Released in 2019, the first season of The Promised Neverland received glowing reviews for its harrowing and tense storytelling. Because it ended on a cliffhanger, fans have been wondering when to expect season two. While the second season was initially set for release this month, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed it to January 2021. Recently, Netflix released the first season to its subscribers and therefore brought the show new fans and more anticipation for the upcoming continuation of its story.
So far, The Promised Neverland accompanies several children when their idyllic lives in their orphanage get turned upside-down by the realization that something sinister is afoot. Emma teams up with Norman and Ray to unmask the mystery of the orphanage’s disappearing children and, eventually, attempt to escape. Season one leaves us with the children having breached their cage, with the following season hopefully showing us how the children intend to survive in a world entirely-different from all that they’ve ever known.
For now, fans of the show can feast their eyes on the trailer for season two:
In addition, a live-action film adaptation of the anime is scheduled for release on December 18. With Emma played by Minami Hamabe (who starred in Love Me: Love Me Not) and Ray and Norman played by Jyo Kairi and Rihito Itagaki respectively, the film seems to be retracing the events of the first season, albeit with the child characters aged up. A teaser trailer has also been released for this series:
The film’s casting of Naomi Watanabe as the villainous Sister Krone has attracted some controversy due to Krone being originally depicted as a person of African descent whereas Watanabe is half-Japanese and half-Taiwanese. While some fans accuse the film of white-washing, others express a more mixed or accepting view due to the source material depicting Krone in what many noted to be a racist way — which would’ve made a true-to-source adaptation of the character problematic on its own.
A live-action series adaptation is also in production — this one by Amazon Studios and directed by Rodney Rothman of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse fame and produced by Rothman, Masi Oka, Roy Lee and Miri Yoon. The series was revealed this June and doesn’t yet have a release date.
The Promised Neverland’s original manga run appeared in Weekly Shonen Jump for nearly four years and has only just ended this year’s June, culminating in twenty volumes. It was written by Kaiu Shirai, who published his first professional work in Shonen Jump+ in 2015 — a standalone piece titled “The Location of Ashley-Gate” and with art by Rickey. In 2016, Shirai teamed up with illustrator Posuka Demizu to produce The Promised Neverland, which was well-received; the manga was nominated for the 10th Manga Taisho awards in 2017, and became the 8th best selling manga in 2018 and 4th best selling manga in 2019.
Following this, the anime adaptation won in the “Best Fantasy” category at Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2020 and has been named on several Top lists, including Polygon‘s list for best animes of the 2010s.
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