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Made in Abyss Season 1, Episode 2 Review: Resurrection Festival

Problems with cave raiding

In Made in Abyss Season 1, Episode 2, “Resurrection Festival,” we quickly learn that there are problems with going deeper into the abyss. A tremendous psychical toll can be a consequence the deeper you travel. When returning to the surface from the first layer: Edge of the Abyss, you’ll experience “mild dizziness,” from the second layer: Forest of Temptation, “nausea, headaches, and numbness of the extremities,” the third layer: Great Fault causes “Vertigo combined with visual and auditory hallucinations,” and from the fourth: The Goblets of Giants , “intense pain throughout the body and bleeding.” When an explorer travels from the sixth layer or beyond, they will apparently result in their lose of “humanity or even death.” This phenomenon is dubbed “the curse of the abyss.”

Who or What is Reg

Riko and the others believe that it’s possible that Reg came from the bottom of the abyss and is immune to the curse. Reg wonders if that’s the case, but what’s his purpose. Shiggy refers to the “Compilation of Recorded Relics,” a “field guide to the major Relics that have been unearthed.” However, Reg isn’t found in this book. Riko has done some research on Reg, he can function with food or electricity as a fuel source. He possess smooth but hard skin, flame retardant hair, superior sight and hearing, flexible material and apparently he has a “normal human penis.”

If that wasn’t strange enough it seems that Riko experimented on Reg without his consent. Due to all of the special material that made Reg he’s considered to be incredibly valuable, as a Aubade, “supreme treasure of the netherworld.” This unsurprisingly mean that he is in danger of being taken apart, captured and hidden. To proved him with a cover they give clothing to hid his arms and legs and a false story. Obviously, this is going to be an important plot point in the future. I think Reg will be exposed at some point and maybe Riko and her friends become outlaws as a result.

Reg shocked at Riko’s invasion

Learning about the whistles

Cave raiders are sorted into groups, these groups are symbolized by the color of the whistles. The apprentices have red whistles, the proficient blue whistles, assistant-instructor Moon whistles, expert black whistles and the heroes the white whistles. This episode focuses on the white whistle, Liza the Annihilator, she is held as an example for the larger society. She’s even depicted as being a dragon and used to sell merchandise. The most important revelation is that Liza is Riko’s mother and much is expected from Riko, her father was a black whistle named Torka.

More animals are introduced, a hammerbeaks

In this episode the world is expanded, as we learn about the problems with exploration of the Abyss. It makes since that robots like Reg would exists in the world with the harsh conditions, however, it seem strange that no one thinks robots exists or that they shouldn’t be created for everyone. Made in Abyss is too comfortable with sexual inuendo towards children and even nudity. Riko is punished while being strung up by rope completely nude. I could do without it. Riko becomes a more complex character as her mother’s fame is presented, she will have a lot to live up to. Like her mother appears to be, Riko is reckless and is definitely going to get herself in trouble.

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Moment that Shocked You the Most in Any Anime

Reg tries to sever Riko’s hand

If you haven’t seen Made in Abyss your missing out. Despite its colorful environments and adorable characters, the series has a dark foreboding tone. They released season 1 of Made in Abyss in 2017. Based on Akihito Tsukushi’s manga, Made in Abyss follows two adventures, Reg and Riko as they travel though the levels of a bottomless pit. Each level gets worse, increasing the potential dangers. Our duo survived a few levels, however, once they reach the fourth, they encounter an Orb Piercer. The creature resembles a porcupine. The Piercer are herbivores, but they are territorial. In order for Delvers to pass through the 4th level, they must pass through the Orb Piercer’s territory. Over the years, the creature has either taken the limbs or lives of hundreds of Delvers.

What makes them so dangerous is their poisonous needles that surround their bodies. These needles can pierce metal. The poison is slow acting but spreads quickly. Reg and Riko become the latest victims of the creature. When Riko gets hit in her hand by a quill, she becomes poisoned. Panicked, Riko and Reg have no choice but to descend further into the Abyss. This causes Riko to hallucinate and then bleeds from every orifice. Riko’s hand swells. She tells Reg that he must amputate. First, he has to break the bone of her arm. Then he has to cut the arm off. Suddenly, a swarm of insect appear. Riko stops breathing. The entire scene is the most gruesome thing I’ve seen in anime.


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Made in Abyss Season 1, Episode 13 Review

Bondrewd dark plan

Nanachi remembers her childhood when she meets the white whistle Bondrewd and he offers the orphans an opportunity to explore the Abyss. He sends the orphans to the fifth layer of the Abyss, the Sea of Corpses as it’s referred to. While being transported down below, Nanachi meets Mitty and they become partners. Both were outcast due to Nanachi being a smelly and dirty child and Mitty being “an idiot,” or simply excitable.

Bondrewd experiments

It was always implied that Bondrewd was an evil character considering what Ozen had previously stated regarding the other explorers. It is revealed that Bondrewd wasn’t interested into becoming a surrogate father to the orphans and instead intended to use them as experiments. Specifically, he wanted to test the effects of the Curse of the Abyss. Bondrewd sends the orphans down an elevator to the sixth layer. At this point viewers already know what’s going to happen, however, it’s still terrible to watch the inevitable.

Mitty and Nanachi

The transformation was horrible to witness as Mitty was being painfully ripped apart begging for death. This of course explains why Nanachi requested Reg kill Mitty for her. Mitty existence is a miserable one, an nearly immortal mass of flesh capable of experiencing pain. Reg unsurprisingly is hesitant ending Mitty suffering. However, he’s convinced by Nanachi that Mitty’s life isn’t worth living. He finally gives in, killing Mitty with his incinerator while teary eyed.

Riko awakens

Riko awakens without movement in her left hand. Riko quickly bonds with Nanachi and teaches her how to cook delicious food. Despite the traumatic first half of, Made in Abyss, the second was more comical. Riko, Reg and Nanachi have all overcome so much trauma. The three manage to work well together playing of each other. The second part of this episode is a stark departure from early, representing what makes this series so enjoyable. Made in Abyss does take great effort in examining the effects of harsh environments and now terrible explorers but does counter with happier moments.

Riko and Reg invite Nanachi to join them, they send a message to the surface. Finally, we see that Bondrewd is able to track the victims of his experiment through their energy signature. He states that he is eager to meet Nanachi again. Overall, this season and series has impressed me. I haven’t seen a series that manages to blend the innocence of children with the horrors of the environments so well, everything from the tone of the series to the art style creates a contrasting world and a endearing series.

 

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Getting to know Nanachi

As the title suggests we primarily focus on Nanachi in this episode. The episode strikes a lighter tone, relative to the previous one, however, the gruesome elements still remains. We see some remnants of Nanachi’s past, Nanachi appears to have work for, Bondrewd the Novel. We are also introduced to Mitty, a human the was transformed by the curse of the Sixth Layer. Mitty, unlike Nanachi wasn’t transformed into a cute rabbit creature, but into a tragic grotesque, hairy, one eyed flesh creature. Mitty has lost all her intelligence and is largely limited to making various moans and sounds. It’s hard not to feel sympathy for what Mitty has become, while at the same time feel repulsed by her appearance.

Nanachi saves Riko

Nanachi gives Reg a list of ingredient to help save Riko. Made in Abyss continues with it’s weirdly invasive interest into the bodies of the prepubescent characters, while largely non-sexually it’s seems to be a consistent theme in this series. In this episode, this focus is on Riko, instead of Reg, as Nanachi inserts a suppository into Riko’s rectum and constantly mentioning the fact that Riko urinated blood through her clothing and having Reg wash them. I don’t think this is necessarily a bad thing, but necessary to add to this series harrowing environment.

Reg’ memories

While washing Riko’s clothing, Reg has a flashback to a past memory. He hears a voice and remembers that he was once in present at a grave-site, marked by Lyza’s Blaze Reap. This scene adds to the future intrigue of the series, who created Reg and what’s his connection to Lyza? Clearly, Reg will get more of his memories as the series continues, creating anticipation for what they will reveal. Overall, the series continues to expand the it’s world, while reminding the audience that more dangers await.

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The fourth layer, the Goblet of Giants

Reg and Riko begin to head down towards the fourth layer, the Goblet of Giants. Riko quickly displays her knowledge of the new layer’s plant life, however, while Riko is excited, Reg is concerned. This layer will cause such a strain that you will “bleed out of every orifice in your body.” Reg feels the presence of a creature, it turns out to a “orbed-piercer” that has spines that can penetrate steel. They are also covered in poison, Reg and Riko attempt to escape, but the orbed-piercer catches up to them.

Reg and Riko vs the Orbed-piercer

The orbed appears to be more intelligence than originally thought. It prevents Reg and Riko from fleeing, while blocking the blaze reap. Riko gives the scaled umbrella to Reg, he uses it to block the orbed attack, but pierces the umbrella and Riko’s hand, poisoning her. Reg ties a rope around Riko’s arm to prevent the poison from spreading, the blaze reap is submerge under water and he can’t use his incinerator or he’ll faint. Reg’s only choice is to flee upwards, as the orbed prepares to strike he yells distracting it, then uses his arm to pull them up.

Riko poisoned

Riko begins to hallucinate, the curse of the abyss causes the poison to be “expelled” from Riko’s body, however, then her blood begins to pour out of her eyes, ears, nose and mouth. Meanwhile, Riko’s hand turns purple and begins to swell. Riko tells Reg to cut her hand off, she tells him that he needs to break the bone first, then cut it. Riko begins to turn pale and stops breathing, as Reg’s is crying an odd looking creature appears and tells him to perform CPR.

The creature introduces itself, as Nanachi a hollow.  This episode was intense and harsh. Normally I would assume that Riko would always be okay regardless of what happens but even though she will survive this ordeal she won’t be the same. The breaking of her arm was hard to watch, but at the same time adds to the series realness and since of urgency. Reg and Riko have also lost several item intended to help them survive, making them more helpless than they were before. I don’t think this Nanachi is trustworthy but Riko and Reg need it to survive.