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'Dr. Stone Season 2: Stone Wars' new key visual has been revealed, premieres January 2021
September 5, 2020 at 3:40 AM PHT (GMT +8)
The second season of "Dr. Stone" TV anime series titled "Dr. Stone: Stone Wars" has received a new key visual released by its official Twitter page on Saturday. The new season of the series will premiere on January 2021. The new visual debuted during the Dr. Stone panel of the ongoing online Crunchyroll EXPO. The second season will focus on the story of the "Stone Wars" arc from the manga series.
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"The Rising of the Shield Hero" is a Japanese manga series written by Riichiro Inagaki and illustrated by Boichi. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since March 2017, with the individual chapters collected and published by Shueisha into sixteen tankōbon volumes as of July 2020. In 2019, Dr. Stone won the 64th Shogakukan Manga Award for the shōnen category.
The first season of the anime TV series adaptation consisting of 24 episodes aired from July 5 to December 13, 2019. The series was animated by TMS Entertainment, with Shinya Iino as director, Yuichiro Kido as scriptwriter, and Yuko Iwasa as character designer. Tatsuya Kato, Hiroaki Tsutsumi, and Yuki Kanesaka composed the series' music.
Wikipedia describes the series' plot as:
Beginning in April 5738 A.D., it's been over 3,700 years since a mysterious flash of light petrified nearly all human life. A 16-year-old genius named Senkū Ishigami is suddenly revived to find himself in a world where all traces of human civilization have been eroded by time. Senkū sets up a base-camp and begins to study the petrified humans in order to determine the cause of the event, as well as a cure.
Over the next 6 months, Senkū learns his revival was made possible with nitric acid. With this discovery, he develops a compound that will allow him to instantly revive others. He begins by reviving his friend Taiju Ōki, their classmate Yuzuriha Ogawa, and a famous martial artist named Tsukasa Shishiō, with the goal of rebuilding civilization with a focus on science.
Tsukasa ultimately reveals that he opposes Senkū's idea of forming a new scientific civilization, believing the old world was tainted and should not be restored. Instead, he desires to establish a new world order based on power and strength, going so far as to destroy any petrified adults he encounters in order to prevent them from interfering with his goals.
After extorting the formula for the revival compound from Senkū, Tsukasa attempts to murder him when he realized that Senkū knows how to create weapons that he cannot defend against. Believing he successfully killed Senkū, Tsukasa leaves to begin establishing his own faction in the Stone World.
After recovering from his near death experience, Senkū discovers a tribe of people already living on the planet and sees this as an opportunity to create his Kingdom of Science. These people are originally hesitant, but eventually learn the benefits that science can bring to their survival. Over time, Senkū becomes more trusted by the tribe, eventually being taught of their past - where he discovers that the village was started by his father figure, along with 5 other astronauts, whom were unaffected due to being in space at the time of the petrification event.
Together, with his new allies and friends, Senkū's Kingdom of Science engages in a war with Tsukasa's clan, ultimately emerging victorious and affirming themselves as a force to be reckoned with. After the victory they discover that Senkū's adopted father had left precious metals which can be used as catalysts to mass produce revival fluid in the nearby island which is now inhabited by a tribe known as the Petrification Kingdom, who possess the device used to petrify the world so long ago.