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Life is peaceful for Emma, Norman and Ray, three children of Grace Field House, a special orphanage directed by Isabella, a sweet caretaker they all call "Mom". In this house surrounded by a large playground and a forest, children of all origins are raised with love and care, the only constraints being the regular tests of knowledge that establish a ranking by score, and being forbidden to go near the main gate or beyond the forest. Every child is eventually sent away to a foster family sooner or later, but always no later than their twelfth birthday.

Being eleven years old and the top-ranked children of the orphanage, our protagonists know they will be the next to leave after the little Conny. But while they thought they would see her off, they witness something they shouldn't have, and discovered with horror the "foster family" the children are sent to...


By the way, what was for dinner again?

Now that they know the truth, they will have to find a way to escape from the house and save the other children before they turn into the next dish on the menu. But their once-beloved Mom doesn't intend to make their mission any easier. A battle of wits soon engages.

Started in August 2016, The Promised Neverland/Yakusoku no Neverland (約束のネバーランド) is a Shonen Jump series written by Shirai Kaiu and drawn by Demizu Posuka, mixing an Ontological Mystery with an intellectual battle and a tinge of horror. The battles do get more physical in later parts, but without letting go of the strategic aspects.

It should be noted that the series was born in a particular context within the Jump magazine, after several long-running big-hitters ended in rapid succession (Naruto, Bleach, Nisekoi, Toriko, and even the king of long-runners Kochi Kame). Among the many new series that were launched in the hope of bringing new blood, Neverland was one of the few that came out on top, and has been rapidly gaining success ever since. The manga received an anime adaptation by Studio Cloverworks in the Winter 2019 season; the English dub began airing April 13, 2019 at [adult swim]'s Toonami block.


Spin-Off Light Novels include The Promised Neverland: A Letter from Norman/Yakusoku no Neverland: Norman kara no Tegami (約束のネバーランド~ノーマンからの手紙~) that was released on June 3, 2018 and The Promised Neverland: Moms' Song of Remembrance/Yakusoku no Neverland: Mama-tachi no Tsuisōkyoku (約束のネバーランド~ママたちの追想曲~) that was released on January 4, 2019.

A Parody series called The Parodied Jokeland/Oyakusoku no Neverland (お約やく束そくのネバーランド) ran from January 11 to March 28, 2019.

A live action film adaption has been announced for release in Winter 2020.

Tropes found in The Promised Neverland.

  • Abusive Precursors: Seeing as how the human ancestors of the characters left a group of them behind to be bred for food, as part of a peace treaty with the demons before the two worlds were separated.
  • Achilles' Heel: For demons, the eye in the middle of their face. This is why the intelligent demons wear masks, to cover their weak point.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The anime adaptation gives more details on Mama Isabella's past.
  • Alas, Poor Villain:
    • Krone might be greedy, opportunistic, and willing to backstab anyone to benefit herself, but when she knows her life is going to end, she does what she can to aid Emma's group escape and reflects on her horrible life growing up, spending her final moments noting how beautiful the sky is. Terrible as Krone was, she never had a chance to be free and it's easy to see how she turned out.
    • Chapter 37 is an extended one for Isabella: for all her ruthlessness, it is revealed that she had a similarly awful past, lost the one boy she loved to the 'farm' system, tried to escape and found that there was only one way she could get out of being eaten, and when she realized Ray was her biological son, devoted herself to surviving while trying to protect Ray. At the end, she realizes she's been defeated and resolves to care for the youngest children while awaiting punishment from her superiors, wishing Emma the best..
  • Alternate History: The present day begins in 2045 and the map in the orphanage indicates that the world (or at least the real world) is in a version of our own, and the backstory is that thirty years ago (or more accurately, a thousand years ago), the demons took over the world. In spite of this, technological advancements such as military trucks, trackers traceable by device, the orphanage tests, Morse code, space shuttles, etc. still exist.
  • Angry Collar Grab: During Don's breakdown after learning the truth about Grace Field House, he ends up slugging Norman and Ray in a fit of anger of them keeping the secret for him, then grabs Emma by her shirt front to do the same thing. However, he stops himself short of doing so as he can't bring himself to harm her, and walks outside calm himself down.
  • Arc Words: "Promise" (and its verb derivatives, such as "promised," "promising," etc)., starting with it being in the title. Emma and Norman promise to each other that they'll escape, with Emma also promising to safely get every child out of Grace Field. William Minerva promises to lead the kids to human civilization. Sonju and Mujika promise to bring the Grace Field group away from the hunters' and guards' eyes. The pen given to Emma leads them to a shelter unknown to the demons and ultimately to a transporter that would take them straight to the human world. A survivor among Minerva's supporters promises to head to the shelter where the kids are staying to assist them. There are also broken promises, as betrayals: Isabella promises the kids a normal life and adoption but betrays them to the demons. Krone promises to give the kids what they want if they help her overthrow Isabella, though she clearly acts out of self-interest. Sonju promises to be good to the kids and refuses to harm them, though it's only through his religious beliefs, as he carries no such compassion for the offspring he expects them to have. The man found at the shelter immediately turns on the Grace Field kids. Goldy Pond was intended to be William Minerva's town set up to keep escapees safe but has been turned into a hunting ground for demon poachers. Minerva's elevator he promised would help them to travel to the human world has been sabotaged. Norman does not promise to Emma that he'll halt his plans to annihilate the demons even if Emma finds the Seven Walls and makes a new pledge.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Demon nobility not only exist, they're as corrupt as any evil human noble. Right down to using connections so they freely hunt human children. Even more so considering that all of the demon nobility are immune to the physical deterioration other demons have if they don't eat humans. The demons who most aggressively hunt humans are the only ones who don't need to do it.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • As Isabella escorts Norman to be shipped off, Norman asks her, "Are you happy, Mama?". Isabella is briefly stunned by him asking this, but she then answers that yes, she is, because she got to meet someone like him.
    • In Isabella's flashback, Ray directs one to Isabella: "Mama, why did you have me?" It takes a moment for Isabella to process it and calmly respond that she did it for survival.
  • Artistic License – Biology: In the third chapter, Norman explains that the reason children get shipped at age twelve is that this is the point when the brain is fully-developed. In reality, this is not true, as different parts of the brain, like the frontal lobe, continue to develop in your 20s. This could be justified by intentional misinformation being spread.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: To help the children bring about a future where humans run free out of the farm system, Sonju fights off the farm pursuers, killing them all with ease. It is his hope that by buying them more time they can win and finally allow him to hunt and eat natural-born humans again.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The traitor. Norman tells Don where one of the ropes is hidden and find it gone the next day, giving Norman all the evidence that he needs to see that the traitor is...Ray. Norman told Don a different location entirely once Ray was out of earshot, expecting Ray to frame him.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: "Demons" vary in shape and form, from large monstrous humanoids with one to two eyes, ones with hulking muscular bodies, and ones designed more like hounds, to lesser ones that run on all fours and are essentially large wild animals. There are also ones that are near human-like in appearance, like Sonju and Mujika. Mujika herself notes that their kind has been undergoing many changes since the barrier between the demon and human world was put into place.
    • Research later reveals that all demons are the same species, and get their appearance and abilities based on what they eat, with their natural forms being shapeless ooze. In fact, if they don't keep eating intelligent brains they will "fall to the wilderness" and degrade into animals. Mujika has a genetic disorder that makes her maintain her shape and intelligence regardless of diet, something she can spread via blood ministration.
  • Black Dude Dies First: According to the authors, they gave Sister Krone African features (something that's quite rare in manga, where Ambiguously Brown is more common) to make her look more distinct, and the only way they found to keep her plot-relevant was to have her die after leaving hints to help the protagonists. Though Demizu Posuka wishes they could find a way to bring her back somehow.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The three main focal characters, with Emma having red hair, Ray being a dark brunette and Norman being a very pale platinum blonde.
  • Book-Ends: The Grace Field arc and the Goldy Pond arc end in a similar manner where one of the final shots is burning down/destroying their homes as the children escape.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Ray does this to Isabella when he reveals to her that he is her son, asking her how could she give birth to him so that he could eventually die in this terrible world.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Despite the rather uncluttered character designs, every human has their own facial features and skin color. Even the Demons have various sizes and shapes.
  • Child Prodigy:
    • Emma, Norman and Ray are all exceptionally gifted and intelligent. Emma is a bit behind, but is noted for her exceptional learning ability and athletic prowess.
    • Every kid in the orphanage may also count, considering how they solve numerous test questions everyday that are quite advanced for their age. It makes sense that they'd be smart kids, since younger and more intelligent humans are more valuable merchandise, and Grace Field is supposed to be very high-end.
  • Crapsaccharine World: From the point of view of kids in farms, not that they know it. You grow up in a pristine orphanage with a loving, kindhearted caretaker, surrounded by friends with a wide open range to run around in, and once you're at least six years old... you're harvested for meat product.
  • Darkest Hour: Chapter 30-31 is the point where nothing looks good for the protagonists. Krone has been offed, they learned that the orphanage is surrounded by a huge ravine, Norman is gone, Ray has given up, Emma has a broken leg and Isabella only gives her a choice between becoming the next Mom or being "shipped out". The only glimmer of hope seems to be the mysterious pen that Krone has left them.
  • Destroy the Abusive Home: Lucas and his hunting group decide to destroy Goldy Pond, where demons hunt humans as their prey.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Obviously, the metaphor for animal husbandry and the children being raised to be eaten is right there.
    • The kids have trackers in their ears, not unlike ear tags on farm animals.
    • The kids at the orphanage being treated more mercifully yet at a more expensive price and being more likely to be bought by rich demons that want higher quality food can be seen as analogous to the demand for organic food or food prepared in a certain way (such as different cuts of beef). For example, in real life, organic food is more difficult to produce but is seen as better quality and is thus pricier.
    • Some demons only want to eat free-roam humans due to restrictions by their religion, which can be seen as similar to people practicing diets that restrict them from eating certain foods, including how those foods are prepared. Alternatively, this could be seen as the equivalent to people who are okay with animal husbandry, but want it done a certain way.
    • Mujika comes from a group of demons who have a special kind of blood that can permanently turn demons into intelligent humanoids like her and her kind, and thus removes their need to frequently eat humans to maintain this form. As a result, the companies in charge of the human farming industry wiped out her people as their condition threatens their finances.
    • The hunters are rich demons who don't need to hunt because they've already gotten their fill of humans to stay sapient, which is reminiscent of some real life hunters who hunt for fun rather than for survival.
  • Dramatic Irony: In the first episode, a pretend-angry Emma chases after some kids, and after catching them, jokes that she's going to eat them. In a later episode shots of the kids saying "Thank you for the food!" and eating are juxtaposed with Krone trying to fight off a demon and being killed.
  • Enemy Mine: Krone and the kids team up in order to overcome Isabella. Of course, the kids realise immediately that as soon as Krone's goal of becoming a Mama comes into reach she will betray them without hesitation.
  • Fed to the Beast: The true purpose of the orphanage is to raise humans to feed to cannibalistic Demons.
  • Feed the Mole: Norman sets up one of these to root out the spy. He tells Gilda one location of the ropes, and Don another. Only he, Ray, and Emma know about the ones under Norman's bed—and those are the only ones that go missing. Given that neither Norman nor Emma can be the spies, that immediately proves that Ray is.
  • Finger-Tenting: The ending credits feature a shot of a caretaker and her children with their hands clasped, praying at the table. The way the faceless caretaker is framed in the shot has her in this pose, fitting their mysterious and sinister nature.
  • First-Episode Spoiler: The true nature of the orphanage as a farm To Serve Man is revealed in the very first chapter when Emma and Norman come across the corpse of Connie.
  • Flash Forward: In Chapter 134, shows a distance future where an elder Ray has been trapped in the Demon Boss' world for years and Emma presumbly killed or disappeared by an unknown cause from the Demon Boss. Worse of all, Ray can't remember his own name since he been trapped for so long trying to find a way out. However, it turns out he had only been separated from Emma for a few minutes, and him imagining the worst-case scenario caused the Demon Boss's realm to screw with his memory and physical age. Emma re-appears and explains they can control their ages by mentally visualizing time changing.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Isabella's age is given as 31 despite the Demons supposedly taking over 30 years ago. Turns out the lands the kids are in have been controlled by the demons far, far longer than a mere 30 years.
    • Isabella's behaviour and resemblance to Ray foreshadows that Isabella is Ray's biological mother. The anime further foreshadows this by having Ray hum the same song as Isabella in episode 10.
    • The bizarre alien biology when the group finally escapes? No way that could have been there in thirty years...
  • Freudian Trio: The main trio is comprised of this. Emma is the Id, as the most emotional and instinct-driven of the three; Norman is the Ego, more calculating but still driven by emotions to some extent; Ray is the Superego, cold and rational to the point of cynicism at times.
  • Genius Thriller: A psychological battle for survival between the brightest of a group of kids raised for their intelligence and two of the brightest of other groups who've already saved themselves.
  • Genre Shift: Partly. The first arc is mostly a Psychological Thriller while the second arc veers more towards action-horror and fantasy, then the third arc takes the direction of a fantasy drama.
  • Gilded Cage: The farms have everything a child could want, but they're never allowed out beyond the walls or the gate.
  • Go for the Eye: Eyes are the only known weak points for the demons. This is why they wear those masks.
  • Healing Factor: Demons have the ability to rapidly regenerate from nearly any wound. Killing one involves attacking the eye in the center of its face.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Chapter 32 ends with Ray burning himself alive, both to help Emma and his siblings escape and to rob Isabella and the demons of their prized livestock. It's then thankfully subverted. Emma stopped him in time. Tragically played straight in the latest chapter, however, with Yuugo and Lucas sacrifice themselves via explosion to take down Andrew. This is made even worse when we find out Andrew has somehow survived the explosion, nullifying their sacrifice.
  • Human Notepad: The children have identification codes printed on their bodies. The format and location varies from farm to farm, and factory farms use brands.
  • I Know You Know I Know: When Sister Krone confronts Emma's group in the woods, her inner thoughts reveal that she has no intention of honoring her promise to spare the children if she gets to oust Isabella. Just from watching Norman, she figures out that he's likely realized this. She's right, but what takes this to the next level is that Norman not only knows she doesn't intend to keep her promise, he knows that Krone's likely already figured out that he knows.
  • Insistent Terminology: "Demons" are called as such due to none of the kids knowing what they really are and their monstrous appearance being the only thing they have to go on. Krone simply says "them" when Emma refers to them as demons. Sonju and Mujika reveal humans called them demons in the past as well, and while it's not a true description of what they're called they never correct the kids and call themselves as such.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Norman is somewhat of an outlier for admitting he has feelings for Emma, but all the children at the orphanage are raised to regard each other as siblings even if there are no (known) biological ties. They all deeply care for one another.
  • Little Hero, Big War: A group of 38 preteens against an entire race of flesh-eating demons who are three times their size, have regeneration powers, super senses and a population in the millions, most of whom would eat them as soon as look at them. The little group grows in number and ability as the manga goes on, but then they're also facing adult humans with advanced tactics and technology who are completely ready to defend the status quo.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Ray deliberately hums Isabella's song while the two are alone near the wall so that she realizes that he is her son, as she hummed that song when she was pregnant and he does not have infantile amnesia.
  • The Mole: The trio believes that there's a traitor among the kids. There is, namely Ray.
  • No Blood Ties: None of the kids know anything about their birth families.
  • The Nose Knows: Some of the demons have a very keen sense of smell and are used to find escapees. Though they have a quadrupedal dog-like shape, they are fully sentient and can speak.
  • Only One Name: Justified in this case. All the characters are orphans, so they don't have a family name.
  • Ontological Mystery: The children know they are in the year 2045, and that human books were published as late as 2015, but they have no idea what happened to humanity in this 30 year gap, let alone what awaits them outside of the orphanage.
  • Our Ogres Are Hungrier: The Demons are a species of intelligent, tall humanoids with many eyes who eat humans to allow themselves to remain sentient. Feral Demons are just large monsters.
  • People Farms:
    • The first chapter reveals that the purpose of the orphanage and others like it is to raise children who will be tasty to the demons or otherwise make suitable sacrifices.
    • Chapter fifty reveals that farms like the one the kids grew up in, which raise them in happy ignorance until the time comes, are rare. In fact, including theirs, only four farms raise premium goods like the main protagonists. The rest of them are housed in mass production farms, where humans are literally treated like cattle, fattened up solely for the slaughter, and can't survive being taken off life support.
  • Poor Communication Kills: One of the reoccurring themes of the series.
    • While Don and Gilda's plan to break into Isabella's room wasn't wise, they did it because they thought they could uncover a lead to save their siblings, because Norman and Emma, however well-intentioned, had kept the truth from them. It marks the turning point where Emma realizes that having all of their siblings in the know is, in fact, the key to their escape.
    • As Ray himself acknowledges in the aftermath, they could've avoided the messier parts of the escape (specifically, Emma burning her hands to prevent his suicide and her cutting off her ear) if he had just told Emma and co. beforehand what he was planning.
    • In Ch. 123, Ray makes an active attempt to avert this, getting Emma to spill her doubts to him (because he knows she'll otherwise blow up at the worst possible moment) and encouraging her to talk about them to Norman, whose plan she's dubious about as it's far better to do it now than when everything is underway.
  • Posthumous Character: William Minerva is revealed to be Dead All Along in Chapter 71.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The anime eliminates all narration and inner monologues, occasionally integrating some of it in the spoken dialogue. As a result, the show has a faster pace but focuses more on visual, auditive and emotional tension, and slightly less on the intellectual and psychological aspects of the conflict. Also, instead of inventing a pronounceable name for the Demons' supreme god, the anime only refers to it as "that Person" to preserve its aura of mystery. The English dub refers to him as "the One"
  • Pragmatic Villainy: The demons overseeing the farms perform the Gupna ritual in honor of God, not because they particarly care about respecting their food or God, but that the Vida plant is the most efficient means of preserving their meat. The fact that it is also a painless death is likewise unimportant in their use of it.
  • Predecessor Villain: The anime flashbacks add a previous Grandmother who indoctrinates Isabella when she was a child. The current Grandmother was the mom at the farm Isabella grew up in, and is the successor to the former Grandmother.
  • Public Secret Message:
    • The books sent to the orphanage by William Minerva are all very subtle messages for the kids, from what the orphanage wants to do with the kids to how to survive should they manage to escape. Minerva's stamp on the inner front cover has imperfections on the ring surrounding its owl emblem that, upon closer examination, spell out words in Morse code, for instance, and that is the least hidden of his messages.
    • Also from William Minerva, Krone's pen contains an encrypted message from Minerva himself with the coordinates to his location and to go there if the kids need help.
  • Race Against the Clock:
    • By Norman's estimation, the kids have less than two months to plan and train for their escape attempt before the next "shipment".
    • In everything after the escape arc, Emma has estimated that she and the others have two years before any of their siblings left behind are eligible for shipment.
    • Emma and Ray have to locate the Seven Walls, find the main demon, and make a new promise before Norman begins his war on the demons.
  • Reality Ensues: When the entire group is forced to travel again, Emma and Don struggle to find enough food to feed them all... at which point the younger kids do so with minimal effort. After all, while Emma and co. spent the past year and a half busy with plot-important tasks, the other kids honed their general life skills such as, again, feeding the entire group.
  • Record Needle Scratch: The end of episode 1 of the anime, when Isabella finds Connie's Bunny doll. The look on her face is horrific.
  • Red Herring Mole: Gilda gets a lot of shots looking suspicious and upset in the background and is seen talking to Krone, but is really just concerned for Emma. Right after she's cleared, the trick with the ropes seems to implicate Don... But that's another red herring for the real traitor, Ray.
  • To Serve Man: The orphanage is literally a farm where tasty humans are raised to be eaten. The main question raised by this is "why would the demons give education to their cattle?" The answer: because the more they know, the tastier their brains are.
  • Scary Black Man: Actually, Scary Black Woman: Krone.
  • Shoe Phone: Krone's parting gift to Norman is a high-end pen in a fancy box. This pen is actually a GPS device with a holographic display, though it only displays locations using an atypical coordinate system and requires a password Ray and Emma have to figure out to access.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Isabella named Ray after Ray Charles, who she was listening to on the radio when he first arrived at the house.
    • For One Piece's 20th anniversary, Neverland tips their hat to it subtly with a cover page of Emma and Isabella in a field with straw hats.
    • Chapter 158 literally features someone dying in exactly the same format of a death courtesy of Kenshiro, right down to the use of You Are Already Dead and the Big "WHAT?!" that follows afterwards. Specifically, the self-inflicted demise of the Queen, as Musica explains why consuming so much has ultimately doomed her.
  • Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: While other characters criticize Emma for her idealism, the narrative ultimately shows Emma to be in the right. The cynical option is certainly safer, but Emma's idealism is what allows her to work towards a future in which none of the members of her family have to die. In chapter 38, Ray realizes this, and vows to also protect every single one of the kids.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Ray and Sister Krone both disparage Emma's idealism, calling her naive for wanting to Leave No Man Behind. Ray in particular never planned on escaping with anyone other than himself, Emma, and Norman.
  • Sins of the Father: Emma is against performing a massacre on demon children, because they're innocent and don't know any better.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Emma is an idealistic protagonist while Ray is a cold, pragmatic cynic and Norman comes down somewhere in between. All the characters' viewpoints are shown to have their own merits and flaws.
    • The characters with these roles eventually change in the later arcs, with Norman believing that kindness alone can't save everyone, while Ray is more moderate and willing to support idealistic solutions.
  • Slave Brand: While they don't know why, every child in the orphanage has a number tattooed onto their necks. The revelation of the orphanage being a People Farm explains their purpose and offers major implications when Isabella is shown to also have a number.
  • Stealth Mentor: If the kids' plan to save everyone is to succeed, as many of the other children as possible need to be trained to make the attempt. However, between Isabella's suspicions and the fact they can't tell anyone about her since they aren't certain to be believed, the protagonists have to be careful how to go about it. They engage the other kids in high level games of tag and hide and seek, which teaches the kids ways to run and hide without telling them why they're learning them.
  • Surprisingly Good English: For a Japanese story, all of the in-universe text written by humans is in English, and all of it is perfectly spelled and grammatically constructed.
  • Surprise Creepy: Emma and Norman when they first come across Conny's dead body, followed up by them hiding from some people who converse about eating cats and humans, Emma and Norman taking a glimpse and seeing that these people are monsters, and these monsters placing Conny's corpse in a strange preservation jar so she can be sold off and eaten.
  • Take a Third Option:
    • So the escape is finally on. Emma and co. have two main options for escaping the complex, and their only option for actually getting out is the bridge (which they know will be heavily guarded), with their two main routes being: attempting to run along the wall and hope they're not spotted, or try to use the other platations as cover on the way to the bridge. Of course, they pick an option that's far more conductive to their success: they reach a spot where the cliff on the other side was closest to the wall, and used ropes they managed to attach to the trees to zip-line across to the other side. By doing that, they completely fool their pursuers (all except Isabela, who notices too late to do anything about it) and successfully escape, and with Isabela doing her best to cover their tracks, the demons won't realize they're already gone for a long while.
    • Similarly, instead of taking every child with them in the escape or leaving them all behind, Emma and Ray opt to take the oldest children who are all at least capable physically on a basic level, and leave the toddlers— who are too young to be shipped away— at the farm, though they plan on coming back and rescuing them later.
    • Minor example, but a volume extra shows some additional insight as to why Ray and Emma wanted ETR3M8 to come with them: Ray didn't want to leave him alone with the kids but knew they couldn't just take everyone with them to Goldy Pond either, so he suggested to Emma that they just take the man with them.
  • Theme Naming: The four major orphanages all have two-word names that start with the letter G: Grace Field, Glory Bell, Grand Valley, and Goodwill Ridge. Also fitting with this naming scheme is Goldy Pond, a location William Minerva intended to be a human settlement within the Demon World.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Emma, Norman, and Ray. They're all the same age, are best friends, and work very well together. While Norman admits early on he has feelings for Emma, it doesn't interfere with their dynamics or change how highly they regard each other.
  • Time Skip: As of chapter 102, the series jumps forward about a year and a half to the intel team finally hitting gold on their information trail.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: None of the three protagonists behave like they are 12 (except maybe Emma sometimes), but Ray is especially bad. Knowing that they're all cattle on their way to the slaughterhouse since day one did little to make him enjoy his childhood. He appears very cold and cynical as a result. That being said, all the kids have been forced to go through intense education regimens to produce intelligent (if not outright genius) children with more appetizing brains, this is somewhat justified by the setting.
    • This is actually commented upon by ETR3M8, who notes and is somewhat unsettled that the kids preparedness and willingness to gamble with their lives without hesitation in order to survive is more advanced than his own when he was their age. Goldy Pond residents repeatedly see how good all the Grace Field kids are at memorization and are creeped out.
  • The Unpronounceable: The name of the "god" the demons worship is written in an alien, unreadable script. In general the demon language is portrayed as such but with the exception of the aforementioned name, most of it is translated.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee:
    • Played Straight with Krone and Isabella's scheming. Krone announces her plans to her doll (anime) or through her narration (manga), detailing what she will do to defeat Isabella to get ahead. Isabella plays her cards close to her chest and doesn't tell the audience what she's up to. It's unsuprising that Isabella outmaneuvers her with ease.
    • Played Straight in the climax of the first arc. Two plans of escape were drawn, one is described in detail before it is to be implemented the other isn't explicit until it's underway. Ray's is exposited to the audience; they intend to light themselves on fire, burn the orphanage down as a distraction for Isabella while everyone runs to the exit and makes use of hidden molotov cocktails he planted. The second plan was initiated a few episodes before completely unbeknownst to the audience. It was formulated by Norman who played to the group's strengths where they scale the wall and cross the cliff rather than head for the gate. The second plan, naturally, was the one implemented and the one that saves them.
  • Vampiric Draining: The flower that is found on Connie and pierces Sister Krone's heart and kills her is known as a Gupuna plant. It sucks the blood out of living beings if it accepts the body it's thrust in.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Emma thinks demons should be given a chance to show that they can coexist with humans. Norman disagrees.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 32. Emma and Ray never gave up on escaping after all, and on the night the chapter takes place—the night before Ray's 12th birthday—the escape plan goes into action. To pull it off, Ray sets himself on fire in addition to burning down the orphanage, partially to ensure that Isabella will be too distracted to stop the escape and partially to spite her and the demons by denying them his brain.
    • Chapter 34 goes even harder. Emma is acting on a revised plan made by Norman, because Norman figured out months ago that Ray intended to kill himself. Many other kids have been let in on the secret, with Norman having used the Power Trio as bait while Don and Gilda moved behind the scenes to spread the truth to the other children. And if that weren't enough, the chapter ends on a Cliffhanger suggesting that some of the kids have been left behind to keep Isabella from running the escapees down.
    • Chapter 47 takes it further. Emma and Ray discover that the demons have been around for at least a millennium, with the demons being apex predators. After a long war, humans and demons agreed to divide the world between each other: humans got a realm of their own and so did the demons. An additional measure to maintain that 'promise' was that nothing should be ever allowed to pass the boundary that divides the humans and the demons. The unlucky humans that remained in the demon territory when the split was completed were sent to plantations in order to harvest the human meat that the demons love so much, and the kids in the multiple plantations around the demon territory are their descendants (a.k.a. Emma and co.).
    • Chapter 51 has a minor one relative to the others, but it's still there. Sonju, the male demon who's been helping protect and feed the children, who also taught Emma to hunt, isn't actually on their side. It's true that he aided the children and refused to kill them...but that's because his religion demands that he hunt natural food. Humans raised on farms don't count. He didn't help the children because he's a good guy, he just wants humans born freely into the world that he can hunt and kill for food. Mujika, for her part, does seem somewhat attached to the children now, but it was revealed that she originally considered handing them over to the orphanage trackers for a reward and was only stopped by Sonju enacting his own plan.
    • Chapter 52. The kids have reached B06-32, to find a man already there. Except he's not William Minerva, but a former escapee who's been hiding in the shelter for years. But while supplies in the shelter are plentiful, they're still limited, and he has no intention of sharing. He holds Emma hostage, threatening to shoot the rest if they don't give him the pen and get out.
    • Chapter 72. William Minerva is a descendant of the people who trapped the remaining humans with the demons and is likely long dead, Goldy Pond was supposed to be a sanctuary for escapees that Minerva would smuggle into the human world, only to be compromised by a collaborator he was with, Emma has the options of ending the truce and restarting the war between humans and demons, sneaking out with a select few people, or a third option known as the "seven walls". Also, there's multiple elevators to the human world, some of which are located at plantations, Grace Field included.
    • Chapter 74. Norman makes a reappearance after 44 chapters, revealed to be alive and well after presumably being shipped off to the slaughter and killed MONTHS ago.
    • Chapter 162. Peter brought the captured children back to Grace Field, and we find Isabella is now the "Grandma" of the farm.
    • Chapter 169. The children have managed to defeat the Raiti clan and captured Peter, right when the Mothers of Grace Field arrive with weapons, seemingly to rescue Raiti. Then, Isabella congratulates Emma and the others for their actions, and she and her group aim their guns at Peter.
    • Chapter 171 Grand Duke Leuvis saves Sonju and Mujika from execution then uses Mujika's blood to liberate all demons present from needing to consume human flesh. He subsequently becomes the leader of all demons by virtue of being the Queen Legravalima's younger brother.
  • Wham Line:
    • "Norman's shipping date has been decided."
    • Chapter 69: "Nice to meet you. I'm Lucas."
    • Chapter 72:
    William Minerva: It is currently May 20th, 2031. By the time you are listening to this recording, I am probably no longer in this world.
  • Wham Shot: Chapter 118. Emma finally comes face to face with William Minerva... and he's the spitting image of Norman.
  • When Trees Attack: The first major threat to the kids after escaping from the orphanage is a tree that traps animals in its root system, then envelops them to sap nutrients from them.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess:
    • The first arc is this, as implied in the summary. Need to investigate the top of the wall? Distract Isabella with Ray. Isabella leaves Ray locked in a room and catches the investigation in progress? Push ahead, it's the last chance. Isabella puts the kids in checkmate? Well...
    • The final arc becomes this between the heroes and Peter Ratri. Before the death of the Demon Queen, Ratri told her of the escaped children, and requested the use of the Royal Army to capture the children at their hideout, then take them to Grace Field House. Norman, Ray, and Emma determine that's where their friends are being taken and head there, while Musica and Sonju work to bring back the old priests to lead the Demons. Once Peter learns that the Queen is dead, he realizes this is a chance for his clan to take power, and creates a false story that the Queen was murdered by Musica and Sonju, turning the demon populace against them.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Isabella pulls this twice:
    • First, to Krone. At first, it seems as if the system trapped them, but it's implied that Isabella did this to Krone and was behind her death.
    • Second, she does it to Ray, even saying "I don't need you anymore" before locking him in a room.

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