The Promised Neverland, Vol. 10

By Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu. Released in Japan as “Yakusoku no Neverland” by Shueisha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. Released in North America by Viz Media. Translated by Satsuki Yamashita.

We’ve seen this series go back and forth between “all the demons are monsters who want to eat brains” and “not ALL demons”, and as a result it’s not really a surprise that you see Emma here, always the most idealistic of any group she’s in, attempting to reason with Leuvis towards the end of this volume. I mean, it makes sense. The demons don’t do this because they are required t or they’ll die. It’s hunting, which Emma admits that she has done as well. And what’s more, while she may loathe Leuvis for killing some of her new-found friends, she is not driven by a desire to end his life. So… can they come to an agreement. There are, however, a few flashbacks that help to show us that the answer is no, at least here at Goldy Pond. Reason and pluck will win the day elsewhere, but not for Leuvis, who spouts something about needing to be in conflict but we see what it really is is that he does this for the thrill.

For all that TPN has a reputation of existing on “will they die or not?”, there really aren’t TOO many deaths if you look at the course of the series. And we just had two more a volume or two ago. So I wasn’t really expecting any of the child soldiers here to get killed off, but the art made me wonder a lot of the time. In general, I don’t recommend breaking out the “monster is holding someone up by their head” pose unless you really plan to go through with crushing that head. That said, thanks to Flashbacks we do still get a few deaths – this is not a series for little kids. But we also do see their brief triumphs, and also taking care of the wounded back at home base. These kids are just as much of a family as the Grace Field kids are, despite the fact that it’s still coming down to Emma to fight the big bad.

Fortunately, reinforcements are on the way, as Ray and “that geezer” have finally caught up to Emma, and can help her just when it seems there’s no hope. I do wonder how this is going to play out. We’ve had a few volumes now with Emma on her own, but she’s best balanced with Ray and Norman beside her. We know Norman is alive now, but he’s nowhere near them. Ray is now there, though, and I think will be the first to point out that when a psychopath who loves to kill children for the sport of it taunts you, it’s OK to perhaps not give him one more chance. (He may then find out that he missed Emma doing exactly this – I mean, Emma may be badass, but it’s a very shiny sort of badass.) So, as we finish up this very well done Promised Neverland, one question is in my mind above all others: will the “geezer” guy finally be officially named in story?

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