Taking a ball a ball to the face is not fun at all. I speak from experience. Once upon a time a younger, fitter Passerby made football (soccer to the Americans, association football to the pedantics) his school yard pastime of choice. And you know how little kids are at sports. Boundless energy, zero discipline. It didn’t help that I was a zealous defender, always getting up in the opponents’ grill. Not like they cared; there’s only one thing kids want to do in football and that’s clearing the ball across the field whenever possible. But Passerby wasn’t going to let that happen! He’ll be marking you, ready to intercept. With his face. At point-blank range.
Brain damage, you say? Developmental issues, even? Nonsense. I turned out perfectly spatula.
Still, you’d think that demonic mind flayers would be more careful about preserving the skull-meats of their livestock. Why not just keep them indoors with mental exercises, instead of letting them run around outside where injury and concussions await? Is there more to their diet than the the tasty, tasty grey matter? Does free-range taste better?
I don’t know if Yakusoku no Neverland wanted us to think about these things, but there is some level of casual sadism that it invites us to indulge in. I’m never really sure whether I’m supposed to be horrified or intrigued. Sure, eating children is terrible but… what’s their recipe? This kind of complicit spectator perspective is enforced by the camera, which is often voyeuristic. Of course, part of the reason for this is that we know there’s a snitch, but we peek on the villains too. On that note, I’m glad Sister Krone is here because she adds much to the narrative. In stories like these, villains are always more interesting than heroes. The heroes are simple; they don’t want to get eaten so work to escape. But why do the villains do what they do? Were they humans once? Ex-orphans? What motivates their apparent cruelty? The entry of Sister Krone gives Mother (Isabelle?) someone to interact with, so we can see more of her business side. And we’re also fortunate that Sister Krone is actually insane and will freely monologue and even break into character-developing song. But even then, there’s only more questions. What do thse ‘plant’ hierarchies actually mean? What’s the use in climbing them?
But for now, I guess we have to worry about the snitch. Unlike the horrified Emma, though, I’m once again more curious. Does the snitch actually know the secret? Are they selling out humanity willingly? Or are they naive and being manipulated? And I really hope it’s not actually glasses girl. These things are no fun when they’re made obvious.
By the way, let me know in the comments what you feel about coverage of Yakusoku no Neverland. THere are a lot of great series this season but, as always, limited time, so if you have any strong feelings about this show then make sure you’re heard.