Sunday, October 10, 2021

TV: Dr. Stone

In the anime Dr. Stone, a mysterious force turns everyone on Earth into stone for thousands of years. When Senku and his friend Taiju wake up in this post-apocalyptic, post-human world, they have to rebuild civilization from a literal Stone Age while trying to figure out what (or who) was behind the petrification. It plays out like a cross between Robinson Crusoe, MacGyver, and Breaking Bad:

Dr. Stone is one of those anime adaptations that I believe is better than the original manga (written by Riichiro Inagaki and illustrated by Boichi). Senku's ingenious ways of shortcutting to modern technology (which are usually scientifically accurate) are just plain easier to understand in motion. The animation also better conveys the series' offbeat humor and softens the sometimes-gratuitous fanservice. You also get a rad opening sequence with some upbeat J-rock by Burnout Syndromes:


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