The Promised Neverland Episode 2 Review

The series continues to deliver intensity and suspense. Let’s talk about the characters first before moving onto the plot. Norman is quite something isn’t he ?! At 11 years old, after witnessing what they just did, Emma was understandably shaken, and it’s normal for that to affect her behavior, yet Norman…Norman was just perfectly acting as if nothing had happened, even though he was also frightened. The Oscar obviously goes to this boy right here.

Also can we talk about this series opening? I think they nailed the energy and message the anime is conveying into that opening music, and I don’t think they could’ve picked a better band than Uverworld. These guys have made some of my favorite openings, Bleach, Blue Exorcist, My Hero Academia and so many more. Actually, I think all openings by them become my favorite, and I just feel like they were a perfect choice for The Promised Neverland.

Okay, let’s dive in now. I’m glad Ray finally caught on, that scene where he shoved reality into Emma’s face was really powerful, but Emma reaction and rebuttal, despite being foolish, was very firm and determinate. She is escaping will all 37 members or nobody is escaping at all, all or nothing, love that. This is very reminiscent of the first episode of Seraph of the End, where Yuichiro’s family was escaping the vampires’ lair and everything went smoothly until the very last minute. The upcoming episodes could have a similar outcome, although it would be very dramatic, I wouldn’t be surprised. Another potential outcome would be that the escape gets dragged out over several episodes, and/or the escape finally happens on the last or on the before last episode. Let’s hope it’s not the latter. 

Yakusoku no Neverland opening
Doesn’t this scene in the opening remind you of the first Attack on Titan opening?

This episode did not disappoint in intensity or facial expressions. This time we got perfect poker faces, but also super intense, suspicious eyes from mother, not even Itachi Uchiha could handle that glare. I wonder what would Mother do if she found out that the kids had indeed gone to the gate that night, I mean it’s not like she would kill them since they are technically A-grade, organic, premium, farm-raised, grass-fed, highly intelligent meats. She would probably expedite their shipping. The addition of the aide, plus mother’s cunning will raise the suspense in the series even more as the kids will attempt to carry out an already impossible plan. 

Just like in Attack on Titan, I cannot wait for the kids to get past the walls and see what is out there. Just as Ray and Norman mentioned, there is a demon society out there that eats human brains. I would wager there are also human refugee societies, or human, demon fighting associations, but I’m only going with what I know from watching similar anime. This is why these are some of my favorite genres. I’m really looking forward to next episode, thank you for reading. 

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