Episode 1: Episode 1
I don’t even know what to do with this day anymore. I’m not going to write about current events because I’m simply unequal to the task but my heart goes out to my southern neighbours. No matter how you look at it, it’s heartbreaking.
Hopefully, by the time this post goes up, things will be much better.
Also, the first episode of The Promised Neverland season 2 was supposed to air on Friday. At least, so I thought. But here we are, surprise Wednesday Neverland.
First I want to formally thank Crow for once again sharing this season with me. Crow, you have the floor.
Man, I don’t want to go through Wednesday, January 6, 2021 again! What a night…
Anyway, thanks, Irina! It’s great to be collaborating with you again, especially on The Promised Neverland! I was surprised the show came out when it did. Random Curiosity’s winter preview listed it as coming out on the 7th, and even then, I figured Funimation would need some time to caption it. But, I’m not going to complain!
Just noticed that it looks like I’m in bold. Also, there will be spoilers, because it’s almost impossible to say anything about Neverland without some disclosures!
Episode 2: Episode 2
In The Promised Neverland Season 2 Episode 2, “Episode 2,” Emma and Ray quickly learn the fate of the other children at the hands of Mujika and Sonju — which wasn’t nearly as bad as it sounds. Later, Sonju told Emma and Ray the world’s secret. It matched Emma and Ray’s “worst-case scenario.” Their reaction wasn’t quite what we expected. Finally, Emma asks Sonju to help her learn to hunt. The lesson brought back some uncomfortable memories for me.
Welcome to our collaboration review of The Promised Neverland Season 2, Episode 2. Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime and I have teamed up to give you twice the amazing insights. That’s the goal, anyway. Please don’t think it’s a guarantee or anything!
efore we dive in, do you have any opening thoughts on the episode, Iriina?
I’m going to leave my name like that and I hope Crow doesn’t correct it. However, if he does, I hope he doesn’t erase this sentence so that people can wonder what did he call me, anaway…
Oops! I’ll leave it. It makes me sound evil to say it that way.
So I ended episode 1 of The Promised Neverland season 2 already really impatient to see the next one. And then it didn’t air on Wednesday like the first episode had, and it actually made me a bit tufted. I was all ready to watch it; I had made a fancy dinner and I had a plan!
Did that little delay taint my experience? I bet you’ll find out if you read more…
A fancy dinner? Wow — you went all out! Good anime is a special occasion!
Episode 3: Episode 3
I don’t think I’ve ever had a show so frequently end episodes with me staring slack-jawed at my screen, quietly whispering expletives to myself, as The Promised Neverland. I may need to check my math on it, but I’m pretty sure that’s right. At the very least, it’s in the top 5!
Yeah, for those of you who haven’t watched the episode yet, that was quite an end stinger. You should go watch it in fact. Go now. Cause Crow and I are going to straight-up spoil everything. But before we get to that, how are you Crow? Enjoying your week? Some stuff happened.
Hi, Irina! Nice to review with you again! Well, for the moment, the USA remains intact, so I’m calling this a good week. We also have a professional response to COVID shaping up! Better late than never, I say. I could say a lot else, but I’m going to relish the positives like the excellent Bernie memes.
I’m in bold, and glad you warned about spoilers. I’m still shaking my head over those last shots…
Episode 4: Episode 4
In The Promised Neverland Season 2 Episode 4, creatively titled “Episode 4,” Emma, Ray, Don, Gilda, and the other kids try to make sense of the cryptic message from William Minerva. Except, he’s not William Minerva, and he admits that the demons found him out. He also gives them another option, should they not want to stay in the shelter forever. What will they do? They needed help from Mujika and Sonju, and they are nowhere to be found. What’s next for our pint-sized heroes?
Welcome to our collaboration review of The Promised Neverland Season 2, Episode 4. Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime and I have teamed up to give you twice the amazing insights. So that means Irina has to work extra hard!
Yes, I feel a little guilty.
efore we get this little show on the road, do you have any opening thoughts on the episode, Iriina?
I like the mundane moments of fantastic stories a lot. Basically, I’m the one freak who was really into the very beginning of Harry Potter, before he discovers he’s a wizard. Oh sorry, Spoilers for Harry Potter… I guess while we’re one that I should probably mention that there will be spoilers for The Promised Neverland Season 2 Episode 4.
My point being that I really enjoyed the kids just sort of hanging out. In fact, I wouldn’t have minded if they stretched it out for an episode or two. Having them do laundry and bicker over whose turn it is to wash the dishes. Stuff like that. I’m all in for those quiet boring moments, especially when the entire show is ostensibly a tense nonstop fight for survival.
I also like the shelter itself. I mean structurally. It’s a good layout. A bit spartan and stark, but I like fundamentals in architecture. A no nonsense layout like that is really the way to go for survival shelters in my opinion.
Episode 5: Episode 5
I’m a bit of an inconsistent reviewer. I’ve also been open about my struggle with post titles. Some series that I have reviewed episodically, I’ve stuck to naming convention, and others not. It’s quite random. And I have no clue whether the readers care about such things or not.
What bout you Crow, do you follow any guidelines when you come up with your post titles?
For a long time, I tried coming up with clever and witty titles. I thought my readers enjoyed them. Maybe the two readers that found my site did read them! I don’t know; they didn’t leave comments. Then I got on my SEO kick, and now I try to do something like you’ve done with this title: “The Promised Neverland Season 2 Episode 5.” That title helped readers find my posts. I still sometimes come up with what I hope are clever or fun titles after the main title. I like your “Liar’s Dice,” for example!
I do find that coming up with clever titles get exhausting after the fourth or fifth year, though…
I’m bold; Irina’s plain text. There will be spoilers. Well, if we talk about the episode at all there will be spoilers! It’s that kind of episode.
Episode 5.5: Episode 5.5/Guidepost
In The Promised Neverland Season 2 Episode 5.5, “5.5/Guidepost,” we briefly relive the defining moments from The Promised Neverland Season 1, where Norman, foreseeing that Ray would likely try to kill himself to give Emma and the other kids a chance to get away, came up with a better idea. We retraced the last harrowing moments as Isabella nearly caught Emma before she slid across the chasm that measured at least 5 Isabella-lengths to freedom.
Or so the children thought. As we moved into the first episode of season 2, we saw that the children hadn’t anticipated the demon-rich environment in the woods. As the episode brought us up to speed on season 2, we’re left with some interesting questions. How do the two seasons compare? Is the level of tension the same or better? And what did Norman see at the end of the first season, because they sure haven’t shown us yet!
Welcome to our collaboration review of The Promised Neverland Season 2, Episode 5. Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime and I have teamed up to give you twice the amazing insights. Which means I need to up my game or we’ll never get over 1.5 times the insights.
Before we dive in, Irina, any opening thoughts on the episode? Or how your week’s going?
The week is crazy busy. I’m having one of those work weeks where I have to choose between watching an episode or writing about one. Ironic, isn’t it. I started an anime blog because I wanted to extend my anime watching experience by sharing it with other people, but now it’s limiting it. Oh well, these things happen sometimes. I have been on 11 to 14 hour workdays, which I realize is actually pretty normal for a lot of people in the world, but what can I say. I’m not used to working this hard. I’m spoiled, you guys.
The upside is that when I power through the next three weeks or so that are going to be super intense, I plan to take a full week off and I will enjoy it so much more because of that. It’s going to be amazing.
Also, I will be in bold this week for a little change of pace. And it’s not so much that there will be spoilers because, well, you know. But if you don’t want to know what episode 5.5 is about at all, then you probably shouldn’t read this post. Cause we’re going to talk about it. Feel free to come back once you’ve seen it!
Episode 6: Episode 6
This was confusing. First, we get a recap episode sort of out of nowhere and then we have to wait an extra day for the next episode. The Promised Neverland is playing games with my timeline.
Also, tonight was a rough anime night. FUNimation was down for a while there so I couldn’t even watch episode 6, then I noticed that AniList is down as well. It’s not like I need AniList or anything, but I’m itching to add on the episodes I just watched. Talk about first-world problems.
Let’s get some perspective here, how are you Crow?
Well, we’re having our second snow event of the week. My snow blower broke last week and the part just came in. So, this weekend I get to see if I can remember how to use a wrench! AniList is still down, and I actually watched this episode on Hulu because I didn’t know FUNimation was back on line.
Yep; first world problems. I’ll take them over what the poor folks in Texas are putting up with this week!
I’ll be in bold; there will be spoilers.
Episode 7: Episode 7
In The Promised Neverland Season 2 Episode 7, “Episode 7,” Norman explained why he called Mujika the “evil-blooded girl,” proving once again that perspective is everything. After the explanation, Emma felt even more determined to save her friends — human and demon both. Norman’s wounds were just too deep, though, and he prepared to leave to execute his mission. Grabbing his hand, Emma begged him to give her a week to find Mujika and Sonju so they could come up with a better idea. Will Norman go for the idea? If he does, will Cislo, Barbara, and Vincent let him deviate from their plan? Do they even have enough time?
Before we get started, how’re things with you, Irina?
Pretty good. I started Jujutsu Kaisen recently and I am really digging it. I’ve also been on a streak of good manga. It’s wonderful how enjoyable entertainment can just perk up your entire mood.
I will say the last few episodes of Neverland have been a bit of a disappointment. Basically since the time jump it seems the series has lost it footing a bit. Maybe it’s a pacing issue. I feel like things aren’t set up well enough. It’s not horrible by any means I just know for a fact that it can be better.
And again, this episode lacked subtlety. The dialogue was a bit forced and blunt. But it did set up a few very interesting things and that can give a good payoff in the long-run.
Episode 8: Episode 8
I’m going to say something that’s probably unpopular at the moment. Not only that but I’m about to spoil this here post for you guys. I liked this episode of The Promised Neverland. It got a bit too heavy-handed for me towards the end there but the very last scene was sweet. And there were quite a few moments that had me roped in. I’m going to tell you guys all about it but first let’s catch up with Crow.
As much as I hate to admit it, when everyone gets down on an anime I get influenced. And I was getting disheartened with the Promised Neverland after a few rocky episodes and the onslaught of hate on social media. How did you feel Crow?
Before I forget, Crow is in bold and as usual and always, there shall be spoilers!
Hi, Irina! I’ve read the headlines saying that they should just cancel the series or the adaptation skipped the best parts of the manga. I tend to feel a bit discouraged, given how much I’d looked forward to this season. But in the end, when I’m watching the show, I honestly try to see it for what it is.
“Heavy-handed” is right. At the same time, “the last scene was sweet.” That’s a great capsule description of this season.
Episode 9: Episode 9
In The Promised Neverland Season 2 Episode 9, “Episode 9,” Norman’s biological weapons prove extremely effective on the local demon population. Only Vylk appears immune. His daughter, too, after she drank some of his blood. Norman was poised to murder both. As he debated with himself, Emma and Ray arrived and tried to talk him down. Will he listen to his two old friends, now that his four new friends egged him on to exterminate demon-kind? Can Emma and Ray convince him not to plunge his sword into the blind demon and little demon girl in front of him? Or do the burning buildings and dying demons all around mean it’s too late?
I see that you participated in Scott’s (from Mechanical Anime Reviews) Mecha March with your post, “Mecha March – What’s in a Design?” That looked like fun! How are things going overall? Having a good week?
Welcome indeed. It’s a pleasure to be here, Crow. I’m not sure if those questions in the first paragraph were for me because I know the answers. I bet most of our readers do as well. This is probably a very good time to warn you, that there will be spoilers.
Yes I did write a post with Scott for Mecha March. It was super fun, at least for me. I enjoy looking at designs and considering how much Scott knows about engineering it’s always fascinating to get his insight.
For those of you who may not know, Scott is one of our fellow bloggers. He’s lovely and has a real passion for classic and contemporary Mecha anime. You should go and give his blog a read if you haven’t!
Episode 10: Episode 10
have to admit, last week’s posts was a little surprising for me, Crow. I was aware that you had been less enchanted with the last few episodes of The Promised Neverland, but you were still praising it not that long ago, so I had not realized you had gotten to the point where you basically did not like a single element of it anymore.
I offered to finish the season on my own but Crow is a trouper you guys and didn’t want to go back on our collab. So at the very least, I’m going to try to keep this review as mercifully short as I can. I know how difficult and not fun it is to have to write about something you didn’t enjoy at all. Please don’t feel obligated to answer every prompt, just whatever you feel like 🙂 But before we get to that, some more fun stuff, how are you, Crow, how was your week so far?
I appreciate your concern! Thanks! But no need to worry. The previous episode just hit me entirely the wrong way. My enjoyment varies based, I’ve discovered, on my expectations. So, I thought about Taboo Tattoo, which helped lower my expectations — a lot! Then I thought about Hand Shakers, which holds a dubious record: It’s the only anime to make me feel physically ill.
What that did is reset my expectations and allowed me to enjoy several moments in this episode! Unironically, I might add.
Looks like I’m in bold, and there will probably be spoilers — big ones, too!
Episode 11: Episode 11
In The Promised Neverland Season 2 Episode 11, “Episode 11,” Emma shows Peter Ratri a level of mercy reserved only for deities and Emma. Emma offers to let him come with them to freedom in the human world. In that instant, Ratri recalls everything he did to become the leader of the Ratri clan — including arranging for the murder of his own brother. Convinced that his actions had maintained peace between demons and humans for a thousand years, will Ratri join with Emma? Or will he choose another, more bloody path?
Before we get started, how are things in your neck of the woods, Irina? Do you have any idea why we still say “neck of the woods” with urban and suburban development being as advanced as it is?
No idea. To be honest, I don’t even know exactly what a woods’ neck is. Is it a clearing or an edge? Ok I looked it up and this is what I found:
In Bill Bryson’s “Made in America”, the claim is made that the origin of “neck” is the Algonquian word “naiack” meaning “point, corner”, Algonquian being the name for a North American native language (and indeed language group). This at least fits with other sources recording its first use as in the USA.
Bet this wasn’t what you expected when you clicked on a Promised Neverland review!
I have learned something today!