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Dr. STONE – 04

「狼煙をあげろ」 (Noroshi wo Agero)
“Fire The Smoke Signal”

Just a quick pop and a snap.

General Impressions

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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July 28, 2019 at 11:38 pm
8 comments »
  • July 29, 2019 at 12:44 amChris hall

  • July 29, 2019 at 1:33 amMockman

    I’m not sure that Yuzuriha was sacrificing herself for the rest of humanity. I took it more as her refusing to let Tsukasa tie Senku’s hands by making her a hostage. And also, her having faith in Senku. Either way, I’ll grant that she was impressive.

    I just wish that Tsukasa had knocked that weird white thing off her head instead of cutting her hair.

  • July 29, 2019 at 2:59 amGinobi47

    Watched the first four episodes of doctor stone…. went to the manga and read it in one sitting.

    IT WAS AWESOME!

    I have high hopes for the anime if they stick to the source materials

  • July 29, 2019 at 3:22 amSkizzit

    Continues to be a near perfect adaptation to the point where it feels like they are using the manga panels as storyboards. The whole flashback is word for word and shot for shot. Still so happy to see this series catching on with people because I just love it and it just keeps getting better and better from here. Hell, pretty much all of my favorite aspects of the series haven’t even been introduced yet.

  • July 29, 2019 at 5:26 ammac65

    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.

    Tension is tension, stated or otherwise. But I think this narrative is part of the Japanese culture;
    he hasn’t changed how he feels so she might actually feel more tension than if they had actually
    talked it out. To me this is the opposite message, you were important to me 3,700 years ago, but
    now, not so much. I mean the guy waited 3,700 years to tell her… This is probably the only
    frustrating thing to me so far, this non-confession — everything else I can justify to this
    fantasy story line. Just my 2¢.

    But…

    Good series so far, and by accounts of the source readers, it gets better.

  • July 29, 2019 at 7:02 amKlingKlang

    How many hours did they spend building that privacy wall in the hot spring? Remember that they have to cut all of those logs with stone tools and not just tie them together. Either take turns or have mixed bathing.

    • July 29, 2019 at 10:52 amWorldwidedepp

      perhpas they prepared this while she still was in Stone, like her cloth and so on.

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