Freshly graduated from middle school, Mirai Kakehashi has only one wish: throwing himself off a roof to end his miserable life, having been treated as a slave for years by his foster family after his parents died in an accident. And jumping off a roof he does but his guardian angel, a young-looking girl called Nasse, doesn't want to let him die and saves him just before he hits the ground. Nasse has one goal: making Kakehashi happy, no matter what.
After which she gives him two powers: the wings of "freedom" (the ability to fly at light-speed) and the arrow of "love" (the ability to make anyone love him for 33 days). Little does he know at first, he is only one of 13 humans, each chosen by an angel in a competition to choose the new God. Kakehashi soon realizes that these angel powers can be scary, and that not everyone is as scrupulous as he is in their use.
Platinum End is the latest collaboration of Obata Takeshi and Ohba Tsugumi, the writer/artist duo behind Death Note and Bakuman。, which was published in Monthly Jump Square from November 2015 to January 2021. An anime adaptation is announced for the same year.
Tropes related to the characters should only be listed on the character page.
Tropes featured in Platinum End:
- Amusement Park: One of the confrontations between Metropoliman and Kakehashi takes place in an abandoned one.
- Angelic Beauty: Most angels are beautiful to look at. Though there are some exceptions to this rule.
- Apocalypse How: Planetary-wide Species Extinction. When the new God finally decides to kill himself, Humanity suffers the blowback. One by one, from youngest to oldest, everybody on Earth disappears.
- Armor Is Useless: Notably averted. At one point during their fight Metropoliman tried to stab Kakehashi only for his blade to be stopped by Kakehashi's suit.
- Artistic License Biology: Kakehashi kills the virus in Fuyokos bio weapon with the white arrow. Viruses are nonliving, and therefore, cannot be killed.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: Nasse, at least, really doesn't grok human moral standards or thought processes. It's unclear if this is just her, or a common thing among angels.
- Cool Helmet: Metropoliman's helmet and suit are rather impressive, and Nanato wears one too for their first confrontation.
- Cool Mask: Nearly everyone wears one to hide their faces during confrontations.
- Creator Provincialism: Every God Candidate is from Japan, which is given a Hand Wave by how it has a high suicide rate.
- Cruel Twist Ending: The penultimate chapter and even the beginning pages of the last are at least somewhat nice, with the new God and angels watching over humanity and the surviving cast continuing on with their lives. The last chapter, however, has the new God observing human suffering, questioning his own existence if both immeasurable sorrow and inequality coexists alongside joy and the previous God did very little during their tenure, and kills Heaven, Humanity, and himself when he's under the belief that only taking himself out will destroy the heavens but not affect Earth.
- Death Seeker:
- Every god candidates need to be this to be chosen by angels.
- Later it's revealed that humanity and god himself were created by an immortal being/beings who wished to find a way to kill themself with implications that this is not the first time they had done it.
- Gut Feeling: Hajime's angel Balta is known as the angel of Intuition and he's quite good at deducing other people's intentions.
- High-Class Glass: Baret, Nanato's angel has a monocle seemingly made of light and it fits her moniker of angel of knowledge.
- Mad Doctor: Fuyoko combines this trope with Hospital Hottie.
- Military School: While never directly stated, it seems like Kanades school is one of these. The students wear military-esque uniforms, and one scene features girls doing archery in one of the school courtyards.
- Mythology Gag: To Death Note, we have Sakura TV and a reporter with the name "Demakawa", which sounds similar to Demegawa.
- Nipple and Dimed: The women who have sex with Rodriguez have their nipples exposed.
- Only Six Faces: Most of the girls have the same face.
- Our Angels Are Different: Physically, they mostly fit the traditional appearance of an angel (young-looking and slender, with wings and a halo, bathed in light), but as said above, Nasse at least doesn't seem to see anything wrong with stealing or even killing people if it's out of retribution.
- Power Levels: The angel ranking system is a mild form of this.
- Psycho for Hire: Ryuji and Fuyoko are a pair of psychos who were granted wings in order to kill the other God candidates.
- Shout-Out: At one point Susumu compares Kanade to Tony Stark.
- Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: Not only are all of the God Candidates from Japan, at least four of them live in Tokyo.