Experiencing Nanachi’s ability: With Nanachi’s amazing ability to see the blankets of the force field, it might be much easier and safer for Reg and Riko to go deeper! I mean, though I honestly still don’t understand much about how she manages to see it and how she was able to know what the Orbed Pincer would do next, such a handy skill would make Reg a better fighter and protector! She’d also be able to find safe places for them to go up from! She’s truly amazing, being able to treat Riko, being knowledgeable about many things, and being able to see the curse! On another note, Reg used his Incinerator, didn’t he? Will we see him faint from that? I hope they manage to get back to the hideout first. However, Nanachi requested something pretty outrageous that he might forget about it!
Nanachi and Mitty: I know I asked why she was still keeping Mitty around, but I didn’t think she’d actually ask Reg to kill her! And what was up with that flashback? Looks like they escaped Bondrewd, and guessing from what she said, maybe he was mistreating them. Or was he exploiting Nanachi’s skill? I also saw some patches of blood on the snow back there. Whose could it have been? Was their past so bad that she felt like Reg would help them out once he heard about it?
Themes & Trivia
Mysterious Disease: It’s highly likely that the illness affecting children like Kiyui is closely connected to the Abyss. In our world, there have also been cases of mysterious diseases! There’s the Alice in Wonderland syndrome, Laughing Death, Porphyria, and some more you’ve probably never heard of! Unfortunately, some of these have yet to have a cure.
Antivenin: Antivenins, or antivenoms, are used as antidotes for certain types of animal poisons. They’re made just like how Nanachi made the medicine for the Orbed-Pincer poison using Mitty. You take poison from the specific animal you want to make an antivenin for, inject it on an animal that can withstand the poison and make antibodies to fight it, then take some of its blood and filter out the antivenin! However, it usually takes lots of time, resources, and machines to make it, so it’s astonishing that Nanachi was able to make it with the limited things she had!
This was quite a simple episode, but it didn’t fail to bring in the juicy details and interesting developments! I thought it was great that they finally disclosed what causes the curse, but also that they only disclosed it now, as it kept the mystery going. Plus, we needed to see first just how bad it would be to break through the force field, so we can get why it’s important to avoid it and why cave raiding is so dangerous. I think the writer also did a great job illustrating how the curse works! They made it easier to understand!
Is it time to let go?
Good grief. Made in Abyss is really good at leaving us hanging at the end of every episode! It doesn’t help that next week’s episode is also the last! I don’t know what to expect! While we wait for that finale surprise, though, leave a comment on what you thought on this episode! Most of the Summer 2017 series are ending as well, so check out our reviews on them!
You can also check official anime screenshots from the episode at our Made in Abyss Episode 12 Stills and Summary.
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