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Should I Watch Platinum End?

Japanese title: プラチナエンド

English title: Platinum End

No. of episodes: 24

Season: 🍁 Fall 2021 🍁

My personal score: 5/10

Disclaimer: This anime is better not shown to little kids.

So you're probably asking whether Platinum End is good, or if it's worth watching.

Opinion written after the anime was completed

This one went from dark to kinda weird, to really weird, to mind-bogglingly weird, to slightly interesting, then back to weird.

Unfortunately, Platinum End is not very good. Sorry...

I'm sure that there is a subset of viewers that will be compelled with this anime's plot. I'm not one of them. While the overall idea was fairly interesting, the execution left a little more to be desired. The series of events were either draggy or all over the place, that it often seemed as if the anime is trying to convey many different things.

The first half was a serious attempt at making a dark and grim atmosphere, with lots of likely controversial topics, such as bullying and suicide. Problem is, if not done well it leaves a bitter aftertaste (not the good kind) in my opinion. My mouth sure tastes bitter.

The pacing of the first half was akin to the psychological, high stakes game genre. Towards the second half, that was when I suddenly felt that the direction of the anime suddenly changed.

Turn of events became slow and draggy, and somehow, it became even less enjoyable to watch overall. The story turned its focus towards what I believe to be a theme of religion and scientology. There are still some intriguing bits, here and there, but that's about it. Eventually I reached a point where I don't have much to say about it anymore. It's essentially bland.

The art of Platinum End was also average, and quite inconsistent. Sometimes in animes with a dark background story, the character designs are made to fit the theme, and thus I'm not sure if that was done on purpose for this one. Regardless, the inconsistency in the artwork was relatively apparent.

And thus with all that said, I can't fully recommend Platinum End personally. Does it sound compelling to you?

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