There’s always an idiot who’ll try anything, and the shiny monkeys will inevitably create a technological civilisation.Senku
That’s right, we’re the shiny apes (monkeys have tails). Apes that decided for ourselves that we wanted more. Apes that had the curiosity to think on our own and the will to discover the unknown. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it damn sure didn’t kill us. Well not all of us, at least not yet anyway.
And that’s what we see in Dr. Stone. A civilisation reduced to nothingness, putting mankind millions of years back to the stone ages. But as long as there are the curious, as long as there are the thinkers and as long as there are the strong willed, anything can happen. Thus ensuing the exciting adventure in Dr. Stone and a journey to rebuild and recover what humanity had once possessed.
- Title: Dr. Stone (ドクターストーン)
- Genres: Shounen, Adventure, Sci-fi
- Studios: TMS Entertainment
- Episodes: 24 – 24min (Completed)
- Date: 5 July 2019 — 13 December 2019
- Source: Manga
When I scoured the net (and Twitter) for adventure anime a while ago, it might surprise some of you that this title never once came up. But as chance might have it, I ended up randomly stumbling upon Dr. Stone anyway. So imagine my astonishment when the anime turned out to be everything I was looking for and more!
One of the most fascinating things about Dr. Stone is how it creates its science fiction setting. In a world that’s been ravaged by a mysterious phenomenon, every human on earth had been turned to stone. The main story takes place 3700 years after the petrification occurred. What’s fascinating about it all is that the anime creates this post-apocalyptic era by using logical real life science to justify this world of make-believe.
Science is what gives this fun-filled adventure an additional ten billion percent oomph factor. We get to see scavenging, crafting, chemistry and all kinds of stuff that screams science and adventure. I know I sound like a kid that never got enough of his science classes, but the fact is, Dr. Stone makes science look a lot more thrilling. Learning had never been this much fun (yes I learned a thing or two), especially with things like those practical contraptions and the beautiful yet ghastly chemicals. Through various applications of science, we get to see Senku rebuild civilisation step-by-step.
But science isn’t the only topic of interest in this anime. In fact, the anime also did an amazing job at building fascinating characters. Some were cunning, others were skiving, but they were all cool and charismatic in their own ways. The show gave the characters ample time to develop their own independent personalities, which lets us grow increasingly attached to their person. Each of these characters played their own roles absolutely well, and you’ll come to love them all.
But the science and the characters weren’t the only things that gave the show its colour. Both the sounds and the art played a huge part in cementing this colour.
Music has power, and it is evident in Dr. Stone that this is indeed true. Some music were rousing, others were touching, and one even convinced an entire village that the kingdom of science is the way to go (One Small Step was truly beautiful). There’s plenty of good music in Dr. Stone to influence our mood and feelings. Also, let’s not forget the seiyuu’s brilliant voice acting to give each character a voice that brought their character to life.
As for the art and animations, TMS Entertainment did a great job of incorporating all sorts of styles into its production. There were funny expressions, flowchart representations, video game themed animations, realistic CGI, real life videos and so on! The sheer numbers of varying styles alone would be worth taking note of, but the fact that the studio pulled off all these styles without it coming off as out of place is an astounding success. The freedom and flexibility in art is definitely something we must appreciate.
I feel like I should also add that all those characters look extremely fabulous with their tattooed face cracks, coloured hairstyles and edgy outfits. Quite surprisingly, the “good guys” also look more like a ragtag bunch than the “bad guys”. Tsukasa and his elite men look way too cool to remain bad forever.
TLDR; Dr. Stone turns the geek in science into the coolest most fun thing ever and uses this to tell an exciting tale of adventure. It was lots of fun, astonishingly logical, pretty hype, occasionally touching, sometimes wholesome and always scientifically awesome. I mean, what more could you ask for?
(more episodes obviously…)
Who was your favourite character? Did you even like the show? Actually, did you even watch the show? You’d better have watched the show… As for the title? If you get it, you get it!