The final chapter of popular manga series The Promised Neverland was posted online by Viz Media on their website just this weekend. That's it—the grand finale. The entire story has been leading to this. Shueisha's (also Viz Media's parent company) Weekly Shonen Jump published the final chapter by Kaiu Shirai and Pozuka Demizu in print last Monday.
The story is set in a near-future orphanage where Emma, an 11-year-old girl, discovers that the comfortable, happy life she and her adopted siblings were raised in is really to prepare them to be eaten by the demons that rule the world. Smart, genius children are considered delicacies because the demons value the intelligence they will inherit from eating them. This means that "mom," the woman who runs the orphanage and has raised the children, isn't just their beloved adopted mother but their jailer and farmer. Supersmart Emma and her best friends vow to escape the orphanage and save their fellow orphans. Still, they have to outsmart Mom, who becomes increasingly ruthless and brutal in her determination to stop them from escaping.
Why This Series is So Popular
The series starts out like a version of The Prisoner, then it becomes The Great Escape, but with children and preteens. Then things get even weirder after that when the kids have to contend with an alien world full of demons that are out to eat them. What sets it apart is its constant thought experiments about strategy, freedom, escape, class conflict, and exploitation. What sets it apart is that the kids are extremely smart and competent. They don't just act out and do dumb things. They think through every action and strategy, and never give up when there's a significant setback. The series is a Young Adult heroic adventure that teaches readers about being smart, thoughtful, and strategic in their approach to life.
The series has spawned a popular anime series that is now on streaming services like Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Funimation, and Amazon Studios announced it is developing a live-action TV series.
The series will be complete in 20 takubon paperback volumes, which totals around 4,000 pages of story. Viz jumped on Twitter to remind everyone that you can read the final chapter for free now:
— Shonen Jump (@shonenjump) June 14, 2020
You can read the first and last chapters of the series for free on Viz's website. To read the whole series, you would have to subscribe to the site or buy the individual manga volumes.