A couple of weeks ago, it was announced that the first season of The Promised Neverland would make an appearance on the Funimation streaming platform for the United Kingdom & Ireland territories, during its announcement that the English dub would be available on the service alongside the United States and Canada. Today, distributor Funimation finally made the series available.
The series is now streaming as of 11:00pm BST on Wednesday 1st July 2020, in both the Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.
The Promised Neverland‘s first season aired during the Winter 2019 anime season as part of the NoitaminA programming block and was one of the first titles to become available outside of Amazon Prime after the programming block’s partnership concluded for regions outside Japan. Aniplex of America acquired the English speaking rights (US, Canada, UK, Ireland) and collaborated with Bang Zoom! to provide an English dub, which aired first on the Toonami block in North America.
The anime was adapted by studio CloverWorks and is based on the manga series written by Kaiu Shirai which serialised on Weekly Shonen Jump from August 2016 to June 2020. The manga is available to read from Viz Media. Crunchyroll and HIDIVE streamed the series during its simulcast for the United Kingdom and Ireland. Funimation also had the series for the United States and Canada alongside the other two streaming services.
The English dub cast features Erica Mendez as Emma, Jeannie Tirado as Norman, Laura Stahl as Ray, Laura Post as Isabella, Rebeka Thomas as Krone, Cedric Williams as Don, Ryan Bartley as Gilda and more.
Plot Synopsis (via Funimation):
“The orphans at Grace Field House have only ever known peace. Their home is nice, their bellies stay full, and their caretaker, Mom, loves them very much. But their world turns upside down when the smartest children of the bunch – Emma, Ray, and Norman – learn what horror awaits them on adoption day. Now, their cultivated wit may be their only chance of survival.”
At the time of this post, currently, no one in the United Kingdom has acquired the home video rights for the series. A second season was announced and was originally scheduled to air in October 2020, but had to be pushed back to January 2021 because of the global situation.