The Promised Neverland was one of the most amazing mystery/thriller anime I’ve watched in recent years. If you haven’t heard of the anime and would like to know what makes it so compelling, then pause right here and take a quick read of my review of The Promised Neverland. Season 1 took the anime community by storm with its refreshing story and concept. But if you’re just like me (and arguably the entire community) and are super stoked about Season 2 in 2020, its important to know that Season 2 (and its following seasons if it continues) will be a lot different from its prequel, assuming the anime doesn’t stray from the manga.
Season 2 Will Start Being More Shounen-like
The Promised Neverland is originally a shounen manga featured in the acclaimed Weekly Shounen Jump. But despite the anime being labelled as a shounen anime, Season 1 hardly resembled what a shounen anime is commonly like (for me at least). So, what exactly is the shounen genre?
The shounen genre in anime is more accurately characterized by action-filled plots, targeting the younger male audiences (around 15 years of age). Some examples are One Piece, Attack on Titan and Mirai Nikki. What all these anime have in common is its action heavy stories. And as seen in Season 1 of The Promised Neverland, there isn’t really anything you would call action, other than the intense games of tag I suppose. In Season 2 however, things should be taking a drastic change in terms of action sequences. If they follow the script, the anime should evolve to become one of the most action-packed and intense series out there.
Survival Genre In Season 2
Season 1 featured elements of “survival”, but its more of a mystery/thriller escape themed anime instead of an actual survival. But in Season 2, the stakes should be raised tremendously, where even though the show isn’t currently labelled with the “Survival” genre, it would still make a pretty darn good survival show worthy to be among the top of the genre.
Season 1 as a standalone show is already a masterpiece. It does wonders to keep the viewers intrigued, and also provided lots of suspenseful thrills and intricate mysteries to keep our brain entertained. But Season 1 is merely a microcosm of the entire series and its potential. Essentially, the events of Season 1 merely set the foundation for the entirety of the splendour that is to come. When you compare the rest of the manga with the anime, its almost as if Season 1 had just been a background story arc.
My main point in writing this is to let you know that Season 2 (and its sequels) will be quite different from Season 1. If you ended The Promised Neverland thinking that its sequel will be simply more strategies, more mysteries and more escaping, well you’re really not wrong. But you should also be prepared for something of a much larger scale, something way more epic. Instead of a show that’s mainly your psychological thriller, Season 2 is likely to be a whole new playing field, adding action and survival to its core themes.
I’ve set the bar high for the upcoming sequel of The Promised Neverland in 2020, but rightfully so. Let’s just hope that CloverWorks studious won’t let us down. The original manga was without a doubt an epic read. What do you think Season 2 of the anime would be like?