The Promised Neverland: Season 1/ Episode 1 “121045” [Series Premiere] – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

The Promised Neverland Season 1 Episode 1 121045 [Series Premiere] - Title Card
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The Promised Neverland balances out childhood innocence with the type of creepiness which puts you a tad on edge.


Network
Crunchyroll
Creator Kaiu Shirai
Director(s) Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s) Toshiya Ono
Air Date 1/9/2018
Genre(s) Fantasy
Good If You Like Children As Leads In Dark Productions
Isn’t For You If You Like Shows To Be Slower And Build Up To The Shocking Moment Longer
Introduced This Episode
Ray Ise Mariya
Emma Morohoshi Sumire
Norman Uchida Maaya
Conny Ari Ozawa
Isabella Kaida Yuuko

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The Introduction

On a farm lives 38 kids and one maternal figure named Isabella. The kids range from around 5 to 11 but no older. Why? Well, because by the time they are 12 they get adopted. At least that is the assumption the top students at the farm, Ray, Emma, and Norman have. However, when a younger kid, Conny, gets adopted but leaves her stuffed animal, Emma and Norman learn the truth. With that comes the need to question if they will tell others and how will they escape out into a world they are by no means prepared for?

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Who are these kids parents?
  2. What kind of tests were they taking?
  3. What is the world like outside of the farm?

Highlights

It Sets You Up To Knock You Down

Conny (Ari Ozawa) before she leaves to be "adopted."
Conny (Ari Ozawa)

Unlike American cinema and TV shows, it seems those who make anime know how to entice you without giving the whole plot away. Such is the case with The Promised Neverland for while there was clearly something sinister going on, it wasn’t made clear what it exactly was. So when it came to watching the episode, depending on how long it has been since you saw the trailer, you almost forget what you had to fear. You get an almost Madeline vibe, but in the countryside, with Isabella raising all these kids. Of course with help from the older ones, but pretty much everything is on her.

However, then the Conny situation happens and while those who have long built up a tolerance to violence won’t be left aghast, the situation is a little eye-opening. If not the most important thing, it gets you invested. For while Emma is adorable, as is Norman, and there is a looming threat, they are touted as geniuses. Granted, it is made clear they aren’t on Isabella’s level, but who knows the full extent of her wisdom.

Yet, with a real threat, and considering the danger looks like Elias from The Ancient Magus’ Bride so came the need to ask, “What the f***?” A question I’m still asking myself as I try to fathom what kind of world these children live in. Never mind what Isabella might be.

On The Fence

This Seems Like It Could Simply Be a 90+ Minute Movie & That Would Suffice

Norman (Uchida Maaya) and Emma (Morohoshi Sumire) after learning the truth and returning home.
Norman (Uchida Maaya) and Emma (Morohoshi Sumire)

Don’t get me wrong, I like what this show could express throughout 12 episodes. However, there is this vibe that this doesn’t need around 4 and a half hours to tell its story right. Leading to this need to wonder if, by episode 5 or 6, will this show hit a point of feeling like it is dragging things out? For, a handful of episodes are going to be dedicated to the escape plan, then seeing the outside world and trying to survive. But, perhaps my biggest fear is how will the show pace this out and whether these characters, while adorable now, will get boring and annoying over time.

First Impression: Mixed (Stick Around)

I’m not saying this show is iffy, more so it is the type of show which seems like it’ll start off strong but then dwindle until it is kind of eh. But, not before trying to have an explosive ending to make up for the weeks you kept watching because you made it that far. Hence the mixed label. The Promised Neverland seems like something which could have worked as a movie being extended into a 12 episode series. Leaving you to wonder if that fat which comes with that may add flavor or leave you feeling that a lot could have been trimmed off.


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The Promised Neverland Season 1 Episode 1 121045 [Series Premiere] - Title Card


Cast & Characters


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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisDirector, Writer, and Introduced ActorsTopics & Focused Characters
Season 1, Episode 10 “130146”Is there any chance Norman won’t end up having his brain eaten by a demon in the year 2045? Time to find out.
Director(s) Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s) Toshiya Ono
Air Date 3/14/2019
  • Let’s Remember The Good Times: Emma, Norman, Ray, Isabella
  • Goodbye Old Friend: Norman, Emma, Isabella
  • Just As Hope Seems Lost/ Bartering: Ray, Emma, Isabella
Season 1, Episode 11 “140146”The kids finally escape but as for how, with who, and how they deal with Isabella, you may not have guessed it.
Director(s)               Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s) Toshiya Ono
Air Date 3/21/2019
  • Ray’s Plan: Ray, Emma
  • Norman’s Plan: Emma, Norman, Ray
  • The Unexpected: Don, Ray, Emma, Isabella
Season 1, Episode 12 “150146”While learning how and if Emma, Ray, and the others escaped you’d think would be the high point, it is actually an emotional sendoff to someone else.
Director(s) Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s) Toshiya Ono
Air Date 3/28/2019
Introduced This Episode
Phil Kouno Hiyori
Leslie  ?
  • What Changed Emma’s Mind: Phil, Gilda, Emma
  • A Leap Of Faith: Ray, Emma
  • Goodbye My Children, Goodbye My Son: Isabella, Leslie, Ray, Emma
Season 1, Episode 8 “021145”Let’s hope the kids prepped for the worst case scenario considering the events of this episode.
Director(s) Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s) Toshiya Ono
Air Date 2/28/2019
Introduced This Episode
Grandma Mami Koyama
  • Goodbye Sister: Sister Krone, Isabella, Grandma
  • All Is Revealed: Isabella, Ray, Norman, Emma, Grandma, Sister Krone
  • Even Pigs Are Happy Before Slaughter: Isabella, Ray, Norman, Emma, Gilda, Don
Season 1, Episode 9 “031145”More and more there is a need to question what the kids of the farm can do, and Norman discovers yet another obstacle.
Director(s) Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s) Toshiya Ono
Air Date 3/7/2019
  • A Backup Plan: Ray, Norman, Emma
  • Infantile Amnesia: Ray
  • The End Of The Rope: Ray, Norman, Emma, Isabella
Season 1, Episode 7 “011145”A ton of information about the way the world works is dropped by Sister Krone, but is this all just to throw off the kids or genuine help
Director(s) Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s) Toshiya Ono
Air Date 2/21/2019
  • There Is So Much You Don’t Know: Sister Krone, Emma, Norman
  • The Plan: Ray, Norma, Emma, Gilda, Don
  • The Backup Plan Executed: Ray, Isabella, Sister Krone
Season 1, Episode 6 “311045”A major complication throws everyone’s escape plans into a loop but, the complication could end up becoming a major solution.
Director(s) Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s) Toshiya Ono
Air Date 2/14/2019
  • What’s Behind The Door?: Don, Gilda, Isabella
  • The Whole Truth and Nothing But The Truth:Don, Gilda, Emma, Norman, Ray
  • Got Caught Slipping: Krone, Emma, Norman, Ray, Don, Gilda, Isabella
Season 1, Episode 5 “301045”The traitor revealed in the last episode explains their relationship with Isabella and complicates things for Norman.
Director(s) Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s) Toshiya Ono
Air Date 2/7/2019
  • Let’s Make A Deal: Ray, Norman
  • Secrets Between Friends: Ray, Norman, Emma
  • Will You Be A Liability Or An Asset?: Ray, Norman, Emma, Gilda, Don
Season 1/ Episode 4 “291045”Norman sets when everyone is going to leave, and that causes them to scramble over who might be the traitor and why.
Director(s) Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s) Toshiya Ono
Air Date 1/31/2019
Introduced This Episode
Gilda Lynn
Don Ueki Shin`ei
  • 11/8: Norman, Ray, Emma
  • Expanding Those In The Know: Norman, Ray, Emma, Gilda, Don
  • A Traitor In Our Midst: Norman, Ray, Emma, Gilda, Don, Isabella, Krone
Season 1/ Episode 3 “181045”As Sister Krone reveals her intentions at the farm, it becomes clear that Emma, Ray, and Norman may not all get what they want if they plan to escape.
Director(s) Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s) Toshiya Ono
Air Date 1/24/2019
  • The Return of Sister Krone, And Her Plans For The Future: Krone, Isabella
  • The Return of Sister Krone, And Her Plans For The Future: Krone, Isabella
  • Putting Plans Into Action: Ray, Norman, Emma, Krone
Season 1/ Episode 2 “131045”With the truth discovered, Emma and Norman scramble to figure a way for not only them to escape, but the 35 others.
Director(s) Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s) Toshiya Ono
Air Date 1/17/2019
Introduced This Episode
Sister Krone Fujita Nao
  • Stay Cool, Let’s Talk About This: Emma, Norman
  • Does She Know?: Momma, Sister Krone, Norman, Emma
  • The Mud Boat: Ray, Norman, Emma

Season 1/ Episode 1 “121045”

The Promised Neverland balances out childhood innocence with the type of creepiness which puts you a tad on edge.

Creator Kaiu Shirai
Director(s) Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s) Toshiya Ono
Air Date 1/9/2018
Genre(s) Fantasy
Good If You Like Children As Leads In Dark Productions
Isn’t For You If You Like Shows To Be Slower And Build Up To The Shocking Moment Longer
Introduced This Episode
Ray Ise Mariya
Emma Morohoshi Sumire
Norman Uchida Maaya
Conny Ari Ozawa
Isabella Kaida Yuuko

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