Illustrated by Boichi
Kohaku and Senku take the warm spring water back to Kohaku’s sister, and it turns out she lives in an entire village of around 40 adults! The guards bar Senku from entering - no outsiders are allowed, rules are rules. But Kohaku’s sister, Ruri, might know some things about the time before stone! Senku meets Chrome, another science-minded person, and he wins him over in a battle of wits. This gives Senku access to all of Chrome's vast stores of elemental supplies. Senku is determined to win over the villagers and enlists some of them in making antibiotics to cure Ruri’s sickness. That way, they’re sure to let him in the village and he can figure out how she knows so much.
There are a lot more scientific reactions in this volume as Senku has to go through so much to make antibiotics in this stone age. This volume is slightly frustrating with all of its fetch quests.
Senku draws out this map to get to the making of penicillin through sulfonamides, rather than through living organisms, so achieving all the steps in this chart is going to take a while. It's highly unlikely he will get through all of this before Tsukasa finds him, but hopefully Senku's new friends will help with battling the extra-strong Tsukasa. Also, Senku banking on the assumption that an antibiotic is what’s going to help Ruri when he hasn't been allowed to examine her. This entire thing might be a waste if it doesn't help her, but the "magic" of needing to move a plot along has me inclined to Senku's guess panning out for him after all of this.
The art emphasizes the outrageous in this volume. Chrome's facial expressions are over-exaggerated. Eyeballs are often popping out like Looney Tunes cartoons.
Overall, this series is still a fun and different manga series than the rest of the field. It's one of the only ones that has science as the crux of its storytelling, and the art is very unique.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Science
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