The Forbidden Game (禁じられた遊び, Kinji Rareta Asobi?) is the eighth volume of The Promised Neverland series.

Cover and Volume Illustration

Volume Summary

With their guide working against them, Emma and Ray find themselves surrounded by deadly demons in an unfamiliar forest. They’ll have to learn how to fight quickly to have any hope of surviving and making their way to Goldy Pond. But what awaits them there…?


Author Notes

Posuka Demizu

Kaiu Shirai

Extra Pages


Commercial Performance

Critical Response

Volume 8 garnered positive responses from critics. Nick Creamer from Anime News Network gave the volume an A grade for its story, A+ grade for its art and an overall grade of A. Creamer describes the Search For Minerva Arc/Goldy Pond Arc chapters to have embraced both the series' classic conflicts and Shounen staples to excellent effect. A negative response of Creamer is how the return to a prison break narrative would have strike some readers to be repetitive.[1]

Eric Cline on the website Adventure in Poor Taste gave the volume an entirely postive review and a total score of 10 out of 10, and went into depth in praising the writers' way of introducing the antagonists in this volume, especially Leuvis. The critic also praised Posuka Demizu's art, saying how it impresses him with countless small details.[2]

Awards and Nominations


  1. Nick Creamer's Volume 8 review on Anime News Network
  2. [ Eric Cline's Volume 8 review] on Adventure in Poor Taste

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