Manga Review: The Promised Neverland

Details: More information can be found at https://myanimelist.net/manga/100128/Yakusoku_no_Neverland

Score: 8.3/10

The Promised Neverland is one of the top selling mangas in Japan as of this time. It touches upon a number of genres like horror, action, and fantasy. What I like most about this manga is how much of the story consists of intellectual and psychological battles versus just pure action.

The Promised Neverland takes place in an orphanage. The orphanage is walled off and the kids have never seen the outside of it. Every so often, some of the kids at the orphanage find adoptive parents and leave, never to be seen again. One day, a few of the kids decide to take a peak outside as one of the kids leave and discover the horrible truth and decide to escape the orphanage into an unknown world.

What makes these kids so special is that they are not ordinary kids. Through some narrative reasons, each of these kids are geniuses. Thus, when engaging against their caretaker enemies, the whole conflict turns into a massive game of cat and mouse where both parties try to outsmart and deceive the other. Later story arcs involve more action, but just as much cleverness. The kids main weapon against their much larger, older enemies are their minds.

There is definitely a lot of blood and gore here and you definitely get the same vibes of Battle Royale or Walking Dead. Kids die. They die horribly at times. But the story is riveting and clever. Just when you think the kids are defeated, they come up with some sort of plan that evades their enemy.

The art is consistent and of good quality.

Overall, The Promised Neverland is one of the best, most original manga currently in print. After reading it, it’s ended up at the top of my must read list. It’s an easy recommendation for adult readers.

Score: 8.3/10

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