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. Everything here is on the nose, heavy-handed and exaggerated. 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.
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-Please- End-Already, 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. The story it tells comes with no strong distinguishing elements, and no true identity of its own.
“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!
Two months since i'm deciding to create account and starting to arranging my old anime and manga that i've ever seen in my life without any desire just to post or reviewing anything here
And what i got? My favourite author Tsugumi Ohba with his dynamic colour of intencity that can we seen clearly enough on his past works (Death Note and Bakuman) and the soulful art by Takeshi Obata that i knew it since his works at Hikaru no Go, has back to the party! what a nice time for me to be alive.. :D
and thats why i decided to make an early review.. and
i'll try to design this review that i hope would be matched if compared on any timeline on this Platinum End's story, early or ended.
One thing that i wondered when reading the introduction and the 1st chapter was as if i could sense that it was another version or even i could say it was same style with Tsugumi Ohba's Death Note, but flavoured with contrast of origin on the main character, between Light and Mirai, that was bored perfect student that already got everything in his hand and Unknown loner student that determined that he don't belong to everything and some more detailed end-game's story, that i hope it could be packaged by them perfectly,like they always did.
Another thing that i could say about Takeshi Obata was,how good he is to make his drawing as like have a mind. And i've tried to read the 1st chapter on few different scanlation, and it got different emotion,based on blended essence between image and word that used on each coloumn and page. (I think this is also the exact reason why we need to buy official works,not reading online, lool)
So i hope you all got the best scanlation that could deliver the purest form of Ohba's mind that invented from Obata's hand that've possible to be presented to our senses.
If you ever read their past works, and diving on Ohba's mind systematically and his point of view about justice, love , and life or moreven if you have faith on them, there would be no one else that could make you more excited than the Platinum End's progress.
The only reason i didn't give 10 even though i really want to,was the fact that i knew that im not an Oracle, and the time would tell us what value they would deserve.
I think the proof to some degree is in the pudding here. The fact that I don't see many people reading or talking about a new series by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata (the creators of Death Note and Bakuman, but I think you all know that). These are some of the biggest names in the game and yet people don't seem to be taking much of any notice at al in the couple of years since this series started.
At first, I was a bit confused as to why this was the case, the first volume (Chapters 1 - 3) are
actually very good, they build a lot of tension, have some great Ohba twists, and set up a dark, gritty and realistic tone for the rest of the series, despite the magical premise. But even still there are problems that were apparent there, such as the premise being exactly the same as Future Diary, and that, at points it felt a little close to a Death Note re-hash.
However in Chapter 6, it all really goes to shit. A bunch of these God candidates meet up at a stadium in these ridiculous overblown sequence, with Kamen Rider-esque suits to boot. It's truly absurd for many reasons, not least of which the unnecessary costumes that just paint the show as silly.
There also comes in the problem of the larger world, in Death Note, the way the world reacted to Kira was a big drive in the story, he kept himself hidden but had to really watch his back, but here in Platinum End, there have been a bunch of people suddenly flying around, killing people by pointing at them, and all sorts of other shenanigans. But no one seems to be doing anything about it, it feels like the only characters that exist in this world are the main ones, everything else just bends around their story.
So you're probably thinking at this point, why is my score positive (if only slightly) if I have so many problems with the series, well, for one Obata is just such a great artist, the panel structure is often very engaging and the way he adds detail in the characters for tense moments works brilliantly and can make some very simple images very disturbing.
And the characters, at least some of them, do quite a lot for me. The fact that the God candidates are chosen from people who are about to kill themselves, who can't take the world as it is, is a really good idea, and we get a cast of totally damaged, broken characters. I know a lot of the anime/manga community doesn't like these types of characters, but I really do. I love that Mirai has genuine conflict over whether to kill, and the chapter where Saki tells him how she really feels is fantastic, probably my favourite part of the whole series.
And still Ohba can create a compelling structure, the twists pull you through even if there is not much else really going for the narrative.
I think Platinum End is a pretty big disappointment so far, but I don't think I'll drop it, a little bit of Obata's art each month never hurt anyone.
When people known that Ohba Tsugumi and Obata Takeshi would work together again, it was only logical that I became very enthusiastic in what they were going to do for this third work/manga together. People already knew this but for those who don't, these two authors worked together on past works such as Death Note (2004) and Bakuman (2008) as Ashirogi Muto.
With this information previously known, Death Note has succeeded in being one of my favorite works so far succeeding consequently other works with the same legal value as this. This manga, Platinum End - or in
Japanese ["Puratino Endo"] - still had an advantage that the previous works didn't have: the fact that now it is being worked on a magazine that would give them the supreme freedom and with that, I sincerely hoped that this pair of authors delivered already in the first chapter, some fantastic content and really developed. However, this was not what was shown.
The plot begins showing a class with all the students making plans for their future, while the protagonist, named Mirai, is apathetic, finding everything extremely tedious/boring.* Apparently, Mirai is just a normal student but the story behind it is much denser and heavier than Death Note. When he is about to commit suicide from a 23-story building, he is saved by a (woman) guardian angel called Nasse. During the speech, the angel says that it simply appeared because she wanted to make him happy no matter what, and this is the symbology to which this manga gives when it mentions human feelings. Nasse also explains the definition of "love" as a normal feeling, within an enormous amount of pages.
Explaining by detail what I mean, it is actually very simple to notice: the first chapter has 66 pages, including covers (manga plus the magazine where it is serialized) and commercials, and with that twenty (plus more) pages are 'wasted' just to explain Mirai's sense of his future. Obata Takeshi did an excellent job bringing Mirai's anguish, despair and skepticism in the first pages, however, his work was almost in vain because his colleague Ohba Tsugumi chose to explain that Mirai no longer wanted to live in those several pages. Ohba wanted to show (to the readers) that Mirai is an isolated character (as if he doesn't feel in a correct social position) due to his shameless past. While re-reading in the actual book, Ohba touches the subject, again and again, using almost ten pages to force the existence of Mirai's sadness; it reinforces an idea that was previously settled and understood in the main plot by the (woman) guardian angel Nasse, which in detail makes no sense, since the idea is repeatedly reinforced in the Nasse's speech balloons. To make the point clear, the motive for Mirai's suicide was due to the horrible life he had when he was younger, where his family mistreated him (while they were still alive) but this becomes clear when, once again, Ohba decides to reinforce the idea of the horrible life that Mirai had - and Ohba keeps doing this explanation every time there is a new chapter.
The problem of Platinum End is, therefore, the repetition of the same idea in each gesture of action that happens as the story progresses, there are also problems of speech because each character makes very large and extensive lines to explain something, which turns out to be boring while reading the actual volumes; it's something very annoying to me but people overall can tolerate it. The artwork never goes unnoticed and is just one of the few highest points in the manga.
In a few pages, the protagonist's expressions, the feelings that come to mind, and the depressive character were all well captured visually and you can see in the realism of the drawing. I do not want to blame one artist for the other or vice-versa, but I believe that Ohba should have thought more specifically about the idea of this work and especially in existing terminologies of human life in order to perform this work phenomenally and without errors, as he did in Death Note where each weapon was a way to react and to think. In this case, Ohba treats the reader as if he was a child and he himself 'punishes' the reader with the repetitions of speech and the way of acting before society. It is quite clear that the society that is shown in the work is a society closed and isolated from the rest of the world, just as Japanese society behaves. By the way of seeing more selective, Ohba gives us only a repeated history and with basic narrative errors.
The small problems of this sequence of scenes are that the authors simply sought out ideas that had already been published, more concretely they were to look for ideas to the previous work, Death Note. They also tried, in a way, to introduce plot twists so that the story seemed more truthful and specific but this did not work out, in Death Note the lines were small but explanatory so that the reader perceived both sides of the same coin and in Platinum End, there are not simply two sides of the same coin, there are overly explanatory and redundant lines that reinforce a single idea, which has already been explained (previously). There are scenes that include blood - not gore scenes - that are positive for this series because they give readers a new experience without the basic idea that is provided to us in the synopsis.
So far, the story is by no means a novelty but somehow the script works and here are some reasons: Platinum End is a work that was delivered to the fans in an inconsistent, predictable way but at the same time it is an interesting subject that few mangaka's approach for being vastly vast and complete and therefore I feel that Ohba should be based only on the theme of anguish, despair, and hope that ceases to be negative and hopefully positive.
*(That's a reference to a character named Yagami Light, from the Death Note manga. As shown in the manga, Light also finds everything extremely boring, before finding the ultimate weapon, the Death Note. However, Mirai takes it to another level because Mirai suffers from depression).
Story: 4 | Art: 6 | Character: 6 | Enjoyment: 5
Score: 6/10 (so far)
Personal Note: This is not my definitive review so over time I will edit it. The first volume just came out in Portugal, so my review is limited in comparison with other manga versions, as far as the language in which this manga is edited. Next update can happen maybe in August.
First of all this might have some spoilers.. you have been warned.
OK so first i have to say i love this manga as much as death note, allot of people would call me insane or stupid for that but, hear me out. Before we get into why i like it let me introduce some problems people have with this that i didn't, which is probably why i like it more then them.
First is that people were wanting something like "Death Note" i loved death note its what got me into Physiological stuff, but i didn't want something too similar to it, so if u want
something like death note it has some things that can relate to it just nit the same way.
Second, I started Dec, 23 2018, so i had allot more content to read through, and it releases a chapter a month i believe so people also didn't like the wait i would recommend reading it after or near the end, in fact that when i believe most people will enjoy it the most when they can just read through all of it.
Third, i seen people complain about the fight scenes being too long that them all having the same weapons make it boring, all i have to say to that is, that its also a battle of wits not only physical i would say its more a battle of wits, so of course they're going to be long they have to think before making a move, and i think that them all having the same weapons makes it more interesting, you get to see how differently they can be used, it shows how different the characters are, some use the arrows for greed, others use it for good, etc. They can also use it in different ways, shoot it, use it like a sword, and more that can be done with using both the wings and arrows and even more with white arrows. So in pretty much all battles its whoever outsmarts the other or something unexpected happening,
And now the actual review is shorter than the problems i seed that really don't have to do with the story itself. Im trying not to spoil it so making it simple.
Story, i find it great, some cliches but i never had a problem with them as long as its still a good story and it doesn't get in the way of the story.
Art, as expected from Takeshi Obata amazing, all there is to it.
Characters, are good, they don't emphasize character development as much as other story's really only see a big change with a couple of characters the rest you have to notice the little things to see how they changed. Or they're hit with a red arrow and change completely so theres really not much to it, so i do say it can be better but im not the type that goes only for the characters. (that being said....still Nanato and Nasse are my favorites.)
Im really enjoying it so far.
i Give it a 10 overall sure 9,10,7 and 10, don't make a 10 but im being bias on this part i love this manga and think that the fight scenes will get better if it gets a anime adaptation so, In short i love it
Well, I started to read this when the 4th, 5th Chapter got out, right now I've read for about 8 Chapters (?)
Note that the creators of this manga are the same creators from Death Note and Bakuman, both really good and known by almost everyone (Even though I haven't watch/read Bakuman until the end). So, as may think, this manga has a great potential and also, became popular because of their creators.
Moving forward, I enjoyed the beginning of the story, it was interesting, depressive boy wants to die, an angel saves him and boom, magic happens, all that thing about being the god and introducing
the villain was also fun and interesting to read.
Summing this up, I enjoyed what I've read until now, and I am expecting it to become better as more chapters are published, ( even though I don't remember some things already because it takes a long time for chapters to get out haha)
Last question: Would you recommend reading it?
A: I totally recommend you to read this manga if you like the stuff that they made before, and I would also recommend you to watch/read Death Note and Bakuman ( I failed in this one xx)
It was my first review, so, I am sorry if I messed up at some point.
"Will be updating this review, cause the manga is ongoing"
From the creators of Death Note and Bakuman, here comes Platinum end. A manga which is similar to a mix of Death Note and Mirai Nikki. A very interesting and promising manga with the potential of becoming better and more interesting. Ready to go a trip in a depressive survival game full of supernatural stuff?
For now, the story is about a depressive boy who wants to end his life because he can't find happiness. Determined to attempt suicide, he fails. An angel saved his life, and from that moment, everything changed...
A unique storyline and it
doesn't sound boring at all, well a least for many people. I loved it because it's not as predictable as i thought. The small ammount of comedy is well executed so we can 'take a small break and relax' . It is pretty simple, but it get's more complex(in a good way) with every chapter released. Nothing is random and nothing just comes out from nowhere, because there is a deeper meaning both for the story and the actions of our characters.
The art is simple but nice and fits with the atmoshpere. Realistic on both landscapes and characters. Appealing design on characters which differs for each one. The supernatural part of the manga is also well drawn and some of the few(for the time being) action scenes are very good. The art managed to balance the supernatural-psychological-drama stuff in a good connection to each other, still maintaining it a nice shounen manga.
It is easy to relate with at least one of the characters. Not something unique or remarkable for now, but the characters are still interesting and well rounded. They exist for a reason, and not just to make the series bigger. The supporting cast supports nice and realistic the series, without needless actions. You will love and hate many characters, something i believe the creators wanted to achieve. And they did. I'm sure in later chapters, this will be more and more noticeable.
As for now, i love it. It managed to make me shit down and read it with 100% of my concentration. I do believe it will get an anime adaption, because more and more people will read it in the future and it will become more and more famous.
For now, every aspect is at least good(or even very good). Every genre of the manga is well executed and balanced so everything is more 'down to earth' and not too far-fetched. For everyone who likes Death Note or Mirai Nikki, i recommend it, even if you don't like reading.
(Sorry for my bad English, it's not my native language)
Thank you for reading!
My initial interest to read this manga sparked from the fact that Platinum End has the same artist and author as Death Note. A series that is arguably one of the most popular and most liked Manga series of all time.
As you can imagine my expectations were quite high when I started reading this one.
I have to get this out here as fast as I can: Platinum End is in no way similar to Death Note!
In the beginning you might find some similarities like how both MCs have some supernatural being as a companion and godlike powers to change the world but the whole atmosphere
and story are completely different from another.
Let me get into details now.
The premise of this manga sounds like a battly royal although it's not really one.
13 angels have the duty to chose one human that then becomes a "god canditate" meaning they become a person among 12 others that will get the chance to become the new god of the world.
Those who are chosen are being bestowed with godly powers.
There are three different powers in total and while some people have all three of those, some only have one because their angel doesn't have a high enough rank.
Just on paper it may sound dull to only have 3 different powers but in execution the author shows that there are many different approaches to make use of their abilites.
In that aspect it's a bit similar to Death Note because the rules of those powers are just as important as the powers themselves.
The story takes a long time to get going though and I only started to enjoy the story to the fulledt when I already read around 15-20 chapters.
The artstyle of this manga is probably the best thing about it altogether.
It's super detailed with expressions and no character looks like a carbon copy of another. It's ironic but the "blandest" character is probably the main character as he looks pretty much like Light from Death Note.
Oh boy the characters are probably one of the weakest aspects of the story.
The main character is an extreme pacifist which is not surprising because many shounen MCs fit that bill but in his case it's so extreme that it sometimes just comes off as very annoying. At least there is a reason for him to be this way but still.
Personally I enjoy the side characters way more than him and some of these are really well written to be honest!
The most interesting characters are probably the angels though.
They seem to be loyal to their chosen human but we never know what they really are thinking and what this whole "god choosing" is really all about.
This makes them extremely interesting and mysterious. Not to mention that they're designs are super pleasent to the eye as well!
In my opinion this manga is definitely worth reading and is one of the better shounen manga. It's really mature for a Shounen Jump title and tackles some really heavy topics like suicude and illness.
You shold not expect Death Note and you shouldn't expect a Battle Royale ala Kings Game either. It doesn't have as many mind games as Death Note but there are still so many suspenseful moments that want to make you want to read just one more chapter after another!
After giving us Bakuman and Death Note, two works which had each their own appeals and were really great, you would of course expect a lot from this new work of Ohba, the mysterious author who sometimes cooperate with Obata. Unfortunately, this is nothing like their previous combination, and here we have a rather disappointing and even mediocre manga.
The first chapter did not have anything amazing, however we were still given a sight of how much Obata's art has improved over the year, and finally there was indeed something which looked like an interesting idea, the premise being that an angel gives our main character
special abilities, which was quite reminding of Death Note.
However, it all goes wrong when instead of having our protagonist wreak havoc in a way similar to Death Note, or even do good deeds, we instead have a competition between more people chosen by other angels to decide who will become the next God. Will the winner be chosen over his good deeds or capacities ? This was never explained, and it doesn't really matter since it turns out to be a battle royal with everyone trying to be the last man standing.
Still, it could have been a good manga even with such a plot but it fails horribly. The main character seems wise at first, hiding and waiting for other to act, but instead of becoming the fisherman he gets stupidly caught by his love interest who coincidentally turns out to be a chosen too, and makes him her slave. Following that, they act like wuss and keep hiding without doing anything. The story then either shows them doing literally nothing but hiding in their house, or battles between other people.
And here again, it's just horrible. From Ohba and Obata's duo, you would expect smart battles similar to what happened in Death Note, or even something like Hikaru no Go but certainly not. Here we have absolutely nonsensical but "wise" battles with random explanations thrown at every stupid action. What's even worse is that they aren't even on the same footing since the beginning, because the angels aren't on the same level either and not everyone possess every power like the main character.
If not for this being the work of two authors I greatly enjoyed, I would certainly not continue reading something so mediocre, and the art still rises my appreciation by a lot more than it should be. I would not however recommend reading this to anyone, as it's nothing but disappointing.
Before I start, I wanna say I have not read death note, but I love Bakuman.
The primary problem with this manga is it is disinteresting and dull.
The protagonist is probably a prime example of this. The has no real interesting motivation or any drive to do so. He just sort of gets dragged into everything. During the first chapter, we get the idea that he is somewhat of a lonely, awkward kid, but all that is brushed off after chapter 3 or so, then he becomes kind of just a dull slate who reacts to things I guess.
This dullness is also
reflected in the female lead. again, she also is kind of a blank slate who reacts to things in a way you'd expact a girl to, I guess. We really have no idea who or what she is because she doesn't talk that much anyway, and doesn't really have a significant role in the plot other than the fact that she is a god candidate and needs to be protected by the protag.
A character named Nanato (the only name I remember) is a fairly interesting character. A hell of a lot more than the other two anyway. He has stakes and a clear motivation as to what he is doing. He is also the only one who has any sense of humor at all.
The central concepts of having god candidates is boring too. When a goddess possesses you, you are able to receive either wings or arrows as your power. If the angel is high class enough, you can have both to begin with. If you kill another candidate, you gain their powers. Now, wouldn't it be interesting if all the powers that each candidate had were different? Isn't it an interesting power struggle to see which god candidates have powers to your liking and then attacking them? Maybe smart planning can lead to being pretty much invincible. But no, we just get extra rings on your arms and necks. Great.
Another weird thing about this manga is the edginess. Now, I'm not saying it's inherently bad or anything, but it's just odd to have edginess happen without any real reason. Chapter one shows our main character trying to commit suicide. That doesn't really reflect or add upon who we see him has later as a blank slate at all, so why bother with it? Somewhere around chapter 5 a little girl dies. No real impact on the characters in post or anything really. It's needless edge. It really doesn't to be there.
One more point to rag on about. The concept of god used in this world. Mirai Mikki fucked concept up even worse, but PE doesn't handle it in the most effective way either. These stories are lovecraftian by nature; it deals with the inevitable and unchangable decision of an ascended being. Way to go, ruining it by showing god and heaven. Lovecraftian horror is the horror of constantly being watched over by beings and deities that we have no control over, perhaps we are not even aware of it. Just think of how terrifying it would have been to know that the god in the world of PE is an omnipresent, omnipotent being who can make these horrifying death games happen at the click of his fingers, or, even more scary, just by a single thought. Is it just for his own amusement? Does he even genuinely want god candidates? We will never know, because the thoughts of gods are completely beyond our comprehension.
Goddamn it. You know, I started writing this as a 6 but it went down to a 5 the more I thought about it. Maybe it isn't such a great idea to 'write my feelings down' or whatever.
I'll make it short. This manga stunned me. After reading Death Note and Bakuman, Tsugumi Ohba's story was once again a masterpiece. I've read 5 chapters and its potential is huge. The character designs - especially Mirai and Nasse seem to be really well done. Reading this really shows the reader that Ohba and Obata do what they always do.
The first chapter was very interesting and reminded of Death Note. Mirai seems to be a total opposite Light. The final showdown will PROBABLY be Mirai vs Metropolitan Man though it is safe to assume that Saki might try to do something. I can't wait for
an anime adaptation and hope that it happens soon. I can't say a lot about the story since this is just the beginning but we may see a story that might be as good as Death Note if not better. Obata and Ohba have once again done a marvellous job. Overall, I really have high hopes for this series and highly recommend it to Death Note fans.
Hey guys,it's my first review here! I hope my english is okay.
As a fan of Death Note/Bakuman and the work of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata,
I had a lot of interest in Platinum End. Death Note is my favorite anime/manga of all time,
so i was very curious about Platinum.
I think it's impossible for them to beat Death Note. Platinum is.. Well decent for me ans i'll explain why.
The series follows Mirai Kakehashi, a student, who hate his life for some dark reason.He attempts suicide but he is rescued by his guardian angel, Nasse. He got special power and becomes one of 13 candidates chosen
by different angels to take the role of God.
The story remind me a lot of "Mirai Nikki".
The biggest problem for me. I know the main character, Mirai has a dark past but.. he's a crybaby who prefers to be killed than to kill. He let everyone's make fun of him, he's always like that.The exact opposite of Light Yagami.
I think he was annoying sometime. I have nothing to say about his angel Nasse.
The second main character is Saki Hanakago, a female (and Mirai love interest).She's a very cliche girl a girl who always thinks she is useless
and yes she is. She's just... here.. To be loved by Mirai.
Kanade Uryu, the main antagonist who intends to become God by all means necessary. I think he was the most interesting of the three. He can kill without
hesitation to reach his goal and realize his wish to bring back his dead sister to life.
There's more characters but I was not really impress by them in this manga like i was in Death Note by Light or L.
the biggest quality for me. The drawing of Takeshi Obata are beautiful as always.Very detailed and perfect for the theme.
I love his work.
Platinum end is a good manga.. but the worst of the three for me (Death Note, Bakuman and now Platinum). The characters are note very likable and sometimes annoying, the story is the same principle as "Mirai Niki" but the art are beautiful as always.I recommend it for the people like me, who are very fan of the work of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, if not, i think you can
pass on this one.
Platinum End is dull, which is amazing, considering it's about a deathmatch to decide the next GOD. What's that? Do I hear a complaint? It's a philosophical story that asks what kind of person should have absolute power and what one should do with it? Perhaps. But it's mostly a deathmatch. A very boring one. Everyone has the same powers, and even those powers are unimaginative. Superspeed, Instadeath Arrow and Geass. This makes the battles (which are too long to begin with) boring.
The main character is a naive idealist crybaby, the kind of person that I hate to read about. The rest of the
cast are all people who have given up on life, or are at least equally dull or unimaginative. Discount Walter White, discount Reinhard, childhood friend no. 2934, etc. This is because only hopeless people can be be God Candidates, for convoluted reasons. Apparently only hopeless & suicidal people have the drive to change the world for the better. Flawless reasoning. They are all also in Japan, for equally convoluted reasons. "God just likes Japanese people" would have been a better reason than the one they gave. There is no excuse for this, the wings let you go faster than sound, you could be in any country you want within minutes. It's only because it'd be too hard to write. The writer would have to research different places (gasp!) and give characters unique personalities that are influenced by their place of birth. (double gasp!)
Platinum End just stinks of wasted potential. Imagine if the protagonist wasn't a puppet being steered here and there by other characters. Imagine if he was proactive, like one of the villains. Imagine a worldwide game of cat and mouse, in which every player has a unique power with its own pros and cons along with a drive to change the world. And that's what Platinum End could have been. Instead we have this disaster. Well, at least Nasse is cute, so that's something.
Bonus: You wanna know what I'd do if I was a God Candidate? I'd immediately take a flight to USA, shoot Trump with a red arrow and have him nuke Japan. Problem fucking solved. Kneel before your God, bitches.
And yeah I know that plan wouldn't work, but at least it'd be exciting, unlike this travesty.
I have read every chapter currently available, which at the time of this writing is 40. We are in the middle, nearing towards the end of the second arc, and based on the direction the story is going in, nearing the endgame of the manga. So, I'll update this once I'm done, but here are my current thoughts.
I first found out about Platinum End like almost anyone did, I was reading Death Note's wikipedia page and that led to Tsugumi Ohba's page and found out he had a third manga with Takeshi Obata. However, I was a little worried when it turned out that nobody
talked about it. But I moved on and decided to read it for myself. And I can gladly say it was worth it. Platinum End is a fun, yet dark almost Superhero style romp that I could recommend to just about anyone.
The Manga follows Mirai Kakaheshi, who is a sad loner who disappointed with his lack of happiness, tries to commit suicide. This happens only a few pages in so it immediately grabs you as shocking. Anyway, he is saved by an Angel named Nasse and told that he is one of 13 God Candidates, one of whom will replace god. It's not exactly clear from the beginning, how God will be decided, but soon Mirai is wrapped up in a world of Angels and Devils as he tries to survive.
First up, let's go over what I don't like. And that, if you can tell by the score is very little. However, if I had one complaint, it's that the fights sometimes drag on a little longer than they need to.
Okay, so, what about the characters? I mean, you rated it a 7. That I did, and that's only because of the Manga's two main characters, Mirai and Saki.
Mirai, compared to Light Yagami is a bit boring. I'm not going to lie. He's always going on about how he doesn't want to kill and doesn't really have too much more than that. However, the arc he goes through throughout the course of the manga is brilliantly written and a lot more indepth and does expand his character. So he gets a pass.
Saki does not get a pass. She is boring. Not in comparison to someone else. She is just boring and lacks any real personality. They do start using her a bit more in the second arc, but at least at this stage, she is really flat.
So, what about the other characters? That's why this is a 7. Every other character is either extremely likeable or so well-developed, it hurts to hate them. I can't go into too much detail as I'd have to spoil a bunch, so I'm just going to leave it there.
The weak protagonist however does not mean this is a bad story. The story writing is what you expect from Ohba, as a masterfully written series that ask the Question "Do the means justify the end?" While Death Note got into that, that was more centered around the discussion of good and evil, while this doesn't cover that area as much. Each story beat is insanely satisfying with the characters that are good really lifting the story up.
The great story is also increased by the art which is absolutely brilliant. I thought Death Note looked amazing with it's dark color scheme and shading, but this does insanely better. Each scene with it's angle and shading perfectly manage the scene with several shots I'd even call beautiful.
Obata's art also helps with the action which I for the most part find really tantalizing. It's clear that the duo havevn't exactly figured out action just yet, but you feel the impact of each shot and strike that I'm surprised it was even possible in a manga.
So, would I recommend it? Hell yeah! Despite some pacing issues, if you can push through the first few chapters, this series is an interesting character experiment that I can't wait to see where it goes.
Almost the sister Manga to Death Note I admittedly had a really enjoyable time with the story so far.
In case you have read my Death Note review I'll attempt to save you (and myself) some time trying to summarise its themes.
This Manga in style and (almost) in execution is almost the exact opposite of Death Note but in a surprisingly darker (under the surface) and broader scope.
One of the potential flaws I argued against Death Note has seemingly been taken care of in this series is its almost tunnel vision on its world building and its dominant emphasis on its characters although here is the
presentation of the opposite.
A majority of this story is focused on its world and challenging broader and more complex themes hidden beneath a somehow blissful yet bittersweet characters/character development.
Compared to my previously reviewed All You Need Is Kill, this story both feel far more fleshed out and thought out.
But this can also be a negative since a lot of this series has been a wordy experience although beneath this there is definitely a breath of quality and it certainly deserved a solid 8/10.