Dr. Stone Episode 22 Title: The Treasure.
Dr. Stone Episode 22 release date:- November 29, 2019.
Dr. Stone Episode 22 English Subbed
- MAL ID: 38691
- Type: TV
- Episodes: Unknown
- Status: Currently Airing
- Aired: Jul 5, 2019 to ?
- Premiered: Summer 2019
- Broadcast: Fridays at 22:00 (JST)
- Producers: Shueisha
- Licensors: Unknown
- Studios: TMS Entertainment
- Source: Manga
- Genres: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Shounen
- Duration: 23 min
- Rating: None [/toggle]
What's so Great About Dr. Stone
As the centuries pass, nature reclaims the planet, until one other day, 10,000 years after that first one, a teenage genius named Senku Ishigami is revived by unknown means. Finding himself stuck in a now prehistoric world, he immediately sets out to discover how he was revived, save the rest of humanity, and use his vast scientific knowledge to rebuild civilization from scratch.
Unfortunately, one of the first people he revives is the brutishly strong Tsukasa, a modern day caveman seemingly built to live in the new, untamed jungles of Japan, who doesn’t want to return to the way things were, and would rather revive only the young and pure to live out their days in this unspoiled world. He has no qualms about killing the old to build his utopia, or anyone else who gets in his way.
In a battle of brawn, Senku doesn’t stand a chance against Tsukasa and his growing “kingdom of might,” but with his brains, and a bit of help from the few primitive humans who’ve somehow survived into the present, he might just be able to build up his own “kingdom of science” and fight back. Before this, I didn’t really read manga before watching their anime adaptations, but that premise was just… too intriguing to pass up. And as I found out, it’s got a LOT going for it beyond a solid high concept. Dr. Stone is the series that finally turned me into an weekly manga reader, and almost two years later, its anime adaptation has become one of my favourites of 2019.
Today, I’d like to shine a light on what I see as the series’ biggest strengths, in the hopes of figuring out exactly what’s so great about Dr. Stone.
Right off the bat, this series sets itself apart from your standard Shounen Jump fair by taking its focus away from fighting. There ARE a fair number of battles in Dr. Stone, but they’re not given all that much screen time. Instead, the story is mostly about Senku’s preparations for those battles; gathering resources, concocting strategies, and inventing the tools he needs to win before the fight’ seven begun.
This remains interesting, even in the absence of over the top action, for two reasons. Firstly because everything Senku does is based in practical real world science, it’s just… inherently interesting to see how he solves problems. As the series is starting out, his experiments have a primitive-technology-esque survivalist appeal; there’s something immensely satisfying about seeing man bend the world to his whims with simple tools. Once Senku has a proper lab set up, though, the appeal shifts from primitive procedure to seemingly impossible scientific spectacle. In short order, he begins performing near-miracles; like introducing electric light to the stone world.
It’s almost the stuff of fantasy, yet, because we see every step it takes to get there, we know it really works. At least in theory.
The emphasis on research and planning over action also allows the series to place a greater focus on interactions between its characters; working with both strong comedic chemistry between senku and his friends, and uneasy tension between them and potential foes. It’s not quite as psychological as, say, the promised neverland, but it’s fun watching all of these personalities bounce off each other either way. Senku’s a particularly wonderful protagonist, precisely because he’s not particularly wonderful.
He’s a schemer, a bit of a sleazebag, and more than a little arrogant about his intellect. And while he does think that restoring humanity is generally the right thing to do, the main thing that motivates him to do it is his dream of going to space one day, which ain’t gonna happen without a lot of help.
In contrast to your standard idealistic shounen hero, he’s more of a cackling mad scientist type, but he still helps people because that’s the easiest way to get them to help him. So we as an audience get to enjoy watching a character enact kinda villainous plots, without the moral guilt of rooting for a monster. That makes for a fun change of pace from your typical adventure anime, although if you’re looking for a more conventionally sympathetic hero to root for; y’know, the save the world, do anything for love type, both his naïve and strong-willed best friend Taiju and the bright-eyed stone-age “sorcerer” Chrome fit that bill nicely.
And there’s plenty more characters to fill any other niche you might hope for. Ishigami village alone has 40 inhabitants with their own names and recognizable designs, and there’s even more memorable faces among the villains. You’ve the manipulative mentalist, Gen, the tough as nails tomboy Kohaku, who for the record is best girl, the adorable and always helpful child slash mascot Suika, the Strait-laced, no-nonsense village guard Kinro and his lazy, all-nonsense sidekick Ginro, Magma and Mantle, who are basically caveman versions of Gaston and Lafoue, Kaseki, a passionate elderly craftsman with steady hands supported by the buffest body in the whole village… I should probably stop just listing characters, but that’s not even all the IMPORTANT ONES.
Dr. Stone’s cast is HUGE, and while it kinda has to rely on tropes to give that many people distinct, appealing personalities, it does a damn fine job of making everyone we spend any significant time with feel like a unique 3-dimensional human being. It’s hard NOT to find at least one favourite here. Solid writing carries a lot of that weight, but the show and manga’s bold aesthetics are just as key to its appeal. Korean artist Boichi’s character designs are wacky, exaggerated, expressive and instantly memorable; (also, for the most part, crazy horny). Yet that cartoony edge is blended with a meticulous attention to detail, with shading and texture work at times comparable to the art of Yusuke Murata. His style lends the manga’s world a unique, off-kilter personality, while making it feel impressively tangible. Those complex designs don’t exactly lend themselves all that well to animation; as an anime Dr. Stone is a fair bit stiffer in motion than My Hero Academia or Demon Slayer, but it makes up for that in other ways. It’s got some of the funniest reaction faces you’ll see all year, for starters.
The background art that depicts its lush, rocky world is consistently gorgeous and highly detailed; and in keeping with the scientific subject matter, the show’s animators went to great lengths to make real processes, like blowing glass and crushing shells, look as authentic as possible.
And that attention to detail is important; because as much as Dr. Stone wants to simply tell a fun adventure story, it also aims to educate its viewers about the wonders of science. Though don’t let that scare you off – it takes a very different approach to education from other shows with similar goals From western mainstays like Bill Nye and the Magic Schoolbus, to anime like Cells At Work, the vast majority of Edutainment tends to be episodic. And that makes sense – if your goal is to teach, it’s logical to focus on delivering memorable, self-contained lessons over telling complex ongoing stories. But science kinda… is a complex, ongoing story.
All of nature is connected, and every invention that we use today is the product of people building on other people’s discoveries, stretching back for millennia. Dr. Stone accelerates that timeline by… quite a lot, but its story reflects that process of innovation and iteration… senku’s ultimate goal is to rebuild civilization from scratch the same way we did it the first time.
The interpersonal conflicts of its narrative create the need for specific inventions that then become the focus of individual episodes and chapters, but once we move past the absolute basics, like rope and soap, EVERYTHING that the kingdom of science creates is made by building on what they’ve accomplished before. The series’ trademark “roadmaps” help to track this progress, showing step by step how the raw materials senku and co gather and the technologies they develop with them enable further innovations. And while this approach does make it a bit harder to put everything you learn from an episode of Dr. Stone into a neat and tidy box in your head like you can with Bill Nye, the trade-off is that all of the facts you learn from the series have lasting narrative significance. Which is significant, because our brains are a lot better at retaining details from stories we’ve been told than they are at remembering isolated facts.
If you’re invested in the characters and world of Dr. Stone, you have as good a reason to remember how Senku, Kohaku, Chrome and Suika used magnets to gather iron sand from the river, what it took to smelt that into usable iron, and how they then used lightning to turn that into a magnet, as you do to remember, say, the differences between quirk types in my hero academia. Or how flight works in dragon ball. What’s more, because certain subjects – like magnetism and electricity – tend to be applicable to a lot of the goals that Senku sets out to accomplish, the series allows its audience to develop a more comprehensive understanding of those subjects than they’d gain from a single episode about them. In much the same way that you probably have a better understanding of how Crazy Diamond works and what its limitations are than you do of, say, aqua necklace, or Superfly.
I can’t say with any certainty that this is a more effective method of teaching science than Bill Nye’s approach. It’s certainly nowhere near as efficient, since Dr. Stone spends a lot more time developing its characters and plot than it does imparting useful knowledge. But I can say that I’m more emotionally invested in this series than I EVER was in the Science Guy or the Magic Schoolbus. Because of that, on top of teaching me more about how the modern world works, Dr Stone has really helped me better appreciate everything that world has given me, and the hard work and human ingenuity that it took to build it.
As someone who can barely see past the end of his own nose, the moment where Suica puts on her glasses and sees the world clearly for the first time in her life brought tears to my barely functional eyes. And that’s just one of many surprisingly emotional scenes that result from Senku’s research. That, I think, is where Dr. Stone’s real educational strength lies: beyond simply conveying information about our world, it has an incredible ability to inspire a sense of genuine awe at the impact that science has had on it, and on us.
By resetting earth to a realistic primitive state, Dr. Stone effectively frames scientific knowledge as a world-shaking Shounen superpower. And an attainable one, at that. When you’re a kid watching Shounen Anime, it’s only natural to want to be like the heroes on your screen. But, given that most Shounen stories are escapist fantasies – with an emphasis on fantasy – they don’t always offer many practical outlets for that motivation. Beyond Naruto-running everywhere, I mean. A lot of shounen heroes are good role models who can inspire viewers to be better people, but often only in abstract terms.
Things change when these kinds stories are used to present activities that kids can actually participate in. Many a child (or *ahem* grown adult) watching Yugioh has gotten caught up in the hype and bought a booster pack or two… hundred. And the power that anime has to get kids excited about real things isn’t limited to glorified advertising. Haikyuu caused enrollment in japenese boy’s high school volleyball to surge by over ten percent in just 4 years, simply by showing kids that volleyball could be cool.
In a similar manner, Dr. Stone uses the tools of hyped-up shounen storytelling to demonstrate how interesting, fun, and rewarding scientific research and experimentation can be. And it further amplifies the coolness factor by demonstrating it through an apocalyptic adventure story. As opposed to, like, a… science fair tournament arc, I guess? It will take more time to see what effect that’s having than it did to observe Haikyuu’s impact on high school volleyball, but I think that Dr. Stone could potentially inspire a LOT of kids to pursue careers in science and medicine. It’s impossible to estimate how many at this point.
But considering how far we’ve gotten with only .1% of the global population working in scientific research today, just bringing in a few thousand more could have a significant positive impact on humanity’s future. And… yeah, this all very hypothetical but… how many manga or anime can you honestly say that about, hypothetically or not? Even for those of us who don’t end up in science, though, Dr. Stone conveys a really powerful and positive humanist message: that people, even, as chrome would put it, baaaad dudes like Ginro and Magma, have the potential to do great things.
That it’s not just morally right, but also rational to help others achieve that potential, because what benefits the group benefits us as individuals. And based on that – at least, according to Senku’s calculations – all SEVEN BILLION of us are worth fighting to save. The series isn’t flawless, mind you. In cheerleading for modern science, it does at times threaten to present the modern world as some kind of perfect utopia – which it definitely isn’t – and I don’t always agree with its specific philosophical stances.
But that core theme is something that I can 1 Million percent get behind. And if you’ve got a kid who’s even 1 percent interested in science… I think this is one of the best pieces of educational media you could EVER expose them to. But it only works on either level, because, above all else, it’s just a blast to watch. Or read. It tells a compelling story with a brilliant high concept driven by unconventional conflicts, it’s gorgeous to look at, and it is packed to bursting with interesting, likeable characters.