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Boruto Episode 128

Boruto Episode 128

Urashiki’s Target

I’m sure a lot of people are discussing how Boruto and Sasuke traveled back in time this week. I know I’ll be discussing it too towards the end of this review. However, that’s the least important part of the episode as far as I’m concerned. I’ve already seen all of Naruto.

The important part of the episode, to me, is the first half where we get to see Urashiki outsmarting the entire Hidden Leaf Village. But before that happens, there are some other things we need to go over. First of all, Urashiki never actually kills anyone. Have you ever thought about why that is?

It’s because he’s a filler arc villain. Aside from the fact that he was included in the series’ version of the chunin exam arc, he’s only shown up in filler arcs. And because of this, they can’t have him actually kill off any characters despite the fact that stealing their chakra would do just that.

By the way, if you didn’t know, chakra is your life force. Ignore the fact that humans existed on Earth before Kaguya brought chakra to Earth in the form of the God Tree. Sometimes plot holes happen.

Urashiki holding Mirai's chakra from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Urashiki holding Mirai’s chakra

So instead of killing Mirai Sarutobi, Urashiki steals her chakra and uses it to cast a genjutsu on Mirai and another Hidden Leaf shinobi in order to lure the guards away from the village. However, when we see Mirai’s chakra it’s a dirty green color. Why?

Mirai’s affinity is for Wind nature (not Yin), although she also knows Lightning, Fire, and Yin. I think the color we see is just her Wind chakra in the dark, though it still isn’t quite right. It almost looks like Wood chakra, but I’m sure it’s supposed to be Wind.

Karasuki, the Noble Device

After clearing out the Hidden Leaf Village, Urashiki then makes his way towards the Archaeological Research Institute. Even Urashiki is aware that he stands no chance fighting against Naruto and his close supporters, like Shikamaru, head on. Even Naruto alone could probably beat Urashiki.

But that still doesn’t explain why he went to the Archaeological Research Institute. The reason is because there’s an Ōtsutsuki device there known as Karasuki. Karasuki is some sort of mechanized turtle with the ability to travel through time.

Why does this matter? Because Urashiki’s plan was to go back in time and steal the Nine-tails’ chakra before Naruto became as powerful as he is now. But the question then becomes, when was he going to go back to? I think his best chance would have been right after Jiraiya died, but as we learn, he was planning to go back even farther.

Boruto getting sent back in time by Karasuki from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Boruto getting sent back in time by Karasuki

Maybe Urashiki doesn’t know this, but as a general rule Shinobi are stronger the farther back in time you go. I’ve planned to write an entire post about this idea for months now and haven’t gotten around to it yet, so I’ll just give a brief version of it here.

Kaguya brought chakra to Earth via the God Tree. Chakra was then passed down from one generation to the next after that. With each new generation, the God Tree’s chakra becomes more diluted, and is thus weaker. That’s why even though Naruto and Sasuke are extremely strong, they still didn’t stand a chance against Madara.

So the best time for Urashiki to strike would be right after Jiraiya’s death. By that time Naruto isn’t strong enough to defeat him yet, and both Jiraya and Hiruzen are dead. Only Obito or Zetsu would be a problem.

Naruto: Boruto Previous Generations

I touched on this towards the end of last week’s review, but this next arc is in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Naruto. It’s true that we could see Urashiki be defeated once and for all during this arc, but aside from that there shouldn’t be anything that will impact the story greatly.

And I think that’s what a lot of people may not be realizing about this arc. This arc isn’t going to be some crazy arc that sets things up for the future of the series. And even if we do get some crazy stuff, like Boruto, Sasuke, Naruto, and Jiraiya teaming up to fight Urashiki, it’ll have to be revealed that it wasn’t real.

Because think about it, if it was canon that Naruto met his own son as a child or that he previously defeated an Ōtsutsuki before Kaguya, that’s kind of a big deal. That can’t be something just thrown into canon on a whim.

Also the fact that Karasuki is capable of time travel on its own would break the story. I get that they set it up so Karasuki can’t be used again by having Urashiki say only Ōtsutsuki can activate him, but Naruto and Sasuke each have Ōtsutsuki chakra within them. They could use that to go back in time and mess with anything they wanted.

So, yeah. This may be a little, fun arc taking place during the “good old days,” but I wouldn’t expect anything too exciting. It’s a nice way to celebrate Naruto’s 20th anniversary, but that’s really all it is.

Conclusion

What are your thoughts on Boruto and Sasuke heading into the past? Are you looking forward to this special event arc? And what time period do you think Urashiki would have the best chance of capturing the nine-tails chakra? Let me know in the comments.

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My Hero Academia Episode 64

My Hero Academia Episode 64

The Scoop on U.A. Class 1-A

My Hero Academia Season 4 is here, and I’m sure there are a lot of people excited about that. However, I’m not one of those people. I’m not a My Hero Academia hater — I do enjoy the series. But, I don’t think the series is quite as good as many others do and I feel like it’s not going to improve.

In fact, I have a feeling that the series is going to start going downhill. Think of it this way, aside from All Might yelling “United States of Smash,” the best part of the series so far was the tournament arc. And from here on out, we’re probably not going to get another tournament arc or All Might fight.

Midoriya and Bakugo have had their moments throughout the series, but are those two really enough to carry it? The majority of Class 1-A students are little more than background characters, so I wouldn’t expect much from them. Todoroki and Iida exist, but they’ve also both already had their development.

Let’s be honest, the students have never been the most interesting characters in this series — the pro heroes are. Endeavor and many of the other pro heroes are still around, but the series seems to be phasing them out at this point. And after that happens, who are we left with?

We’re left with a bunch of wacky, student characters who feel out of place in this increasingly serious world. The world of My Hero Academia isn’t the same as One Piece, but the characters seem to think otherwise.

Starting Off Strong with a Recap Episode

Maybe I’ll turn out to be wrong and this will be the best season of My Hero Academia yet. But you have to admit that episode 64 was a weak way to start off the new season. It was a recap episode that didn’t even recap the events of the previous season.

And before anyone tries to tell me that this wasn’t a recap episode — yes, it was. I understand that a new character was introduced, and I’ll be getting to him in a bit, but he was introduced as a way to make the recap more interesting. Nothing that happens in this episode is going to have any effect on the story.

So if the previous season wasn’t recapped, what was?

A picture of All Might saving civilians in the newspaper from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 4
A picture of All Might saving civilians in the newspaper

Well, All Might’s retirement was recapped, so technically a small portion of season 3 was recapped. But aside from that we were reintroduced to the fact that Midoriya is All Might’s pupil, and then we got a quick rundown of all the class 1-A students and their quirks.

Basically the recap episode only recapped the things that didn’t need to be recapped. I could already tell you the quirks of the class 1-A students because we’ve been seeing them for the past 60 episodes. What I can’t tell you is what happened in season 3.

I know All Might retired, but not because of this recap. I know we were introduced to some upperclassmen, but I only remember one of their names and quirks. And that’s about it. If they really needed to do a recap episode here, don’t you think they should have recapped the things that needed recapping?

Taneo Tokuda – Whole Body Lens

The new character introduced in this episode is Taneo Tokuda, a freelance journalist who is sent to U.A. in order to figure out which student is All Might’s successor. Of course, we as the viewers already know the answer to that. That’s kind of been a main focus of the previous 63 episodes.

So at first it seems like Taneo is going to be an important character. After all, it’s his job to reveal All Might’s successor to the world. Although we know it’s Midoriya, the rest of the My Hero Academia world doesn’t. But, since this episode is just a recap, nothing that impactful happens.

While Taneo does learn that Midoriya is All Might’s successor, he decides to keep this information a secret. And thus, no plot development happened in these 23 minutes whatsoever.

Freelance journalist Taneo Tokuda from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 4
Freelance journalist Taneo Tokuda

Since 80% of the world in this series has a quirk, obviously Taneo has one. His quirk is fairly niche, but at the same time it’s the perfect quirk for his profession. All things considered, he probably got into his profession as a direct result of his quirk.

That quirk is called Whole Body Lens, and it allows Taneo to create camera lenses anywhere on his body. The pictures he takes with these lenses can then either be stored within his body or be printed out via his chest. I will say that I like this quirk for an investigative reporter like Taneo. It’s a good filler episode quirk.

And let’s not forget that this quirk isn’t only good for reporting. Taneo could use it to go undercover pretending to be quirkless. He could have had a successful career as a spy.

Conclusion

For those of you who might think Taneo has a stupid ability, just let me remind you that Uiharu from Railgun’s ability is to keep objects she holds mildly warm. Definitely a useful ability at times, but I don’t think that’s one anyone actually wants. What niche quirk would you want to have? Let me know in the comments.

Also, are you looking forward to this new season of My Hero Academia? Or are you worried about it like I am?

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Dr. Stone Episode 15

Dr. Stone Episode 15

The Culmination of Two Million Years

I know some people won’t like me saying this, but overall I wouldn’t call this week’s episode of Dr. Stone good. Did it have some good parts? Yes. But most of the episode was made up of what I like to call “shounen gags.” You know, the little “jokes” that the 12 year old boys the series is made for probably love.

And I guess that actually means this is a great anime if it knows its target audience that well. But I still don’t like it. It’s cheap entertainment that’s used to mask the fact that this series doesn’t have much going for it otherwise.

But that’s not what I want to discuss this week. After all, there are other aspects of this series which are far more deserving of discussion. Specifically this week I want to focus on Ruri’s illness and Senku’s family name. However, we need to cover some other things quickly before we get to those.

Gen and Kaseki from the anime series Dr. Stone
Gen and Kaseki

First of all, let’s just point out that Senku did make Gen’s cola for him. Now that this has been done, we can be certain that Gen won’t rat him out to Tsukasa. After all, Gen isn’t about to give up his cola supply so easily. Now that he knows Senku can actually make it, his allegiance is sealed.

But, as I’ve mentioned previously, there’s no way Tsukasa believed Gen’s report that Senku is dead.

The other thing I want to touch on is that Senku successfully created the sulfa drug. This is one of the most important inventions he could ever make, so that’s kind of a big deal. The only problem is that it’s not exactly the easiest thing for him to mass produce at this point in time.

Village Chieftain

In order to obtain the final ingredients for the sulfa drug, someone from the Kingdom of Science had to win the Grand Bout. Luckily, the final three combatants, Senku, Chrome, and Ginro, are all on that side. However, some things happen and Senku ends up winning by default over Chrome.

That not only means Senku becomes the new village chieftain, but also means that he officially gets married to Ruri in Chrome’s place. But, Senku being Senku, he decides to immediately divorce Ruri because who needs girls when you have science?

And now that I’ve gotten that summary out of the way, why was Senku made the new chieftain? Have you thought about that?

Technically speaking he was made the new chieftain because he cured Ruri’s sickness, but the villagers were prepared to make him the new chieftain after he won the Grand Bout. The only thing is, there’s already a perfectly healthy and capable chieftain there. So why would the winner of the Grand Bout immediately take over?

You’d think that winning would put Senku next in line for that position, not immediately put him in it. But, there is a reason, and I’ve mentioned it in the past.

The stone village is actually a matriarchal society in which the priestess holds the highest position. The title of village chieftain is simply given to whichever man happens to be married to her. And since the current priestess is unmarried, the previous chieftain retained his position until a time when he could be replaced.

So although it seemed like the village was giving Ruri away for marriage, the Grand Bout was really a competition to see who’s worthy of standing by her side. The village chieftain is simply the head guard of the village.

Ruri’s Illness

We learned that Ruri’s mystery illness was actually bacterial pneumonia. All things considered, that’s one of the best possible outcomes as Senku explained because it’s treatable. But, let’s just appreciate for a moment the fact that Ruri had this infection for years.

Maybe you don’t know, but it’s not very likely for someone to survive with this condition for that long. Sure, you might be able to treat the symptoms like Ruri was thanks to Kohaku, but there are so many other ways for it to kill you.

For one, the infection could spread to other organs, causing them to shut down. There’s also the shortness of breath factor which could cause asphyxia at any time. And let’s not forget that Ruri was also coughing up blood, meaning it’s only a matter of time before she ruptures something.

Senku listening to Ruri's breathing from the anime series Dr. Stone
Senku listening to Ruri’s breathing

The longer she has the illness for, the worse her combined symptoms would become. And that’s why it’s amazing that she somehow lived for years like this. We don’t know how many years it’s been, but either way, it’s an impressive feat considering they had no medicine whatsoever.

But I’ll let the improbability of Ruri’s survival slide.

Really what I thought could have been done better about this part of the episode was the conclusion. After taking the medicine Ruri’s condition gets worse, but then Senku let’s everyone know that just means the drug is working. This was pretty anticlimactic.

Why not say that she’s having trouble breathing due to an allergic reaction to the medicine? After all, allergic reactions to sulfa antibiotics are possible and anaphylaxis is a symptom. Senku could have then scienced up a way to save Ruri from this new threat on the spot.

Ishigami Village

Ishigami Village is the name of the stone village. We finally have a name so I can stop calling it the stone village. But why does this matter in the slightest?

First of all, Ishigami is also Senku’s last name. And this is no coincidence considering Ruri already knew that fact. Remember back when I mentioned that the first priestess was someone who likely knew Senku, even perhaps one of his relatives? Well, that seems much more plausible now considering the village is named after his family.

The other important piece of information has to do with the name Ishigami itself. Now, I’ve already wrote an article about anime character names which covers this subject, but anime characters tend to have names that tell you something about them. You know, like how Izuku Midoriya’s color scheme is green and midori (緑) is the word for green.

Well, what do you think ishigami means? And no, it doesn’t describe Senku’s physical appearance — not all anime names do. An ishigami is actually a type of stone statue depicting a god. A god of stone, if you will.

But, ishi is also the word for doctor — as in doctor stone. When written as 医師 ishi translates to doctor, but when written as 石 it translates to stone. So, I guess you could say the title of this anime is Ishi Ishi. But it’s not really, because the title of the series is written in katakana, not kanji.

And there you have it — the title Dr. Stone does in fact refer to Senku, not the soap stone he called Dr. Stone earlier on in the series. His name is also a reference to the fact that he is the new god of the stone world.

Conclusion

What did you think of Dr. Stone episode 15? Do you have another reason why Senku’s family name is important? Let me know in the comments. I guess you could say that ishigami might also refer to the petrified humans as stone statues of gods, and that argument also makes sense.

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Boruto Episode 127

Boruto Episode 127

Make-Out Tactics

After seeing the preview for this episode last week, I knew the episode was going to be about Jiraiya. However, what I wasn’t prepared for was how good this episode actually was. And, I almost wish I could have seen this episode without first having watched Naruto and Shippūden.

Maybe you don’t have to, but imagine watching this without having seen those series and being formally introduced to Jiraiya in this way. Or the questions you might have after the hints that were planted about Sasuke’s past. And if you haven’t watched the series that come before Boruto, go do it right now.

The Naruto franchise isn’t the best in the world, but it’s one of my favorites. There’s so much content to absorb and discuss that it really is one of the most in-depth worlds in anime. Other series like One Piece are similar, but Naruto does a better job at setting up the rules of the world and sticking to them.

So in case you couldn’t tell, this week’s review is going to basically just be me discussing throwbacks to one of my favorite series of all time.

But let’s set up the premise of the episode before I get into all that. Boruto wants to learn more about Jiraiya after learning that not only was he Naruto’s master, but also potentially stronger than Sasuke. I’ll get to that specific claim in a bit, but Boruto then recruits Sarada and they temporarily recruit Chōchō as well.

And in order to learn about Jiraiya, they decide to read one of the Make-Out series books he wrote — specifically Make-Out Tactics. I prefer Make-Out Paradise, but whatever, to each his own.

Jiraiya, Legendary Sannin

Despite how he may have acted most of the time, and when writing most of his novels, Jiraiya was one of the strongest shinobi to have ever lived. However, he was definitely not the strongest. The first three Hokage, Madara, Nagato (technically?), Naruto and Sasuke are just a few who are/were stronger than Jiraiya.

So going back to when Hinata erroneously claimed Jiraiya was stronger than Sasuke, I’d have to say that’s not the case. Look, I love Jiraiya, but Sasuke is stronger, especially now that he’s level headed. But with that said, it would be a close fight. I’d say they’re almost 50/50.

As for Nagato, he’s not actually stronger than Jiraiya, he just took Jiraiya by surprise and Jiraiya didn’t want to kill him. Nagato killed Jiraiya by the way, spoilers.

Jiraiya (and Naruto) posing in a photograph from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Jiraiya (and Naruto) posing in a photograph

Anyway, what I’m getting at is although he’s not the absolute strongest, he’s definitely strong, and he’s hugely influential on both Naruto as a character and as a franchise. After all, he mentored Nagato Uzumaki, Minato Namikaze, and Naruto Uzumaki.

Jiraiya was also one of the legendary Sannin along with Lady Tsunade (the Fifth Hokage), and Orochimaru (Mitsuki’s parent). As one of the Sannin he helped put an end to the Second Great Shinobi War. And he’s one of the few shinobi to be able to use senjutsu, also known as sage mode.

Basically Jiraiya is great and he deserves to be talked about more because of how important he is. Also Boruto needs to really learn the power of Jiraiya so he can show him some respect.

Sasuke, International Terrorist Extraordinaire

So, the other “flashback” part of the episode focused on Sasuke — sort of. But before getting into that, I just want to point out that Sasuke never actually met Jiraiya. I don’t think I ever really thought about that before, but it’s true, as he implied in this episode.

It’s weird to think about that. After all that time Jiraiya and Sasuke never met.

But what I really wanted to talk about here is the fact that Sasuke’s past isn’t something the adults want the younger generation to learn about. When Boruto asks both Hinata and Sasuke why Sasuke wasn’t in the photo of the “Konoha 11,” they avoid the question.

And in case you don’t know, it was because during this time Sasuke had abandoned the Hidden Leaf Village to train under world-class criminal Orochimaru. Sasuke later went on to kill Orochimaru (yes, the same Orochimaru who is alive as Mitsuki’s parent) and decided to join the terrorist organization that killed Jiraiya.

Yeah, that’s not exactly something you go around mentioning. I wonder if Sarada even knows about that part of her father’s past. He’s killed a lot of innocent people in his day. I get the feeling Sarada wouldn’t exactly be okay with that.

Who knows, maybe that’ll end up being a big arc for Sarada. Maybe she’ll learn about Sasuke’s past and have to come to her own conclusion about who he is as a person and why he would have done such terrible things.

The Ancient Fossil

And the final thing I want to discuss today is the ancient relic which was seen on the news a few times throughout the episode. First of all, let me just say that it’s never a good idea to undo a sealing jutsu on an ancient relic. That’s an amateur move that can only backfire.

Second, the relic has a symbol used by the Ōtsutsuki clan on it, so that’s another obvious warning sign. When Boruto mentions that he’s seen the symbol somewhere before, it’s because he has. He saw it in the cave where he and the rest of Team 7 encountered a surviving White Zetsu clone.

I also think that the symbol wasn’t just an Ōtsutsuki clan emblem, but actually specifically used by Kaguya. The main Ōtsutsuki clan emblem is an eight pointed star (sun), while the branch clan uses a crescent moon around a circle. But since this symbol is found on Earth and is linked to the White Zetsu, it definitely has to do with Kaguya.

Also, I just want to mention that I’ll be including some spoilers from now until the conclusion section of this review, so feel free to skip to the end to avoid them.

Chōji, Akamaru, Kiba, Naruto, Shikamaru, and Neji from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Chōji, Akamaru, Kiba, Naruto, Shikamaru, and Neji

The next arc is said to be a time travel type arc in which Boruto gets sent back to the days of the original Naruto series. It’s extremely likely that this relic has to do with that arc and will be the cause of it. Urashiki, being an Ōtsutsuki, is also likely to be involved. Maybe he’ll be sent back in time as well.

And as for why there’s about to be a time travel arc, my best bet is because the 20th anniversary of Naruto just occurred. It’s honestly the perfect time to throw in an arc like that even if it’s filler. Also, let’s not forget that Boruto just learned about the past in these two recent episodes.

Conclusion

So what did you think of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 127? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Have you only watched Boruto and didn’t know about the power of Jiraiya or Sasuke’s dark past? Let me know in the comments.

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Dr. Stone Episode 14

Dr. Stone Episode 14

Master of Flame

I have a bold prediction here. When Senku’s last name is finally revealed it’s going to be something like “Einstein.” Sounds like a pretty good prediction, doesn’t it? If that’s the case I promise you right now that I’ll lower my rating of this series — currently it’s a 5/10 for me.

But this week’s episode actually had nothing to do with Senku’s last name. It’s just that the Grand Bout is coming to an end and I assume we’ll learn about Senku’s last name after it from Ruri. Oh, and I should also mention I was wrong about how the Grand Bout progressed.

I figured the fight between Kinro and Magma was over at the end of the previous episode, but clearly that wasn’t the case. I’ll be discussing this further in the next section.

For now what I want to mention is the new OP (and ED, though I have nothing to say about that) which premiered with this episode. First of all, the song for this OP is better than the song for the previous OP, so that’s already a plus.

But what this episode really does which the first one didn’t is make the series actually look like it’s going to be good. I still don’t think it will be good, but at least the new OP at least gives the impression that the series is going to be good.

We also saw a few new characters teased. One appeared to be a follower of Tsukasa and I’m assuming he’ll be the antagonist for this cour. Another was some girl dressed (barely) in pink who seemed to be eating cotton candy. Not sure who she is, but nice.

Cheaters Always Win

So going back to the fact that the fight between Kinro and Magma wasn’t completed at the end of the previous episode, what are the rules of the Grand Bout? There’s obviously some set of rules, but we aren’t really told what they are.

I think the only rule actually stated was that spectators weren’t allowed to interfere by hitting the combatants with things. They are, however, allowed to verbally abuse the combatants and attempt to distract them. That’s fine, but what about the rules for the combatants themselves?

Magma was clearly lying when he brought this up, but Kinro seemed to actually believe the melon helmet he got from Suika may have been against the rules. After all, it counts as outside help. The referee — I think Jasper was his name — decided that the helmet was fair game since it’s only a piece of clothing.

Kohaku hugging Suika from the anime series Dr. Stone
Kohaku hugging Suika

But if the referee and Kinro both had to consider the fact that the helmet may have counted as cheating, why did nobody call Magma out on cheating? He got Kinro to talk to the judge and then attacked him from behind while he was discussing the legality of the helmet. Is that not against the rules?

I guess that counts as a distraction in the same way spectators can distract the combatants, but it seems like a clear violation to me. And what makes it weirder is that nobody called Magma out for this action — not even Kohaku, Chrome, or Senku. Senku literally responds with, “Well, whatever.

This scene didn’t feel natural. It felt like the author realized having Kinro win easily wouldn’t be exciting, so he just made up an excuse for Magma to win which wasn’t executed well.

Gen Shows up Again

Gen shows up again in this episode, in case the section title wasn’t clear. And I kind of feel like he interfered with the fight between Chrome and Magma to the point of breaking the rules as well.

So Gen pretends to cast a spell on Magma and says that if Magma takes another step his heart will explode. Magma believes him because he thought he had killed Gen, so the fact that Gen is still alive proves he’s a sorcerer. Obviously if Gen was telling the truth this would be against the rules.

But, as Senku points out, if Magma takes a step and his heart doesn’t explode, then what Gen is doing is no more than a verbal distraction. And like I already mentioned, that’s fair game.

However, the problem is that although Gen can only be proven guilty of interfering if Magma takes a step, he can only be proven innocent in the same way. If Magma loses because he didn’t move, which is what happened, then the argument could be made that Gen actually interfered.

This is because as long as the minute Gen said his “spell” was in effect for passes without Magma moving, it’s impossible to prove that there was no spell to begin with and that Gen was bluffing. Therefore, that should be a violation of the rules, meaning Chrome loses by default.

Chrome Wins

I don’t have too much to say about how Chrome defeated Magma other than that it was extremely unsatisfying. We had to sit there for minutes, waiting for a small fire to start as the other character explained what was happening. That has to be one of the most anticlimactic ways to end a fight.

I get it, science won, but come on. You can’t honestly think that was fun to watch. There’s no way.

Also I just want to point out that all of the sweat and tears Chrome was shown to have used to make the lens the right shape weren’t there to begin with. He only had sweat and tears in the flashback while Senku is explaining what happened, not when it actually happened.

Magma's clothes catching on fire from the anime series Dr. Stone
Magma’s clothes catching on fire

And one last thing I want to mention on the topic of Chrome winning is that while he’s still going to win the honor of marrying Ruri, I’m not sure he’ll do it (yet). Something tells me Chrome won’t want to marry Ruri because he won her as a prize. He’ll want to actually have a relationship with her.

I could be wrong. I was wrong about Kinro defeating Magma. But I’m not sure if this is the kind of anime that’s really going to objectify women like that. Aside from the fact that it’s already done that simply by having Ruri labeled as a prize to be won, of course.

Conclusion

Anyway, what are your thoughts on Dr. Stone episode 14? Did you think Magma was going to end up defeating Kinro? Do you think what Magma did counted as cheating? What about Gen? Let me know in the comments.

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My review of the next episode is available here.

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