Yakusoku no Neverland

Title:Yakusoku no Neverland
The Promised Neverland
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Notables: Animation - CloverWorks
Emma, Norman, and Ray are the three most brilliant children the Grace Field House has produced in decades. Unlike in a typical orphanage, they, and their fellow children, eat well and are given an intensive education. However, despite living in a peaceful environment with fun games and a caring mother, there's something not quite right. When six year old Connie is "adopted" by foster parents, she forgets her favorite stuffed rabbit, and Emma and Norman sneak out to return it to her. When they arrive at the scene, the two realize exactly why they had always been isolated from the outside world.
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TV anime that premiered on January 10, 2019.
Animated by Cloverworks.
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(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.

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Official Japanese Series Web Site http://neverland-anime.com/

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