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.
* The second season of Made in Abyss, Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun will premiere tomorrow. I preparation for the next season I thought reviewing the movie that preceded it would be helpful.
Made in Abyss Movie 3: Dawn of the Deep Soul is the third Made in Abyss movie focusing on the Ido Front Arc, which covers chapters 27 – 38 of the manga. Deep Soul opens with Reg, Riko, and Nanachi exploring the “Garden of the Flowers of Fortitude”. Reg and Nanachi hear the screams of some Delvers. When Reg goes to investigate they encounter an Umbra Hand. The man explains that he caused the scream and returns the Blaze Reap to Reg. Made in Abyss quickly gets into the dark tone it’s known for when Riko notices an insect that resembles a leaf. The “Amaranthine Deceptors” disguise themselves as Flowers of Fortitude, they attack any organisms and lay their larvae inside.
Made in Abyss illustrates this with the semi-living corpses of delvers. The Deceptors feed themselves to these corpses so they may survive longer. These corpses reflexively scream and repeat the word “who”. It’s a gruesome scene that reminds you of how unforgiven nature can be in this series. As the Umbra Hand begins to burn the deceptors and the delvers, Reg accepts that he can’t do anything to help and returns to Riko and Nanachi. The Umbra Hand tells him that the “Sovereign of Dawn” awaits.
The Fifth Layer, the Crossing Sea
Nanachi explains the location of Ido Front, the “final point you can return from while remaining human”. Inside is the “Last Dive” where the Sixth Layer can be accessed. She anticipates conflict with Bondrewd. As they approach the Ido Front, they’re spied on by a mysterious young figure. She turns out to be the “daughter” of Bondrewd, Prushka. As they introduce themselves, Bondrewd arrives with several Umbra Hands. He is weirdly polite, telling Nanachi that her “hat suits her” and congratulates her for “releasing” Mitty. Sensing Reg is going to erupt with rage, Nanachi quickly asks Bondrewd to let them pass. He’s willing, but they need a “white whistle” to activate the Altar. Such a whistle can only be activated by the original owner, so Riko’s mother’s whistle won’t work. While in the room Bondrewd prepared for them, Nanachi and Reg realize that Reg has a limit on the number times he can use the incinerator.
Nanachi and Bondrewd
Restless, Nanachi leaves the room in the middle of the night. She encounters Bondrewd on the way. He tells her that he’s glad she returned and they have much to talk about. When Riko wakes up she’s alone. Panicked, she rushes to find her friends only to discover that she been locked in. She attempts to climb the forbidden steps that climb through the curse and is overcome. Prushka saves her and with the help of her pet Meinya, she escorts Riko through. By inhaling Meinya’s scent, Riko is able to visualize the trail with her eyes closed. Meanwhile, Bondrewd asks Nanachi to work for him again. She agrees only if he doesn’t harm, Reg or Riko, and permits them to reach the Sixth Layer. Unfortunately, Bondrewd has already taken Reg. His men have Reg strapped to a chair naked. They sever his arm off resulting in blood gushing, have a tube attached to his penis to collect urine, and subject him to pain to test his receptors.
Before they can cut open his stomach to see inside, Nanachi arrives to save him. The Umbra Hand’s surround her, but Prushka orders them to stop. With her help, they escape on a boat. However, Bondrewd follows their footsteps. He offers to repair Reg, but Nanachi, Reg, and Riko spring a trap. Using the ax, Riko begins setting off explosions. As Reg and Nanachi escape, a nest of violent insects called the Kasshou-Gashira (Stingerhead), eviscerate Bondrewd’s Umbra Hands. They don’t harm Bondrewd as he has his weapon the Sparagmos. Unphased, he applauds Nanachi’s efforts. Riko, Reg, and Nanachi spring into action. Reg attacks with a bomb. When that fails Riko shoots him in the side with an arrow that releases some Amaranthine Deceptor larvae into his body. Then Reg unleashes a barrage on him, knocking him into the water, and exposing him to the Sixth layer. Finally, he crushes him with a bolder.
Bondrewd, Prushka, and the blessing
Despite all this, Bondrewd survives. He knocks out Reg with his tail and shoots Riko with “shaker needles” that only “slightly turns viscera”. Bondrewd reveals that each Umbra Hand is another version of himself. He tells Nanachi that she received what he calls the blessing. The key to this is “love”. He leaves Nanachi devastated. Later, he is shown experimenting with Prushka. Riko wakes up, recalling an artifact called Zoaholic that allows you to “plant yourself within another person”, but you may go insane. They plan on blowing up the Zoaholic. Reg heads to absorb the power plant’s energy reserves, causing a blackout. Elsewhere, Bondrewd discovers Nanachi and Riko again. During their discussion, he tells them that the substance necessary to create a white whistle is a human being. Riko actually deduces that Bondrewd used his original human body to create his white whistle.
Reg attacks Bondrewd, who wishes to test his power. However, Nanachi interrupts the fight, and Reg returns to normal. During the second part of the fight, Bondrewd reveals that he turned Prushka into a cartridge, curse repellent created from humans remains. We get a flashback from Prushka’s early life. She was caught in an accident while traveling through the fifth layer. Subjected to tremendous pain, she is saved by Black Whistle Gueira. However, all attempts to help her failed, leaving Bondrewd to save her. He gave her the name Prushka, the creature Meinastoirim (Meinya), and her mind back. Bondrewd is defeat, for now, having many other bodies. Riko cries while holding the cartridge of Prushka’s remains. The cartilage turns into stone, becoming the Riko’s white whistle.
A movie for the fans
Made in Abyss Movie 3: Dawn of the Deep Soul is everything that one would expect from the series. All the hallmarks are there. The stunning animation, lush environments, the horrifying creatures, and creative lore. Made in Abyss is still full of body horror, that can shock, but never seems overdone. This movie played with my emotions, much like the main series. I was always on edge afraid of what would happen. Made in Abyss still has it’s creep sexual aspects. Prushka is a child but her breast are large. The weird penis contraption Reg was in during his torture and Riko’s explanation of Reg’s penis and what an erection is. This results in Prushka creepily saying “you mean like Papa’s rod”. I don’t know what she actually referring to but it definitely sounds like she has seen Bondrewd naked.
Speaking of Bondrewd, he’s a fascinating villain. Manga and anime are full of horrible villains, but Bondrewd feels different. No matter how much the heroes destroy his lab or harm him he never gets mad. The always calm and weirdly cheerful. This is in contrast with how violently he fights. Bondrewd is a character that you both look forward to seeing but regret it later. The main trio remains the same dynamic from the anime series. Nanachi is the stoic, highly intelligent, and cute victim of Bondrewd’s cruelty. Reg is still brave, tough, and really shows how he can handle himself in a fight. Riko can come across as the weak link, often having to be rescued and protected. However, she ultimately proves her worth. Riko has knowledge Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul requires you to have watched or read the manga to understand. Overall, if you love the series this movie has everything that makes Made in Abyss so great.