Story: Riichiro Inagaki
Translation: Caleb Cook
Touch-Up Art & Lettering: Stephen Dutro
Design: Julian [JR] Robinson
Editor: John Bae
Science Consultant: Kurare
What They Say:
Senku’s father, the stronaut Byakuya, returned to Earth shortly after humanity turned to stone. What did he leave behind for his son to discover thousands of years later?
In the meantime, Senku and the villagers have to content with attackers from the Tsukasa Empire. The dire situation calls for drastic measures, so they start work on their strongest weapon yet…
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Dr. Stone is a generally enjoyable romp, but it’s about to get more serious. The science is still being scienced, and the characters are still being incredibly silly. But this time, it isn’t for their own ease or survival, it’s to fight Tsukasa’s Empire (proper noun).
This volume also divides the series into (so far) two parts, with the second part being called Stone Wars. The wars, of course, between Tsukasa and Senku’s factions. Tsukasa is waging a war against a classist society determined by capitalism. He wants a meritocracy, presumably with him at the top. And Senku wants a kingdom of science that brings the world back to its full glory, with no thought given to capitalism.
And he, and Tsukasa, realize that the thing that will change the tide of this war is any means of long-distance communication. Senku is getting at making cell phones. He wants to be able to have moles send messages back to him, and for orders to be given out during battle. He also wants a bloodless war, because he truly values human life.
But he also understands humans, especially with help of Gen. He wins people other with ramen, cola, and cotton candy because food does affect people. He just wants a return to the world as it was, in all of its scientific glory. And he’s standing before a beast of a man to revive it.
This volume is plot heavy and character lite, but there’s not really issue with that inherently. It just doesn’t make for too interesting of a review, because I end up summarizing rather than commentating. But I do like the stages Dr. Stone is putting into place here. It’s been leading to a real face off between Senku and Tsukasa since they parted ways. I always enjoy reading Senku’s science creations, even if my understanding of them is below the level of Ginro.
Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: B+
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: July 2, 2019