Meeting Date: 2/2/2019

Disclaimer: The Herald Anime Club discusses shows as they’re airing. Naturally, there will be spoilers for a given episode. You have been warned!

Samantha Ferreira: Happy Saturday, and welcome to the Herald Anime Club. I’m Samantha, and I’m back this week with Anthony Simpsons
Anthony Simpson: Evening
Samantha Ferreira: Tonight, we’re back with The Promised Neverland, episode 4: The one in which there is a betrayal.
And this week was pretty fascinating, as it built pretty heavily on that low-key intrigue that’s been building over the past couple of episodes.
Anthony Simpson: Yes it has been and it was another good episode overall.

Samantha Ferreira: Definitely. It really feels like we’re starting to see things finally get rolling, what with the preparations underway, the mind games, and the straight-up skullduggery by the adults
Anthony Simpson: The gears are starting to turn and shit is going to hit the fan next episode or two I believe.
Samantha Ferreira: Indeed. Especially now that we’ve seen Ray outed as the mole
Anthony Simpson: I was thinking it makes sense that Ray is the mole. Clearly he knew more than he let on and they were even hinting that at the end of the first episode that he knew what the purpose of the House was for.
Plus with the reveal in the library to Don and Gilda he wasn’t standing with Norma and Emma he was apart from them.
Samantha Ferreira: Definitely.
From a narrative point of view, he was also the one that was pretty obvious given he was the third “brilliant” kid but hadn’t seen a thing that Emma and Norman hadn’t.

Anthony Simpson: Yea. I’m curious to find out what he all knows and when he knew what is going on.
Samantha Ferreira: Indeed.
That’s not something you just happen into unless you’re the curious sort
Anthony Simpson: Given how Don and Gilda reacted when the found out the house is just a farm for the demons I wonder how the rest are going to react when they find out that their whole existence is just to be eaten by said demons
Samantha Ferreira: True that. My guess is that a lot won’t take it well
Anthony Simpson: I mean I don’t think most people would be excited to learn that they are being raised to get eaten by demons.
Samantha Ferreira: Well yeah. That doesn’t strike me as anything that would be desirable. “You can have a paradise of life… for 12 years. :0 Then you die.”
… … … I’m WELL aware of the irony as someone who enjoys a good steak or burger.

Anthony Simpson: Same.
Samantha Ferreira: But yeah. On another note, this Sister Krone / Mama Isabella story is pretty fascinating in itself
It’s clear they had a history
Anthony Simpson: I’m pretty sure they are not on each other’s Christmas card list.
Samantha Ferreira: I dunno. I could see them trading passive-aggressive cards.

“Wishing you the warmest of holidays, SISTER Krone.

-Mama Isabella.”

Anthony Simpson: I’m expecting some kind of show down between those two in the upcoming episodes.
Samantha Ferreira: Without a doubt. I see Isabella winning, as she’s been playing literally everybody like a fiddle
But it’ll be an interesting showdown
Anthony Simpson: True. I wouldn’t count Sister Krone out either. I mean she is crazy but she isn’t stupid.
Samantha Ferreira: Good point.
Sister Krone can definitely manipulate people with the best of ’em, as we saw with Gilda almost spilling everything
Anthony Simpson: Yea when Gilda appeared at her door I was thinking she was the mole.
I almost thought for a minute that Sister Krone was injure/possibly kill her if she didn’t spill the beans.
Samantha Ferreira: That was a great swerve
So far, it’s all been pretty masterful on that end. The team is doing a great job of bringing this world to life

Anthony Simpson: I’m enjoying the ride. Its one of my high lights each week next to my roommate is cat
Samantha Ferreira: Likewise! It’s a beautifully shot, beautifully told series that’s just been fantastic from the first episode. (Also, adding that Cat Roommate is so good)
Anthony Simpson: One thing I wanted to bring up I enjoyed when they did a few of the first person POV shots this episode.
Samantha Ferreira: Likewise! They really lent this disturbing, almost claustrophobic feeling to the episode.
One random thing I did notice, too. The episode titles are dates – DDMMYY format
Anthony Simpson: I noticed that as well. So I wonder where exactly this farm is located?
I’m guessing some place in Europe.
Samantha Ferreira: I’m just saying “Madison, Wisconsin” because the real answer will undoubtedly be more fascinating.
My big question now is “who will make it out alive?”
Mama knows something is up

Anthony Simpson: True.
Samantha Ferreira: I’m guessing she’s going to move up a shipment date as a power move.
Since they’re working on the “we have two months” timeline
Anthony Simpson: I can see a shipment happening before the kids make their escape
Samantha Ferreira: That’s my guess, too. She’ll try to take the head off of this movement.
And if I had to guess? It’d be Norman going
Anthony Simpson: I can see Norman getting sent away
Samantha Ferreira: It seems like the logical choice.
Aniwho… any final thoughts this week?
Anthony Simpson: Can’t wait for next week to see what happens.
Samantha Ferreira: Likewise!
And we’ll be finding out what happens in just a few short days that will feel like months. ’til next time, tough, remember: your next playful game of tag could also be valuable combat training!
Have a great night
Anthony Simpson: Good night