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EP. REVIEW: Dr. Stone: New World


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smurky turkey



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2023 3:35 am Reply with quote
The ending of the third episode is quite exciting. I was expecting to have it end on a cheerful ''technology acquired'' like always but instead we get some main plot progress.
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Brack



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2023 3:51 am Reply with quote
I've always enjoyed the series, but it now has the confidence of a show that's adapting a finished comic. It knows where the story is going and which beats need to be hit harder than others.
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FilthyCasual



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2023 8:28 am Reply with quote
Dr. Stone's as consistent as ever. It's great to see Senku's kindness and innate love for humanity, even if he's a complete tsundere about it.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2023 9:46 am Reply with quote
I really got a kick outta him branding the camera “Senkon” and the lens “Senkor”. Very funny Very Happy
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Aura Ichadora



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2023 2:24 pm Reply with quote
I'm so glad that this show is back, and it's not missing a beat coming off of the heels of the Ryusui OVA. Although, if you missed the OVA and are anime-only, the start of this is going to be so confusing.

That said, these first three episodes are perfect for setting up what is about to come, and how it will ultimately end up changing the status quo we've been used to with this series up until now. Ep3's reveal was every bit as frightening as I expected it to be when I read it in the manga, and I'm so happy that Francois finally had their debut. Also very glad that they are keeping the canonical use of non-gender specific pronouns, although I had very little doubt that would've changed in the first place. It would've altered the canon pretty significantly if it were to have changed and would've likely ticked off a lot of people that love Francois not only for the character but because of the non-binary representation. The OP and ED for this season are also top-tier. Definitely dancing a bit to the ED with that jazzy sort of beat is has, but OP is very good too. The animation accompanying both are fantastic as well, although I think I like the ED's a bit more. It's like moving pieces of artwork, which is so aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.

I'm very excited for Dr. STONE Thursday for the next several weeks. Although I will be sad when the 1st cour comes to an end, as I just know they're going to end on a cliffhanger, which will likely have me screaming at my TV going "NO, DON'T DO THAT!! HOW DARE YOU!?" and will not be at all appropriate for me to be shouting at 10am. Anime hyper
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2023 10:58 pm Reply with quote
I find it a funny mistake that in the third episode Senku remembered "Not to worry Suika. The boars know what black jewels smell like." I mean Senku wasn't even there at the time and he didn't remember that in the manga.

It's at 08:57 and then again at 11:05
The chapter is 95
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Aura Ichadora



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2023 9:10 am Reply with quote
Honestly, seeing Nikki in the mine cart at the end of the episode was both a surprise and a delight. In the manga, it was one of the other random characters in the Kingdom (I don't even think that the character has a name, or if he does, I'm not able to remember), and I figured that's what would've been for the anime as well. To see Nikki there was surprising, but I absolutely LOVED that the anime went that route. I also liking the bit of the shifting they did with the chapters. Where the episode ended was at the very end of chapter 97 (or, for volumes, Volume 11), but they also adapted little parts of chapter 98. I think it was a smart move, not just for a narrative perspective but also because it should lead to the next episode adapting the rest of chapter 98-100 and bringing to a close the Age of Exploration arc. I can't quite imagine them taking two more episodes for this part, but I could be wrong.

While not related to the current episode, the 2nd episode with the English dub dropped yesterday as well, which gave us our first taste of Francois' English performance. While I don't believe there was any credit on CR for it (at least not what I could find), from what I was able to find from others, Michelle Rojas is the mastermind behind Francois' voice and they absolutely NAILED it. Everything about the English dub matched in my head of what I figured Francois would sound like. Although, I'm guessing that the lip flaps wouldn't allow for their professional manner of addressing Ryusui and others as "Masters", so they removed that element from the dub. But it does sorta line up with the manga, as they didn't use such things in the opening chapters of their debut but came to use the titles later on, so it might be adjusted as the series continues.
EDIT: Michelle Rojas came out on Twitter stating that they are, in fact, the voice of Francois. Will keep my original post up, but did change pronouns as I realize my mistake with that; my bad!

The episode also reminds me that the manga's English version changed up the phrase "Greed equals justice" to "Desire is noble". Which I think the latter sounds a little better and makes more sense to me, but both are fine. Just one of those little oddities of going from the Japanese version to the English translations, I suppose.
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2023 12:37 pm Reply with quote
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I'm interested to see who will be on the ship and who won't. Losing Senku would be bad enough but losing Chrome as well would all but stop any further technological advancement.

I'm sure Chrome will be there now that they've placed him among the Big Five leaders. I'm just disappointed that in this New World, apparently only men have the best brains, even if a couple of the women have the brawn or single-talent cleverness. I would've expected a more egalitarian society, given who the villagers descended from and the modern folks who joined them. Even Francois, who clearly is among the most intelligent and multi-skilled of them all, is relegated to a support role, which may be their desire, but from an overall storytelling pov is disappointing.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2023 12:45 pm Reply with quote
It's funny you bring that up, Gina, because I had the same thought about the sausage party brain trust and I'm not even a bra-burning feminista like you! Wink Yeah, but seriously that mens only thing was not cool and kind of bizarre, frankly.
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Aura Ichadora



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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2023 8:46 pm Reply with quote
This episode may have been a bit on the boring side, but things are about to change and it's going to be glorious to finally see the next arc animated. I am a bit sad that my hope for an extended filler arc for the year time skip was dashed, but I already knew that going into the episode counts that we wouldn't. Would've been fun, though. But I am glad there was some extension on it, versus the possibility of them just doing photos only like in the manga. I'm also a bit sad that they cut back a tiny bit of Kohaku's observation about Gen as he's joining the crew on the Perseus. It's very small, but he turns back to ask Kohaku if she said something, which she denies with both her and Senku smirking. I know it's a moment that means nothing to the story, but it was one of the moments in the manga that had me snickering.

Hopefully come the next arc, another moment between Gen and Kohaku won't be terribly cut and actually expanded upon. spoiler[I need to actually see how the hell Gen got that rope on Kohaku's ankle. I know Senku goes "That's our crafty mentalist" basically while the question goes unanswered, but it's like... please answer it, anime. I really want to know. Anime hyper]
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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2023 1:47 am Reply with quote
Dr. Stone is something that started out with an interesting premise and then kinda went off the rails. Honestly it's gotten a bit too out there with the things a 15 year old (his age when he got petrified) knows how to make. He may be have been a bright kid but there does come a point where it's a bit too crazy. Also the plot contrivance such as how these people who descended from smarter than your average person modern humans were living like it was the stone age and didn't even know about basic things like farming or animal husbandry.
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Hiroki not Takuya



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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2023 11:58 pm Reply with quote
At the risk of self-aggrandizement, I am here it say I wanted to be a scientist when I was 6 years old, made a crude seismograph when I was 10 and by the time I was 16 aced the "seniors-only" physics class in HS so it may be rare but not totally unbelievable. If I had a knowledgeable and supportive set of parents maybe...

On the STEM front, hate to say but decades of pressure to get women in sciences has not made a big dent in the ratio in physical sciences but I would never say it was because of inherent inferiority. It's just that a lot of young women don't seem as interested in the subjects as much as other pursuits. Biology and medicine see many more women. Suika is right in there with the Kingdom of Science so DrStone seems more realistic and less chauvanistic.

Now, I have to agree that S3 seems to have made some odd choices relative to S1 in that a lot of science and engineering is happening dizzyingly fast and the items being made are way too conveniently done. In S1 making a CRT would have taken at least half the season. And one would think the first trans-Pacific voyage would have had a more logical goal of seeing what technology remnants and/or people were to be found rather than searching for the source of the petrification.

Heck, staying at home and bending efforts to reviving more knowledgeable people would have been much more reasonable before setting sail in a ship. And what do they suppose they will do if they succeed in discovering the petrifier? If it were to find a way to reverse the petrification en-mass that could be reasonable but the story doesn't mention anything like that. And unlike S1 where Senku didn't want Chrome with him on a hazardous mission lest science die, here we just get all the most knowledgeable people in one place and set out across an ocean for the first time....
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2023 4:36 pm Reply with quote
Hiroki not Takuya wrote:
At the risk of self-aggrandizement, I am here it say I wanted to be a scientist when I was 6 years old, made a crude seismograph when I was 10 and by the time I was 16 aced the "seniors-only" physics class in HS so it may be rare but not totally unbelievable.


That's cool and all, but that's not even remotely on Senku's level - where he knows physics, chemistry, electricity, electronics, optics, and a dozen skilled technical fields... all in great detail.
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Minos_Kurumada



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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2023 8:23 pm Reply with quote
I always thought the place the ship landed was the same place as the were the settlement is currently, just that after 3500 years the place changed to what is now.

Niow, I need a timeline because I have a ton of questions regarding that cemetery with the recording.
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Aura Ichadora



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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2023 9:30 pm Reply with quote
I honestly kinda love Soyuz' debut because it's one of those things you forget about from the earlier parts of the series, then it comes back and you're like "... Oh. OH."
Kinda shows how far ahead the authors were thinking about with this series that they placed in this character that would end up being a pivotal person later on.

Although, yeah, it does seem like a bit of a stretch that no one really thought about how Soyuz wasn't originally "one of them", but perhaps his adopted mother was more removed from the village than others? I have doubts on that, but it's better than just going with "the plot needs to plot".

Also, I don't think Ruri ever told Senku all of the 100 tales. I'd wager he was told quite a few after Tale 8 when Gen comes into the picture, but eventually just wants to cut to the chase to get the answers he wanted and asks her to skip ahead to the one about stones. If I'm going off of a timeline from the manga, the stone tale is supposed to be #51, so I would hazard he didn't learn of any other tales past that, with exception of a few that he had already heard of earlier in the series (such as Tale #100, being the tale named after himself).
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