The Promised Neverland is available on Netflix, Hulu, Funimation, Adult Swim, HBO Max, HIDIVE, Spectrum, VRV.
We have, perhaps, the quietest and most resonant anime of 2019. It is worth noting that his ongoing Manga, before moving on to the anime, received the 63rd Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shonen category in 2018.
The anime, also known as The Promised Neverland in English, takes place in the year 2045, as far as I understand from the year in the calendars shown. Three eleven-year-old friends, Emma, Norman, and Ray, live a happy life together with thirty-seven other orphans in the Grace Field House orphanage with their caregiver they call Anne. The house is almost a small paradise with its large land and being surrounded by forests. The children may not have parents, but everyone is very happy here, and the Mother looks after and nurtures all children as if they were her own children. By the age of twelve at the latest, everyone must leave the house. Of course, not everyone waits until they are twelve. Some are adopted earlier and leave home. But there is a situation like this; You can never be heard from someone who has left the house. That is, they do not send a letter even though they have promised.
As usual, while the orphanage people are living happily, news comes that a six-year-old girl named Conny has been adopted. Another night, Conny says goodbye to everyone, and, holding his Mother’s hand, they move towards the big door, which is normally forbidden for children to approach. But Conny has forgotten his favorite toy bunny, and Emma and Norman snatch the toy and chase after Conny and Anne. The forbidden door is open this time, and there is a pickup truck inside. When Emma looks behind the truck, she sees the last thing she expected: Conny’s body. Then there are the clicks, and Emma and Norman hide under the truck. As the clicks approach, the two friends see who or what is making the sounds: Huge monsters that look like demons. From the conversations between the monsters, it becomes clear that the orphanage is actually a farmhouse, and the children are the product. Emma and Norman return to the orphanage without being caught, but Anne suspects someone is coming, as they left the bunny teddy behind. Emma and Norman tell Ray what they saw, and their happy lives end there. Now they have only one goal: to escape from the orphanage by taking the other children.
Yakusoku no Neverland is an anime that stands out with its elements of curiosity. The question of what is in the outside world and what these monsters are causes you to watch the episodes with excitement. Although the drawing style I will talk about in a moment reminds me a bit of Made in Abyss, I don’t know if you actually noticed it in terms of content, but it looks more like Shingeki no Kyojin. Don’t worry. It’s the anime’s biggest weapon, and it uses it very well. Another excellent use is the dialogues. The plans, the pros, and cons of the plans, as well as the possibilities, are conveyed so well that most of the time, I felt like I was reading an Agatha Christie novel. It’s actually a bit strange that these wonderful dialogues come out of eleven-year-olds. So, in the end, they plan much better than toddlers and adults. On the other hand, when I saw Atakan, who was on the agenda in social media at the time I was writing this article, I thought that we should not be too strange 🙂
As I said, his drawings reminded me of Made in Abyss. Great background scenes (generally green here) and cute character illustrations. As you watch, you actually start to distinguish the difference, and you see that the anime has a unique style. The most successful point is the characters and their facial expressions. They reflect the current atmosphere very well and draw you into the anime. Their music isn’t as great as the drawings, but they’re not bad either. The opening song, Touch Off, isn’t bad. The closing piece reveals more of the drama aspect of the anime. Voiceovers are number one. Especially Morohoshi Sumire (Fullmetal Alchemist – Nina Tucker), who voices Emma, gives a great performance.
I watched Yakusoku no Neverland with great pleasure. I can write that it is half-finished as the only missing aspect. We will have to wait for the second season until October 2020. So if you haven’t watched it yet, you have more time to start this anime.