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Review: Dr. Stone Episode 07 – Best In Show

Quick Summary

In Dr. Stone episode 07, “Where Two Million Years Have Gone,” Kohaku decides to take Senkuu back to her village. As soon as he arrives, Ginrou and Kinrou deny him access, because he’s an outsider. Kohaku threatens to duel them, and it was clear that the two of them knew that she would likely take both of them in a fight — even if they fought together — so it was a good thing that the village sorcerer Chrome choose that moment to reveal himself. Will Chrome’s tricks, as impressive as they are to Kohaku, Ginrou, and Kinrou, have any effect on Senkuu whatsoever? How will Chrome react to Senkuu’s own brand of “sorcery?” And what in the world has Chrome been collecting in his hut outside of the village?

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

Best Moment in the Show

We all react to tragedy differently. Senkuu’s primarily intellectual, so he’s stoic. Chrome might be another story. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream

After Kohaku brought Senkuu back to the village, only to have his entrance blocked by Ginrou and Kinrou, the village sorcerer Chrome showed up and challenged Senkuu to a sorcerer duel. You can guess how it ended. In fact, I almost felt sorry for Chrome when he bet double or nothing on a battle of arithmetic. Poor guy.

What was interesting about the meeting, though, was that Senkuu saw that Chrome had not only been collecting all sorts of minerals and other materials. He had been experimenting on them. Chrome had been looking for interesting interactions, and he found one, he called it sorcery. 

But what Senkuu saw wasn’t a local idiot wasting his time, as it seemed some of the villagers thought. Senkuu saw a kindred spirit. He saw someone whose curiosity drove him to behave in a way that was socially awkward, just for the joy of discovery. 

In other words, he saw an ally against Tsukasa Shishiou

That sets the stage for my Best in Show moment. When Senkuu saw that Chrome was also collecting medicinal plants and was testing it against his own body in the hopes of curing Kohaku’s sister Ruri, Senkuu seemed convinced: he wanted to confide in Chrome. 

He spoke to Chrome of the world before the Stone Age (19:59). Of the wonders of technology and medicine. Of flight in the air and to the moon. Of medical science so powerful it could rebuild limbs. Then he told Chrome about the fall, when humans were turned to stone.

Chrome’s reaction to learning the magnitude of the loss was one of the most reasonable things I’ve seen in this series! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Chrome wept (20:51). 

It was a powerful moment, because since the series started, we’ve been at a dead run. We had a short moment of reflection in episode 3 when emotion overwhelmed Yuzuriha Ogawa at the sight of Great Buddha of Kamakura. Now, we saw how someone born in the Stone Age reacted when he learned what we’d lost. 

Chrome’s desire to use the scientific method to save Ruri resonated with me, too. 

What did you think of the villagers? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments! 

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