Yakusoku no Neverland (First Impression)
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“Emma, Norman, and Ray are the three most brilliant children the Grace Field House has produced in decades. Unlike in a typical orphanage, they, and their fellow children eat well and are given an intensive education. However, despite living in a peaceful environment with fun games and a caring mother, there’s something not quite right. When six-year-old Connie is “adopted” by foster parents, she forgets her favorite stuffed rabbit, and Emma and Norman sneak out to return it to her. When they arrive at the scene, the two realize exactly why they had always been isolated from the outside world.” -ANN
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What started out to be a cute and wholesome orphanage slice of life turned out to be a horror darker than anything I was prepared for. What really makes this show so chilling is that our main characters aren’t dumb. Emma, Norman, and Ray are extremely intelligent (as showcased in the first half of the show) and each move that they make have some kind of logic to it. So when they get into danger, even after making the right decision, the tension is exponentially higher compared a character making a dumb mistake. Let’s not forget the cinematography! It’s one of the most unique cinematography I’ve seen, does an incredible job of raising tension and giving us a different a perspective in the world of Yakusoku no Neverland.
Yakusoku no Neverland is no joke, it’s a horror to its core and holds nothing back. If you love dark stories, then this is right up your alley. Everything from the art, the pacing of the story, and the well-written characters contribute to this wonderfully haunting story.