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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 03

In Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 3, Village of the Hollows, Riko, Nanachi, and Reg follow Majikaja up some stairs. Nanachi explains that “the force field is not present,” so the curse is no threat to them currently. However, the creatures in the village begin to follow the trio, so Nanachi warns Reg. She’s unsure if the creatures are Narehate due to their intelligence. Majikaja leads them to “the jeweler” who’s chipping away at Prushka. However, the jeweler is improving the white whistle, according to Majikaja, the stone hasn’t “assumed its intended form as an instrument.” He takes them to the market.

Riko finds pages from her mothers notes, she wants to buy them but must “exchange something of value.” Majikaja tells her that her body is valuable and she could consider selling her body parts. This is an alarming revelation. I except in the future Riko will be threatened by one of the Narehate that wants a piece of her valuable body, even though Majikaja claims “stealing value is the gravest sin,” I’d imagine that someone will break that rule. However, knowing Riko and this series, she might sell parts of herself for information like her mothers notes.

Narehate being torn apart for harming Meinya.

The price of damaging value

In typical Made in Abyss body horror, Meinya is squeezed so hard by a Narehate that it’s intestines pop out. Meinya is a highly durable creature that is a routinely used as a source of the series body horror. The trio witness what is called the “balancing,” or as Majikaja frames it “the price for damaging a value that belonged to someone else.” During the balancing dark shapes remove value from the offending Narehate. The Narehate closely value their belonging so to have them forcibly removed seems to have an emotion cost. The process is also brutal, as the Narehate’s skin is “torn open.” Majikaja notes that anything that happens “outside the village” cannot be rectified by the village.

Riko is compensated for her lost but feels weird about accepting it. Regardless, she uses the compensation to buy food and lodging. The questionable food makes her sick. Nanachi and Reg try to find medicine for her but are interrupted by a loud sound. Majikaja says that it signals the arrival of “the embodiment of value,” Faputa. Reg heads off to find Faputa. The Narehate princess, Faputa, rides on the shoulder of a giant robot. Made in Abyss introduces the value culture of the Narehate. Considering that they were once humans who lost the original forms valuing the human body seems to make sense. However, the culture is rather toxic and I suspect it will only get worse.