Platinum End vol 1 written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata
Published by: Viz Media on October 4, 2016
Review Source: Publisher, Edelweiss
Genres: Manga, Shonen
Plot: Mirai is saved from suicide by an angelic sponsor who puts him in the running to be “god”.
Review: Platinum End is a lot like Ohba’s previous works, so if you like manga that focuses on concepts of morals / ethics with a splash of violence, this might work for you. Everything revolves around Mirai, who comes from a twisted / abusive home. While his backstory is pretty depressing, he has manages to retain a strong sense of right and wrong which directs the plot (much like Death Note). Mirai is given superpower jewelry that he uses to try to get this life back on track. Ultimately, he ends up fighting other candidates in order to survive more than anything else. The artwork is classic Obata, but lacks the detail of Hikaru No Go, so some might be disappointed.
Honestly, I didn’t see anything new so far, and for some reason the whole angels / god thing didn’t do it for me, so plot-wise I’m out. Also, the worldbuilding felt sluggish and rigid. I do think fans of the mangaka’s previous works will still like it though.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Who Should Snag It: Fans of Ohba’s previous works will find plenty to enjoy.
*I would like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.*