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The Promised Neverland Volume 2: 03/26/23

The Promised Neverland Volume 1

The Promised Neverland Volume 2 by Kaiu Shirai, Posuka Demizu (Illustrator), and Luise Steggewentz (Translator) (2017) is primarily an extended planning and information gathering session. Norman, Ray and Emma know they need to escape and take as many of the other children with them as possible. Before they can do that, they need to know how Mama and Sister Krone are able to track them. They also need to know every secret about the house they can find out.

Volume 2 continues my reading in German. I've seen the anime adaptation and I'm aware at how season two diverges from the manga. I'll be upfront and say my understanding of this volume wasn't as complete as volume one. When planning is involved there's a lot of subjunctive clauses. There's also a lot of technical jargon in this volume. Besides the planning, there's a lot of time spent on taking sides. Sister Krone has her informant. Mama has another. The trio have dissension in their ranks.

Speaking of Sister Krone, she's far more disturbing in the manga. She's drawn as a caricature of evil, her features distorted. Although Mama has already been unveiled as a monster for her alignment with the demons, she's still drawn as a more anatomically correct human being.

I have two more volumes in German to go before I decide whether to continue in German or switch to English.

Four stars

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