Chapter 2 translations are out.
Looks like The Promised Neverland is going to be a mystery manga more than a battle manga.
(and a slow as fuck one if it keeps up this pacing)
Enjoy it while you can, mystery mangas rarely last super long in WSJ.
So what do you think it's gonna be like outside? Urotsukidojin style demonic hellscape? cyber/biopunk post-human thing? Alien space ship?
Enjoying it so far, the last chapter seemed pretty smart.
They can still see the sky, so everything seems fine. I'm going to argue it's a normal human world with Demons in the background.
I am really enjoying the dynamic between her and Norman, we know Norman is the most intelligent one but he still asks for Emma's Pov on things which is pretty neat
Also Ray probably knows already but has been keeping quiet about it. Watch as he already has a plan or some shit that he has been preparing for years beforehand. Considering all the books he constantly reads I feel like he is going to be like a guide once they get outside
>Main character is a female, but has no sex appeal at all. It feels like something is off.
it's really just a Taimanin Asagi prequel explaining how Asagi became a demon hunting ninja
>mystery manga more than a battle manga.
>(and a slow as fuck one if it keeps up this pacing)
IDK, as it stands they have only two weeks to find a way over the wall and evade recapture, since their goal is to get out before the next kid gets harvested.
I have no idea how things are going to progress, since the kids are probably gonna find in a chapter or two that the farm is like on an island or in space or something.
What the fucking hell, you sicko. She is 11 year old, FUCKING 11 YEAR OLD.
>hurrr but this is fiction
Yeah, that's how it starts. If you support these shits, you support people sexualizing children, and then ends up supporting rape because people will start seeing this as normal.
Get your shit together or get out of here.
I prefer this phase desu
It's showing good strategy skills for the main characters while developing their characters
I am pretty sure there's going to be a time skip at some point of at least 2-3 years
>Isn't it two months?
you're right, they said "at least two months away".
which makes a lot more sense with an orphanage population of 40-50.
but then again it really raises questions about what the demons want so badly about eating smart kids that they'd have a gigantic farm that only yields maybe 5 or 6 a year.
fucking demons are retarded at animal husbandry.
they're harvesting the most brilliant kids at like 11 or 12 rather than selectively breeding them to get even smarter kids next generation.
they wouldn't even have to wait more than like 30% longer.
I swear demons, do you even keikaku?
I think I have a theory on what the tests are for, that they probably don't "harvest" the smart kids for meat but use them for something else and the kids with the lowest scores are sent to be eaten. If you noticed there are only 5 kids that are 10+ years old and these 5 have the highest scores, growing up every other orphan their age was sent to be eaten while they remained due to having high scores which explains why the majority of kids are like 6 or younger. The younger kids have the lowest scores and at most only get half the questions right, not only that but Conny says that she didn't understand anything in the quiz earlier on and was sent to be harvested for meat and the demon talks about finally getting high quality goods and maybe don't harvest the smart scorers for whatever reason until they're older.
I think they still do harvest them.
It's just a matter of pricing, probably.
There is no point to wait for dumb stock to grow up but the ones that constantly show good results are higher priced.
This is what I was thinking too
I don't think they actually eat the smart ones but use them for something else. Even this whole thing of mama actually giving them a hint about the transmitters, feels like another test that they are giving them
> they probably don't "harvest" the smart kids for meat
> (posts pic of demon pointing to three smartest kids and says HARVEST some high quality GOODS)
anon, what are you even doing?
"goods" refers to cheap, non-durable and often consumable/disposable merchandise, not like something valuable.
How do you guys think the direction is going to go
I highly doubt the entire series will be about these little turds playing intense hide and seek against these monsters, as much as I'd like that to happen
they're obviously going to get bullshit powers or weaponry
The outside world will be either a Mad Max-style wasteland or completely ruled by the monsters. It's inevitable.
There is a lot of foreshadowing that indicates the monsters are the ruling species in Earth.
the escaped orphans makes a team name for themselves and call themselves the lost boys
they later end up meeting someone who has escaped long before they did and his name is peter pan, he can fly
"Mama" is actually evil as fuck, and one of her hands gets chopped off as punishment for letting valuable meat get away. She replaces her hand with a hook
Preview for next chapter in Jump, feels like they're escaping very soon:
>The hands of the devil are approaching! It's do or die, the desperate escape plan begins!
My theory is that they will first destroy the watch, but fail on the first attempt to escape a bunch of kids will die and they will be forced to come back
On the second attempt they will most likely kill her for sure
>We have to escape because the demons want to eat us so we gotta escape and we're actually in a cage so how do we escape into the forest but there's a wall so we'll escape over the wall oh no mom doesn't want us to escape
Not a good sign if the author is already padding things like this.
It's to demonstrate that the kids are geniuses and to further deepen the mystery of why the demons would educate children if they're just going to end up as food.
It's called setting up the plot.
Domo Arigato dumpy anon!
For the moment they just need to get the two of them over the wall to see what the rest of the world is like, from there they'll make a final decision whether to build say a paid of ladders to get over the walls en mass or figure out some way to open the gate and get the rest of the kids out that way instead.
It depends if they get caught - as it stands they can't do a mass breakout without finding out what the world outside the farm is like and knowing where they're running to, hell, there might not even be an "outside" to hide in.
Prediction: they're out of the house before the first volume is over. Mom gets killed dramatically. The world outside is filled with weird creatures and it becomes a survival adventure manga.
This is kind of my fear with the pacing - there's going to be an issue or two getting mama's watch, an issue getting some rope, an issue bringing the third of their trio into their fold, an issue of them trying to convince the other kids they need to escape, a couple of issues setting up the elements of their plan, with maybe a few issues of them going over the wall to sort stuff out.
Great in a tankobon but it'll be torture in a weekly format.
>I think I have a theory on what the tests are for, that they probably don't "harvest" the smart kids for meat but use them for something else and the kids with the lowest scores are sent to be eaten
they literally spell out that the kids are free range organically meat products intended for the rich to eat, before they mention the 3 whiz kids as being top-end merchandise.
emma's plan to save everybody obviously gets fucked up somehow, since a cast of 50 kids below the age of 9 would be unmanageable.
it's just a question of why, and norman being a sociopath is not guaranteed quite yet.
I think if anybody Ray will be the one to bring them back down the earth about how impossible it would be to save everybody
>norman being a sociopath
He obviously cares about emma.
Not minding what happens to the other kids would fall more on selfish territory implying you wouldn't prioritize the people you are closest to in a dangerous situation
I'm calling it now Emma and Norman are going to fuck up, Ray already figured out their intent or has known about the farm business for a while and he'll be the only reason they can escape.
Norman has deathflags all over his fuckin face.
Theory I'm ehhhh about:
One of the kids is intended to replace Mama.
i.e. one of them is a traitorous dick
If any of the trio gets 'left behind to die' that'd be the one.
>rest of the manga is about muh Norman
This is the main reason why I don't want him to bite it yet
it's potentially date related, since the third column went from 1s to 2s with increasing age on the monster's list, and the only other kid with a visible number had a 3 and looked a bit younger than the main trio.
for a farm of this size, a year code and up to 100 kids of any birth year seems adequate for labeling.
this is frankly along the lines of the best plan.
> attack and detain Mama
> torture for intel about outside world
> kill her for being a collaborator at the end anyway
they're going to waste too much time trying to just avoid her scrutiny while learning nothing whatsoever about their future challenges.
Just look at how the artist is representing him as a really nice and gentle fellow. There's 3 paths to go from here, first is he dies and becomes a driving force for the MC, 2nd is he sacrifices the other kids so the trio can escape and at the same time sparing MC of making that tough choice and the 3rd one is
all the kids enter a bboy dance-off competition with the ayyliums for their freedom
I hate how they act. Too logical and convenient, like professional detectives. Geniuses locked in a hostile environment is boring (Enigma). Children locked in a hostile environment is scary (Drifting Classroom).
>Just look at how the artist is representing him as a really nice and gentle fellow.
> ok, gonna escape with the other 2 kids worth a shit
> oh fuck, this bitch seriously thinks we're gonna save dozens of little kids in an unknown world of monsters?
> fine, just tell her what she wants to hear to get her to play along
your prediction options were fine, it's your characterization of his presentation as "nice and gentle" that I'm laughing at.
putting aside his actions, there's something pretty fucking creepy just with the way he's drawn IMO.
the face of 'we'll all fucking die together'
But then only he dies.
Norman reminds me of Freaky Fred - weird smile with prominent brow and half-open upper eyelids.
>Hopefully the kids won't gain any supernatural powers and will constantly struggle, relying on their intellect alone.
Hopefully the intellect of the children will not become exaggerated Death Note style.
They're kids even if they're geniuses, its kind of a stretch to be that good of a bullshitter when you're fucking locked up in a house for your whole life. Not to mention that they never questioned it before
Isn't it weird how Ray is positioned in here?
I am going with he is a inside agent theory, its weird how he doesn't even try to socialize with the other kids or here >>145391681 even reacts to Mama's praise
He also called her a liar when she gave them a reason why they shouldn't go beyond the gate last chapter
I wonder if we'll get to see the factor farmed children.
I'll drop this fucking manga immediately if there's some sort of chess-related scene. I'm convinced Japanese people have no idea how it works at all.
none of them is (yet) an insider
Ray already knows that's why. He figured it was futile to even try and escape, why scare everyone about an unavoidable death in the future.
Norman will get caught they'll think he's dead until he gets revealed as Dad. Wew lads
He's already shown to be good at catching kids
No one will escape him. Ever.
Ray is going to escape, since he's the only one who's read enough to have half a fucking clue how the outside world works at all, even if his knowledge is probably 50 years out of date.
The main character's design reminds me a lot of Ahiru
How are nips reacting to this chapter?
Ray is supposedly a walking encyclopedia. Maybe he figured out that the world outside is fucked up from all the books he has read and he will reveal like this:
>Did you know that none of the history books in our house goes beyond 201X?
>Norman will get caught they'll think he's dead until he gets revealed as Dad. Wew lads
>He's already shown to be good at catching kids
>No one will escape him. Ever.
he's already shown enough hints of being a deceptively ruthless fuck, but he was already slated for plucking.
his market value is simply too high to pass, and Mama is more easily replaceable if she gets killed in the escape or whatever
The thing is that we can only read impressions on Twitter and 2ch and neither are the mainstream audience of Jump. Twitter impressions are pretty positive and they think it's pretty omoshiroi and 2ch thinks it's progressing fine but some people in 2ch feel that the author should put focus on Ray soon.
>feel that the author should put focus on Ray soon.
I'm pretty sure that will happen during/after the escape. I think it's just set up this way to surprise readers with how bad he saves their asses.
Why are you all niggas suspecting Norman this much?
Aside from suggesting to escape with just his two closest friends he has not done anything suspicious, and even said to not escape on the night of the shipment so nobody else would be sacrificed
The manga is pretty good so far but desu their ages are throwing me off. They're like 11 or some shit and they already think like geniuses. It makes me feel like a fucking retard in comparison. Maybe I'm taking manga too seriously, but I feel so degraded.
>They're like 11 or some shit and they already think like geniuses
They are suppose to be geniuses anon, really smart kids exist
but what i love about this manga is how naive they can be too about their own plans
>we just need a rope
>we can totally escape with 38+ kids in broad daylight
He's not actively looking to sell anybody out, but it's clear he's only even bothering with Emma and Ray since he thinks they increase his own chance of survival.
He'll probably agree to take along some of the younger kids on the escape just so he can use them later as bait/distraction when he gets into a pinch.
or staring off in the direction of escape - his schtick is spending all his time with his nose in books about the outside.
What I think fairly clearly rules him out as a traitor is that his serial number is on the Demon's list seen in chapter 1 >>145387846 (it's, interestingly enough, the second one down, not the perfect scoring one which is norman)
More likely the final 2 digits are referencing the farm they're on, as all the children's serial numbers end in 94. The next digit is not year of production neccesarily, because on the demon's list we see there's someone with -194 ending who's only 10, and then a 7 year old with a -294 ending. There's also a much younger kid with a -394 ending early on in the first chapter.
first 2 numbers are then either "batch type" or origin, or some other classification system as yet unexplained.
One thing this means though: There is likely at least 94 other "farms".
>but it's clear he's only even bothering with Emma and Ray since he thinks they increase his own chance of survival
That's just your own speculah anon, nothing about him has suggested this so far
>this level of discussion and theorising with only 2 chapters released
im liking this series so far and im liking these theories.
His character arch type is suspicious, plus it would be an obvious twist for easy conflict and drama. We suspect him because of genre conventions more than anything.
Personally, I hope he doesn't die or become manipulative / evil / selfish. That would be the biggest shock.
anon, even Emma (partly) realized that Norman was bullshitting her here:
I thought that was more of a "He is putting on a strong facade to reassure me everything is going to be daijobu but he is a mess inside too" sort of thing
>>145392327 see, she knows him well enough to notice changes like that in his mood
The numbers could indicate their breed (ethnicity) or gender.
Is a number consistent across all male characters vs female characters?
There is a distinctly Asian kid here (>>145392091) so clearly different ethnicities are a thing in this setting.
>different ethnicities are a thing in this setting
They straight up said so in the first chapter
Both Emma and Norman are clearly Caucasian but their numbers are nowhere similar and Ray seems more on the Asian side so that doesn't sound right
there's no consistency among anything except ending in "94" at this point.
the middle digit could be something like an expected meat grade/harvest age, since in the score-sorted list, the top kids end with 194s and then 294s.
This artist has some neat stuff
Hopefully the world building is as good as the background art of this guy
I didn't like so much the second chapter. They seemed too smart. I know they are geniuses, but that excess of calculation can end up ruining the dark tone and mysterious atmosphere. I rather they were normal kids.
The narration also bothered me. It makes the story seem a constant report.
It's a jump start so the english WSJ will drop it after next chapter, which means that only scanlations will exist of it unless english WSJ puts it into their main roster (which they could, with Nisekoi and Bleach and Toriko ending).
and it should be noted that no groups are currently scanlating it atm so next week could be the last english chapter.
I get the feeling this might happen in the manga as well.
>Enjoy it while you can, mystery mangas rarely last super long in WSJ.
I don't read much manga but I remember the mysteries of some proto-manga in Bakuman made me project if I was jap and could follow the publishing weekly, it would have been interesting... I actually can but it's not the same with scans.
Do you have
recommendationsof some lesser known but interesting mysteries published in Shounen Jump, and possibly interrupted quickly? I want to experience the waste of this magazine.
Also, good and finished ones would be nice too. (thanks and sorry)
>this is probably going to get cancelled 20+ chapters in
>black clover will run for years to come
I hope this reaches at least the 100 chapter mark
Right now I don't see how they could keep it interesting and fresh if it goes on forever like other shounen manga. Milking it fofr all its worth its what ruins series
>The first chapter knew how to balance that with emotion. The second doesn't
How does the second chapter doesn't? We see them being conflicted with their feelings for Mama and even being showing naivety thinking escaping would be as easy as getting over a wall...with a bunch of other kids
>Milking it fofr all its worth its what ruins series
AssClass was planned from beginning to end. The author did not make the story go beyond the expected. And it's still boring as fuck.
But I agree with you.
He's blonde with a big ass forehead, looks like he has the capacity for evil.
Anyway, it's obvious that there's no way any other child but the main three are going to survive their little jailbreak, right?
Its just some of the author's original art
Some people feel safer in a repetitive lifestyle, also I am guessing the white clothes are a way to check if they get any injuries or something
Probably, it's likely gonna trigger Emma's edge.
>Especially with like 50-60 kids?
There is really no way 50-60 kids are getting out. Norman didn't even consider them escaping at first, only when Emma brought it up did he change his tune.
From a writing standpoint, it would just end up being a bitch to properly write about so many characters and have them survive in such a hostile world.
>Aside from suggesting to escape with just his two closest friends he has not done anything suspicious
He's clearly being set up as the pragmatic one of the bunch. A guy who cares about his core of friends, and is willing to do whatever it needs to be keep them safe. It's pretty obvious he really doesn't want to save 50-60 kids and take care of them in a hostile environment, so something about that issue is going to have to be done.
>They seemed too smart.
Not really. They thought getting a rope would enable them to make a flawless escape, without any consideration for other traps or variables. They can deduce, but they can't predict very well, which is what really matters in survival.
>Trying to find it on manga rock