The Promised Neverland 2nd Season Episode 9

The Promised Neverland 2nd Season Episode 9

Evil Blood for Everyone

The Promised Neverland 2nd Season has been going downhill for a while. And I’m not saying that as a manga reader. I haven’t read the manga at all, so this is the opinion of someone who’s solely an anime watcher. Episode 9 was another low and I actually lowered my rating of the series after watching it.

I think the concept of evil blood is pretty bad. It’s not that it doesn’t make sense or that it’s some form of cheap drama. I just don’t really know what it adds to the series. It makes demons keep their form without eating humans and so the nobles want to eradicate it. Okay, but what does that actually mean for the series?

Vylk cutting off his own arm from the anime series The Promised Neverland 2nd Season
Vylk cutting off his own arm

You could say that it gives Emma a way to save everyone. But I don’t really see why evil blood had to be introduced for that to be possible. Just don’t introduce the concept of regression. It really doesn’t add anything to the story. As long as the nobles control the supply of the demon’s preferred meal, there’s not a reason for it.

All I’m seeing is that it’s a way for the series to end with humans and demons living happily ever after. I don’t know how you feel about that. But to me, that’s the most boring ending imaginable.

I do recognize that this is a shounen series, so I shouldn’t really expect a different end. But not every shounen series has to end like that. As far as I’m concerned, the demons were cool for like one episode back in the first season and that’s it. Once it was clear in this season that they were just “people different from us” I lost interest.

Baiting the Trap

Remember how the demons offered Isabella something in return for capturing all of the escaped children a while back? Well, we’re finally getting back to that plotline. I thought that was going to be the main plot of this season, so it was pretty strange when it was just ignored for half of it.

And considering I feel like we’re heading towards an anime-original ending, I’m not convinced that this plotline is actually going to be concluded well. That aside, what do I think is going to happen? Isabella is going to betray the demons in order to help the children escape.

Back when she was offered something, I assumed that they offered to set her free and let her take Ray with her. It would appear that wasn’t the case and that instead, they made her the new “grandmother.”

Grandmother Isabella from the anime series The Promised Neverland 2nd Season
Grandmother Isabella

However, now that Isabella is in this position with even more power, she kind of has the ability to set Ray free on her own. And I think she’s going to do just that, along with all of the other children. Once she captures them, they’ll probably be held within the farm headquarters. And from there, they can take down the farm operation and escape to the human world.

I would be very surprised if Isabella didn’t side with the children in the end. She should know that the odds aren’t really in the demons’ favor anymore. The fact that the children escaped and survived in the outside world for so long proved that. So how does she benefit from staying allied to the demons?

I guess you could say she gets power from them. But she’s not really in a position of power. She’s still a slave of the demon nobles.

There’s a Traitor Among Us

I think the part of this episode that I found the stupidest was Vincent’s betrayal of Norman and the rest of his allies. It would have made sense if it was revealed that Vincent was always a double agent. But that wasn’t the case. As far as we know, Vincent never worked with the farms/demons before.

To understand why this betrayal was so stupid, we need to attempt to understand what led Vincent to make this choice. As far as I can tell, it all started with Norman and the others deciding that they were no longer going to eradicate the demon race. Vincent wasn’t on board with this.

In his mind, there’s no excuse for what the demons have done to humanity, and to him in particular. He wants them all to be killed no matter the cost.

Emma and Ray looking at a map of the farm HQ from the anime series The Promised Neverland 2nd Season
Emma and Ray looking at a map of the farm HQ

Now, here’s where things stop making sense. If Vincent is so hell-bent on eradicating the demons, why does he contact Grace Field Farm with the intention of selling out his allies? How does that further his goal of demon eradication? It doesn’t. All it does is reduce the number of allies he has.

Further, considering that Norman pointed out that there’s a cure for the illness the survivors of Lambda Facility have, there’s no need for Vincent to throw his life away for his revenge. He could continue to work with Norman and the others to get the cure, dismantle the farm system, and leave the demon world behind.

There’s no logical reason for Vincent to turn traitor. This is just a classic example of someone blindly going down the path of revenge simply because it adds drama to the series. It’s manufactured drama. He can get revenge without being a traitor and making things harder for himself.

Conclusion

What do you think of The Promised Neverland 2nd Season episode 9? Was there any part you liked about the episode? And how would you rate the series at this point? I currently have it at a 5/10, but I’m expecting that raring to go down by the time the season ends.

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2 Replies to “The Promised Neverland 2nd Season Episode 9”

  1. It is interesting to see this from an anime only perspective. Im a manga reader who dropped the anime after episode 6 (i just couldn’t take it anymore) but have been keeping up with it somewhat each week by seeing what people have had to say about each episode. From what I’ve seen and what I’ve heard of the episodes I havent bothered to watch the anime is a mess. Honeslty they skipped right to the messiest part of the manga and then rushed through it.

    It’s always interesting to see what others have to say. Especially in this context where us manga readers are mourning the loss of the story we liked/loved and pissed at what they replaced it with. Verse anime onlys who only have this as their base.

    We’ve nearly run out of manga stuff for them to even use and are entering what technically was the final final arc from the manga. I say technically because while some story beats are being hit thats about it. All similarities end. From what I’ve seen someone mention episode nine hit 161? Out of 181… yeah I just hope the series ends in the next 2 episodes because this things is a mess.

    1. This is definitely an odd season. Originally, I thought there was just going to be an anime original arc in the middle of the series. But it really seems like they’re going to try to wrap up the whole series in the next two episodes. Odd choice, but at the same time, I understand why they would do it.

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