In the second episode of Made in Abyss Season 2, Capital of the Unreturned our trio, Nanachi, Riko, and Reg, explore the sixth layer and find themselves being watched. They encounter some new beasts. The Mizoujack is a frog like creature that are considered “docile.” According to Lyza’s notebook their ” freshly laid eggs are good,” on of the main themes of Made in Abyss is survival. Not just for the humans but all the living creatures in the universe. It’s important to know which beast is prey and which is predatory. The environment is a part of everything’s survival.
Along with the bathroom humor (and realism) Made in Abyss uses food to illustrate how difficult life in the abyss is. The source of the food can be gross but it seems like Riko can always make them edible. Taking her mothers advice Riko and the others eat the eggs of the Mizoujacks. The eggs are round, spiral shaped, and light purple. After boiling them and killing the larva, they continued to move even after Riko fried them. Riko considers her friends at the higher level and she and Nanachi both write letters. They design a vessel to carry them to the surface but it’s comically snatch from the sky by flying creature.
After making camp Nanachi, Riko, and Reg awaken to find someone has entered their cave despite Reg’s trap, and Nanachi’s ability to read force fields. Regardless, whomever or whatever has stolen Riko’s white whistle, Prushka. With Reg’s keen senses the trio is able to track down a village. Along the way the locate a disturbing sight, two dead creatures with hairs from Riko and Nanachi stuffed in their anuses. A mysterious figure follows them watching as the reach the village. Once inside they encounter a number of creatures. One attempts to communicated with them. Majikaja as it’s called, looks to be stitched into a robot made of various materials.
It’s language is clumsy but sufficient to talk to Riko. Majikaja gave me an instant sense of dread. Knowing this series something terrible happened to it and yet I’m curious what occurred and what Majikaja actually looks like. Anyway, it tells them that “a specialist is working on the stone,” and they should “follow”. Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 2 is well paced, further exploring the most dangerous layer, while introducing us to new creatures, environments, and dangers.