Dr. Stone: Asagiri Gen, When Magic Meets Science

Dr. Stone: Asagiri Gen, When Magic Meets Science

Magician and cola enthusiast, Asagiri Gen is one of the most interesting characters of Dr. Stone. The show follows a young scientist Senku Ishigami in a post-apocalyptic stone world. All of humanity is petrified inexplicably. After a sudden revival, Senku is trying to kick start human civilization from scratch using the power of science and his allies. 

The antagonist of the show is Tsukasa, one of the people Senku revived early on. Gen starts out as a double agent revived by Tsukasa, sent to Senku’s village to spy on him. However, the talented mentalist ends up changing sides, and becomes an ally of Senku’s Kingdom of Science, seemingly over a bottle of cola. Let’s dive deep into what makes Asagiri Gen a compelling and entertaining character.

History of Asagiri Gen

Magic psychology book
Gen’s book on Magic psychology

Asagiri Gen was a famous mentalist and magician prior to the events of Dr. Stone. Senku is shown to be a fan of his books on magic psychology. Gen was sent by Tsukasa to spy on the village and see if Senku was still alive. He eventually defected to the Kingdom of Science becoming one of the most loyal people to Senku.

Gen and Tsukasa had previously met on a Psychological magic show before the petrification.

Gen’s Appearance

Appearance
Appearance of Gen Asagiri

Gen is a slender young man built similar to Senku. He is 19 years old in the beginning of the show. His hair is split in two halves, a longer and white right half extending upto his chin and a shorter black half. His petrification mark runs down his left eye in an angled way. 

He has baggy eyes and he wears a pink overcoat over a yukata. Gen lacks proper footwear as a consequence of living in a stone world devoid of modern science.

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Personality 

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Asagiri is surprised at Senkus idea

Asagiri Gen is a complex, multifaceted individual. He, like Senku, is supremely confident of himself and his abilities. He takes great pride in his knowledge of the human psyche, and is calm and composed in dire situations. Gen can lie very easily and has no problem manipulating or deceiving people to his advantage.  

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Asagiri showing a manipulative side

He is shown to be a little perverted as he was considering staying loyal to the Tsukasa empire on the possibility of living a comfortable harem-like life. However, in the end he chooses to align himself to the Kingdom of Science and often shows a genuinely kind and loyal side to him. This was shown when he surprised Senku by giving him a telescope as a birthday present with the help of the villagers. In one of the recent episodes, Gen contemplates destroying petrified human statues but decides against it due to his empathetic nature and his value for human life.

Gen has a penchant for showmanship, as shown by his display of magic tricks on his arrival at the Senku village. For all his confidence though, he is very paranoid. He hid packets of blood under his clothing one one occassion in case he’d be fatally attacked.

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Asagiri manipulates Kaseki to work for Senku

His cautious nature is ultimately a good thing as consequently it makes him an excellent strategist leading him to become one of the 5 generals of the kingdom of science later on. He is good at making people work for Senku through his persuasive words and often white lies or manipulation. 

Gen is extremely lazy and avoids physical labour due his self absorption. Even so, he has surprising amounts of endurance and willpower as shown through the series.

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Relationships with other characters

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Asagiri lies to Tsukasa

Tsukasa originally did not wish to revive Gen. He saw him as a self-serving, greedy man. However, Tsukasa was desperate for a brilliant mind like Senku’s to help him. Gen understood and feared the power and charisma of Tsukasa and had no problems betraying him for the Kingdom of Science. He initially claims that it was a self-serving action and he would side with whoever is winning. Although, this claim is betrayed by his genuine actions throughout the show.

Even though Gen was sent to spy on Senku and the kingdom of science, he undoubtedly respected Senku’s genius and his attempt at revival of humanity. Both Senku and Gen are equal in terms of intellect, though Gen’s expertise is human psyche and manipulation.

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Asagiri expresses his fondness for Senku

Gen has an average knowledge of modern day science. This makes him the audience’s surrogate when it comes to giving genuinely shocked reactions to Senku’s seemingly outlandish ideas. 

Overtime Asagiri Gen and Senku become very close friends and allies. Gen reveals he saw Senku write his release day and name on a stone after he was revived and has been fascinated by him even before the two met.

Gen has cordial relations with people of the village, even Magma who once attempted to murder him. 

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Trivia  

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Gen drinks cola for the first time after depetrification

Gen’s last name, “Asagiri” translates to morning mist/fog. His first name is the Japanese word for “illusion” , which is a reference to him being a magician.

He often speaks in Pig-latin in English dub of the show. He uses it to describe Senku’s crazy plans as “azy-cray” on multiple occassions. In the Japanese version he tends to flip halves of random words. For example “yabe” becomes “be-ya” and “hidoyi” becomes “doyi-hi”.

Gen loves cola and has low tolerance for alcohol. His quirks add a lot to his already charming and intruiging personality, making Asagiri Gen one of the most popular Dr. Stone characters.

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