Science fiction hit Dr. Stone is taking over the summer 2019 season of anime and rightfully so. In a post-apocalyptic world where everyone on the planet has been turned to stone, Senku awakens with a goal to restart civilization. To do so, he must use the power of science.
While the series is fictional, all the concepts in Dr. Stone are based on concepts in real life. Merely the ideas are replicated and not the methods entirely. Dr. Stone is currently airing during the summer 2019 season and will continue into the fall. The series is streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation.
As stated above, Dr. Stone is a science fiction anime about recreation of the world. What’s interesting about the series is that the science going into Senku’s methods are entirely factual. Since everyone in the world has been turned to stone and since Senku wants to restart the world, it’s only natural for him to need a way to reverse the petrification.
To do so Senku creates the Stone Formula in episode one. Combining nitric acid and distilled alcohol he creates a liquid known as “Miracle Fluid”. By pouring the fluid onto a petrified human, the stone will crack reviving the person. Miracle Fluid is essentially just Nital which is a real-world solution used for etching metals.
Shonen Jump is a magazine that contains manga, anime, and otaku related content. The iconic monthly magazine started in 2002 and released its final issue in 2012. The magazine has featured prestigious shows such as One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, My Hero Academia, and many more. Dr. Stone puts a twist on this classic action-packed anime by emphasizing brain power.
Typical Shonen format centers around a male protagonist trying to reach an end goal of some sort. In Naruto, it’s Hokage or the number one hero in My Hero Academia. In Dr. Stone, Senku is an 18-year-old boy and has an end goal of restoring society to its original state.
The world of Dr. Stone takes place as a post-apocalyptic setting. Set 3,700 years into the future, vegetation has grown wild and cities have deteriorated. The anime retains elements of the isekai genre but being set in the same world keeps it from being such. One of the most exciting parts about a post-apocalyptic setting is that there are no laws. Because of this we see Senku taking the moral high ground of restoring the world and Tsukasa murdering the stone structures to prevent the world from being restored. A true battle of wits vs. muscle and science vs. strength.
Dr. Stone is full of beautiful imagery. The show is full of bright colors and lots of greenery. Dr. Stone is set in the year 2038 before the world is petrified and by 5738, the world is overtaken by vegetation. Moss has grown on the sides of trees and vines hang down from branches.
In episode three we see a statue of the Great Buddha of Kamakura is partially cracked from age. During nights the warm bright colors disappear and are replaced with cool dark colors.
Senku is unmatched when it comes to his mind, but also lacks in strength. He is a genius able to create gun powder explosives as seen in episode four of the Dr. Stone anime. He does this by mixing potassium nitrate, charcoal, sulfur, and sugar. Senku isn’t completely overpowered as a character because what he has in mental strength he lacks in physical strength. In episode seven, Senku struggles to carry a large pot of water. Since Senku is so smart it helps for the convenience of the show. Senku can explain the science behind everything in a quick explanation, but still has his limits of what he can and can’t do.
The Dr. Stone manga began publishing in March of 2017. The science fiction hit is still on going as the manga continues in 2019. The manga is written by Riichiro Inagaki and illustrated by Mujik Park also known as Boichi.
Given that the anime is a Shonen series and that the manga is still ongoing, it’s likely that there will be a second season of Dr. Stone.
Senku’s voice actor in Dr. Stone is Yuusuke Kobayashi. He is known for his roles as Subaru in Re:Zero, Arthur Boyle in Fire Force, and Shin in Wise Man’s Grandson. However, he isn’t the only character in the series with a notable voice actor. Taiju’s voice actor Makoto Furukawa is known for Saitama in One Punch Man, Shorter Wong in Banana Fish, and Miyuki Shirogane in Kaguya-sama: Love is War. Kohaku made her introduction in episode six of the Dr. Stone anime and is voice acted by Manami Numakura known for Brandish in Fairy Tail, Retoree in Show By Rock, and Tsubame in UzaMaid.
Dr. Stone works to answer the question of the unknown. What would happen if the world mysteriously ended? How would civilization rebuild itself? What would the world be like? These post-apocalyptic questions leave viewers interested to learn more each week of every new episode.
Viewers are compelled to the series to see what interesting invention Senku will show us next. What destruction Tsukasa will cause and if Taiju will ever confess his love for Yuzuriha.
If you’ve given Dr. Stone a chance with the first few opening episodes and it hasn’t been for you, stick with it. The first six episodes of the series are to build the world Dr. Stone takes place in. They allow the viewer to get used to the predicament the characters are in and get a feel for their personalities. The first major arc of the series doesn’t come until episode seven when Senku aligns with Kohaku and visits her village. If you can get through the intricate world building viewers are rewarded with an enticing story.
Summer 2019 is a powerhouse of a season. With shows such as Fire Force, Vinland Saga, Given, and Maidens of the Savage Season as well as sequels to Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon and Teasing Master Takagi-san. Dr. Stone still shines as being one of the best titles in this star-studded roster. According to myanimelist.net Dr. Stone is the most popular title of the season with a current score of 8.18/10 at the time of writing, outshining its competitors.