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Picking up immediately from where the previous chapter left off, we have Suika being spotted by Stanley's men, with Ginro and Matsukaze bound in rope. Ginro asks Matsukaze what "freeze" means, which Matsukaze replies that he believes it means the process of becoming ice. Neither them nor Suika understand that it's a command to stand still, so Suika bolts. Stanley's men assume that she's trying to escape back to the base and give chase.
Francois pulls a small paring knife out of their bag, but as they don't have any combat skills, they decide to throw it towards Matsukaze and Ginro. Matsukaze reacts immediately thanks to his anti-medusa training and leaps on top of one of the guards to catch the knife midair. Since he can't cut his own rope, he opts to cut Ginro free instead.
Ginro has a minor crisis as he's been entrusted with everyone's lives, but pulls himself together enough to grab a long stick from the ground and begin swinging at Stanley's men, hitting several. He feels confident for a moment, apparently remembering that he's "actually kinda strong!" thanks to his village guard training.
The confidence is short-lived, however, as Stanley shoots Ginro's spear to shards and ties him back down. Stanley then points his gun at Suika, who is cornered. Francois, realizing Stanley had waited until Ginro had attacked before shooting at him, realizes that Stanley is following prisoner of war rules and will not fire against civilians. Francois surrenders, explaining that Suika is a civilian doctor and that they were treating Charlotte's spider bite. In addition, Suika's been living away from the other's for safety's sake. Suika realizes François is protecting them and notes the story is not a lie, exactly.
Stanley listens, removing his helmet and says that he won't shoot them if that's true. Francois and Suika are captured and tied similarly to Matsukaze and Ginro. Maya then asks Leonard what he has discovered. From the treetops, Leonard says that Francois sent a transmission that said "we've split into two teams" to Corn City, as a precaution.
Back at Fort Medusa, Kohaku runs in yelling, asking if something happened to Francois and Suika. Senku responds that they had a run-in with Stanley's men. Ryusui asks why Francois would give away their location just to send a message, but Senku says Francois actually gave them the Americans' position. Chelsea calculates their approximate location based on how long it's been since Francois left and the bearing of the signal, giving them the location.
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- Matsukaze, Ginro and Suika do not know the non-literal meaning of the word "freeze".
- The only weapon Francois had was a small paring knife.
- The American Soldiers will not harm civilians/doctors.
- Francois and Suika get captured.
- The sonar operator's name is revealed to be Leonard.
- Francois sent a message back to the base.
- The Kingdom of Science now know the soldiers' exact location.
- Given the incident with Charlotte, the Americans likely do not have any kind of repellent to keep themselves safe from the Amazon wildlife.
- Matsukaze seems to have some knowledge of English words, possibly from the 100 Tales.
- As the American Colony was never informed about the post-petrification humans in the Kingdom of Science who only speak Japanese, they had no idea that their command "freeze" would not be understood.
- Since Suika and Francois have been captured, this throws the proverbial monkey wrench in Senku's plan. Though it's not farfetched to believe Senku likely had a backup plan he kept from them; compartmentalizing information to keep ahead of Stanley.