Season aired: Winter 2021
Variety of episodes: 12
Genres: Drama, Thriller, Fantasy
Ideas: The Promised Neverland Season 2 will seemingly go down as probably the most tragic endings within the anime world, and I don’t imply that within the good, heart-wrenching manner. After an extremely well-produced first season that left audiences begging for a second season, the workforce opted to as an alternative smash every little thing collectively to tie a pleasant bow across the total collection as a remaining goodbye. And it was an absolute mess.
The Promised Neverland follows a bunch of orphans who grew up in Gracefield. After discovering the terrible fact about their world, the youngsters determined to take issues into their very own fingers to do no matter it takes to outlive.
Every little thing the primary season excelled at was fully lacking from the second season. Although I anticipated a style shift after the top of the primary season, the writing differed a lot in high quality between the primary and second season that it made me extra unhappy than bored. I leaped on the laptop computer at any time when there was a brand new episode, but I couldn’t assist however really feel a sinking feeling in my abdomen as I watched every episode.
At the same time as somebody who didn’t learn the manga, I may inform how a lot materials was skipped due to how rapidly conflicts obtained resolved and how briskly the story progressed. In a single specific episode, I keep in mind counting a complete of 5 separate conflicts getting resolved inside minutes of one another. Even worse, the conflicts began conversations that have been convoluted and full of grey morality, however the collection opted to easily wave the issues away by means of the acquainted energy of friendship in a collection well-known for not utilizing friendship as a core answer to its extra difficult issues.
New characters have been launched left and proper with backstories rapidly pressured down earlier than shifting ahead as soon as extra, which left little depth or persona. Whereas I nonetheless discovered the overarching storyline of The Promised Neverland riveting, its execution was undeniably horrendous. Its theme of views required in depth worldbuilding, none of which we skilled as viewers on this season, and its query of making an attempt to decide on between systematic stability over new concepts additionally rapidly obtained swept below the rug.
Actually, the whole final episode of the collection consisted of plenty of straight montages of the heroes conveniently fixing each final concern the collection vaguely talked about. Complete arcs obtained summarized right into a single nonetheless image. We by no means noticed the method, and even the titular protagonists really feel a lot extra cardboard compared to their personalities within the first season.
The entire degradation of writing high quality hurts not solely due to the stable first season but additionally due to the opposite components concerned. Music continues to raise this collection, and the brand new items Obata-san composed sound marvelous to the ears, with one specific theme that sounds simply as alien because the creatures of the world. As well as, voice performing continues to excel. Emma’s voice actress, Sumire Morohoshi, really improved in her voice performing efficiency regardless of the less-than-average script given. Mariya Ise additionally continues her unbelievable efficiency because the logical and direct Ray. Nonetheless, as dangerous because the writing was, I’ve little doubt that the music and the voice performing will get fully ignored regardless of the stellar high quality.
I’m unsure why the manufacturing workforce selected to rapidly put an finish to The Promised Neverland slightly than persevering with the collection, however with how shoddily put collectively this second season was, I can’t assist however marvel why they even bothered making it within the first place. If something, even with no plans of constant the anime collection, they might’ve as an alternative chosen to finish it at an arc as many collection variations typically do. With a pressured ending that ignored mountains of world-building and character growth, the second season of The Promised Neverland will seemingly by no means fade from individuals’s minds as a result of waves of disappointment felt all all through the season.
Plot: 5.5 (Multiplier 3.5)
Characters: 6.5 (Multiplier 3.5)
Voice performing: 8
FINAL SCORE: 65.5