The Promised Neverland (Yakusoku no Neverland) is a 2019 television anime series based on the manga of the same name written by Kaiu Shirai. It was adapted by studio CloverWorks and directed by Mamoru Kanbe. Aniplex published the series and was first broadcast in Japan on January 2019 as part of the Winter season.
Note: I have edited the plot synopsis below to hide aspects of the story for those who have never touched the series before. I also covered up the same parts in the info sheet photo below.
“Fight your destiny in this world.’’
As much as the children love her, she is not their mother. Although they live together, they are not related either. Grace Field House is where children without parents are taken in. An irreplaceable home for the 38 children that all live happily every day, even if they were strangers at first. However, the happy days at Grace Field House ended abruptly. Emma and the other children begin to gradually uncover the truths surrounding their lives.Plot Synopsis via Anime Limited, December 2020
Every now and then Weekly Shonen Jump offers a series that is generally considered to be out-of-place from their usual action-oriented titles. Before Chainsaw Man came along, the most notable example in recent years was The Promised Neverland because it’s not your typical action series, rather it’s more focused on the thriller and horror genres for many reasons that I don’t want to spoil because it’s one worth experiencing yourself. Heck I edited the plot synopsis above for this blogpost because Anime Limited spoiled it for their set.
Despite saying that, the series ended up getting pretty popular and while many readers have said its story does crumble at parts I do think that from what I have watched of the anime and the first three volumes of the manga I have read that overall it’s a solid series so far.
Aniplex of America acquired the rights to The Promised Neverland which is an interesting one because the series aired on the NoitaminA programming block which at the time had an exclusive deal with Amazon Prime. The Promised Neverland onwards eventually broke that trend. After the first season finished airing, a second season was also greenlit which is going to air this January 2020.
For a while the series remained unlicensed for the United Kingdom and Ireland, and thanks to a user importing the Australian Blu-ray release we discovered that Anime Limited acquired the rights, which they eventually confirmed during their panel in August 2020. Aniplex released the series in one complete series set and Anime Limited was able to do the same.
Collector’s Edition Contents:
Anime Limited loves providing collector’s edition releases for their catalogue and while Aniplex tends to have restrictions on what can be allowed overseas, The Promised Neverland got a pretty solid offering.
This release is presented with a rigid box containing a digipack to house the Blu-ray discs. The box also comes with a 112-page booklet which is pretty much the same booklet included in the Aniplex of America release. The artwork used throughout the set is a mix of artwork from the Aniplex release but also others that Anime Limited was able to get access to.
The artwork is free of any information or BBFC content and the info sheet covers the information and specification like previous Anime Limited releases. The collector’s edition Blu-ray has 1000 units printed for an SRP of £59.99. This is also a Blu-ray only release and is expected to receive a standard edition over time if Aniplex allows one.
I pre-ordered the series during its early bird back in October 2020 at £34.99, but thanks to the Screen Anime membership it was 10% less at £31.50.
- Rigid Box with digipack packaging and clean artwork
- Info sheet for specification and BBFC description
- 112-page Booklet
Distributor: Anime Limited
Released: 14th December 2020
The Promised Neverland Season 1 covers episodes 1 to 12 of the series across two Blu-ray discs. The encode and authoring were done by Madman. The audio options available for the series include Japanese with English subtitles and the Bang Zoom! English dub.
The white subtitles are unlockable during playback, and the regions are locked to B for Blu-ray.
|Audio||English Linear PCM 2.0|
Japanese Linear PCM 2.0
|Video||1080p High Definition Native format|
16:9 aspect ratio
Blu-ray On-Disc Extra Features:
- Textless Opening “Touch Off”
- Textless Closing “Zettai Zetsumei” and “Lamp”
- Season 2 Teaser
- Madman Entertainment Trailers
The Promised Neverland Season 1 is available to order through multiple retailers across the United Kingdom. You can order the collector’s edition on Amazon UK.
(Disclaimer: Amazon links are also included when available. They are affiliated so if you decide to order them, I’ll earn a small percentage if they ship which will help me with any hauls or small bills.)