The Promised Neverland Ep. 9 REVIEW: Hope and Despair


So, with only 4 episodes remaining, I stated that last week, The Promised Neverland would have trouble trying to top Ep. 8. And as of now, I stand by that statement.

The episode in question is really interesting, with a majority of it focusing on Norman, Ray, and Emma as well, but mainly on Norman, because Norman’s getting shipped out the next day, and the group is trying to figure out how to keep the escape plan going, even after he gets shipped out. Norman tries to keep a calm demeanor around Emma, but he practically falls apart emotionally when getting her a glass of water.

When he gets back to Emma, Ray is in the room with her, who assures him that he absolutely has to escape. Norman tries to refuse, but the two of them aren’t having it. Ray comes up with a plan for Norman to scale the wall, and check out the scenery, when the time comes for him to be shipped out, he’ll hide out in the forest until the day comes where they have to escape. Norman tries to refute this, because if he tries to escape, they’ll either tighten security, or send either Emma or Ray in his place. Emma tries to reassure him that they won’t take one of them in his place, if they have broken limbs or they are sick. Their determination makes Norman overcome with emotion, and they both assure him that they will all escape together.

The next day, before Norman’s shipment, Ray gives him a device to disable the tracking devices, and he creates a new rope to scale the wall, and survey the area beyond the wall. The evening comes, and Norman’s shipment is closely arriving. Norman is nowhere to be found. Isabella takes out her tracking device, and the kids are sure that Norman got away, and the tracking device won’t find him.

And then.

Welcome back… Norman.

Isabella, The Promised Neverland, Ep 9

Norman returns, and later that evening, Ray chews him out for his decision, and Norman tells him to calm down and listen. He lets them know what he saw when he scaled the wall. Which was…

…and Despair.

It was a cliff… Beyond the wall, is nothing but a cliff.

Norman, The Promised Neverland, Ep. 9

Other than the ending of the episode, there was really one single thing that stood out to me that much, which was the use of silence in the episode. Like, when Norman was getting the water for Emma, until his breakdown, there was NOTHING in the background. That was a great decision for this episode, and while I saw this as nothing remarkable, I find the kids’ determination to escape somewhat admirable. Plus, I loved the fact they changed the ending, to fit the tone of hopelessness that the situation holds as of now.

Side note: Did Norman always wear a sweater? I’ve noticed it a few episodes ago, and it bugs the crap out of me.

Episode Rating: C+

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The Promised Neverland is available to stream on Amazon Prime, Funimation Now, Hulu, Crunchyroll, and HIDIVE.

So I bet you’re wondering why I didn’t do the recap and review all in one. Well, I decided to do something different, and I found this would be a less time-consuming endeavor. Because after all, I’m doing this as a hobby, not as like, a business. I hope you understand.

Stay Twisted, everyone, and I’ll see you next time!

2 thoughts on “The Promised Neverland Ep. 9 REVIEW: Hope and Despair

  1. It was a really nicely put together episode and it really did plunge me into despair right along with the characters. I wonder what will happen next and it is killing me that we have a whole week to wait before we find out.

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