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Review: Dr. Stone Episode 18 – Best in Show

Quick Summary

In Dr. Stone episode 18, “Stone Wars,” Gen warned that Tsukasa’s army was coming to attack the village. His warning came almost too late, because at that moment, Kinrou was holding the bridge against invaders. Most were simply muscle bound brutes with no sense, but one of then, Hyoga, might have rivaled Tsukasa in intelligence and cunning. While Kinrou was able to hold the bridge against the brutes, he soon found himself being forced to retreat by Hyoga and his kuda-yari, a type of spear. With the enemy already at the gates, what can Senku, Kohaku, and the others do to protect themselves? Can they keep the invaders back? Or will the kingdom of science become just another state in the kingdom of might?

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

Best Moment in the Show

Even in the middle of a fight, Kohaku was able to analyze the situation and see her opponent’s technique. That’s after Kinrou had launched her into the air! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

This episode had its usual stream of great moments, and I’m going to choose one that celebrates both teamwork and individual accomplishment at the same time.

It also gives me a chance to talk more about Kohaku.

“Somehow” the brutes got the idea that if they waited to attack until there was a storm, Senkuu’s guns would be worthless. Gen may have had something to do with that. When the storm hit, Senkuu stood alone on the rope bridge and pretended to have difficulty igniting his rifle — the wind blew out his spark. He even pretended to be scared.

Just long enough for Kohaku, Kinrou, the previous chief, and even Magma to leap out of hiding with their katanas. Within a few minutes, they’d driven back the brutes by slicing through their wooden and stone weapons. That is, until Hyoga attacked with his fancy spear. He pushed them back until everyone paused in a standoff.

Hyoga’s spear technique was able to push back our heroes. At least temporarily. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Gen then praised Hyoga and said all he had to do was beat the three strongest villagers: Magma, Kohaku, and Kinrou. Magma was aghast, thinking that Gen had betrayed them. Even Kohaku was unsure of Gen’s motives. Kinrou, though, saw through the diversion: Gen was telling them that the three of them together could prevail.

Kohaku wasted no time. She urged the three of them to attack. Magma, though, wasn’t really good at the whole teamwork thing, so he just charged forward.

Kohaku, standing beside Kinrou, said (18:28), “Whatever. We’ll fight together, whether he likes it or not. We’ll use Magma’s huge body as a decoy while you send me up, Kinrou.”

Magma wasn’t smart enough to listen to Kohaku, but Kinrou was. They made a great team. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

So as Magma changed and started to get sliced up, Kinrou launched Kohaku into the air, where at the top of her arc, she noticed Hyoga’s technique. Even when she was in the middle of a move, she had the presence of mind to make observations like that.

I really enjoyed seeing Gen and Senkuu work so well together, and I enjoyed seeing Kinrou and Kohaku work so well as a team. And of course, seeing Kohaku’s individual awesomeness is always a treat. Another good episode all around.

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

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2 thoughts on “Review: Dr. Stone Episode 18 – Best in Show

  1. Best in show was when Gen tossed that little knife back to Senku… He’s something of a so-and-so, but way back when he committed to the Kingdom of Science, and he’s stuck to that commitment. I’m honestly curious where they’re going with his character in the future now that his role as Honorable Quisling is over.

    1. “Best in show was when Gen tossed that little knife back to Senku…”

      They were so nonchalant about it!

      “I’m honestly curious where they’re going with his character in the future now that his role as Honorable Quisling is over.”

      I don’t seem him settling for something as mundane as trusted advisor. He might make a decent military general, or at least psychological ops.

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