Review: The Promised Neverland Season 2
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I had the pleasure of taking some time to watch season two of The Promised Neverland anime. The Promised Neverland is available to watch on FUNimation, and you can enjoy the first season in either a sub or dub. The second season is currently only available with English subtitles which is important to know if you plan on watching this series.
The first season was an unexpected hit for me. I truly fell in love with the characters, their journey, struggles, and it was such a joy to see them overcome every obstacle thrown at them in their insane world. If you’d like to read our review of season one, you can do so here.
Season two promises to be a continuation of the story, but how does it compare to season one? Find out the answer to this question and more in my review of the Promised Neverland season two.
What is the Promised Neverland Season 2?
Season two of the series picks up exactly where season one left off. The children have all made it over the wall and must now learn how to adapt and survive outside of the farm. The children are still being led by Emma as they work to survive and reach the human civilization.
Throughout season two Emma, Ray, and the other children learn more about the world that lies beyond the farm. They learn more about demons and even discover that humans and demons are working together.
The children still have to overcome numerous obstacles such as not being discovered by demons, finding a way back to human civilization, and rescuing all of the remaining children held at the other farms.
How Was It?
Season two doesn’t share the same pacing as season one. In season one there was a sense of mystery as to what happens next. The story in season one primarily focused on Mom as the primary villain but the anime continued to expand on the world gradually over time.
Season two is much more action-packed than the first season. There is still the overarching sense of danger since the children now must survive entirely on their own, but this time around they encounter many allies to help them on their journey. These new characters are a welcome addition, and help us to learn more about the world they live in, but the downside to this is we really don’t see the children use their intelligence to solve many of the problems this time.
With so much help from others, season two doesn’t necessarily seem to share the same stakes as season one. Now I will add that I did enjoy the reveal of how the humans have been working with the demons all along, and I’m so glad that Norman does turn out to be alive as he is my favorite character in the series.
How Is The Animation?
I won’t spend too much time focusing on the animation in season two as it is on par with season one. I really like the style of the anime, and it reminds me of One Punch Man season one which is always a great thing.
Should You Watch the Promised Neverland Season Two?
I do think you should watch season two of the Promised Neverland if you have seen season one. I didn’t spend too much time talking about the ending here, as I didn’t want to spoil this for anyone that hasn’t seen the anime, but I will say that I was slightly disappointed in the ending.
Without spoiling the story for those that haven’t seen it… Season two really felt underwhelming for me. We learned so much about the world as a whole, and the children worked so hard to escape death just to come back to where it all started. As a fan of this anime, I almost feel like there was no point in this journey. I think I would have enjoyed the season more if the reveal of the human civilization stayed in season 3, and season two focused on the children using their intelligence to grow and overcome the challenges they face outside of the wall.
At one point in the season, the children find a safe house that was left there intentionally by humans for the children to live, grow crops, and stay safe for quite some time. I really thought this would be a home away from home for them as they work to save the others, but this ended up just being a place the children are at for only an episode or two. I wonder what the point was of having them ever go there if they were just going to leave a few episodes later.
Final Thoughts and Feedback
Even though I do have some negative opinions about season two, I did like the season overall. I did enjoy learning more about the world, and just knowing that the children find allies in the demon world is very refreshing. I would have still loved to see the children use their intelligence and training more to solve problems on their own, but I can see the purpose of this season was to set up the larger world. If I had to give season two a rating, I’d give it a 6 out of 10.
Now it’s time to hear from our readers. Have you seen the Promised Neverland season two? Did you like it and would you recommend this to a friend? Feel free to let me know down in the comments section.
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