Yakusoku no Neverland Episode 6: It’s starting to go sideways

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Norman breaks down the overall plan

Though, I’m still a bit annoyed about the cliffhanger from last week, I felt like this week’s episode handled Don as a character well. It’s nice to see that he and Gilda have been reasonably integrated into the overall planning. The escape is also looking a lot more promising with this week’s introduction of a potential source of outside aid. I’m still super curious to see what it’s actually like outside at this point.

Phil shows up to play hide and seek

This episode seems to put a strange amount of focus on Phil. Between the opening scene and Emma’s comment that he noticed the Morse code in the books, it really seems like Phil’s contributing a lot more than you’d expect. There was a comment in a previous episode about him being the smartest amongst the younger kids, but it makes me wonder how much he’s doing on purpose.

The kids think about the messages they found

I do like the idea that the kids are immediately suspicious of William Minerva, even though the messages come as a small ray of hope. It would be nice to see them find some support once they finally escape, but part of me wonders if the messages were actually left by Isabella or something.

Don questions the main three

As impulsive as Don seemed, his rage towards Emma, Norman, and Ray seems perfectly justified. I like his line here a lot, because he’s correct to point out that the three are basically trying to take the kids out into a world they know nothing about. And if they’re already asking for Don and Gilda’s help, they should prepare them for everything.

Don berates himself as well

In addition, I like that Don also recognizes why they hesitated to tell him everything. He berates himself as much as he does the other three. He’s a hard character to relate to, but I think I understand him well enough.

Norman investigates Ray's stuff

This side investigation from Norman has me so curious. Building on the previous episodes, it seems like he’s figured something out about Ray, so he’s putting something together on the side.

Sister Krone sees everything

Sister Krone makes me groan every time she’s on screen. Even if she ends up being a makeshift ally, I might have a hard time feeling anything for her.

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Yakusoku no Neverland Episode 5: Plans within plans

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The clock watches Norman and Ray

It’s fun to see this week’s episode turn things around coming off of the reveal in the previous episode. The added dimension to Ray’s character makes him really interesting. But wow, this series never lets up on the tension. Even the opening scene in the episode brings back the constant emphasis on time by showing Ray and Norman from the perspective of a swinging clock pendulum. I thought it was a cool scene, too.

Norman realizes that Ray was guiding them to Conny

Last week’s episode seemed to end with a triumph for Norman, as he finally discovers who the traitor is. However, I like that this episode throws a new card into play by revealing that Ray orchestrated Emma and Norman’s discovery of Conny. It’s not just the fact that it’s a twist, but rather that it completely makes sense. After all, Ray was the one who suggested that the two chase after Conny.

Ray threatens Norman

It’s hard to even fault Ray for trying to force Norman to help him abandon the other kids. His guarded approach to the outside world is clearly the safe play, and Emma is the one acting emotional.

Norman realizes something

I’m curious whether I missed something in that conversation. After Ray leaves, Norman’s expression seems to change towards one of relief, suggesting that he has realized something that Ray has missed. At the same time, Ray makes a noise that also suggests that he has also noticed his own mistake. I’m curious what it is, but I do appreciate how the episode portrayed it.

Emma interrogates Ray

I seriously enjoyed watching this side of Emma. It’s hard to take her seriously, so I often have to remind myself that she is genuinely on par with Ray and Norman. It’s nice to see someone like her suddenly shift her behavior, even if she immediately flips back to normal.

Norman warns Don not to make a stupid move

I get that Don is acting in character, given his obsession with Conny, but it was still painful to watch him immediately turn around and do what he was told not to do. Why did the main characters have to bring him on again?

Yakusoku no Neverland Episode 4: The nature of treachery

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Isabella compliments Sister Krone

I realize I’m missing a show in my lineup, so it’s time to bring this one back. To be fair, a lot has happened since I last talked about this show. Overall, I think it’s refreshing to see how grounded the kids, particularly Norman and Ray, tend to be when analyzing the situation. And while it’s true that I already knew about the reveal from the end of the episode, I always enjoy seeing the hints that are dropped throughout the episode in my state of anticipation.

Isabella tells Sister Krone to just follow her instructions

I’m not sure if it was the translation or just the underlying dialogue itself, but the conversation between Sister Krone and Isabella at the beginning of this episode was somewhat incomprehensible. I do like the way Isabella takes the role of mastermind, but I do admit that I’m somewhat biased against Sister Krone as a character. It’s interesting that she appears as a third party to throw the balance of power off, but she never really appealed to me.

Ray gives Emma 100 formation patters to memorize

I tweeted this opinion after initially watching the episode, but I’ll say it again here. I think this scene is strangely appealing. In most other shows like this, Ray’s idle comment about memorizing a hundred formations would be a joke to point out that Emma is the least brainy of the three. However, the kids in this series are taking incredibly intensive exams every single day, and Emma gets perfect scores consistently. So, it’s actually a reasonable request in disguise, which is why you never hear any complaint from Emma.

Emma reveals everything to Gilda and Don

You know, I honestly didn’t expect the main three to start revealing their plans so quickly. It’s true that they need more allies, but including more people in the secret increases the risk of discovery pretty severely.

Sister Krone questions Gilda

I think that this misdirection with Gilda is done well, especially since it’s hard to classify what level of betrayal it would even be. She’s talking to Sister Krone, after all, who has her own separate set of motives. That being said, I do appreciate that the series leaves extra room for ambiguity as needed. Even after Gilda returns, we see that Emma leaves once she’s heard what she wanted to hear. So for all we know, Gilda had more to say after gaining Emma’s trust.

Norman identifies Ray as a traitor

I was a fan of the reveal for Ray’s betrayal when I was originally reading the series. It comes so early in the story that it’s hard to get a read on it. Watching it a second time, the clues are clear, and I’m sure I always had a suspicion. But it’s just so hard not to trust a major character like Ray, especially when you expect him to carry the other two throughout the series. Still, I do like where this reveal goes, but that’s all I’ll say on it.