There are two ways to analyze the majority of content from this episode of Dr. Stone. So much of what we see is heart wrenching, moving, exhilarating, breath taking, synonym that means really enjoyable, and overall shows the depth of spirit in Dr. Stone. Many people writing about this episode are going to focus on the emotions you feel when you watch this episode, and rightly so. Senku’s father takes the spotlight and we see the narrative of the last humans on Earth close with what they’ve left behind for those in the future. The number of villagers given how many children are actively born is rather staggering, and yet it all seems to make sense. The way the space station inhabitants slowly died and how science was lost to them in this future was heartbreaking, and yet it all led to Senku being able to receive his father’s last will.
I want to let you know that the other things I am going to say in no way change that. I think this was a momentous statement about what the show is and how it appeals to who we are as human beings. On top of that knowing that soon Tsukasa will be showing up, likely thinking he will face a village with no means of defending itself from his kingdom, and that he will face the Kingdom of Science? This episode has set an exciting and engaging pace for what is to come. It’s an exemplary episode with a lot to offer and a lot of the world is built into even better storytelling from it.
But I spent the entire episode going “oooh okay, I see. They’re ‘not related by blood'” I see what you did here, Dr Stone. I get it. You just needed an easy way not to disrupt the future and inevitable Kohaku x Senku slow burn that will happen all season. I see. The guy he’s been calling his dad who has half his hair color and the same eye color isn’t ‘really’ related to him because you don’t want fans to be weirded out by genetic descendants dating their technical ancestors. OIC. NOTHING GETS PASSED ME.
YOU DID THIS CHEAP OUT FOR THE SHIPS
YOU COULDA SAID HE WAS ADOPTED LIKE IN THE FIRST MENTION OF HIS ‘DAD’.
You did this for the ships. I’m not gonna unsee this now. They just did this for the ships.