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Dr. Stone: Buddies Back to Back (s01, e12) – recap

Ginro teases Kinro for not having a gold spear while rejoicing over his new silver spear. Senku appoints Ginro the group’s bodyguard while they go out to search for sulfur ingredients for the antibiotic.

“Buddies Back to Back”

Chrome and Senku, Dr. Stone

The spear is also used for a sensor and turns black when the group needs to run away or they will die. Sulfer ingredients are dangerous.

Chrome, Kohaku, Senku, and Ginro make it to an area where they can gather materials for Rori’s medicine. They want to collect green water. But the hydrogen sulfide will kill them is Ginro doesn’t pay attention. 

Ginro sees a mirage of a beautiful girl in the water and almost gets killed because he doesn’t notice the sulfuric acid turning the spear black. Kohaku thinks she can outrun the acid, but Senku assures her that her speed won’t be enough to outrun the poison. 

The decide to great gas masks, but Senku makes Chrome stay behind in case the masks don’t work. Chrome is the only other person in the Kingdom of Science that knows how to create Rori’s cure and will pass down the knowledge. Chrome refuses because Senku is his friend. After some back and forth, Chrome and Senku agree to have each other back while gathering the materials.

Chrome and Senku, Dr. Stone

Meanwhile, Kohaku is approached by her father to take the place of her sister as the town priestess. She refuses and vows to save Rori using the medicine Senku and Chrome are planning to create. She is assured that Chrome loves her sister and thus will save her life. 

Senku and Chrome prepare to go back to the green lack again. Ginro is afraid so Senku takes his spear and they leave. 

Kaseki, our resident craftsmanis still around. He gives some knowledge to Ginro about being able to work through his fear versus giving up and letting his fear consume him using willpower. Kaseki made another mask to give Ginro a change to help Chrome and Senku. 

Chrome, Dr. Stone

Back with Chrome and Senku, Chrome slips and falls off the cliff headed straight into the green lake of sulfuric acid. Ginro arrives just in time to save his life. 

After a moment of heroism, Ginro freezes with fear after seeing his spear turn black. But Senku and Chrome help him calm down and gain control over his fear. And they obtain Sulfuric acid!

Dr. Stone: Clear World (S01, E11) – recap

We resume in the Kingdom of Science with Asagiri Gen back with Shishio keeping Senku’s existence a secret and Kohaku training Ginro and Kinro for the Grand Bout.

Clear World

Kohaku, Ginro, Shinro - Dr. Stone

Chrome and Senku plot to develop glass to make the antibiotic for Rori and then Senku ends up ripping off rips off Suika’s melon mask revealing an adorable face. That face quickly squinches up because shes near sited and the mask helps her see.

They start to gather materials to help them make glass. Senku ends up making glasses for Suika in the process.

Senku and Suika

Kohaku keeps training Kinro and Ginro. She calls out Kinro for having a bad depth of field. Ginro tells Kinro that his issue is because of his fuzzy sickness. Meaning he also needs glasses for astigmatism. However, he never asks for glasses.

Meanwhile, Senku, Chrome, and Suika formed glass and are struggling to make flasks with decent shape. They enlist the help of an old-timer name Kaseki who is a great craftsman in the village. When he refuses to help, Senku abducts him.

“I’m kind of a big deal” – Kaseki

Chrome and Senku attempt to create the vials and flasks in front of him. This makes Kaseki cringe and eventually can no longer resist helping after seeing how bad their craftsmanship was.

Kaseki crafts the needs flasks with precision and perfection. The Kingdom of Science is getting closer and closer to being able to create the antibiotic.

Ginro tells Kinro that putting gold and silver coatings on their spears may help him with his depth of field and allow an advantage in the Grand Bout. They go to Kohaku and Senku and ask him to create spears like the one he for them when they met. Senku agrees but sets them up for a mission to scavenge the materials to create a silver tip.

Dr. Stone: A Flimsy Alliance (s01, e10)

Senku and the rest of the Kingdom of Science sit in their hut discussing whether or not they can trust Asagiri Gen because of his affiliation with Shishio (firmly referred to as Tsukasai at this point). We see a flashback from Asagiri’s perspective of how Shishio woke him up with an army of statues behind him. He revealed his plan to have a world without the original powers (meaning older people that dictated society before the petrification).

A Flimsy Alliance

Senku convinces his friends that Asagiri is the key to winning the war, all he has to do is tell Shishio that Senku is definitely dead. Asagiri quietly contemplates to himself about his decision when he is attacked by two brutes.

He doesn’t seem to know who they are, but their objective is clear. They aim to kill him. One of the men stabbed a spear into his chest and fleed the scene before Senku and the rest of the team can come to his aide.

Luckily, Asagiri is smart. He blocked the spear penetration. He was not dead, but he was critically injured. Senku, Chrome, and Kohaku began to tend to his wounds while Suika went to investigate.

Suika found out that Magma is the one who tried to kill Asagiri because he wanted to get rid of the sorcery. During this flashback, we find out that Kohaku beat Magma in a tournament called the Grand Bout to be the next to ruler the village and fiance to her sister. She only attacked him after she overheard him say he would drown her sister after they got married.

This action pissed her dad off and due to her history of shenanigans, he disowned her. The Grand Bout was rescheduled to decide a new winner for the next month.

The plan is to make a member of the Kingdom of Science join the bout and win. As a result, they would take Rori’s hand in marriage and allow her the medicine to take the medicine.

Kohaku approaches Kinro and Ginro to train them. She tells Chrome that she knows he wants the opportunity, but she thinks Kinro and Ginro have the best chance to physically defeat Magma. Chrome understands and is still determined to create a cure for her.

Asagiri wakes up and makes a flees the village to run back to Shishio. Chrome and the rest of the group are worried that he will tell Shishio that Senku is alive. However, Senku isn’t worried because they made a deal.

Bottle of Cola

Senku will make Asagiri a refreshing bottle of Cola in exchange for his allegiance.

Asagiri arrives at Shishio’s lair surrounded by goons. Shishio is sitting on a stone throne looking on. Asagiri tells him about the primitive village that attacked him and says that Senku was gone without a trace. Asagiri holds up his promise to tell Shishio that Senku is dead in exchange for Cola.

Dr. Stone S01 E09 | Let There Be the Light of Science (recap)

Senku and friends begin handing out ramen in the hopes that the villagers will join the Kingdom of Science and help them create the antibiotic and make other advances in society using science. They need manpower to do this per the last episode, Stone Road.

An outsider with a cool haircut that rivals Senku’s (I haven’t decided who’s hair is better) arrives and starts eating a bowl of ramen. Kohaku calls him an enemy holds him at knifepoint along with Ginro and Kinro.

Turns out this man was a famous magician pre-petrification and considers himself a mentalist. Kohaku thinks he’s full of crap and he seems shifty. However, Senku opts not to debate whether he is good or bad but makes him work for his meal.

Let There Be the Light of Science 

This new character is named Asagiri Gen. He and others from the village join the group for manual labor. Doing so allows the group to acquire iron. Senku asks Asagiri how Taiju and Yuzuriha are doing. Asagiri admits that he is a spy for Shishio and that his job is to confirm Senku’s death.

Asagiri says that regardless of which side wins (Science or Shishio) he’s going to go with what makes him the happiest. That turns out to be girls and food, but mostly girls. Kohaku is disgusted and threatens to kill him or imprison him.

Senku holds her off by telling her that Asagiri needs to report back to Shishio to avoid him coming to investigate for himself. He then promises that once Asagiri sees the advances they make he’ll want to join the Kingdom of Science.

The Kingdom of Science is working on creating a generator. Senku states that they’ll need lightening and as luck would have it a thunderstorm lights up the sky. Senku looks shaken to the core because he was ill-prepared for the storm.

The team springs into action to create lightning rods to harness the energy of the lightning and create a magnet. Some of the primitive villagers mistake this frantic preparation for the destruction of the bridge and anger of the heavens due to their sorcery. Asagiri uses a flower trick to confuse the primitive group so that the Kingdom of Science can continue with its mission to harness the lightning.

Chrome, Senku, Kohoku, Ginro, Kinro, and Asagiri all stand on a hill with iron rods waiting to get struck by lightning. Kohaku uses Kinro’s spear with the golden tip to mount the iron rod in the air. As a result, a magnet is created to aide the group in the creation of the generator.

They create the generator and with some Asagiri’s magical persuasion, Kinro and Ginro finally join the Kingdom of Science as the two operators of the generator with promises of getting new golden spears.

Senku also created a light bulb that illuminates the night, showed the group the result of their hard work, won over Asagiri, and took Senku one step closer to realizing his dream of bringing the world back to its former glory.

Dr. Stone S1, E8 | Stone Road (recap)

In episode 8, we find out that Kohaku was disowned by her family due to her adventurous side. Even so, she continues to venture out. Rori doesn’t want her sister to be disowned so to divert attention away from her sister’s antics she faints during a town hall discussion. The topic is Kohaku bringing Senku (the outsider) to the gates of the town.

Dr. Stone antibiotic

Meanwhile, Chrome, Kohaku and Senku try to figure out how to make an antibiotic for Rori. The goal is to cure her and get Senku accepted into town.

Senku maps out all of the ingredients they need to make the antibiotic and the plan is to gather those things to cure Rori.

Stone Road

In the interim, Senku continues to education Chrome on the workings of the world and space. Chrome tries to impress Senku by showing him how to determine true north ursine a magnet creating a compass, but Senku recognizes the technique. He’s still impressed though.

Kohaku tells Chrome and Senky that the village thinks they are suspicious sorcerers. When a child named Suika shows up and offers to help them and join the Kingdom of Science. Senku says yes and exclaims that the Kingdom of Science doesn’t turn anyone away. Suika is very enamored because of his response to her. She has a watermelon on her head and people usually treat her different, but he didn’t.

Suika, Dr. Stone

Momotaru

Ruri taught Kohaku about the dangers of the woods and educated her as well. Senku is intrigued and wants to talk to her and find out what else she knows. He declares they must save. This causes Chrome to mildly freak out because he has a slight romantic interest in her.

Ginro, a village guard, wants to go help Senku and the others. But is held back because “rules are rules” as stated by Kinro. So they both stay at the gate of the village.

Senku states that manpower is a top priority for the group to be successful in creating the antibiotic. He wants to lure Ginro and the rest of the village to help. Suika says she can disguise herself as a watermelon to hear what people want so they can appeal to them and gain their help.

Food is science

Suika reports that Ruby, Sapphire, and Garnet want boyfriends. They are the town’s prettiest women. One specifically wants a boyfriend to feed her. Ganen, the town glutton, wants food other than fish.

So Senku plans to make a dish every on in the old world can appreciate.

Ramen

Ramen, dr stone.

He made them ramen. Chrome, Suika, and Kohaku love it, but Senku remembers what it should taste like and isn’t happy. However, he believes it will work in his favor with the village.

They roll the ramen to the village gate with a food cart and the townsfolk start to approach them as the episode ends.

Dr. Stone S1, E7 | Where Two Million Years Have Gone (recap)

Dr. Stone S1, E7 | Where Two Million Years Have Gone (recap)

In this episode, Senku and Kohaku find a hot spring so that Kohaku can take the water to her sick sister, Ruri. Senku is thrown off at first because he believes that she confessed her undying love for him. She denies that she loves him, but confirms she likes his way of life. However, I do think she will fall for him eventually, but she is more concerned about her sister’s health right now.

The jug with the hot spring water in it is too heavy and Senku offers to carry it. He eventually falls over and decides to create a vehicle to help them transport the supplies. Kohaku believes the hot spring has healing properties. Senku knows it will not heal her sister, adding to the primitive origin. They arrive at Kohaku’s village where two guards will not let Senku in because he is an outsider.

Where Two Million Years Have Gone

Petrification, Dr. Stone

Senku is excited about finding the village and wonders where all of these people came from. He deduces that they were born post petrification due to their primitive nature and assumes he will be able to take over the village.

He encounters two guards that will not let him pass. So he tests their intelligence by creating bubbles. They don’t know what the bubbles are an immediately take a defensive stance and scream for Chrome, their village sorcerer.

Science vs. Sorcery

Chrome arrives on the scene and explains away the bubbles while popping them. This surprises Senku and he is excited that another person interested in how the world works is alive.

Chrome tries to amaze Senku by using crystals to create various colors of fire, but Senku can deduce how he achieved the fire. Seeing Chrome’s passion for sorcery makes Senku think of Shishio.

He tells Chrome that Shishio would eventually try to kill him because he too is interested in how the world works and even though he doesn’t understand everything, his existence and abilities would challenge Shishio’s purified world.

Arithmetic

Senku, Chrome, Kohaku, Dr. Stone

Chrome challenges Senku to a battle of numbers and puts up his entire lab as collateral. Whoever wins takes it all. Senku crushes Chrome easily and takes his lab for his own, but invites Chrome and the two guards to join him and Kohaku in the Kingdom of Science.

Kinro, one of the guards is settled in his ways and tells Senku that he can not come into the villages because “rules are rules”. Kinro does ease up after Senku puts a gold coating over his spear.

Kinro, Senku, Dr. Stone

While looking through the resources he gained from Chromes inventory, Senku gives shouts out to Dragon Quest and Monster Hunter.

Kohaku heads into town to see her sister, Ruri. Ruri turns out to be the priestess of the town and she is sick. Kohaku and Chrome are trying hard to figure out what can save her.

Chrome

Senku decides to tell Chrome what happened to the world with petrification over 3700 years. Chrome is overcome with grief and hope and vows to help Senku rebuild.

Senku Antibotic, Dr. Stone

Senku says he can save Ruri with an antibiotic.

Dr. Stone S1, E6 | Two Nations of the Stone World (recap)

Dr. Stone: Two Nations of the Stone World (S01, E06) | (recap)

In this episode, we pick up with Senku still in a flashback. After waking up from his petrification, Senku solidifies his goal to rebuild civilization. He discovers that something in the soil aided his awakening and follows the source back to the bat cave we saw earlier in the season.

The bat cave has a liquid dripping from its ceiling. Senku believes that it had a significant part in his awakening so he gathers an amount and pours it on a nearby body that happens to be Taiju.

When the petrification does not immediately wake Taiju up, Senku revisits his theory to figure out what other components could be involved in the awakening. This leads him to use Albert Einstein’s special-relativity equation, E = mc2. Senku uses the bat juice along with igniting the consciousness of Taiju and he wakes up.

Senku wakes up in real-time.

Two Nations of the Stone World

Senku, Dr. Stone

After Senku wakes up, Yuzuriha put a wood plank to his back to protect his spine and neck. Senku is unbothered by almost dying and decides to use his presumed death to get the upper hand on Shishio.

Shishio thinks Senku is dead, so Senku proposes Taiju and Yuzuriha go and join his ranks to act as double agents and thwart his plans to create his perfect youthful world.

At the same time, Senku will go to find the people who sent up smoke signals to begin his community of science.

Shishio, Senku, Taiju, Yuzuriha, Dr. Stone

When we next see Shishio he is approaching the bat cave when he is attacked by a girl. He identifies her as a 2nd generation human born after the petrification. He categorized her as primitive and planned to take over her clan at a later time. He traps her under a tree and proceeds to his destination.

Kohaku, Dr. Stone

Senku comes to rescue her. She is enamored by Senku’s ability to get her from under the tree using science. He used a pulley system. We find out her name is Kohaku and she vows to be with Senku.

Dr. Stone S1, E5 | Stone World The Beginning (recap)

Dr. Stone: Stone World The Beginning (S01, E05) | (recap)

Picking up from the cliff hanger of last week, Shishio prepares to knock Senku unconscious. He remains that he, Senku, Taiju, and Yuzuriha would have been friends if they met before the petrification. However, due to Senku’s obsession with bringing civilization back, Shishio believes he needs to kill him.

Stone World The Beginning

Senku had been regularly cracking his neck and drawing attention to its stiffness. This prompted Shishio to suggest blunt force trauma as the cause of death.

Taiju did not make it in time to stop the blow to Senku’s head, but he and Yuzuriha were able to cause a distraction allowing them to run away with Senku’s limp body.

Taiju would not accept Senku’s death and soon realized that Senku had to have a plan because his main goal was to keep everyone alive. After trying CPR, Yuzuriha and Taiju discovered that Senku still had a stone fragment in the back of his neck.

Using the revival serum, they hoped to heal the damage to Senku’s neck and spine as a result of the stone being removed. This calls back to Yuzuriha getting the leftover stone removed from her foot.

As Yuzuriha and Taiju wait patiently hoping that Senku will regain consciousness, we are shown a flashback of Senku’s preservation through his stone period.

We see Senku will himself awake, examine his stone shell, attempt to create fire, and create a hatchet all while being observed by monkeys. At the end of his preliminary actions, he decides that he is going to help reform civilization.

I’m assuming we’re going to see Senku awakening in the next episode.

Dr. Stone S1, E4 | Fire The Smoke Signal (recap)

Dr. Stone: Fire The Smoke Signal (s01, e04) | (recap)

When we last left our heroes, they were gathering supplies to make gun powder in preparation to shutdown Shishio’s plans to kill off adults still in their petrified state.

Spoilers ahead

Shishio and Senku, Dr. Stone

Yuzuriha asks Taiju to tell him what he was going to say 3700 years ago before the green light turned everyone into stone. He refused but promised to tell her after they save the world.

Senku finished gathering the materials to create the gun powder. The materials include sulfur, charcoal, and potassium nitrate. With all of the ingredients together Senku, Yuzuriha, and Taiju begin the packing process. During the packing process, they create an explosion they send a smoke signal in the sky.

Yuzuriha, Taiju, and Senku, Dr. Stone

Senku believes that Shishio can be negotiated with. This is a call back to episode 3 when Taiju offered to take hits to stop Shishio from breaking the skulls of petrified adults.

As Shishio is looking for Senku, Taiju, and Yuzuriha he says that he’ll have to kill Senku if he’s already made the gun powder.

Taiju notices another smoke signal in the sky. But, they don’t know if it’s a volcano or actual people trying to reach out. The group opts to build their fire in hopes that they can confirm more people in the world. They run out of materials to keep the fire going, so Taiju goes to find more firewood.

“I don’t mind getting my hands dirty to stop that.” – Shishio

Yuzuriha, Senky, and Shishio, Dr. Stone

Shishio arrives moments later and swiftly takes Yuzuriha hostage by knife-point. He claims that making weapons of science and reviving older generations will allow them to fight over their own established interests.

Shishio will accept being the bad guy if it means stopping old reality from resurfacing. He threatens to take Yuzuriha’s life if Senku doesn’t give him the recipe to the revival serum.

Senku bluffs that he doesn’t care about her, but Shishio slices Yuzuriha’s hair off without hesitation leaving both Senku and Yuzuriha stunned.

“I know longer have a reason to let you live.” – Shishio

Shishio then gives a long speech about how he never had anyone to care for and that is why he will always win. He blames Taiju and Yuzuriha for Senku’s lack of leverage.

But, Yuzuriha is prepared to give her life to save the world. But he gives up the revival recipe anyway.

Shishio drops Yuzuriha in favor of Senku. Claiming that they could have been friends under different circumstances, Shishio give Senku an ultimatum.

Abandon Science or Die

There’s a cute flashback of Senku’s life. We see his father’s sacrifice to get him supplies. We see his research and experimentation. And most of all we see his love of science.

Yuzuriha whispers out to Taiju. Somehow, they have a psychic connection because he suddenly runs toward his two friends after witnessing several more smoke signals in the sky.

We’re left with a cliffhanger as Senku accepts his fate because he will not abandon science.

Did Taiju make it in time?
Does he Taiju take the dagger for Senku?
Does someone else show up to help?

Dr. Stone S1 E3 | Weapons of Science (recap)

Dr. Stone: Weapons of Science (s01, e03) | (recap)

Previously on Dr. Stone, Senku and Taiju faced a ravaging pack of lions during their attempt to revive Yuzuriha. In a panic, they revived the strongest human from their school named Shishio.

He proved to be helpful with necessary tasks like hunting and protecting. However, Senku soon realized that Shishio’s motives were skewed from the goal of reviving all of civilization.

Shishio’s main goal was to resurrect a purified society. His answer to making sure only young people were resurrected included crushing the stones of all of the adults so that they can not corrupt society again.

Spoilers ahead

Senku is playing it cool for the most part around Shishio despite knowing his actual goals to kill every adult so that they can not revive.

Operation: Save Every Last Human Being

Senku,and Taiju, Dr. Stone
Senku and Taiju

In the meantime, Taiju is gathering the resources needed to create the revival serum. Senku plans to keep the ingredients of the serum a secret from Shishio, however, Taiju is very oblivious and blurts out that he’s acquired everything.

Shishio is instantly intrigued, and Senku knowns that if he finds out the recipe, he’ll dispose of them. So to continue Operation: Let’s save every last human being, Senku sends Shishio to get the nitric acid (one of the ingredients).

While Shishio went to look for the nitric acid, Senku and Taiju revived Yuzuriha. Senku reveals to them that Shishio is a straight murderer and they could either run away and live life together or fight with him against the murders.

Yuzuriha is down to stay with the group and fight with them right away, which is great. I like that about her.

“Advance civilization and make better weapons of science.” – Senku

Shishio, Dr. Stone
Shishio

When Shishio gets back, a standoff occurs between the two groups. Shishio knocks Taiju out after he threats to kill Yuzuriha and tells them to stay out of his way or get killed.

Senku decides they need to create weapons of science to take Shishio down. They reach a Buddha statue where Senku harvests bronze and then they go to Mount Fuji to get resources to make gun powder.

Shishio is smart as well as athletic because he figures this out right away. As a result, he plans to stop them before Senku can create gun powder and stop him for good.

Dr. Stone S1 E2 | King of the Stone World (recap)

Dr. Stone: King of the Stone World (S01 E02 ) | (recap)

Previously on Dr. Stone, Taiju and Senku woke from their petrified stone state to find that 3700 years had passed and nature had reclaimed the world. They stayed away for the entire 3700 years. Taiju obsessed over his crush, Yuzuriha. Senku stayed awake by counting the day, time, and hours as they passed by.

Senku was freed 6 months before Taiju. This allowed him to develop a serum to free other humans from their rock state.

Fast forward to episode two.

Spoilers ahead

Taiju is ready to use this serum on Yuzuriha. However, he hesitates because she will be naked once the rock shell falls off of her. Just as he’s arguing with Senku about this fact, a lion and his pride close in on them and force them to put everything on hold and run away.

As they run, Taiju determines that he needs to self-sacrifice to save Senku and Yuzuriha so that they can go on and rebuild civilization. However, Senku convinces him that that is a bad idea because he is the brawn in their duo and is needs to help rebuild life as they knew it.

Once Taiju rids the idea of self-sacrifice from his head, he decides to revive Shishio (a very strong former classmate of theirs). They run to his body and pour the serum on him. He wakes just in time to ask what the situation is.

“From now on, I’ll do the fighting” – Shishio

Shishio, dr. stone episode 2

Senku gives him a brief but accurate description of the problem and Shishio springs into action by punching the lion in the face and scaring his pride away.

I find it hard to believe that a person could spend 3700 years in a rock and be able to move and fight without having an adjustment period, but hey whatever.

Shishio turns out to be a reliable hunter and fighter. Taiju remains a building and scavenger, while Senku remains the brains behind the operation.

However, Senku does have a bad feeling about Shishio. He’s worried that their ideals of bringing back every human may not line up with Shishio’s ideals. He expresses this feeling to Taiju, but he’s oblivious. As a result of his uneasiness, Senku omits some information about the uses of calcium carbonate.

He was right to do so.

“A man who praises another man to his face is full of ulterior motives.” – Senku

Senku, episode 2 of Dr. Stone

While gathering seashell supplies to create calcium carbonate with Taiju, Shishio finds an adult that is petrified. He knocks the adults head off and states that he wants a world of pure-hearted youth.

He feels that bringing adults back with offer gratitude for a time, but they will soon take over again, and force their unfair rulings over the land. So he plans to eliminate them before they can corrupt society again.

Senku stands up to Shishio. He tells him that he plans to awaken everyone regardless.

And the conflict begins!

Previous episode: Dr. Stone: S01 E01 | Stone World (recap)

Dr. Stone: S01 E01 | Stone World (recap)

I’ve never heard of Dr. Stone before it’s release this month, but if every human turned to stone and centuries passed before my stone cast broke away and I was intact, I’d want a friend like Senku awake too.

There was not a lot of character development in this first episode, but we at least know that if you stayed conscious during your petrified stone state, eventually you would crack open fully aware of what happened.

Season 1, Episode 1 – Stone World

Yuzuriha Ogawa, Dr. Stone, crunchy roll

We meet two important characters right away, including Senku (a scientific genius well above his high school years) and Taiju (a standard high school boy with a mega crush on Yuzuriha – a girl he plans to express his feelings to outside of school).

Unfortunately, before Taiju can express his feelings a bright green light spreads through the land and petrifies every human alive. Doesn’t matter if they are inside a building or outside, they turn to stone.

“The date is October 5, 5738” – Senku

We follow Taiju through the seasons and years that pass after the green light flooded the earth. The animals take back territory and nature reclaims the structures that were built during the human-dominated era.

Taiju managed to stay conscious during the centuries that he was petrified due to his obsession with confessing his love for Yuzuriha. Eventually, his stone cracks away and he is miraculously okay.

He has drifted quite a ways away from the schoolyard where he planned to confess his love, but he manages to make his way back to the school’s previous location. Luckily he finds Yuzuriha still there in her petrified state. He also sees a messaged etched into the tree behind her.

“Follow the river idiot” – Senku

Senku Ishigami and Taiju Ōki, Dr Stone, Crunchyroll

Senku leaves a message scratched into the tree behind Yuzuriha’s head. The message prompts Taiju to meet up with Senku who has been awake for 6 months and managed to stay awake by counting the days to prevent himself from going unconscious.

First of all, can we just take a moment to appreciate the trust that Senku had in his friend Taiju?

He expected his friend to be alive. We see that he has those high expectations at the beginning of the episode as well. Senku offers Taiju a love potion to win Yuzuriha’s heart, but Taiju says no.

Turns out the potion was actually gasoline, but Senku had no doubts that Taiju was going to say no. We’ll probably see that same expectation through out the entire series until something drastic happens and trust is broken.

Maybe.

Turns out Senku, being the scientific genius we know him as, has figured out a way to de-petrify humans from their stone state. Senku and Taiju create the formula and test it out on birds until they get the combination correct!

Finally, the bird is freed of the stone!

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