Platinum End Episode 8 Review: This Show Is Just Plain Weird

Waiting this long for a not-so-good episode isn’t worth it, so Platinum End Episode 8 has a lot to live up to. Let’s see where the race to become God leads us to this time in this review!

Platinum End Episode 8 Overview

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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 is being directed by Hideya Takahashi, who has 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 seventh episode, you can do so right here!

– Platinum End Episode 8 Review does not contain any spoilers –

Platinum End Episode 8 Review- Plot and Characters

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I wanted to hate this episode. The second that it became clear what the premise of this episode was going to be, I prepared myself to despise it to no end. I thought this would be the one to finally make me lose all hope of ever liking it or for the series to live up to its potential. An episode based around the worst character in the show doesn’t appeal to anyone in the slightest, and the show doesn’t have the best track record of following through with its promises.

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However, Platinum End Episode 8 didn’t give me a reason to dislike it. While it wasn’t remotely a perfect episode or even the best episode of the series so far, it still accomplished far more than you ever could have assumed based on the premise. Saki was the worst character in the show who was devoid of any personality and redeeming qualities. There was a forced mystique around her as her motivations were unknown, and she wasn’t always honest with everyone, which couldn’t be less interesting if the show wanted it to.

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Thus, what Platinum End Episode 8 and its writers managed to do with her backstory is positively mindboggling. Not only was she a somewhat relatable character, but a purposefully flawed one that now has more of a reason to exist in this world than the protagonist, Mirai himself. The guilt, regret, and shame that motivated her to do what she did were believable if not excusable. The way the show resolved the situation was great, and it also showcased another side to Mirai and redeemed Saki somewhat.

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Nanato was in his usual great supporting character mode, and his facing his eventual demise from cancer. The best parts of the show are his struggles to provide for his family, along with his efforts to stay alive to see the ascension of a new God to the throne. He is a great character to root for in a show that severely lacks people like him. However, he is also a character who has no chance of making it to the end as his death has been telegraphed more times than I can count by now.

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The Angels already play a huge part in the show’s narrative, and the context they provide to most scenes is essential to Platinum End Episode 8 and its flow. They are going to play an even larger role in the show’s story in future episodes, which I’m fine with. They’re all better than Mirai and his obsession with happiness. He wasn’t as bad in this episode, although that is a very low bar to clear even for him.

Platinum End Episode 8 Review- Art and Music

Platinum End Episode 8 featured a lot of close up shots that looked great. They featured a lot more detail than the show’s usual fare and helped differentiate it from the current lineup of anime. This animation style reminds one a lot of the previous works by the creators, which we won’t address by name here. The music remains fantastic and is the one consistent part of Platinum End each week.

Verdict

Platinum End Episode 8 was surprisingly good and gave some of its characters much-needed backstory and motivations. The story seems to be picking up, and the show gets to live another day.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW

Overall

SUMMARY

Platinum End Episode 8 was surprisingly good and gave some of its characters much-needed backstory and motivations. The story seems to be picking up, and the show gets to live another day.

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