Anime Commentary Review

The Promised Neverland – Episode 1: 121045


First Thoughts Prior to Starting the Show:

I’ve been constantly bugged lately to start this show since it’s apparently right up my alley with its tone and atmosphere, whatever they’re supposed to be. I like going into shows as blind as I can so that I enjoy them more, so I know nothing about this one. All I know is that it’s been super popular since it started airing, but hey, better late than never, right? Let’s see what all the hype is all about for this show!


Random Commentary:

  • Hmm, I like that whole “I wonder what this gate is protecting us from” quote because you can subtly tell that it’s the other way around. They’re not being protected from something, they’re been kept from something.
  • It’s a pretty catchy opening song. I’m sure I’ll be singing it by the end of the season, just you wait.
  • LOL I didn’t realize she was a girl until they called out her name.
  • This is an “orphanage”, huh? Last I checked, orphanages don’t brand children with numbers on their necks, but who am I to know?
  • OH MY. Things just went from 0 to 100 real quick, huh? My God, it looks like poor Conny died while being deathly afraid. Just look at that face.
  • I’m surprised Emma remembered to grab the bunny when they went to hide. Characters usually forget that for plot progression.
  • I loved their expressions when those creatures said “Isabella.” That was beautifully done and animated. An incredible display of fear.
  • I don’t know why the way that creature placed his hands on the ground and bent down gave me the serious heeby-jeebies like I had spiders crawling up my back.
  • Yeah, never mind. The bunny was indeed forgotten. RIP.
  • I have a feeling Norman will be my favorite.
  • You’re telling me no one heard her scream bloody murder outside?
  • “Oh, it went real good, Ray. That’s why it looks like we’ve been scarred for life. Just your typical adventure around the farm, ah, I mean orphanage… Tee-hee”
  • JESUS. CHRIST. I just lost a life.
  • Meh, I didn’t like the ending song as much as the opening.


Final Thoughts:

Overall, I think this was a solid first episode. The entire first half I found to be pretty stale and like it dragged a little bit. It just seemed to revolve only around them showing us how amazing Emma, Norman, and Ray are. Not much legitimate ‘bonding’ is really shown with just the three of them apart from signs that they’ve known each other for quite a while. Nonetheless, even though it was a bit of a snooze fest, I didn’t think any of it was really unnecessary from a story standpoint, which is a bit ironic. But, I get it from a writer’s perspective, so it’s fine.

The second half solidified itself in the “first episodes that instantly hook you” list. I’m a huge sucker for the whole “cute kids doing cute things until sh*t hits the fan.” Color me intrigued. The scene with Isabella at the end is the sole reason why I’m definitely going to watch episode two. Those types of scenes where I get petrified of seeing a character on-screen is exactly what I want more of. I want more Johans and Emonzaemons in my life. I applaud the studio for making that scene scare the living sh*t out of me. I was 100% not expecting it and had the volume up pretty loud. I’ve learned my lesson.

Let’s hope episode two keeps the ball rolling with the momentum the end of this episode got started. Onwards to the next!




I’m a 27-year-old story-telling fan. I enjoy all forms of media, including anime, manga, literature, films, video games, music, and everything else in between. I’ve been writing short stories and novels for myself as a hobby for as long as I can remember. I’ve never considered myself good enough to become published, but I’m hoping to change that someday. I’m a huge sucker for characters, so that’s usually what will make or break a majority of stories for me. Other than that, I spend my days working and trying to pay my bills (how fun, right?).

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