Senku happily swallows a bowl of ramen. Photo credit: Shonen Jump

the dr. STONE manga ended this week with Chapter 232 in Shonen Jump after a series from 2017 and over 231 songs of JUMP, two seasons of an anime, selling over ten million copies worldwide and winning the prestigious Shogakugan Manga Award back in 2019.

Below we will discuss spoilers for the final chapter of Dr. STONE (232) – watch out for spoilers before proceeding!

After Taiju and Yuzuriha’s marriage, Senku calls in Taiju to discuss his great discovery with Medusa. He and the organization found that if they build a time machine, they could potentially save the lives of more than seven billion people and not bring the world into decline, save the future of humanity and create a new universe.

The manga ends with Senku saying, “Now things start to get exciting!”, which serves as a reference to his first line in the manga and as a through-line to the beginning of the series, hammering away at the time travel metaphor as he continues the series. ends with an arc.

At the moment there is quite a bit of speculation about what this could mean for Dr. STONE – we’ll break it down below!

Why do people think this is a sequel to Dr. STONE might suggest?

Some things about this ending suggest a continuation of the series – for starters, the last page of the manga contains a message from the publisher, which reads:

“Thank you for the support over the past five years! dr. Stone isn’t quite over yet though?! See the next page for more details!”

This refers to a special bonus chapter that will be released soon. Additionally, the release date of Dr. STONE Season 3 according to this number in 2023, suggesting that this may not be the end of the series yet. The special bonus chapter, which will premiere before the Ryusui anime special, can tie in with the time travel plot and build a sequel to the series, just like Bleach did with its bonus chapter last year.

Plus, a time machine is always a good sign that things aren’t going to end in a neat arc — after all, Senku’s diagram of his plans for the time machine was seriously detailed. It could be a sign of things to come.

What other news came out about the anime?

The anime has a special coming out – the Ryusui anime special – that will premiere in the summer of 2022, and a third season due out next year. While more information about the release hasn’t come out yet, the series is certainly far from over!


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