Saki faces his inner guilt and prepares to fight
Platinum End’s Saki Hanakago has been consumed with guilt over her treatment of Mirai, but now she’s ready to face her fears.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Platinum End Episode 8, “Symbol of Promise”, now airing on Crunchyroll and Funimation.
The divine battle royale leaves no room for hesitation and doubt, and already, the pacifist attitude of Mirai Kakehashi risks costing him dearly in future battles against Metropoliman and the other candidates of God. The same can be said of Saki Hanakago, Mirai’s old friend and first ally in the battle royale.
Saki has Revel as her angel, who has only granted her the power of the Red Arrow, and Saki needs Mirai to defend her as a fully armed candidate for God. Now, Saki must face an inner challenge and face his intense guilt over his past actions. She can only face Metropoliman with a clear heart and mind.
Of the three Allied God candidates, Saki did the least, and she stayed while her new ally Nanato Mukaido led Mirai into battle against Metropoliman at the Great Tower. So far, Saki has provided limited tactical contribution, although his mere presence is enough to motivate Mirai to fight hard and protect someone other than himself. One evening, after Nanato leaves for home, Saki makes a painful confession to Mirai.
Saki confesses that despite herself and Mirai’s happy childhood together, she began to laugh at him behind her back, feeling compelled by her mean classmates to laugh at Mirai like a stinky, unwanted pig. Saki was only following movements to avoid being targeted as Mirai’s ally, but all the same, the modern day Saki makes it clear that she cannot forgive herself for this and that she has thoughts of self-harm. on this subject. She feels desperate to escape the heavy guilt, and at one point, she waded into the ocean to drown herself until Revel found her and entered her for the battle of God’s candidates. Saki has a strong sense of empathy and kindness, which made her feel this overwhelming guilt. She also remembers Mirai’s words about how he would rather be intimidated than intimidate someone else, no matter what.
Mirai doubts Saki will try to kill herself again, and he doesn’t believe her when she expresses her desire to perish as punishment for her misdeeds. To prove it to both of them, Mirai flies high in the air with Saki and almost drops her on purpose. Distressed, Saki cries out that she wants to live and that she sees Mirai as a role model when it comes to hoping for the future. She can atone by supporting him in this battle, not by ending his life. Saki recovers for the rest of the night and his head soon clears.
The next day, Saki takes a more active role in the strategic meeting with Nanato, and she helps Nanato decide the team’s next move. They have a head start on Metropoliman’s true face and approximate body size, so Saki offers to use his Red Arrows to recruit allies and investigate the area for the recently deceased surgeons. Interestingly, Saki’s new theory was already proven correct in a previous episode, when Metropoliman had a surgeon remove the bullets from his body, only to kill the surgeon for attaching that free end. Nanato confides in Mirai and wonders what has changed to make Saki so cheerful and proactive.
Saki’s mental burden has been lifted and she can embark on the battle of the candidate God with a clear mind and steadfast resolve. She vows to fight hard to thank Mirai for her kindness and living up to their childhood expectations for the future, and Saki even aims to get wings and maybe White Arrows. If so, she can become a fighter on par with Nanato, with body armor, and become a secret weapon in the battle against Metropoliman. So far, Metropoliman has at best a faint idea of who Saki is, and if she plays her cards right, she can catch him off guard and eventually defeat him. Now is the time for her to shine – she must not miss this opportunity.
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