Dr. Stone: Stone Wars! delivered yet another curveball with its 7th Episode into the season. Jumping off of Chrome’s successful prison break, Senku and Gen carry on with their plan to use Lillian Weinberg’s voice into convincing people from Tsukasa’s Empire to jump ship. However, what happens if the one person capable of spoiling their plan gets a wind of the conversation?
This is our full review of “Secret Mission” which also covered Chapters 73 – 74 of the manga.
Here’s what you’ve missed from the previous episode:
Yo Uei, one of Tsukasa Shishio’s main henchmen, has been introduced to patrol Chrome’s cell.
A mysteriously unidentified character gave Chrome the battery he needed to escape
Chrome pretended to have pneumonia to gain a split-second advantage against Yo Uei and hit him where it counted; and was able to reunite with Senku and the Ishigami Villagers
You can check out the full review of the previous episode here.
Ukyo's True Nature
For the last couple of episodes, Ukyo has been the number one threat for Senku and the Ishigami Villagers primarily because of his insane hearing capabilities as explained by Gen. This extraordinary talent came from his experience as a sonar technician pre-petrification. Which brings us to the question, what happens to the characters during the period of petrification in Dr. Stone?
As what we’ve witnessed from Senku and the first few characters, for some reason their brains continue to function until such time they are awakened and their memories remain intact. That being said, it is also safe to say that they pretty much wake up with the same set of values and morals prior to their petrification. By following this logic, there was not really much development for Ukyo as a character and his actions were only a revelation of his true nature.
We personally cannot say that we were impressed with this as it just appeared to be another form of convenience for Senku and the Ishigami Villagers. The highlight of the episode is really the logic behind the decision-making of the characters.
Secret Mission? More Like Impossible Mission
Dr. Stone tries to follow the laws of science and portray it in a fun way of applying these scientific methods and theories to entertain and educate the audience. However, this particular episode has stretched it too far in an attempt to tug on the heartstrings of its viewers.
Yuzuriha was tasked to piece together the statues of the humans that Tsukasa destroyed as if they were a 3D puzzle. But we’re not talking about a particular body part that was just detached from its body. We’re talking about an insane amount of shattered fragments that need to be put together perfectly. For that to be done, the person would need to find all of the shattered pieces at the point when the statues were broken, collect them all, and put them back together as if it were never broken.
This particular scene surely raised the viewers’ level of appreciation as Senku’s objective was to minimize the casualties even if it meant literally putting them back together piece by piece. This definitely brought out some mixed emotions.
The central theme of the episode aims at reminding the audience that we always have a choice in everything we do. However, those set/s of options depend on the situation one is currently in. The decision-point comes as a test of character as we are bound to make a choice one way or another and that will help define our character/personality as we move forward.
Looks like it’s smooth-sailing for Senku and the rest of the gang from here on out but wouldn’t it be the plot twist of the series if he were to lose to Tsukasa? Highly unlikely but it will definitely bring a whole new dynamic to Senku’s character as he’d finally face defeat.
Dr. Stone: Stone Wars! Episode 8 entitled “Final Battle” comes out on March 4, 2021 at 10:30PM (PHST).
TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read)
The episode was a revelation of Ukyo’s true nature as a character but it only appeared as another form of convenience for Senku
Yuzuriha’s nearly-impossible mission stretched the anime’s take on the laws of science and nature a bit too far in an attempt to tug on the heartstrings of viewers
The decision-making of the characters aimed at reminding the audience that there is always a choice for every situation; whatever choice is made helps to define and shape one’s character.
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