I’m not gonna lie, Platinum End was one of the series I was looking forward to this season and now I’m not so sure anymore. I’ll be honest guys, I did not like this first episode very much. Well, I didn’t hate it either, that’s why I didn’t drop the whole thing but I’m wary at this point.
As some of you may suspect, the intense duhrama of this episode wasn’t really my thing. But that wasn’t the main issue. Platinum End caught my interest in the first place because it reminded me of Angel Sanctuary. I read it when I was a kid and loved it. Now Angel Sancturay is a hot tragic mess of a soap opera but as an emo kid it was up my alley and now, I’m enjoying it on the unintentionally hilarious level.
That’s what I was hoping to get from Platinum End as well. However, I have a sinking feeling that the show may take itself a smidge too seriously to ever really be fun. Also, I found the dialogue slightly tedious this week. I understand that they needed to get a lot of exposition out of the way but it could have been done better.
That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy any part of it. Nasse is a great element. She (he?) is both the comic relief and the wild card. For most of the episode, I was entirely convinced that Mirai was getting played in some way. That this so-called angel was hiding something and more likely to dom his soul than save it.
But then again, if you think about it, the last act explained the actual set-up of the show. A likely free for all where all 13 candidates (12 now?) will try to take each other out to obtain the coveted position of God. Assuming that we are loosely following Christian dogma here. Is dogma the right word? I don’t want to use mythos cause it seems a bit rude. Anyways…if angels are an extension of God’s will and do not have their own will, then without a God the angels would not have a moral compass either and simply act according to efficiency. Which is what Nasse was doing. So maybe everything is exactly as she said.
Personally, I still hope she has something up her sleeve though. Mostly because I think that would make the story a bit more exciting.
I figure Platinum End has two possible paths to take this season. It strays from the established set-up and I’m completely wrong and it’s full of surprises. Or it actually goes the Battle Royal/Mirai Nikki route and we are in for buckets of animated blood. Either way, I would likely enjoy it if it starts featuring some well-choreographed action to take away from the drama. It could also lean into the melodrama so hard that it becomes funny. I guess I’ll see where it goes.
Have you guys seen Platinum End? Did you enjoy the first episode more than I did?