It seems like only a couple of days ago that we were revealing the news that Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu’s The Promised Neverland manga series was getting an anime adaptation that would air in the January 2019 Noitamina block. Oh wait, it was a couple of days ago. Carry on.
With news as big as this, however, you will not be shocked to learn that the production committee behind this one is striking while the iron is hot and have released a promotional video which reveals the main characters voices (though who is providing those voices is only up for speculation at this point).
ここで今日の沼津を振り返ってみまヨーソロー(*> ᴗ •*)ゞ！！！ pic.twitter.com/xA9E47xfAi
— 🐶箕輪 こ う ち ゃ そ🐾 (@wakiwakimanko) May 27, 2018
As you can see in the 78-second trailer above, they aren’t ready to show off any actual production footage but the presentation of the original story and dire hopelessness in the voices makes me think that this is not going to be a happy-go-lucky “fun for the whole family” type of series. Either way, I’m looking forward to checking this one out and I might even glance over the source material before this winter comes around just so that I can compare and contrast the two. Wow, am I a nerd.
As for the speculation that I mentioned earlier, fans are already trying to guess which voices they heard in the above trailer. So far, it seems that most fans believe they heard Sumire Morohoshi as Emma, Rie Kugimiya as Norman, and Mariya Ise as Ray though only time (and an official cast announcement) will tell if those guesses are actually true or not.
The Promised Neverland first debuted in August 2016 and currently has seven volumes in Japan. The series was created by Kaiu Shirai and illustrated by Posuka Demizu. Viz Media currently holds the rights to the series and describes the story as:
In THE PROMISED NEVERLAND, Emma, Norman, and Ray are the brightest kids at the Grace Field House orphanage. And under the care of the woman they refer to as “Mom,” all the kids have enjoyed a comfortable life. Good food, clean clothes, and the perfect environment to learn—what more could an orphan ask for? One day, though, Emma and Norman uncover the dark truth of the outside world they are forbidden from seeing.
What say you, gentle internet? Does this promotional video get you more excited to see this series or less?
Video via ComicBook.com
Author: LB Bryant
L.B. has been writing about anime professionally since August 2005. With credits that range all the way from Anime Herald to Viewster, he has seen and done it all. His favorite series include Assassination Classroom, Princess Nine, Sword Art Online, and many others. Currently he lives in the Seattle area with his many cats and his very understanding and supportive wife.