic episode! We got to see the beginnings of the conflicts to come, learned more about our core cast of characters, and even got to learn just what “Dr. Stone” actually means! Jokes aside, I honestly can’t wait to see next week’s episode where we’ll hopefully get to see just what Senku has in mind for his fourth use of Calcium Carbonate. The show obviously wanted us to see that he’s working on a crossbow (I hope that’s a crossbow) and it sounds like the only way you’d be able to stop Tsukasa from smashing your brains out would be to incapacitate him using the power of mechanical advantage. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week. See you then!
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