Manga Review: The Promised Neverland V 2 by Kaiu Shirai & Posuka Demizu @shonenjump @vizmedia

May Contain Spoilers

This is a really unique series. I don’t even know how to categorize it. Horror for sure. Sci-fi? Dystopian? Post-apocalyptic? We have been shown a tiny part of the world that the orphans of Grace Field House reside in, and I am so curious to learn about what lies on the other side of the wall. Monsters, we know. That eat children. Maybe I don’t want to see that, after all.

Emma, Norman, and Ray are busy making plans before the next kid is sent off to be eaten by the monsters that Mom works for. Having Krone suddenly appear on the scene isn’t making their planning any easier. With two devious adults to watch out for, the kids have to be careful that they aren’t found out. Discovery means an early trip to the butcher shop, if you know what I mean.

This series is really creepy. Emma is determined to take every kid with them, including what are little more than babies. She devises a way to train their bodies for the physical challenges ahead. They play tag like it’s the last game on earth. When Krone suddenly wants to play, too, Ray wonders if she’s there to spy on them. With little choice, they agree, and she’s “it.” Playing tag with Krone is nothing like the game they were playing previously. It’s like death tag. Krone is faster, stronger, and scarier than they are used, and she decimates the players in quick succession. Man, is she scary!

Ray and Norman decide that if necessary, they can take care of Mom and Sister Krone. I worry for them. There is no way they can overpower either woman. Since they still don’t know what’s going on, it’s not a good idea, anyway. What if they give themselves away to the monsters before they’re ready? So stressful!

This volume was intense. Emma, Norman, and Ray suspect a spy, and they set a trap to catch the traitor. At first Emma can’t believe that one of the kids would give intel to Mom, but the boys quickly convince her. Emma has a hard time with the credo “Suspect everyone.” She’s just not than kind of girl. She takes everyone at face-value, and is good-natured and trusting overall. I think this is going to be a huge obstacle for her in the future.

I also kind of agree with Ray. It will be impossible to get everyone to safety (if that even exists in this world), and he only wants to take the older kids. I know this will be a problem later in the series, for him and Emma. It’s not in her to leave anyone behind.

There are plenty of mind games, questions about character loyalties, and uncomfortable revelations in this volume. I wouldn’t trust anyone but Emma, and they are planning to run in just 8 days! What? I am fearful for the future of these kids. A world where adults raise kids like cattle so monsters can eat them? That doesn’t sound like anyplace is safe, and that Emma, Norman, and Ray will be leading everyone into deadly danger.  I can’t wait for V 3.

Grade: 4.25 stars

Review copy purchased from Amazon

About the book:

Behind the façade of a happy orphanage, the children of Grace Field House are secretly being raised as food for demons! Determined to save themselves and the other kids, Emma, Norman and Ray begin planning an escape. But their caretaker, “Mom,” has brought in extra help to keep the orphans in line…