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Review: Dr. Stone Episode 10 – Best In Show

Quick Summary

In Dr. Stone episode 10, “A Flimsy Alliance,” the question of Gen Asagiri takes a back seat when Magma, a thug who wants to take over the village, mistakes Gen for Senkuu and brutally attacks the man, leaving him for dead. Kohaku tells Senkuu that Magma tried to win the yearly tournament; a tournament that would have let him take over as village elder by marrying Ruri, Kohaku’s sister. However, Kohaku overheard Magma saying that he didn’t want to deal with taking care of her, so after the marriage, he might arrange for her to have a swimming accident. He was less than pleased when Kohaku entered the tournament just to defeat him — and succeeded. Easily. Can our heroes stop Magma from his rampage again since they’ve rescheduled the tournament — and forbade Kohaku from participating? Will Senkuu even be able to give Ruri medicine if Magma becomes the leader? And did Gen survive the brutal spear attack?

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

Best Moment in the Show

Yes, trust has to be earned. But sometimes, you have to show it to earn it. Kohaku put all of her cards on the table. How will Ginrou and Kinrou respond? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Kohaku is a great character. She’s not only strong enough to make Tsukasa Shishiou take an unwilling step backwards, she’s also the undisputed (and proven!) combat champion in her village. She’s also an all-around compassionate person. Most of all, she loves her sister Ruri, and she’s completely onboard with Senkuu’s plan to manufacture penicillin because it might heal her sister.

Senkuu pointed out that if Magma wins, it’d be hard to even get the medicine to Ruri. Kohaku, though, see the situation differently. She says (13:59), “It’s also an opportunity. If a man from the kingdom of science defeats Magma and wins the Grand Bout, marries Ruri-nee, and becomes the elder, it’ll solve everything.”

Great plan! Only one problem: Who will fight on behalf of the kingdom of science? Obviously, Kohaku’s trick of entering the tournament won’t work now. The elder has already disqualified her. Magma is the stereotype of a Bad Man. He’s brutishly strong, and he uses his strength to bully his way through life. It’s pretty clear that neither Senkuu nor Chrome could face Magma — despite Chrome’s strong affection for Ruri.

Kohaku doesn’t seem repentant that she broke the rules to save her sister — or that she made a habit of breaking the rules. Good for her! And look at that smile — talk about confidence! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

They do the only thing they can think of doing. They approach Ginrou and Kinrou. She tries to start the conversation by asking a provocative question about Ruri (14:25): “Would you like to take her as your wife?”

That threw Ginrou into complete confusion, but Kinrou knew something else what going on. He said that the gatekeeper doesn’t ask questions; but that there’s no rule against listening to Kohaku talk to herself — say, about what she’s really after.

This was the moment of truth. Kohaku had to decide whether she can trust Kinrou or not. With her sister’s life on the line, Kohaku took a deep breath and said, “I want to save my sister’s life” (15:23). It was a moment of absolute trust. 

And both of them honored her trust. Kinrou even told her that she didn’t need to explain any more; they were on board. They would let her train them so one of them would be able to defeat Magma. 

Kohaku’s a great character. It’s good to see that she had people she can depend on.

What did you think of Gen’s actions in this episode? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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