TOHO released the promotional video for the live-action adaptation of The Promised Neverland and announced that the movie will premiere on December 18. The promotional video does contain spoilers for those who have not read the first half of the manga or who have not finished the anime. Watch at your own discretion.
The promotional video features the movie’s theme song, “It Can’t Be Right” by Zutto Mayonaka de Iinoni, and introduces the cast for the movie. Hamabe Minami will star as Emma, Kairi Jyo will star as Ray, and Itagaki Rihito will star as Norman. As for the caretakers, Kitagawa Keiko will play Isabella and Watanabe Naomi will play Krone.
Fans of The Promised Neverland are familiar with the racist imagery within the manga and the anime, specifically through Krone. She is depicted as a villainous caretaker with racist implications, specifically from that of the African American community. Examples of racist imagery are Krone’s muscular build, big lips, and the fact that she wears a servant’s outfit in the show. More about Krone’s character can be read here. Fans were hoping that the live-action movie would provide some kind of accurate racial representation. However, it appears as if director Hirakawa Yuchiro decided to remove any trace of Krone’s racial heritage and make her the same race as the rest of the characters.
International fans of The Promised Neverland agree that they are upset at Krone’s casting.
The Promised Neverland began publishing in August 2016 in Weekly Shonen Jump and finished June 2020. According to VIZ Media, the plot of the manga is as follows:
Emma, Norman and Ray are the brightest kids at the Grace Field House orphanage. And under the care of the woman they refer to as “Mom,” all the kids have enjoyed a comfortable life. Good food, clean clothes and the perfect environment to learn—what more could an orphan ask for? One day, though, Emma and Norman uncover the dark truth of the outside world they are forbidden from seeing.VIZ Media
The anime adaptation aired January 2019. A second season was scheduled to air October 2020, but was delayed to early January 2021. The anime is available to watch on Crunchyroll, Hulu, Funimation, and HIDIVE. The manga is available to read through VIZ Media.
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