If you’re a fan of anime that have a cat-and-mouse type of story, then The Promised Neverland is for you. I know by the time that I got done watching this season I was mentally and emotionally drained from all of the suspense. It’s hard being on the edge of my seat for that long, waiting to see if the kids in Grace Field House will escape or not.
For those that might not have watched this anime yet, The Promised Neverland is a story about 38 kids growing up in an idyllic house run by a loving “mother.” Every so often, one of the children will be sent to live with “foster parents” and leave the house. The children that leave are never heard from again.
The children seem genuinely happy. They consider each other a member of their family and get along well. For a group house, this appears to be the perfect environment.
Everything starts to deteriorate one day when two of the 11 year olds, Emma and Norman, run after Mom and one of their siblings who was being taken to her “foster parents.” They broke the rules and crossed the gate leading out of their home. What they found turned their world upside down.
Their little sister, Conny, had been killed and was being processed by hideous monsters. It turns out the children are being raised as cattle. They’re meant to be meals for the monsters. They’re not just any meal either. The kids are considered fairly high quality, especially Emma, Norman and their friend Ray.
With the secret now out, the anime becomes one big contest between Isabella, the house “Mom,” and the three friends. The kids want to escape and Isabella needs them to be harvested on schedule. The high stakes nature of the game keeps you on edge the entire time.
If you like psychological thrillers then I think you’ll get into this anime. Everyone participating in the game has a high intellectual capacity. We’re shown early on that Emma, Norman and Ray always score perfectly on their tests. Their high level of intelligence is what makes them high quality food after all.
Isabella has a similar level of intelligence. It doesn’t get revealed until later but there’s a reason for this. I won’t spoil it if you haven’t watched The Promised Neverland yet but just know that in order for Isabella to become a “Mom” she had to go through an intense selection process.
While it’s easy to dislike Isabella, there are parts where you do feel sorry for her. The same can be said for the help that Isabella brought in, Sister Krone. Sister Krone is in the same situation that Isabella is in, only not at the same rank. The two women are responsible for raising the kids to be slaughtered, which is atrocious, but they’re also victims of the same system.
Ultimately things do come to a head at the end of the season. There are some big reveals along the way. You go on an emotional roller coaster as there are plenty of difficult decisions that have to be made by Emma, Norman and Ray. All I want to do now is go find out what the rest of the story is.
Is The Promised Neverland Season 1 Worth Watching?
Yes. The Promised Neverland season 1 is worth watching. I held off on watching this anime for a long time because of the premise. As a father of two young children I couldn’t imagine watching an anime where kids are raised to be fed to monsters. I’m glad I did though.
Everything about The Promised Neverland is quality. It also wasn’t completely distasteful and went over the top with gore. If it had, I would’ve turned it off before the end. I can take anime that deal with fighting between adults. When children are the victims, though, I can’t watch. The Promised Neverland keeps you entertained with its story and the relationships between the characters. It’s just well done!
Now go watch some anime!