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Review: Dr. Stone Episode 01 – Best In Show

Quick Summary

In Dr. Stone episode 01, "Stone World," it was a normal high school day for Senkuu and Taiju Ooki. The former was busily figuring out how to solve the world's fossil fuel problems, and the latter was once again not telling the girl of his dreams, Yuzuriha Ogawa, how he felt about her. There then two things very much out of the ordinarily happened. First, Taiju worked up the courage to confess his love. Second, just as he was speaking the words, a bright light overtook the world, and every single human turned to stone. Can even Senkuu's brilliant scientific mind overcome being turned to stone? Will Taiju ever get to confess his love for Yuzuriha? Would she even hear it if he did?

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

Best Moment in the Show

Senkuu was smart enough to know he couldn't remake civilization alone. Fortunately, he had a willing and capable partner in Taiju! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream

Do you dislike cliches as much as I do? Cliches can sap the strength out of any interesting or dramatic moment. That's why despite the hype this show has generated, I went into Dr. Stone with some trepidation. 

The show started with a staggeringly confident Senkuu talking down to everyone around him. Well, that's not exactly true; it was done well enough that I couldn't tell if he meant to talk down, or if he was just talking from such a high level he couldn't help it. 

But when he left the message "Follow the river downstream, big oaf," I was teetering on the edge of walking away. 

I'm glad I didn't.

After Taiju followed the river and found Senkuu, the two established a really strong working relationship. Sure, Senkuu called Taiju things like "big oaf," but it soon became clear to me that it was a term of, if not affection, then of camaraderie. 

What cemented that impression was my favorite moment of the episode. They got back to the small but elaborate tree house. Taiju was impressed, but Dr. Stone said that (12:16) "I don't have enough manpower. Just producing the bare minimum to keep myself alive takes all day. In order to rebuild civilization, I need a big, muscle-bound meathead."

The two of them showed a lot more respect for each other than I'd been afraid they would. In fact, they had great chemistry! No pun intended... Capture from the Crunchyroll stream

Even better? He said he knew Taiju would be break free of the stone, because (12:34) "There's no way a guy who was so intent on confessing to Yuzuriha would give in after just a few thousand years."

In other words, sure, Senkuu ribbed his friend. But he was also keenly aware that he needed Taiju. Their skillsets meshed perfectly, and they both knew it.

It was a lot of fun seeing how much they threw themselves into their work after that.

What was your favorite moment of the episode?

2 thoughts on “Review: Dr. Stone Episode 01 – Best In Show

  1. “They pretty much know what they have in each other, don’t they?”

    Good point! I was pretty much focused on the other half of the equation.

    “Sadly, I didn’t really click with anything in the premier.”

    Bummer! Well, maybe the next episode!

    At the very least, it’s a concept I haven’t seen before. That’s at least worth a look — which I guess we both just did by watching the first episode!

  2. I found the whole episode mildly boring; it did pass the time, but I don’t have favourite moment and I don’t have a least favourite moment. (For what it’s worth, Senkuu also doesn’t hesitate to praise his friend when he mentions making wine from grapes. They pretty much know what they have in each other, don’t they? What I like about that is that it suggests a good balance in characters, so there’s potential for improvement.)

    Sadly, I didn’t really click with anything in the premier.

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