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.

The Promised Neverland Episode 9 Norman

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.

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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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The Promised Neverland Episode 7 Review

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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In Case You Missed It 2019 #7

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I decided this week to make a greater effort to include episodic content as even though I read and comment on plenty of episode reviews I’ve gone back through my round ups and realise I rarely link to them. As always if there is a post you think deserves some attention please flick me the link via my contact or DM me on Twitter.

Incidentally, this week I asked twitter who was cuter this season: Fuzzy from The Morose Mononokean or Haru from My Roommate is a Cat. Tragically, Fuzzy kind of got slaughtered in the individual votes but a lot of people did choose both so there’s clearly some love for him out there.

Posts from the Community

The Anime Alcove has a great write up of episode 5 of Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka that is as fun to read as the episode was to watch. It covers the main plot points with a bit of opinion about how they sat within the story and just as entertainment and it is nice and quick to read but gets the job done. Well worth checking out if you are following the show or even if you are curious about it (though a few plot spoilers if you haven’t seen it).

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Nerdgeist shares their top ten cosplays by Spiral Cats and honestly some of these costumes and photos are incredibly impressive. Loved scrolling through this post and seeing some of the great work they’ve done. I’m not massively into the cosplay scene but I do appreciate the effort some people put into this and these were amazing.

Kapodaco shares their list of ten trivial anime pet peeves. It is a fantastic list of tropes and recurring events in anime that really are both pointless and annoying and I think most anime fans will find a few things on this list that have them nodding along. And after reading this list I’ve seen about half of them within the next couple of days. If you can’t find your trivial anime pet peeve here why not add it to the comments.

Irina does an amazing job with her February OWLS post focusing on one specific episode of Natsume Yuujinchou and two characters who are well worth discussing. For anyone who has watched Natsume this post is a must read. If you haven’t watched Natsume (why not), this post may show you why this series is an absolute must watch – though you know it discusses two characters from season six.

Xenodude covers Domestic Girlfriend Episode 5 and like me remains pleasantly surprised by the series (the beauty of low expectations). This is a nice write up of the events and some speculation about where this may go and it is just fun to read so if you are following Domestic Girlfriend be sure to check it out.

MIB has a review of Vatican Miracle Examiner which is a title I haven’t thought about or heard about since it finished airing so this review kind of caught me by surprise. If you didn’t catch the series while it was airing this review will help you decide if this one is worth going back and checking out or whether you are better off just letting it go. Either way, a great read.

Hall of Elliot is looking back at Girls’ Last Tour with the English dub now coming out and this is an anime that made a splash when it first aired but doesn’t get a lot of discussion (and really should). If you happened to miss Girls’ Last Tour when it came out, check out this post and then maybe go check out the anime. It is great. (No spoilers in the post as it focuses on episode 1).

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Atelier Emily discusses the dystopian setting within The Promised Neverland and looks closely at how Isabella in particular has been framed through the use of shot types. It’s a fun discussion post of The Promised Neverland that doesn’t reveal anything more beyond what the anime has shown so far so you don’t need to be wary of manga spoilers. Well worth reading if you are following the anime.

The Promised Neverland Episode 4 Mother and Sister Krone

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The Promise of a Traitor Times 2

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The Promised Neverland Episode 6 Review

We already established that Ray is a traitor in The Promised Neverland but betrayal seems to be an ongoing theme. While we know Ray and Norman are in a contest to see who will blink first, with both seemingly willing to betray the other at the earliest convenience to them, we have so many other betrayals bubbling away.

Isabella betrayed all of their trust and we really see the impact of that again through Don and Gilda’s eyes in this episode. Now, some people might cynically say that this betrayal happened back in episode one and we saw it through Emma’s eyes in episode 2. But it is important that we realise that as more kids find out the truth and are brought in on the plan, each one has to come to terms with the most important person in their world actually being an enemy. Don and Gilda’s reactions are a snap-shot of what all the kids are going to go through, though I assume they won’t tell the younger ones until they are already over the wall (it would make more sense).

The Promised Neverland Episode 6 Don and Gilda

Don and Gilda though have also betrayed the group’s trust by going off and doing their own thing, though in Don’s view they weren’t trusted in the first place so he doesn’t view his actions as betrayal. It’s an interesting dynamic and one that they kind of sort out, but at the expense of a fairly public argument even if it did occur at night.

The Promised Neverland Episode 6 Don Calls Them On Their Lie

Meanwhile, Krone remained remarkably out of sight for a second episode, but that just made her final appearance this week even more dramatic. She’s determined to betray Isabella but is in check mate. However, Don and Gilda’s inclusion in the plan gives her a new opportunity after witnessing the group outside at night and so Krone plays a fairly bold, if slightly, insane move.

However, as with all of these characters, the question is whether or not the kids can trust Krone long enough to use her to escape (the idea of an actual alliance being completely ludicrous).

The Promised Neverland Episode 6 Ray

I really enjoyed this episode and I like the dynamic being constructed here. Ray had some interesting expressions again and I get they are contrasting his usual dead pan with the few moments he emotes but it really is the weakest part of the characterisation for me. Meanwhile, Emma’s just a bundle of gorgeous, and I’m waiting to find out Phil is a traitor given he’s the one who entered the room scaring Don and Gilda and is also the one who alerted Emma to the secret in the books. Seriously, what’s up with Phil.

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