Recently, the first episode of the anime adaptation of The Promised Neverland was released. It’s an adaptation of an award-winning manga that I have heard much about (although I have never read it). So, I will write this review as someone going in blind. The manga started off as a Shonen Jump manga back in August 2016.
The story focus on the girl Emma, and her two friends who all lives at the same orphanage. At first, their life feels pretty normal, with grown-ups taking good care of them, while they wait to be adopted. However, when Emma finds out the dark secret about her family’s estate, she and her friends have to race against time if they want to survive.
Holy smokes, this episode knows how to grab viewers attention. Imagine if Attack on Titan started with this lighthearted show about Eren and his friends; only to end with the colossal titan destroying everything in its path. This pilot subverts your expectations brilliantly. It leaves you wanting more. Much like a Marvel fan after the last scene in Avengers Infinity War.
The pilot is beautifully animated, and has a great Japanese voice cast to go with it. For those of you wondering about a potential English dub, that doesn’t exist as of now. Hopefully, it might happen this year.
While I won’t count it in just yet, because of the rule of three, I’m certainly looking forward to the next episode.
The Promised Neverland is available on Funimation, Crunchyroll, Hidive and Amazon Prime.
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