Platinum End was a trip and a half, and might end up in many worst anime lists. An anime that simultaneously took itself too seriously While not being very serious at all, this will be a treat to revisit and reevaluate. Let’s get right into the review!
Platinum End Overview
Platinum End came 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 was directed by two prominent people in the anime industry. It was a two-cour series, and its first part was directed by Hideya Takahashi, who previously directed JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5. The second part was 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. This was a long series, and we covered it episodically. If you want to check out any of those reviews, you can do so right here. They are great for rewatches and latecomers!
– Platinum End Review does not contain any spoilers –
Platinum End Review- The Expectations
Expectations are a part of every reveal and every announcement. Every new trailer and new name attached to a project brings new eyes to it, and that’s why projects court big-name creatives and leads. If you look at the people behind Platinum End, you would assume this would be nothing less than a classic. You’ve got the exact duo behind the creation and execution of Death Note. You’ve got people who were involved with Your Name, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, and several other classics that we have come to know and love. Platinum End was surely going to be one of them.
I’ll give it credit- it was more like Death Note than anyone could have imagined. You know the part in Death Note where the show’s story goes off a cliff and becomes really bad after a certain event happens? An event so monumental that most people recommend quitting the show right then and there not to sully your memories of the show? The Near arc that was a horrendous watch? Imagine that, but going on for 24 entire episodes instead of just 10 and following the worst protagonist in anime history. Combine that with a plot that firmly refuses to make any sense, and you’ve got Platinum End.
Platinum End Review- The Plot
The concept of choosing a new god from suicidal humans is an intriguing one, and the show starts off well by showcasing the atrocities the main character, Mirai, has been through to even consider that as an option. The angels, the two different powers, and the universe’s rules are all interesting. They could have worked very well with a better plot, or better main characters, or a better cast of side characters, or maybe even if the show had a one-track mind in executing the ideas that it had. As it stands right now, the story of Platinum End was absolutely atrocious and positively headache-inducing.
The show flip-flops between several ideas and sticks to neither of them, except when it’s too late, and it is time to end the arc/show. This might have been the most inconsistent plot to anything, ever. In one episode, something promising might happen that would give you hope for the show’s future, and it will be pissed away in the very next episode like a sick joke. The show even flipped a switch halfway through to become a different show altogether, one which was more consistent than its previous outings but had way fewer highs and lows.
There was also a problem with promising stuff that the show never delivered on by the end. The story of the angels would have been great if it was told, but the show never did despite hinting towards it several times. Instead, Platinum End focused more on the daily lives of the most uninteresting humans in the world, and it was worse off for it. It even introduced several villains to kill them off, and they had no bearing on the plot when it came to an end as if it was a villain of the week show done badly.
There were some extremely uncomfortable scenes in the middle involving a 13-year-old raping and killing kids of her age, and it appeared to have been done purely for the shock factor. The ending made sense thematically and was executed well, but it had to disregard so much of what happened before it that one has to wonder if the show would have been better to only be the final 5 episodes, which were all that seemed to matter for that ending.
Overall, there were some good ideas that were executed horrendously, and the show quickly exhausted all the goodwill its creators and showrunners had generated with their past works. Platinum End is the perfect example of a show that wanted to do too much and ended up doing absolutely nothing. So many ideas were abandoned, so many avenues were explored that never went anywhere, and the plot was just paced horribly. It was just a colossal disappointment any way you cut it.
Platinum End Review- The Characters
Platinum End‘s protagonist Mirai Kakehashi is the worst main character in all anime history, and Redo of Healer exists. He is whiny, can’t go a second without complaining, always does whatever he wants, and never ends up accomplishing anything throughout the show. He keeps preaching his happiness mantra like a cultist throughout the show and never appears to be happy once. It was exhausting to endure him for 24 episodes, and he is by far the show’s biggest problem.
The supporting cast also wasn’t any good, with the main female character being blander than white bread. The show kept introducing and killing off so many supporting characters that none of them had enough time to make an impact. The primary villain of the show, for more than half of it, didn’t matter for the ending and was forgotten as soon as the heroes moved on to better things. You resisted all the new characters introduced because you knew none of them would ever matter, and the show would stick to the garbage cast of characters it already had.
Something that the show had going for it was the angels, and the show did them dirtier than anything else. They were never anything other than plot contrivances and context providers. One angel’s powers were literally just plot armour. The show trampled on its own rules just because it couldn’t find a better way to tell its embarrassment of a story. Even by the end, the angels were useless and forgotten, except the main one, Nasse, who still had less to do than she should have.
When the show flipped the switch, as we discussed earlier, it introduced several new characters and threw away old ones. One of those new characters, Gaku Yoneda, ultimately ended up mattering the most for the ending that the show got. He was the one that the show used to peddle its awful philosophies about the existence of God and the creation of humans, and while he was a decent character, the pandering the show used him for soured him a lot. The show’s philosophy was extremely polarising, and I was unfortunately on the wrong end of it.
Platinum End Review- Animation and Music
We aren’t done dunking on this show yet, as we have to talk about the abysmal visuals. The show looked horribly dated for almost the entirety of it. The art style, the movement, and worst of all, the action, made it look like something straight out of 2004. There was an overreliance on close up shots in this show, as the animators weren’t equipped to handle detail very well. There were some good looking episodes, but the majority of them looked bad.
However, we are going to wind this review down on a very positive note as the music of Platinum End was phenomenal. Not only was the opening theme the best of the entire previous calendar year, but it might be of this one as well. The two endings were also great, and there were some amazing tunes in the show presented as OSTs. If anything, one could always rely on the show to provide some great music every week, and it never disappointed. Much more could be said about the show, but this has already gone on long enough. Read the episodic reviews for more!
Platinum End was among the biggest wastes of potential in the entire anime industry. It was messier and less interesting than most shows going and will end up as nothing but a huge waste of time if you decide to give it a try.Follow us on Instagram & Facebook to keep yourself updated with the latest news and reviews.