Hello there and thanks for reading! This is my monthly manga chapter review set of Platinum End.This is part of my ongoing series of manga reviews for monthly or weekly chapters of ongoing manga series that come out each month. So make sure to check back on my blog page for new reviews.
With that out of the way let me explain how this review will work. I list information on the manga and anything special related to it. Including where you can buy it, and if you can pay for chapters digital wise or if not where you can read it legally online. After that, I begin with an overview which is a general review with as few spoilers as possible. I give my thoughts and rate it telling you whether it’s worth investing your time in.
This is for people who have not read the chapters or series online, and are deciding whether they should. My evaluation system is based on art, story progression, story execution, character development, and emotional impact. Ranked 1-10 from terrible to excellent. I also explain why I gave the rating I did with the evaluation of the things I was looking for to rate the chapter.
Originally when I started doing manga reviews I had a second half of the review called deeper analysis. Where I would explore things more in depth with spoilers for those that read or wanted to know. Due to the post being too long I’ve split that type of review into its own thing.
With every review, I do whether it be a manga chapter or multiple or an entire manga volume. There will be a separate deeper analysis post to go with it for those that are interested. I will have those a few days out after the main review
One last thing to note is that in this post I will be reviewing the first five chapters. I always do this at a start of a series because I read at least five chapters to decide whether I’m going to continue reading or if I’m going to drop it.
So with that out of the way let’s begin!
Written by Tsughomi Oba
Illustrated by Takeshi Obata
Mirai Kakehashi is a young student fed up with a life of abuse from his uncle and aunt who raised him since his parents’ death but is saved by a Guardian Angel called Nasse after attempting to commit suicide. Upon knowing from Nasse that his foster parents were the ones responsible for the deaths of his father and mother. Mirai uses the powers she bestowed him in order to confront them and enact justice.
However, Mirai’s ordeals are just beginning as Nasse soon after informs him that God will retire in 999 days and thirteen candidates to replace him were selected including Mirai himself. To make matters worse, not only can he not refuse to take part in the contest to decide the next God, but among the other candidates, there are those capable of doing anything to win.
Places you can buy or read it.
- Available through Kindle tablet or app for android phones and tablets through the Kindle store for 99 cents a chapter.
- Available through Viz app for all devices or Viz store on Viz website which links to website and shonen jump for purchase for 99 cents a chapter.
You can not currently legally read it for free unless you go to a scanlation site. That’s your own decision to make. I will not advise in that regard.
Time for the review!
I was excited when I heard the mangaka duo Tsughomi Oba and Takeshi Obata of Death Note and Bakuman fame were creating a new series. They are some of my favorite manga creators and I loved both Death Note and Bakuman. Both series were different story wise but similar in one thing. The mangaka takes simple concepts that you think shouldn’t work and make them compelling.
With Deathnote centering a story around a notebook that kills people and making that a psychological and tense masterpiece that has you riveted even though there isn’t a whole lot of physical action. Then Bakuman that explores the life of making it as a mangaka. The fact that you really feel and become invested in characters that are trying to make their dreams come true and the fact it can be compelling. Is a testament to Tsughomi Oba as a writer.
So when I heard about the series Platinum End coming out a few months ago. I was curious about what this new story would be about, and my interest and curiosity grew even further when I heard there would be supernatural elements and angels and god.
I knew they were going to turn this concept on its head just like they did with Death Note and I can say they didn’t disappoint in some ways but the feeling was bittersweet. Let me explain myself further so you understand what I’m getting at.The story gets right into its premise right away. We are introduced to our main lead. Who is depressed and wants to kill himself. Which he attempts to do by jumping off a building and gets saved by his guardian angel who reveals herself to be that to our lead.
Nasse tells him she is there to make him happy and that he has been chosen. Though she gets further into that a little later. What results is him reluctantly accepting two abilities bestowed upon him. The power to make anyone fall in love with him for 33 days if he shoots them with a red arrow. Like cupid kind of weird right? The other ability is the power to fly. Both of these come from rings on his body. One around his neck and the other on his wrist. A final ability is revealed a chapter later that is significant and will change the whole story.
He can use these abilities anyway he wants for 999 days. Why? That gets explained in the following chapter. Basically, there are twelve candidates just like our lead who have been chosen to have these abilities. At the end of the 999 days, one of them will be chosen to become God.It’s kind of a crazy twist on Jesus who is God becoming human reversed to a human being chosen to become God. The current God will pick the new successor. Though it remains a mystery what criteria he is using to make his pick.
You would think picking is straightforward and simple. They need to be a good person and just, but in the early chapters, morality is thrown for a loop evidenced by some of the suggestions Mirai is guardian angel suggests to make.
Suggestions one could say go against morality and it’s even more shocking that it seems a normal thing to an angel chosen of God. It’s interesting to note Mirai is guardian angel is of a higher rank and is said to be higher because of her purity and innocence. It’s hard to tell whether her logic is that way because she is a higher being and they think differently, or this is some kind of twisted version of the afterlife. There are so many questions as a reader you want to know and
There are so many questions as a reader you want to know and hopefully, they will be answered in due time. Though it’s time I get to my first dislike I have for this series and about the whole situation.
Mirai as a character kind of fits the stereotype of the good-hearted young man. From the first chapter, we learn why he wants to kill himself. All I can say is it’s tragic indeed but I find it hard to believe that he didn’t have options. Did he try to escape the fate that was bestowed upon him by the abuse of his aunt and uncle? The story does not elaborate or give enough backstory. Which I understand to a certain degree because of the story pace. However, this affects how we relate to Mirai. The emotional impact is not as deep as it could be.
Though what his aunt and uncle did is evil and they are deserving of horrible punishment. Regardless I feel Mirai as a character is kind of not relatable. He has a good heart despite all he suffered and that’s where the problem lies. He seems too perfect even after what his aunt and uncle did he feels bad about the resulting situation.
Then when he is tempted to use his abilities he doesn’t seem to struggle not to use them. Especially when some of them are justifiable and not as harmful. He seems to have too much wisdom for his age even though terrible suffering can make you view the world in a different way. Another gripe is that he seems kind of weak and always getting pushed around.
He does get some character development by chapter four. Note I say development in that he grows. His characterization is good despite his flaws but I’m talking about him moving from his current state. I’m kind of disappointed in a way that Tsugumi Oba chose to go this route by picking this type of protagonist especially when you compare him to the ones in Death Note and Bakuman. It’s not all negativity the story is still enjoyable and interesting.
It’s only been five chapters so Mirai has room to grow and hopefully, he will get that development with the trials and tribulations he will face because of the god candidates but really because of one, in particular, that might be the series is main villain and antagonist. Without spoiling too much all I can say is that he raises the stakes and things will be life and death.
It will also have you thinking why the hell is there no rules to this whole god thing. He is a character I’m looking forward to and I believe with his introduction more people will be sold on really continuing the series. In the first few chapters so far we are introduced to quite a bit of characters besides Mirai and his angel. They are some of the god candidates.
Though we don’t get a lot of development or characterization for most of them.Even with that said the power and potential of the story will definitely lie in the dynamics between all of them because the story is at its most interesting when Mirai is interacting with his angel or with the other characters whether directly or indirectly and the other characters effects on him in the same manner.
It’s also important to note that the angels are definitely going to be a highlight of this series, They had my interest more than the human characters excluding the supposed villain. It seems all the people that have been chosen are suffering in some way and have lost hope though the antagonist seems like an anomaly. I can’t wait to find out what his deal is.
Though for those not familiar with the culture of Japan and a few other Asian countries two characters tribulations may not make sense. I will discuss this in the deeper analysis, and all I will say in this review is that there are two inherent real world problems the authors throw into this story early on.
One deals with Japan’s high suicide rates and this is definitely one I hope is explored further in the manga. The other is the burdens of the society and culture itself and how this affects people. The two relate to each other and even though thrown in quickly and crafty I hope it will have more of an impact later down the road.
The whole concept of the god thing can get really interesting especially if the creators explore deeper themes which they are known to do and having seen their past track record brings the promise of something great which this series could be. Things really come to light in chapter five as of the potential, which leads into my next critique of the story pace.
The pace is quick for an average of seventy pages a chapter and the story uses its time wisely to set up the world and possible scenarios. Though we have only six main leads so far. A few of the characters and the dynamic between them really draw you in. Even for the lesser characterized ones you have a curiosity. Overall the dynamics lift the story and keep the quick pace going.
Now let’s talk about the art… all I can say is I love it! It has the creators usual stylistics preferences that are noticeable in all their works. It’s crisp and clear and even though it looks like this series will have more action Takeshi Obata does a good job. In scenes of movement and speed you really feel it and its smooth especially in regard to the flying scenes. The shooting of the arrows is done well enough though I hope we get more diverse fights and action scenes because it’s pretty obvious the mangaka can do it. If you like the art style of Death Note or Bakuman you will like the art in this manga.
With that said how do all the elements add up and work together in story execution. I feel the two creators do a good job with the pace they’ve set for themselves. The characters interactions and actions are interesting and in those moments you feel the response the mangaka wants you to feel though I feel this comes more into play in the last three chapters.
The story goes so quick I feel that maybe if something’s regarding the main lead is past were held back, or we got interaction with his family we would feel more invested in the character himself but the other elements make up for this. The art, character dynamics, and mystery behind this whole god thing will hook you. Just give it a chance and read more than one chapter. I actually recommend going all the way to five. If you’re not hooked by that last chapter then this series is probably not for you. Take into consideration I’m not saying the other chapters are bad just that they build off each other.
This series is definitely worth checking out despite its flawed beginning and worth the dollar a chapter you pay for a single chapter. Or checking out online through scanlation sites though I don’t recommend that. If that’s how you read do you but don’t blame me saying I told you to risk your phone or computer on a scanlation site. I try to provide legal ways of viewing the material I review. My rating is as follows.
- Drawn crisp, clean, and clear with good detail throughout especially for specific scenes.
2.Action scenes can be followed and movement feels believable.
- Emotion and character expressions and movement are portrayed well.
Story progression: 9/Great
1.Introduced to the dynamics of the world quickly.
- Quick pace mixed with character dynamics keeps you invested.
- The story builds off established and unestablished rules quickly moving the plot. In this case the abilities and guardian angels of the god candidates.
1.The quick pace and progression sacrificed character development and characterization for most of the characters.
2.The quick pace took away from some surprises and emotional moments.
Character Development and Characterization: 7/Okay
- Characterization for the supposed main antagonist and the guardian angels.
- Interactions between the god candidates amongst themselves and with their guardian angels.
- That the lead isn’t as relatable and more of a stereotypical protagonist,
- The little to no characterization for the other god candidates.
Emotional Impact: 8/Good
- The use of the abilities and the consequences of using them which affects the reader in the different ways the god candidates use them
- That character dynamics create more emotional impact because of their actions against each other or for each other.
- How the quick story pace ruins some emotional scenes and surprises early on and their impact because there isn’t enough backstory or character development.
Story Execution: 8.5/ Good
- The art and story progression along with the use of the god candidate’s abilities and dynamics with one another work well and save the story. They keep you invested and make you curious to see what happens next.
Dislikes: The quick pace ruins the early moments of the manga and if not for art, story progression and the character dynamic most people would be turned off.
Overall Score: 8.5./ Great
That ends it for my review a deeper analysis of the chapter will be coming out soon. Until next time goodbye