Platinum End fans don’t like Kakehashi Mirai’s pacifism too much, but Doron Dororon’s cutest little monster can solve that frustration.
Disclaimer: The following contains spoilers for Doron Dororon Chapter 5, “Cooperation,” by Gen Oosuka, Camellia Nieh and Phil Christie, available in English on Viz and Manga Plus.
Doron Dororon consists in exterminating the man-eating monsters, while End Platinum is to select the next supreme being. The two series are very distinct from each other, whether in lore, characters or plot. Fans of the latter weren’t too thrilled with the main character’s actions and decisions. Interestingly, an unsuspecting character from Doron Dororon can provide some relief from this frustration.
End PlatinumThe plot revolves around a competition to choose the next individual to become God. The angels have the freedom and the privilege to select the candidates, granting them some tools. Depending on the rank of the angel, the candidate may be given wings, red arrows, and white arrows to aid him in his mission – to kill other candidates. Kakehashi Mirai was selected by her angel Nesse in the midst of a suicide attempt. As such, he found a new purpose in life – to find human happiness. Such a goal is by no means wrong, but fans aren’t thrilled with the way he tries to achieve it. Mirai hates the idea of hurting, let alone killing, another human, even though the lives of those she loves are in danger.
In chapter 5 of Doron Dororon, Ginchiyo summoned Dora and Kusanagi to his residence. There, she asked the two, especially Mononoke, their motivations. Kusanagi explained that Mononoke had extreme desires and it was simply impossible to stop them by speaking. Poor Mononoke went on to say that he lost his first human friend after another Mononoke devoured them. Kusanagi felt deeply saddened by such a loss, and he believed that no other individual should feel such sorrow. So he took it upon himself to exterminate every bad Mononoke. Dora later added that he also shared Mononoke’s feelings.
Dora and Kusanagi basically have the same desire as Mirai. Everyone wants a happier world, but their approaches are markedly different. Mirai can’t seem to find himself harming anyone. Unfortunately, this does not change even if the people who are dear to him are put in danger. Conversely, the cute Mononoke immediately resolved to fight his own kind the first time he lost the person closest to him. This despite the fact that he has yet to meet Dora and does not have even a quarter of the strength of his more aggressive type.
Mirai’s pacifist attitude has become a source of concern to fans of the series, enough that some are considering dropping the title. His rule of non-violence seems naive and frustrating instead of inspiring. Meanwhile, Kusanagi’s determination offers a refreshing take on the matter. There is no hesitation, moral struggle or unnecessary complexity. May be Doron Dororon Mononoke’s simple solution to achieving a happier world can finally deliver this End Platinum fans have been asking Mirai since day one.
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