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Aniplex of America Bringing “The Promised Neverland!”

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.

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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:

 

emma
          Emma     No. 63194                   The life of the party. Extremely athletic and a fast learner.

 

norman
        Norman    No. 22194                    The smartest of the Grace Field House children with his exquisite analytical skills and the ability to calmly make rational decisions.

 

 

ray
          Ray   No. 81194                 The only one at the Grace Field House who can match Norman’s intelligence.

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

Production: CloverWorks

Opening Song by UVERworld

Ending Song by Cö shu Nie

 

CAST:

Emma: Sumire Morohoshi

Norman: Maaya Uchida

Ray: Mariya Ise

Isabella: Yuko Kaida

Krone: Nao Fujita

Don: Shinei Ueki

Gilda: Lynn

Phil: Hiyori Kono

Nat: Shizuka Ishigami

Anna: Ai Kayano

Thoma: Mari Hino

Lannion: Yuko Mori

Conny: Ari Ozawa

Trailer 1:

 

Trailer 2:

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