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On Reading “Platinum End”

Reading manga is an interesting experience if you’re a big book nerd like me. It can be difficult at times, but the end result I often come away with is the realization that it was a fulfilling experience.

I’m currently reading Platinum End by Tsugumi Ohba and, my God, this man knows how to grab me with a story and refuse to let me go!

The only problem? The entire manga hasn’t been released in volumes in English yet!

I’d like to review the entire series by next week, though. The rest of the manga’s chapters have been released online (as it’s finished in Japan) and I’m going to read those for the time being.

But anyway, yeah. My second Tsugumi Ohba story. As usual, the man’s writing (combined with Takeshi Obata’s stellar artwork) pulled me in and now I have to see how this ends!

It’s funny because I was so hesitant to read the story at first, because it’s clear that he got the main idea driving the series from his previous hit Death Note. That being, a group of individuals are in a competition to become the next God of the world.

The main character Mirai Kakehashi is no Light Yagami, though. And I’m okay with that. He’s a good person who just wants to do what’s right and obviously struggles with the idea of harming others. After Light Yagami, that concept’s particularly refreshing (he’s not a serial killer! Yay!).

Joking aside, seeing Ohba handle things like physical battle sequences is also really interesting, since I’m 99% sure this is the first time he’s done it. Death Note focused on psychological warfare and Bakuman dealt with manga creators trying to get their work off the ground. Very different.

Obata draws the panels in such a way that the battles were kind of hard to follow at first, but I was never bored when reading them and the big reveal at the end of one of them absolutely blew me away!

Anyway, seeing Mirai deal with the things he’s facing is awesome. I love that he’s a genuinely good person, while at the same time Ohba doesn’t shy away from the darker concepts.

Do I think Mirai will win this God competition? I genuinely don’t know at this point. He doesn’t really seem to want it. The only thing he really wants is to go on living (something that will be taken away from him if he loses this contest).

I think it would be awesome if the girl Saki got to live on with him if he won, so she could be by his side and they rule as a couple. Like I said, I don’t know. I’m just spitting out random ideas at this point.

And I want Uryu (the main antagonist) in either prison or dead. He’s killed many innocent people in his mad pursuit to become God and he doesn’t deserve to get away with that.

It’d be awesome if, at the end, Mirai faced off against him. I can’t see him killing this guy, though, at least not at this point. Mirai’s still too soft for that.

And I want Mr. Mukaido to survive, too, even if he loses the God contest. He especially doesn’t deserve to die. I think I feel the most sympathy for him. I mean, it’s hard not to, as he is terminally ill, but still.

And to think – I was nervous about getting into this series at the start! So far, it’s great. I really am enjoying it!

Anyway, I think that’s enough spoilery rambling. I hope to have a review of it out by next week, assuming the scans I found cover the rest of the manga I don’t have. I’m pretty sure they do, though, so expect the review by next week.

If not, I’ll find something else to write about.

Stay tuned!

By Amber Rizzi

I am a literature geek working toward my Bachelor's in English with a concentration in writing. I love to read, and I'm always itching to write, especially creatively. I started "The Writer's Library" about three years ago, previously working with a Blogger platform before moving over to Wordpress. While I mainly post reviews of books, occasionally I will go ahead and review works in other media forms as well, such as music and certain television shows. No matter what I'm doing on here, I love to share with anyone who is willing to listen, and I'm excited to finally be on Wordpress!