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Review: Dr. Stone Episode 23 – Best in Show

Quick Summary

In Dr. Stone episode 23, “Wave of Science,” Senkuu showed just how smart he really is: he knew that he couldn’t finish the cell phone project himself. So, he enlisted Chrome to build the furnace to temper the tungsten, Kaseki to build a mammoth vacuum tube assembly engine, and Gen to assemble new batteries. Even the kids like Suika got involved! But the obstacles are many, and their time is short. Can the team handle their assignments? Can Chrome, even calling on all of his experience and new learning, built a furnace that’s hot enough — but not too hot? And can they all finish on time?

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

Best Moment in the Show

For the record, Kaseki’s tears are of joy. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

I grew up on a farm. I was the oldest of five kids. Sounds like I wouldn’t get a lot of alone time, doesn’t it? Just the opposite, actually. I’d always be off in one of the barns or back along the creek. In summer, anyway. I don’t remember making a conscious decision about it, but I always preferred being alone.

You probably see where I’m going with this, at least in terms of my Best in Show moment for this episode!

There was a beautiful moment where Senkuu handed Chrome an important and difficult task — with full confidence that Chrome could do it. The look on Chrome’s face as understood that was wonderful (5:54).

But it was only a preamble to my Best in Show moment.

Yes, Chrome. Senkuu just trusted you with a critical component of the village’s future survival. You earned it! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Just after Chrome and Senkuu shared a high five, they noticed that Kaseki seemed a little down. He shared how he had always loved making things. He was always alone, though. In fact, he said he kept busy “so that people wouldn’t look at me funny” (06:47). It was almost heart-breaking when he added that he couldn’t help but wish he also had a “maker buddy.” After everything he’d done for the village, before and after Senkuu’s arrival, he still felt isolated.

That’s what made Chrome’s reaction so precious. He was honestly confused. In a tentative voice, he told Kaseki he had two friends — two “maker buddies” — already. When Kaseki asked who, Chrome, still with a confused expression, pointed to himself and Senkuu. Senkuu, too, looked a bit perplexed.

Chrome was honestly confused why Kaseki didn’t already know how vital a part of the team he was. Sometimes, the pillar doesn’t know how much weight it supports… Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Even better?

When Kaseki asked if that were true even though their ages were 50 years apart, Chrome asked, (07:30) “That matters somehow?”

In the space of a few seconds, Kaseki reevaluated his memories of their interactions. The next time we see him, there were tears streaming down his face. He had been an integral part of their team — he had been one of their maker buddies — since the very beginning. In fact, their chances against the Kingdom of Might would be dire without him.

To someone like me, who has both delighted in solitary work yet sometimes wonders what teamwork would be like — and to someone who’s closer to his 60th birthday than his 50th — this was a beautiful moment.

What did you think of the advances like indoor heating in this episode? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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