If you are like me then you probably have been hearing about a show called, “The Promised Neverland.” Myself and others keep seeing it in passing and immediately wanting to know more about it and when it was coming to the U.S. market. Well, it’s on the way and around the corner.
Aniplex of America has acquired the rights in North, Central, and South America for the supernatural thriller, The Promised Neverland, and released a new trailer revealing all of the streaming platforms the show will be available on. Based on the popular manga written by Kaiu Shirai with illustrations by Posuka Demizu, the anime has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated series debuting this season since the anime adaptation was first announced in Weekly Shonen Jump in May of 2018.
The anime will be produced by animation studio CloverWorks (PERSONA5 the Animation, Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai) with Mamoru Kanbe (Elfen Lied, The Perfect Insider) serving as the director for the series. Toshiya Ono (Blue Exorcist -Kyoto Saga-) is in charge of the series composition, while Kazuaki Shimada (Mahou Shoujo Nante Mouiidesukara) will handle the character design. The Promised Neverland will premiere on January 9th with subsequent new episodes every Thursday on Hulu, FunimationNow, Crunchyroll, and HIDIVE.
Set in a small orphanage called the Grace Field House, The Promised Neverland follows three orphans Emma, Norman, and Ray as they unfold the dark and twisted truth behind their seemingly picturesque home inhabited by 38 children. Since it was first published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in August 2016, the series quickly gathered a rabid fan base with over 5 million copies in print worldwide and numerous awards, including Best Shonen Manga at the 63rd Shogakukan Manga Awards and number one manga in the male division for “Kono Manga ga Sugoi!” (This Manga is Amazing!) 2018.
The anime series features an impressive veteran cast including Sumire Morohoshi (Haikyu!!, Bungo Stray Dogs), Maaya Uchida (Charlotte, Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai), and Mariya Ise (Durarara!!, Hunter x Hunter) voicing the three main characters Emma, Norman, and Ray. The all-star supporting cast includes Yuko Kaida (PERSONA5 the Animation, Black Butler: Book of Circus), Ai Kayano (Sword Art Online Alicization, March comes in like a lion), Lynn (I want to eat your pancreas, High School Fleet), Shizuka Ishigami (The Anthem of the Heart, Your lie in April), and Ari Ozawa (Record of Grancrest War, WWW.WAGNARIA!!). The opening theme, “Touch Off”, will be performed by Japanese alternative rock band, UVERworld who handled the theme song for the Blue Exorcist franchise as well as the live-action adaptation of Gintama. The closing theme is by Tokyo Ghoul:re’s Cö shu Nie titled “Zettai Zetsumei.”
Meet The Characters:
About The Promised Neverland:
As much as the children love her, she is not their mother.
They live together, but are not related.
Grace Field House is where children without parents are sent.
An irreplaceable home for the 38 children that all live happily every day, even if they were strangers at first.
Until suddenly, their lives are changed forever…
For more details on The Promised Neverland, please visit: neverland-animeUSA.com
Staff For The Show:
Original Story: Kaiu Shirai & Posuka Demizu
(Serialized in “Weekly Shonen Jump”” by Shueisha)
Director: Mamoru Kanbe
Series Structure: Toshiya Ono
Character Design / Chief Animation Director: Kazuaki Shimada
Prop Design: Hiroki Itai
Art Setting: Shigemi Ikeda (ATELIER MUSA), Shuichi Okubo (ATELIER MUSA), Kayoko Tomono (ATELIER MUSA), Miho Norisue (ATELIER MUSA)
Art Directors: Shigemi Ikeda (ATELIER MUSA), Yukiko Maruyama (ATELIER MUSA)
Color Design: Kazuko Nakashima
Director of Photography: Tomoyuki Shiokawa (T2studio）
CG Director: Yo Fukuda
Editor: Rie Matsubara (Seyama Henshushitsu)
Music: Takahiro Obata
Sound Director: Katsunori Shimizu
Opening Song by UVERworld
Ending Song by Cö shu Nie
Emma: Sumire Morohoshi
Norman: Maaya Uchida
Ray: Mariya Ise
Isabella: Yuko Kaida
Krone: Nao Fujita
Don: Shinei Ueki
Phil: Hiyori Kono
Nat: Shizuka Ishigami
Anna: Ai Kayano
Thoma: Mari Hino
Lannion: Yuko Mori
Conny: Ari Ozawa