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  • Angst? What Angst?: None of the depetrified characters show any real shock or fear over what happened to them and civilization after gathering their bearings. Justified for Senku, who doesn't really seem to care about starting over and gets to properly mourn Byakuya later, but one has to wonder why most characters seem more concerned over losing access to modern inventions and not, say, their families or loved ones.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
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    • The shift of focus to Senku and the introduction of Kohaku and Chrome as his new partners-in-crime a dozen chapters in was speculated to be this, as the main complaint about the early chapters was the lackluster romance between Taiju and Yuzuriha and how cliché these two characters were. The latter two were Put on a Bus for a while and Senku is given new companions in Kohaku and Chrome, which many consider vastly improved the series as a result.
    • While many readers had pointed it out already, Senku stating in-universe that the amount of distance between Ishigami Village and his father genetically would mean that they aren't blood related even with him being adopted omit any undertones of incest.
  • Awesome Art: The manga looks absolutely incredible at times, especially for a weekly manga. In particular, the scenery is extremely detailed. Boichi has admitted to have used over a hundred different references for certain scenes.
  • Broken Base:
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    • Is Ishigami village being primitive despite being descended from astronauts a plothole, or is it realistic in that knowledge would be lost over generations?
    • People have accused the reveal of Byakuya being Senku's adoptive father of being a hasty retcon or rewrite for the purpose of Shipping later on due to Byakuya having familiar resemblance to his son, while some say that it doesn't matter in the long run. What's more, after millennia, even if they're somehow blood related, it doesn't matter, because it's not incest by that point.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Despite having only a brief role as one of Tsukasa's subordinates, Hyouga placed much higher than his master in the first popularity poll.
    • Homura had her fans right after her debut. In a similar vein is Nicky, who readers found pretty funny and interesting, with a small camp also liking her for averting Muscles Are Meaningless and being more visibly stacked than other warrior types like Kohaku.
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  • Friendly Fandoms: Due to the multiple comparisons, one started with JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
  • Growing the Beard: Up until chapter 10, the story seemed fairly straightforward. Taiju checked the list for every main character cliché, but what was worse, it seemed like Will They or Won't They? with Yuzuriha would be pivotal to the story, and their romance just wasn't that interesting. However, after chapter 10, tension suddenly ramps up when Senku seemingly gets killed, and the focus of the story shifts towards the battle of wits between Senku and Tsukasa. This is also when it becomes clear that it's not Taiju but Senku who is the main character.
  • Ho Yay: See Narm.
    • Taiju trying to hug Senku while practically naked, or when they're bathing together in the hotspring, or when Taiju carries Senku in a bridal hold.
    • Gen says that even before he met Senku, he "liked him, more than a little", regardless of what he would gain from it. Senku, who earlier in the chapter had been instantly disgusted by mushiness from Chrome and the prospect of closeness with Magma, smiles and only says "gross", and only after Gen tells him he should.
    • Gen says that he and Senku will fall "happily into hell together" if their fight against Tsukasa is lost. What's more is he apparently didn't want their "pure and upright gang" to hear it.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: A lot of people were skeptical about Chapter 10, with it having Senku's death and Tsukasa getting caught in a gunpowder explosion. Regardless, the fact that the mangaka even thought this was an option in the first 10 chapters was shocking. Tsukasa survives, and Senku awakens.
  • Macekre: Downplayed in Chapter 113. The official English version really stretches in order to make the pictographic message from Kohaku make sense, as the translators apparently thought that it wouldn't translate well from Japanese into English. Despite this, a fan scanlation manages to make it work by explaining the idiosyncrasies of the Japanese language as Gen translates it.
  • Memetic Badass: The fanbase holds Senku in high regard and think he can do anything with the very few resources of the Stone World. When he said he was going to create the strongest weapon in the world, people immediately thought he was going to create a nuke and didn't even doubt he wasn't able to. Actually a cell phone, but still.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • More Popular Replacement: The series began with a Power Trio of Senku, Taiju, and Yuzuriha. The latter two and their romance were criticized for being boring, and they were Put on a Bus at the end of the first part. Senku ended up finding a new supporting cast in the Ishigami villagers and two new best friends in Kohaku and Chrome, who were praised as being much more fun.
  • Narm:
    • "We'll become the Adam and Eve of this Stone World", yeah, in context is supposed to mean the new conquerors of the world, but sadly, the readers will think is about repopulating the world by themselves. Something which Senku comments on himself, sarcastically asking Taiju if he really thought two dudes could restart humanity.
    • Chapter 40's last page is about Senku giving Ruri medicine, but the way the panel is drawn looks like something straight out of a hentai manga. Senku saying "Now this excites me" just makes it funnier.
    • Similarly, Minami's reaction to the fact that Senku is going to build her a camera has her going "I- I want it!" like she's in a doujin and Senku is offering her... you get the idea.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: In the beginning, while they still had some fans, Taiju and Yuzuriha were thought to be pretty lackluster compared to Senku. However, the characterization they got in their last moments of the first arc endeared quite a few people to them, to the point where Taiju remained in the top 10 (with Yuzuriha following in 11th) in the first poll despite not appearing for a year out of universe. Further characterization following their brief appearances before their major return cemented their places as admired characters.
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