The first season of The Promised Neverland is considered one of the best horror anime of all time—it was a gripping prison break thriller with a unique setting and a genuinely terrifying antagonist. Manga fans were hyped for the second season, knowing that some exciting plot twists and beloved characters were just around the corner. But, for some reason, the anime’s second season did to the source material what your little brother once did to your meticulously constructed Lego castle the moment you looked away—tore it apart without a care for its integrity and reformed its scattered remains into ramshackle mockeries of their former selves.
Luckily, as long as you’re not emotionally invested enough in the series to be devastated by this massacre of a sequel, it’s actually pretty entertaining to watch in the “so bad it’s good” kind of way. So, in that spirit, we’d like to present to you the top 5 hilariously terrible moments from The Promised Neverland Season 2!
5. Yugo is Yu-Gone
One of the new characters manga fans were most looking forward to seeing was Yugo (usually referred to as “Mister” by Emma), a gruff but caring mentor who had lost many of his companions during an orphanage escape and wallowed alone in his grief for 13 years at Minerva’s bunker until the Grace Field kids showed up. He’s a fascinating character, as well as an integral part of the Goldy Pond arc—thought by many to be the best story arc after the first season. However, the anime decides to just skip right past that storyline and implies that Yugo died offscreen, possibly many years ago. Way to start off with an anticlimax right out of the gate, guys!
4. Norman Reenacts Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Norman’s sudden reappearance only a few episodes after dramatically sacrificing himself to ensure the kids’ escape was already pretty jarring and unearned, but the situation crosses into Crazytown when this pragmatic but kind-hearted kid turns into a mastermind war criminal out of nowhere. He and his four generals don spooky cloaks and unleash their newly developed drug on a demon village, causing the innocent citizens to mutate into mindless monsters as Norman torches the town and pulls a knife on a crying child. The only reason he doesn’t go full Anakin Skywalker is that the demon child is named... Emma. Yep. And then he’s pretty much back to his normal self, with no lasting consequences or hard feelings because some magical blood conveniently saved the townsfolk. Let’s just move on, then...
3. The Pen of Plot Convenience
Sister Krone risks her life to pass on this supercomputer disguised as a pen to the Grace Field orphans, and it’s initially used as a map to find Minerva’s bunker once they escape into the forest—this is set up well and makes logical sense. After that, though, the pen gets an upgrade that allows it to instantly resolve any problems the characters are facing. Where’s the door to the human world? The pen has a map. But where will the guards be posted? The pen knows that too, despite its information being over 15 years old. And the disease Norman and his generals suffer from? The pen knows how to cure it, even though their symptoms come from experimental drugs that couldn’t possibly have been around when it was made. The door to the human world is locked? Why, of course, the pen is the key! William Minerva really should’ve been guessing lottery numbers instead of using his psychic powers to help these kids.
2. Peter Ratri Says, “Guess I’ll Die”
Peter Ratri is supposedly the overarching villain of the entire series since he’s Isabella’s superior and works with the demons to keep the farm system in place. This saves the majority of humans and prevents the demons from degenerating into feral monsters, so his plan actually makes some amount of sense (as long as you ignore the magic blood that solves both problems effortlessly). He’s dedicated his whole life to upholding this ancient bargain, but when his subordinates turn on him and Emma offers him her hand in friendship, he doesn’t violently retaliate or even try to make a compromise with the kids. Instead, he immediately gives up and slits his own throat. Congrats Emma, you just defeated the main antagonist with no effort whatsoever!
1. That Chef’s Kiss Worthy Slideshow
After Ratri’s unintentionally hilarious death scene, there’s still a mountain of plot threads that haven’t been resolved yet. How are they going to save the kids from the other farms? Are the demons just going to accept this new system? Mujika was said to be a member of some royal family, right? Luckily, all of those questions and more are answered (sort of) in a literal, actual slideshow at the very end of the final episode. Entire arcs from the manga are condensed down to a handful of still images that whizz by in a matter of seconds, awkwardly wrapping everything up so that no one has to suffer through a third season of this mess. It’s jaw-droppingly bad, but what else could we expect at this point?
We could go on forever about terrible moments from this anime, like the kids forgiving Isabella for no reason, Norman’s generals forgetting their trauma in two seconds, or the myriad of interesting character moments that didn’t end up going anywhere. Let’s just hope for a faithful remake someday so that The Promised Neverland’s reputation won’t be tarnished forever!
What did you think of our list? What are your favorite ridiculous moments from The Promised Neverland Season 2? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!