'Dr. STONE' TV anime announces 'Dr. STONE: Ryusui' TV Special for Summer 2022 and Season 3 for 2023
Written by: Jei Beltrano
Published on: December 19, 2021 at 12:59 PHT (GMT+8)
The official Twitter for the TV anime adaptation of Riichiro Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga series has announced on Sunday that a TV special titled 'Dr. STONE: Ryusui' is in production and is scheduled to air in Summer 2022. On the other hand, the previously-announced third season of the anime series has been scheduled for 2023.
A teaser visual was unveiled featuring the new character Nanami Ryusui.
A promotional video (PV) was released along with the announcement through the official YouTube channel of TOHO Animation.
For the third season of the TV anime series, the sequel was previously-announced last March 25. The original cast of the series will also reprise their roles for the third season.
The first and second season of the anime is animated by animation studio TMS Entertainment with Shinya Iino serving as the series' director. Yuichiro Kido is in charge of the script while Yuko Iwasa is designing the characters. Tatsuya Kato, Hiroaki Tsutsumi, and Yuki Kanesaka are working for the series' music composition.
The first season of the anime TV series adaptation consisting of 24 episodes aired from July 5 to December 13, 2019.
The second season titled "Dr. Stone: Stone Wars" was aired from January 14 to March 25, 2021 consisting of 11 episodes.
The series is based on the Japanese manga series written by Riichiro Inagaki and illustrated by Boichi which 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.
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.
Source: Dr. Stone Official Twitter