This anime follows three children in an orphanage, Emma, Norman and Ray.
The House is an orphanage home to Emma, Ray and Norman. They are all 11 years old, and are the oldest of the House. They live in this orphanage with many other kids and this orphanage is almost like a paradise. All they do is play, eat, do some kind of school work, sleep. But there is only one rule: never get close to the fence around the House, or the gate entrance. On their birthdays, certain kids are sometimes taken out of the House, to be adopted.
After Connie, a 6 year old girl is taken by their beloved Mama to her new home, Emma sees the stuffed animal of Connie. She decides to go and give it back to her. Norman goes with her, both prepared to break the golden rule, hoping that it’s all for the good of Connie. But when they reach the gate, they see the body of the little Connie, some demons, and their Mama talking with them, seemingly taking orders from them. They discover that night, the secret of the House: they are all livestock, and their fate is just to be eaten. We then follow Emma and Norman and Ray trying to escape their fate, with all the kids.
I personally liked the anime. It was super interesting, like nothing I had seen before. Emma kinda looks like a shounen main character, but with more brains. Norman is very intelligent, Ray is also very intelligent. They all try to come up with ways to escape their fate, without their Mama stopping them. But as the story goes on, it seems like it’s impossible. Their loving Mom proves to be quite strong and smart, thinking few steps ahead, working in the shadows, while letting the kids try vainly to escape. She is very smart, and calm, and seems to love each of the kids of the house. And they all love and respect her.
Towards the end, she does seem to be winning, Norman is shipped, and Emma and Ray seem to lose hope and give up. But then there is a turn of situations. Emma had been faking giving up since when Norman had been shipped, but she had just given charge of the escape training to Gilda and Don, two other kids who they had told the secret of the house to. A plan had been formed and now the kids in the house were told the secret of the house, all except the very young ones, aged under 4. Those who were told the secret were then trained for the day to escape, Emma giving them instructions while faking to have given up. In the end, the plan, which had been designed by Norman the day of his death, was successful. They successfully escaped, leaving the k who were four and under, to come and save them later. We then have some backstory of their Mom, Isabella, and she seems happy that Emma and the other kids have escaped.
I loved this anime, I loved the ending, the plot too. This is a good suspense anime, every moment you will be trying to guess what will happen next. Lots of suspense and mind games and strategy. Also, during the build up of the story, their Mom was shown to be both loving and also kind of manipulative, using people as pawn and having this threatening vibe, which made me wonder, did she really love those children or was she just faking it? It’s quite hard to tell. She seems to love them, she takes great care of them, even when she broke Emma’s leg to try and stop her from resisting or escaping, she hugs her and tries to sooth her gently, like the caring mother she is. I loved her character. In the end, we are shown that she had learned of the House’s secret the day she was to be shipped, and she choose to become a Mom. For survival I guess. She knew that it was impossible to escape the house. She used to be like Emma when she was a kid.
This anime is quite inspiring. one tings I can say is that it teaches that when there is the will, there is a way. And also, sometimes you might think something is impossible, until you don’t have any choice but to do it. I also learn that sometimes, the best way to fool the enemy, is to fool everyone, even your best friend. Also never underestimate anyone, you don’t know what they are capable of with the right push, like the other kids in the orphanage. Ray thought they could not escape with everyone, thinking some might just be a burden. But with the right training and drive, they all made it.
This anime is really one of the best I’ve ever watched. Definitely recommend. I don’t usually re-watch things I have already watched, but this one, I think I will.
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