Dr. Stone

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Dr. Stone
Doctor stone.jpg
Cover of the first tankōbon volume, published by Shueisha in July 2017, featuring Senkū Ishigami.
Genre
Manga
Written byRiichiro Inagaki
Illustrated byBoichi
Published byShueisha
English publisher
ImprintJump Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Jump
English magazine
DemographicShōnen
Original runMarch 6, 2017 – present
Volumes17 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byShinya Iino
Written byYuichiro Kido
Music by
StudioTMS/8PAN
Licensed by
Medialink
Original networkTokyo MX, KBS, SUN, BS11, TVh, TBC, TVA, TVQ
English network
Original run July 5, 2019 December 13, 2019
Episodes24 (List of episodes)
Manga
Dr. Stone Reboot: Byakuya
Written byBoichi
Published byShueisha
English publisher
Viz Media
ImprintJump Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Jump
DemographicShōnen
Original runOctober 28, 2019December 23, 2019
Volumes1
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

Dr. Stone (stylized as Dr.STONE) is a Japanese manga series written by Riichiro Inagaki and illustrated by Boichi. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since March 2017, with the individual chapters collected and published by Shueisha into seventeen tankōbon volumes as of September 2020.

Viz Media licensed the manga in North America. Shueisha began to simulpublish the series in English on the website and app Manga Plus since January 2019.

An anime television series adaptation by TMS Entertainment aired from July to December 2019. A second season of the anime series focused on the "Stone Wars" arc will premiere in January 2021.

In 2019, Dr. Stone won the 64th Shogakukan Manga Award for the shōnen category.

Plot[edit]

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 the International Space Station 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.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Written by Riichiro Inagaki and illustrated by Boichi, Dr. Stone was launched in the 14th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump on March 6, 2017.[3] It was one from a number of story proposals Inagaki brought to his editor, who chose it because he had no idea how it would develop. Boichi, who was looking for a story to work on, was approached around the time Inagaki (a fan of his art) finished the storyboards for chapter 3.[4]

At their panel at Anime Boston, Viz Media announced their license of the manga, and the first volume was published in September 2018.[5][6] Shueisha began to simulpublish the series in English on the website and app Manga Plus in January 2019.[7]

In October 2019, it was announced that a spin-off miniseries with nine chapters called Dr. Stone Reboot: Byakuya would debut on October 28 in the issue #48 of Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump with story and art by Boichi.[8] Like with the main series, the spin-off was also released on Shueish's Manga Plus service. Viz Media also publishes the series on its Shonen Jump digital platform.[9] The series finished on December 23, 2019.[10]

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation was announced in the 51st issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump on November 19, 2018.[11][12][13] The series is animated by TMS Entertainment, with Shinya Iino as director, Yuichiro Kido as scriptwriter, and Yuko Iwasa as character designer. Tatsuya Kato, Hiroaki Tsutsumi, and Yuki Kanesaka composed the series' music.[14] The series aired from July 5 to December 13, 2019 on Tokyo MX and other channels.[15][16] It ran for 24 episodes.[17] The first opening theme is "Good Morning World!" by Burnout Syndromes, while the series' first ending theme is "Life" by Rude-α.[18] The second opening theme is "Sangenshoku" by Pelican Fanclub, while the series' second ending theme is "Yume No Youna" by Saeki YouthK.[19]

A second season of the anime adaptation was announced after the first season's finale.[20] The second season will focus on the story of the "Stone Wars" arc from the manga series.[21][22] Officially titled as Dr. STONE: Stone Wars,[23] the second season will premiere in January 2021.[24]

The series is streamed by Crunchyroll worldwide outside of Asia,[25] and Funimation aired a simuldub.[26] The English dub of the anime began airing on Adult Swim's Toonami block on August 24, 2019.[27]

Reception[edit]

Dr. Stone ranked #15 along with Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! on a list of the top manga of 2018 for male readers put together by Kono Manga ga Sugoi!.[28] The series placed second on the fourth "Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Awards" in 2018.[29] The series ranked #17 along Sweat and Soap and Heterogenia Linguistico ~Ishuzoku Gengogaku Nyūmon~ on Kono Manga ga Sugoi! list of best manga of 2019 for male readers.[30] In 2019, Dr. Stone won the 64th Shogakukan Manga Award for the shōnen category.[31]

Barnes & Noble listed Dr. Stone on their list of "Our Favorite Manga of 2018".[32]

In November 2019, Crunchyroll listed Dr. Stone in their "Top 25 best anime of the 2010s".[33] IGN also listed Dr. Stone among the best anime series of the 2010s.[34] Dr. Stone was the 8th most watched anime series on Netflix in Japan in 2019.[35]

Gadget Tsūshin listed Senkū's catchphrase "This is exhilarating!" in their 2019 anime buzzwords list.[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Official Website for Dr. STONE". Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  2. ^ Green, Scott (April 17, 2017). "English 'Shonen Jump' Adds New Manga From "Kuroko's Basketball" And "Nisekoi" Spin-off "Magical Pâtissière Kosaki-chan" Authors". Crunchyroll. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  3. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (January 26, 2017). "Shonen Jump Magazine to Launch 6 New Series By Kuroko's Basketball, Beelzebub, More Authors". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  4. ^ ""The Making of a Jump Manga!" — Dr. STONE". Project: Interviewing editors at MangaPlus (vol. 4). Manga Plus. Shueisha.
  5. ^ "Viz Licenses Dragon Ball's Yamcha Spinoff, Ao Haru Ride, Radiant Manga, More". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  6. ^ "Viz Media to Release Dr. Stone Manga in Print". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  7. ^ Rafael Antonio Pineda (January 27, 2019). "Shueisha Launches Free Global MANGA Plus Service". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  8. ^ Rafael Antonio Pineda (October 20, 2019). "Boichi Draws Dr. Stone Spinoff Manga About Byakuya (Updated)". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  9. ^ Valdez, Nick (October 27, 2019). "Read: Dr. Stone Spin-Off Manga Launches". Comic Book. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  10. ^ 麻生周一の読み切りがジャンプに、次号は藤巻忠俊が時代劇もので登場. Natalie (in Japanese). December 23, 2019. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  11. ^ "Dr. Stone Manga Gets TV Anime Starring Yūsuke Kobayashi in Summer 2019". Anime News Network. November 18, 2018. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  12. ^ Funimation. "[Master Thread] Dr. STONE (Dubbed)". funimation.com. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  13. ^ "Dr. Stone: Finalmente foi lançado!". Otaku Cineasta (in Portuguese). Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  14. ^ "Dr. Stone Anime Reveals Main Staff, New Visual". Anime News Network. March 17, 2019. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  15. ^ "Dr. Stone Anime Reveals Promo Video, Teaser Visual, 3 New Cast Members". Anime News Network. December 22, 2018. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
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  18. ^ "Dr. Stone Anime Reveals Theme Song Artists, July 5 Debut". Anime News Network. June 2, 2019. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  19. ^ "Pelican Fanclub, Saeki YouthK Perform New Theme Songs for Dr. Stone Anime". Anime News Network. September 1, 2019. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  20. ^ Patrick Frye (December 12, 2019). "Dr. STONE Season 2 release date: Anime sequel confirmed! Episode 24's ending to begin Stone Wars". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  21. ^ Patrick Frye (December 12, 2019). "Dr. STONE Season 2 anime for Stone Wars announced in Weekly Shonen Jump issue 3 of 2020". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  22. ^ "Dr. Stone Anime Gets 2nd Season". Anime News Network. December 13, 2019. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  23. ^ Patrick Frye (July 3, 2020). "Dr. STONE Season 2 release date confirmed for Winter 2021: Stone Wars sequel spoilers". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  24. ^ "Dr. Stone Anime Season 2 Premieres in January 2021". Anime News Network. July 2, 2020. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  25. ^ "Crunchyroll Streams Dr. Stone Anime in July". Anime News Network. May 29, 2019. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  26. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (June 17, 2019). "Funimation Adds Dr. Stone Anime Simuldub to Summer Lineup". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  27. ^ Mateo, Alex (August 16, 2019). "Toonami Premieres Dr. Stone Anime on August 24". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  28. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (December 8, 2017). "Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Reveals 2018's Series Ranking for Male Readers". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  29. ^ Loveridge, Lynzee (August 23, 2018). "Raise wa Tanin ga Ii, Senpai ga Uzai Kōhai no Hanashi Take Top Prizes at Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Awards". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  30. ^ Rafael Antonio Pineda (December 11, 2019). "Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Editors Unveil 2020 Rankings". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 11, 2019.
  31. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (January 21, 2019). "Dr. Stone, Age 12, More Win 64th Shogakukan Manga Awards". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  32. ^ Alverson, Brigid (December 20, 2018). "Our Favorite Manga of 2018". Barnes & Noble. Archived from the original on December 21, 2018. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  33. ^ Wolf, Ian (November 27, 2019). "Crunchyroll Names The Top 100 Anime of the 2010s". Anime UK News. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  34. ^ "The Best Anime of the Decade (2010 - 2019)". IGN. January 1, 2020. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  35. ^ Morrissy, Kim (December 31, 2019). "Ultraman Tops Netflix's Most Watched Anime in Japan in 2019". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 31, 2019.
  36. ^ Loveridge, Lynzee; Morrissy, Kim (December 4, 2019). "Demon Slayer, Dr. Stone, Zombie Land Saga Buzzwords Make Gadget Tsūshin 2019 List". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 14, 2019.

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