Having successfully reinvented the phone, Senku contacts Taiju and Yuzuriha, setting his plan in motion to win over Tsukasa's allies. But in a kingdom where might makes right, not everyone will be swayed by mere words, and some of the people on Tsukasa's side are not to be trusted - even by Tsukasa himself. Still, with hard work and a whole lot of science, Senku and his friends are determined to win the Stone Wars and defeat the Tsukasa Empire once and for all!
STONE WARS BEGINNING
Call from the Dead
To Destroy and to Save
Humanity's Strongest Tag Team
PROLOGUE OF Dr. STONE
The main appeal of Dr. Stone is very similar to that of other anime such as Log Horizon, Overlord, No Game no Life, and That Time I reincarnated as a Slime: The civilization building aspect. It is aimed for people who find joy in seeing a character starting from the bottom and slowly building a better world for his friends and allies. It also has a videogame feel in how technology progresses, since the tech tree, sort of speaking, is about discovering something that unlocks something else. That can be very appealing to gamers who fancy the game mechanic of combining items and creating new skills.With that said, it’s also not a ground-breaking show or that well written. It has minimal tension in the challenges the protagonist faces and it is full of juvenile comedy, so it never comes off as, let’s say, Castaway (that movie starring Tom Hanks). It’s closer to Gilligan’s Island. It doesn’t show right away in the first season, since there were moments when Leek Boy (Senku) would be failing numerous times, or when he would need to spend months on something before there is progress. It was enough for giving a sense of struggle and how nothing is easily achieved. The second season doesn’t do that anymore, as Leek Boy does everything right and very fast, thus nothing is at stake. This is partly because Leek Boy wasn’t the main character in the first episodes. It was that generic friend of his, who didn’t know shit about SCIENCE! During the episodes when he was the protagonist, the show was way more like a proper action/survival. Then it changed to a silly comedy running on easy mode.What that basically means is that you shouldn’t go into Dr. Stone expecting great action and suspense. Everything in it is easy-going and becomes almost like a feel-good anime. The second season is called Stone Wars and there is no war in it. The battle was won with zero casualties through SCIENCE! and mind games, rather than brute force, which comes off as anticlimactic, but also somewhat intellectual. And I say somewhat, because it’s not that smart of a show either. It doesn’t have the thriller mind games of anime such as Death Note or Kaiji. It’s just that it does its best to solve its problems in peaceful and often comical ways, which, as I said above, kill all the tension and make the show to be quite breezy with its conflicts.This wouldn’t be much of a problem if it didn’t go against the core theme of the show, which is showing how brutal life can be without the conveniences of SCIENCE! and therefore needing SCIENCE! so it won’t be that brutal. Without having any stakes, there is nothing to risk and there is no clear indication as to why technology is that much of a big deal when the primitive natives are living on Gilligan’s Island. In fact, the show is so breezy it doesn’t even bother to show the negative aspects of SCIENCE! and thus comes off as hypocritical whenever it is celebrated in a one-sided way. Technology can be just as devastating as it is helpful, and yet that aspect doesn’t show anywhere.And yes, there are still lots of situations where they make it seem like someone is going to die or that things are very grim, but it’s always proven to be fake tension, since Leek Boy is solving everything too easily. You cannot take it lightly when the show itself doesn’t want you to take it lightly, thus it often comes off as hypocritical. What’s the point of having wars when they can’t kill anyone and nobody ever dies? Why have fake tension instead of just being prehistoric Lucky Star?TLDR: The proper way to enjoy this anime is to be in a mood for an easy-going feel-good show.- It’s not serious or smart, as the civilization building aspect has nothing realistic about it.- The characters are mouthpieces for exposition of the technology than actual people with depth or much of a personality. In fact, they are one step before a typical harem cast where everyone is defined by a one-liner and a personality gimmick that repeats ad nauseum.- The conflict in nonexistent, science comes down to a videogame, and the fake tension only makes it come off as pretentious when it tries to trick you into thinking otherwise.- Don’t go around calling it a breath of fresh air just because unlike most anime it doesn’t have much violence. It’s not much of an excuse when you can just as easily say K-On is a breath of fresh air just because it doesn’t have the violence of Berserk.
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