Whole New World (
The chapter begins with a drunk Chrome realizing that Kaseki is likely to die before the rest of the Kingdom of Science. He then overhears part of Senku's and Tsukasa's conversation by the river. Unable to contain his excitement, he shouts that Kaseki doesn't have to die thanks to the life-giving properties of Petrification. Senku and Tsukasa are shocked Chrome heard them.
They then discuss Why-man's motives, and realize the only way to find the truth is to go to the moon. To do it, they need their resident rocket expert Xeno, and thus revive him. They're not worried about Xeno betraying them since they have Tsukasa, and Stanley is petrified.
Catching Xeno up on their conversation, Chrome intends to run off and tell everyone else that the petrification device can bring back the dead. Tsukasa stops him, saying that immortality isn't necessarily a good thing. If they petrify the elderly rather than letting them die, the planet will be covered in trillions of statues, and the resources of the Earth will become very limited. In addition, if others were to find out about the power, they'd lose control of the population and tyrants would appear.
Xeno questions why they told him of all people this revelation, to which Senku responds by handing him the crystal radio earring from Treasure Island, tuned to Why-man's frequency. We find out that Why-man's frequent messages have stopped. As it stands, Xeno can't rule the world without being at constant risk of Why-man attempting to petrify everyone once more, and thus their goals align in finding and negotiating with Why-man.
The next morning, they discuss Stanley's future fate. Either they choose to interpret his actions as justifiable acts of warfare, or as attempted murder. As an act of friendship towards Xeno, they choose the former. Xeno admires Stanley's petrified statue for a moment, before he dons his old coat and getting to work making a spaceship roadmap with Senku. As they work, Ryusui gives Stanley a cigarette as a sign of respect.
Characters in Order of Appearance
- Senku, Tsukasa, and Chrome decide to keep their discovery between themselves to avoid problems in the future.
- Gen implies that he overheard their conversation.
- Xeno is revived.
- Xeno is filled in on the immortality theory but decides to keep it to himself after sensing the potential hazards.
- Xeno decides to help the Kingdom of Science to build a rocket for the confrontation with Why-man.
- Why-man's radio signal has stopped.
- On page 8, elderly versions of several members of the Kingdom of Science are depicted.