Sunday, March 31, 2019

Anime Recommendation: The Promised Neverland

There is a struggle behind the smiling faces...

Because this is a recommendation, I will do my best to not spoil The Promised Neverland if you have not seen it at all and have somehow been able to avoid spoilers. In this post, I am just going to share why I love this whole series without giving away any major plot points or the main premise. My goal with this post is to just convince you to watch The Promised Neverland or even read the manga. You will not regret it.

About a year ago, I remember seeing a lot of talk online about the manga, The Promised Neverland, and an upcoming anime adaptation. There was so much hype that I was compelled to give the manga a chance, which is something I don't do very often. I prefer anime over manga, but I think that is a topic for a future blog post. Within that first chapter, I was hooked and I couldn't wait for the anime. 

Along with The Rising of the Shield Hero and Kaguya-sama: Love is War, The Promised Neverland was one of the most anticipated anime of the season and ended up being one of the most popular throughout the season. So what is it about The Promised Neverland that makes everyone hype it up so much. Well, without spoiling anything, I'll tell you that it's for two big reasons.

Suspense and Mystery
The Promised Neverland is an anime that definitely hooks you by immediately dropping you in a strange place that arises so many questions. Grace Field House is an orphanage and home to several dozen children and their caretaker that the children call "Mama". The house is on a large plot of land, surrounded by a forest, wall, and gate. You quickly start to wonder: Where exactly is the house? What's beyond the wall? Where did the children come from? Who is "Mama"? 

And then when you meet the children, you have even more questions! Why are the children taking such intense tests? Why do they all have numbers tattooed on their necks. You end up with all these questions and the only way to get answers is to either google the answers or keep watching. In my opinion, watching is a lot more entertaining than asking google for help.

As you get into the main plot and you're presented with answers, there is feeling of suspense that lurks around every scene. Some shots make you feel uneasy or like you're witness something that you shouldn't see, the stakes and challenges are constantly being raised, and you're left with cliffhangers that will leave you with your mouth agape and eyes wide in horror.

The Characters
The main characters of The Promised Neverland are the three smartest and oldest children of Grace Field House, Emma, Norman, and Ray. They've all been at the house for as long as they can remember and even though they're not related by blood, they're closer than any siblings. Even though they have differing personalities and ways of thinking, they never really fight and always support each other no matter what obstacles stand in their way.

Emma has a big heart for all of her siblings and is the most athletic of the main trio. Norman is the smartest and is capable of figuring out almost any puzzle and outwitting any opponent. And Ray is the most logical. It's easy for him to ignore emotions and feelings in order to efficiently overcome any challenge. But it's only when the three children work together that they're really a force to be reckoned with.

Now there are plenty more reasons why you should watch The Promised Neverland like a great soundtrack, interesting antagonists, and other points that would probably just spoil a lot of the mysteries. There is not much more I can say without spoiling the series, so all I'll say is watch at least the first episode. That will probably sell you on the series better than I ever could.

If you've already watched The Promised Neverland, let me know what you thought about it and what're expecting from the second season. If you can recommend me any other anime that are just as suspenseful and mysterious, I'd love to hear about them.

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