The rushing pace of The Promised Neverland 2 it means that a surprise meeting doesn’t hit as hard as it should. Warning! The following contains spoilers for the episode 5 from season 2 of anime, which now airs on Funimation and Hulu.
The anime changes things again
At manga original of Promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu, there are 44 chapters between the norman sacrifice and the revelation to readers that he is actually alive. It’s another 44 chapters between that revelation and his reunion with Ray and Emma.
At anime, those 88 chapters have been shortened to just seven episodes, undermining the meeting of its emotional impact. It was already known that the Goldy Pond arc, the part of the manga where Norman’s reveal occurs, was being removed from the anime.
With a time jump of six months between episodes Season 2 fourth and fifth, the Cultivated arc, which established essential aspects of the series’ mythology, has also been removed.
While the manga also included a time jump, the passage of time felt more natural because the story had spent more time showing the children’s adventures before the jump. The anime, on the other hand, has practically eliminated all adventures up to this point.
Despite what some hardcore fans may believe, changing an anime from its original manga is not inherently a bad thing. There could be something interesting in an alternate version of The Promised Neverland that is less concerned with solving mysteries and more focused on the monotony of survival.
To his credit, this episode has some good scenes They address how Emma lost her optimism after doing nothing but barely supporting the other children for so long. If the anime really does go a route from the original storytelling, it shouldn’t use key moments from the manga to rush things.
The Truth News previously reported, that in the manga, discovering that Norman was alive it was a real shock. After that reveal, a reunion was inevitable, but separating the characters for so long made the reunion even more emotional.
At this point, Emma and Norman’s experiences had turned them in such different directions that they now had a real philosophical conflict on how to deal with demons. The circumstances in which the reunion occurs are also too convenient and not credible.
Somehow, the children have disguised themselves as demons to acquire food and get away with it for six months, but only now do any of the demons realize they smell like humans and of course it’s the day that Norman is around to save them.
At this point, not even in the middle of season 2, it seems like Emma hasn’t been through enough to make her divergent bows as powerful as they should be. This really should have been a season finale reveal, if not part of a third season.
Hopefully Norman’s story is told well in next week’s episode. If the horrors of the Lamba farm and the introductions of Norman’s new allies and the main antagonist Peter Ratri handled correctly, getting to this point can be at least somewhat forgiven by fans of The Promised Neverland.
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