Review: The Promised Neverland season 2 fails to meet high expectations


The Promised Neverland is the remake of a popular manga that was released in August 2016 and has 20 volumes.

Ayushma Neopaney, Staff Writer

Season 2 of The Promised Neverland is causing division between long-term fans, with many feeling that it is a disappointing continuation of the first season.

The Promised Neverland is the remake of a popular manga that was released in August 2016 and has 20 volumes. After becoming the fourth-most popular manga of 2019 and winning many other titles, it was adapted into an anime. 

The 12 episodes of Season 1 followed the oldest orphans of Grace Field House — Emma, Ray, and Norman– on their dangerous adventure to escape the orphanage with all the other children after discovering a dark secret. 

Season 2 of the anime was expected to be released in 2020, but was pushed back due to the pandemic. But episodes are now coming out weekly. 

Season 2 continues with the surviving children’s attempt to find safety after escaping the orphanage and entering a world that they have never been in. 

Many fans have expressed their discontentment with the new season, as the plot differs from the manga. Others, however, like the change and feel that the alternative plot brings more excitement to the show. The new season is more of an adventure-thriller, while the first one was a psychological thriller.

But the second season is rushed, lacking the excitement that the first season and manga captured. Episode 7 seems more on track with the original plot, sparking hope among fans. Hopefully, this is a sign that the anime will introduce characters and scenes that were crucial to the manga. Many viewers can accept that opinions on Season 2 are simply a matter of preference, as it is not particularly bad but different.

Both seasons are available to viewers on Hulu and Funimation, while Netflix offers only Season 1 as of now. 

Regardless of the criticism from manga fans, the anime is perfect for viewers who are interested in dark fantasy or thrillers, consisting of a dark storyline that is packed with plot twists.