It doesn’t feel like it, but we have finally reached the end of our search for a new God. Platinum End Episode 23 takes us to some interesting places and confusing scenes. Let’s find out what went down in this review!
Platinum End Episode 23 Overview
Platinum End comes to us by the writers and creators of Death Note and Bakuman, Takeshi Obata and Tsugami Ohba. As if that wasn’t enough reason to get excited about this show, it is being directed by two prominent people in the anime industry. As it is a two-cour series, its first part was directed by Hideya Takahashi, who previously directed JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5. The second part is directed by Kazuchika Kise, the animation director behind Your Name and Neon Genesis Evangelion.
The series is being produced by Studio Signal.MD, the studio behind several well-known anime such as Recovery of an MMO Junkie and Mars Red. If you’d like to catch up on our review of the twenty-second episode, you can do so right here!
– Platinum End Episode 23 Review does not contain any spoilers –
Platinum End Episode 23 Review- Is That Really It?
If you followed the show from its humble beginnings, you probably heard how controversial the ending of the manga was since it had only recently ended. There were talks of it making no sense, splitting the fandom apart, or being generally nonsensical and offensive to any sane person’s taste. I eagerly awaited how bad things could get after hearing so much about it since the show had already showcased how bad it could be, and seeing it get worse seemed to be an impossible task from there.
So, when I say that I was disappointed by this “ending”, I mean to say that it wasn’t bad enough for my tastes. It wasn’t as bad, tasteless, controversial, or useless as it was supposed to be. In fact, it was more harmless than a lot of its previous outings, including some episodes that almost succeeded in giving many people brain aneurisms. This was a perfectly normal episode for what the second half of this series was going for, but it is now unclear if that is a good or a bad thing.
The confrontation between Gaku and Mirai came to an end, which included the hostage situation between Nakaumi, Saki, and Temari, which ended just as stupidly as it started. There was a fantastic moment with Mirai and his angel, Nasse, which ultimately didn’t go anywhere as the episode ended. Nasse and all the other angels were criminally underused throughout this entire show, and that wasn’t going to change just because it was among the show’s final episodes. The new God came and went, and the concept behind him or anything about him is still far from clear or solved.
Platinum End hinted towards what it wanted to do a while ago, but it was such a weird idea that most people never gave it a thought when it was seemingly abandoned. However, it came to fruition in Platinum End Episode 23 through some asinine means, and the crowd went mild. It wasn’t exactly opposed to the show’s original themes of happiness and world peace, and thus it still somewhat worked despite coming out of absolutely nowhere, but to say that there would be little rhyme or reason for it to happen would be a fair statement.
The story of Gaku did not receive a satisfying conclusion, and his rah-rah speech made as little sense as Mirai’s entire existence. It felt like the show abandoned a lot of character build-up and initial setup to facilitate a certain kind of ending for the characters, and a lot of the first half of the show feels like useless weight because of it. Platinum End felt more like an unsuccessful amalgamation of multiple ideas instead of getting one thing right, and it showed in this penultimate episode. Nobody was satisfied, but nobody had the energy left to complain or outrage either. It is what it is.
Platinum End Episode 23 was a boring penultimate episode for a show that didn’t do anything particularly offensive. It was decent for what it was, but it didn’t explain much and glossed over supposedly important information. Maybe that’s what final episodes are for.
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