The Promised Neverland season 2’s manga changes are a risk ready to pay off
Any strong adaptation is bound to make polarizing changes. Even adaptations regarded as faithful, like Hunter X Hunter and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, still tweaked story beats on occasion. The first season of the popular horror anime The Promised Neverland did this too, but season 2 is making severe enough changes to be called something else entirely. If it pulls it off, we may have a reverse Fullmetal Alchemist in our hands, a show that switches gears from a faithful adaptation to a successful original story that still captures the intention of the source material in a satisfying way.
[Ed. note: This story contains spoilers through the most recent episode of The Promised Neverland season 2.]
Season 2 picks up shortly after the end of the first, with our group of brave young kids having escaped the farm they lived on their entire lives thinking it was an orphanage. For the first two episodes, The Promised Neverland seemed to be doing a good job of adapting the essential parts of the manga written by Kaiu Shirai and illustrated by Posuka Demizu, …
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