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Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 11

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 suffers in Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 11
Faputa suffers in Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 11

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.

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Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 10

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.

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Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 06

In Made in Abyss Episode 06, “Lurking,” Riko considers which part of her body she’ll exchange for Nanachi, half her organs, legs, or eyes. She decides but Majikaja stops her. Nanachi tells her to leave. Maaa and Majikaja drag Riko out of Belaf’s home as Riko begs Nanachi to return to their journey. Riko asks Vueko if she has anyway to get Nanachi back. Before she can answer a spear pierces the wall above them resulting in water gushing out. Vueko says that a “luring” has begun. As a result of the Narehate being unable to leave the village, they “lure” creatures into the village to hunt. According to Vueko this is done to “increase the value” of the village. However, the creature called a Fuzosheppu is overwhelming the villagers. When it heads towards Prushka, Riko takes off to save her.

Riko manages to reach Poriyon the jeweler before the beast. Poriyon claims it was “pleasant and sensual to work and perfect her whistle,” and returns Prushka, now shiny and new. Poriyon cannot leave with Riko and escape the Fuzosheppu because its “the workshop itself,” and cannot be moved. However, Poriyon attempts to stop the Fuzosheppu itself but is consumed alive by it. Fuzosheppu then heads to the market. There it encounters Juroimo, the third member of the three sages. Juroimo uses his “great sword,” a sticky weapon resembling a sharp pillar. However, it doesn’t work. Majikaja says that due to the “cramped and crowded space,” Juroimo cannot use the great sword’s “ancient power.”

Riko has a plan

Moogie and the other Narehate seek to hunt the creature, than allow it to attack the market. Riko refuses to allow the Narehate to meet their end so she forms a plan with Majikaja. She cuts off some of her hair and gives it to Majikaja so it will use its “fast body”. Riko rides Majikaja and the Fuzosheppu gives chase. It follows them until they pass through a reflective surface, which causes the creature to stop. Distracted, Riko orders some Narehate to ignite some fire causing an explosion, sending the Fuzosheppu flying upward into a net. Trapped the Narehate attack it with spears.

The Fuzosheppu stops moving and the Narehate rejoice. However, the creature isn’t dead yet and it grabs some of the Narehate including Maaa. Prushka spirit tells Riko to “call her,” and Riko blows the whistle and Reg comes to the rescue. The White Whistle releases the true potential of a relic like Reg. Powered by Riko and Prushka, Reg attacks the Fuzosheppu but the Queen already died. The Fuzosheppu isn’t a single creature but a hive that moves the entire nest. At this point Wazukyan appears to congratulate Riko. Afterward Riko asks the sage how she can get Nanachi back. Wazukyan tells her that a piece of Faputa would likely do it. Reg heads to speak with Faputa.

Vueko reveals to the Narehate that she was a member of the Ganja group and a former sage. Vueko wonders if Irumyuui brought Riko, Reg, and Nanachi to the village. She emotions that Reg must be a “true resident of the Golden City,” she even claims that Wazukyan was “scared,” when he witnessed Reg fighting. She then prepares to explain what Faputa actually wants. The stakes have increased in this episode. As I’ve been saying often in this arc I think the Narehate obsession with value is going result in them turning on the trio due to their “value.” Nanachi has already sold herself and Riko lost her hair. Their value have declined since arriving in this village. I think Reg will be made to sacrifice something in the coming episodes. I’m a little scared for the trio but I’m excited to see what happens.

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Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 05

Reg is attacked by a Turbinid-Dragon. Gaburoon rescues him and escorts him back to the village. During the journey Reg learns that Gaburoon is a “Interference Unit,” a “robots capable of independent thought and actions.” These units seek to observe and gather knowledge. There was one unit placed in each layer and they cannot cross layers, however, they can share information with each other. According to Gaburoon they haven’t shared information in a long time, meaning the other units are either broken or taken. Reg isn’t one of these units, but Gaburoon wonders if they share a creator. That said, Gaburoon doesn’t know who his creator is and ask Reg to find out who created them.

Moogie officially introduces Riko to one of the Three Sages, Wazukyan. Riko becomes embarrassed at not properly introducing herself to such an important being. Wazukyan doesn’t seem phased and gives her a “high five” and leaves. The Narehate teaches Riko some basic Narehate language. Moogie explains that their language has “lots of words in which many actions and names are stuck together.” For example, Iruburu, the name of the village, means 50% “village,” 40% “cradle,” and 10% “mother.” Riko quickly learns the basics.

Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 05 Nanachi sells itself for Mitty
Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 05 Nanachi sells itself for Mitty

Later Riko heads to a cave in the village called Dogupu (Within the Eye). While there she encounters an imprisoned woman, Vuelo Eluko. She was an opponent of establishing the village which she claims had terrible “origins.” She was imprisoned. However, her opinion apparently has changed after observing the village. Riko frees her without hesitation, claiming she doesn’t care if she’s a “bad person,” or not she just wants to see her friends. In the village, Vuelo (in disguise) and Riko head to Belaf. Riko sees Nanachi laying next to “Mitty.” After meeting Belaf, it is revealed that Mitty is a clone that Belaf got it by sacrificing “half its body, 724 limbs, and a portion of its sensory organs” from Bondrewd.

Finally, Belaf reveals that Nanachi sold themself to buy Mitty and if Riko wants them back she’ll have to sell parts of her body. The Narehate in the village have made it clear that they convent the body of a human child. I speculated that the “perverse obsession with Riko’s body” would result in a sacrifice. Belaf asks for Riko’s eyes, legs, or “half her innards.” As dark as Made in Abyss can get, I don’t think it will have Riko sacrifice that much. Faputa, Gaburoon, and Vuelo all have some opposition to the village, so Reg, Riko, and Nanachi might join forces to escape, especially if the Narehate can’t leave the village.

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Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 01

The Compass pointed to the Darkness is the first episode of Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun, the second season opens with a young Vueko looking at the Star Compass while remembering her sexually abusive foster father. He discovered the compass on a burnt ship. There he and his companions witnesses a horrible scene. A “smoldering corpse” and body that was split in two, and an old traumatized man. Through tears the old man tells him the “golden city is inside the giant man-eating pit.” Made in Abyss instantly reminds you of the misery the world holds. Vueko inherited the compass and trains to be a Delver. She joins a Ganja group lead by Wazukyan and becomes one of the Three Sages.

We are introduced to a few more new characters, Belaf another of the Three Sages. He tries to encourage Vueko to be more confident. The following night they endure a storm and find the island where the golden city is located. As they venture forth they encounter people living on the island. Belaf can communicate with them. A old man offers to help them if Vueko gives him the compass. She gives it to him without much fuss. According to the natives the Golden City or “The Capital of the Unreturned,” is real. Once you enter you can never return.

The Cursed Pit

The Ganja’s crew are warned that if the enter the pit they will suffer from it’s “curse.” They ignore the warning a continue. When Vueko enters the Altar of the Absolute Boundary, a elevator that connects the 5th layer to the 6th, the episode switches to the perspective of Riko, Reg, and Nanachi. When Riko rubs her whistle the elevator begins to descend. The pass a massive sea creature and the layer of bones and corpses. The altar lands in the 6th layer, in the ruins of the golden city. The second season appears like it will follow the Ganja group as they travel through the city then transition to Riko and her group. The appears to be a great deal of time between the Ganja’s journey and Riko’s.

Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 01, Riko and her crew arrive at the 6th layer of the abyss.
Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 01, Riko and her crew arrive at the 6th layer of the abyss.

If this is accurate then the differences in the groups abilities to adapt to the dangers of the 6th layer will be compared. Riko’s group likely has more advanced knowledge of the world and will be more prepared. Considering the size of Ganja’s group I fully expect most of their crew to meet terrible deaths. However, in this series death isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you. I wonder what horrors Made in Abyss has in store for us and the two crews. If the first season was any indication even our main characters aren’t safe from the consequences while exploring the Abyss.