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The Search For Minerva Arc (ミネルヴァ探訪編, Mineruva Tanbō-hen?) is the fourth story arc in The Promised Neverland series.

Emma, Ray, and the rest of the children have left the forest and are now traveling to locate the whereabouts of William Minerva. The search for the mysterious Minerva firstly leads them Shelter B06-32 and eventually to Goldy Pond.

Summary

After learning the truth of the world they find themselves in, the orphans finally make their way out of the forest. With their improved survival skills, Emma, Ray, and the other children arrive at the location laid out in Minerva’s hidden message. But awaiting them there is not Minerva, but a mysterious adult man who has lived in the shelter for 13 years. Leaving their family behind in the shelter, Emma, Ray, and Mister depart on a trip in search of Goldy Pond to find out more clues about the missing Minerva. With the man working against them, Emma and Ray find themselves surrounded by deadly demons in an unfamiliar forest. They learn how to fight quickly to have any hope of surviving and making their way to Goldy Pond. After a four-day journey, Emma gets separated from Ray and Mister, having been captured by Poachers and ending up in Goldy Pond.

Emma eventually realizes that Goldy Pond is a hunting ground for the Poachers, who hunt children for fun. When the demons start their hunt for children, Emma saves three children by the names of Theo, Monica, and Jake. After they run away, however, Monica and Jake die at the hands of the Poacher Leuvis, leaving only the youngest brother Theo alive. Emma finds Theo alone, and realizing what happened, is overcome with regret and anger. After that, Emma joins with the Goldy Pond Resistance whose goal is to defeat the demons of Goldy Pond, which comprises of teenagers from Premium- and experimentations farms, and Lucas, the only adult. Lucas is revealed to both be the friend of Mister, as well as having a pen just like Emma. Together, they go into a secret passage created by William Minerva. It is opened remotely by the Minerva pen Emma has, where they find a recording of the real Minerva where he explains the way out, that this was once one of his bases, the Promise, and the Seven Walls. 

Norman is also revealed to be alive, and was "adopted" by Peter Ratri. He resides in an experimentation plantation called Lambda 7214. Norman is determined to break out from his cage and reunite with his friends.

Meanwhile, just as things are looking bright for Emma and her group's future, the Poachers suddenly ambushes them.

Chapters

Cover Number # Title Release Date
53 B06-32, Part III September 4, 2017
Chapter 53

The children meet a mysterious man, who seems to be the only one in the shelter.
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Cover Number # Title Release Date
54 B06-32, Part IV September 11, 2017
Chapter 54 Clean

The man threatens them in order to reviece Minerva's pen from the children. After being able to avoid conflict with the man, the children explore the shelter.
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Cover Number # Title Release Date
55 B06-32, Part V September 16, 2017
Chapter 55 Clean

The Grace Field escapees enjoy their time in Shelter B06-32. While doing that, they have also started searching for a way to save the other kids and to find William Minerva.
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Cover Number # Title Release Date
56 Negotiation, Part I September 25, 2017
Chapter 56 Clean

Emma and Ray searched through the archives and reported to the rest of the children on what they found. The two of them also planned to travel to A08-63 with the Unnamed Man.
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Cover Number # Title Release Date
57 Negotiation, Part II October 2, 2017
Chapter 57 Clean

Emma proposes their plan to the unnamed man. At first, the man was reluctant to agree, but with the threat of blowing up the whole shelter, he eventually agreed.
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Cover Number # Title Release Date
58 Decision October 7, 2017
Chapter 58 Clean

In four days, Emma, Ray, and Mister will depart to search for A08-63. Before the last day, Mister reveals a hidden room full of weapons.
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Cover Number # Title Release Date
59 Choose Well October 16, 2017
Chapter 59 Clean

Emma and Ray chose their weapons. Before leaving, Gilda threatened Mister to blow up the shelter if he doesn't come back with one of them (Emma or Ray) alive.
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Cover Number # Title Release Date
60 Goldy Pond October 23, 2017
Chapter 60 Clean

While traveling to Goldy Pond, the three are having mental battles and are thinking on what each other's plans are going to be. In the end, they reach a forest filled with demons.
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Cover Number # Title Release Date
61 Try Surviving October 30, 2017
Chapter 61 Clean

Emma and Ray encounter their first man-eating demon. Because Mister didn't kill the demon, it called in reinforcements.
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Cover Number # Title Release Date
62 Indestructible Monsters November 6, 2017
Chapter 62 Clean

Mister leaves Emma and Ray to fend off the demons by themselves. Ray figures out their weakness, their eyes, but it costed them precious ammo.
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Cover Number # Title Release Date
63 Help November 13, 2017
Chapter 63 Clean

Emma and Ray's determination and skills surprised Mister, but it reminded him so much of his youth that it made him sick. Observing the man for the past three days, Emma had decided to "save" Mister.
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Cover Number # Title Release Date
64 Could Have Been Me November 20, 2017
Chapter 64 Clean

Emma had a long talk with Mister about his mental stability. Emma mentioned Norman, who too, wanted to see the human world, but cannot. Mister then remembered his friends, who too, shared the same dreams as them, and realized why he survived. He was about to warn them about the dangers of Goldy Pond, but Emma was taken by vines to a village.
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Cover Number # Title Release Date
65 Secret Garden November 27, 2017
Chapter 65 Clean

Emma wakes up to an underpopulated village, she soon noticed another human being and chased after her. Meanwhile, mister explains to Ray that Goldy Pond is a top-secret hunting grounds for the demons. The music started playing, meaning the demons are coming.
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Cover Number # Title Release Date
66 The Forbidden Game, Part I December 4, 2017
Chapter 66 Clean

The demons cornered Theo, Monica, and Jake but was soon saved by Emma. By doing that, one of the demons caught interest on her.
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Cover Number # Title Release Date
67 The Forbidden Game, Part II December 11, 2017
Chapter 67 Clean

Emma gains more information from the first girl she met. Even though she can't do much, Emma decided to save many kids as she can from the hunters.
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Cover Number # Title Release Date
68 That's Just How It Is December 25, 2017
Chapter 68 Clean

Monica and Jake are killed by Leuvis, he left Theo alive in order to tell Emma the news. Emma was frustrated and angry that she couldn't save them.
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Cover Number # Title Release Date
69 Someone I Want You To Meet January 6, 2018
Chapter 69 Clean

Violet introduces Emma to her comrades who knew the truth just like her. They told her more about the hunting grounds. At the end, their leader, Lucas, Mister's friend, came in and wanted to talk to Emma about William Minerva.
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Cover Number # Title Release Date
70 Hide and Seek January 13, 2018
Chapter 70 Clean

Emma learned about Lucas' past and his intentions of getting rid of Goldy Pond. Meanwhile, Ray and Mister ventured into the abyss of Goldy Pond to rescue Emma.
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Cover Number # Title Release Date
71 True Intentions January 20, 2018
Chapter 71 Clean

Lucas and Emma opened the mysterious door residing in the underground of the village. They then found an elevator but it was broken, right after that, the telephone started ringing.
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Cover Number # Title Release Date
72 Call January 27, 2018
Chapter 72

William Minerva, also known as James Ratri, has left a recording to those who have found the elevator. He told them the purpose of Goldy Pond and what probably happened to it after his betrayal.
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Cover Number # Title Release Date
73 Rallying Up February 3, 2018
Chapter 73 Clean

Emma and Lucas discovers a pen cap that gave them more information. The plan to destroy Goldy Pond has started. Adam, a member of the group keeps on repeating the same numbers: 22194.
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Cover Number # Title Release Date
74 A Special Child February 10, 2018
Chapter 74 Clean

Norman is revealed to be alive and is being kept in an institute in order to be tested on. Even though the odds are against him, he still plans to escape.
Adapted Anime Episode(s)

Impact of Story

  • Mister is introduced; confirming that there are other escapees. On top of that, he is an adult who has lived alone for the past 13 years. However, this has taken a toll on his mental state.
  • William Minerva is revealed to have left behind a shelter called Shelter B06-32.
  • On their way to A08-63 (Goldy Pond), Emma and Ray realize that the demon's weak spots are their middle eye.
  • Emma and Ray learn how to use guns and rifles, which will help them in the future.
  • Emma gets separated from Ray and Mister and winds up in Goldy Pond.
    • She learns how it is a hunting ground for demons called Poachers, and that there are other children from the premium farms who were kidnapped by said demons.
  • The group called the Goldy Pond Resistance have lived in Goldy Pond for years and have dedicated themselves to defeat the demons and escape Goldy Pond.
  • The only adult in Goldy Pond, Lucas, is revealed to have a pen just like Emma.
    • Together, they learn the truth about William Minerva, whose name is James Ratri. He reveals how he betrayed his family to help the cattle children, including building Shelter B06-32 and Goldy Pond (though it was turned into a demon hunting ground). He is presumed to be deceased. In his final message, he reveals how the way to the human world is in Grace Field House and the other premium farms.
  • Adam, a mysterious boy, is revealed to be from a different place than the others, Lambda 7214; an experimentation plantation.
    • In connection to this, it is also revealed that Norman is alive and was sent to Lambda as well. He swears to escape and reunite with his friends.

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