Anime: Dr. Stone
I’m a bit late to the Dr. Stone party but nonetheless, I’ve been really enjoying it so far! I have to admit, this anime really caught me by surprise as I didn’t expect to like it this much. The story and characters really drew me in. I just watched Episode 3 on Crunchyroll, so let’s get into this review and discuss!
Synopsis: For those who haven’t watched Dr. Stone yet, imagine a story where a boy finally builds up the courage to confess to his long-time crush and right when he is about to confess, a beam of light suddenly appears and leaves everyone turned to stone with no explanation. But 3700 years later, he breaks free from the stone and with the help of his friend named Senku, who happens to be a genius scientist, vow to bring back humanity with the power of Science!
Plot/Story: In Episode 3, it is well established that Tsukasa is the antagonist and poses a threat. I found it interesting that despite learning about his true goals, Senku still describes him as a “Good Guy.” In a world where there are no modern weapons, Tsukasa is way too strong and Senku must figure out a way to take him down. He purposely withholds information from him but Tsukasa eventually finds out about the “miracle fluid” aka Nitric Acid and the cave thanks to a certain someone..(looking at you, Taiju).
(Btw, I loved Senku’s reaction when Taiju blurted out information about the “miracle fluid” and the cave in front of Tsukasa)
(Taiju vs. Tsukasa)
Although fighting isn’t Senku’s strong suit, he is pretty crafty. It is a bit frustrating knowing that Taiju has a lot of strength but never fights back as he is a pacifist. After a short-lived battle with Tsukasa, Senku and the group retreat and secretly head to Hakone. There, Senku plans to create the “weapon of science” to defeat Tsukasa.
(A flashback scene of Taiju about to confess his love to Yuzuriha)
In this episode, we finally get properly introduced to Yuzuriha after she breaks free from the stone. She seems enthusiastic and ready to help Senku, even if she was clueless as to what was going on at first. I’m curious to see how she will contribute to the team, seeing how Senku = Brains, Taiju = Brawl, and Tsukasa = Strong.
“I have no idea what’s going on, but I’ll help, too!” – Yuzuriha
Tsukasa: I got to see how much of a threat Tsukasa really is. He is not only physically strong but extremely smart. I was actually surprised at how he knew what Nitric Acid was.
Also, he was able to quickly find out about Senku’s plans. How was he able to pinpoint their exact location in a matter of minutes? Tsukasa would make one of hell of a detective.
(Tsukasa figuring out Senku’s plans)
My only concern is that I hope Tsukasa isn’t overpowered. He’s already extremely strong and intelligent. I’m curious to see how he plans to catch up to them.
Additional Mentions: I’m hoping there’s an explanation on why the birds were turned to stone and not other animals like the lions.
Rating: 4.5/5. Things are starting to pick up and I’m already looking forward to the next episode. Based on what I’ve seen so far, this anime has a lot of potential. The philosophical clash between Senku and Tsukasa is interesting and I genuinely enjoy the comedic interactions between the characters, especially between Senku and Taiju. What are your thoughts on this episode?