「狼煙をあげろ」 (Noroshi wo Agero)
“Fire The Smoke Signal”
Just a quick pop and a snap.
Holy. Crap. Did this episode really just end the way I think it did? Did the main character of the story just get the connection between his brain and his body literally smashed and destroyed? Like, even though I don’t know what the story is going to do, I’m sure that this can’t be the end of Senku. He’s (I’m assuming) our titular character who will one day be called Dr. Stone as well as the source of all knowledge and the ability to move civilization forward. That said, what happened at the end of the episode seems pretty definitive. Before we dive into that though, let’s take a second to look back at everything that happened before that since I thought it was really, really interesting.
Starting with Yuzuriha, I was blown away with just how brave and courageous she was. As a new character who we know literally nothing about, this week’s episode did a fantastic job at fleshing out her values and beliefs. I mean, I think we all knew she had a kind heart based on her literally copying what Taiju did when they found the petrified pigeons. But who would have thought that she’d also be a selfless individual who would sacrifice herself for the guaranteed success of humanity? God just thinking about it gets me all worked up. And as if that wasn’t enough, how can you not love that she also has a good head on her shoulders as Senku noticed when she brought up the whole notion of flint and the dangers of having Taiju pack their first attempt at gunpowder? Man as much as I have problems with some characters having too many things packed into them, I must admit that this show has a way of making it all work well.
Heading back to where we started though, I have to admit that I’m more than just a little surprised that we watched Senku literally die in-front of us. Then again, after watching his flashback of how he became one of the smartest (if not the smartest) individuals in all of Japan, it’s not too hard to see how his personality evolved in the way that it did. While I would have loved to see his hair be the outcome of his zealous attempts at learning, I’ll give it a pass to see just how supportive his father was at cultivating that natural sense of learning within him.
All that said, it looks like we’re in a real interesting spot now. Senku is apparently gone and we have a morally broken strongman looking to take over what little there is of civilization. Luckily it looks like there are some others out there in the world, but we won’t get to see just what they’re up to until at least next week. Hopefully the story gives us a good answer about how Senku is going to get out of this one because I for one can’t imagine this show without him.
P.S. I also forgot all about Taiju’s non-confession at the beginning and just wanted to point out that he’s such a stand up guy. He knows that there’s not really anyone else that Yuzuriha could ask out AND nowhere for her to really run to. God, I LOVE THIS GUY.
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