“The Promised Neverland” season two attempted to jump right back into the action, picking up where the first had left off.
Viewers find themselves running alongside the children of Grace Field, attempting to make sense of their new outside world. Their daunting escape from the farm, where they were being raised as meat for the demons that ruled the outside world.
However, expectations that were high after a masterpiece of a debut season fell short. It is bafflingly disappointing in every single way.
For whatever reason, the creators chose to take out large chunks of plot from the manga, which completely screwed up the pacing of the second season. Though the first few episodes were bearable, it shortly felt off.
Episode five was truly when everything began to decline. A year passes, cutting out beloved story arcs that were found in the manga. Not only that, but the biggest grand reveal of “The Promised Neverland” loses all its meaning with this time jump.
The writing suffered as well, with a suffocating amount of exposition being dropped. There are certain cases where “show, don’t tell” can work in a show’s favor and this is not one of those times.
Everything feels too plot convenient. The creators spent too much time breaking everything down and spoon feeding it to the audience- except for the crucial moments from the manga that they decided to skip.
The recap episode, only a few episodes in, felt like a slap in the face. The time spent recapping could have been much better suited in giving a montage of the year that had passed at the very least.
I will say that the visuals are beautiful as always. To those that didn’t read the manga, meeting the demons Mujika and Sonju provides an interesting insight to the structure of this society.
They are part of a religious group, surprisingly, known as the Heathens because of their restraint in eating human flesh. Their characters, and assistance in saving the children, make me wish that more moments like these were included in the bulk of the episodes.
Ones that provoked original thought from the viewer. Allowed their own conclusions to form rather than being force-fed information.
At this point, the narrative feels too far removed from the original story to be remotely salvageable. Season one was so promising, with the thought that this could become one of the best up-and-coming animes to date, but the beginning of season two makes it clear that is not the case in the slightest.