Monday, November 7, 2016

Manga Review: Platinum End, Volume 1, by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Volumes: 4+
Spoilers?: Light.
Volume: 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Troubled Mirai’s life changes when he gains the power of an angel, but he may need to become a devil to survive in the battle against others just like him!

As his classmates celebrate their middle school graduation, troubled Mirai is mired in darkness. But his battle is just beginning when he receives some salvation from above in the form of an angel. Now Mirai is pitted against 12 other chosen humans in a battle in which the winner becomes the next god of the world. Mirai has an angel in his corner, but he may need to become a devil to survive.

Mirai's once-great life turned to hell after his family was killed in a mysterious accident. But now that an angel is on his side, things might be looking up. With his newly received angelic powers, can Mirai get over his tragic past and find true happiness…?


Having enjoyed Death Note, I was intrigued to pick this up and see what their newest series would be like. Obata does do very pretty artwork, and it's used nicely here.
The story starts with our protagonist clearly dissatisfied with his life and deciding to commit suicide. He even jumps, and is then saved by an angel, who gives him special powers in order to make sure he's happy in life. We quickly find out there's more to it than that, and he's actually been chosen to enter a contest to become God, though Mirai doesn't think he wants anything to do with that.
The morality of good and evil here is very skewed, and I'm confused as to what that's going to reveal later. The angel, who looks like a cute girl angel, is very excited and nice to Mirai, though forgetful. Mirai is also a very good guy; given the powers he now has, he doesn't want to hurt anyone, no matter how badly they've treated him. But the angel doesn't have any problem with him committing crimes, and even urges him to do so under the pretense it will make him happier. It's unsettling, to say the least.
The volume ends on a cliffhanger, in which Mirai meets another angel and is attacked (possibly good? possibly not going to do anything to him?). I'm intrigued by this series so far, and though there are similar ideas or setups to Death Note, I am hoping to read more of it.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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