Metropoliman treats his allies only as disposable tools, and that strategy costs him dearly in the latest episode of Platinum End.
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Metropoliman once presented himself to Japanese society as an armored superhero, but it was just a ploy to attract other God candidates in this deadly battle. In reality, Metropoliman is a ruthless, calculating and exploitative villain who will not hesitate to crush anyone, friend or foe, to become the next God.
Metropoliman, unlike the pacifist Kakehashi Mirai, is willing to do anything to get ahead, including the use of lethal force. His methods are extreme, and while that has put Kakehashi’s team in jeopardy many times, Metro’s methods ultimately backfired, and he learns the same lesson that the others The other villains eventually learn – that fear and intimidation cannot overcome trust and friendship. Metropoliman sent its newest agent, Sokotani Hajime, to take the Mukaido family hostage, until Hanakago Saki used her red arrow to turn Sokotani on her and Kakehashi’s side. Metro strikes back with its newest group of villains, including disease-loving Kohinata Fuyuko and heavily armed Bakamatsu Ryuji, only to have both fall in battle with Mirai’s team. Sokotani Hajime didn’t give up either, and Metro, as a true villain in the anime, mocked the fallen warriors and deemed them unworthy to fight alongside him. Then, his only remaining ally, a masked boy with angel wings, dismayed and retreated.
To Metro’s dismay, the masked boy couldn’t stand the bloodshed, and no finger saw any reason to risk his life for Metro’s sake. He even taunted Metro before departing, leaving Metro alone against many enemies, most notably Kakehashi Mirai. This is reminiscent of Girl A’s events at the Great Tower, where Metro accidentally kills Girl A in an attempt to wipe out his true enemy. Metro also killed everyone involved at the Jinbo baseball stadium event, and it’s clear that Metro views its allies as disposable weapons, not valuable partners. This sets him apart from the happiness-seeking Kakehashi, and it backfires. Metro couldn’t sustain this much longer, and for the first time, he had to fight all alone.
These trends paint Metropoliman as a classic anime villain – a selfish and brutal character who uses violence and corruption rather than lofty ideals or the power of friendship to fight. This places Metro in the company of Captain Sosuke Aizen and Demon Lord Clayman, to name two. Clayman in particular tried and failed to defeat Rimuru Tempest with an army of reluctant minions. Clayman’s minions fell one by one, and one of them, Milim, was never really under his control. Sosuke Aizen, meanwhile, never cared about the ten Espadas who fought for him and even turned on the last survivor, Tier Halibel, out of sheer frustration. Serving an anime villain always goes badly, and the same is true in Platinum End.
Metropoliman learns that these methods never work out well, and that aggression and debauchery can never truly overcome a relationship of friendship and trust. It may just be about the shonen genre, but for one reason or another, Metro’s cruel methods have disappeared all around him in this episode, and it seems like he can’t find and recruit more allies to suit your needs. His minions tend to die on their own, get betrayed, or switch sides, and Metro can’t keep up with this. He must find a better reason to fight or suffer defeat despite his great progress in the battle for the Lord candidate.
This selection exam is probably meant to determine which candidate is the best and most selfless, and if so, Metro is certain to fail. A selfish thug like him can never become the ferocious god of anything, no matter how many arrows or minions he collects.