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'The Promised Neverland (Japanese: 約束のネバーランド, Hepburn: 'Yakusoku no Nebārando) is a Japanese television series based on the manga written by Kaiu Shirai and illustrated by Posuka Demizu, first serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from August 2016 to June 2020, with the individual chapters collected and published by Shueisha into eighteen tankōbon volumes as of June 2020. 

Premise

The Promised Neverland follows a group of the smartest kids at a seemingly perfect orphanage uncover its dark truth when they break a rule to never leave the orphanage grounds. Once the truth is discovered, they begin to plan an escape to save all of the children.

Production

Development

An anime television series adaptation was announced in the 26th issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump on May 28, 2018. The series aired from January 11 to March 29, 2019 on Fuji TV's late-night Noitamina anime programming block. The series is animated by CloverWorks and directed by Mamoru Kanbe, with Toshiya Ono handling series composition, Kazuaki Shimada handling character designs, and Takahiro Obata composing the series' music.

Release

The series ran for 12 episodes, which covered the series' first story arc, equivalent to manga chapters 1 through 37. It simulcasted on Amazon Video, but only in Japan, contrary to the contract giving Amazon exclusive streaming rights to shows that have aired on Noitamina since Spring 2016, as Wakanim has exclusive streaming rights in France. Aniplex of America streamed the series on Crunchyroll, Hulu, Funimation, and Hidive, starting on January 9, 2019. Madman Entertainment simulcasted the series on AnimeLab in Australia and New Zealand. On March 28, 2019, The late-night programming block Adult Swim announced that the anime's first season will be aired on the Toonami block starting April 13, 2019. Funimation added the series to its streaming service and it will began on July 1, 2020.

A second season was announced in March of 2019, and originally announced to premiere in October 2020, but due to the rampant COVID-19 pandemic, it was postponed to January 2021.

Streaming

On July 20, 2020, it was subsequently announced, among many other animated and non-animated titles, that the first season of The Promised Neverland will be made available on August 4, 2020.

Reception

Awards

In February of 2020, the anime series was awarded "Best Fantasy" at Crunchyroll Anime Awards, and the Grace Field House caretaker Isabella won the "Best Antagonist" category.

In November of 2019, Polygon named the series as 'one of the best anime of the 2010s', and Crunchyroll listed it in their "Top 100 best anime of the 2010s". IGN also listed The Promised Neverland among the best anime series of the 2010s

trivia

  • Japanese rock band UVERworld performs the series' opening theme song "Touch Off," while Cö shu Nie performs the series' ending theme songs "Zettai Zetsumei" and "Lamp".

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