Dr. Stone Chapter 194: Homo Sapien, All Alone

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Dr. Stone Chapter 194
Homo Sapien, All Alone

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Woah...more really unexpected stuff. This looks like 5, 10, maybe even 15 years have passed with the initial panels. Seeds for vines (like on the tower) are not spread by birds/animals normally, so it might even be over 20 years into the future. However, this does not match the pet animals looking only slightly older. So we'll see if mother nature just has super-seeds where the various plants (small trees, then larger trees, then vines/other symbiotic relationship plants, and then stuff like moss) all just spread faster than they normally would because of the climate changes.

Either way, the amount of time passed is probably measured in years. So a thunderstorm taking that long is definitely abnormal per our current climate/weather patterns.

Suika's cry face...thank goodness her imagining how hard it was for Senku came immediately afterwards. I would be pretty depressed if she had to struggle for a while.

But this creates potentially huge shifts in the plot. Is it going to take Suika multiple years to eventually find Chelsea and Luna?! I don't think Suika has the strength to move statues, so she is going to have to just keep track of everyone she finds and inspect their belongings for any revival fluid. Chelsea and Luna are FAAAAAAAAR off...We might have Suika become an adult/teenager. It's gonna be initially weird and pretty funny for everyone seeing Suika around their age when they potentially revive.

The whole Monster Hunter (I think it's this game), to "regain" everything starts all over again. We get the talking monkeys again (or the ability to hear their thoughts/"monkey talk") since it is only Suika talking the whole chapter if not. Definitely cute that she introduces herself vs. Senku gloating about him being different and smarter than them.

Just for the fun stuff, I'm now rooting for teenage Suika!


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Dr. Suika arc?!!!! Sign me up!

Luckily it shouldn’t take too long to find some revival fluid, but also I’d be excited to see her have a little solo arc that ages her up a little. Teenage/adult Suika who’s been hardened by surviving on her own could be a VERY big addition to the team once everyone’s un-petrified.

Also - was it ever clarified why the petri-beam doesn’t work on animals?


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seiryu wrote:
Sun Apr 25, 2021 10:39 pm
off...We might have Suika become an adult/teenager.
That would be a bit sad, but I'm down for the comedic potential.
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Mon Apr 26, 2021 4:01 pm
Also - was it ever clarified why the petri-beam doesn’t work on animals?
Technically it works on swallows too, but nothing else. By the way, did they ever revive any swallows? I'd feel bad if the swallows were just left there (revive an ornithologist God Dammit!)


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Marco Polo wrote:
Mon Apr 26, 2021 4:01 pm
Dr. Suika arc?!!!! Sign me up!

Luckily it shouldn’t take too long to find some revival fluid, but also I’d be excited to see her have a little solo arc that ages her up a little. Teenage/adult Suika who’s been hardened by surviving on her own could be a VERY big addition to the team once everyone’s un-petrified.

Also - was it ever clarified why the petri-beam doesn’t work on animals?
Suika is good as exploring and not getting lost, but she has zero idea which direction Chelsea and Luna went. Because she doesn't have Senku, Francois, Tsukasa, or even Ukyou or Hyouga levels of analysis, she is relying upon just checking everyone's belongings. Essentially she is leaving it up to luck to find a bottle so she can revive Senku and let him tell her what to do.

The reason why it could take years (and this is very realistic), is that she has predators/poisonous animals to worry about. Some can climb trees too, which is why she has her hanging house on the tower. She cannot just stay out in the Amazon and constantly search. She still has to gather food and maintain the structural stability of the hanging house. On top of her full time job of survival, she has to try to systematically expand her search area.

Maybe the manga team has her just get lucky and find Chelsea and Luna, but for how far off they are...this seems unlikely. Chelsea and Luna had what looks like a 4+ hour hike to overlook Fort Medusa. Suika is smaller and slower (rolling along means she is not thoroughly searching). Because the manga team keeps track of seemingly every single detail, they have to have a thorough plan on what they want. There could definitely be a fast option, but Suika is going to have to stop and analyze (which she did not really do in this chapter). Yes, she stopped and analyzed to the extent of building/getting the essentials, but that is stuff she grew up doing. She has definitely learned and developed, so hopefully she can rationalize that Chelsea and Luna are the ones with the revival fluid and that they are the farthest away.

As for the animals, MM mentioned the main part. It was never "officially" mentioned, but since the genetics, physiology, literally everything is dramatically different from even species to species the direct implication is that the petri-beam was tested and made specifically for humans. The swallow part is probably more a "beneficial side effect" in that why-man could test on swallows vs. having to test on humans more than once and risk getting caught.
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Mon Apr 26, 2021 4:14 pm
That would be a bit sad, but I'm down for the comedic potential.
For me at least, it is only sad if Suika sees it as sad. I could totally see her driven by this desire of wanting to be of help to everyone, so she enjoys her time alone. I think I'm personally rooting for at least one deviation from the set role and capabilities. Technically, Suika has to break this in order to find Chelsea and Luna quickly, so I get what I want either way. I just have to be realistic (especially since the manga team is seemingly accounting for all variables with the hanging house) that things do not look optimistic. However, Suika is enjoying her time at the end of the chapter, so that makes me happy.
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Technically it works on swallows too, but nothing else. By the way, did they ever revive any swallows? I'd feel bad if the swallows were just left there (revive an ornithologist God Dammit!)
A few were, and probably safe to assume Senku did revive most of the swallows he collected in Japan. We see that he still saves some petrified ones since they are huge combat tactics. However, there should be TONS of petrified swallows in South America. They probably all get revived once all of humanity (in South America) is revived.


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Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:46 pm
A few were, and probably safe to assume Senku did revive most of the swallows he collected in Japan.
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Yay! (I am a little biased towards swallows, considering one of my favorite characters of all time has swallow in their name twice.)


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Mon Apr 26, 2021 11:36 pm
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Yay! (I am a little biased towards swallows, considering one of my favorite characters of all time has swallow in their name twice.)
I have to assume Len'en right? I don't know the kanji of character's names, but the "tsuba" aspect already has quite a bit of characters off the top of my head.


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I have to assume Len'en right? I don't know the kanji of character's names, but the "tsuba" aspect already has quite a bit of characters off the top of my head.
燕楽 玄鳥 (Enraku Tsubakura)
That's a lot to swallow, huh?


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seiryu wrote:
Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:46 pm
Suika is good as exploring and not getting lost, but she has zero idea which direction Chelsea and Luna went. Because she doesn't have Senku, Francois, Tsukasa, or even Ukyou or Hyouga levels of analysis, she is relying upon just checking everyone's belongings. Essentially she is leaving it up to luck to find a bottle so she can revive Senku and let him tell her what to do.

The reason why it could take years (and this is very realistic), is that she has predators/poisonous animals to worry about. Some can climb trees too, which is why she has her hanging house on the tower. She cannot just stay out in the Amazon and constantly search. She still has to gather food and maintain the structural stability of the hanging house. On top of her full time job of survival, she has to try to systematically expand her search area.

Ah yeah, this is a good point. She’s got to completely re-orient herself and make sure she’s safe before she can really get to hunting. If she gets lost, she could be in a lot of danger. There’s no real rush anyway - the only risk is if she gets bitten by a bug and gets sick (highly unlikely), or gets attacked by a wild animal (again, i don’t think there’s any overly dangerous ones in her area).

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Mon Apr 26, 2021 4:14 pm
Technically it works on swallows too, but nothing else. By the way, did they ever revive any swallows? I'd feel bad if the swallows were just left there

Ahhh yeah, that rings a bell. I think Senku tried to revive some way back in Chapter 1?

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Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:46 pm
For me at least, it is only sad if Suika sees it as sad. I could totally see her driven by this desire of wanting to be of help to everyone, so she enjoys her time alone.

Again, I agree here. The first half of the chapter was heartbreaking - she’s still a kid and she’s completely alone, and that is more terrifying than we could possibly imagine. But seeing her take inspiration from Senku and rise up to the task given to her is really encouraging. A temporary passing of the torch, almost.


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MagicalMelancholy wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:10 pm
燕楽 玄鳥 (Enraku Tsubakura)
That's a lot to swallow, huh?
I see what you did there! Definitely tons of bird influence in their name.
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seiryu wrote:
Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:46 pm
Suika is good as exploring and not getting lost, but she has zero idea which direction Chelsea and Luna went. Because she doesn't have Senku, Francois, Tsukasa, or even Ukyou or Hyouga levels of analysis, she is relying upon just checking everyone's belongings. Essentially she is leaving it up to luck to find a bottle so she can revive Senku and let him tell her what to do.

The reason why it could take years (and this is very realistic), is that she has predators/poisonous animals to worry about. Some can climb trees too, which is why she has her hanging house on the tower. She cannot just stay out in the Amazon and constantly search. She still has to gather food and maintain the structural stability of the hanging house. On top of her full time job of survival, she has to try to systematically expand her search area.

Ah yeah, this is a good point. She’s got to completely re-orient herself and make sure she’s safe before she can really get to hunting. If she gets lost, she could be in a lot of danger. There’s no real rush anyway - the only risk is if she gets bitten by a bug and gets sick (highly unlikely), or gets attacked by a wild animal (again, i don’t think there’s any overly dangerous ones in her area).

MagicalMelancholy wrote:
Mon Apr 26, 2021 4:14 pm
Technically it works on swallows too, but nothing else. By the way, did they ever revive any swallows? I'd feel bad if the swallows were just left there

Ahhh yeah, that rings a bell. I think Senku tried to revive some way back in Chapter 1?

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Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:46 pm
For me at least, it is only sad if Suika sees it as sad. I could totally see her driven by this desire of wanting to be of help to everyone, so she enjoys her time alone.

Again, I agree here. The first half of the chapter was heartbreaking - she’s still a kid and she’s completely alone, and that is more terrifying than we could possibly imagine. But seeing her take inspiration from Senku and rise up to the task given to her is really encouraging. A temporary passing of the torch, almost.
Completely forgot about the WSJ break, so this was great planning by the entire manga staff. I'm super excited to see what direction they decide to go. We are shown the jaguar that creates the first crack in the bottle, so Suika getting older and strong enough to actually carry everyone's stone statues could be an option since she says it herself. Even on the opposite end of the spectrum and we get a fast revival of everyone, we still have the main plot to get back to. With the pacing, it shouldn't take too long to cover Xeno allying with Senku and everyone reuniting to plan the next step in the world map.


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