The Promised Neverland Creators Announce New Project for Series’ Anniversary

The Promised Neverland creators Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu will publish a new work in Weekly Shonen Jump Issue 35.

Shonen Jump News reports that the new work will be entitled "DC3" and will be released to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the original publication of The Promised Neverland. No other details about Shirai and Demizu's new project were released, so it's currently unknown if this new work directly ties into the story and world of the series, or if it's a completely unrelated work, such as the one-shot horror manga Spirit Photographer Saburo Kono, which the two creators released shortly after the conclusion of The Promised Neverland in 2020.

The Promised Neverland was created by writer Kaiu Shirai and artist Posuka Demizu in 2016. The series centers on a group of small children being raised at an orphanage, who live seemingly happy lives until they realize that the orphanage, their caretakers and the entire world around them are not what they seem. The Promised Neverland quickly became one of Weekly Shonen Jump's biggest hits of the last five years, with over 32 million copies in circulation.

The series was adapted into an anime in 2019 by Wonder Egg Priority studio CloverWorks. The first season was almost universally praised for its faithful adaptation of the manga's mystery and tension, but the second season was widely panned by both fans and critics alike for its oversimplification of the original story, rushed pacing and its complete omission of several story arcs and characters from the manga. While no explanation was ever given for why the anime jumped the shark so spectacularly, fans did notice that the series' writers stopped being credited on the show following Episode 10.

Amazon Studios is developing a live-action series based on the manga, which will reportedly be helmed by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse co-director and writer Rodney Rothman.

The Promised Neverland anime is available for streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll and Funimation. Only the first season is available on Netflix, but that might actually be an act of kindness rather than a drawback. The manga was localized in English and released in print by VIZ Media.

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