Posted Ashley Williams
Aniplex of America has acquired the rights in North, Central, and South America for the supernatural thriller, The Promised Neverland, and released a new trailer revealing all of the streaming platforms the show will be available on. Based on the popular manga written by Kaiu Shirai with illustrations by Posuka Demizu, the anime has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated series debuting this season since the anime adaptation was first announced in Weekly Shonen Jump in May of 2018. The anime will be produced by animation studio CloverWorks (PERSONA5 the Animation, Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai) with Mamoru Kanbe (Elfen Lied, The Perfect Insider) serving as the director for the series. Toshiya Ono (Blue Exorcist -Kyoto Saga-) is in charge of the series composition, while Kazuaki Shimada (Mahou Shoujo Nante Mouiidesukara) will handle the character design. The Promised Neverland will premiere on January 9th with subsequent new episodes every Thursday on Hulu, FunimationNow, Crunchyroll, and HIDIVE.
Set in a small orphanage called the Grace Field House, The Promised Neverland follows three orphans Emma, Norman, and Ray as they unfold the dark and twisted truth behind their seemingly picturesque home inhabited by 38 children. Since it was first published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in August 2016, the series quickly gathered a rabid fan base with over 5 million copies in print worldwide and numerous awards, including Best Shonen Manga at the 63rd Shogakukan Manga Awards and number one manga in the male division for “Kono Manga ga Sugoi!” (This Manga is Amazing!) 2018. The anime series features an impressive veteran cast including Sumire Morohoshi (Haikyu!!, Bungo Stray Dogs), Maaya Uchida (Charlotte, Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai), and Mariya Ise (Durarara!!, Hunter x Hunter) voicing the three main characters Emma, Norman, and Ray. The all-star supporting cast includes Yuko Kaida (PERSONA5 the Animation, Black Butler: Book of Circus), Ai Kayano (Sword Art Online Alicization, March comes in like a lion), Lynn (I want to eat your pancreas, High School Fleet), Shizuka Ishigami (The Anthem of the Heart, Your lie in April), and Ari Ozawa (Record of Grancrest War, WWW.WAGNARIA!!). The opening theme, “Touch Off”, will be performed by Japanese alternative rock band, UVERworld who handled the theme song for the Blue Exorcist franchise as well as the live-action adaptation ofGintama. The closing theme is by Tokyo Ghoul:re’s Cö shu Nie titled “Zettai Zetsumei.”