With A08-63 turning out to be a secret human playground for the demons, some doubts over William Minerva’s true intentions have emerged. For Lucas at least.

Now when Emma is here with her pen, he can finally find out what is behind those doors with the owl symbol in the Goldy Pond windmill.

A phonecall with William Minerva

Behind the doors is some sort of a control room. But more importantly there is a lake. It’s the real Goldy Pond from the map. And it has a small island that floats and water that you cannot actually feel when you touch it. Lucas and Emma were as confused by it as I am…

This island has what appears to be an elevator with the owl symbol. Could this possibly take you to the human world? Emma tried using the pen to start the elevator but it hasn’t worked. Instead, the telephone rang and William Minerva himself spoke. In a way.

It was a recording of James Ratri, who is a descendant of the clan that made the promise with the demons. William Minerva is his alias. He left the children all these clues because he wanted to give them a chance of choosing their future. Goldy Pondy was created as a safe village but one of Ratri’s allies betrayed him. Later we find out that the traitor was Ratri’s brother Peter, who is the 36th generation head of the Ratri clan.

Another important bit of information from the phonecall was the fact that the 4 highest quality farms have ways to escape to the human world. How ironic. That made me think of Phil. What if he goes on a search himself and finds the way out? Although, without the pen it may be impossible. Either way, Emma and the others are bound to return to Grace Field anyway, to retrieve those they left behind the first time.

Project Lambda 7214

Emma and Lucas found a memory chip for the pen which brought them more information. Emma seemingly realized what are the “seven walls”. And they found out about the experimental farm called Project Lambda 7214. This is vital because they now know where Adam came from. Adam, the one that doesn’t speak and when he does, he repeats the number “22194”.

Yes, that number. Out of all the numbers, he is repeating the number on Norman’s neck.

It is here where I can say that I was right all along. Norman!!! Isn’t!!! Dead!!! He was fine all this time, he got moved to the experimental farm Lambda 7214 where he is undergoing tests. He actually did get a foster parent and his name is… wait for it…

Peter Ratri.

The same Peter Ratri who is a traitor and who wants to keep the promise made with the demons no matter what it takes. Now if Season 2 of the anime is gonna be 12 episodes long, I can already picture the reveal of Norman being alive as the ultimate cliffhanger to end the season and annoy all the anime-only watchers for ending the season on that…

One last thing on Adam, its almost scary how he grew attached to Norman’s number. Poor Emma might even think Adam is Norman, which I also thought at one stage could be possible.

The battle begins

Now I’m gonna be a bit more brief with the rest of the chapters because I feel like its doesn’t really make sense to go into extreme details with these events as its best to just experience them yourself.

But basically Lucas and his group have prepared their plan to take down the Goldy Pond demons and destroy their playground. The weapons the group had are too weak to destroy the masks of the demons, but that didn’t stop Lucas and the others. They upgraded their weapons so they can destroy the masks, although their ammo is very limited.

They were forced to start a day earlier than expected. But they quickly regained their calm and started with the plan. It involved explosions, flashbangs, various traps… The most satisfying part was ofcourse when Gillian killed Luce. Especially after he was the one who now ended up as the prey and begged for his life, even daring to say all of this is just a game.

“I’ll give you 10 seconds. Just kidding”. Iconic line from Gillian who is definitely my favorite character from Lucas’ group and I can imagine it will be the same for anime-only watchers.

Sonya and Sandy’s group also did exceptionally well to kill Nous and Nouma. “The best time to hit your enemy is when they are enjoying their prey”. Once again Hunter x Hunter vibes, when Gon was hunting for birds with his fishing rod.

The volume ends with Emma encountering Leuvis, the most difficult of the demons to beat. But I trust the group to find a way to defeat him.

Conclusion

Truly a fantastic volume that had pretty much everything – big reveals, long awaited returns, epic and satisfying battles. Things are really heating up, and I know I keep saying this, but I’m so excited for more. My pre-ordered volume 10 can’t arrive sooner.

If you missed out on my previous The Promised Neverland manga reviews, you have all the links here:

Escaping the anime-only zone – The Promised Neverland Volume 5 Review

On the way to B06-32 – The Promised Neverland Volume 6 Review

A Risky Decision – The Promised Neverland Volume 7 Review

The Forbidden Game at A08-63 – The Promised Neverland Volume 8 Review

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How will Emma and Ray solve the difficult situation they found themselves in at the end of Volume 7?

Will their unnamed guide offer some help? Or will they have to find the solution themselves?

Emma and Ray in action

It turned out being the latter.

They had to find the solution themselves and it turned out successful – they realized that the demons die when they are hit in their eye. Their unnamed guide, however, is still convinced Emma and Ray are going to die soon. He will make that happen himself even if the demons won’t be able to. He even decided which of the kids he will let die. It turned out to be Emma, who a bit later on tried to make him open up to her and Ray, which he refused to do.

The unnamed guide has been suffering. It must have been hard. But it doesn’t seem that the children can do anything to change his attitude, so its better to just give up on that for now. I’m sure some things we found out later on will change his attitude anyway.

Emma got… Isekai’d?

Nah she didn’t. But she had one of those “Where am I?” moments once she woke up in a completely different surrounding than where she just was. The last thing she remembered before that was Ray’s voice while being taken away by… something.

This was real hype and excitement. Emma on her own not knowing where she is or why. It turns out she was taken to A08-63. How convenient. It’s the next Minerva checkpoint. Surely there is gonna be something good right? But first she needs to find out what actually is this place. Could it possibly even be the human side of the world? Or a new human farm? These were my guesses while reading.

Note how it said “Use your pen” on her left hand. I kind of doubt Emma was the one writing that. But who did it then?

Anyway what A08-63, or Goldy Pond turned out to be is a secret human garden. A secret playground for the demons where they hunt the children every three days.

Hunter x Hunter vibes

I’m starting to get some Hunter x Hunter vibes here. Which can only be a good thing.

The way they are trying to reach William Minerva – it’s kind of like Gon and Killua trying to reach Ging, isn’t it? But also, Emma, Ray, Killua and Gon are roughly the same age. And at their age they are already using weapons. During the hunter exam, Gon was aiming to steal the number plate of a much stronger opponent, Hisoka, and he succeeded. Similarly, Emma was targeting the eye of a much stronger opponent, a demon, and she was successful too.

And speaking of Hisoka from Hunter x Hunter, another thing reminding me of HxH was the demon that saw Emma as a chance for some fun. He decided to delay killing her, cause giving her more time would make her even sweeter. Doesn’t that remind you of a certain character that was waiting for Gon and Killua to grow before getting more serious with them?

The final thing that adds to all the Hunter x Hunter vibes is more related to the anime, but Killua and Ray have the same voice actor ofcourse. Which feels fitting.

Goldy Pond

Back to the manga stuff. Emma survived the demon hunt, but some of the new kids she met didn’t. The first person she talked to since coming to Goldy Pond, Violet, really reminded me of Norman at first.

I did not expect to see something like this in The Promised Neverland, but Violet is actually a “trap”. Her group of friends are from the high quality farm Grand Valley. They know the truth and they want to do everything they can to close the demon playground Goldy Pond. But how did they find out the truth?

Remember how I said certain things will change the unnamed guide’s attitude? Well this is what I meant by that. They found out the truth via Lucas. Yeah, that Lucas from the unnamed man’s traumas. He is dead for everyone else except Violet’s group of friends. And this is where Emma found out the clue related to William Minerva. Lucas found a door with his symbol, and it can only be opened with the pen.

What are they going to find behind those doors that Lucas has wanted to open for years?

Conclusion

I think that was my favorite The Promised Neverland Volume from the ones I covered. Loads of intriguing and exciting stuff. And it can only get better.

Who or what brought Emma to Goldy Pond? Similarly, who or what wrote on her hand that she should use the pen? What is behind those doors? So many things I’m dying to know.

 

Have you read Volume 8 of The Promised Neverland? If so, feel free to discuss it in the comments! 😉

Here are my previous The Promised Neverland Volume reviews if you are interested!

Volume 5.

Volume 6.

Volume 7.

 

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The children of Grace Field have finally reached the B06-32 which turned out to be a human shelter.

Is the man awaiting for them William Minerva?

I expressed my doubts about it in my Volume 6 post and it turns out I was right.

Unnamed man

The mysterious man in the human shelter is not William Minerva. But it turns out he also has a past of escaping human farms.

But unlike the Grace Field group, his siblings didn’t survive the escape. This man was the only remaining survivor. And he stayed in the human shelter, where he seemingly lived for 13 years now.

Seeing the Grace Field children only gave him negative emotions. This even led him to try shooting Emma, but luckily for the orphans some of his past traumas still seem to haunt him.

I keep referring to him simply as “man” because he refuses to give the children his name. He doesn’t want to have anything to do with the children and just wants to see them leave.

You can hardly call him a likeable character. But I guess that’s how you would end up being if you live in a hideout for 13 years as the only survivor left from your family.

And to add to that, it looks like some of his decisions were to blame for the events.

I won’t defend someone that basically wants to kill an entire group of children because of his past traumas, but I can’t say its surprising that he behaves that way.

A place to live

The B06-32 human shelter is a surprisingly good place to live in.

Apparantly the food supplies are limited, but I do wonder how is the food still edible after at least 13 years now.

Sure there is also a garden but there are also things like cookies and premade soup. Surely there is no way to refill those supplies or is there?

The shelter has a bathtub and hot water too. I can imagine it would be a great feeling to use that after a week without hot water.

Ofcourse, Ray and Emma were using their time at the shelter efficiently. But the books they found were outtdated.

There was a new letter from Minerva tho. It leads them to another point, this time A08-63.

How many more checkpoints are there going to be until they finally meet Minerva?

Bold deal

The unnamed man was tied and locked by the children but he managed to find a way out, and he planned to kill the group with a knife.

Until Emma cornered him into making a deal with the group.

Luckily, they found an emergency detonator. Unless the man wants his shelter to be blown off, he has no choice but to go with their deal.

The deal is for him to go to A08-63 with Emma and Ray as their guide.

He accepted but before leaving they went to a secret armory to grab some weapons.

To be as light as possible, Ray took one gun and Emma took a pistol along with her bow and arrows.

Hellish journey

In order to reach the destination in the shortest time possible, Ray, Emma and the unnamed guide have to cross a forest full of wild man eaters.

Emma wasn’t catious enough and had a really close encounter with one of the demons.

When it was time to shoot, she hesitated, but their guide shot the demon instead.

This part left me confused. For a second I thought someone really just got killed there. But looking at it now, it was probably just a flashback from the unnamed guide.

While shooting the demon may have looked like a favour, it turned out to have the opposite effect. The man didn’t kill the man-eater.

Instead he waited purposely for it to regenerate and call its “allies”. Suddenly a whole bunch of scary man-eaters appeared.

Surely two children who never used guns before will have a tough time handling this.

Conclusion

A fantastic buildup for what’s to come. We are in for a threat.

Not only do the children have to face demons but their “guide” isn’t exactly a thrustworthy person. He intends to kill at least one of the two.

Gilda took the initiative once again. Her development recently is clear. Good for the group, because they cannot always rely on Ray and Emma.

Will the next volume finally feature William Minerva himself? Or what about Norman? Thinking about it, remember that William Minerva “alter-ego” picture from Volume 6?

Doesn’t it resemble Norman’s outfit from Episode 10? I can’t help but wonder…

Damn it really looks the same…

In any case I’m off to Volume 8. Things are really gonna get exciting now 😀

As always, leave your thoughts on this Volume of The Promised Neverland in the comments below. And if you want to read my previous two Volume reviews, Volume 5 is here, and Volume 6 here.

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Volume 5 truly had everything in store for the children of Grace Field.

They escaped the orphanage but had to separate from their younger family. Then they faced new challenges by the nature itself and various demons.

Ray was forced to leave the group as a way to escape the demons. But even he doesn’t have infinite stamina for running away so how could he save himself from this situation?

Volume 6 of The Promised Neverland provides us with the answers.

Rescue

When Emma collapses and things look quite bad for the group, a mysterious girl arrives and leads them to a safer place. Meanwhile, Ray also gets rescued by a similarly mysterious person.

He reunites with Emma in what looks like a cave. Upon meeting one of their rescuers, Ray is sharp-eyed as always and notices that it is in fact, a demon.

Emma thought for a moment that all the other children have been prepared as food. I just can’t not notice how similar she looks here to Hunter x Hunter’s Killua.

It turns out those demons, called Mujika and Sonju are actually not interested in eating humans due to their religion.

The promise

What Volume 6 does is reveal some hugely important details about the world of The Promised Neverland.

Demons and humans have existed on Earth for more than a thousand years. The two species have been constantly killing each other. In order to stop that, a promise has been made.

Demons won’t eat humans. Humans won’t kill demons. The world will be segregated with one side being for the demons and the other side for the humans.

Human farms have been created as a sacrifice in order to keep the promise.

The reason the ecosystem is different than what the children have been reading about in books is because they are currently at the demon side of the world.

And crossing to the human side is forbidden as part of the promise.

But oh well, the children of Grace Field are already quite used to doing things that are “forbidden”.

Note how the person that seemingly thought of the promise has an owl on his shoulder. Considering how the symbols from WIlliam Minerva have the owl, this is surely foreshadowing something.

Could it be that WIlliam Minerva is really the human that thought of the promise?

Even if its “impossible” to cross to the human side, Emma will still do it. I love her determination and confidence.

Training

The children are aware that they have to be self-reliable. They are using the few days they have with Mujika and Sonju to learn some important new skills like cooking. Ray seems to have a bit of a talent for it.

Emma wants to learn hunting, and her first prey is a bird.

The gunpa is a ritual of piercing a flower through the heart of the prey. It helps drain the blood and if the gods accept the food, the flower will bloom.

With Conny in her mind, this left Emma heartbroken. But she pierced the flower through the bird anyway.

She doesn’t seem to enjoy hunting a lot. I think Emma would be a good candidate for becoming vegan.

(I’m so sorry)

B06-32

As the children finally arrive to the place B06-32, it turns out that it’s actually empty without anyone around.

My first thoughts after seeing that were that they should dig. It turned out right because they soon found out they should go underground.

What they find is a human shelter. And a man in a messy room awaits for them.

I’m not sure if this is William Minerva but if it is I was expecting him to look differently. But I was probably influenced by the clothing his “alter-ego” had. If you don’t get what I mean let me just show you a picture.

Conclusion

Human shelters? I do wonder what is their purpose. If crossing between the two sides of the world is forbidden, this clearly means some have broken the promise.

Is the man waiting in the shelter William Minerva? Who is he?

All I can say is that William Minerva has surely at some point broken the promise if he is able to leave those signs for the high-quality farms.

And that owl. I doubt William Minerva is a 1000 year old person and that he really “made” the promise, but what does the owl symbolise? Maybe a group of individuals that William Minerva is a part of?

Also, Sonju has certain selfish plans… I can’t say it was surprising seeing something like that since he is a demon afterall. I just wonder if he will return in the future as the enemy.

Volume 6 was kind of what they would call an infodump. Loads of new vital information about the world has been revealed. Volume 7 could be the similar since the likelihood of meeting WIlliam Minerva or at least getting some information on him is high.

It’s gonna be interesting. And I’m very much excited for more. Writing this blog post is the only reason why I haven’t jumped straight into Volume 7 cause I think reviewing Volume 6 after reading the next volume would feel a bit weird.

If you’ve read Volume 6 of The Promised Neverland please feel free to discuss it in the comments 😉

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During the Winter 2019 anime season we’ve been treated by the fantastic anime adaptation of The Promised Neverland.

It had one big problem tho – it ended.

Usually you would start collecting or reviewing a manga series from the very first volume. But my curiosity got the better of me and I’ve started reading The Promised Neverland from the fifth volume onwards.

I do plan to collect the first four volumes. But it’s gonna happen a bit later I guess.

With this in mind, the title of Volume 5 – Escape is fitting. Not only because the children have escaped Grace Field but also because the volume marks my Escape from being an anime-only follower of The Promised Neverland…

Chapters 35 – 37

However, not all chapters from Volume 5 are content not adapted in the anime.

The first 3 chapters, titled ‘Action, Part 4 & 5’ and ‘Escape’, cover the events of the final episode of the anime’s first season.

And the anime has changed some things from those chapters. Nothing that changes the plot but just a few details and shortened parts.

For example, after Ray takes the scared Jemima to cross the cliff with her, there is some nice internal monologue that expands on his newly found motivation to survive along with all the other kids.

Basically if you are not sure what Ray meant when saying “I lose, Norman”, the skipped monologue expands on it.

The biggest changes, however, are related to Isabella.

And this is something the anime both improved on and took away from.

The anime did a fantastic job with her pursuit of the children and attempt to catch them before they managed to escape. While watching the episode, I was genuinely so scared for the children, hoping she won’t catch up on time.

And when she saw Emma face-to-face for the last time, I really thought she will try to cut off her rope or do something else to prevent her escape.

These scenes didn’t felt as tense in the manga, altho that could be in huge part due to the fact that I already knew what was going to happen.

Another thing is the aftermath of the escape. The anime Isabella puts her hair down, unlike her version in the manga. But more importantly, again there is skipped monologue.

While watching the episode, I couldn’t feel much sympathy for Isabella after her defeat. But I actually kind of felt for her in the manga. The manga made her love for the children feel more convincing than it ever did in the anime.

She disposed of the ropes used in the escape to give the higher-ups a harder time in searching the children. The anime made this so subtle that I didn’t actually fully realize that it was Isabella’s way of helping the children. This could just be my stupidity playing a role tho.

Isabella calling the orphans “my dear children” actually always annoyed me. I thought that, if they are so dear to her, she could try and help them in some way. But her send-off in the manga actually made me “forgive” her for everything.

Freedom

The children of Grace Field may have gotten their freedom, but there is no time to celebrate as its only the start of a long battle.

Quickly they start facing the challenges provided not only by their pursuers but nature itself. This is one aspect I really enjoy – there are new plants and species that the children never read about in their books.

At least not scientific books…

The children were caught in a trap but fortunately they still have a mystery ally in William Minerva who left them clues through books and certain other items.

One of Minerva’s fantasy books served as a way to survive the trap they fell in. I just do hope not everything will be solved by reading from the books. Not that I want the children to struggle, I want them to live the life they deserve. But I really enjoyed the mind games and planning in The Promised Neverland so far and I hope to see more of it.

Which speaking of, I miss Norman. But somehow I’m still sure his “imaginary” appearances next to Ray and Emma won’t be the last we’ll see of him. He is the main character after all. And we are still yet to see what exactly happened when he got shipped.

Yeah we may be able to get the idea but the body still hasn’t been shown…

But back to Minerva. This is just me throwing ideas but how can we actually be sure his intentions are good? One thing that was prominent about The Promised Neverland was that you never exactly knew who you could trust.

It’s kind of scary to think of. The children have all these clues. And the pen that gave them a place to go towards.

They have the hope and belief that things will soon get better. But what if they are being lured into a trap without being aware of it?

Maybe I should stop being so negative.

Demons

Poor Emma and Ray. Faced with those scary demons once again. To kind of make things even worse, it seems these are “wild” demons. They seem to be a normal natural occurence in this world. What a scary world it is.

There is only so much energy they have to run away from the pursuing demon. Something had to be done quickly. And Ray decided to use the earlier experiences to trap the demon.

This meant he had to separate from the group. But this time he won’t try to make himself a sacrifice. He would get the job done and come back to the group, determined to survive along them.

His plan seemed to work. But wait didn’t it work a bit too well? The demon got decapitated. The “tame” demons appear. Or should I say, pursuers.

Ray has a moment of insecurity. What can he possibly do now?

He carves a note, lies that he is the sole remaining child and runs away in a different direction to the other kids. No matter how incredible his stamina is, surely just running away won’t be enough to save himself.

Conclusion

All in all, it’s a fantastic manga and I’m more than glad I started reading it.

It also includes side-stories, one after each chapter. My favorite was when Emma got a haircut, and Isabella was careful not to cut off her distinctive wisp.

These side-stories, however, are just serving as a lighthearted relief between the dramatic events that are going on.

How will Ray escape from this situation? Will the other children turn back in order to find Ray?

I can’t wait to find out in the next volumes. Soon I’ll have my hands on the next 4 volumes of The Promised Neverland. Look forward to the next manga review once they arrive.

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