Genre: Adventure, Post Apocaplytic
Original Run: July 2019 – 24 episodes
What would you do if you were suddenly petrified in stone and reanimated 3,700 years later? What would the world look like? Would you be alone? Most importantly, would you have the knowledge to survive?
Dr. Stone is the tale of our protagonist, Senku, a high school student and science genius extraordinaire. In an inexplicable event, humankind is petrified into stone. Somehow willing his consciousness to stay awake, Senku is revived 3,700 years later in the aftermath armed only with his knowledge of science. We follow Senku on his quest to turn the “stone world” into a nation of science.
Dr. Stone is a fantastical show. You will have to stow your fact-checking luggage in the overhead compartment and place your table trays in the upright position. The show definitely over simplifies the science for the sake of the story. Liberties aside, the science IS sound. It’s anime, people. Just look the other way.
I adore the animation style. Key moments are enhanced by ridiculous and over-exaggerated facial expressions that will have you laughing out loud. There are so many meme-worthy moments.
Each character plays their part well. Senku is a mad scientist on a mission. His best friend, Taiju, is a simpleton, but loyal and kindhearted. A few episodes in, we are introduced to our protagonist, Tsukasa, who is determined to snuff out science in the new world. As the show progresses, we meet other characters that add to the fray.
Will Senku convince the stone world that a nation of science is best? Will Tsukasa convince the stone world that it should reject science? It’s a race against time and a battle of wits. Who will win? Will the stone world stay in darkness, or will Senku bring the stone world back into the light?
Dr. Stone is a funny, fantastic, and far-fetched concept for a show, and I highly recommend it. If you haven’t already, add this one to your queue. You won’t regret it.