The Japanese manga turned animated series ‘The Promised Neverland’ has announced its second season, which would be premiered by January 2021. The dark thriller manga is written by Kaiu Shirai and illustrated by Posuka Demizu.
The manga is licensed under Viz media for the North American audience and was serialized in their digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The first season of the anime television series was telecasted by CloverWorks from January to March 2019.
The 12 episodes series was simulcasted through Amazon Video for an only Japanese audience. The American audience was able to enjoy the series on Crunchyroll, Hulu, Funimation, and Hide.
The story is set in the year 2045, where Emma is an 11-year-old orphan who is very contented with her life in her orphanage, namely ‘Grace Field House’ with her 37 other fellow orphans and a doting caretaker Isabella.
Living her life in the best way with her best friends Ray and Norman, the bright, cheerful and studious Emma could not ask for anything better when her life changes upside down by the mystery of restriction on children to venture outside the gate of the orphanage which is revealed as heinous crime takes place.
‘The Promised Neverland’ was the 4th best selling manga in 2019 as it sold around.4 million of copies. It topped the list of ‘Top manga of 2018 for male readers’ by Kono Manga ga Sugoi! As well as ranked 35 in the 19th ‘Book of the year’ by Da Vinci magazine.
Polygon and Crunchyroll named the series as ‘One of the best anime of 2010’ and ‘Top 100 best anime of 2010’ respectively. Goomba Stomp listed ‘The Promised Neverland’ as the ‘third-best anime of 2010’. The anime series won the 63rd Shogakukan Manga Award in the shōnen category and was awarded ‘Best Fantasy’ at Crunchyroll Anime Awards in February 2020.
With its ever-increasing fan following, the manga was adapted into a light novel that was released in June 2018. The manga is to be released as a live-action film by December 2020. The much anticipated second season, however, has to be postponed for premier by January 2021 instead of October 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic.