Readers in Japan may find it serialized in Jump Square magazine's December 2015 issue 12 (Nov. 4th 2015), while English readers can download a digital version from Viz Media's Weekly Shonen Jump website.
However, sensible of spoilers, all thoughts in review of the chapter will be hidden behind a read more mask.
A Death Note Reader's Review of Platinum End
Platinum End isn't Death Note, but for obsessed readers, there are shades of it everywhere. Let's start from the beginning, where protagonist Mirai Kakehashi is revealed in full colour glory alongside the angelic Nasse.
Meanwhile a closer look at Mirai's angelic companion Nasse suggests that a million Near cosplays won't have to be altered too much to accommodate this new character.
Like Death Note, Platinum End starts with a High School student in a classroom. Only this schoolboy isn't bored and in need of a Shinigami notebook. He's suicidally depressed and on the verge of making good such fatal inclinations. Mirai just needs to graduate first, which he seems to do with little fanfare nor ceremony.
Then he leaps off a building, after first picking up some Melon Bread. The purpose of the latter not being explained at all in subsequent plot features. Anyone else with a clue what was going on there?
Enter the Angel Nasse, aka Mirai's guardian angel, with a mission to catch him before he hits the ground, then turn his life around so there's hope and happiness, not a high rise building and a hard road below.
We then get a plotted history of our character's background and the context for his jump, with yet more links between Matt and Mirai, insofar as both are orphans in their respective tales.
However, the more blatant correlation is between Platinum End and the Harry Potter series. Both Harry and Mirai are raised by an unloving aunt and her family, subjected to abusive home lives and unable to please no matter how many chores are done. Each treated as little more than live-in slaves, sleeping in a storage cupboard.
For those insisting upon seeing Death Note's Matt in the physicality of Mirai Kakehashi, then then it gets wrong fast in the imagery shown in his receipt of Nasse's Heavenly gifts. But only if Matt's persona is viewed through the lens of his It Matters fan-fiction series characterisation.
Am I describing Miral Kakehashi or Light Yagami? You decide!
Ultimately, Platinum End will become its own story, devoid of and divorced from Death Note references. But in the meantime, it's fun to compare the two in this first chapter.
So what are your thoughts on the matter? Will you be reading this new story from Death Note's Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata? Or will you be leaving this one well alone?