|The Promised Neverland|
(Yakusoku no Neverland)
|Genre||Dark fantasy, science fiction, thriller|
|Written by||Kaiu Shirai|
|Illustrated by||Posuka Demizu|
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Original run||August 1, 2016 – present|
|Oyakusoku no Neverland|
|Written by||Shūhei Miyazaki|
|Original run||January 11, 2019 – March 28, 2019|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Mamoru Kanbe|
|Written by||Toshiya Ono|
|Music by||Takahiro Obata|
|Original network||Fuji TV (Noitamina)|
|Original run||January 11, 2019 – present|
|Directed by||Yūichirō Hirakawa|
|Written by||Noriko Gotou|
The Promised Neverland (Japanese: 約束のネバーランド Hepburn: Yakusoku no Nebārando) is a Japanese manga series written by Kaiu Shirai and illustrated by Posuka Demizu. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since August 1, 2016, with the individual chapters collected and published by Shueisha into sixteen tankōbon volumes as of October 2019[update]. The story follows a group of orphaned children in their escape plan from an orphanage.
Set in the year 2045, Emma is an 11-year-old orphan living in Grace Field House, a self-contained orphanage housing her and 37 other orphans. Life has never been better: with gourmet food; plush beds; clean clothes; games; and the love of their "Mother", the caretaker, Isabella. The bright and cheerful Emma always aces the regular exams with her two best friends Ray and Norman. The orphans are allowed complete freedom, except to venture beyond the grounds or the gate, which connects the house to the outside world.
One night, an orphan named Conny is sent away to be adopted, but Emma and Norman follow after noticing that she left her stuffed toy, Little Bunny, back at the house. At the gate, they find Conny dead, and they realize the truth of their existence in this idyllic orphanage. Determined to break out of Grace Field House, Norman and Emma join with Ray to find a way to escape along with their other siblings.
Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu launched The Promised Neverland in issue 34 of Shueisha's shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump on August 1, 2016. It is Shirai and Demizu's second collaboration; their first series was Popy no Negai. It originated from a draft, titled Neverland (later expanded to The Promised Neverland due to copyright issues), that Shirai brought to the Jump editorial department in 2014, which covered the series' entire first story arc in over 300 pages. In August 2019, it was announced that the series has entered the "climax" of its final arc.
On July 25, 2016, Viz Media announced that they would digitally publish the first three chapters of the series on Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. Thereafter, they will publish the manga's new chapters simultaneously with the Japanese release. The first printed volume in North America was released on December 5, 2017. Shueisha began to simulpublish the series in english on the website and app Manga Plus in January 2019.
An anime television series adaptation was announced in the 26th issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump on May 28, 2018. The series aired from January 11 to March 29, 2019 on Fuji TV's late-night Noitamina anime programming block. The series is animated by CloverWorks and directed by Mamoru Kanbe, with Toshiya Ono handling series composition, Kazuaki Shimada handling character designs, and Takahiro Obata composing the series' music. The series ran for 12 episodes, which covered the series' first story arc, equivalent to manga chapters 1 through 37. It simulcasted on Amazon Video, but only in Japan, contrary to the contract giving Amazon exclusive streaming rights to shows that have aired on Noitamina since Spring 2016, as Wakanim has exclusive streaming rights in France. UVERworld performs the series' opening theme song "Touch Off," while Cö shu Nie performs the series' ending theme songs "Zettai Zetsumei" and "Lamp".
Aniplex of America streamed the series on Crunchyroll, Hulu, FunimationNow, and Hidive, starting on January 9, 2019. The series simulcasted on AnimeLab in Australia and New Zealand. On March 28, 2019, Adult Swim announced that the anime's first season will be aired on the Toonami block starting April 13, 2019.
A live-action film is planned to be released in Winter 2020. Directed by Yūichirō Hirakawa with Noriko Gotou handling the film's script, it will star Minami Hamabe as Emma, Jyo Kairi as Ray and Rihito Itagaki as Norman.
The manga was nominated for the 10th Manga Taishō awards in January 2017, receiving 43 points from the Manga Taisho awards' "Executive Committee." The manga was also nominated for the 11th edition of the Manga Taishō awards in 2018, receiving 26 points in total. As of August 2017, the manga had 1.5 million in print. By October 2017, the number had increased to 2.1 million. As of January 2019, the first 12 volumes had 8.8 million copies in print worldwide.
Anime News Network's Rebecca Silverman enjoyed the first manga volume and gave it a A−, saying, "Tense pacing, interesting literary connections, art and story work well together, strong plot and foreshadowing." In January 2018, the manga won the 63rd Shogakukan Manga Award in the shōnen category.