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Impressions: Dr. Stone Volumes 1-2

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Being a longtime fan of Riichiro Inagaki’s Eyeshield 21, I was very much looking forward to his new work—Dr. Stone. Despite the huge difference in settings, the former being an (American) football series and Dr. Stone involving science, and it’s presented in a way where the reader can learn fun facts about the subject in combination with an interesting story, setting, and awesome characters.

The story introduces starts with Taiju telling his science-loving friend Senku that he is finally about to confess his love to Yuzuriha, who he has secretly been in love with for five years. They agree to meet under a camphor tree on the school grounds, but just as Taiju is about to confess, a bright light appears in the sky. Taiju pushes Yuzuriha to the tree to protect her, but the light suddenly petrifies all of humanity, with every human on Earth turning into stone. Most humans begin to lose their consciousness, but Taiju keeps his alive as the years progress by his motivation of freeing both himself and Yuzuriha. He later discovers that Senku has also escaped from being petrified, keeping his consciousness alive by counting how long he has been petrified.

Both Taiju and Senku plan begin to rebuild civilization using Senku's scientific knowledge. They start by creating natal—a corrosive solvent that destroys the stone casing on people. Their plan was to free Yuzuriha, but when the two are attacked by lions that have escaped from zoos and bred in Japan over the centuries, they instead release Tsukasa Shishio, who was recognized as "The Strongest Primate High Schooler". When freed, he uses his strength to kill the lions. 

Afterward, they make more nital to free Yuzuriha as well, but Senku discovers that during Tsukasa's childhood he was brutally beaten by an adult while he was collecting seashells for his sister undergoing surgery thus giving Tsukasa a mindset that only the "pure young-hearted people" should be revived, and thus Tsukasa starts destroying the petrified adults. This made two rival clans form—Senku's Kingdom of Science and Tsukasa's Empire of Might.



While Dr. Stone isn’t like your average Weekly Shonen Jump series like battle series such as My Hero Academia or Black Clover, it is still as exciting to watch as they are figuring out solutions to survive and reach their end goal of bringing back humanity with science formulas or physical action to overcome their obstacles. 

While the story is different from Inagaki’s previous work, I would heavily recommend Dr. Stone to any hardcore fan of his. Seku and Taiju are a great pair of characters that compliment each other as the tag team of brains and the muscles with charismatic personalities. Additionally, the whole setting about reviving humanity in a prehistoric-esque era is fascinating to me and the science touches as solutions is great. I’m very excited to see the anime premiere this July as well. 

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