Emma, Norman and Ray are the brightest kids at the Grace Field House orphanage. And under the care of the woman they refer to as “Mom,” all the kids have enjoyed a comfortable life. Good food, clean clothes and the perfect environment to learn—what more could an orphan ask for? One day, though, Emma and Norman uncover the dark truth of the outside world they are forbidden from seeing.
Cover and Volume Illustration
The cover has the logo of the series in a bright yellow colour at the top. Orphans from the series are standing on a staircase; from left to right: Conny, Phil, Norman, Emma, Ray, Gilda, Mark and Don.
Emma appears to be looking at the reader and holding out her hand to them, inviting them into The Promised Neverland.
The illustration is that of a hug between Isabella and the main characters, Emma, Norman and Ray, seemingly before they learn the truth about her and the orphanage.
- 001. Grace Field House (GFハウス, Gureisu Fīrudo Hausu?)
- 002. The Way Out (出口, Deguchi?)
- 003. The Iron Woman (鉄の女, Tetsu no On'na?)
- 004. The Best Option (“最善”, “Saizen”?)
- 005. She Got Us! (やられた！, Yarareta!?)
- 006. Carol and Krone (キャロルとクローネ, Kyaroru to Kurōne?)
- 007. We're Counting on You (頼んだぞ, Tanonda zo?)
Since Volume 1 was first published in 2 December 2016, there is an estimated total of 24980 copies sold in its opening week (specifically, 3 days), earning the 32nd position in Manga sales in Japan. During the 2nd week, the sales dropped to the 35th place, with an estimated total of 25405 copies sold. As of 2016, there is an estimated total of 49785 copies sold.
The debut volume of the series has received generally positive reviews from critics. Anime News Network's Rebecca Silverman enjoyed it and said, "Tense pacing, interesting literary connections, art and story work well together, strong plot and foreshadowing.", she gives the art an A-, the story an A, and an overall grade of A-. Dustin Cabeal from Comic Bastards gave a score of 5/5, to Volume 1 as well as Volume 2 and 3, describing there are "too many things to compliment about [the series]". Hey Poor Player's Anthony Pelone gave the volume a 5/5, praising Demizu's art "stunning" and the story to be "Harrowing, but not entirely hopeless".
Awards and Nominations
Volume 1 of The Promised Neverland was one of the 13 nominees of the 10th Manga Taishō Awards, an award which helps to promote newly released titles in Japan. In the end, the volume only gained a total of 43 out of 534 points from the "Executive Committee" of the award, and hence achieved the 6th place.
Later in 2018, the series as a whole won under the category of "Best Shōnen Manga" in the 63rd Shogakukan Manga Awards, one of Japan's major manga awards. The series was honored with a bronze statuette and a prize of 1 million yen (about US$9,000).
The 2018 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook announced its lists of the top manga series for male readers. The Promised Neverland is ranked 1st on the lists, beating other popular titles like Dr. Stone, Demon Slayer and Made in Abyss.