If you’ve been listening to us, then you know that for the longest time Neysha has been trying to get Kate to finish watching the first season of The Promised Neverland. Now, that Kate has watched, this episode is dedicated to breaking down the themes of the series, discussing how Sister Krone’s design is rooted in anti-blackness, and discussing the potential pitfalls that the live-action adaptation will face by aging up the characters. SPOILER WARNING: This episode contains spoilers for both the anime and manga.
If you’re unfamiliar with The Promised Neverland, it’s a manga published by Shonen Jump and VIZ Media which was turned into an anime in 2018. The set in the year 2045, Emma is an 11-year-old orphan living in Grace Field House, a self-contained orphanage housing her and 37 other orphans. Life has never been better: with gourmet food; plush beds; clean clothes; games; and the love from their “Mama”, the caretaker, Isabella. The bright and cheerful Emma always aces the regular exams with her two best friends, Ray and Norman. The orphans are allowed complete freedom, except to venture beyond the grounds or the gate, which connects the house to the outside world.
One night, an orphan named Conny is sent away to be adopted, but Emma and Norman followed her after noticing that she left her stuffed toy, Little Bunny, back at the house. At the gate, they find Conny dead, and they realize the truth of their existence in this idyllic orphanage—to be “humanely” raised, eventually butchered, and sold as meat to a “higher” species which were identified as “demons” throughout the series. Determined to break out of Grace Field House, Norman and Emma join with Ray to find a way to escape along with their other siblings.