We’ll create it together… a world where we can live as a family. All of us.Ray the promised neverland
Introducing Ray the promised neverland is definitely one of the most intriguing stories as far as the Manga is concerned and Ray is a pretty intriguing character to say the least.
He was pretty easy to miss in the very early chapters but as the plot progressed it became obvious just how important he would be to the story. So who is he? and what is his deal?
Ray was initially withdrawn and somewhat cynical. Since then he has since grown to become more compassionate and driven. it’s probably Emma rubbing off on him if you ask me. That said lets get into it. Ten things you didn’t know about Ray.
HE IS A CAPRICORN… PROBABLY
In volume 5 of the manga, the promised neverland author Kaiu Shirai revealed the birthday’s of Ray, Emma and Norman. Kaiu that Ray’s birthday fell on January 15th making him a capricorn. Kaui however later stated that this date is inaccurate and is yet to give the actual date, but by the looks of things, it is very likely Ray’s birthday will probably remain on the January 15th. Just saying…
HE IS ISABELLA’S SON
This came out as quite a shock to most fans but for those of you now getting into it you probably don’t know but Ray is actually Isabella’s son. You would think that would explain why he’s literally betraying all his friends but it goes beyond that.
It turns out he and mum have been playing a very loooong game of chess and you guessed it, he won….well technically his friends won but all the same…way to make mama proud.
HE READ ALL THE BOOKS IN GRACEFIELD HOUSE BEFORE HE WAS 12
The promised neverland is filled with kids that give the word genius a whole new meaning. Norman, Emma and yes Ray have intellects that just put the average person to shame. As one would expect they do a lot of reading just to stay that smart and by a lot of reading I mean a lot of reading.
Apparently Ray resolved to finish reading all the books in Gracefield house before 12, and he actually does so before his 12th birthday in chapter 32 of the manga.
HE WISHES TO SEE THE MONALISA
In an interview for the 100th chapter commemoration questionnaire Kaui Shirai comments on some of Ray’s dreams. Ray has a love for art. This is demonstrated by his wish to see the Monalisa when he and his friends return to the human world.
Kaui said as much in the interview. I hope we get to see him do so in a future chapter, that would really be nice.
HE DIDN’T EXPERIENCE CHILDHOOD AMNESIA
Unlike most of the other kids in Gracefieldhouse, or most kids at all. Ray did not experience childhood amnesia. This means he could remember everything that happened to his as a kid, from what happened during his time in his mums wound and even the very early events after his birth.
This meant Ray was fully aware of everything happening with the demons and Gracefield house long before the other children found out. As one would expect, it was this knowledge that drove him into partial isolation.
HIS VOICE ACTOR
Ray is voiced by Mariya Ise. Hunter Hunter fans should recognize her as she was also the voice behind Killua!
HIS FAVORITE GENRE IS FANTASY
When Ray was younger most of the books he read were fantasy. This heavily implies his favorite genre is fantasy. Even if that isn’t really the case it’s likely to be one of his favorites as it is revealed he spent a lot of time reading fantasy books especially.
HE’S JUST LIKE HIS CREATOR
Kaiu Shirai when asked in an interview which character in the promised neverland he was most like he replied Ray, describing how he tends to get desperate and throw in the towel much like the slightly crazy side of Ray.
HE IS NAMED AFTER RAY CHARLES
Ray is named after the American singer Ray Charles. This was revealed in two manga pages that were showed to high score players of a game launched on the manga’s official site. In these pages Isabella explains how she got the name Ray while listening to Ray Charles.
HE WAS SUPPOSED TO DIE
In the special Q and A section of volme 13 of the manga Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu both revealed earlier intentions to have Ray die earlier in the story. They later decided against this however and completely scrapped that idea all together. A tough cookie that one, that’s for sure.