In Dr. Stone episode 05, "Stone World The Beginning," the story picks right up where the previous episode left off. Taiju Ooki and Yuzuriha Ogawa find themselves pitted against the powerful Tsukasa Shishiou -- not to mention their own grief. Can Taiju control his temper and avoid triggering yet another kill response from Tsukasa? Can Yuzuriha do anything at all to help? And even if Senkuu were still with them, would could his intellect do to save them -- it having failed once already?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Best Moment in the Show
Sometimes, we have to take hope where we can find it. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I'm sorely tempted to pick the moment where Taiju and Yuzuriha independently figured out what they needed to do. I hope Taiju gets over himself and confesses to Yuzuriha, because I think they're good together.
But that's not the moment I picked. Instead, I picked a moment that gave me hope for our time -- after a week where I'd really like to find some hope, anywhere.
During Senkuu's flashback, as he was reviving after Taiju and Yuzuriha used the thawing solution, he remembered waking up himself. After carefully preserving the site where he revived (15:09), a touch I thought was a great idea, he set about making some clothes before turning his attention to tools.
First, he tries to make fire (17:10). He fails utterly, because he doesn't have the right tools -- or Taiju's endurance. But he didn't give up. He took stock of his situation and reset his expectations. In other words, he showed an ability to adapt. We found out just how much he'll need it: He first attempts to make tools out of rocks resulted in gravel -- nothing useful at all.
This is where things got good. He learned to hold the rocks differently. He learned different types of rocks yielded different results. As he got better and better, he told himself to "Learn everything. Try everything."
Senkuu adjusts his perspective and approach based on experimentation. It's a shame that approach is controversial. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
And even though other animals use tools, "...there's only one species that uses science" (19:56).
That's the heart of what it is to be scientific. That's the heart of what it is to be civilized. It's how rational humans break down a problem and resolve it.
It's also what's in heart-breakingly short supply. One of the latest mass shootings (doubtless almost forgotten by the time you read this because of the newer tragedies that will likely follow) happened just down the road from me. Alone among the civilized nations of this Earth, my country has not been able to address the problem. That's an affront to those who have fallen. It's a humiliation for those of us who remain. And I have to point to an anime series to show us a way out.
On the bright side, that's one of the things that art does, isn't it?
What did you think of Senkuu's brush with death? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
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