Platimum End: Volume 1 Review


c12bplatinum2bend2bt01Platinum End volume 1 was written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. This volume was published on 20th of October, 2016. This volume features the first three chapters (01-03). This volume introduces Mirai Kakehashi, a burned middle schooler on the day of his graduation. As all his fellow students rejoice around him, Mirai feels his life is over and decides to take matters into his own hands. Stepping up to the edge of the building, Mirai says the words that would change his life “I wish I could have been happy” As the pavement rushes towards his face, he is stopped by some miraculous force, An angel, more specifically an angel that promises him the happiness he wants to so dearly have. The Angels announce herself as Nasse, Mirai’s guardian angels, and bestows upon him the wings and arrows of an angel. However with these angelic gifts come an enrollment into a mandatory game, a game to decide who the new God will be.

My Review: I just sort of stumble upon this manga while perusing my local bookstore, I gave a quick flick through and thought “why not”? So I bought the book and you know what, it is pretty good. I would describe it as a sort of “Death Note X Future Diary” which kind of makes sense, since Tsugumi Ohba wrote death note. From what I can tell, the plot is really just kicking in during this volume but it definitely seems to be quite promising. The two main characters also seem to be quite interesting, especially how the angels aren’t goody-two-shoes but rather, more of an omnipotent being with no sense of morality. I definitely have high hope for Platinum End and can’t wait to read more. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes Death Note and Future Diary.

I rate this manga 7.5/10.

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The Armoury: Death Note

The Death Note is the titular book from the Death Note series. This book is originally designed to be used by the Shinigamis as a way to preserve their life. The way the book works is that when someone’s name is written in it, they will soon die. One such death note winds up in the hands of Light Yagami after Ryuk (a Shinigami) dropped the book out of boredom. This spells the start of Lights tyranny of death upon all he deems unworthy.

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Top 10: Great Psychological Animes

Welcome to our monthly Top 10 anime list.
This month I am going to be discussing some great psychological animes that I really enjoy.  This list isn’t in any particular order I’ve just numbered it for simplicity.

10. Monster

Dr. Kenzou Tenma, the brilliant brain surgeon with a budding future and renown skills. All of that changes when he is forced to make a choice, either save the life of the town’s mayor or save a young boy, either way, he forfeits the life of the other. However, a series of murders begin occoring and all signs point towards the boy as the killer.

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(Monster)

9. When They Cry

The story of a young boy who, when moving to a new town begins attending a school and making friends. However, during the village’s yearly festival for the local god, a mysterious series of murders gets these local villages kids caught up in the disastrous cycle of death. A show wedged deep in the roots of insanity.

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(When They Cry)

8. The Future Diary

Yukiteru Amano, a solitary high school student who spends all his time writing everything around him down in his diary in extensive detail. That is until his supposedly imaginary friends offer him the chance to participate in a mysterious game to decide the new king of time and space. Yukiteru will be forced to team up with his Yandere stalker if he is to survive the game.

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(The Future Diary)

7. Elfen Lied

The story of a girl named Lucy, a rare breed of humans called Diclonius. Characterised by horns and invisible telekinetic hands the Diclonius are imprisoned and experimented on by cruel scientist. Lucy manages to escape the scientific facility, in the process getting shot in the head and gaining amnesia. After washing up on the shore of a small town, Lucy is taken in by two strangers. Little do they know that the Scientist will do whatever it takes to retrieve Lucy.

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(Elfen Lied)

6. Parasyte -the maxim-

When a species of parasitic aliens arrive on earth, the set about world domination by burrowing into the brains of their human victims, claiming them as hosts. It is not long until the aliens have full control of the human race. Unfortunately for them, one parasite failed to infect the brain of Shinichi Izumi, instead inhabiting his hand. He will be the only one able to stand against the invasion.

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(Parasyte -the maxim-)

5. Death Parade

Set in a neon-fueled bar caught between life and death, Death Parade shows what lurks behind the mask of the average human. After death, two people must play a “friendly” bar game to see who will be re-born and who will be lost to purgatory, forever.

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(Death Parade)

4. Death Note

After the Shinigami – Ryuk – drops a mysterious notebook into the human world, Shining prodigy Light Yagami discovers that it has the power to kill whoever name is written in it. Light then sets out to rid the world of everyone he deems “unworthy” however, it won’t be long until he begins to get a little to power crazy. And thus begins the path of his undoing.

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(Death Note)

3. Danganronpa

Hope’s Peak Academy, a school for only the very best individuals who show shining promise in a particular characteristic. Unfortunately for these fifteen students, the only way to graduate is to murder the other students and successfully get away with it.

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(Danganronpa)

2. Ergo Proxy

Humanity has fallen and one of the last remnants of civilisation resides in the hopeless city of Romdo. The humans have developed AutoReivs, robotic assistants that aid them in their daily lives. However, it seems that somehow the “Cogito Virus” is giving these AutoReivs self-awarenes.

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(Ergo Proxy)

1. Hell Girl

There is a rumour, that if you visit a website called Hell Correspondence at the stroke of midnight, you can enter the name of your tormentor and have their soul ferried to hell by Ai Enma. In exchange, you must sell your own soul and become assigned to an eternity of torment in hell.Image result

(Hell Girl)

Thank you for reading my list, I hope you enjoyed it. If you have an idea of something you feel should have been on the list then leave a comment and let me know.

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Top 10: Anime Clichés

Welcome to our monthly Top 10 anime list.
This month I am going to be discussing anime Clichés, you know what I’m talking about, the main character sitting at the back of the classroom next to the wind, playing with their bright green and blue hair that sticks up in a vertical line.  This list isn’t in any particular order I’ve just numbered it for simplicity.

10. Back of the classroom

Here an original thought, I’m not sure how many animes I’ve seen where the main character chair is position at the back (or near enough) and/ or next to the window of the classroom. In most cases we see them staring off into space pondering one thing or another. Just of the top of my head, I can think of several animes where this Cliché is present and yet only one where it is not. I’m not saying that this is always the case and I’m sure if I took a moment more to think about it I could come up with a few more that don’t follow this Cliché, but for the most part, this seems to be quite a common seat placement.

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(Deathnote)

9. The nose bleed

What comes to your head when you think of someone getting a blood nose in a anime, I bet it isn’t getting hit in the face. No, I bet we’re all thinking of the infamous nose bleed that many characters suffer when they find themselves excited over one bosom or another. Despite this occurrence being completely unfounded in any source of reality, it is still an incredibly common way of expressing when a character is feeling sexually aroused. Still, it always makes for a good laugh to see one of our characters get shot across the room by a jet stream of blood.

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(Rosario + Vampire)

8. Bad hair day

Anime seems to have a serious issue with its hair, its either so boring and similar that it’s almost impossible to distinguish characters, or is so ridiculous you can’t take the character seriously. I mean talk about overdoing it, although I suppose it’s better than getting the characters mixed up so I’ll accept it.

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(Yu-Gi-Oh!)

7. “YAAAAAAAAAA”

Ever wanted to know how to hit harder, run faster and beat the bad guys better. Simple, try yelling, yes yelling. Every anime character knows that by yelling loud enough you will be able to anyone who opposes you, either that of the power of love. But seriously I don’t know why this became a thing, but it’s cool and silly at the same time.

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(Dragon Ball Z)

6. Them be fighting clothes

What’s cooler than an all our brawl filled with furious fighting and super awesome powers, taking 20 minutes before a fight to change into another pair of pants. That’s right I’m talking about the changing scene that happens before every fight. There always way too long and if it’s a feature of a show then it’s in every episode. I just find it to be way to over the top, especially in today’s animes.

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(Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt)

5. Cop a feel

We’ve all been there, you’re just walking around minding your own business when all of a sudden you trip over the floor and fall on top of you sweetheart, in the process somehow managing to get a big old handful. Like seriously the amount of time this happens in anime is beyond any mere coincidence. While I can understand the comedy of the situation but when it happens over and over again it makes me that it’s about time to come up with something new to spark the romance.

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(Absolute Duo)

4. For my next attack

In a similar vein to changing outfit for a fight, why anime characters feel the need to yell out the name of their attack right before they do it. What are the rules for yelling anyway, sometimes they yell the name and other times they don’t? If you don’t need to say the name then why bother in the first place since all that’s doing is telling the enemy what you’re going to do.

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(Fairytail)

3. Are you a boy? Or are you a girl?

What is it with a male character who looks like chicks. Primarily but not limited to the Ecchi genre it is not an uncommon sight to see a questionably male character forced to dress up as a female; usually resulting in some poor unsuspecting poor smuck falling smitten with the character.

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(Sword Art Online II)

2. My master plan is as follows

This can be applied past the realm of anime, what’s with bad guys always revealing their evil plan to the hero. I mean no wonder bad guys always loose if the tell the hero how to stop them. I understand that its an easy mechanism to add in exponential information but it quite often just seems like lazy writing.

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(Naruto Shippuden)

1. Technically Invincible

You know what I’m talking about when the main character is totally beaten down and the villain is standing perfectly fine, the hero just believes in themselves or one of their friends says they can do it and they just get up all fine and dandy and subsequently overpower the opponent.

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(One Piece)

Thank you for reading my list, I hope you enjoyed it. If you have an idea of something you feel should have been on the list then leave a comment and let me know.

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