Anime Review - Dr. Stone | Blushing Geek

Anime Review – Dr. Stone

Dr. Stone | Blushing Geek

Japanese: ドクターストーン
Episodes: S1-24, S2-11
Aired: S1 (Jul 5, 2019 to Dec 13, 2019), S2 (Jan 14, 2021 to Mar 25, 2021)
Studio: TMS Entertainment
Source: Manga
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Shounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
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MY RATING: S1 (9 out of 10), S2 (8 out of 10)

After five years of harboring unspoken feelings, high-schooler Taiju Ooki is finally ready to confess his love to Yuzuriha Ogawa. Just when Taiju begins his confession however, a blinding green light strikes the Earth and petrifies mankind around the world—turning every single human into stone.

Several millennia later, Taiju awakens to find the modern world completely nonexistent, as nature has flourished in the years humanity stood still. Among a stone world of statues, Taiju encounters one other living human: his science-loving friend Senkuu, who has been active for a few months. Taiju learns that Senkuu has developed a grand scheme—to launch the complete revival of civilization with science. Taiju’s brawn and Senkuu’s brains combine to forge a formidable partnership, and they soon uncover a method to revive those petrified.

However, Senkuu’s master plan is threatened when his ideologies are challenged by those who awaken. All the while, the reason for mankind’s petrification remains unknown.

– S1 Sypnosis

Dr. Stone is one of those few newer anime that got my attention as early as its first episode. Well, that wouldn’t be a surprise since I find the plot really interesting. I just discovered this series last year, so it’s still pretty fresh to me.

This second season is only 11 episodes long so it only took me a few hours to finish. It’s only very short, so I decided to rewatch the first season. That said, I am making this one a shared review post for both season 1 and 2.

Opening & Ending Themes + Song

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I am definitely loving the vibe of all its opening and ending themes. It’s giving me that cool stone age vibe, and I have to tell you, it sure lives up to my expectations. Well, I don’t remember hating any opening or ending themes before anyway, wahahaha.

The songs are equally amazing too. Actually I am already working on creating their lyric video soon, wahahaha.

Plot

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The idea of all living creatures turned to stone and all civilizations were back to zero already sealed the deal for me. It wasn’t just about ideas alone, I also love how the story was woven that even though it mainly involves science, I thought it’s going to bore me to death.

In the first season episode 1, I really thought it’s going to be just a plain old romance story across the stone world. There were some very few hints of romance, but that wasn’t what this anime is all about. It’s about science! Season 1 gave us the introduction on how our rich civilization was hurled back to the stone world. Then the intro of this weirdly haired science guy who aims to get back the civilization using science. And ofcourse, we’ve got to see some really interesting science stuff that I’m sure you will enjoy. Mannnn, I think I’ve learned more science in this series than I did while I was still at school lol.

Ofcourse it wasn’t just about science, but it also make us think. Like, what will you do if this happens to you. Will you revive everyone? Or leave out the criminals and corrupt? And thus what started the “stone” wars between Tsukasa and Senku.

Season 2 started right after what ended in season 1. Season 2 is pretty short with only 11 episodes, but we still got to see some pretty interesting science stuff from Senku.

I don’t think I have something that I didn’t like in this series. I guess I just wish there’s more episodes, *wink.

Art

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I actually like how eye catchy the art of this series is. The character design was quite different from the previous anime that I’ve watched, but it indeed gave me the stone age feel to it.

The animation between each fighting scene looks flawless to me. Well, I’m not really very knowledgeable on that part, but seeing that I’m a very visual person, I really really enjoy this one.

I also especially love those facial expressions, they’re just hilarious!

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Characters

The main lead here, eventhough his hair is pretty weird, well, it’s not just his hair that is weird but also him as a person, wahahaha. Despite that, he will really leave you amazed on how knowledgeable he is and wishing that if ever we will be back to the stone age, you’ve got to be in his group, lol.

He’s a pretty cool character and I really enjoyed following all of his science projects. He is pretty weird and hilarious too, which makes his character very very fun to watch. It was also very very impressive how he remained conscious and counting the days while being petrified for 3,700 years!

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As for the side characters, there were some characters that were annoying but all throughout the course of this series, they turned into the good guys, so there’s definitely no hate there. It was really good how each character worked together for the goal of saving everyone using science. It makes you realize that even if everything is gone, with everyone’s help, anything can be accomplished.

For the villain, Tsukasa, despite his different ideals, you can’t really fully hate the guy. He’s definitely a good guy and you can fully understand the reason behind his ideal in season 2.

The other villains, well, what can I do, I just hate betrayals. Good thing it wasn’t stretched long and we still got that happy ending and a glimpse on what their next mission is. Looking forward to a new season!

Voice Actors

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As usual, hahaha, I watched this series in both English and Japanese dub interchangeably. I don’t think I need to comment more on the Japanese dub since I think everyone will agree that they’re always the best, and for this one, it sure is, *wink.

A lot of people have been hating English dubs, but there’s some series out there that were not bad. And I have to say that the Dr. Stone series is definitely one of those that has some really good english dubs in my opinion. I don’t think I have some characters here that I think sounded awkward or cringey. Everythings pretty good to me actually.

***

If you’re looking for a new and exciting shounen series, whether you like science or not, I’m pretty confident that you will enjoy this series too.

In case you are worried, this series only has 35 episodes overall (24 for season 1 and 11 for season 2) so it’s just a very short watch.

Hope you give it a try, *wink.

S1 Trailer

S2 Trailer

Lyric Video (Ending Song 1)

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