After the death of his parents, a young Mirai Kakehashi is left in the care of his abusive relatives. Since then, he has become gloomy and depressed, leading him to attempt suicide on the evening of his middle school graduation. Mirai, however, is saved by a pure white girl named Nasse who introduces herself as a guardian angel wishing to give him happiness—by granting him supernatural powers and a chance to become the new God.
In order to earn the position, he must defeat 12 other "God Candidates" within 999 days. Soon, Mirai begins a struggle to survive as a terrifying battle royale erupts between himself and the candidates looking to obtain the most power in the world.
Platinum End is simultaneously published in English by VIZ Media on the same day as the Japanese release. The publisher has been releasing the series physically since October 4, 2016. The series has also been published in French by Kazé since May 25, 2016, in Spanish by Norma Editorial since March 9, 2017, and in Portuguese by Devir since May 6, 2017.
Ok I know most of you won't even read this review since it has this score -which I consider a good one, you pass an exam with a 6 you know-, but well, whatever.
Platinum End is in general terms a stunningly edgy manga, although it has nice things which make its reading a little enjoyable.
All of us did come here because of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. That's a fact. Their names are guilty of attracting all of us to this series. Not for less. They aren't that acclaimed for nothing. They have wonderful works. But each passing month, the more I think their field
is the suspense and psychological stuff. Death Note was a masterpiece which is above demographics, and Bakuman was a great shônen which also acts as metamanga. But what is Platinum End?
To date, it is just one more shônen. I find all the MC Kakehashi's past and things the worst cliché shit that Ohba could have come up with. Almost everything here is kinda hackneyed and characters lack charism (although it is too early and I'm waiting for the Niizuma/L type one who probably will come up eventually) To say that the drawing is great would be an understatement. And even so I can't help but think Platinum End could be better.
Maybe I am prejudging the series. But it doesn't seem it will be some outstanding thing as its authors previous works, you know.
Clearly, after Death Note the expectations are high and anything they'll do won't ever be enough. I was already counting on it.
But seriously, I think their true potential is the Psychological things and shit. Using always the same type of stories is not necessarily bad. Many authors do basically this -with some variations occasionally- and they get great results. I would like Ohba to introduce more serious and psychological issues to the plot, because when it comes to it, he is exceptional, and Obata's realistic art style couldn't fit better with this issues. Time will tell.
Let me tell you a little story.
What story, you might ask? Well, it's your story, and mine, and that of many others. How do I know? Because it always follows the same pattern.
It all started when you heard that Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata were working on another manga together. Great news, right? You loved Death Note and/or Bakuman, and you were instantly hyped up for more awesomeness from the power duo. You were perhaps a little surprised that a new manga coming from them didn't have any buzz, but you thought nothing of it at the time.
because the series is relatively new," you thought. "It'll all change when it gets an anime. Then it will receive the attention it deserves."
Excited as you were, you rushed to check out the summary, perhaps on this very site, and that's when you had your first moment of doubt. The premise sounded exactly like Mirai Nikki!
That caught you off guard. You were certain that Ohba was more original than this.
“Oh, well,” you thought naively. “No matter. I'm sure that his take on the whole thing will be totally different and million times better!”
With your fears assuaged, you got your hands on a perfectly legal copy (cough, cough) and started to read.
First you got an eyeful of the art, and it was top notch. Rich backgrounds, realistic character designs and everything you'd expect from Obata, only better than ever before. The visual aspect of the manga did more than just meet your expectations; it surpassed them by far.
It's even more of a shame, then, that Platinum End was a sore disappointment in pretty much every other department.
You were put out by the incredibly cliché main character, Mirai — an abused orphan boy, raised by his evil aunt and uncle. (Harry Potter anyone?) A perfect, standard anime hero who refuses to kill under any circumstances, and loves to make moralizing speeches every chance he gets, to allies and enemies alike. His motto seems to be that it's better to be harmed than to harm others, even in self-defense. (Kaneki, much?)
From the author who gave us Light Yagami, you would have expected something much more memorable than a stock character like that.
“Still,” you thought, “boring protagonists are pretty much standard. The rest of the cast will make up for it, I'm sure.”
Long story short, they didn't. From the equally cliché antagonist with a sister complex, to a bland love interest who has nearly the same personality as Mirai, none of the main characters of Platinum End are even remotely interesting, and most of the side characters are one dimensional, over the top caricatures that make Misa Amane look subtle and down to earth by comparison.
You found nobody here as intriguing, unique and unforgettable as Light Yagami, nobody as iconic as L, nobody as entertaining as Yuno Gasai. The cast is below average.
So, what about the plot?
In the interest of fairness, one has to admit that it's written adequately. Ohba-sensei still knows how to establish a coherent set of rules and stick to them. There are no asspulls to be found in Platinum End, but neither is subtlety of any kind.
Other than that, what else can I say about the plot? Well... Let's see how it compares to the other O & O creations.
Death Note was a very unconventional work that didn't follow many standard manga cliches, subverted and deconstructed others, and ended up giving us one of the most unique stories in the medium.
Bakuman was an interesting shounen manga about making shounen manga, that looked at many familiar genre tropes from a perspective of a creator.
Platinum end, on the other hand, just takes a bunch of overused shounen cliches (death game, becoming a god as a reward, Shinji Ikari-esque protagonist, etc.) and plays them completely straight without any imagination or creativity. Everything Platinum End does has been done hundred times before, and done better.
Then there is the overall silliness of the manga, the best example of which are the Power Rangers style outfits that our main characters insist on wearing.
“Really,” you asked with a facepalm. “Really, Ohba?”
And, yes, he really did it. The master of nuanced mind games had switched to pure ham and cheese.
“How is it,” you wondered, “that Death Note was more exciting when Light was EATING A BLOODY BAG OF CHIPS than Platinum End is when our characters are fighting for their sorry lives?!”
And that's how you understood why almost nobody talks about Platinum End. You understood the lack of hype and enthusiasm.
Perhaps you did the smart thing and just dropped it. Perhaps you refused to give up and slogged through it, hoping that a miracle will happen and the manga will eventually get good. If you did the latter, congratulations! You are one of the majority of Platinum End's “fandom”, if we can even call it that.
We follow Platinum End out of loyalty for Ohba & Obata duo, nothing more. If it wasn't for those two names, we would have forgotten it ever existed a long time ago.
We read the chapters when they come out, we get bored and annoyed, and we visit forums to practice the ancient and noble art of bitching. You'll find far more people who enjoy complaining about Platinum End than those who enjoy Platinum End itself. But, of course, you'll have a very hard time finding anyone who talks about it at all.
Or maybe I'm wrong, and this isn't your story at all? Maybe you are just at the start of this journey, and you only dropped by to read the reviews and find out if Platinum End is worth your time?
Short answer—it's not.
Don't just take my word for it. Notice that all the glowing reviews were written after the author had read only a few first chapters, and all the others offer almost nothing but criticism, even if they give the relatively lenient score of six.
We all want to go easy on Ohba & Obata, but this work of theirs just doesn't deserve it. It's a generic, by-the-numbers story, sub-par in many aspects, and I give it nothing higher than five. If I were to sum up Platinum End in one word, that word would be "meh".
Let's all cross our fingers and hope that their next manga will be a return to form.
I know why you are here!
It's because real life Ashirogi Muto is back for one more masterpiece up their sleeves!! You know what I am talking about if you have seen Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note and Bakuman.
I know it's too soon for me to write a review on this manga but I will keep on updating it as some new chapters are released.
Fed up with the depressing nature of his existence, Mirai Kakehashi, decided to suicide. After jumping off a nearby skyscraper, when he opened his eyes, he found himself in the arms of an angel, Revealing herself to be
his guardian angel, Mirai is given the choice between wings to fly anywhere and arrows make anyone fall in love with him for 33 days. Seizing the chance to take both powers, Mirai uses them to discover the truth about his life, allowing him to finally find a reason to live.
Art - 10/10
Platinum End delivers more of the fantastic art that Obata is known for. I can’t say enough about how well Obata’s art complements Ohba’s writing, perfectly emphasizing the thematic contrast between light and dark. I especially love the character design. Like always, Ohba has followed his drawing style of drawing one character, Mirai, pretty similar to Light of Death Note and Takagi of Bakuman.
Not many characters have been introduced yet. I will probably add more to this section later on. For now, I will let you know that, like Light of Death Note, Mirai's personality is great. With his charming and smart personality, he will climb up the favorites list pretty quickly. Just hoping that Mirai doesn't becomes exactly same like Light or else it will become boring and predictable.
I really liked the first chapter. Platinum End shows huge potential and I must suggest it to everyone to start reading right now!
Overall - 9
Based on it's first two chapters, I am giving it a 9. My ratings may change with the plot progression. Platinum End appears to be a successor to Death Note’s continual contrast between “good” and “evil”, and its commitment to showing relativistic nature of these concepts. This is made apparent in this chapter through Mirai’s angel, who gives advice strongly suggesting Mirai use his powers for his own gain, even if the surrounding results are darker than one might expect an angel to tolerate. The end of the chapter excitingly ties this all together in revealing the wider context behind her sudden interest in Mirai. It’s definitely worth witnessing firsthand so I won’t spoil it, but I loved how many potential directions this story could go in.
Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's 3rd Manga to be my next obsession. First Death Note and then Bakuman. A manga worth crying for :'(
The two artists are well renowned for their first manga Death Note which was thoroughly set the dark mood for the readers. Based on the current chapters it has the potential to be as interesting as their first work.
I believe that with they themselves it will be impossible to beat death note. People are reading this manga and cant forget how well Death Note did and feel like they are trying too hard and pushing their luck. This manga should be
read forgetting that and enjoyed on its own.
The story as of yet is premature, Mirai Kakeshi a boy who doesnt seek refuge in living attempts to kill himself only to later find himself alive and saved by an angel. As the first chapter concludes he finds himself on a game where he needs to survive to be crowned god. Will he change his mind to live or not?
Obata contributes equally and even better with ever work he is serialized in. The right amount of everything where it is needed. Very delicate and sophisticated details behind his art. His art style well suited for this manga's dark theme.
Not much characters have been introduced as yet. Not, focusing on the main character it is being well developed. He finds no reason in living and tries to kill himself. After being given a second chance to live he learns to the reason why he is so miserable of the way he is. An interesting way to see how he reacts on the situations about to unfold on him. Within the story are angel with opposed nature to what most people would believe. The angels show little remorse to the humans want of surviving and some enjoy their slaughter.
Its a manga work looking forward to the end. I have enjoyed the chapters I've read so far and is worth giving it a 10!