Platinum End’s Kakehashi Mirai continues his battle against Metropoliman, and in Episode 12 he is finally ready to take down his foe.
WARNING: The following contains the contents of Platinum End episode 12.
Protagonist Kakehashi Mirai continues to fight for his life in battle, but he has to do more than survive his feud with the fearsome Metropoliman. This isn’t just a death game – God and the angels wanted to create the next God candidate in battle, and Kakehashi, for the longest time, seemed unfit to claim victory.
Kakehashi refused to bleed when he faced Metropoliman and Brutal Girl A at the Great Tower, and now he must confront Metropoliman and his minions once again. This time, it was the battle that prompted him to find a noble reason to fight, despite his pacifist leanings. This time, he has a corner against Metropoliman.
The biggest battle still takes place at the abandoned amusement park, where Sokotani Hajime took Mukaido’s family hostage until Saki found the courage to shoot Sokotani with her red arrow to control him. In this episode, Metropoliman strikes back with his newest and most feared minions, including the virus-carrying Kohinata Fuyuko and the heavily-armed Bakamatsu Ryuji, along with an unnamed child wearing a mask freak. Kohinata holds thousands of people hostage by threatening to release a deadly virus unless Kakehashi gives up his life, but Kakehashi fights back.
Kakehashi overpowered Kohinata, only for Hanakago Saki and Sokotani to interfere, and the chaotic battle ended when Sokotani died at the hands of Kohinata – a hefty price to pay for defeating Kohinata. Metro and Kakehashi each lost an ally, and Kakehashi reflects how thousands of those hostages nearly died and thus will never find true happiness in their lives. Even Kohinata wants to be happy, Kakehashi has her own reasons, and in death she can never find that happiness. Kakehashi still refused to take a life, but protecting his happiness gave him the courage he needed to finally face Metropoliman alone.
Kakehashi has a constructive and defensive attitude about human life and human nature, which initially held him back while fighting Metropoliman, much to Mukaido’s disappointment. Even the playful angel Nasse found Kakehashi’s pacifist attitude strange. This time, Kakehashi was adamant against his worst enemy, as he had finally rationalized everything in his mind, and had a plan of attack that suited his worldview and goals. me. He aims to have a happy and normal life, and he wants everyone else to find the same happiness for him. Only by catching Metro can Kakehashi be able to protect his own happiness and that of others, and that allows him to face Metro’s white arrows fearlessly.
This also shows how ambitious and idealistic Kakehashi Mirai is. He was faced with such a powerful and dangerous enemy, but was determined to fight his own way, not taking anyone’s life. Either Kakehashi will win, or it will pay dearly for refusing to use his white arrows or any of Mukaido’s guns to take down Metro. In contrast, Metro felt confident in his ability to use lethal force, and he only needed one white arrow to bring down Kakehashi. The conflict of ideals begins – happiness and domination – and there can only be one winner. Kakehashi is all hope.