As a part of the JUMP START initiative, the first three chapters of Yakusoku no Neverland were published in English as The Promised Neverland in VIZ Media's digital Weekly Shonen Jump on the same day as the Japanese release. After, the series was added to VIZ Media's Weekly Shonen Jump lineup.
This manga, albeit very new has gotten my attention well enough to prompt me to write a review. With the ending of popular series like Bleach and Naruto, myself and many other people have high expectations from the newer generation of authors. And I believe that the authors of Yakusoku no Neverland have great potential.
YnN starts off with Emma, a happy go lucky girl who spends the days of her life in pure bliss along with all the other orphans. All the kids there enjoy their carefree everyday activities like playing tag, eating delicious food, and taking an extensive IQ test with absolute focus... wait. It is at this moment you realize that this is no ordinary orphanage, but the kids who grew up there are completely oblivious to that. It is not until Emma witnesses the horrible truth about the purpose of the orphanage that is encircled in walls that she and some other orphans begin to wonder about mysteries outside the orphanage.
I kept my summary vague to keep the element of mystery intact, which the authors do a phenomenal job of keeping you intrigued while still maintaining a steady pace. It is especially important because that is one of the aspects that keeps you coming back for more.
The other one are the characters. The main character Emma is at first glance the typical shounen character beaming with optimism. Her character is somewhat reminiscent of Gon from Hunter x Hunter, that is, a feral, stubborn, bright, but also very calculating. In fact all the main characters are depicted to be smart in their own way and for a good reason. Unlike many shounen characters who are frustratingly stupid, the characters in this manga would do and think about all the things the readers are thinking.
My only fear for this manga is that it hopefully won't reveal it's overarching mystery too soon, and characters don't stay true to what they are already established as of now. But the way the authors are going, makes me hopeful that they know what they're doing. Could this potentially be the new Hunter x Hunter? One can only hope.
I will update this review after this manga has reached Ch. 100 and blown up in popularity.read more
I've given it a 10. Based on 10 chapters. I rarely give 10. And to think I picked it up because I was searching for substitutes for Bleach!!!!
This manga has potential. Just as much potential as SnK had when it came out. Moreover, it has the potential to be everything that SnK was NOT. ( These days SnK is EXTREMEMLY slow paced )
The story is extremely fast paced. It developed in 10 chapters what SnK had taken nearly 1 years to. It revolves around a group of trio; Emma, Ray and Norman as they try to escape from their orphanage. Every chapter in this manga has new developments, new progressions. Exquisite!
The art of the manga is chibi-ish. But considering that we are looking at boys and girls under 13 years of age, it's very apt.
I believe in the potential of the manga. Truthfully, I WANT to believe in the potential of the manga. Honestly, I am a great fan of dystopian fantasies. I truly hope that this becomes a great manga, doesn't reduce to a crawl like SnK did and, on the day that this manga reach the stage where it is known worldwide and people eagerly wait for the anime adoption, I'd be happy. I'd be happy because I found a gem in the dirt, and I would be the one to recommend this to others. I'm proud of this manga, and would like to see it recognised.