Anime Commentary Review

The Promised Neverland – Episode 4: 291045

 

Random Commentary:

  • I’m confused about what being a tomboy has to do with whether or not you’re good at raising children to be shipped and eaten…
  • I’m very curious to know what Isabella was like as a child. If she was as scary as this, then I know why she was picked to be a mother.
  • Aren’t the three of them just increasing the value of all of these goods by mentally and physically training them? They’re just doing Isabella’s work for her.
  • Jesus, Norman and Ray conversate like their adults.
  • Hmm, death flag? Or traitor flag? Tune in next week to find out on the next Dragon B- Lame joke, never mind.
  • Wait, wtf? So, both of them are traitors? So, where the heck is Gilda going?
  • Ah, I see. Gilda is teaming up with my favorite character. I should’ve known.
  • How loud did she need to say that? Everyone in the freaking house probably heard it.
  • PUNCH. HER. She’s so f***ing annoying.
  • Yo. Gilda is packing some mad muscles to be able to manage to push that beast away and make it stumble back a few feet. Damn, girl.
  • I mean, isn’t that what the whole, “Once a cheater, always a cheater” saying is all about, too? If you’re capable of betraying someone, then there’s no reason why you wouldn’t be capable of betraying the person you betrayed the other person for. Wait, that’s confusing.
  • Emma, that’s called kidnapping.
  • WHAT. Is he- WHAT. Ray is just saying that because someone’s listening in on them, right? Because if not, WHAT.

 

Final Thoughts:

So, apart from that last wtf moment of the episode, which I’ll get to in a bit, I have to be honest, I’m not understanding all of the hype that’s been surrounding this show since it aired. I did understand it for the first two episodes because they were very well-executed and the pacing was relatively well-done, but these past two have felt very lackluster in comparison. That’s not a good thing. 

First off, I feel the need to comment on the soundtracks in this episode. The soundtrack that’s played when Sister Krone is in the scene, in particular, is a very odd and distasteful choice. Alone, or perhaps as part of a more lighthearted anime, I’m sure I would enjoy it. But, when it’s used for this ‘horror, psychological’ show, it immediately takes away from whatever eerie atmosphere may have been in place and genuinely takes me out of the story. On the other hand, that soundtrack they used for when the three of them are walking up the stairs on their way to meet up with Don and Gilda was great. I quite often found myself thinking it was one of the Harry Potter soundtracks and it put me in a good mood. So, the soundtrack choice for this episode was so conflicting for me. I either loved it or hated it; there really was no in-between.

The other thing I wanted to kind of point out is that we’re finally starting to be able to see what everyone thinks of one another. I had mentioned before that they hadn’t really shown much bonding until episode two, but that was only between our three main protagonists. Now, we’re able to see what kind of relationships they have with the other children at the orphanage, particularly the other two elder ones. That scene when Emma and Gilda hugged in the bedroom was a moment full of pure love and care for one another. It had such perfect timing, too. I don’t think that emotional scene would’ve done so well if it had been done earlier in the episode.

And then came the WTF moment of the episode, one that I was stupidly not mentally prepared for. I even briefly mentioned in episode two how odd it was that Ray was unfazed at seeing Sister Krone introduced as the new helper. I really should’ve seen it coming. Now we have to deal with a traitor that we were supposed to trust. I’m hoping this moment will be executed well. I’m looking forward to hearing Ray’s point of view of this utter betrayal. I’m not going to sugarcoat it, I’m beyond excited that this turn of events occurred. I love seeing this type of internal turmoil between friends in stories. If done correctly, it can add such a great flavor to the plot.

So, since I’m so attached to Norman now, I’m pretty much just watching for him at this point, but I’m really hoping the intensity picks back up. It’s most definitely not living up to the hype so far for me, but the second half of this episode is giving me hopes that it’ll start getting better again. It’s always the first half of the episodes that put me off, it’s interesting. OH, I’m also hoping for more Isabella, as well, so there’s that. Onwards to the next!

 

BlameSaiki

 

I’m a 25-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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