Kohaku (the girl formerly known as Mysterious Blonde Girl) takes Senku to her village to introduce him to a man whom he reminds her of. In the village, we meet Chrome, a supposed sorcerer who has actually been using science this whole time.
Invention(s) of the Episode:
In order to transport the gourd of healing spring water more effectively, Senku creates a cart made of bamboo and wooden wheels. The cart has been mentioned in literature as far back as the second millennium B.C. While there are many different kinds of carts, the one created in this episode most closely resembles an extremely primitive version of a soap-box cart, a common children’s construction project. While a soap-box cart is usually pedaled, Senku’s (presumably) relies on gravity to travel down the mountain slope.
During Chrome and Senku’s battle, Chrome first makes a fire change colors. This is known as a flame test. The flame test is a procedure used in chemistry to detect the presence of certain elements. If you’re curious, a list of common elements and the colors they produce in a flame test can be found here.
Additionally, Chrome also displays the use of static electricity. Around 600BC, Thales of Miletus discovered that rubbing amber caused it to be able to pick up leaves and dust. Static electricity is caused when the electrons move from one material to another, which leaves on of the materials positively charged and the other negatively charged. I’m choosing to leave that at that since the concept of static electricity is kind of long and I don’t want to bore you more than I already am.
Following the battle, Seku turns Ginra’s spear to gold by melting gold dust into mercury. There’s really not a whole lot to be said about this.
Also in this episode, we are told that Senku and Chrome will be inventing the antibiotic, but since it wasn’t actually created in the episode, I’ve chosen to wait until it is created to discuss it here.
What I liked:
Watching Chrome and Senku go head to head in a battle of science was hilarious. Chrome is probably what you would get if Senku and Taiju produced a kid; a loud-mouthed, science loving kid.
The way that Ginro, Kinro, and Kohaku react to all the things Senku and Chrome are doing is just straight funny. It’s like when my wife starts using all these big medical terms and my stupid, kind of engineer’s brain can’t make heads or tails of what the hell she’s talking about.
What I didn’t like:
There wasn’t much to not like in this episode really. Even if I did attempt to nitpick, I wouldn’t be able to come up with anything.
All things considered, this was simply a fun episode to watch. And, with another science obsessed kid on the scene, I can’t wait to see what they create.