‘The Promised Neverland’ Season 1 Review

Thanks to Madman we had the opportunity to watch the impressive supernatural horror thriller ‘The Promised Neverland’ (Yakusoku no Nebārando) on Blu-ray.

Directed by Mamoru Kanbe (Elfen Lied) and based on the manga by Kaiu Shirai, the series follows a group of orphan children living at Grace Field House in the care of their beloved foster parent, “Mama” Isabella.

All the kids live happily at the foster home, studying hard, playing with total freedom within the grounds and dreaming of the day they’ll finally be chosen by a family and finding a new home. The joyful times come to an end when young Emma and her friend Norman decide to follow little Conny (who was sent away to be adopted) after noticing she left her stuffed toy at home.

Emma and Norman break the rules by leaving beyond the grounds where they find little Conny dead, a situation that unveils the shocking truth behind their house. Now Emma and Norman, with the help of a smart, mysterious kid named Ray, must come up with a plan to escape, taking all the children of the house with them, before it’s too late.

‘The Promised Neverland’ is one of the most impressive and addictive anime series we’ve seen in a long time. The narrative and the story itself feels like a mix of Chris Nolan, Hitchcock with some touches of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village, where every single episode is a roller-coaster, full of twists and emotional moments that render you unable to stop watching. Don’t be surprised when you scream “Whaaaat!!? or “No way!” at the TV, because you definitely will.

The animation and aesthetics of the series are superb, with a mix of colorful characters contrasting with darkness, represented by Ray’s personality and Mama’s secrets. It’s impressive that, in such a small bunch of episodes, the creators managed to create a rich and well-developed group of characters, that you can’t help relating to as they escape their horrific fate.

Overall, ‘The Promised Neverland’ is an animated triumph, and a must-watch. This anime will blow you away even if you’re not a fan of horror and thrillers. Bring it on season 2! Get your copy here today!