Dr. Stone Reboot: Byakuya

Vol: 1; Ch: 9
4.067 out of 5 from 356 votes
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Dr. Stone Reboot: Byakuya

Join Senku's father Byakuya on his adventure in space as the world turns to stone! One fateful day, all of humanity turned to stone. Luckily, Byakuya and a group of astronauts were able to escape the petrification process. Can they get back to earth and save humanity?!

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The story does an aboutface about a third of the way through and completely changes focus. On some level, I can appreciate that the author was probably trying to show how Rei was connected to the main storyline. But on the other hand, the way it was done made it feel like the author was purposefully trying to dupe the readers (and I don't appreciate being yanked around like that). Like, that author could've included all of that get-back-to-earth jazz, but simply changed the focal character from Byakuya to Rei and that by itself would've made it obvious that this was moreso a story about Rei than one about Byakuya. Also, on that note, it's a bit misleading for this mini-series to be titled after Byakuya when it's (again) moreso about Rei than Byakuya. And since the synopsis doesn't even mention it, Rei is the robot you can see on the front cover. The storyline is very similar to Hotel. The feelings of sadness in the readers are primarily caused by Rei's naivety and pure devotion to seeing Byakuya again, but honestly that ignorance about the length of human lifespans just feels dumb and makes the entire thing feel like a contrivance. I can appreciate the ingenuity shown by Rei in making repairs and stuff (though I would've preferred if Rei hadn't compared femself to Senku), but I feel like we could've had a story about a resourceful robot without needing it to be built around this tear-jerky false hope and pointlessness. Who is Rei as a character? What personality does fe have, beyond being loyal to Byakuya? Why hasn't Rei grown as a person and as a thinking being (and contemplated feir existence and shit) during the millennia fe's been alive?

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