Emma and Ray confront Norman over what he has done. They’re furious that he would try to take on everything alone, especially when they know that this isn’t what he really wants! But, what does Norman want?
The Promised Neverland (Episode 21) – Daikyuuwa
Norman reveals to Emma and Ray that he has been experimented on and probably doesn’t have long left to live. That was why he decided to take the burden of creating a safe place for his family upon himself. That is what led him to try to eradicate all the demons. But, now that Emma has helped him see that, he doesn’t want to do it anymore.
Luckily for Norman, Sonju and the old demon from the temple are running around feeding the degenerated demons their limbs. Both have the evil-blood within them and soon everyone has returned to normal. They even track down Barbara and the others outside of town and discover that they too are having doubts. Only Vincent’s conviction remains, but alone, he will have to stand down.
When they return to the temple, they are met by Thoma and Lannion who tell them that Phil and all the children at Grace Fields are about to be shipped out. They heard it on the radio! This causes a lot of panic and concern. Is it a trap? How will they save everyone? Is the Lambda plan still in operation?
Well, would you believe it? The old demon from the temple, who is a survivor of the first time Mujica shared her blood, once found a human dying in the woods. He took a device from the boy and promised to pass it on. So, here he is passing it on. It fits on the pens and shows the full blueprints for Grace Fields, including the subterranean levels. There’s even a guide on how to save Norman and the other survivors from Lambda.
What did you think?
From a series that was focused on the children solving their own problems with their intellect and cunning, we now have everything handed to them on a plate with a massive side of contrivance. So, this old demon just happened to have the missing piece to solve all their issues, including the cure to the Lambda sickness… seems a little far-fetched.
Then, there was that scene with the demon queen and James Ratri. From what I gathered, James basically allowed Norman to escape but was also getting in trouble for it, even if it was all part of the plan… Of course, Isabella being rolled in as the new Grandmother was nice, but too little too late. Even she can’t save this series.
I’m also getting incredibly tired of the lack of conviction of pretty much everyone in this series. Emma seems to be the only one sticking to her guns and, as Ray pointed out, she made her mind up without thinking through the situation.
What have you learned?
I love learning things about storytelling from watching anime. It’s my preferred medium and I can get through more in a shorter period of time. Oftentimes, there’s a lot to learn and digest, and on some occasions, the lessons are much more focused on what not to do. This series of The Promised Neverland falls firmly into the latter.
I’ve not read the manga beyond the first season so I’m not holding the “they left out this scene” position, but I can see that there are a lot of missing pieces. All too often the characters just seem to flop this way and that way as their opinions change in the blink of an eye. Everything about this season has been rushed.
It’s possible that they were determined to finish the story in just eleven episodes, but given how it’s gone, I would have been fine with the ending of season one being the end of it. Sure, it didn’t really finish everything off, but it was a satisfying end all the same. Far more satisfying than having to sit through this season.
Other posts in the series
- Season One
- Season Two
- Bonus Posts
- Series Review