The second season of The Promised Neverland is over, and it was considered very bad by most fans of the story, but what went so wrong with it?
Before we continue, it’s worth remembering that we will have spoilers of the entire second season of The Promised Neverland anime and also from the manga.
What happened badly in the second season of The Promised Neverland
The Promised Neverland 2 is most notorious for skipping several stories in the manga, and these stories were not simple fillers, but crucial moments that further developed the plot and characters. An example was the Royal Family, the real villains of the series shown in the manga. Its revelation was enormous in itself, but it also had an eventual death at the hands of Norman. This was a pivotal moment for Norman’s character development going forward, but it is completely absent from the anime.
Another problem was the change that made Vincent the group’s traitor. Many suspected this from the start, causing the potentially shocking change to lose some of its vigor. To make matters worse, however, Vincent didn’t even get a significant amount of time on the screen, making it even less impactful.
Another manga concept that was not included in the anime was the truly cruel reality experienced on the farms. Changes to the source material were not necessarily a bad thing in theory, but none of these changes had even half the effect in the second season of The Promised Neverland.
There is also a substantial time-skip in the manga, which in the anime takes place between Episodes 4 and 5. This eliminates the development of much-needed characters and steals any impact. When the plot points of these arcs in the anime are mentioned, they are essentially discarded as mere markers. This makes the story look like it is just trying to get from one definite piece to the next, with nothing having any real cohesion or reason to happen.
Despite all its troubles, perhaps the worst part of the second season of The Promised Neverland’s poorly received season was the end of the season. The anime experienced notable delays and difficulties in production, and that made the end of the story even worse than it is in the manga. All of these problems made the second season of The Promised Neverland bad and quite forgettable.
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