The Promised Neverland

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The Promised Neverland
The Promised Neverland, Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first tankōbon volume of The Promised Neverland, as published by Shueisha on December 2, 2016
(Yakusoku no Neverland)
GenreDark fantasy,[1] science fiction,[2] thriller[3]
Written byKaiu Shirai
Illustrated byPosuka Demizu
Published byShueisha
English publisher
ImprintJump Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Jump
English magazine
Original runAugust 1, 2016 – present
Volumes16 (List of volumes)
Oyakusoku no Neverland
Written byShūhei Miyazaki
Published byShueisha
MagazineShonen Jump+
Original runJanuary 11, 2019March 28, 2019
Anime television series
Directed byMamoru Kanbe
Written byToshiya Ono
Music byTakahiro Obata
Licensed by
Original networkFuji TV (Noitamina)
English network
Original run January 11, 2019 – present
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Live-action film
Directed byYūichirō Hirakawa
Written byNoriko Gotou
Released2020 (2020)
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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. The story follows a group of orphaned children in their escape plan from an orphanage.

An anime television series adaptation by CloverWorks premiered from January to March 2019 in the Noitamina programming block. A second season will premiere in 2020.

Viz Media licensed the manga in North America and serialized The Promised Neverland in their digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.


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.[4] 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.[5] In August 2019, it was announced that the series has entered the "climax" of its final arc.[6]

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.[7] The first printed volume in North America was released on December 5, 2017.[8] Shueisha began to simulpublish the series in english on the website and app Manga Plus in January 2019.[9]

A comedic spin-off titled Oyakusoku no Neverland was published in Shonen Jump+ app from January 11 to March 28, 2019 and its compiled tankōbon volume was released on June 4, 2019.[10][11]


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.[12][13] 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.[14] The series ran for 12 episodes,[15] 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.[16] UVERworld performs the series' opening theme song "Touch Off," while Cö shu Nie performs the series' ending theme songs "Zettai Zetsumei" and "Lamp".[17][18][19]

Aniplex of America streamed the series on Crunchyroll, Hulu, FunimationNow, and Hidive, starting on January 9, 2019.[20][21][22] The series simulcasted on AnimeLab in Australia and New Zealand.[23] On March 28, 2019, Adult Swim announced that the anime's first season will be aired on the Toonami block starting April 13, 2019.[24]

A second season was announced in March 2019, and is planned to premiere in 2020.[25]

Live-action film[edit]

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.[26][27]


The manga was nominated for the 10th Manga Taishō awards in January 2017,[28] 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.[29][30] As of August 2017, the manga had 1.5 million in print.[31] By October 2017, the number had increased to 2.1 million.[32] As of January 2019, the first 12 volumes had 8.8 million copies in print worldwide.[33]

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."[34] In January 2018, the manga won the 63rd Shogakukan Manga Award in the shōnen category.[35]


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  29. ^ "Mitsuharu Yanamoto's Hibiki: Shōsetsuka ni Naru Hōhō Wins 10th Manga Taisho Awards". Anime News Network. March 28, 2017. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
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