Remember fondly the chilling suspense and clever escape plan of The Promised Neverland’s first season? Yeah, so do we. Sadly, season 2 wasn’t quite the promised sequel, leaving manga fans feeling whiplashed and the anime community confused. But what exactly went wrong? Buckle up, because we’re diving into the breakneck pacing that turned a potentially great season into a rushed mess, along with the key arcs and scenes left out of the anime.
The Promised Neverland anime: From Grace Field to breakneck speed
Let’s rewind. Season 1 masterfully adapted the Grace Field arc, building dread and intrigue before the shocking escape attempt. Season 2, however, throws caution (and pacing) out the window. Arcs are condensed, characters feel underdeveloped and emotional moments lose their impact. Imagine cramming an entire novel into a short story – that’s basically what happened here.
Missing milestones of The Promised Neverland Manga
Norman’s supposed sacrifice in the manga left us reeling with tears, the wait for his return was agonizing, building anticipation for a tearful reunion. In The Promised Neverland Season 2? He’s back in 7 episodes. The emotional impact? Gone. Poof! The anime downplayed the gravity of his “sacrifice” and the relief of his return, makes us feel cheated.
This trend continues with key character developments. Sonju and Mujika, crucial allies in the manga, barely get screen time, leaving their motivations and relationship with Emma underdeveloped.
Goldy Pond arc lost
Speaking of underdeveloped, the Goldy Pond arc – a significant part of the story – suffers the most. Key scenes like the children infiltrating the hunting grounds and their encounter with Leuvis, a demonic poacher, are completely skipped. This not only weakens the arc’s tension but also leaves you scratching your head, especially when plot points from these missing scenes pop up later with little explanation.
The anime offered a glimmer of hope for Isabella as she had a tearful reconciliation with the children. She is easily forgiven by her children and moves on to the human world with them. In the manga, however, Isabella’s path is darker. She reappears much later, seeking forgiveness before succumbing to death.
Emma’s deal with The One
The Promised Neverland Season 2 concluded with a seemingly happy ending: the farm system was dismantled and orphans reached the human world. But the manga takes a more bittersweet turn. Emma strikes a deal with a Demon King, promising “The One” in exchange for freedom. This cryptic “One” wasn’t mentioned in the anime. In the manga, it’s revealed to be Emma’s most precious possession: her memories of her family.
Escape from Shelter B06-32
A major point of divergence occurs in the escape from Shelter B06-32. In the manga, Andrew and his team, acting on orders from Peter Ratri, ambush the Shelter after months of searching. Mary, Johnny, Elliot, Fred, Michael, and Malcolm are killed, while the survivors escape through tunnels. Andrew survives and captures Alicia, using her as leverage. He is eventually devoured by a demon.
In the anime, the escape plays out differently, with the children fighting off the attackers with bows and arrows (instead of guns) and suffering no casualties. The Shelter is destroyed, and the children fight off demons before escaping into the woods.
Key characters not shown in the Promised Neverland Season 2
In addition to the aforementioned absences, several crucial characters from the manga’s massacre of the demons are missing from the anime:
- The Queen: The ruler of the demon world, whose assassination forms the cornerstone of Norman’s plan.
- The Five Regent Houses: Powerful demon families who control various aspects of demon society and are targeted by Norman.
- Lord Geelan: The leader of the Geelan clan who was betrayed by the FIve Regent Houses and a significant ally in the manga.
- The Tifari: The demon festival where three best children of the farms are eaten by The One.
While the anime presents a streamlined and action-oriented version of The Promised Neverland manga. it comes at the cost of sacrificing major plotlines, character development, and the manga’s exploration of revenge. The absence of key characters, locations, and story arcs fundamentally alters the story of the manga and causes unnecessary confusion through the rushed-up plot.
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