The Promised Neverland
October 3, 2020
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Thriller, Suspense, Sci-Fi, Psychological
Airtime: May 28, 2018-January 11, 2019
Seasons: 1 (Second season coming 2021)
Directors: Mamoru Kanbe, Yuichiro Hirakawa, Cristina Vee
Available On: Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, Funimation, Prime Video
Synopsis: This anime follows three protagonists, Emma, Ray and Norman who live in an orphanage with a bunch of their younger siblings. They live a life full of joy though there is a dark secret behind it all.
Personal Review: This was my first ever anime, and though I wasn’t into anime before, this got me immediately hooked. Every episode captured my full attention and wouldn’t let go. The character writing, plot, animation, and soundtrack were all amazing (especially the music that played during the last episode). It may look off putting because there are young kids on the cover- if that’s the case, this is probably one of the biggest “don’t judge a book by its cover” scenarios.
October 3, 2020
Genre: Adventure, Family
Release Date: July 20, 2001
Length: 2 Hours, 5 Minutes
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Available On: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Crunchy roll
Synopsis: 10 year old Chihiro and her parents move to a seemingly ‘normal’ town. Chihiro’s parents take a wrong turn while driving and find themselves in an abandoned amusement park, where they find free food in a restaurant. Her parents start to eat the food like animals while Chihiro begs them to stop because she has a bad feeling about the amusement park. Chihiro goes around the park looking for people but when she comes back to her parents, she discovers that her parents have turned into pigs. She later finds out that this amusement park is filled with scary spirits that come out only in the night. Chihiro then meets with Haku (a spirit himself), to try and restore her parents back to normal.
Personal Review: I think this is a good movie for first time anime watchers, but people must keep in mind that this movie is intended for kids. Other than that, the animation is great and still holds up by today’s standards. The music is well composed and gives off a magical feel. Studio Ghibli is best known for their movies, and this is a great one to get someone into both anime and their work.