With Episode 6 of Dr. Stone: Stone Wars! The audience was able to witness the brilliance of another character apart from Senku, an introduction of a new antagonist, and treading the subject of morality while portraying an attention-grabbing episode.
Check out our full review of “Prison Break” which also covered Chapters 71-72 of the manga. Read at your own discretion, spoilers ahead.
Here’s what you’ve missed from the previous episode:
Senku and the Ishigami Villagers created the Steam Gorilla as means of transportation to carry their equipment and a one-time shot at Chrome’s rescue
Tsukasa shows hints of his sharp intuition as he tried to be a couple of steps ahead of Senku by setting up traps in anticipation of a rescue mission
Ukyo lied about how he found out about Chrome in the first place with reasons yet to be revealed.
You can check out the full review of the previous episode here.
A Policeman’s Morality
Fans were greeted to an introduction of a new character called Yo Uei, one of Tsukasa’s main henchmen. In his pre-petrified life, Yo was a skilled policeman with proper training and gifted pole combat skills. Given that they had a prisoner locked up as bait in Chrome, Yo seemed to be the perfect candidate to patrol the hostage’s premises.
However, the introduction of Yo is not the main reason we want to put the spotlight on him. We want to put emphasis on his backstory that the manga lightly touched on. Despite the small piece of information from its source material, the anime was able to put in more details into portraying that particular segment and touched on such a delicate subject – morality.
A policeman’s duty in general is to maintain the peace and order of society but in the face of danger, these people have to be quick on their feet to decide which particular action to take. Looking past Yo’s aggressively blunt demeanor, was it really right for the police department to fire him despite only trying to protect himself? The critical point here is that the suspect shot him first which led him to fire back.
It was not also made clear whether the criminal was killed nor just injured. But if you were one of the policemen talking to Yo, would you have done the same?
With Chrome’s full understanding of Tsukasa’s plan to trap Senku and the Ishigami Villagers, it was imperative for him to escape on his own so as not to endanger the lives of his comrades.
Chrome, as Stone World’s mad scientist, got to thinking. Something we should all learn how to do. He took a step back, carefully assessed and analyzed the situation, and chose the best path possible towards his escape. He went back to his roots in scavenger hunting. One may ask, how was he able to do that while he’s locked up inside his bamboo cell? Well, the answer to that is he literally used his junk to get some more junk.
But as amazing as Chrome was, one critical component of his plan was conveniently brought to him by an unknown person. Could it be Taiju and Yuzuriha as Chrome imagined it? Or was it somebody else? Fearless forecast: it was Ukyo. Not much to go for on this one apart from the fact that Ukyo lied about Chrome’s whereabouts when he found him.
At the face of the enemy, Chrome tried to capitalize on the information he had on his foe and used it against him to create a small opening of attack. For a scrawny little science-user, Chrome made sure to hit where it counts.
The episode was a breath of fresh air as it allowed supporting characters to shine in the episode. By now, we have all been used to seeing Senku’s brilliant mind. Seeing other characters do the same gives more depth to them despite being secondary characters who were only meant to support the main ones.
We hope this is a trend we continue to see moving forward especially since Tsukasa’s starting to use his brain a little more. Still no sign of Taiju and Yuzuriha though and that devilish scheming Ukyo is another one to watch out for.
Dr. Stone: Stone Wars! Episode 7 entitled “Secret Mission” comes out on February 25, 2021 at 10:30PM (PHST).
Dr. Stone: Stone Wars is also available for viewing on one of AniRadio+'s official video-on-demand streaming partner, iQIYI Philippines.
TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read)
The episode touched on the sensitive subject of morality as it portrays a duty of a policeman getting kicked out of the job because he fired back at a criminal that shot him first.
People should learn from Chrome whenever they are in a tight situation: take a step back, assess and analyze the situation and take the best course of action.
An unknown individual conveniently hands Chrome the key to his escape
It was refreshing to see secondary characters take the spotlight as it gives more depth to their storylines.
Here's a picture of the great detective, Suika-chan