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The Promised Neverland Wiki

The Promised Neverland (約束のネバーランド, Yakusoku no Neverland?) is a CloverWorks anime adaptation of the manga of the same name. The first episode titled "121045" aired in Japan on January 11, 2019 on the Noitamina programming block. The anime is directed by Mamoru Kanbe, whose other works include 2003's Elfen Lied.

Season 1 of the anime contains a total of 12 episodes, which adapted Chapter 1 to Chapter 37 of the manga as well as several Omake chapters that are included as extra pages in certain volumes. The season also adapted the entirety of the Introduction Arc and the Jailbreak Arc. Season 2 contains a total of 11 episodes.

Season 2 was announced in the 18th issue of the 2019 Weekly Shonen Jump. It was originally set to broadcast in October 2020,[1][2] but it was delayed to January 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[3] It began airing on January 8, 2021.[4]

Plot

Set in the year 2045, Emma is an 11-year-old orphan living in Grace Field House, a small orphanage housing her and her 37 siblings. Life had never been better; with food that tasted gourmet, plush beds, snow-white uniforms, the love of their "Mom" and caretaker Isabella, and the litany of daily exams that Emma always aced with her two best friends Ray and Norman. The orphans are basically allowed to do whatever they want, except to venture out of the compounds or the gate that connects the house to the outside world.

On a fateful night, another orphan named Conny is sent away to be adopted, but Emma and Norman follow her after noticing that she had left her stuffed rabbit toy Bernie back at the house. Sneaking out, they find Conny dead and the truth of the existence of this supposed orphanage to be a farm where human children are raised as food for demonic creatures. Worse still, Isabella is in allegiance with the demons, ripping away at everything the two ever thought they knew. Determined to break out of Grace Field House, Norman and Emma partner up with Ray to peel away at the façade of the farm and find a way to escape with all their other siblings.

Media

Episodes

Main article: List of Episodes

The first season of the anime has 12 episodes in total,[5] and adapted Chapter 1 to Chapter 37 of the Introduction and Jailbreak Arc. Several special Omake chapters that are included as extra pages in certain manga volumes are also adapted in Season 1's episodes. Originally, Season 2 was believed to be adapting the Promised Forest Arc, the Search For Minerva Arc, and the Goldy Pond Battle Arcs,[6] however the season instead changed to an anime-original story after the adaptation of the Promised Forest Arc.

Music

Opening Theme

Ending Themes

Voice cast

Japanese

Main Characters
Villains
Supporting Characters
Minor Characters

Characters key visual

Minor Villains
  • Episode 1's characters
    • Demon A – Kiyohiro Yamaguchi
    • Demon B – Ryou Sugisaki
    • Demon C – Shinnosuke Ogami
  • Episode 12's characters
    • Announcer – Shuhei Matsuda
    • Demon – Yu Wakabayashi
    • Musen A – Yûsuke Okano
    • Musen B – Masaru Kitamura
    • Musen C – Takanori Kino

English

Main Characters
Villains
Supporting Characters

Gallery


Reception

In February 2020, the anime series was awarded "Best Fantasy" at Crunchyroll Anime Awards, and the Grace Field House caretaker Isabella won the "Best Antagonist" category [7] Polygon named the series as one of the best anime of the 2010s [8] and Crunchyroll listed it in their "Top 100 best anime of the 2010s [9] IGN also The Promised Neverland among the best anime series of the 2010s [10] Lauren Orsini of Forbes included The Promised Neverland on her list of the best anime of the decade [11] The Verge also listed the anime series in its list of the best anime of 2019 [12] James Beckett of Anime News Network ranked the series 5th on his list of best anime series of 2019 [13] Toussaint Egan of Thrillist ranked the series 3rd on his list of best anime of 2019 [14]


Brittany Vincent, writing a review of the first season for Syfy, praised the twist at the end of episode 1, claiming that "Watching a seemingly idyllic community of happy-go-lucky kids seeing their realities destroyed in such a brutal way makes this a show that you just have to continue watching". Vincent particularly praised the animation and character designs saying "These aren't your generic anime kids, with pink hair and zany costumes. The lead protagonist, Emma, hardly looks like your typical anime character at all, thanks to her shock of reddish blonde hair and her wide eyes". Furthermore, Vincent referred to the series as "A great cross between shows like Deadman Wonderland and Seraph of the End, with dreadfully creepy characters and a narrative that keeps you guessing the whole way through [15]


Allen Moody of THEM Anime Reviews gave the first season 4 out of 5 stars. Moody praised the series for its story and the characters' ability to "devise amazingly sophisticated strategies (and counter-strategies) that surprise the viewer as much as their foes", adding that the series "maintains a high level of psychological tension throughout, even though we're hit with unexpected explicit horror only a couple of times". Moody concluded: "I was fairly satisfied with the story we have here. There are heartbreaking developments and moments of pure horror, but the unquenchable human spirit is in here too" [16]

The second season of The Promised Neverland, in particular its final episode, received overwhelmingly negative reception for what many felt was a rushed and forced ending [17] Reviewing the series' second season, Rafael Motamayor of Polygon said that while an original story could course-correct issues from the latter half of the original manga's plot, the season, specifically from episode 5 onwards, broke the pacing and tension of its previous episodes. In comparing it to the 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist anime series, which changed from being a faithful adaptation to have an original story that "still captures the intention of the source material in a satisfying way", Motamayor wrote that The Promised Neverland anime was not planning on telling its own story, but rather skipping the chapters of the manga "to be done with the story as soon as humanly possible", still telling enough story that somewhat resembles the manga's plotline, "but taking way whatever made it impactful in the first place", adding that it was similar to the final season of Game of Thrones [18]

Jairus Taylor of Anime News Network wrote that the anime adaptation of the The Promised Neverland was a "total disaster". He explained that the anime changed the main focus of the original manga, which was meant to be a horror fantasy, as a "more linear version of Hunter x Hunter", instead of being a mystery thriller, as "the second coming of Death Note". Taylor commented that the anime "did a pretty good job delivering on suspense", but that it was at the expense of other elements that were vital to the original work's "larger ambitions", including entire cut out or trim down of worldbuilding elements, the lack of internal monologues and characterization that diminished the motivations of certain characters and the simplification of the series' actual themes and its messaging. Regarding the second season, Taylor considered various possible reasons for the staff's decision to make the changes, but he wrote: "Regardless of what went down though, it doesn't really change the reality that the second season faceplanted pretty hard". Taylor concluded: "If the anime had chosen not to skip anything it could have still faced problems since it was arguably poorly equipped to handle anything past Grace Field. Either way, the end result here is really disappointing, because while it certainly wasn't faultless, The Promised Neverland manga was easily one of the most interesting and thoughtful entries to the Shonen Jump lineup. It's a shame that its anime counterpart failed to live up to its potential" [19]

External Links

References

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  2. The Promised Neverland Anime Gets 2nd Season in 2020 Anime News Network. Retrieved on March 28, 2019.
  3. The Promised Neverland Anime's 2nd Season Delayed to January 2021 Due to COVID-19 Anime News Network. Retrieved on April 23, 2020.
  4. The Promised Neverland Anime's 2nd Season Premieres on January 7 Anime News Network. Retrieved on December 6, 2020.
  5. 12 Episode news on Twitter @MollyjrOffice
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  16. The Promised Neverland Season One Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  17. The Promised Neverland Botched Anime Ending Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  18. The Promised Neverland season 2 is pulling a reverse Fullmetal Alchemist Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  19. The Unfulfilled Potential of The Promised Neverland Anime Retrieved April 2, 2021.