Violet Evergarden Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Violet Evergarden
MAL Score: 8.62/10
Episodes: 13
Genres: Fantasy, Drama, Slice of Life

Caution — There will be spoilers ahead. 

After serving in the war, Violet Evergarden comes out with two things: mechanical arms and hope that she’ll get to see Major Gilbert again. Unbeknownst to her, he had died in the last battle of the war. Throughout this beautiful anime, Violet yearns to understand one thing: what “I love you” means. She wants to feel it — to know what the Major meant when he said his last words to her.

|| Story

Violet quickly learns what she wants to be — an auto-memory doll. Under the guidance of her boss, Claudia Hodgins, and fellow auto-memory doll Cattleya Baudelaire, Violet begins her training. An auto-memory doll’s job is to take their client’s true feelings and transfer it to the page they write on. We watch the trips and falls that Violet makes, but each time she gets back up and tries again. Unable to feel emotion but wanting to so badly, Violet meets client after client and soon becomes the most requested auto-memory doll in service. Day after day she waits for word from Major Gilbert, telling her that it’s time to come back and serve in the war by his side. 

|| Characters

The only one that showed Violet life outside war was Major Gilbert. In the beginning, she was a gift from Gilbert’s brother. Nothing more than a tool. She was unable to perceive emotion and didn’t know how to talk. She was raised as a tool for the army and little more. From day to day, she followed commands and slaughtered countless people with little remorse. Later in the anime, Hodgins tells Violet that she is on fire and has many burn marks due to the actions that she made in the war. She becomes more aware of people’s emotions and feels guilty for the pain and suffering of others, even when she isn’t the cause of it.

We get to feel the soul-wrenching hurt and heartbreak when we find that Major Gilbert has passed away. After finding out that he is gone, Violet feels guilty about living herself and feels that she doesn’t have the right to be happy when he is dead. By the end of the anime, Violet learns what the words “I love you” means.

|| Enjoyment

I loved watching Violet Evergarden grow as a character. In the beginning, Violet is introduced as a weapon that follows the command of others. In the last episode, though, Violet tells Dietfried, Gilbert’s brother, that she doesn’t need orders anymore. She is ready to live her own life.
My final rating of this anime is a nine out of ten. The art and music tie together perfectly for a dramatic effect. The development of the main character is phenomenal.

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Megalo Box Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Megalo Box
MAL Score: 8.05/10
Episodes: 13
Genres: ActionSci-FiSlice of LifeSportsDrama

Megalo Box aired from April 6 2018 to Jun 29 2018 by studio TMS Entertainment tells us a story of underground fighter called Joe, also show is tribute to other very good, old title called “Ashita no Joe”, review can contain minor spoilers, with this lets start.

Story

Story take place in indefinite future,and tells us story of underground illegal fighter who takes name “Joe”, as his life is mainly filled with non-interesting events and set matches, till day when he mets official world-box champion – Yuuri and fight with him… what kind of story and destiny awaits those two? Did Joe will reach “top of the world” as underdog? See and watch for yourself.

Characters

Main focus is on two characters – Joe and Yuuri,their pasts,struggles and current problems,there is also bunch of other important characters like Joe’s coach – Nanbu, Shirato family, or syndicate boss – Fujimaki and few others.

Joe – “Underdog” and talented fighter, is rather cheerful and confident person, strong mentally and physically gives us rather interesting protagonist, he is equivalent of “ashita no joe” main character – Joe

Yuuri – Current champion – World strongest fighter,usually have rather confident personality, but also kinda bored and even bit arrogant attitude to due not worthy/interesting opponents, he is equivalent of Tooru Rikiishi in “Ashita no joe”.

Nanbu – Always struggling with debts,scared of many things Joe’s coach,he is the one who sets fights for Joe and also went through biggest mental changes in entire show, what they are? See for yourself. Overall Megalo box have rather interesting pack of characters with many faces and various personalities.

Music

Personally for me best part of entire Megalo Box, amazing amount of various music, with many, many great songs like even memorable main theme of the show “Megalo Box”, sachio theme, bangachi theme and many others, with various genres of music, nicely fitting most scenes.

For final summary

Megalo Box is pretty decent drama/sports show with plenty of character development,climatic vibe and scenes, great soundtrack (which made some scenes even more “powerful” or just great), struggles and drama, fights is pretty good story for me, if you are looking for something more character focused along with sports and unique vibe – I can easily recommend Megalo Box.

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Black Clover Anime Review


Media: Anime
Name: Black Clover
MAL Score: 7.01/10
Episodes: Currently Airing
Genres: ActionComedyMagicFantasyShounen

No spoilers beyond episode 5

Black Clover starting airing 7th October 2017 and is being published by TV TOKYO. Black Clover has continuously released new episodes every week since.  As of today there currently is 81 episodes.

Story

The story of Black Clover takes place in a magical “medieval” like world, were magic is everything. Every single person in this world is able to use magic and when a person reaches 15 years of age they will receive a Grimoire. A book that will enhance the magical power of it’s wielder and works as way for the wielder to learn new spells. Though there is a huge variety of magic types, some common, some rare, some legendary and some unknown.

Characters

The first time we see our two protagonists Asta and Yuno, we see them as infants as they were left by an old church. As they grow up there is a huge difference in their personalities, Asta is loud and determined and Yuno is mature and wise, yet they both have the same goal which is to become the Wizard King, this results in the them being friendly rivals.

Their personality is the 100% opposite of eachother and the same goes for their magical power. Yuno is basically a genius and Asta possess no magical power whatsoever. This has resulted in Asta being looked down upon and him being humiliated multiple times. When it’s finally time for our main protagonists to receive their Grimoires at a ceremony Yuno is chosen by the Legendary four leaf clover Grimoire which prompts a group of nobles to voice their hate for this “lowborn scum” receiving such a powerful Grimoire. Yet Asta is left with no Grimoire, which is something that has never happened before. Asta being so determined as he his, doesn’t let this get in his way of becoming the Wizard King. The title of Wizard king meaning the most powerful mage in the Clover kingdom. But it doesn’t take long for Asta to get chosen by an “unknown” grimoire that only a few select people know of, yet the people who have knowledge on this grimoire decides to keep their mouth shuts.

My personal opinion on Black Clover

The first 5 – 10 episodes start of slow with the animation, story and details but it all changes around episode 15, as we got more detailed animation and the city scenes become unique and interesting which really changes the whole vibe of the show.

By Episode 60 we know the names of the characters and we know a significant amount of information regarding the characters background yet we are still left with  many questions such as What is the strange unknown power of Asta’s grimoire etc.

The pace of the anime is not slow at all, 1 arc usually only take up to 5-ish episodes yet we are always meet with hints of the next arc which only leaves us with more questions and a thirst for more episodes. If I told you more about Black Clover I’m sure you would watch it, but I don’t wish to spoil it for you, therefore go watch it yourself

My rating 8.9/10

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Goblin Slayer Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Goblin Slayer
MAL Score: 7.69/10
Episodes: 12
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

There will be minor spoilers for Goblin Slayer ahead

Sparking some controversy after its first episode, Goblin Slayer was a very popular show while it was airing. Even when competing alongside shows like Bunny Girl Senpai or Slime Isekai, it was able to achieve plenty of popularity during the Fall 2018 season. But how does it compare to either of these shows? Is it any good?

Summary

Goblin Slayer is a pretty simple anime. It features our main character, Goblin Slayer, slaying goblins. When Goblin Slayer was a child, his village was raided by goblins, and he had to watch his loved ones die before them. From that day onward, he’s devoted himself to killing any goblin he can find. Luckily for him, he can make a living doing so.

There’s an adventurer’s guild near his village where Goblin Slayer can pick up requests to defeat goblins. While he does get paid, the pay isn’t great, so no other adventurer really goes goblin hunting. To help him with these quests, he is accompanied by a Priestess, and eventually an Elf, Dwarf, and a Lizard. Once this new party is formed, what do they do? Why, they hunt more goblins of course.

Review

Before I started Goblin Slayer, I was interested to see what they would do with a dark fantasy show. As I mentioned before, early on it was controversial due to some graphic imagery shown in the first episode. However, the show felt rather generic at times instead. Despite there being a darker tone and setting being built up, I never felt like there was a genuine sense of danger. Goblins really aren’t that strong of an enemy, and it was pretty obvious all important characters would be just fine.

What further plays up the generic aspect of the show is how Goblin Slayer could have a harem if he wants to. People like him because… he’s cool? He expresses little to no emotion throughout the entire show along with his appearance being hidden, and yet most girls in the show like him.

The animation was filled with awkward CGI at times, and overall felt pretty boring. There’s a lot you can do to make a fantasy setting visually interesting, but I don’t think Goblin Slayer really does any of that. Most of the settings are dull and not pleasing to look at. The soundtrack was fine for the most part but not super memorable either.

Conclusion

At some point it really became a struggle for me to finish Goblin Slayer. It felt like any other uninspired fantasy anime but this time with the edge turned up a ton. The whole time the show was playing, I just wished I was watching or reading Berserk instead. Because of this, I give the show a 4/10.

Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor! Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
MAL Score: 8.31/10
Episodes: 26
Genres: Game, Psychological, Seinen, Thriller

Potential light spoilers ahead

Do you have a sweet spot for psychological anime? Stories that feature the main character scrapping with others in a battle of wit? If you’re hungry for more mind games from a rivalry akin to Light and L, continue reading. Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor (Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji) is probably what you’re looking for.

Story

Kaiji Itou is a lonely, lazy man that is always in debt. His daily routine consists of drinking beer, gambling, and stealing hubcaps from expensive cars. At first glance he may appear to be nothing more than a useless bum in society, but underneath that rugged exterior, is a man with a hidden gift. Kaiji is a genius with a gift for gambling. A unique ability that might have the potential to rescue him from drowning in his current debt. Desperate and out of options, Kaiji is presented with an opportunity to pay off this debt — by competing in a shady game of chance against other debt enslaved individuals. Unbenownst to Kaiji, this is where he would begin to unravel a world filled with cold-hearted deception.

Art

The unusual art style is easily the first thing you’ll notice. Admittedly, I was initially turned off by Kaiji’s gritty, ugly aesthetic. It’s definitely a style that strays from the norm. Thankfully, the story was gripping enough for me to look past this and continue watching. A few episodes in, I actually started to get attached to the hideous world of Kaiji. The exaggerated facial expressions make the tense situations even more gut wrenching. I quickly realized the gritty, ugly aesthetic is all too fitting for the world of Kaiji.

Sound

Both Kaiji’s intro and ending song do a fantastic job at getting you hyped for our hero’s next mental battle. The voice acting is above average, but where Kaiji really shines is its narration. Tachiki Fumihiko’s dramatic narration explaining each character’s thought process is hilarious and gripping at the same time. This narrator could make any mundane task seem epic. There is a recurring “zawa” sound that represents the characters being in uncomfortable situations. This Fukumoto trademark onomatopoeia paired with tense music has you feeling just as nervous as the characters in the show.

Characters

The list of abnormalities in this anime continue to grow as I reflect on the show’s characters. You won’t find a single female character in this anime. The entire roster is made up of men and Kaiji Itou is the only character with any actual development. Kaiji is heroic to a fault, his trusting nature is often his downfall. Betrayal after betrayal, his cynicism grows throughout the story. Hopeless situation after hopeless situation, he has to get even more bold with his tactics in order to survive. You’ll be rooting for Kaiji all the way as the other characters are impossible to like.

Conclusion

Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor is easily one of the most addictive anime I’ve ever consumed. I effortlessly powered through all 26 episodes of the first season in one day. Despite this, be prepared to watch both seasons as the first season has a slightly unsatisfying ending. Also, there is a certain arc in the second season that goes on a little too long for my liking. These minor flaws hardly put a dent in the anime, consequently, I rate Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor an 8.5/10. If you consider yourself a fan of psychological thrillers, do yourself a favor and watch this immediately.

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Code Geass: Lelouche of the Rebellion Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch
MAL Score: 8.77/10
Episodes: 25
Genres: Action, Drama, Mecha, Military, School, Sci-Fi, Super Power

Introduction

Code Geass is an adaptation of the original manga, that started airing in 2006. It is knows as one of the best titles with extensive food for thoughts, suprising plot twists and exciting fights, including a great range of unique mechas. Code Geass has a lot of side stories and spin-offs, like, for example, Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito. The world of Code Geass is so diverse, that the whole series has been realised in different versions. You can watch the movies, which are different from original story, and also the upcoming movie with a totally separate storytelling.

The setting

“Code Geass” is based in the alternative progressive world, where there are three superpowers: Chinese Federation, United Republic of Europia and Holy Britannian Empire – the dominant nation from that time. You can easily see the resemblence with the real world, but where is Japan, you might ask? The Holy Britannian Empire once invaded Japan, which concluded in its total domination. Therefore, the Japanese territory becomes the special Area 11 (and the japanese were consequently called “elevens”).

The whole series is about a britannian school boy Lelouch Lamperouge, who wanted to change the Holy Britannian Empire. For that he had only one goal – to grant his little lovely sister the peaceful and safe world. For this he becomes Zero – the symbol of rebellion and revolution for all elevens. He is the one who creates the “Order of the Black Knights” – a terroristic organization, which becomes the greatest dangers for Britannian government. This rapid progression is all due to the special power of persuasion called “Geass” that was granted to Lelouch by the mysterious girl C.C. Only after obtaining this power Lelouch has started taking serious actions towards the changing of the Britannia.

Features of series

Tense mindgames, glorious mechas with impressive technologies, picturesque field and sky battles make “Code Geass” an appropriate action anime.  The environment is always different as much as the atmosphere and always rising bets, meaning a more and more discouraging consequences for the losing side. The political intrigues and the questions of royalty keep the viewer amazed and makes him watch to the end.

Summary

No wonder why almost everyone is waiting for new “Code Geass” movie right now. After all, the successful mix of action, politics and mystery has granted the series its one of the biggest fanbases and high ratings in most charts. Every announcement, every small discovered feature boosts the community, rising the hype for the next 1-2 years. People consider “Code Geass” as one of the best animes of its time and is extremely popular now, due to all the expectations for the upcoming movie.

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Mob Psycho 100 Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Mob Psycho 100
MAL Score: 8.52/10
Episodes: 12 + 13
Genres: Action, Slice of Life, Comedy, Supernatural

There will be minor spoilers for Mob Psycho 100 ahead

From the creator of the super popular One Punch Man comes another anime, being Mob Psycho 100. After a pretty popular season one in 2016, Mob received a second season which began airing in 2019. Immediately, the second season garnered a ton of praise, soaring to the top of the MyAnimeList charts. When rated this high, it becomes harder for shows to live up to the hype. Can mob take on this task?

Summary

Mob Psycho 100 is a story which revolves around our main character, Kageyama Shigeo, or Mob. In a world that has espers, Mob has extremely powerful psychic powers. However, that’s really all he has going for him. He comes across as boring, unathletic, unattractive, and average in most other categories. Opposite of Mob is his brother, Kageyama Ritsu. Ritsu is everything Mob isn’t; he’s attractive, athletic, smart, outgoing, but he doesn’t have psychic powers. We also have Reigan Arataka, Mob’s mentor. Reigan claims to be a psychic himself, but he’s really just a con-artist. However, Reigan really does seem to care for Mob, teaching him not to use his power on other people regardless of the circumstances.

The story mostly focuses on Mob and Reigan exorcising different spirits they hear about until a more central enemy is brought up. At that point, Mob Psycho 100 becomes more serious and drops a lot of the comedy shown earlier on in both seasons.

Review

A lot of Mob Psycho’s success comes from its characters. Reigan in particular is a fantastic character. The first season mainly focuses on how important Reigan is to Mob, but a lot of their past is unexplored. This gets resolved in the second season, where their past is explained and its shown that Mob is just as important to Reigan. Even if Mob himself is a little boring as a character, Reigan’s eccentric personality and the bond he shares with Mob is enough to carry the show.

The plot isn’t super complex, but that’s mostly because the show relies on the characters for the entertainment value. The plot boils down to an outcast at school trying to help people using his powers with the aid of his master. This isn’t to say the plot is boring though, as there are several parts which I believe are very well written. The plot consistently sets up moments where the characters and animation can shine.

Speaking of animation, that’s perhaps the most notable feature of Mob. Its simplistic art allows for the animation to be extremely fluid and make use of vibrant colors to really depict psychic powers as something, well, magic. There are very few times when I feel like the animation for Mob Psycho 100 isn’t superb.

Conclusion

I really do believe that this series deserves the praise that it gets. The characters and how they interact are fantastic, and its paired with gorgeous animation. As for the score I give it, the first season would be an 8/10 and the second season a 9/10, due to the increase in complexity of some of the characters.

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Dragon Ball Z: Goku Character Analysis

Goku’s Flat Character Arc

Goku essentially is a character that does not change as situations around him change and times change. He has what is called a “Flat Character Arc”, which means “the character starts out already in possession of the Truth—and then uses that Truth to bring positive change to the world around him. As such, the Flat-Arc protagonist is a person who, on the specific level of the Truth, has things figured out.” Goku in that sense is an archetype, representing the epitome of that character style. Goku in his 50s isn’t very different from the Goku that we meet when he begins this journey as a 10 year old, and that’s after he reaches an incredible amount of physical strength and dealing with some of the most insurmountable enemies in the series.

Before we discuss the subtleties of his character I think its best we dispel some myths about the man himself. He is in no way the strongest character in the series for most part of the story line, he has never actually beaten Vegeta in a duel. The reason Vegeta is always on the edge about beating him is not something that’s ingrained in his nature, its just the way his fights with Goku has always turned out to be. In their first fight Vegeta almost killed him after transforming into his Great Ape form. That fight was interrupted by other Z fighters and Goku was more or less defenseless and almost certainly would have lost and most probably died because of it, had it taken its natural course. In their second duel Vegeta in his Majin form wiped the floor with him and left him lying on the floor it was more or less his own fault that, that this particular fight ended in that outcome, he concealed his ability to transform into a Super Saiyin 3, which ultimately let Vegeta to exploit it.

Personality

His naivety has led him to make some decisions which ordinarily in the right state of mind you wouldn’t want to make, like giving Cell a senju bean. To add to this Vegeta is stronger than Goku on multiple instances for example, when he emerges from the Hyperbolic Time chamber to challenge Cell. This explains the rougher edges in the personality of Vegeta more than anything else, because for the good part of the series the outcomes usually indicate that Goku is the strongest Z fighter and possibly the strongest in arc however Vegeta’s essentially higher win rate and his own mental outlook on Goku’s strength stand to contradict this judgement on everyone else’s part. 

His professional record as a fighter only reinforces the belief that he does not always cares about winning in these tournaments, fights or coming off as the strongest fighter of them all. He has won only 1 tournament even though he participated in 9 of them. He has lost to Jacki Chun, Tien. He forfeited in the Cell games, and in the Other World’s tournament was a disqualification. His fights with Vegeta are known to be brutal and not in his favour both times. The only person he has ever defeated in a tournament Finale is Piccolo.

Having said all this, there were times when he was left in a state where he could have died had his bouts continued, the only two times he has ever died are because of self-sacrifice on his part. Both when he first held his brother Raditz so Piccolo can kill him and when he contained Cell.

Characterisation

Goku seems to have attained some sort of metaphorical enlightenment in this series, he does falters sometimes like when he snapped in his ssj3 form when his plan didn’t go as he expected it to, but at for a good part of anime he seems to have some sort of other worldly confidence in his own self and the universe. Many times he showed he was above the entire progression of story line itself for example when he was ready to give up earth in one of the arcs which truly represents Flat Character Arc at its finest. It doesn’t means he is careless or too dumb to actually understand whats going on. It just shows the character is complete without the arc.

This is also one of the trappings of such character. A lot of people would use this as an accuse to bash DBZ and one of its chief protagonist, saying things like “This anime is same as it was in Ep1.”, “Oh he is just going to rely on another power up to solve every crisis…”, “Well it gets really boring because all arcs are so similar”, all this just represents ignorance on the part of the watchers because they fail to notice the emotional and mental maturity Goku goes through as the story line progresses. Yes certain things like his core character is not going to change, but that’s what make him so unique, that doesn’t means he is not going to gain anything as the anime progresses. That’s just false assumptions based on one observation that the character seems way ahead of the arc and confident that all is going to turn out well most of the time.

Yes the 10 year old Goku is very similar to the Goku that appears in the DB Super, but they are both on entirely different planes of emotional maturity. Remember Goku did sacrifice himself on two occasions since the beginning of the series.

This article attempts to draw out some fine points with regards to Goku’s Flat Character Archetype. Such characters are truly rare in anime. In fact Goku can be used as a yard stick for perfect Flat Character Archetypes. We hope you enjoyed the DBZ experience with him if you watched DBZ in past, feel free to come by and discuss about Goku and other characters from any other anime on our anime discord AnimeSoul (WLA).

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Devilman Crybaby Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Devilman: Crybaby
MAL Score: 7.96/10
Episodes: 10
Genres: Action, Dementia, Demons, Horror, Supernatural

There will be minor spoilers for Devilman Crybaby ahead

The anime that took the world by storm in early 2018, Netflix’s Devilman Crybaby. Reception of this series ranges from being called utter garbage to an absolute masterpiece depending on who you ask, but where does it really fall? How successful was director Masaaki Yuasa in trying to give people another classic?

Summary

Akira Fudou is a kind-hearted and gentle boy. He and his friend Miki Makimura both run on the track team in addition to living together while Akira’s parents are overseas. One day, while walking home with Miki, Akira comes across an old friend, being Ryou Asuka. Ryou takes Akira in his car to tell him of a discovery he’s made: devils.

While studying in South America, Ryou had witnessed one of his colleagues transform into a devil. To further look into these devils, the two boys go a Sabbath, which is an immoral party where devils commonly form. Like anticipated, devils begin possessing the guests of this party, until one eventually possesses Akira. Just when it looks like Akira is done for, he is able to overcome the devil, becoming what he dubs “Devilman”. The once gentle and kind-hearted Akira is now vulgar, rude, and tough. However the one trait he keeps is the sympathy he keeps for other people, crying whenever other people feel sad.

Review

If it wasn’t clear already, Devilman Crybaby isn’t a show for everyone. Its heavy gore and sexual nature can be a big turn-off for many. However, looking at aspects like plot and character, I believe Devilman Crybaby does a great job. The plot, while not being super complex, is great. There were some necessary updates to the original script, like Akira crying and the track and field aspect. These were pretty hit or miss for the most part but it worked in making a 46 year old manga feel fresh.

As characters, Akira and Ryou play off of each other nicely because of their difference in morality. Akira still cares for other people, even after his transformation into Devilman. However, Miki felt like a relatively awkward character in the show. She doesn’t really do much until the later episodes, and even then her character wasn’t the best. I can’t say much more without spoiling though.

Now to get into the shows strong point: the directing. Masaaki Yuasa (Ping Pong the Animation and The Tatami Galaxy) is an extremely well renowned director, and he didn’t disappoint. He brought his unconventional animation style in order to portray devils truly as otherworldly creatures. Unfortunately, Devilman Crybaby isn’t as polished as his other works, having the animation look off at times. In terms of the soundtrack, there’s one very good and memorable song, but there isn’t much past that.

Conclusion

Overall, Devilman Crybaby is a very high quality show. It gives us crazily animated devil fights along with an interesting conflict of morals between Ryou and Akira. Like I said previously, some of the modernization attempts fall flat, especially towards the end, and the animation isn’t always consistent, but that doesn’t take away the good of the show. I would consider Devilman Crybaby to be a very strong 8/10, mostly because of the strength of the main characters and directing.

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The Promised Neverland Anime Review

Media: Anime 
Name: Yakusoku no Neverland
MAL Score: 8.74/10
Episodes: 12
Genres: Sci-fi, Mystery, Horror, Psychological, Thriller

There will be minor spoilers for The Promised Neverland ahead

Immediately becoming one of the more popular anime of the winter season, The Promised Neverland has been hard to ignore. For a Shounen Jump adaptation, its plot is rather unique. But does this mean that the show is good? Let’s find out.

Summary

The Promised Neverland begins by appearing to be a sweet lighthearted show. Several kids in an orphanage, Grace Field House, are introduced as having happy lives. However, something seems off. The orphanage that they’re in is surrounded by walls, and the one rule is to never go to the gate while someone is being “adopted.” One night, two of the main characters, Emma and Norman, decide to go to the gate because a girl had forgotten her toy in the orphanage. To their horror, Emma and Norman discover they aren’t getting shipped off to foster homes, but instead to their death. Of course they have to get out of here, so they share this information with their friend, Ray, and work on a plan to escape. For the rest of the 11 episodes, the three children try to find ways to escape their inevitable deaths.

Review

While the synopsis of the show may sound interesting, the show at times has trouble achieving that. One flaw of setting up an anime in this way is that there’s bound to be a lot of planning going on, where nothing but talking is really happening. This happens in several episodes, making a lot of the early and middle a drag to watch. After about nine episodes I was just hoping for the show to end. Fortunately, because of the episodes spent with the character planning their escape, the last two or three episodes did not disappoint and were highly entertaining. The last two episodes almost made me feel like it was worth sitting through the first nine episodes that I thought were bland.

In terms of the characters, I wouldn’t consider any of them all that special. Emma is a relatively generic shounen protagonist who has the “I want to save everyone” mindset. Her being the main character isn’t really a bad thing, but she just didn’t stand out much to me personally. Norman and Ray both had a little more to them, but I don’t feel as if the writing was strong enough to unlock all their potential. Ray came off as an edgy preteen and Norman often mirrored Emma’s ideas when they both could’ve done more.

The worst character was most likely Sister Crone though, as she wasn’t really essential to the plot. Sister Crone was pretty unimportant in the grand scheme of things, despite getting a lot of screen time. In addition to this, the show presents some scenes that make you question what you were supposed to feel about her, if the show wanted you to sympathize with her or not.

In terms of production, the art style was kind of awkward. This style is something that would make more sense for a moe show, not a “Psychological Thriller.” The soundtrack was pretty nice though, and the song that plays during episode 12 helped add a lot of emotions to the scene.

Conclusion

Overall, I thought The Promised Neverland was relatively average until the end. Before the last two episodes I would’ve given the show a 5, but I’ll bring it up to a 6/10 due to the entertainment I got at the end. I don’t regret watching The Promised Neverland, but I’m somewhat disappointed. I think the show could’ve been a lot more with some more polished writing.

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