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The petrification beam continues advancing after hitting Yo and Gen. The others around it rush up the stairs, hoping it's not another global attack from Why-man. Senku and Ryusui on the other hand, calmly move a few more steps away, confident in their calculations: the Petrification Weapon's command was only for a radius of 20 meters.
Gen and Yo are revived, with Yo missing a few pieces of his hair. They ask them what happened, and Yo immediately gets defensive about it, while Gen explains the three noises they heard followed by the flash. Gen confirms that no one had spoken to the device beforehand. They discuss theories, then plans. They want to find out where Why-man is on the moon.
For safety, they remove the battery of the device and lock it up again. Gen wonders if it was possible that someone had given it an extremely long command, such as "3 months 20 meters", but they have no way of checking.
The group then head to the kagoshima mines to collect materials for making a TV camera, then use them as security cameras for the medusa. A few more cameras are shipped over to America, where they can watch baseball games happening outside. The true purpose for the cameras, however, is for sending up to space on a satellite so they can scan the moon's surface.
Characters in Order of Appearance
- Yo and Gen are put (mostly) together and revived, then questioned about what happened.
- Gen wonders if it wasn't activated remotely and instead put on a long timer of several months.
- Selenium, arsenic, and tellurium are acquired.
- Selenium can be used to improve hair care products as well; the Head and Shoulders shampoo uses it in real life.
- TV cameras are acquired.
- The device is put under constant TV surveillance with the batteries removed.
- Minami retakes her position as a reporter.
- Senku plans to create a satellite, in order to locate Why-man.
- Chelsea's ship is called Perseus D. Monkey, a reference to One Piece.
- Ryusui founding Dragon News brings up the interesting concept of copyright infringement; seeing as any contacts and legal agreements have been destroyed in the last 37 centuries, any name that was claimed previously for TV stations or merchandise is now up for grabs.
- "Dragon News" may be inspired by "Dragon Bank" from Riichiro Inagaki's other series, Trillion Game.
- Yo now has shorter hair, due to some of his hair breaking off in his petrification.
- The cover of this chapter and the previous chapter's covers connect, creating a double-page spread.
- It's suggested Why-man calculated the most likely time someone revived and set a timer in the Medusa; hanging on the bet someone who knew the Stone Formula would be near. Either that or Why-man has hacked into any surviving satellites in Earth's orbit to spy on the humans.