「石の世界の二つの国」 (Ishi no Sekai no Futatsu no Kuni)
“Two Nations of the Stone World”
What a wild episode with a just as wild idea coming from Senku.
Before I start anything, I just need to ask — am I the only one who thinks of the word “guano” whenever the show decides to show bats or the cave they live in?
God, what a build up to letting us know that Senku managed to make it past his deadly encounter with Tsukasa. Honestly, if there’s something that Dr. STONE knows how to do, it’s how to tell a story about a close knit group of characters who all have tangible reasons behind why they behave the way they do. Using Senku’s revival as a prime example, it wasn’t just pure luck that Taiju and Yuzuriha were able to figure it out. It was a combination of not only noticing his strange new habit but knowing that it was out of the norm compared to how he normally is — something that they wouldn’t have known had they not been close friends 3700 years ago. The thing is, instead of just forcing exposition down our throats, it’s moments like when Senku gets emotional after he finally gets a moment to take a look at his best friend that speak volumes about his motivations and needs as an individual. All of which eventually lead to powerfully emotional moments that really leave an impact on you.
Diving back to the present, I absolutely love where the story is going right now. With two opposing factions about to appear, I thought it was brilliant how Senku suggested that his two best friends infiltrate the enemy’s ranks instead of staying close to him. Besides showing his selflessness, I can’t imagine how crazy that talk with Taiju, Yuzuriha, and Tsukasa will be in the future. That said, I’d be lying if I didn’t say my favorite part of the episode was Kohaku’s introduction. Besides trying to take on the final boss, her simple but honest personality swooned my heart the moment she expressed her feelings for Senku.
God, I love it when episodes are efficient and use every second they can to tell their story. This week’s episode felt real long, but that’s because it was trying to pack as much as it could within a mere twenty five minutes. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week where we’ll hopefully get to see just what Kohaku’s people are like. See you then!