Platinum End’s Professor Yoneda says that Mirai’s fate is inevitable. These dark ideas echo other anime characters like Naruto’s Hyuga Neji.
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In the midst of a battle royale to decide who will become the new god, recent episodes of Platinum End witnessed Professor Yoneda declare that there was no one left. In his eyes, the real God was just a passive, parasitic being created by human emotions, and humans relied on it too much for guidance. Yoneda asserts, the future of humanity is predetermined and faith in God and miracles will not change that.
The Nature and Values of God in Platinum End is up for debate, but Yoneda isn’t optimistic about any of that. He believes that humanity must stand up for itself and embrace the predetermined future, which makes him similar to anime villains like Hyuga Neji from Naruto and Why-Man from Dr. Stone. These characters all believe in a deterministic worldview.
Professor Yoneda’s Dark View of Mirai’s Conflict with Humanity
In episode 22 of Platinum End, Professor Yoneda faced Mirai alone at the new Japan Stadium, similar to how Metropoliman once lured the God candidates to Jinbo Baseball Stadium. Yoneda also designed this meeting as a death trap, even though he was much more philosophical than Metro. The debate that started in the previous episodes continues here and Yoneda tries to woo Mirai with her latest, most surprising ideas about the battle of heaven, the future of humanity, and the nature of time. time. Unlike Metropoliman, Yoneda doesn’t take this personally – but that doesn’t make him any less dangerous than any of Mirai’s optimistic views on personal happiness.
Yoneda predicts that in the coming decades, humanity will advance in science and technology enough to see the future in its entirety, meaning that they will have no reason to hope for the future. As described by the deterministic worldview, he asserted it was fixed and nothing could be done to change it. Humanity will eventually destroy itself in despair, and faith in God will change nothing. Yoneda wants the rest of the human story to unfold the way it should, with no illusions or vain hopes in the way.
This is in stark contrast to Mirai’s point of view; He believes that the uncertain future is shaped by the actions of the present, and it is each person’s responsibility to make the right decisions and shape that future for the better. The same sentiment is echoed in recent anime/manga series like Naruto and Dr.Stone, whose villains are determinists who reject shonen-style optimism.
How Platinum End’s Yoneda Resounds For Naruto And Dr. Stone
Naruto’s Hyuga Neji echoes Professor Yoneda’s skeptical and assertive views, albeit for different reasons. Neji was born into a branch family of the Hyuga clan and was branded to control him and his fate. Internalizing this, Neiji decided the fate of every ninja was foretold in a Hyuga fashion, despite actually only dumping his suffering on others – including Naruto himself.
Neji lectured Naruto about this during the Chunin Exams but Naruto rejected his words – the same way Mirai refuted Yoneda’s theory in Episode 22 of Platinum End. Naruto and Mirai are determined to shape a better future with their own two hands, and will accept all responsibility no matter how good or bad that future turns out.
Likewise, the climactic chapters of the Dr.Stone manga are Ishigami Senku against a honeycomb-minded AI known as Why-Man, which attempts to force his own vision of the future of humanity with beams of light. its petrification. Why-Man has imposed an undesirable symbiotic relationship on humanity and intends to make all of humanity its vassals, similar to how the Machines use the Matrix to keep humans in compliance. Senku was determined to build his own future for humanity and thus rejected Why-Man’s plans, even if the villain had no real intentions of causing harm. Platinum End’s Senku, Naruto, and now Mirai all understand the value of free will and hope for the future – lessons for shonen heroes of tomorrow too can continue to learn.