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A few words about Japanese pop culture on the example of Dr. Stone


Keyboard fixed, you can go back to typing. Luckily for you, this time not about the climate and the environment, but about Japanese pop culture. Although I will also touch on these topics gently. I’m far from “otaku“(strongly addicted anime and manga maniac, meaning rather pejorative), but I can consider myself a moderate fan of this type of art and write a bit.” Seriously “I started my adventure with anime around 2014 this year, from the great position” Parasite ” (“Parasite”), which I mentioned in the note. I liked Parasite so much that I started looking for other, similar items. And here “I influenced the endless steppes” 🙂 Japanese anime pop culture. It is an ocean of possibilities, for everyone: and “kawaii” series for girls, through “killing” for teenagers to serious adult offers – including anime porn, or hentai (“pervert” – this term is hardly used in Japan), and roricon (from “loli complex”) The Japanese somehow do not have – as far as they know – any problems with LGBT, so there are also series for homosexuals on the market and on TV.

Nobody is surprised and does not offend, including – ironically! – conservative and traditionalist society. Anyway, the subject is a river, which I should not be talking about as a fan of Japan, suffice it to say, however, that it is a country of contrasts that cannot be described. Probably until recently in bookstores you could legally buy “comics” with drawn, ultra-realistic, naked girls … and at the same time, the sight of hairy genitals was forbidden. At least that’s what I read, and under the pressure of world opinion, it has been banned quite recently. So it is a country and ultra-modern, liberal (at least in Tokyo) and ultra-conservative. There are simply too many cultural differences and you can even see them in anime. Is my fascination with Japan uncritical? Absolutely not. I know and remember what they did in Indochina and Korea during World War II. Interestingly, for the older generation it is a taboo and non-patriotic topic. Young people are starting to talk about it more and more boldly and include it in their artistic work.

For example, I am most captivated by the style of fights and conversations with the opponent. There must always be respect for the enemy and mocking him and loudly pronouncing the names of the attacks launched. Something we won’t see in Western pop culture. It is so different, sometimes grotesque, nonsensical that … you want more of it. Coming back to the anime, however, I would like to briefly mention the last title that stood out not only in Japan, but all over the world. “Dr. Stone” “cracks the skull” as one of the heroes says. The plot is very original, I am not saying that no one has figured it out before, because nowadays it is difficult to come up with something absolutely fresh that no one has invented before (hence, for example, techno remakes of Mozart and Vivaldi – a matter of taste, for me and Mozart and techno Mozart are good).

However, there is a high probability that the developers of Dr. Stone managed to come up with a new, fresh and original idea. In short: one day all humanity is turned to stone. After several thousand years, a high school student is released. He wakes up in a new and alien world like from another planet: during these several thousand years our entire techno civilization has turned to dust. This student – Senkuu – must, above all, survive in a strange, hostile world, which would be a good leitmotif, but the creators took a completely different path – a better one! Well, Senkuu is a genius of science, so quickly take it step by step to rebuild civilization! And this is the best thing in this series: showing how much we owe to science today, how small we are without technology and how we forget and underestimate it on a daily basis. Senkuu, using his enormous knowledge, step by step, from making fire, making pots, building a hut, overcomes numerous adversities, convinces the locals (spoiler: later it is explained that the locals are the descendants of cosmonauts who returned after a catastrophe that destroyed civilization with the ISS), uses them to recreate civilization, and wins wars – without a single casualty. He succeeds thanks to his enormous knowledge: he knows how levers and gears work, he can make gunpowder, fertilizer and soap from snail shells, he knows minerals and knows where to look for them. All of this is of course explained: what, from what and why, not in a blatant way, but in an attractive way. And this is often knowledge at the university level to say the least.

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Intrigued by all these scientific inserts that are necessary to push the plot, I decided to check the substantive level of the series. And maybe it should not surprise me, but I was surprised how many analyzes of Dr. Stone made by doctors, physicists, engineers! I spent some time looking at these analyzes, of course I am neither a doctor, nor a physicist, nor an engineer, so I cannot fully verify this substantively, but from what I saw, neither doctors nor physicists have anything to do with Dr. Stone’s substantive reservations and this already says something about the high level of this production. Only one engineer twirled his nose a bit, clinging to the Senku “tank”, made of bamboo and wood, with a simple (I think) single piston engine and a paper armor soaked in natural resin. However, when it was explained to him in the comments that this tank was intended to be a one-off and only to intimidate opponents, he stated that it made a lot of engineering sense:



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