Where To Without The Promise of Tomorrow?

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The Promised Neverland Episode 10 Review

Wow, The Promised Neverland is determine to wring every inch of drama out of the current scenario and in less deft hands I would find this kind of irritating as the episode ends with so many question marks. However as this anime continues to present beautiful visual and sound direction to support a compelling story with characters I’ve come to love, instead of feeling frustrated I’m mostly just on the edge of my seat waiting for more, exactly as they intended.

Norman saying farewell to Emma and Ray - The Promised Neverland Episode 10

Going straight into spoiler territory if you haven’t seen the episode.

Norman’s last night at the orphanage is heart breaking. His teary farewells with Emma and Ray as they staunchly deny what is about to happen and then his goodbye to the other kids is perfectly delivered. Emma’s last ditch attempt to cause a scene and to keep Norman from leaving is perfect as is Isabella’s cold and crushing death threat to keep her from going any further.

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The quiet walk to the gate, the third we’ve seen as Norman follows Connie’s and Sister Krone’s footsteps, is just long enough to have impact but not feel drawn out and Norman and Isabella’s casual conversation is revealing, though of what I’m not entirely sure of just yet. However, we then get the moment that has left me desperate to know more and that is the brief moment we see of Norman beyond the gate and entering a lit room. Is Norman dead or not? We have no way of knowing and with the tone of the show it could go either way plunging us into a tragic reveal later or a triumphant return and both would fit the current narrative beautifully.

The Promised Neverland Episode 10 - Ray "Let's Die Here"

As for Emma and Ray, despondent would be a tepid descriptor of their personalities as the days, weeks and then months roll on and finally Ray’s last day approaches. Though, if you think The Promised Neverland is done yet, think again as Emma seems determined to see something through which just makes me wonder what scheme they’ve hatched in the background that we don’t yet know about.

With so few options available I’m scratching my head to figure out what they have planned, but ultimately I’m going to have to sit back and wait and to be honest the anticipation is horrendous. I desperately want to know.

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Cute young Emma and Ray to lighten the mood.

Clearly I’m a little caught up in this story and so clearly it has met its goals. I’m loving The Promised Neverland and I’m waiting with bated breath for the next episode.

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In Case You Missed It 2019 #10

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It has been another full on week in the real world though I was fortunately able to catch up a bit on anime and posting. There’s still a few shows I’m behind on and a couple of days when only two posts went out. I think I should be able to get the blog back up to full speed by the end of next week and back to consistent three posts a day, though we’ll see how the next week goes and whether I get thrown any more exciting twists and turns.

In the meantime, I have found some great posts from around the ani-blogging community to share this week with a lot of different topics covered. Be sure to check out some of the posts below if you missed them and as always, feel free to let me know if you come across a post you think deserves a shout out.

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Cactus Matt is back counting down top 10 OP’s of the season and this list is covers a nice range of some of the better openings from the season (with embedded videos if you don’t know them or just want to listen to some of the great songs). I love lists, I love great OP’s and this one was just a fun post to read so be sure to check it out and share your favourite OP’s in the comments.

A Nerdy Perspective gives us a review of Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-San. This one had a few people chatting about it when it was airing and since has gone strangely quiet but if it was one you didn’t watch while it was airing it might be a good weekend entertainment for you. Check out the review and see what you think.

Skull Face Book Seller Honda San Episode 8

Arthifis continues to look at each show that premiered this season and give an impression post based on three episodes (great for figuring out which anime you should go back and give a go if you are looking for something new to watch). This post covers The Magnificent Kotobuki which is a post I was waiting for because I’ve been curious about this one and hadn’t tried it myself. I’m not sure if I was convinced to give it a go or not, but I did enjoy seeing Arthifis’ initial impressions on it.

Atelier Emily has a really great break down of episode 8 of The Promised Neverland and how visuals played into the narrative shift that was taking place. Heavy spoiler warning for those not up to that part of the anime and haven’t read the source, but it is a great post and one well worth reading to those who did watch the episode.

The Promised Neverland Episode 8 Krone's Death

Lita Kino has a fantastic post about Lacus and how her character really came into her own in Destiny. I quite enjoy Lacus as a character and I really enjoyed reading Lita’s perspective on her and why Lita liked her. A fun post to read for those who enjoyed Gundam Seed.

Irina continues to produce consistently interesting content and this week I fell in love with her post on colour coding in ACCA where she looks at the main characters and what their hair colour tells us about them. Apparently a lot more than I was paying attention to. It is a really great post and well worth the read, particularly if you enjoyed ACCA or even if you just like learning a bit more about colours and their meanings.

Yuri Reviews covers Scorching Ping Pong Girls. Now I haven’t seen the anime and it doesn’t sound like my kind of thing, but this was a nicely written review that seemed to cover some of the positives and issues with the series and generally provided a good overview without giving away too much. If you are interested in the anime it would be well worth reading.

Reasons to Anime shares 5 Reasons To Skip Phi Brain. I was actually a little sad to read this because this anime had been on my watch list for a while and it was one I was secretly kind of waiting for a good moment to sit down and binge watch thinking I’d probably quite enjoy it. I still might, but given some of the reasons given here to skip it, I’m not holding out quite as much hope anymore.

Otome Kitten has a great review of Code Realize: Wintertide Miracles. If you are curious about the game this is a nicely detailed review that is easy to read and has some great visuals to support it. I definitely recommend giving it a read if you’ve been thinking about this game.

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David from Another Anime Review covers episode 6-9 of My Roommate is a Cat. I’m really quite enjoying that anime and while it isn’t flawless by any means, it has been a fairly quiet and entertaining show this season and one that I’d love to see get a little more attention. Anyway, if you are curious as to how it is proceeding this is a great post to check out.

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The Promised Neverland Promises Yet More Pain

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The Promised Neverland Episode 9 Review

Well, Norman is all but giving up and accepting that he isn’t going to survive through the next day, though he goes through quite the array of emotions to get there. The Promised Neverland hasn’t hit our characters this hard emotionally since episode 1 when Emma and Norman had the very foundation of their world shaken up and now Emma’s injured and Norman has very much realised how outmatched they really are. Or has he? He’s still hopeful that he can help Emma and Ray escape even though he won’t be there.

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Emma and Ray, for their part, outright deny his decision. They demand that he escape, even if that means just hiding until Emma’s leg is healed and they can all escape together, and somehow they convince him.

The Promised Neverland Episode 9 Ray and Emma
Good friends don’t let you calmly walk to your death.

This wasn’t an ideal solution in the first place but it gives the characters, and the audience, the tiniest slither of hope that they aren’t about to take out a main character. That tiny slither of hope is just enough to devastate us when they get to the revealing conclusion of this episode.

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You can tell things are bad when bone breaking is considered a potential solution.

Now the more cynical might wonder what the point of anything has been given the kids clearly were never escaping in the first place but realistically this is just another obstacle. Perhaps an insurmountable one and perhaps one that will finally do them in, but the whole way along the kids have been given obstacles to try to work around or overcome and while it seemed like they might get there, we’ve just had larger and more threatening obstacles revealed until finally we’ve reached this one.

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Pole vault?

Really, there was nothing for it but for Norman to return. Now the question is what did Krone leave them and does Norman have any chance of not making a pretty red flower as he dies.

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In Case You Missed It 2019 #9

Another week and you will have noticed that I did slow down the posting this week to two a day. Given the current in real life situation I’m going to continue on this slower schedule for at least another week as it is giving me some time to regroup. That said, I’ve continued to have a great time finding some really cool posts out there and as always if you would like me to give a shout out to a post send me a link via my contact or DM me on Twitter and I’ll check it out.

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Irina and Crow continue their coverage of The Promised Neverland with a discussion on Episode 7. It is a bit spoiler heavy if you haven’t watched the episode yet but for those watching the anime it is a fun post dissecting what we saw and speculating about where it might be going. Well worth reading for those watching the anime.

But in case that’s not enough of The Promised Neverland (and what is really enough), Lynn Sheridan has a great write up on Episode 8. Again, spoiler warning, but episode 8 was fantastic and there are some pretty solid review posts coming out about it.

Dominic over on Little Anime Blog has a review of Land of the Lustrous that is very nicely written. This one is light on spoilers and more describes the experience rather than specific events so if you are curious about whether Land of the Lustrous might be something you should watch this is a review for you to check out.

Anime Motivation (a site I’ve somehow never found before but am glad I stumbled upon last week) had a great post giving us 11 Educational Anime or at least 11 anime that can give you a new perspective even if they don’t necessarily teach something specifically. It was a really fun list to read and I found a few other articles on the site I’m going to have to go and read at some point. Anyway, if you missed this post, be sure to go and check it out as it is definitely fun reading.

Blogging Almost has an interesting discussion about the hook of Darker Than Black. This post does discuss the overall downturn of the series as season 2 gets underway but mostly it is about how the first episode draws you into the characters and the world. And by the way, if you haven’t watched Darker Than Black, you probably should.

Wooderon shares some thoughts on That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and how Rimuru essentially being in easy mode makes for a less than compelling narrative. While some people will disagree, this is something that has been bothering me about the show for a fair while as there never does seem to be any tension or concern in any scenario making the anime feel a little lacking, despite being reasonable fun. Anyway, if you aren’t violently opposed to the idea of criticism of Slime this is an interesting post.

Xenodude has started covering School Live so if you’ve seen episode one and curious to see how someone who didn’t know what the twist was takes it, this post is a fun read. For those who’ve never seen it, unless you want to know the twist it is probably best to watch the episode first before checking out the post.

I kind of have to thank Irina for this one as she highlighted the blog in her blog discovery post, but I came across this post by Dirk about escapism in No Game No Life and it was such a fun read. It looks at the first episode and premise of No Game No Life and how it connects with an audience who may in fact be looking for an escape themselves. Really enjoyable read and well worth checking out.

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Then because I was now following this blog, I had the pleasure of reading a comparison of the protagonists from One Punch Man and Mob Psycho 100 and while I haven’t finished even season one of Mob and One Punch Man was great for a once watch but I’m kind of done with it, I really enjoyed this post. It is nicely detailed, nicely written, and it is just interesting seeing how the author created characters who have superficial similarities but some fairly strong core differences.

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Irina has to have it this week with her post of Yoko Littner from Gurren Lagann. Now Yoko is an awesome character and Irina’s post here does a great job of capturing the reasons why, describing particularly a scene toward the end of Gurren that really just showcases everything amazing about Yoko. Of course, if you haven’t seen the anime, there are spoilers here, but for everyone who has seen the anime, this is a post well worth reading so be sure to hop on over if you missed it last week.

And as much as I loved Irina’s post on Yoko, I do have to throw this one in as a pick of the week. The Nerdy Girl News shares some valuable tips on how to gain followers and get traffic for your anime blog. Be sure to read it as it is well worth the time and really helpful in explaining what they have done and how it has worked.

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After Making Us Wait, The Promised Neverland Is Going To Deliver

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The Promised Neverland Episode 8 Review

I think it will be more or less impossible to review this episode without spoilers so count that as fair warning. This week we finally see the end of the Krone/Isabella power struggle and while the result of that is inevitable, Krone’s presence hasn’t been wasted. While I never felt she fit with the general tone of the story, her character role has been invaluable in understanding more about the world and Isabella and though we are left with more questions than answers, I really feel her presence has been fairly important to understanding the context for how this story is going to play out.

The Promised Neverland Episode 8 Isabella and Krone

However, how sad is it that her final thoughts are wishing the children escape as even in death she can only think of bringing Isabella and the world down? Amazingly when Krone believed she might be able to get ahead, while she wasn’t fine with the system she was working with it. But once it was clear that she was simply fodder and not going to achieve her dreams, she immediately just wanted to watch everything burn.

Though I do have a few questions about how that scene was composed as Krone was backed up against the bars one minute and the next was backing up toward the wall and the distance between Krone and the bars was never consistent. It was great to watch mind you, but just kind of made no sense unless Krone was suddenly capable of teleportation.

The Promised Neverland Episode 8 Krone's Death

And you know what, despite Krone finally coming to an end, that wasn’t the real OMG moment of the episode.

Was it Isabella turning on Ray and locking him in a room while she went to confront Emma and Norman? Was it Don coming to the rescue and barrelling through a wooden door to get Ray out? Or even the confrontation with Emma, Norman and Isabella?

The Promised Neverland Episode 8 Isabella and Ray

Nope. All of these moments were brilliant and building on all that careful groundwork this story has been laying down, but the real moment comes after the confrontation where Emma and Norman make a decision and Isabella just immediately shuts them down (by breaking Emma’s leg). Oh, I hated that sound-effect and yet it was perfect and yeet they still weren’t done as Isabella had one more bombshell for Norman.

The Promised Neverland Episode 8 Emma, Isabella and Norman

I feel that the Promised Neverland is going to join my collection of stories like Another and Shiki that feel like very slow burns and then things start happening. But the thing is, that’s what makes them great. They don’t rush the set up and give you just enough to keep you interested. The pay off may or may not end up reaching great heights but I really do enjoy this style of storytelling and I’m looking forward to the next couple of episodes of Neverland to see what they do next.

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In Case You Missed It 2019 #8

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Some of you would have already caught the news of twitter but for a week or so I’m scaling back my posting to two posts a day because life got hectic on me. Actually, it has been hectic for a couple of weeks but I was managing but I’m at the point where something has got to give or I’m going to break a little bit, so taking that one post away each day will help lighten the blog load a little and allow me to get some other things in order. I’m definitely not going on break or hiatus, just a temporary slow down of posts.

In the meantime, I’m not certain what that means for my reading of other posts. So far, I know I haven’t been commenting as much, more just reading and liking posts and moving on because I’m a little time poor at the moment. Hopefully I can continue to visit everyone and read their work because I really enjoy it and hopefully I can get back to being able to comment on posts and discuss anime with people.

Thanks to everyone who sent me kind words and thoughts on Twitter. I appreciate it and hopefully things will be back to normal very soon.

Below are some cool posts I came across last week. As always, if there is a post you would like to give a shout out to, send me a link via my contact page or DM on Twitter and I’ll check it out.

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Standing On My Neck has a mini-essay on the Crunchyroll awards winners. As I kind of tuned out of the awards this year after seeing the nominations and only finding one or two in any category that I even vaguely wanted to vote for, I was a little curious as to what ended up winning. I probably shouldn’t have been, but I did enjoy reading this post that looks at the nominations, what one and what Mr Flawfinder would have picked instead.

Black and Yellow Otaku Gamers has a mid-season review of The Promised Neverland (yes, everyone is writing about it). This one is a quick impression of the anime so far and is great though there is a fair amount of comparison to the manga (still no future spoilers if you are only watching the anime). Well worth the read if you are curious about The Promised Neverland.

The Promised Neverland Episode 4 Ray, Emma and Norman

Red Wolf Artist shares some more news on Japan’s attempts at modifying their copyright laws. Much like the EU’s current situation, this is one I’ve been paying fairly close attention to as the implications in terms of a future as an ani-blogger could either be huge or non-existent depending on just what the final version of the laws are that get passed and how they choose to interpret and enforce them.

Blubbyweb has a comparison of Poco’s Udon World and Barakamon looking at the superficial similarities in the settings and characters of the show, but the deep differences that lead to quite a different viewing experience. Having watched both of the anime, and quite enjoyed them even though neither is really within my preferred type of story, I quite enjoyed seeing them contrasted as it high lights what makes each anime a valuable and entertaining watch. Definitely worth checking out.

Ahneemeh has a fun post where they look at ten character pairs you won’t believe have the same voice actor. There’s quite the wide ranging list of characters and voice actors on this list and some of the pairs really do make you sit back and think if they sound anything alike. Still, there’s some well known voices on this list and it is always good to see the voice actors getting recognised for bringing some of our favourite characters to life.

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Nefarious Reviews has a great write up of Paranoia Agent. Clearly they are a fan of the director and that definitely shows in how they have viewed the anime, but it means this review highlights a lot of the positives that a fairly weird and overlooked anime bring to the table. If you’ve never tried Paranoia Agent, this one is a spoiler free review that might get you interested. And I am impressed that they managed to review it spoiler free. It is a hard anime to write about without giving things away.

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Playing With Fire (Or Trying to Deal With Sister Krone)

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This episode felt like we were back to the tense cat and mouse of episode 2 only with Sister Krone in the cat position rather than Isabella. This impression was aided by some fairly impressive direction assisting in building a sense of claustrophobia as danger closed in on the kids. The sound direction however went for the super dramatic and at times it was a little over the top, but it did get the tone across even if it felt a little heavy handed.

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What worked a little less well, as has become the norm, was Krone’s characterisation. There were times this episode where she was chilling and it seemed she would be quite the adversary to overcome, and then the next moment she’d be cackling maniacally and any ability to take her seriously, even as a lesser challenge would get shot. Also, her ongoing movement, circling the kids in the forest, leering into their faces in the bedroom, all just kind of make her character feel jarring compared to everything else in this anime. Still, this was her best showing in Neverland yet.

The Promised Neverland Episode 7 Sister Krone

Which might be a shame because it seems Isabella has been at work in the background and has her own plans afoot, but as usual it will be next episode before anything is confirmed.

I do however like that Krone proved to Norman and Emma that sometimes they aren’t as smart as they think they are. It was nice to see an adult see through them and call them on it. As smart as they are supposed to be, they are 11 and it makes sense that whatever schemes and plans they come up with, that an adult who also lived to be 12 in a house (so theoretically must have scored high on the tests) would be able to see through their actions. And it is a definite warning that Isabella is probably equally able to do so.

The Promised Neverland Episode 7 Emma and Norman

Once again, the episode moves Phil into a position where he is noted but doesn’t do anything of note. I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop to tell us what is going on with Phil and whether he’s a red-herring, a spy, or something else entirely but I am enjoying the build up and hope the pay off is worth it.

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