Dr. Stone has continued to take the world by storm as one of the latest and greatest Shonen Jump anime adaptations. The inventive story is about crude boy-genius Senku, the Japanese Jimmy Neutron, bringing humanity back into modern civilization after a cataclysmic event turns the entire world to stone for thousands of years. It’s a thrilling series with gorgeous art and fantastic music, and now, it’s coming back for more with a second season.
On Friday, the 24th and final episode of the current anime adaptation of Dr. Stone, originally a Shonen Jump manga created by Boichi and Riichirou Inagaki, had an important message after the credits rolled. The end of the finale revealed that a second season is coming, and it will be focusing on the Stone Wars story arc from the original manga.
This announcement was teased for a few days now. Back on Monday, the second 2020 issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine had hinted at the fact that there would be an “important announcement” for the manga coming in the next issue of the magazine. That issue drops on this upcoming Monday, so while we don’t know many other details about the second season of Dr. Stone right now, we’ll likely find out more soon once that issue arrives.
Dr. Stone originally launched in Weekly Shonen Jump back in march of 2017. It was created by the impressive dream-team of artist Boichi and author Inagaki. Boichi was responsible for the iconic hot-blooded action series Sun-Ken Rock, while Inagaki is the creator of iconic sports series Eyeshield 21. Viz Media is currently publishing the manga digitally and in print overseas
There isn’t just one Dr. Stone manga, though. On October 28 of this year, a spinoff manga titled Dr. Stone reboot: Byakuya was launched in Weekly Shonen Jump. The spinoff manga is not only drawn by main manga artist Boichi, it’s also written by him as well. This is a much shorter project than the original manga, though, and will only have nine chapters in total.
While the first season of the Dr. Stone anime just wrapped up this Friday, it originally aired back on July 5 of this year. Crunchyroll has been streaming the series weekly as it airs, while Funimation has been streaming their weekly simuldub of the anime on their platform. Toonami began broadcasting the series on television on August 24. Crunchyroll describes the series as follows:
Several thousand years after a mysterious phenomenon that turns all of humanity to stone, the extraordinarily intelligent, science-driven boy, Senku Ishigami, awakens. Facing a world of stone and the total collapse of civilization, Senku makes up his mind to use science to rebuild the world. Starting with his super strong childhood friend Taiju Oki, who awakened at the same time, they will begin to rebuild civilization from nothing… Depicting two million years of scientific history from the Stone Age to present day, the unprecedented crafting adventure story is about to begin!
The first season of the anime was produced by TMS Entertainment and directed by Shinya Iino. Shinya was previously a storyboard and episode director on Hanebado, and also worked on Revue Starlight and Made in Abyss. Series composition and scriptwriting was handled by Yuichiro Kido, who previously worked on scripts for series such as Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga, After the Rain, and 91 Days. Character designs were done by Yuko Iwasa, who was also on staff for anime like Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas and Yowamushi Pedal. Music for the series was composed by Tatsuysa Kato, Hiroaki Tsutsumi, and Yuki Kanesaka. Tatsuya Kato previously composed for WorldEnd and Revue Starlight. Hiroaki Tsutsumi has previously done music for Children of the Whales and Anima Yell!. Yuki Kanesaka was also responsible for composing insert songs for Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond.