One of my favorite episodes thus far — but probably not for the reason you expect.
Alluding to what I was talking about in the excerpt, there have been many hints here and there about what I’m going to talk about — hints that have been getting bolder and a bit more obvious until it was really spelled out for us this week. And the thing I’m talking about my dear readers is Senku is his extremely obvious love for humanity as a whole and especially those close to him.
I know I’ve talked about this quite a bit, but I think what I love the most about Dr.STONE (besides all the cool science-adjacent material) is just how much nuance the story has given our main protagonist. Again, instead of just being some brilliant genius since birth, Senku was born a normal kid and through a combination of hard work, patience, and love from those around him became an amazing individual. And because of all the things that shaped his path as he grew into who he is today, he understands the importance of looking out for others and utilizes that amazing intelligence of his to see things that others would miss.
Using this week’s episode with Suika and her glasses, it was clear that nobody realized she was suffering from bad vision. With everyone thinking that she just wore a watermelon over her head to hide some kind of disfigurement, it was Senku who revealed that Suika’s fear over her looks was just a side effect of the main problem — real bad near sightedness. It was also Senku who relieved her of notion she had some kind of disease or defect and instead restored some sense of confidence by using just the right words to alleviate just the right fears. Sure, Senku will hide behind that “evil” persona of his since he’s a closet tsundere but it’s clear as day just how compassionate he is toward others.
God, who would have thought a show called Dr.STONE would have so many layers of nuance hiding within it? Anyways, diving back into the main story, it’s kind of crazy just how much progress Senku has made thus far. With the Kingdom of Science rapidly growing, it looks like it’s just a matter of time until it’ll have everything it needs to create the sulfer-based antibiotics that will hopefully save Ruri’s life. That said, it feels like we’re overdue for some conflict/trouble and next week’s episode (if Senku is being serious) seems like it’s dealing with something rather ominous. God, I want to know what it is!
Oh my god, I forgot to talk about Kaseki! Besides him knowing about being dirty in the bedroom (he clearly said ヘンタイプレイ) , I’m so glad he’s finally made his debut. I have a few other things I want to say, but that’ll have to wait for the story to go a bit further. Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week!
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