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Dr. STONE NEW WORLD Part 2 Episode 13 – Quick Summary

In Dr. STONE NEW WORLD Part 2 episode 13, “The Medusa’s True Face,” Senkuu and his team finally assembled Kaseki’s petrified form in their hideout. Senkuu was about to dump the vial of revival fluid on him when Gen noticed something: a section was missing from Kaseki’s back! And they’re fresh out of air tanks! How will they revive Kaseki now? Meanwhile, Ginrou received a summons to an audience with the Master. Will his shaking legs be able to carry him there? What does the Master want with him? And why is Ibara so interested in Ginrou?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from Dr. STONE NEW WORLD Part 2 Episode 13

Dr. STONE NEW WORLD Part 2 Episode 13: Kaseki revived better than new!

Kaseki had complete faith in Senkuu and his other friends. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

In my review of episode 12, I mentioned how much I enjoyed the teamwork and camaraderie among the characters in the Kingdom of Science. Well, guess what? This episode raised the bar. My favorite quote is an example.

Kaseki revived, better than ever – and in great spirits. If I’d’ve revived wearing a kelp kilt, I’d be at least taken aback. But not Kaseki. He was ready to go.

Gen seemed to expect a different reaction from Kaseki, who was dancing around (with Suika as an enthusiastic partner). Gen said he thought Kaseki must have had a harrowing experience.

“Harrowing?” he said, amused (04:58). “No, not at all! I was perfectly confident. I knew you would use science to bring me back.”

That’s the kind of thing that makes my breath catch in my throat. How awesome must it be for Kaseki to not only have that kind of faith in Senkuu and friends, but to have that faith validated – time and time again?

Favorite Moment from Dr. STONE NEW WORLD Part 2 Episode 13

Dr. STONE NEW WORLD Part 2 Episode 13: Kohaku made a tough decision

Kohaku chose the best path forward – though she knew it was going to suck. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Is The Petrification Beam a Medical Device?

I’ve not read the other sources for this show, so what I’m about to say is based only on the anime. But the petrification beam heals people, right? Or, they’re healed when they are un-petrified. Either way, they return to the world of the ambulatory completely healed. What this entire event the result of a medical experiment gone awry? Were some doctors in Brazil trying to figure out how to heal people, and it got away from them? 

No idea if that’s even close, and even if it is, there’re probably a host of details and motivations surrounding it. Like the voice that said, “Why,” in previous episodes.

Dr. STONE NEW WORLD Part 2 Episode 13: Kaseki came out of petrification healthier than he went in!

The petrification beam seemed to do Kaseki a world of good. Interesting “accidental” side effect! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

But that’s not the moment I want to talk about here. I’m sorely tempted to award the moment to Ginrou. After all, as he lay dying in Kohaku’s arms, his statement that (19:42) “The master is a statue. He looked just like Soyuz” was an act of bravery, at the end. And it was a fine moment! Had me tearing up and everything.

Delivery: Kohaku’s Insight and Courage

I’m awarding the moment to Kohaku. We know how intelligent she is, especially when it comes to matters of combat. She knew there was no way she could defeat Mozu, yet her combat calculus told her there was no way she could convincingly lie to him, either. She chose to engage him, with the benefit of giving Kinrou time to find out what he could – and, maybe, to give Senkuu a little extra time to figure out how to deal with the information.

So when she looked down at Ginrou as he bled out, she made a decision. You could see the grim determination on her face. She didn’t like what her understanding told her. But she didn’t shy away from it. Picking Ginrou up, she said (20:31), “You’re right, Ginrou. You can’t be saved. There’s only one thing for me to do.”

Dr. STONE NEW WORLD Part 2 Episode 13: Ginrou done good.

I don’t want to take away from Ginrou’s contribution. Dude came through when he it counted. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

In that instant, I knew what she had decided. It all made sense – the healing properties of the beam, the intense trust they have in one another. That was the best way forward. The only way, for Ginrou. That’s the moment. Sure, it was cool seeing Amaryllis’ reaction. Kohaku telling the villagers who their Master really was? Also cool. But it all came back to Kohaku’s ability to understand the field of battle and choose among terrible options. That’s the kind of courage and intelligence I can respect.

And talk about faith and trust! She had complete faith that Senkuu and company would come through for her and Ginrou. A courageous, intelligent character, acting on well-earned trust – that’s good stuff!

What did you think of Kaseki’s reaction to seeing his vehicle dismantled? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “Dr. STONE NEW WORLD Part 2 Episode 13: Favorites

  1. One of the things I like most about Dr. Stone is how it manages to hit these amazing emotional beats, the finale of this episode being one of those.

    So glad that scene hadn’t been spoiled for me ahead of time.

    For a story so deeply rooted in real science, it’s almost paradoxical that the current core MacGuffin is a mechanism so far removed from existing technology.

    Used in the short term, there are crazy-wild healing benefits to be had, as seen with both Mirai and Kaseki, though like most technologies it can all too easily be weaponized as well.

    Haven’t accidentally stumbled across any future spoiler information about the Petrification Technology (… thankfully!) though given the series’ relentlessly pro-science stance, the notion that it could have been developed with benign intent is certainly possible: The process is almost akin to rebooting people on a cellular level – with a touch of Pasteurization as the Cherry on Top – so your speculation might well prove spot-on.

    (Probably also useful for Humanity in surviving potential Extinction Level Events as well.)

    A few quick notes …

    – This episode adapts manga chapters 119-121, pretty much shot-for-shot. (I’ve taken to reading the corresponding chapters once the episodes have dropped.) 🤗✨

    – The guy who usually reviews Dr. Stone with an eye towards the accuracy of the science seems to be MIA, possibly no one has told him that new episodes are being aired.

    – The “Medusa” tech has this weird ‘Möbius Strip’ look to it, or perhaps an ‘Ouroboros’ feel, like a snake eating its own tail.

    – We still don’t know how the ‘Petrification Effect’ is turned on/off or activated, or when/how the tech was recovered.

    – I liked how the final scene rolled into the end credits for awhile, always a nice touch: This might have been a better (… though more excruciating) cliffhanger between cours, though pausing on the cusp of anyone else being revived has its merits as well.

    1. You’re absolutely right about those emotional beats. They make it look so easy! But they hit so hard.

      The Medusa device doesn’t even look like human technology. I hope it turns out to be. I guess I won’t object if the show introduces a sci-fi alien element, I just hope that if they do they handle it with subtlety!

      Bummer that guy is MIA. You shared some of his posts before, and they were a blast!

      “like a snake eating its own tail.”

      That’s what made it seem inhuman. I can’t think of medical devices or weapons that look like that — no emitter, no power source… Strange.

      Good point about activation — I have no idea how Kirisame fired it. It looked like she just threw it.

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