「200万年の在処」 (Niman Nen no Arika)
“Where 200 Million Years Have Gone”
That actually wasn’t what I was expecting but I must admit that I absolutely loved it.
Man, after two weeks of cliffhangers it was nice to finally have the story ease into its next arc without throwing too many curve balls at us. Seeing how Taiju and Yuzuriha have been temporarily replaced with Chrome and Kohaku, it was actually rather interesting to see just how different of a dynamic these new characters provide. Besides being a part of a new generation of people who came sometime after civilization entered the (literal) Stone Age, it was interesting to see how their knowledge of the “world” was all over the place. Between a lack of understanding of certain scientific principles to strange bits of knowledge that could have only come from before the flash, you could definitely feel bits and pieces of a new mystery brewing.
However, what was more thrilling than Senku finding a whole village of people was just how much of a jumpstart his new civilization of science got. With Chrome essentially being the primitive version of Senku, it was amazing to see that Chrome had somehow managed to collect an abundance of scientific resources that Senku could immediately put to work. That and compared to Senku’s relationship with Taiju, it was really fun to watch someone who was more focused on the scientific side of things. Jiving off of each other in a student-teacher kind of way, you could really see Senku enjoying himself as he got to witness someone else with an insane amount of curiosity and drive to find the answers to the unknown.
On the other side of things, the other new characters this week all felt surprisingly thought out. From Kinro to Ginro all the way to Kohaku’s sister Ruri, each and every one of them did a great job at showing us just how they manage to fit in this crazy story with their wildly different personalities. And sure we may not have got to see much yet, but I have high hopes that they’ll all show us just what they can do as we get further into this new arc.
All-in-all, a great start to a new arc! With new characters everywhere and a totally motivated Senku and assistant Chrome at his side, it feels like that nothing will be able to stop them. Hopefully we’ll get to see something awesome from them soon. Until then, be sure to avoid any random petrifaction rays so we can all enjoy next week’s episode. See you then!