Dr. STONE is coming to Crunchyroll, and we're here to introduce you to the main cast
They survived the end of civilization...
...and now they will change the fate of humanity.
Crunchyroll just announced Dr. STONE as part of its Summer 2019 lineup. This adaptation of the wildly popular Shonen Jump manga has the potential to revolutionize shonen anime. The series follows protagonist Senku as he awakens one day thousands of years after human civilization grinded to a halt. He soon discovers that nearly all of the global population has been frozen in place as statues. Senku vows to use science to revive every last petrified person and rebuild the civilization that he knows and loves. Dr. STONE takes the intense battle structure of the Shonen Jump titles that preceded it, but recontextualizes them as scientific problems protagonist Senku and his allies must overcome. Where Dr. STONE differs from other left-of-center battle anime like Food Wars lies in the fact that the cast of STONE fights not against one another (though that does happen occassionally), but against the entirety of nature itself! These characters are on a mission to revive human society, and they'll have to blast through multiple millenia's worth of scientific discovery to get there.
Without a strong cast, such a broad premise risks coming across as unrelatable, but, luckily, Dr. STONE has a remarkable cast of characters with deeply human motivations and personalities!
Voiced by Yusuke Kobayashi (Subaru Natsuki in Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-)
A former highschooler, Senku is a scientific fundamentalist with a superhuman brain. Though the world has been reduced to stone age ruins, Senku seeks to use the power of science to restore human civilization from the ground up! While he comes across as rational and cool-headed, Senku is actually quite passionate and cares deeply for those around him.
Voiced by Makoto Furukawa (Saitama in One Punch Man)
Taiju is Senku’s best friend, and, where Senku is frail but brilliant, Taiju is strong but dim. Taiju harbors a secret love for his childhood friend Yuzuriha, and it was his love for Yuzuriha that sustained him through thousands of years of petrification. Taiju refuses to fight, but possesses immense physical strength and endurance.
Voiced by Kana Ichinose (Ichigo in DARLING in the FRANXX)
A childhood friend and classmate of both Senku and Taiju, Yuzuriha is a quiet, bright, kind-hearted girl with a talent for handicrafts. While she may seem timid at first, her skills just might be the key to Senku's plans of scientific progress.
Voiced by Yuuichi Nakamura (Bruno Bucciarati in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind)
Tsukasa is an extremely powerful fighter, known far and wide in the pre-petrification world as a celebrity for his amazing strength. He is able to take down wild beasts bare handed, but his strength is tempered by a cool, thoughtful demenour. He disagrees with Senku's plan to revive every single petrified person, preferring instead to seek out a world where only the worthy and uncorrupt are allowed to live.
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