Norman’s return comes with minimal explanation on how he survived but does present a plan that could save humans in the demon world.

Director(s) Yoshiki Kitai
Writer(s) Nanao
Aired (Hulu) 2/18/2021
Newly Noted Characters
Cislo TBD
Barbara TBD
Vincent TBD

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Same Old Brother, But With New Friends – Norman, Ray, Emma, Cislo, Barbara, Vincent

Norman’s return is a heartfelt moment that brings both Emma and Ray to tears. But, with Norman’s freedom comes questions. Such as, who are the people with him? Well, the bald-headed gentleman with a calm and cool demeanor is Vincent. Following him is Cislo, who looks like a soldier, and then Barbara, the group’s sole girl.

All four, which includes Norman, met at the Lambda test site, where Norman was sent to. But, thanks to Norman, they escaped and are on track to change the world in a drastic and eventually violent way.

The Big Comeback – Norman, Ray, Emma

How so? Well, as seen in the last episode, demonic kind have a dependency on human brains and meat. Why? Well, it seems to allow them their human form and some semblance of intelligence. So Norman’s plan is to poison demons, make them degenerate, which will make it easier for them to be killed.

Now, Ray is down with this plan, but not so much Emma since she wants everyone to live in peace. Plus, with Sonju and Mujika as an example, she thinks humans and demons can co-exist. However, with the reveal of interacting with these two demons, Norman has a chill up his spine, as if his encounter with them was vastly different.



New and Interesting Characters

At the very least, Cislo, Barbara, and Vincent look interesting. It isn’t clear, as we move further into the season, what they’ll contribute, but considering Barbara has a darkness to her that is a tad frightening, they could be a sense of evil that has been missing thus far.

After all, the main struggle for Emma and the rest is survival, with no named enemy. So if Norman is on the other side of the opinion of what to do about the demons, and we have people like Barbara who might be willing to kill Emma to eradicate demons, we can finally have a named adversary.

Low Point

Feeling That We’re Missing A Notable Storyline

One of the things you should probably never do when watching anything based on written material is go online and find out what you’re missing. According to many who read the manga, we’re missing around three arcs, which could possibly fill in what happened at Lambda. And considering Norman’s return was quite a shock, getting a quick explanation, with no visuals, that he broke out and came up with this means of having demons devolve feels a little insulting.

Why? Well, Norman was a beloved character, and while we enjoy Emma, Ray, and the other escapees, Norman was always someone who brought conflict by trying to play both sides. So his return is welcomed but feels underwhelming.

Norman showing his dark side

However, with him squarely against Emma’s wishes and on Ray’s side, it means a new dynamic. One that will force Emma to make concessions or be forced to work on her own to protect the exceptions she thinks shouldn’t be harmed by Norman’s plans.

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The Promised Neverland: Season 2/ Episode 3 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Things have been going rather well for Emma and everyone else. However, it seems the good times might be coming to an end.
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The Promised Neverland: Season 1, Episode 10 "130146" - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)Is there any chance Norman won’t end up having his brain eaten by a demon in the year 2045? Time to find out.
The Promised Neverland: Season 1, Episode 9 "031145" - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)More and more there is a need to question what the kids of the farm can do, and Norman discovers yet another obstacle.
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The Promised Neverland: Season 1, Episode 7 "011145" - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)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?
The Promised Neverland: Season 1, Episode 6 "311045" - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)A major complication throws everyone’s escape plans into a loop but, the complication could end up becoming a major solution.
The Promised Neverland: Season 1, Episode 5 "301045" - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)The traitor revealed in the last episode explains their relationship with Isabella and complicates things for Norman.
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Feeling That We're Missing A Notable Storyline - 76%
New and Interesting Characters - 82%


While Norman's return doesn't live up to the shock of his survival, at the very least, he presents a conflict, which gives Emma someone to focus on rather than the struggle being against unnamed demons and the elite who keep the system running.

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