This season, Beneath the Tangles will be offering dual posts each week for The Promised Neverland—one for newbies to the series and one for those who have read the manga. This post is for manga readers and may include spoilers up to the current issue of the manga. Spoilers are allowed in the comments, too. If you want to avoid spoilers, we recommend you read the posts by TWWK, which are spoiler-free and aimed at beginners to the series.
And so it begins…
This week, the anime covered up the second half of Chapter 29 up to the very end of Chapter 31 (a wonderful place to end it, no?), as well as two plot-important omakes from the second and fifth volumes.
Frankly, as far as the execution of the story is concerned in this episode, the exclusion of some internal monologues or flashbacks would not even detract from its already high quality, especially when most of what was initially thought out and conveyed well through the characters’ facial expressions. Even the slight changes from the cup phone story set the tone better for the story, given how it was shown as a flashback in this episode.
We’re given more hints on how the escape plan will even eventually pan out by the end, given that we see the younger children “play” with hangers and soda bottle rockets. On the other hand, the manga page above with Don inspecting the rocks wasn’t adapted in, likely due to lack of time.
RAY HUMMING THE SONG pic.twitter.com/D79bIWnSbv
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The biggest hint that anime’s given us this week on the connection between Ray and Isabella with the tune Ray was humming before the end. My personal guess is that the addition was meant to foreshadow the reveal the would most likely happen by the last episode. Considering that it’s been nine weeks since we last heard the tune within the story, it would make sense to give a good refresher for this hint, especially as Ray explicitly mentioned the lullaby when talking about his lack of infantile amnesia in the previous episode.
- This was already addressed to a certain extent in the article for Episode 8, but Isabella telling Emma to give up, combined with Ray’s established flaw of giving up easily, is another hint at their actual parent-child relationship.
- Isabella looked like she was channeling Joseph Joestar in this scene:
- Here’s a fun fact about Ray in this part of the story from Kaiu Shirai himself:
- This was the song Kaiu Shirai listened to when he was writing Norman’s shipment scene:
Let us know what you thought of the episode in the comments section. Once again, spoilers are free to be discussed here!