Yakusoku no Neverland

The Promised Neverland

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Japanese: 約束のネバーランド
English: The Promised Neverland
German: The Promised Neverland
Spanish: The Promised Neverland
French: The Promised Neverland
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 29, 2019
Premiered: Winter 2019
Broadcast: Fridays at 00:55 (JST)
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: CloverWorks
Source: Manga
Genres: MysteryMystery, Sci-FiSci-Fi, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: PsychologicalPsychological, SurvivalSurvival
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.531 (scored by 11372521,137,252 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1032
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #39
Members: 1,729,957
Favorites: 31,413

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Preliminary Spoiler
Mar 28, 2019
(Spoiler warning of episode 1)
Thriller, horror, psychological and mystery. These 4 along with some genres I guess makes excellent shows not only in the anime industry but also in other platforms. This is because of there uniqueness. There outtake of the story is unique with uncommon sceneries, settings, characters, plot and conflict. This Winter 2019 anime season, we were introduced into the world of "The Promised Neverland". A world where if you are a healthy young blood, you will never like this world. You will never hope that you will be a main character of some parallel world or something. With kids being the main ...
Mar 28, 2019
I will admit that I'm generally not a very big fan of shounens, but Yakusoku no Neverland is in my opinion without a doubt the best thing to have ever spawned from Weekly Shounen Jump. Then again it needs to be said that it is not very similar to most other things from the same magazine.

It's been literally years since I felt the need to give out any 10s to an anime TV-series, but in the case of Neverland I knew from the start that as long as they don't mess it up, it would be worthy of it for sure. The first arc of ...
Mar 28, 2019

Well this was unexpected. A horror anime getting a lot of attention and praise by viewing public? This is truly a rare sight indeed. But seriously, the hype for this series before airing and its first couple of episodes was reaching really high levels and talked about a lot by the anime community. But the question is, how does this anime hold up with the horror greats of anime, can it ...
Mar 29, 2019
Yakusoku no Neverland is a great anime. Despite of it's short comings and endless possibilities of being better it's still a great piece of work I say is better than most of its counterparts.

Story: 10/10
From start to finish the story has been continuous and straightforward. The story was slightly complex and simplistic at the same time. I found it to be fine, as the story blends well with the characters and the setting. I found the focus of the plot to be quite interesting, unique, and well built. I found it as well hard to predict as it is surrounded with a ...
Mar 28, 2019
Yakusoku no Neverland is the biggest disappointment of the year so far. Not so much because it was so exceptionally bad, but because it had potential to be outstandingly great. What looked like a prime example of well-build thriller and highly atmospheric mystery end up being just a bunch of empty promises. Perhaps the English title, 'Promised Neverland' is actually a self-parody since following the series was an experience far from magical. At least one thing the series foreshows, I guess.

The first 4 episodes are all passable, of highly respectable quality to be exact. I was impressed by how it managed to gasp my ...
Jan 31, 2019
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
Have you ever thought about escape?

The Promised Neverland starts with Emma, ​​a happy lucky girl who spends her days in pure happiness along with all the other orphans. All the children there enjoy their daily activities that are not as burdensome as playing, eating delicious food, and taking extensive tests with full focus ... but wait. This is when you realize that this is not an ordinary orphanage, but the children who grew up there completely forgot about it. It was only after Emma witnessed the terrible truth about the purpose of the orphanage surrounded by walls that she and several other orphans began to ...
Mar 28, 2019
Horror is a genre that I rarely see effectively executed in anime. In fact, the genre itself seems to be pretty scarce in the anime medium. The first episode of The Promised Neverland perfectly encapsulates how to properly utilize horror. The atmosphere is great. We’re presented with a seemingly happy orphanage life being lived out by the characters, all children, and their “mama.” Yet as the viewer, it becomes apparent that everything's not quite what it seems, and there’s just this sort of unnerving tension in the air. The presentation is also top notch. Visuals and music are handled expertly and are very complementary to ...
Mar 28, 2019
The Promised Neverland is a great psychological thriller manga, but this adaptation trades complex psychological warfare for conventional horror. The mystery is simplified, the characters lack depth due to the absence of inner monologues, and the artwork is mediocre. In spite of these shortcomings, constant tension and decent scares make it watchable.

This adaptation strived for a tense atmosphere with exciting horror. On the other hand, the manga focused on the lingering psychological horror born from the characters' gradually learning about the hellish dystopian world they live in, as well as their strategic planning to escape it. The story’s premise is still very enthralling: A farm ...
Jan 31, 2019
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
Damn... Its been quite a long time since Ive given an anime a solid 10/10. I really want to critisize Yakusoku no Neverland but its just way too damn perfect! This anime actually nailed absolutly everything! There is just no other way to put it...
The story is phenomenal! I personally love the "escape" and "mind game" theme of the anime, and I would really love to see more animes with this theme. The way everything plays out is just so bloody brilliant! I love it!
The Art is one of the best I have every seen! Every second of this anime I could feel my ...
Jan 31, 2019
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
The Promised Neverland is one of the most hauntingly brilliant anime I’ve seen in the last decade, and it definitely deserves the hype it’s receiving at the moment.

Horror is a genre that anime has always struggled with, as when you try to mash conventional horror tropes such as gore and disturbing imagery with eyes that take up half of a character's head, it usually isn’t horrific in the slightest bit. Because of this, horror in anime commonly strays away from the horror conventions of horror films in the western world, and instead revolves around psychological horror. This is the approach that The Promised Neverland has ...
Jan 31, 2019
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
Apart from Dororo, this is my anime of the season! It's a flawed masterpiece and has earned a 9 from every single category I judge an anime on which is both a great thing but shows that it could've been executed slightly better overall and been a true masterpiece!

Cloverworks is not a studio I particularly like at all, however I must give them their props, apart from a couple of budget limitations in some occasional backgrounds or distant characters- the animation is mainly crisp and fluid with fantastic emotion being portrayed in the way each character is presented! Furthermore, I must praise the stylistic direction ...
Mar 28, 2019
Let’s think for a minute on how fragile human lives is. We can die by so many different ways that it’s frightening to think about. Immortality is a far cry from a reality. In a desolate world where kids realize that their entire lives has been prepared for death, it feels like a living in a nightmare. To live in fear is also frightening to think about. Don’t believe me? Just ask Emma, Ray, and Norman.

Welcome to The Promised Neverland (Yakusoku no Neverland), a series that managed to make a new breed of itself among the popular Jump manga family. Consisting of 12 episodes, it’s ...
Mar 28, 2019
The answer to this question is totally in the eye of the beholder, but in your eyes, what would you say makes a good concept? While some prefer thematic depth, others emotional poignancy, and others sheer creativity, I am of the belief a concept can only be proportionally valuable to its execution. An ingenious conceit can bog itself down an infinite number of ways in scripting, just as a stock setup can write its way to a masterpiece. The Promised Neverland is a show which constantly toes the line between squandering and strengthening its unique and exciting concept which, in the right hands, could’ve easily ...
Jan 31, 2019
Preliminary (4/12 eps)

“Na na na na na na na na na na”

Man oh man am I excited to get into this. I remember when the manga started publication and I doubted it would last so I never got around to reading it. 3 years later it gets an anime so I had to finally check it out. Boy am i glad i did.

Before I get down to business, I think it is worth mentioning that by episode 3 I was so interested that I HAVE now read the manga and am up to date - however this is a review for the anime, not the series ...
May 12, 2019
God why did I watch all of this shit

Story - 3
Vaguely interesting goes nowhere. Even as it's progressing it's either predictable or just stupid. Falls flat because it's no more complex then kids keep secrets from their guardian and then run away from home. There is no Mystery either, everything that's going on is abundantly clear from episode 2 onward.

Animation - 3
Really bad, looks atrocious with the shape of faces and proportions. Also kind of racist depiction of black people (big red lips is a feature of blackface).

World/Tone - 0
Whoever decided to make the anime opening synth and feature actual children under ...
Jan 2, 2021
HAHAHA So you think i would fall for your trap?! WELL GUESS WHAT i set a trap to your trap 3 hours ago rendering you trap USELESS.

OHOOHO so you thought i wouldnt have expected you to have a trap to my trap. WELL GUESS WHAT i had planned for this all along now rendering your trap to my trap useless!

WELL GUESS WHAT i knew you were going to do this all along!! SO i planned this before you were even born!

PSYCHE! I heard you planning this plan from my mommys tummy!! ANd already planned to render the plan to destroy my plan which was supposed ...
Jan 31, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
This review will contain some spoilers and I'll mark them.

Yakusoku no Neverland takes the classic notion of limited survival space, in which our three protagonists play mind games and tactics with “mom”, and tried to escape after discovering the orphanage they lived is only a farm to raise kids to be sacrificed to demons. Similar to AoT, this “limited survival space” set up let you constantly question: What is outside of the house? Is it a demon society? Why does mom obey demons? Therefore you will never feel bored during the show with this set up that left much to be explored and the ...
Jan 31, 2019
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
CloverWorks HQ, Board of Directors Meeting:

Guy 1: Alright guys, we have one of the most popular manga that currently exists up for an anime adaptation. What should we do in order to produce an anime that matches up to the manga's quality?

Guy 2: Yeah just cut half of each chapter out, remove a lot of the tension, and squeeze too much into one cour lmfao.

Other than BadDecisionWorks randomly rushing the pacing instead of just taking it slow with a show that would surely become successful enough for multiple seasons, Yakusoku no Neverland is pretty much perfect.

The 3 main characters all have distinct, three-dimensional, and complex ...
Mar 29, 2019

"Don't get on that ship! To Serve Man...IT'S A COOKBOOK!!!"

Promised Neverland is basically this season's Made in Abyss and it is HYPED. Do I think it's currently a tad overrated? Absolutely. However, I stopped giving knee-jerk bad scores to decent series just because they're currently rated too high. The rating will naturally balance out and if not, I kind of stopped taking MAL's ratings seriously a while ago. Promised Neverland is a mixed bag, but I honestly had a lot of fun with this one.

Background: (Spoilers)

1,000 years ago, demons and humans fought for control of an alternate Earth. The 2 sides came to a stand ...
Feb 1, 2019
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
Once you will see the list of producers, you'll understand.

The story is simple but interesting, Kids are set in a location they must escape at all cost, the conflicts are predictable(Should we save all the children or leave them behind? etc.) but the dialogue is interesting, and shows how serious the children are and that they aren't just pushover goody two shoes, except for Emma obviously.

The anime however leaves out important parts of the dialogue. Little bits and pieces that make us question where their morals really lie, especially for Norman. A kid who would do anything to save Emma, even if it meant ...