Episode 3 of Made in Abyss seemed quite peaceful at first glance, but after you’re done watching, you’re left to deal with your own feelings! Even the title got me fooled! The episode featured Reg’s first dive, which I thought was the ‘departure’ but that was just one side of the coin.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 出発
Naughty, naughty Riko! She was told in the previous episode not to touch anything, but she still went and swiped the letter her mother wrote! What’s more, she got the brilliant idea that she must go and meet Lyza who was waiting for her! It would definitely be hard to change an iron-willed girl’s mind. Plus, Reg said that he wanted to go with her to figure out his origins, so there’s no stopping it now! But for a child to go face the dangers of the unknown void without proper guidance, that’s basically suicide!
The plan: Somehow, I found it both appropriate and concerning that a 12-year-old would make an impulsive decision to the deathly Abyss. You can clearly see Riko’s straightforward attitude, as well as her impatience. Well, I guess if a letter from your mom, who’s been missing for 10 years, tells you she’s waiting for you at the bottom of a dangerous pit, you wouldn’t let her wait any longer. Riko wanted to take this matter into her own hands, even if it meant she could die alone from the curse of the abyss, or get eaten by the dangerous monsters her mother documented. That got depressing real quick. Good thing Reg wanted to tag along, too, so he could discover more about himself! With that, the chances of her surviving have become higher! My question, though: how can they be sure that Lyza was the one who actually wrote that letter? Did they confirm that it’s really her handwriting?
Reg’s first cave raiding: Having Reg around as a partner sure is convenient! Aside from his extending arms, he’s also able to lift heavy things! That means it’s easier to find relics where you normally can’t, like that squishy thing he found. (I was so sure it was gonna move; I thought it was a creature!) He doesn’t get affected by the Curse of the Abyss too! Sadly, his first dive will be his last official one, because his unique features and Lyza’s document made him even more curious about where he came from and why he exists. Joining Riko in her excursion really would help him discover the answers to these questions. I’m actually wondering if maybe he’s actually the figure Lyza saw in the seventh level…
Fights: Nat’s outburst at Riko’s resolve made me grimace. However, he was just terribly concerned and didn’t know how else to convince his friend to not leave. After all, no matter what he said, Riko and Reg wouldn’t listen. He didn’t just want to give up and support them instead, like Shiggy. If I was in Nat’s shoes, letting them leave just like that would’ve made me feel like it’s my fault they’re not coming back! In the end, though, since there really was no stopping them, he assisted them; he still valued his friendship with Riko more. Reg was right that if that was the last time they’re going to see each other, it would be terrible to leave it at such a sour note. They even got to know more about Nat’s background before they left!