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Yakusoku no Neverland
Promised Neverland focuses on Emma and Norman seemingly being orphans at an orphanage, until they realize a rather horrific truth about it and now try to assess how they can escape it without alerting their caretaker, who is in cahoots with the reality they come to confront. The series plays out as a cat-and-mouse game where the kids try to outwit their caretaker, Isabella, to plot how to escape from the orphanage and try to bring the other orphans in on their plans. Each of the characters have their own distinct personality and motivations that help to aid or deter Emma and Norman in their efforts, while also gradually revealing more about the system in place that makes the secrets behind the orphanage get unraveled. The developments that play out throughout the series are engaging to see for the most part, though it does occasionally get a bit melodramatic when the series gets into some of the highs of its developments. In addition, the series is deliberately left unresolved as the conspiracy between humans and demons within Promised Neverland is still ongoing. Still if you are looking for a solid dark fantasy/ thriller anime to get into, Promised Neverland still offers up a solid amount of intrigue in the secrets surrounding the orphanage that Emma and Norman are part of.
Last updated Monday, September 16 2019. Created Monday, September 16 2019.
Yakusoku no Neverland
(Two episodes watched):|
If you've ever seen the old Twilight Zone episode 'To Serve Man', you have an idea of the shocking and grisly fate that Emma and Norman discover is in fact awaiting them and the other children at the orphanage. For one reason or another, something about episode one of this show rubbed me the wrong way. My best guess is that I was annoyed by the discordant juxtaposition of the goofy, simplistic character designs with the very serious premise. Somehow, it's hard for me to take an anime seriously when the character designs tell me not to. I knew there was some sort of shock coming but was growing bored and impatient as we were taken on a tour of the almost idyllic life that these orphans enjoyed at their facility; perhaps that was necessary. If everyone adores 'Momma', surely she is screwing them somehow. About the only hint we get of what to expect is that calendars show this story to be taking place in the year 2045. The revelation of the problem at the heart of the show was genuinely startling, and despite my reservations I decided to watch some more to get a better idea of where this was going. In episode two nothing really shocking happens, and I remained undecided about the series as a whole. It seems that there is no fate for a human that is more offensive and appalling on a visceral level than winding up as nothing more than a meal, whether it be in Attack on Titan or here. Perhaps the reason I am ambivalent about this show is that it seems that it may be relying more on shock and emotion to attract viewers than genuine quality. Maybe I'd much rather learn more about the aliens (and see them get hurt) than watch some children try to escape from an orphanage run by human women. Maybe it's all just depressing, as it reminds us that humans will often betray one another for their own benefit. How confident are the adult women who run this place that the aliens won't come for them some day? As of yet there has been no mention of that topic. Whatever the case may be, I found that watching additional episodes of this show seemed more like a chore than a source of entertainment to me, and I decided to quit.
Last updated Friday, February 15 2019. Created Friday, January 18 2019.
|Official Japanese Series Web Site||http://neverland-anime.com/|