Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 11 opens with Faputa knocking out Reg. She demands Riko pay for “Reg having forgotten about her,” and goes on a rampage. The villagers try and fail to protect Riko. Faputa is simply too fast. However, before she can reach Riko, Gaburoon blocks her causing damage to itself. Shocked, Faputa demands to know why. Gaburoon tells her “she would have lost Reg forever.” Gaburoon is correct of course. Whatever Reg’s history with Faputa is, he’s now enthralled with Riko and would have hated Faputa forever. Gaburoon did protect the relationship Faputa has with Reg, even if she doesn’t know it.
Faputa is a tragic figure. Her entire existence has been a tool for revenge. Faputa’s begins to fall apart mentally as she realizes her place in the world. Suddenly, she’s knocked back by Nanachi, with Belaf in tow. Nanachi tells Riko that she’ll handle Faputa and Belaf “attacks,” sort of. Belaf goal isn’t to harm Faputa but to “gift” her memories of the Ganja’s past. Enraged, Faputa attacks Belaf, tearing him to pieces and killing Belaf by shattering Belaf’s head. Belaf dies, hoping Faputa will find “her own value.” As I mentioned in previous reviews, the Narehate focus on value.
Faputa, rise . . . embodiment of value
They hold Faputa as the one with the most value but she doesn’t think she even has any. After Faputa receives the memories her mindset deteriorate further. Nanachi tells Riko to escape with some of the villagers, while she wonders what Wazukyan is after. Faputa tries to reassure herself that she remains the “fire that will burn everything to cinders.” Due to Reg the villages barrier is gone and creatures begin invading the village, killing some of the Narehate. This scene is Made in Abyss at it’s best. Adorable Narehate being mauled and ripped to pieces by the violent creatures of the sixth layer.
It’s both a sad and unsetting moment. Faputa isn’t happy to witness the carnage. She’s upset that the creatures are killing her prey. She accuses them of “stealing her reason for being,” and begins attacking them. However, the creatures hold their own. Ripping the flesh off of Faputa leaving visible bone and even tearing out entrails. Faputa loses bits and pieces of herself (literally) as she becomes overwhelmed by the increasingly hostile creatures. Gaburoon sacrifices itself to protect Faputa but it doesn’t matter. She’s rendered immobile and prepares for death. Suddenly, the Narehate begin feeding pieces of themselves to Faputa.
Faputa’s understanding of the world or her lack of understanding becomes clear. Everyone she held dear, Gaburoon, Reg, and her mother were more than she could comprehend. The embodiment of value, Faputa, rises again with new purpose. Determined to find her value by herself.
Marco is dropped off to Whitebeard’s homeland Sphinx by the Red Hair Pirates. Marco tells Shanks that he’s “too old” for babysitting pirates and it up the next generation. In a brief flashback, Luffy finally thanks Marco for saving him during the Summit War. Meanwhile, on Amazon Lily, Boa Hancock and the other Amazon are reeling from being invaded by Marines. We get the first glimpse of the Marines new weapons, the Pacifistas: Seraphim. I’ve been eager to see what the Special Science Group (SSG) and Vegapunk produced and judging from their appearance in this chapter they’re going to be a problem. We only get partial looks at them but it seems like they’re modeled after child versions of the Seven Warlords. Furthermore, according to Blackbeard they resemble Lunarians, an extinct race which King is the last surviving member. King was experimented on by the World Government to test his “endurance.” It’s possible that the Seraphim possess some Lunarian’s DNA.
If the Seraphim weren’t bad enough Blackbeard arrives to steal Hancock’s Mero Mero no Mi devil fruit. Blackbeard blows past the Marines, demanding Hancock show herself. Kody pleads with her to surrender. She refuses, instead confronting both the Marines and Blackbeard pirates herself. However, Blackbeard nullifies her powers but not before Hancock petrifies the Marines, Devon, and Shot. Blackbeard tells her that “he’s had his eye on her Devil Fruit for a long time.” She responds in typical Hancock manner, she says her “beauty is what makes her powers formidable.” Kody witnesses the entire encounter. Hancock tells them that if she’s killed all the petrified people will remain so.
Rayleigh to the rescue
Blackbeard doesn’t trust her word and decides to kill her. Suddenly, Silvers Rayleigh appears saving Hancock from her doom. He tells Blackbeard that he “doesn’t like him.” Rayleigh unsheathes his sword and tells Hancock that “he makes sure nothing de-escalates and that everyone leaves the island.” In the present, Shakuyaku is the former empress of Amazon Lily and former Captain of the Kuja Pirates two generations prior to Boa Hancock. She states that with Vegapunk’s modification of Marine ships the “Calm Belt is no longer safe.” Rayleigh admits that his reputation is what saved them and if he had to fight Blackbeard he would lose due to his age. Apparently, during the conflict Blackbeard kidnapped Kody.
The dynamics in One Piece are shifting between the Marines, the new Yonko, the Revolutionary Army, and the former Warlords. Blackbeard has been on the sideline for a while and now that he’s taken Kody I think he’ll attract conflict with Luffy. However, it’s possible that Garp would interfere and get himself killed in the process, increasing Luffy’s hatred of Blackbeard. While the four major groups have changed they still seem balanced. One Piece continues to reveal some of the events that happened off screen. Apparently, Kody was involved in the Rocky Port Incident, that was caused by Law during the two year time skip. The details aren’t made clear but Blackbeard thanks Kody for his “help.” I’m enjoying the reveals so far.
At the end of Made in Abyss Episode 09, Juroimoh and Reg’s fight cause damage to the village, leaving a hole which Faputa enter, finally ready to seek her revenge. In episode 10, All That You Gather, Belaf frees Nanachi from his ownership. He gives Nanachi his memories (his value) but warns her that if Nanachi leaves the village with Mitty “she will cease to exist,” because “every being that was created in the village can only exist in it, and will stop existing if taken outside it.” Nanachi decides that Mitty should be set free. Nanachi heads towards the barrier and Mitty disappears. Belaf and the other Narehate from it’s house all fade away as they reach the the end of the barrier. Belaf monologues that “whether it be despair or joy, all things you collect add to your value.”
Reg awakens to Riko’s glee but he’s horrified by the carnage Faputa has inflicted on the Narehate. Faputa tears the corpses of the villagers apart and rips through the rest. He tries to stop her but Faputa refuses. He threatens to “fight her,” and Faputa tells him she won’t hesitate to fight him if necessary. In a flashback, we see the first meeting between Reg and Faputa. Gaburoon was damaged by a Turbinid-Dragon and Faputa was crying. In the present, Faputa and Reg begin to fight. She stuff her arm down his throat claiming that she “cannot hurt Reg from the outside of his body.” In another flashback we see that Reg’s name was always Reg. Faputa name according to Gaburoon means “indestructible Princess.” Reg seems obsessed with “keeping up appearances,” he tries to civilize Faputa offering her his googles to cover her breasts. Reg also polices her use of language, claiming that she needs to be “more graceful.”
Faputa won’t give up on revenge
I’m interested in finding out whom taught Reg these manners and why. Riko uses Prushka to power up Reg. Angry, Faputa “reveals it was she who instructed Gaburoon to bring the stone into the village. It was in order to make Prushka more comfortable.” The fight is interrupted by iron rain and Wazukyan uses his body to create a canopy to protect the villagers. In another flashback, Faputa reveals that she has “three wishing eggs,” or Cradles of Desire. She also calls Irumyuui, who’s now the village, her “mother.” Reg asks her why she would want to destroy Irumyuui. From Faputa’s vantage point her mother is “alive in a constantly rotting state,” and she wants to free her.
Reg tells Faputa that he hopes to use his power to “rewrite,” the rules of Abyss. The fight concludes with Faputa slamming Reg to the ground, after a tearful moment. At this point, Reg most likely has to kill Faputa if he wants to rescue the village. She already done so much damage it might not be enough. I becoming more conflicted by this complicated situation. Made in Abyss’s aesthetic of having cute but sometimes grotesque creatures triggers a reaction where I feel sorry for the Narehate. It’s what makes this series so disturbing and interesting. Faputa is morally correct. Her mother is being exploited by the Narehate and violated her and her children. Narehate have it coming. However, the most responsible for the abuse is Wazukyan. It’s possible Faputa and Reg will make peace and save the village. I doubt it.
Reg and Faputa return with her body parts in hand. They quickly rush to the village as bloodthirsty creatures start to become attracted to the smell of blood. Riko greets them outside of IIblu barrier. When Reg enters the village with Faputa’s body parts the village become uncontrollable and swarm him. Vueko tells him not to panic and asks how he acquired the parts. In a flashback, we see that Faputa knows that Reg is “too kind to destroy the village.” Apparently, Reg told her that his incinerator could “rewrite” the laws of the Abyss. If he can do that then Faputa may be able to enter the village.
Wazukyan eavesdrops on their conversations and calls Reg the “Prince,” and Faputa the “Princess.” He greets Vueko in a friendly manner and asks Riko if she hates him after finding out the truth. Riko says that she “doesn’t know him well enough to hate him.” Wazukyan reveals that he hasn’t abandoned his dream of delving deeper as the 6th layer is only the “entrance.” Wazukyan is excited that Riko took notice of this. Riko asks him if “hopes for her to use the power of the Cradle to allow them to leave the village.”
Reg fights Juroimoh
A conflict is beginning to arise in this arc. I think Riko wants to free the Narehate from their imprisonment and allow them to explore the Golden City. However, Faputa wants revenge on them and Reg has promised to help her. I’m not sure what side I would be on. Personally, I’m fond of Maa, who’s become my favorite Narehate. It’s a weird combination of creepy, adorable, sweet, and pathetic. If Faputa kills everyone I hope the Maaa manages to survive. Suddenly, Juroimoh begins attacking. Reg engages with it and Juroimoh becomes an even more grotesque creature.
Juroimoh shares the name of Vueko’s abusive father. Wazukyan explains why: ” Irumyuui created Juroimoh from the signals she received from Vueko.” Reg becomes overwhelmed by Juroimoh membrane and decides he must use his incinerator. Not only does he rips a hole in Juroimoh and also creates an opening in the village. Reg is afraid Faputa will enter the village and makes things worst. However, he passes out but gives a piece of Faputa to Moogie, Majikaja, and Maaa to protect Riko. Reg concern is correct. Faputa arrives with Gaburoon and tells the village it’s “time for their extermination.”
In Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 08, Faputa agrees to give Reg a part of her but he must keep his “promise.” After ripping off her own ears and arms she tells Reg that “Together, we will…exterminate them all.” My first thought was the Narehate but I doubt Reg would do it. In the past, it is revealed that the broth was indeed made from “Irumyuui’s children,” not only did the broth nourish the infected it “alleviated the symptoms of their infection.” Belaf has a nervous breakdown after learning the truth but Wazukyan isn’t concerned because Belaf is “one of the Three Sages.” Vueko is worried but heads to see Irumyuui.
Having transformed further, Irumyuui is nearly unrecognizable as she has become an enormous beast. However, she can still recognize Vueko and her children. Irumyuui has another child and Wazukyan takes it. He’s unwilling to even let Irumyuui keep it until it dies. Instead opting to kill it. He claims that “Pseudowater symptoms are best alleviated by fresh meat.” At this point it’s become clear that Irumyuui has been reduced to a food source and only Vueko cares for her. She considers killing Irumyuui and then herself. She’s unable to do so, instead she sobs, horrified at their situation.
The Narehate are born
Irumyuui continues to have children and Ganja slaughter them. The people begin to pray to her as she transforms further. Irumyuui becomes less connected to her children. Irumyuui takes Vueko and then begins moving. The Ganja follow. Irumyuui stops and begin consuming the flying creatures surrounding her. Racked with guilt, Belaf begs to be eaten by Irumyuui as penance for eating her children. A large hole opens in Irumyuui and Belaf enters. He emerges as the serpent we’ve seen in previous episodes. Wazukyan and the other Ganja see the “beauty” Belaf now possess and concludes that they must also sacrifice themselves.
Vueko is appalled accusing the Ganja of stealing Irumyuui’s wish. She attempts to kill herself by jumping off a cliff but she’s captured by Wazukyan and imprisoned inside Irumyuui’s mind. In the now “mindless” Irumyuui, Vueko receives signals from various parts of the village. It’s revealed that Irumyuui’s true wish was to create her last child to seek revenge for her other childrens murder. That child is Faputa. However, she unable to enter IIblu and therefore cannot seek her vengeance. Vueko tells the others that “Faputa is trying to free her mother, Irumyuui, which would mean the destruction of the village.” At this point I’m siding with Faputa as Wazukyan turned out to be a monster. The other Narehate are mostly innocent in my opinion. At some point Faputa must have meet or created Reg and he promised to help her get revenge. Wazukyan was afraid of Reg’s power in the last episode and now I think he knows about Reg and Faputa’s agreement.