The Promised Neverland Season 2

Title: The Promised Neverland Season 2
Original Title: 約束のネバーランド
Episodes: 11
Year: 2021
Studio: CloverWorks
Directed by: Mamoru Kanbe

DISCLAIMER! By being this a review of the 2nd season of the anime, you could find spoilers of the previous seasons even in the synopsis. Read the article at your discretion.

Emma, Ray, and the rest of the older children have escaped the confines of the Grace Field House. However, with relentless demons set on capturing them, their arduous battle for freedom has only just begun.
Despite venturing into the treacherous wilderness, the children remain optimistic due to their possession of books written by William Minerva. Coded within his books are messages detailing the world outside the farm—information that can help them survive with the limited resources they have. But when their pursuers draw near, the children soon encounter their most dreadful situation yet.
In Yakusoku no Neverland 2nd Season, the children struggle to survive in the strange ruthless world, striving to find a sanctuary they can truly call home.
(from MyAnimeList)

The story gets back immediately into full-action as our kids start looking for the solution around the enigma of William Minerva and this first part of the anime really got me into it.
I also get fooled as, despite being full of action, he didn’t seem to have the same feeling of unease that the first season was giving off… but after a few episodes it is right back with the usual anxiety in the background.

The plot twists are amazing and one of the characteristics I appreciated most from this second season is how the monsters are humanized with their actions, expressions and feelings. This really put the story in a deeper layer of depth and seriousness and I think that some of the scenes, due to this, could make the most emphatic viewer uncomfortable.

However a part that starts around the half of this series seems completely out of the plot as it felt too lucky that something like this might be happening. We have a plausible explanation about this after a bit and it opens up to an interesting development of the story but still this is where the series starts to fall.
(sorry if this is a confusing part but I’m trying to be as vague as possible to avoid spoilers)

From this point onward all starts to seem rushed, like something was missing and that they were purposely rushing to a far-fetched season finale that seems totally out of place. A complete delusion after the hype I got from the first season.

This finale seems to be the end of the story but I have to say that, if a new and third season comes out, I don’t know if I will be willing to continue watching this after the disaster that is this second one.

I had the chance to talk about this second season with a friend that also read the manga and I got some quite shocking revelations from her (don’t worry, I will not make any spoilers)!
The first one, that really left me astonished, is that they skipped an entire saga of the story… and not a small one as it should consist of circa 60-70 manga chapters! In this missing part we would have a big part of character development of our protagonists, something that would have made the finale make more sense:
Also speaking about the finale: a lot of the scenes that we saw at the end of the anime seem to be totally invented and absent from the manga.
Honestly, I don’t know what to think… To me it seems like they wasted such a good story.


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