At Jump Festa 2022, the staff of Shueisha has announced that the third season of the anime adaptation of Riichiro Inagaki and Boichi’s Dr. Stone manga will premiere in 2023. To tide fans over until the premiere of season 3, a new special was announced that would be aired in Summer 2022.
The special will be titled Dr. Stone: Ryusui and will be a continuation of the second season, focusing on the new character Ryusui Nanami. The revealed cast includes:
- Ryouta Suzuki (Yuu Ishigami from Kaguya-sama) will be voicing Ryusui Nanami in the special
- Yuusuke Kobayashi (Subaru Natsuki from Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu) returns to voice Senku Ishigami
Here is the announcement video for both season 3 and the special:
Dr. Stone is a science fiction adventure manga written by Riichiro Inagaki and illustrated by Boichi. The series began in early 2017 and is published by Shueisha in their Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. To date, a total of 23 volumes have been compiled and released in Japan. The series has ranked high in various yearly manga award categories, as well as winning the 2019 Shogakukan Manga Award for best shonen manga. An anime adaptation of the manga premiered during the Summer and Fall/Autumn 2019 anime season for a total of 24 episodes. The series was directed by Shinya Iino (Plastic Memories, Made in Abyss) and produced by TMS Entertainment (Detective Conan, Re-Life). The anime was followed up with a second season in the 2021/2022 Winter anime season. There has also been a spin-off manga titled Dr. Stone Reboot: Byakuya that was released in Fall/Autumn 2019, for a total of 9 chapters.
After five years of harboring unspoken feelings, high-schooler Taiju Ooki is finally ready to confess his love to Yuzuriha Ogawa. Just when Taiju begins his confession however, a blinding green light strikes the Earth and petrifies mankind around the world— turning every single human into stone.
Several millennia later, Taiju awakens to find the modern world completely nonexistent, as nature has flourished in the years humanity stood still. Among a stone world of statues, Taiju encounters one other living human: his science-loving friend Senkuu, who has been active for a few months. Taiju learns that Senkuu has developed a grand scheme—to launch the complete revival of civilization with science. Taiju’s brawn and Senkuu’s brains combine to forge a formidable partnership, and they soon uncover a method to revive those petrified.
However, Senkuu’s master plan is threatened when his ideologies are challenged by those who awaken. All the while, the reason for mankind’s petrification remains unknown.
The third season of the Dr. Stone anime will broadcast in 2023, and a special titled Dr. Stone: Ryusui will premiere in Summer 2022.