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That was it for the first season of 2019. Many good titles graced our screens, but if we want to be honest, there are too many series in the new season we have been waiting for quite a long time.
The Promised Neverland (Yakusoku no Neverland) aired its first episode on 10 January 2019, but before the TV broadcast, a few guests were invited to take a look at the first episode a bit earlier. Let me try to give you my first impression on the episode without giving away too much of the story so that you will be able to enjoy it for yourself.
The Promised Neverland is a popular manga by Kaiu Shirai (story) and Posuka Demizu (illustrator) and is currently being serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump.
Emma (VA: Sumire Morohoshi), Norman (VA: Maaya Uchida), and Ray (VA: Mariya Ise) are orphans living a happy life at Gracefield House (GF House). Emma is a girl with great physical abilities, gentle and energetic. Norman is a genius and Ray is a calm person with an extensive knowledge. All of them are 11 years old and the oldest among the children living at GF House. Their life there is pretty standard; the children are thankful for the delicious food they receive and live a more-or-less quiet life.
Even though the children don’t go to school, they have to take daily tests at GF House. The children wear headphones along with their pure white uniforms during test-time, and we can see that they all have identification numbers stamped on their necks. It is said that scoring even half the points is already pretty good but Emma, Norman, and Ray always get full points, which shows how smart they are.
After the test it’s time to play! There is a forest on the orphanage grounds and the children like to play tag or climb trees. There are only two places they aren’t supposed to get close to: the gate outside and the fence behind the forest. When they showed those places on screen, I could feel that the smiles of the children were left behind and the children felt uncomfortable.
Emma loves life at GF House and says, ‘I want to live here forever!’. However, there is a time limit for living at the facility. Usually by the age of twelve they have to leave, but the order they leave in isn’t decided beforehand. In the first episode, it has been decided that the six-year-old Conny will be the one to leave. ‘I promise to write letters!’, she tells her friends while crying. However, there has so far been not a single letter to reach the orphanage from a former resident.
After Conny is sent on her way, Emma finds the younger girl’s beloved Little Bunny left behind. Conny carried the stuffed toy around everywhere with her, and it greatest treasure as it was made by her beloved ‘Mom’.
They have to reach Conny before she leaves! So Emma and Norman start to run after her to get the precious Little Bunny to Conny and they even break the rules, but what they see there ends up shaking them to the core. Suddenly and just like that, their peaceful life at the orphanage was over. What will Emma, Norman, and Ray do? We are also left to wonder how much of the manga this anime will tell.
The anime is part of our weekly reviews for Winter 2019. Here is our review for the first episode: