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Review: Dr. Stone Episode 22 – Best in Show

Quick Summary

In Dr. Stone episode 22, “The Treasure,” the entire village — except maybe Senkuu himself — was worried. Senkuu and Chrome were heading into a cave to search for tungsten, and Senkuu had decided that adding Magma was a good idea. The rest of the village was convinced they’d never see Senkuu and Chrome again. Has Senkuu lost his mind? Does he know something the others don’t? And just what does Gen whisper to Magma as the explorers are about to leave?

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

Best Moment in the Show

Senkuu was speechless as he beheld the village’s birthday gift to him. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Senkuu has done his best to think things through, but there’s been an undercurrent of doubt. Just a little; and it’s not something he showed very often. But deep down, he knew that Tsukasa would leave the village alone, or at least would incorporate its people into his empire, if Senkuu were dead. And he wondered if the village had also figured that out. So when Magma led him back to the village, and even Kohaku blindfolded him, he had to worry. Had they decided they were better off without him?

I don’t remember Senkuu ever being so wrong.

Sure, Gen had whispered something to Magma. Sure, Kohaku was in on “it.” And sure, the whole village was conspiring — but not against Senkuu. They were conspiring for him. Gen, through subtle applications of his mentalist skills, had learned the date for Senkuu’s birthday. He also remembered enough about optics to partner with Kaseki to build a telescope. They also converted Senkuu’s tower to an observatory.

Even as Senkuu tried to sound magnanimous about the perceived betrayal, Gen sighed and said he had no idea what Senkuu was talking about (18:16). Kohaku removed the blindfold, and Senkuu gaped in amazement. There, in front of his eyes, was a bamboo telescope in a fork mount. He immediately trained it on one of the most dramatic sights in the night sky — the planet Saturn (18:33).

Senkuu is in the stone world. And because of the villagers living in the village his father had helped found, he can now see the rings of Saturn. How cool is that? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Have you ever seen Saturn in a telescope? Not photographs from Hubble. Not photographs from the Cassini mission to the sixth planet. Have you actually seen Saturn, through a telescope, with your own eyes? It’s disappointing. It’s mostly grays and whites with a hint of yellow. You can see the rings (and it looks close to what you saw in this episode), but it’s still visually disappointing.

Unless you’re in a stone world. And if you forget that Saturn is about 1.5 billion kilometers from the Earth. Seeing Saturn’s rings with a bamboo telescope, built by his new colleagues in a village named after him…

And after thinking they were all about to turn him over to Tsukasa…

What a moment.

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4 thoughts on “Review: Dr. Stone Episode 22 – Best in Show

    1. This show still surprises me at how well it delivers great emotional moments! Maybe it’s that I don’t expect them? Though by the 22nd episode, you’d think I would have learned by now!

    1. I think that’s one of the things I like most about this show — how it unabashedly celebrates that aspect of human nature. I could use more shows like that!

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