The promised Neverland manga has reinvented itself regularly, and in season 2 the anime naturally follows suit

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for The Promised Neverland Season 2, Episode 1, which are now streamed on Funimation and Hulu

Season 1 of The Promised Neverland ended with Emma, ​​Ray, and their co-workers accomplishing their goal of escaping Grace Field House. After completing that storyline, the season two premiere not only introduces a new goal and setting , but also a different tone and a different genre focus

The Promised Neverland manga has reinvented itself regularly, and the anime naturally follows suit.This method was not undisputed, but at least for now the anime adaptation seems to handle it very well

The Grace Field House story arc was primarily a psychological thriller in which the kids had to outsmart the manipulative mom Isabella to keep them from being shipped as demon fodder. Now they did it, their main fight is in the Surviving Wilderness You’ll still have to use your wits mind to solve puzzles, especially to find the mysterious William Minerva, but the season two premiere is less of a psychological thriller than a mixture of survival horror and whimsical fantasy

The cold opening of the episode in which Emma encourages her friends to treat the escape from a giant monster like a “tag game” demonstrates the new dangers they face and sets the tone for the horror of the It’s no longer the creeping fear of knowing that you are doomed to be eaten at a set time, but the immediate panic of fear that you might be eaten at any random second

This chase actually takes place chronologically in the middle of the episode The episode soon flashes back before running for their lives, the kids can explore their new surroundings more peacefully, with glowing lights and wildlife that look like marine animals reinterpreted for land and air, the forest has an almost Studio Ghibli-esque feel Atmosphere The kids are able to complete basic survival quests like finding water, and Ray’s deciphering from William Minerva’s pen gives them a map, however, all of that progress is threatened once demons go after them

Perhaps the most representative example of how this premiere blends the magical and the terrible is the end of the episode While Emma and Ray are chased by demons, they are rescued by mysterious hooded figures. Emma’s savior appears humanoid, but clearly has something magical on while Ray pounces on what looks like a horse, the episode’s cliffhanger reveals that these two new characters are demons themselves! But should these demons be afraid or could they actually help? Without going into manga spoilers, the fact that it is a possibility might speak for the world that established the show

New episodes of The Promised Neverland premiere on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. EST on Funimation and Hulu

Reuben Baron is a writer, filmmaker, critic, and general nerd with a particular interest in animation.He freelance writes for comic book resources and wrote for MyAnimeList before censoring one of his articles to appease the Nazis (seriously, that was one thing that happened) He studied film at Bard College, where he somehow got Neil Gaiman to star in a ridiculous student film.Since then, some of his (slightly less ridiculous) scripts have been finalists in competitions, and he regularly appears on panels at the Anime Boston and Arisia congresses, following him on Twitter at AndalusianDoge

The Promised Neverland Season 2

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