DISCLAIMER: Sorry for the late post, my house suffered a bit of a blackout for the better part of two hours. But I’m here now, so…
Now that I’ve had a few (8, in fact!) days to get over the emotional gut-punch that was Episode 1, and upset that I had to wait an extra day to watch the second episode, now I can honestly say that I can’t remember when an anime that isn’t named JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has had me on the edge of my seat like this.
The episode begins late in the night, as Emma has a dream of her wandering around in a blank space of nothingness, and then she sees a table in front of her.
It has Conny on it.
Oh, my heart.
The very next morning, Emma is setting the table for breakfast, and her demeanor is very distant. The second that when the mother speaks, Emma freezes up, remembering the memory of Conny’s corpse loaded onto the truck. Norman walks in, and tells Emma to smile, in order to take away suspicion from her.
Some time later, Norman and Emma are talking about the way the children have been shipped out, and discover that children from age 6 or 12 get shipped out for food. For the 6-year olds, it’s their test scores that end up determining whether that they end up getting shipped out or not. For the 12-year olds, they get shipped out no matter what. So, the two of them have to figure out a plan in order to get out before they hit unlucky number 12.
The pair reach jump over the gate, and they meet a wall. The wall, according to Emma, is about 2 to 3 meters thick, but they could be able to scale the wall with a rope. A few minutes later, the kids both run back to the orphanage, and when a kid comes crying back, crying that he lost another kid, and the mother goes into the forest, and after what I assume is a few minutes later, she comes out with the child, completely unharmed.
Both Emma and Norman note that the mother always seems to have known where they were at all times, coming to the conclusion that the mother must have a tracking device on all of the children. Noting that the mother can’t watch them all the time, they decide to meet the next morning at 10:00, to strategize, once more.
The mother gets in Emma’s face, as she is touching the space where Conny’s drawing once was, asking her what’s wrong, noting the fact that she wasn’t her usual cheerful self in the morning. Emma straight-up lies to the mother, saying that she was bummed out about Conny’s departure. She tells the mother about how Conny wanted to be a mother, and the mother says that Conny will grow up to be a fine young woman.
The dinner bell rings, and as Norman and Emma go downstairs, the mother asks them if they went outside the gate, and Norman lies, saying that they didn’t. As they get downstairs, the two of them let out shaking breaths, in shock, from the stress that the last conversation with the mother.
The next day, the pair of kids get a bunch of tablecloths, and tie them together to make an efficient rope. Emma then asks Norman if they can tell Ray about their little escape plan, but it turns out that Ray had followed them outside the gate. Taking note of what happened two nights prior, saying that they didn’t make it in time, despite the fact that they didn’t have Conny’s bunny with them.
They tell him all about the demons beyond the gate, and about their escape plan. Ray elects to take just the 3 of them along, due to the number of orphans in the orphanage, and how long they can stay awake for, and if they can survive. Emma refuses, saying that she wants to take everyone with her, despite Ray’s protests that the whole plan is (understandably) crazy. Norman intervenes, saying that the night that they saw Conny’s corpse, Emma cried, not because she was sad, but because she realized that her whole family could go away. Norman confesses that since he likes Emma, he’ll go along with whatever plan she has, because he wants to see her smile.
Back at the orphanage, the mother introduces a new child: Baby Carol (who looks kind of like Emma, but hey), and a brand-new attendant to the children: Sister Krone. The trio realize that they have to deal with another adult, AKA: a new enemy.
One word to describe this episode: INTENSE. Every single moment in this episode had me on the edge of my seat. I kept wondering, “Oh crap, is the mother going to find them now? Are they going to slip up?” But I think that this is one of the best spine-tingling, heart-stopping moments of the entire episode.
Ooh, that gives me chills! I honestly can’t wait until next week!
The Promised Neverland is available to stream on Amazon Prime, Funimation Now, Hulu, Crunchyroll, and HIDIVE. And check out Funimation, because in a few weeks, there’s going to an simuldub of The Promised Neverland.