「科学の武器」 (Kagaku no Buki)
“Weapon of Science”
While I still enjoy watching Dr. STONE, I’m going to take this third episode to gently express some displeasure about a few different things in the plot.
As I said in the excerpt, I really enjoy watching Dr. STONE. It has a fun mix of characters that jive well off of each other and the overarching plot of trying to restore the world after it literally plunged into a second stone age is so thrilling that I wish I could fast forward time to see what happens. However, with the third episode in any new show marking the end of the litmus test, there are a few things that I have to talk about since it’d be a lie if I said I loved everything about this show.
First and foremost, can we talk about Tsukasa and how he’s literally turning into a macho version of Senku? If I remember correctly he was described as the “strongest high school student” and not the “strongest high school student with insane aptitude”. Sure his backstory gives some weight to his insane street smarts and ability to read in-between the lines, but something about him instantly realizing that Senku was trying to throw him off their scent and figuring out that they were heading to Hakone was just a little too ridiculous even for me. Like, I understand that we need to have a antagonist who can go toe-to-toe with Senku but I wish that the story could have done it in a way that didn’t bestow an insane amount of intelligence to someone but rather played on the less concrete elements that Senku might overlook with his insane intelligence missing something too obvious. As we saw in Episode One when Taiju thought of creating alcohol via smashing grapes to make wine, there are ways that Senku can get caught off guard because of his intelligence.
Second, even though I love you man, I swear Taiju at times makes me want to violently shake my monitor until it breaks. He’s such a loveable oaf that I just can’t get mad at him, but I will admit that his demeanor around Yuzuriha is slowly starting to annoy me. Luckily, his straightforward honesty still manages to keep me loving the guy and if I’m being honest I thought it was super cool how he managed to shrug off a direct kick from Tsukasa which as a byproduct managed to stave off the whole situation. So please, even if I begin to love Taiju as much as I did during Episode One, I acknowledge that he probably annoys the hell out of some people.
At the end of the day though, a good third episode that really got the ball rolling when it comes to setting the stakes. With a clear difference in opinion between our protagonist and antagonist, I love how this rat-race or sorts has finally kicked off. While it remains to be seen whether or not Tsukasa will be able to overcome Senku’s intelligence, I hope that the story will continue to reiterate on itself and create creative situations for each side to overcome.