After 228 chapters, Dr. STONE reveals the mystery behind the petrification of Earth and the identity of the villainous Why-man. The Medusa devices that cause petrification are actually mechanical life forms called mechanical parasites. The threat of Why-man and Medusas has been eliminated, but Senku now focuses on building a time machine to save those affected by petrification. The series ends with a hopeful view of science.
Warning: contains spoilers for Dr. STONE!After 228 chapters, Dr. STONE finally reveals the mystery behind the petrification of Planet Earth, kicking off the science adventure that graces the pages of Shonen Jump. The identity of the villainous Why-man and their connection to the petrification devices called Medusas have finally been revealed.
Dr. STONE – written by Riichiro Inagaki with art by Boichi – begins with Earth being hit by the greatest disaster in history. A “petrification beam” traverses the length of the planet, encasing all living creatures in rock and turning them into statues. However, the mysterious energy also protects humans from aging or death, so 3700 years after this event, scientific prodigy Senku Ishigami, son of Japanese astronaut Byakuya, wakes up after an accident. and began the mission of rebuilding human civilization. from the Stone Age, meeting friends and enemies along the way. Senku’s team even discovers the source of the petrification beam, a technologically advanced device they call “Medusa”. It was previously revealed that Medusa was activated via a voice command, proving that the petrification beam was not an accident but the work of an unknown enemy of humanity.
The Medusa devices petrified humanity itself
The “Kingdom of Science” founded by Senku and his friends first learned of the creature’s existence when they activated a powerful radio tower, capturing a Morse code signal repeating the same words. : “Why?” They call the source “Why-man” and confirm that they are indeed enemies when they attempt to use the group’s radio equipment to activate Medusa, in order to petrify humanity once again. The Kingdom of Science finally learns that the source of Why-man’s signal is on the Moon, presenting them with their greatest challenge yet: building a space vehicle with limited technology that they own.
The Why-man’s threat is too great to ignore, as all their efforts to rebuild civilization will be for naught if the Why-man tries to reactivate the petrification beam. Years pass, during which Senku allies himself with his old enemy the only person of equal intelligence to him, the American scientist Dr. Xeno, and resources gathered by traveling the world. world and build entire cities for the sole purpose of producing materials needed for space travel. Finally, a team consisting of Senku, Kohaku and Stanley reached the Moon and the truth they discovered there was astonishing.
On the surface of the Moon, there is a “black spot” that Kohaku first located using a satellite built by the Kingdom of Science. Arriving there, the group discovered that the location was created by a mass of writhing, swirling Medusa devices. The enemy of humanity, Why-man, is none other than Medusas. Senku describes them as mechanical life forms, while Xeno calls them “mechanical parasites”. Apparently, the purpose of the Medusas is to have someone perform maintenance on them, such as replacing the diamond batteries that power them. The petrification effect actually gives humans eternal life, as it not only protects them from aging but can also be used to heal fatal wounds (as discovered by Senku and others). appeared very early.) By giving eternal life, Medusas is pushing intelligent life to better itself and move towards progress. This was a hypothesis posed by Senku and Xeno, but Medusas actually confirmed it on the spot.
How did Dr. STONE end?
The final chapter of Dr. STONE (#232) was released on March 7, 2022. Senku can communicate with Medusa devices, still using ”Why-man”. He has convinced the mechanical lifeforms that the petrified humanity will never truly have what they truly want: maintenance and construction of more Medusa units. Senku offered to help them if they would stop petrifying, but the mechanical parasites eventually decided that humans were not smart enough to do what they needed and left the Solar System to search for life elsewhere . However, one unit stayed behind, offering to allow themselves to be researched to see what humanity is truly capable of.
With the threat gone, Senku turned his attention to his craziest invention yet. Determined to save the many people turned to stone and destroyed, or unable to return, Senku uses the knowledge gained from the Why-man unit to begin building a time machine. The story ends with the hope that they will be able to go back in time and prevent the initial petrification event, even if it may take decades or centuries to complete. Is the answer about mechanical aliens behind Dr. STONEWhether the petrification event was a satisfying one is the best question for individual fans, but the series certainly ended with as much enthusiasm for science as it began.