Death Note and Bakuman creators Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata have debuted the first color art for their new collaboration Platinum End.
Described as “a story of a human and an angel," the manga centers on Mirai Kakehashi, a boy who can't find a hope in living. It will launch Nov. 4 in the December issue of Shueisha’s Jump SQ magazine, following a special preview Oct. 5 in Weekly Shonen Jump.
Ohba and Obata are best known for Death Note, the supernatural thriller that debuted in 2003 in Weekly Shonen Jump before going on to become a global phenomenon. With more than 30 million copies in print, the manga inspired a hit anime series, three live-action films (soon to be four), a live-action television series and an avalanche of merchandise.
They followed Death Note in 2008 with Bakuman, a slice-of-life story that follows two ninth-graders who aspire to become manga artists. Concluding in 2008, the manga sold more than 15 million copies and inspired three anime series and a live-action movie, which premieres this week in Japan. The conclusion of a two-chapter prequel to Bakuman appears today in Weekly Shonen Jump.