Dr. Stone: Tsukasa Is About to Turn Senku’s Genius Against Him

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Dr. Stone, Season 2, Episode 5, "STEAM GORILLA" now streaming on Crunchyroll.

Dr. Stone's Senku is usually the most intelligent person in the room, taking on any challenge his vast scientific knowledge and the energetic ambition to actually do it. This time, however, Tsukasa might have him outmatched and outwitted since he already knows how Senku plans to rescue Chrome -- in fact, he knowingly influenced Senku's decision. Now, Tsukasa lies in wait for his prey.

Senku previously built a car with a steam engine to transport the base of operations closer to Tsukasa's Empire. Episode 5 proves it's an even more vital piece to saving Chrome as Senku uses paper and molten plastic to transform the newly manufactured automobile into a massive tank with a carbon outer shell. Suika -- assuming her role as Detective Suika -- rolls through with her melon disguise and finds Chrome locked in a cave behind bamboo bars. In front of Chrome's jail cell is a relatively open and spacious rocky terrain, which, while heavily guarded, gives Senku the idea to ram through and release his friend.

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While Senku polishes his upgrades, Tsukasa and Hyoga discuss Chrome's detainment. Tsukasa notes he's worried about gunpowder and the construction of a steam engine, which he's confident Senku will create. With that in mind, Chrome's placement is easily susceptible to an attack from a vehicle, and the open space is loaded with traps. More specifically, the traps are false floors that lead to bamboo spikes when uncovered.

Tsukasa is counting on a heavy vehicle not surviving long enough to even reach Chrome. Senku considers that concern too, telling his villagers that the tank is essentially a one-shot attack. While it'll be impervious to the stone age weapons of Tsukasa's army, it may not completely survive the crash, and if there are measures against vehicular assault -- which there are -- then it's even more difficult.

Senku regularly outsmarts everyone he encounters, but Tsukasa -- one of the first people Senku revived -- shows that he knows Senku too well to be easily outmaneuvered. He practically lured Senku into achieving another technological advancement, something Senku seemingly cannot resist, with another irresistible situation in a chance to save his friends.

This dynamic harkens back to the initial conflict between the two, where Tsukasa wants to create a perfect world, free from the problems of the past and the people who caused them, while Senku wants to save everyone, especially his friends. Senku's guiding morality coupled with his passion could be the cause of his untimely doom, especially since Tsukasa has always had a way of putting him in compromising positions.

Dr. Stone and this conflict, in particular, have a focus on the manipulation of information, and whoever controls it is likely to sway the war in their favor. Senku could have made different decisions if Suika had been aware of the traps laid out in front of Chrome's prison.

However, Chrome isn't content with being a helpless bystander despite being captured. After seeing one of the exposed traps, he knows his friends are in danger and resolves to free himself so he can save Ishigami Village. If Chrome can somehow communicate with Senku and the others, the tides of the war will completely change. Even more impressive, if Chrome breaks himself out, chaos will ensue as communication lines on both sides could convey inaccurate information. That shift in dynamic could all but guarantee a Senku victory, but as it stands, he'll be running straight into Tsukasa's trap.

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