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Review: Dr. Stone Episode 09 – Best In Show

Quick Summary

In Dr. Stone episode 09, “Let There Be the Light of Science,” SenkuuChromeKohaku, and Suika are busily bribing the villagers with ramen. Suddenly, a stranger draws attention to himself, and Kohaku and the two guards Ginrou and Kinrou surround him. They learn his name is Gen Asagiri, a contemporary of Senkuu, who says he’s been all alone since he un-petrified. But given how well he’s dressed, it that even possible? Is he really a spy for Tsukasa Shishiou? Even more important, will the ramen be enough to bribe the villagers into helping Senkuu make steel?

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

Best Moment in the Show

It’s amazing how beautiful a single light bulb can be. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream

I think Senkuu should go for his Project Management Professional certification. He’s broken down all the steps needed to make penicillin into individual phases, and he’s broken each individual phase down to its components tasks. I’m irrationally delighted at his project management skills!

In this episode, he’s working towards the deliverables for the first phase: create electricity. To do that, he needed to create powerful artificial magnets so he could build a generator. The first test of the generator gave us my Best in Show Moment.

After making everyone who ate ramen stoke the furnace, Senku went on to create the components of a generator. He convinced Ginrou and Kinrou to operate it, and one evening, after dark, they spun up the generator. Senku climbed to the top of Chrome’s tall hut.

“Chrome,” Senkuu asked (21:49). “Are you afraid of the dark? …There’s no darkness in my age… With science, humanity defeated the night.”

Using a steam-roasted string of bamboo as a filament, he connected the output of the generator to either side. 

Even Gen, who trivializes everything, seemed to be impressed. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream

For the first time in 3,700 years, an electric light shone in the dark. 

I think even Gen was impressed. 

It was a simple moment. Just a little light atop Chrome’s laboratory. But to me, it was like humanity was saying to the world, “We’re back.”

Over the Labor Day weekend (a holiday in the US), a storm knocked out power to my house for over 24 hours. Events like that remind me of how remarkable is a simple lamp. Just flipping a switch banishes the darkness. But only if you have the right technology.

What did you think of Senkuu’s project management skills? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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