As a part of the JUMP START initiative, the first three chapters of Dr. Stone were published in English in VIZ Media's digital Weekly Shonen Jump on the same day as the Japanese release. After, the series was added to VIZ Media's Weekly Shonen Jump lineup. The same publisher has licensed the series for print release.
The protagonists will have to restore mankind from the beginning, both in terms of people, and in technology. It is easy to understand and very fun to read, it also has the mystery behind the petrification, which ends up making the story even more interesting.
One of the strongest points, even in comedies the art is good, Featured to the double pages, because they are absurdly beautiful.
At the moment, the characters are not very charismatic, the only ones that caught my attention were Senkuu (who makes the story to progress) and Tsukasa with opposing ideals and is the villain of the history.
I love reading this each week. It is richly imaginative and a comedic story with Sci-Fi that does not disappoint.
It's a really good story to read that improves with each chapter, also quite fun and has a mystery that is shown at the beginning that leaves us curious to find out what is behind it. If I mention a weakness in the work, I would say that they are the characters, but I believe that it improves throughout the work.
(Please note that I intend to update this review as this series continues.)
Dr. Stone is the new series from veteran manga writer Riichiro Inagaki, known best for being the writer for Eyeshield 21. This new story is a big departure from the sports story of his old work; an action-adventure tale set in a dark future where most of humanity has been petrified into a stone state. In this new world a few people make it out of their stone restrictions and attempt to rebuild the world.
In a world devoid of many people, Inagaki manages to keep things interesting with the few characters at
his disposal. Fast-paced and action-packed, this series keeps the plot moving forward at a surprisingly quick speed. Inagaki doesn't seem one for subtlety of plot, which is perfectly fine for the story he is attempting to write. For its length, Dr. Stone has been able to present a fun, entertaining story, unhindered by the barren landscape the characters are set in.
The characters are not particularly note-worthy. They are what you would expect from the average shounen, a dim-witted yet kind main character, a shrewd yet compassionate genius, and the obligatory cute female lead. Despite making use of overdone characters, the story is able to retain a glaze of freshness with its interesting use of setting, and unexpected villains. Though not anything worth writing home about, the series offers a fun sense of escapism that most look for in shounen manga.
The art, drawing by Boichi, is good for what it is. Clean line-art and vivid colouring. The expansive settings and backgrounds are well drawn, and the panels are well paced and positioned, giving us a sense of movement and action. Though at times the perspective seems slightly off, it is not really anything I'd complain about.
Time will tell what this series goes on to perform, but at the moment it seems worth keeping an eye on. If you're looking for a new manga that is fun and easy to read then give Dr. Stone a shot.
Now Dr Stone as it is has a huge amount of potential but it takes a while to start up and get into it, which is one of the reasons why I believe a many people are not keeping up to date with it and dropping it after a while. Now don't get me wrong its far from perfect but I think its got potential and I hope that people give the manga enough time to start up and create a unique personality from itself that it deserves
The Story -8- The story revolves around a typical high school scene
with your overly hyper main character with unrivalled strength with that of a Silver-Back Gorilla Taiju, your cute female romantic interest of your main character Yuzuriha and last but not least one of the most interesting characters shown in Shonen Jump Manga for a fairly long while is our science loving nerd Senku who has an unparalleled knowledge and love to science a bit of a throwback to Albert Einstein if you will. The manga quickly changes when everyone is suddenly turned to stone as if God wanted to do a restart and only Taiju and Senku are released 3,700 years later into a world uninhabited by humans with Senku and Taiju trying to rebuild civilisation again using science.
The Art -7- I actually quite enjoy the art but it does take some time to get used to the main thing that I dislike about the art is the fact that many of the female characters look the same just with a slightly longer or shorter hair than the others but the male characters especially Senku have a very different style to the characters, the landscapes and backgrounds are drawn very well and my favourite aspects of the manga is the comedic style art that is used as comic relief but changes to a more serious tone as the mange continues through.
The Characters -7- Now its too early for me to judge all the characters but the main characters Taiju is very cliched a bit stupid but has overwhelming strength,not scared of any situation, Taiju is also used as a comic relief character which I believe is done very well overall but I would like to see him developed more in the future as the manga develops as of yet Taiju has not been seen for around 4 chapters so his development is yet to occur. Senku is where this manga shines, he is a great character and has a unique personality that is unique to his character which is nice to see. The idea of Senku using science as a weapon instead of brute strength or a form of magical power is a nice change to Shonen Jump manga which is a pleasant read instead typical manga archetypes.
Enjoyment -8- I am really enjoying Dr. Stone at the moment but I will say when it was featured in Jump Start I was reluctant to vote for its continuation as I thought it was going to be boring and go no where, but was pleasantly surprised when it continued on the lineup and am continuing to hope for its next chapter after finishing the last.
Overall -7- I think people need to give these newer style and different manga a longer time to develop as characters a plots like these are unique to it own genre on itself now don't get me wrong its a very interesting manga and I understand that not everyone will Like it as it is but I'd definitely say give it a go wait until chapter 5-6 to drop or continue as it does get moving on faster after that point.
P.S. Thanks for reading this review its the first one I have written and is a little bit long but I will try to keep this review updated as the manga continues and will write more in the Future, Thanks, Hashiyan
Been in this manga for the whole run so far (Review posted on 16th chapter). It's good, like I think the idea, however it's kind of got a "Kid" vibe to it, as in the way things occur, like the miraculousness of everything that occurs is kind of absurd. Like small (to big) dues ex machinas all over the place.
Also the art is drawn for kids, and like the panels don't always explain whats going on or how things happen (like in chapter 16).
Characters are overly powerful for being children, and, for example, one of the main character's catchphrases gets kind of dumb.
end, its a nice manga with silly things going on.