One fateful day, all of humanity was petrified by a blinding flash of light. After several millennia, high schooler Taiju awakens and finds himself lost in a world of statues. However, he’s not alone! His science-loving friend Senku’s been up and running for a few months and he's got a grand plan in mind—to kickstart civilization with the power of science!
Dr. Stone is an anime about this teenage Senkuu dude who is very smart. 10 billion percent smart. He has read few at-least-hundred-pages-long articles about agriculture, watched 2 if not 3 primitive technology videos on youtube, and the amount of chemistry classes he has skipped by 9th grade can possibly be counted with one hand fingers. Damn I wish I was this smart.
Dr. Stone is also about this other dude, Taiju Ooki, who is the opposite of this first dude, being a person who has average fit and is not a nerd. This dude is actually capable of doing very physically demanding tasks such
as chopping fire wood, crushing berries with his bare feet, and throwing rocks that weight a ton a quarter mile in the air, not to mention the wide variety of other tasks from this 'manly shit' department. Damn I wish I was this manly.
Together these two dudes will re-inhabit the world after everyone has been turned into stone! They are Adam and Eve! And they will survive even if it kills them! (That's legit what they say, no joke). If only the smart dude had been as passionate about human biology and being alive as he was about those other three things he kinda doesn't suck at, they might have chosen a different reference to use here and a different phrase to yell out loud, but who cares! It's time to re-start human development from the stone age!!
Before continuing, there are two things that should be noted.
1) The idea is fantastic
2) Nothing else is
The story is quite literally just garbage. Out of all the things the story approach is comedic, and out of all comedic approaches the comedy mainly consists of either penis jokes, virgin comedy, or sequences which entirely rely on voice acting where our main characters yell and act so damn anime. It gets tiring after a short while and in generally appears incredibly generic. This is the type of content that could be used as an example of what people who do not watch anime think anime is like, because it's just that bad. The story also contains some drama, which is beyond fake and so dreadfully-horse-shit awful that it's ten times funnier than the comedy. Meaning it's absolutely impossible to take any of it seriously.
Rest of the story is exactly as shallow and superficial as its comedy and drama, filling the widest portion of the air time with irrelevant filler and dialogue that has no substantial value. Story events, drama, comedy: all of these exist for the sole reason that something needs to happen because nothing else is happening in this content-lacking, empty shell of an anime. Since these events are to such wide extent executed with over-reactions, the characters' personalities disappear, and all there is left are these clown-shells who do stupid things and try to make the audience laugh, or alternatively have monologues that are masked as dialogues which consists of 1st grade science lessons. It's dreadful to witness.
Especially big muscle dude seems to have endless stamina when it comes to being noisy and annoying. He yells in every single scene like Asta from Black Clover or Eren in the earlier Shingeki no Kyoujin seasons. As for me, he is way more annoying than either of those two examples ever were, because his character is cut down to dimensions below superficial. His thought process and way to think are the combination of plot device that solely exist to slow done the pace of whatever-the-hell is happening and counter-nihilism. His ideals are fake and impossible to respect. This dude's awareness level is the one of a chicken who keeps running weeks after its head has been removed. I hate him with passion, and he makes the content, that is already downright terrible, damn close to unwatchable. The humor sucks, the story barely exists, the word "pacing" feels almost alien after 6 episodes and the characters are the polar opposite of genuine humans. Quitting is a legit option with these cards.
There are also few other characters who... are given a lot of air time, but I won't talk about them because they are somehow even worse and I am trying to forget that they exist. They can be summed up with singular words: love-interest and baddie.
The production itself is bearable, but does nothing to carry the lacking content. Looking and listening to it doesn't offer any specific entertainment value. Animation is avoided during action sequences, backdrops consist of still nature and it has very little variety. In generally, characters are the only elements that ever move. It looks rough and non-fluid: like everything is literally made of stone. Occasionally close-up shots of waves or fire are there, but most of the time not. The rest consists of camera roll-overs (if not complete stills), dust that blocks elements, facial close-ups + empty background macros that are used in purpose of avoiding animation. The macros are incredibly cheap and pointless. If you compare the macros from Dumbbell (another seasonal show), you can see that those are polished, fitting to the series and contain actually some detail which shows that someone actually cared what they look like. Here no one clearly gave an f for these could be loaned from shutterstock. The character design is the only mildly original piece of art work here. Especially the color pallet makes the thing look outdated and something you have seen too many times. Looking at this only makes the series more boring.
I haven't found any legitimate reason to like this series. I was even unable to laugh at how bad it is because this might as well be the most idiotic anime produced in recent years. The only mildly entertaining thing about this anime is this one power-lifting scene related to boulders at which some people, specifically those who have played Resident Evil 5, are bound to laugh their asses off (or maybe it was just me), but other than that, nothing. I am utterly surprised Dr.Stone has been so positively received by the anime community, but I guess even this type of zero-effort series can get a free pass as long as it's not labelled isekai.
Dr. Stone is one of those anime that try to look smart but end up looking like pretentious Instagram models craving for attention. I know it’s a shounen and all so it doesn’t need to be the most believable of stories, but when you put “Science” into the equation, the characters and their actions need to be pragmatic. Dr. Stone tries to put refreshing stuff on the plate but soon after starts following the same generic formulaic quintessential path most shounen are loathed for.
The plot is pretty ingenious, I’ll give them that. Strange green light turns all of humanity into stone and after about
3700 years humans start, for a lack of better word, thawing out of their petrification. Nature takes over and the civilisation built over hundreds of thousands of years is lost. Quite a thought provoking concept is turned into ashes thanks to lame characters and ostentatious presentation. We've yet to see the entire consequences of the petrification, but it is what it is right now.
I stated the anime comes off as pretentious, let me explain why. Senku, one of the main characters is a scientific genius and manages to count the passing seconds for 3700 years which is absolutely and scientifically bullshit. The anime is classified as Sci-fi and not fantasy so I’m under the assumption that no magic is involved. Let us find out how many seconds there are in 3700 years, shall we? 3700(years) * 365(days) * 24(hours) * 60(minutes) * 60(seconds) = 116,683,200,000 seconds. There is no way in hell that one can retain one’s sanity for more than 3 and a half millennia doing the same thing over and over again for over 116 billion times. Moreover, Senku’s friend, “Big Oaf” aka Taiju stays conscious because of his resolve to confess to his crush. Yeah, I don’t really see anything scientific in that. Also, Senku’s “10 billion percent” phrase is fucking annoying af. It just sounds so stupid. A simple 101 percent would suffice, but NO, big number means big brain time.
Also also, Senku has Einstein’s most famous equation, E = mc^2, written on his jacket. A little science lesson, E = mc^2 works only for stationary objects and when the object is viewed from a non-inertial frame of reference, for relativistic motion (which is the only type of motion in the universe), it doesn’t work. I would think an anime delving into chemistry and mechanics of various compounds and chemicals would at least get this equation correct.
The other characters are nothing special. Yuzuriha is just a girl that Taiju has a crush on and until now we haven’t really seen her do anything except get kidnapped. Tsukasa is the main antagonist and the “World’s strongest high schooler”, so strong that he can punch a lion to death, wrestle three wild boars at once, catch a bird mid-flight, destroy boulders with one punch and catch an arrow travelling towards him at a speed of 200 km/h. I was starting to wonder why he wasn’t bald and why did he not have a cyborg sidekick. The plot armour is strong with this one.
The major conflict in the story occurs when Senku is trying to revive humanity while Tsukasa is convinced that if all of humanity is revived then nothing would change. People who were powerful before the petrification would still like to remain powerful in this new age and a new hierarchy would be set up. It’s a really compelling argument, but it’s Tsukasa’s actions that make no sense. He says he’s only going to revive the younger generation and kill the older gen. How in hell’s name would he be able to differ between the two? He can’t make a prognosis about the consequences of him reviving a person who would not agree with him. I hope this is resolved in further episodes.
The art is great and all but why does Senku’s hair look like a white radish? Was he pulled out of the Earth? The background art is vivid and detailed. The character designs are generic and dry.
I don’t like the music. No piece has stood out to me.
This show is 5 billion percent okay and 5 billion percent mediocre. The setting is great and I hope the characters are more built upon in upcoming episodes lest it turn into your typical shounen.
When I sat down to look at what would be airing for Summer 2019, I initially found it difficult to pick shows to watch. I had seen tweets and posts on reddit which said that people were excited for Dr Stone above all else. I took a look at the trailer and I thought “Hmm, doesn’t look very good.” In hindsight, this was incredibly foolish of me.
In my view, Dr Stone is an interesting take on the “mad scientist” trope. Usually a mad scientist is depicted as someone who cannot wait to bring about death and destruction, and ruin and calamity to all life. They
devote their lives to science to pursue their twisted and vile desires. But Senkuu is not an evil person, he devotes his life to science for his own wholesome reasons and is aided by his friends who are not as capable as he is, but help him do things he cannot do. Senkuu is a mad scientist but a strangely wholesome one.
Story – 9/10
While Taiju is confessing his love to Yuzuriha, a strange magical light turns everyone in the world to stone. He wakes up 3700 years later and realises his friend, Senkuu, is responsible for helping him gain consciousness. Senkuu has already decided “Hey, I guess I’ll save the entire human race” and Taiju helps him along the way. They wake up two more people (as of episode 6) Tsukasa (a very strong fighter who helps them fight predators and hunt) and Yuzuriha. There is some drama but I want to keep this review spoiler free so I won’t say anything about that. But the story is very interesting.
Art – 8/10
Art is very subjective. I really enjoy this style and it also fits the story quite well. There are some very good facial expressions here for all you Hinamatsuri and DanBeru fans.
Sound – 7/10
Nothing special to my untrained ear. But this OP is fantastic. Regarding the seiyuus, I am fond of them. The seiyuu for Taiju also does the voice of Saitama in One Punch Man, as well as Suwa – the best boy from Orange. For Tsukasa, he has been Bucciarati in JoJo Part 5 as well as the lead in OreImo. Oddly suitable. I believe he is the most senior of the main cast, but they all work well together.
Character – 6/10
Ok so hear me out…I like every character that has been introduced so far but as of episode 6, there are only four people in this world. I can tell there are more going by the stellar OP. As much as I love the way the three best friends (think of the song from The Hangover) interact with each other and how they trust each other, I think I am going to have to wait until the cast expands a bit more to truly see how great this show it. But as it stands, the current cast is great. Unfortunately I cannot, in good conscience, rank the characters any higher at this time. When the show is over, I will revise this review.
Enjoyment – 9/10
I am giving this show a 9 despite what I just wrote about the characters. I have a good feeling. This is a great show. I highly recommend it to everyone. Even if you are a bit bored of shounen, especially battle shounen, then this is for you. Because I was a bit bored of shounen when I saw the trailer for this show.
This is one of those shows where the individual parts when looked at separately do not seem to add together to be anything special. but you put all the little pieces together you somehow end up with something super fun, easy-to-watch, oddly wholesome and very enjoyable. And with that I give you Dr. Stone.
First of all let's clear the air. This is not some mind-bending crazy intelligent show. It is not trying to be. It's premise is essentially "mad-scientist restarts civilization after an odd-looking apocalypse with his oddly strong buddy.'
And honestly it's not that much more complicated than that. The "sciencey" bits need to
be taken with a pinch of salt, the whole "counting every second for 3700 years" is hilarious but, good people reading this, please remember... you're watching a shounen.
For comparison, I don't see reviewers complaining about how in Kimetsu no Yaiba or Demon Slayer, which is airing along side Dr. Stone, he is able to like, cleave a 10 foot boulder in two with a katana after 2 years of training. Like WTF.
But obviously... NO ONE CARES cause it's a show about a kid running around killing demons, much in the same vein this is a show about a genius kid who gets dumped in the stone age of mankind and decides to go about trying to do sciencey stuff cause he loves science and wants to make more of it. It's simple and it has just as much right to a certain degree of suspension of disbelief as any other anime or show out there.
Now as far as the show itself, clearly we are only 6 episodes in so commenting on story is a bit hard, particularly because this show has focused a lot of it's time both on Senku's (mad scientist) thoughts as well as his interactions with His meat-head best friend. It has had almost 2 full episodes of sporadic filler which I have seen a lot of complaints about... HOWEVER, I think the timing and pacing of them has been excellent.
I will ALWAYS choose a small cast of believable personalities getting good character development then a blind rush into a story line where i don't give a crap about what happens because the characters are bland and 2 dimensional. I LIKE these characters... hell I like the VILLAIN!!
And for that I'm already willing to applaud Dr. Stone
Music seems on point most of the time, quite enjoy both the OP and ED and i've also been a big fan of both the scenic shots and the character designs.
So yea! Give it a try! If you want to wait till more has been released that's perfectly fine but between Dr. Stone and Demon Slayer i've been eagerly looking forward to my Friday afternoons!