And Then There Were Four
Dr Stone Episode 3
Well, only four humans in the whole world (that we know of) awake and we already have a brewing romance and a brewing war. Dr Stone has clearly separated Senku and Tsukasa’s stance on how they should proceed forward. What about the other two members of this mini-society? Well Taiju will apparently back Senku regardless and nobody even bothered to ask Yuzuriha what her point of view was.
And honestly, after three episodes I’m starting to wonder about her character. She was a goal or a prize, something to be protected, and on being revived Tsukasa’s first move is to threaten her safety to get Taiju to back off before Senku and Taiju drag her off on a field trip. Talk about zero agency for female characters. I was kind of ignoring it while she was still stone because you can’t really expect a stone statue to really have agency. However, her small presence in this episode doesn’t bode well given she is literally decoration so far.
Speaking of decoration, why does the so far only female character not have cracks on her face like all three of the male characters? Really? Was it so hard to find a decorative way to add one to her face? I mean, you could make the argument that the tree was protecting her statue and that’s why it didn’t crack, but they also moved it around and threw it off a cliff playing catch with it.
However, while Yuzuriha may be a bit of a disappointing character so far, Tsukasa is actually shaping up quite nicely. He isn’t just a killing machine or a violent storm. He is actually pretty smart, quickly seeing through Senku’s plans, identifying the substance in the cave, and figuring out pretty quickly where the other three had scurried off to when they left the shelter. It doesn’t make his whole murder spree in the jungle as he goes about shattering the statues any more palatable but at least it gives his character a bit of credibility as a threat to Senku and the others.
I’m going to be honest, I’m not very keen on this whole making gun powder plan. Sure explosives can provide a range of non-killing benefits to society, but given the current state of things they don’t really need them. And given Tsukasa is just one person I don’t understand why they don’t just wait for him to sleep and then hit him with a rock. That would solve the problem simply and not then provide a tool for the next ding-bat you wake up to be able to take over.
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Images from: Dr Stone. Dir. I Shinya. TMS Entertainment. 2019.