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  • Applicability: Many readers of the manga series and viewers of its anime adaptation have interpreted whether this is a Marxist commentary on abuses under capitalism or a vegan allegory of meat industry.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "Touch Off" by UVERworld is a pretty rocking and electronic track fitting for the journey that the orphans embark on.
    • "Zettai Zetsumei" by Co Shu Nie is a rock piece telling of breaking away from despair to move forward, fitting the series' theme about the cast escaping from the orphanage.
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    • Isabella's song. It also turns out to be the same song that plays when Emma and Norman resolve to escape from the farm, and lastly (in Season 1), when the kids successfully escape.
  • Complete Monster: Lord Bayon is an upper-class demon and manager of the Grand Valley plantation. Missing the thrill of hunting humans, Bayon used his connections to have children smuggled out of their plantations and delivered to be slaughtered and eaten by him. When discovered by Peter Ratri, Bayon and Ratri secretly establish Goldy Pond, an illegal hunting ground initially intended to provide as shelter for escapees. Throughout the years, Bayon had countless children taken out of their plantations and forced to fend for their lives against Bayon and several other upper-class demons participating in the hunt every two to three days. When Lucas's escape group comes across Goldy Pond, Bayon has the entire group slaughtered with only Lucas and one other escapee surviving. When Bayon finds out that Emma, a premium grade human, is in Goldy Pond, he breaks his own rules and starts a hunt ahead of schedule. Bayon is shown to have no compassion towards his fellow demons, congratulating Gillian and Nigel when he finds out that they killed Luce. He then wounds Gillian and tortures her in an attempt to get Nigel to reveal where Lucas is. When Bayon is about to be killed, he feels nothing but excitement over the bloodshed and attempts to kill Lucas before dying.
  • Cry for the Devil:
    • Sister Krone after the reveal that ultimately she was another victim of the farm system, demonstrating that her ruthlessness was a product of trying to survive as best she could. Her flashback as she's about to die, while she spends her last moments admiring the beautiful sky thinking about all the events in her past that pushed and led her to this point, is surprisingly poignant.
    • Despite how manipulative Mama was, her point of view chapter in Chapter 37 portrayed her as a woman who wanted to survive as much as the kids did. Her backstory actually managed to move some readers.
    • Nous's reaction to Nouma's death has had people feel bad for the demon, especially since he runs up and cradles her dead body, Big "NO!" to boot.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Anna, one of the kids who escaped from the Grace Field House alongside Emma and Ray, has gotten barely any focus, but wound up being ranked 10th on the first popularity poll and increased to 5th on the second.
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    • Sister Krone placed in the top 10 in both popularity polls. Not bad for someone who had been dead for several times longer than she even was alive by the time the first started, especially since the anime which would expose people to her character again had yet to start!
    • Phil is easily one of the most popular characters (coming right after the main trio in popularity polls) and is something of a Memetic Badass, despite his importance in the first arc being ambiguous until the end and barely appearing after said arc.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Despite the different tone, readers of Dr. Stone and The Promised Neverland get along and enjoy reading both series due to them being very creative Sleeper Hits from the same magazine. They also got released a few months apart from one another, making them sister series in a sense.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Dub-only example: This isn't the first time Laura Stahl has played a young, Crazy-Prepared preteen boy who contemplated killing a parental figure to save his allies. Ray and Hayato Kawajiri would probably have a lot to talk about.
  • Iron Woobie: The main trio go through an awful lot, and it's hard not to feel bad for them at points. Emma in particular has taken more trauma then anyone else, yet remains a Determinator all the same.
  • It Was His Sled: Not counting the First-Episode Spoiler, it can be hard to discuss the events of the second arc onwards without spoiling the big reveal that Norman has not been killed.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Out of the Grace Field kids, Ray is the coldest to the point of being callous, wants to leave most of his siblings to die in the name of pragmatism, and veers into outright antagonistic once it's revealed he's the traitor. He's also the only one of the bunch with a Dark and Troubled Past, and though you won't catch him angsting about it, it becomes clear that it's really screwed him up.
    • ETR3M8 is a flat-out Jerkass in his debut who's trying to get the kids killed for selfish reasons, but as Emma notes, he's essentially suffered everything they did but Up to Eleven, having dealt with a pleasant combination of being the Sole Survivor turned The Aloner with a side of Survivor Guilt.
  • One True Threesome: The main trio (Ray/Norman/Emma) is frequently shipped together, especially since there's several scenes of Ray's No Sense of Personal Space with Norman in chapter 15.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Archduke Leuvis is a demon who lives for the thrill of combat. Latching on to Emma as his worthy adversary, Leuvis shows himself to be fully willing to offer up his own weaknesses and to arm his opponents to equal the playing field and once his comrades are dead, engages Emma and her friends with a shockingly display of combat instinct and battle tactics, completely seeing through everything Emma's team does while countering until he is finally cornered. Even upon dealing Emma a seemingly fatal wound, Leuvis is courteous and respectful to her, thinking how much he loves humans for their ingenuity, unlike his fellow demons who consider them lesser beings and only fit for food. A demon of shocking charm and charisma, Leuvis proves why he is the most deadly adversary yet encountered by Emma and her friends.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • In Japan, a meme surfaced in 2017 that briefly crossed this series over with Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. An edited image of Zenitsu being scared witless of Sister Krone made its rounds on Japanese imageboards, to the point where Sister Krone was somehow voted the 59th most popular character in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba for its first official poll, while Zenitsu was voted the 29th most popular character. Going even further, the meme was recognized by Shueisha itself in 2019, as they made a gigantic mural with hundreds of Shonen Jump characters being all over a school building. Zenitsu and Sister Krone were paired together alone, creating the same effect of him being scared of her as she looms behind him.
    • The series being compared to Chicken Run because of their similar premises. Comparisons to Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee are also pretty common.
  • Memetic Loser: Ray. On imageboards, fans like mocking him and calling him the "heroine" of the main trio due to his lack of story presence compared to Emma and Norman, and especially for his treatment in the SD series. Isabella never mentioning her being Ray's biological mother despite that being one of his major plot points only cemented this status.
  • Narm:
    • While many fans acknowledge it's for narrative significance if anything, the fact that the kids in Lucas's group and Lucas himself never say ETR3M8's name once, always calling him "that guy" or otherwise, has stretched their disbelief a little farther than they hope for.
    • Episode 12 of the anime is very tense, with the kids finally escaping and running away while Isabella has a dramatic flashback that explains her backstory. However, near the end of the episode, during the climactic scene where the kids run into the forest, we are treated to a shot of one child whose face is especially small compared to the rest of his head. It is jarring.
  • Periphery Demographic: Apparently, the series is very popular with older fans in their adulthood, especially girls.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: A lot of readers weren't fond with Sister Krone when she first appeared and feared she'd be turned into an Ethnic Scrappy. Over time, however, her motives and characterization grew on a lot of them, to the point where a lot of fans were actually a bit upset when she gets killed.
  • Signature Scene: The First-Episode Twist of Emma and Norman discovering Conny's body and realizing the orphanage is a farm.
  • Tough Act to Follow: While the escape arc was unanimously acclaimed for its tension, twists and intellectual battles, the Goldy Pond arc let down some fans, as it is mostly focused on gunfights against demons, albeit still with heavy strategic elements, and its reveals are more supernatural in nature, which rankled those who liked the more grounded first arc.
  • Unfortunate Implications: While Sister Krone is a popular character with a complex backstory, some readers were made uncomfortable of her less-than-flattering depiction as a black woman, with her cartoonishly grotesque features, expressions and somewhat animalistic demeanor in some scenes that are seen as reminiscent of old racist caricatures.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The characters in this series die in very gruesome deaths (and children are generally the victims) and there are various Nightmare Fuel scenes that would give young readers nightmares. It may seem like a series aimed for a seinen demographic, but it's one of the "dark shonen" titles that run in Shonen Jump. Unlike most "dark shonen" titles, the tone of the series is very idealistic by "dark shonen" standards, and the protagonists are young children that are barely before their teens.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: It's very, very easy to read this story as pro-vegan, or at least a critique of factory farming.
  • Win Back the Crowd: For the fans who missed the mind games aspect of the first arc and didn't quite care for the mild Genre Shift, the final arc's similar feel to the Grace Field arc, what with Norman's return, as well as the moral dilemma it presents, has been well-received.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: The upcoming live-action movie has Emma, Ray, and Norman's actors being played by teenagers, with Emma's actress being 19. Ray's actor, on the other hand, is 13 and closer to Ray's age in the manga. The film is going to justify this by raising the age deadline for the Orphans getting harvested to 16, but giving the characters an Age Lift takes away a lot of the horror the kids go through. Not to mention it would make the scenes where they play tag look very Narm-y.


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