2019 Winter Season is upon us anime fans and this is the first post of the year over on The Nerd Book! I’m excited to kick off a new year of reviews and what better anime to start off with than one of my favorite reads of 2018; The Promised Neverland.
Grace Field House is an orphanage filled with kids that exist like a family. Emma, Norman, and Ray are the oldest and smartest of the children. They lovingly called their caretaker Mom, take tests, eat well, and play games that simultaneously exploit their character traits so long as they follow the rules. On the night a young child leaves to be with her new family, Emma and Ray accidentally stumble upon a piece of truth about their circumstances.
The first episode is a perfect revisit to the beginning of the series for fans of the manga as foreshadowing of events to come lie in practically every scene. Even looking at some characters made me feel so uneasy since I’m seven volumes deep into the title. For newcomers that have never even heard of this title, I imagine experienced a mind fuck on the level of Akame Ga Kill.
The animation is as crisp as the manga. The later half adds even more depth and weight to the dramatic plot twist in ways only an adaptation could pull off. This is a major factor to consider in comparison to the disappointing character art of Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka.
Foreshadowing, beautiful animation, and a psychological horror story awaits in Episode One of The Promised Neverland. I’m so excited and pleased with the premiere episode and hoping the series stays on track with the manga. There’s a lot of dark secrets to uncover and a long, sad, horrifying road ahead.
Overall Rating: 10 out of 10