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Review: Dr. Stone Episode 11 – Best In Show

Quick Summary

In Dr. Stone episode 11, “Clear World,” Senkuu sets his sights on the next critical element for achieving an antibiotic: glass. With help from ChromeKohaku, Suika, they gather all of the materials they need. They fashion an iron pipe to help shape the glass. They try to make glass vessels like beakers or cups — and they utterly fail. Senkuu’s used to the scientific method; he knows failures are just steps on the road to success. But Chrome has a better idea, and he rushes into the village to fetch a local craftsman. He comes back with Kaseki — all tied up as a prisoner! Will Senkuu be able to convince Kaseki to help them now that they’ve treated him so roughly? Do they have any hope of creating the class vessels they need for chemistry within the next six months if they can’t convince him? And what do they discover about why Suika wears the melon rind on her head?

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

Best Moment in the Show

Suika doesn’t wear the melon as a fashion statement. The pinholes help her nearsightedness. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream

I’m going with the obvious low-hanging fruit this time around. Generally speaking, I try to pick a moment that’s a little less obvious, or a little off the beaten path. That’s because it’s usually those kinds of moments that interest me! Not this time, though. I’m going completely conventional.

The major scientific achieve in this episode is glass. Senkuu’s goal is to establish chemistry. I never really thought about it, but many chemical compounds react with clay, so clay pots weren’t suitable. Glass, though, is stable and resists most chemicals, so as Senkuu said, it’s essential for chemistry (1:06). 

Instead of immediately establishing chemistry, they take a side-trip. See, they discovered that Suika is actually near-sighted. She wears the melon rind because poking small holes to see through gives her a little better vision. Senkuu says it’s because of the “pinhole effect” (3:45). She’s always thought of herself as diseased, but Senkuu tell her that’s not the case at all. He tells her that in the world he came from, technology has solved the problem.

“We have eyes of science,” he says (04:16), “made from glass.”

Suika had never had any hope to see better than the melon’s pin holes let her see. But after hearing about the eyes of science, she really, really wanted to see. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

You can probably see where I’m going… Pun only kinda intended…

The very thought of being able to see brings tears to Suika’s eyes, and she says she’d love to see them and the world clearly, “Even if it’s just once.”

Yeah, Senkuu’s a man of science. He pretends he doesn’t have emotions. But I remember his sweat when he tried to bluff to save Yuzuriha Ogawa‘s life, and now I’ll remember what he does next. They gather the necessary materials, and the first piece of glass they make is a lens. They use some of Chrome’s stones, the ones that are nearly as hard as diamond, to grind the glass into the perfect shape to correct her vision. Then, when they think they have it, they install the lenses in her melon, and they take her to a field of sunflowers. She’s not wearing the helmet on the walk out.

Senkuu puts the melon on her head. She opens her eyes, and for the first time in her life, she sees the flowers clearly. She can see the sky clouds in the sky. She can see Chrome and Senkuu. Completely overcome by her feelings, tears well from her eyes. She’s so happy that she can’t even speak.

Suika saw the sunflowers. She saw Chrome and Senkuu. She saw them more clearly than she ever had before. And the view was wondrous. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

It’s a simple moment. But it’s my favorite from this episode.

What did you think of Kohaku trying to train Kinrou and Ginrou in this episode? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments! 

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