Dr. Stone Z=17: Nasty Looks – Weaper’s review


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Here we are again for our new weekly column where I’ll review Dr. Stone‘s new english chapter from Viz’s Shonen Jump simulpub. Boichi.com allows fans to take part in the site’s content and you can too! Just contact the team through the Contact Form

And now, place to the review

Dr. Stone Z=17: Nasty looks

Today’s review is on Dr. Stone chapter 17.
To avoid being spoiled, be sure to have read the chapter first. It starts on page 86.

Read Viz’s Shonen Jump #31

Dr. Stone Z=17 was originally published in Japanese in 2017’s Shonen Jump #31

Previously in Dr. Stone

Dr. Stone chapter 16 introduced Kohaku as a new character. A blond beauty that dove straight to confront Tsukasa only for him to ditch her trapped under a log.

Luckily for her, Senku quickly arrived at the scene to help thanks to his analytical mind. A suspension bridge effect later and here she goes falling for him. Really?!

Dr. Stone Z=16: Kohaku

Dr. Stone Z=16: Kohaku

The chapter itself

Dr. Stone Z=17: Nasty Looks

Dr. Stone Z=17: Nasty Looks

We are welcomed with an awesome color page featuring both Senku and Kohaku, the new stars of this show!

The previous chapter ended on an apparent love confession which left Senku dumbfounded. Luckily it was only a misunderstanding where Kohaku really was announcing her interest for his capabilities. I personally think this was Inagaki’s way to jab at all those kind of scenes in Shonen manga. Pretty happy it didn’t take this direction.

After a couple nice moments between the two characters, they head back to Kohaku’s village. A good chemistry develops between them on the way back as Kohaku’s strength is supported by Senku’s inventiveness. The result: some dope stone age downhill podracing!!

Now comes Kohaku’s great reveal! A 40 people strong settlements!!
What’s their origin? Were they naturally resurrected or by someone’s might? If so, who? How many generations down the line are we?
Quite the twist in this manga with an ever so thin cast until recently.

Anyways, Senku is stopped at the door as some kind of “no immigration-ban” seems to be in effect. How will he solves this new hurdle and take over the village as a whole? With science, of course!!!

Senku uses bubble-beam, it’s super effective!!!

My thoughts on these events

No Tsukasa, Taiju nor Yuzuhira in sight. I guess we won’t see those for a while, I really wonder how their meeting will turn out, their relations and when we’ll see more of this side-quest.

But we didn’t get shorted as we have Kohaku instead. I was afraid that she’d only be the “damsel in distress falling in love with her white knight” but it’s not the case here. She ends up being quite the headstrong girl that can more than fend for herself, and I must say that I really like this new character. She has a good chemistry with Senku and her constantly referencing to him as a sorcerer isn’t lost on me.

I really can see the synergy between the two. Her as vanguard and him as the wizard leading the battle from behind.
Yes I’m keeping up with my RPG theory!

Now, let’s take a quick peak into Inagaki’s mind: “let’s do 16 chapters with 4 characters! Oh wait, now here’s 40 more!!!”

Woah, here’s a double page full of new cast and those new character looks great!
I’m not one of those who bitch at Boichi for reusing some elements of chara-design, but here they’ll be served. Old and Young, Big and Small, in all shapes and forms. This village introduces a really diverse bunch of characters, now we wait to see how many will really end up being relevant…

I’m pretty sure their names are a hint as to their origin.
It’s a shame that VIZ didn’t write the meaning behind their names. Indeed, they all are named after either an element of the periodic table (Carbo/Carbon, Beryl/Beryllium, etc…) or some minerals (Turquoise/idem, Ruby/idem, Kohaku/Ambre, etc…). This plus their lack of “crack” from unpetrification, the idea that some scientist (geologist?) is at the origin of this settlement only gets stronger.

Inagaki seems to continue to unveil his story. From the succession of events and the pace of the story, it’s pretty obvious that Dr. Stone’s author has many things planned. We’re not getting a moment’s rest and it’s for the best!
I just hope that we’ll be spared the too easy recourse of timeskip/flashback. Plus I’m still dubious as to how we’ll keep track of the different groups of characters.

Boichi’s art is gorgeous as always with some great sceneries and chara-designs. I especially love the color page (though weren’t Kohaku’s eyes supposed to be blue?).

Finally when reading Dr. Stone, I got some flashback of “Zelda Breath of the Wild” and it’s far from being a bad thing!

I hope you enjoyed this review.
Don’t hesitate to share your opinion on this chapter or Dr. Stone as a whole!

And if you missed it, Boichi talks about Dr. Stone’s first volume which comes out tomorrow!
I’m waiting for my copy ^^

– Weaper

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