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, 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.
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.
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.
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.