Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Manga Review: Platinum End, Volume 4, by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: December 2017
Volumes: 8+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3. 5.

Goodreads Synopsis:

From the creators of Death Note! Mirai may have been saved by an angel, but his battle is just beginning…

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 and and the merciless Metropoliman face off for the first time. In order to achieve his goals, Mirai will have to kill his rival. But does he have it in him? Meanwhile, Saki battles her own demons…


The first part of the volume continues the fight with the god killer. He's brutal and has more up his sleeve than they even think. It gets dangerous and bad at one point, and Mirai gets a glimpse of who he is. Even that isn't much to go on, though.
It's reinforced to Mirai here, that he doesn't want to fight. He feels weak for it, but he's a pacifist; he doesn't want anyone to get hurt and he doesn't want to hurt anyone. It's a difficult stance to take in this kind of fight.
The latter half of the volume is focused on Saki. We find out what led her to being a candidate for this, and what thoughts are still going through her head. Mirai takes a good route at making her deal with her suicidal thoughts here; a bit dramatic, but it works.
I'm not a big fan of this series, but I don't mind it. It's interesting, though I still have a hard time believing in the god plot line they're working toward.

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

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