The Promised Neverland Vol. 1 & 2 Review

  • Author: Kaiu Shirai
  • Illustrator: Posuka Demizu
  • Series: The Promised Neverland
  • Genre: Fantasy/Horror
  • Dates read: 9.02.2022 – 14.02.2022
  • Star Rating: 5 stars

Plot: Life at Grace Field House has been good for Emma and her fellow orphans. While the daily studying and exams they have to take are tough, their loving caretaker provides them with delicious foods and plenty of playtime. But perhaps not everything is as it seems… 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.

I had heard so many things about this series especially after the anime came out and there was so much hype for it. I was planning on watching the show after the final season came out but I had heard that the final season was very rushed. I decided then I would read the manga.

I expected this series to be good as per all the hype and love I saw on social media but I did not expect it to be as amazing as it is. I literally want to spend all day every day reading this series. I need to know what happens next desperately.

Starting off with the art style. I love it so much. I think the characters designs are amazing, I love the variation in each designer each orphan child. There are also other characters you meet along the way which are amazingly designed. I love the imagination in their appearance. The artwork of Grace Field House and the surrounding area looks so picturesque and I truly feel the art style supports and elevates the story on a whole other level. It really helps set up the message the author is trying to put across.

The plot is super exciting and intriguing. With both volumes that I read I found myself enjoying the story but every time I got comfortable with where the story was going and thinking I knew all I needed to know about the characters but then the author comes in with an extra bit of information or something you had whole-heartedly not expected or even prepared for. And this is only the first two volumes which makes me think what else does this author have in store???

The characters in this manga are really interesting. I feel super invested in this story and in these characters. I think the design of the characters really lends to that investment as they are really young and you can’t help but want to keep an eye on them and check in on them. The character of Mom is super intriguing and I want to learn more about her!

The world building in this manga is shrouded in mystery as you can tell my the plot synopsis not everything is as it seems and the author is only slowly revealing certain bits on information. We are like the orphans trying to figure out what is going on. What we do get told but the author is super exciting and I just need to read the next book and unveil those layers and secrets.

Overall, this is a super intriguing mystery with characters you can’t help but root for and artwork which just elevates the series!

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