Dr. Stone Spin off is named ‘4D Science’: What is it & does it connect to the main story?

Dr. Stone Spin-off is named '4D Science'- What is it & does it connect to the main story?

The new Dr. Stone spin off manga series was released in Weekly Shōnen Jump on November 6, 2023. It is set after the main series finale and also celebrates the airing of Dr. Stone New World. The spin-off is written and illustrated by the same creators as the original series, Riichiro Inagaki and Boichi. But this unexpected treat of a new manga after its conclusion, raises a few questions: Is it canonical to the main story? Why is it named ‘4D Science’? What is it about? Worry not, we are here to investigate. Let’s dive into it without further delay.

What is the new Dr. Stone Spin off all about?

Given that the manga is set after the main series finale, the story is about Senku’s attempt to build a time machine. The first chapter of the manga reveals that Senku is working on a device called a “4D Space-Time Oscillator.” This device is described as being able to “create a wormhole that allows for travel through space-time.”

While it remains unclear why he is undertaking this task or whether he will succeed, we may have some possibilities to consider.

  • It is possible that the spin-off will explore alternate timelines or parallel universes, which would allow it to exist alongside the main story without contradicting it.
  • Or it is also possible that the spin-off will be set in the same timeline as the main story, and that its events will have a direct impact on the main story.

Why is it named as 4D Science?

Dr. Stone new Spin off 2023: Does it connect to the main story
Dr. Stone: Time to time travel | Image courtesy of VIZ

We know from the first chapter of the spin-off manga that Senku is working on a device called a “4D Space-Time Oscillator.” This device can create a wormhole for travelling through space-time. It could be a reference to the fact that Senku is trying to build a time machine that can travel through all four dimensions of space-time. This would allow him to travel to any point in the past, present, or future, anywhere in the universe. However, there may be another possible interpretation of this name:

Time travel being a fourth-dimensional concept

In physics, the fourth dimension is time, and it is often depicted as a fourth spatial dimension, perpendicular to the three dimensions of length, width, and height. Time travel would allow Senku to travel to different points in time, which would give him access to a fourth dimension.

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Does it connect to the main story?

As for whether the spin-off manga connects to the main story, it is too early to say for sure. It is officially not yet confirmed to be canon to the original story. 
Dr. Stone Spin-off is named '4D Science'- What is it & does it connect to the main story?
Senku Ishigami in Dr. Stone season 1 | Image courtesy of TMS Entertainment
For now, only time will tell what the future holds for Senku and the Kingdom of Science. However, the fact that they are now working on developing a time machine is sure to lead to some exciting adventures.

Conclusion

Whether or not the spin-off manga is canon to the original story is still unknown, the new Dr. Stone spin-off manga is a very exciting prospect. It has the potential to explore new and innovative ideas, and it could even have a direct impact on the main Dr. Stone story.

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