Suspense! Action! Comedy! Cuteness! The newest chapter of Made in Abyss has it all! I was both super excited and super concerned for what was going to happen, and even until the end I still felt that way. You really can’t help but be hooked!
Japanese Original Episode Title: アビスの淵
Riko and Reg’s adventure towards the depths of the netherworld has finally begun! Just as I was hoping for, there’s more to what we’ve been introduced to the Abyss when the children were still under the orphanage’s guidance. But then again, as the level of wonder rose, so did the danger! There’s also still the matter of being discovered and taken back to the surface by the adults! They left undetected and without warning, after all, so that made them kind of like fugitives, right? Well, as long as they’re together, with Riko’s knowledge and Reg’s skills, they should probably be fine…I hope.
Morning at the first layer:Reg seems quite adept at this survival gig! His security measure to keep them safe as they slept was a great idea! Against outside forces it served as a shield, because no one can get inside, and as an alarm, because Reg was immediately alerted by the slightest touch! Seeing both of them get some sound sleep after arriving at the Abyss tugged at my heartstrings too. Then there was the other handy survival skill Reg had: fishing! He didn’t even need any tools! His robot arms sure were convenient for many things! Of course, Riko wasn’t one to lose when it came to ensuring their survival! She knew a good recipe to help make their meal quite delicious. Her knowledge about the things of the Abyss was incomparable as an asset! She even seemed to have the facts memorized at heart, as she was pretty quick to think of what the things she saw were, like the web from the spider-like Silkfang, and knowing that they never leave their territory! With each of Riko and Reg’s skills, I feel like their chances of surviving to the bottom of the netherworld are higher!
Leader’s final lesson: Good grief! Here I was thinking that Leader was going to be shocked when he found out that the two disappeared into the night! But he actually already had an inkling of what the mischievous Riko was going to do that he prepared copies of the documents her mother wrote beforehand and slipped it into Reg’s back pocket! I didn’t even realize that in the previous episode! He also might’ve already known that Reg was a relic from the Abyss, too, or at least that he was just faking his real identity and that Riko was behind it! (Maybe the name of her dog really gave it away?) Guess all that time having known her for 10 years paid off! I still feel too bad that he never got to see them one last time, though. But I’m also hoping he was already thinking that he wouldn’t,since if they managed to evade all of the search parties, then they’ll be fine to descend to the depths, somehow.
Habo’s help:I’m curious as to why Shiggy and Nat asked someone else to help their friends get past the Seeker’s Camp when it would have risked their whole goal. Why did it have to be Habo? Although, even more curious was why Habo actually listened to the their request instead of forcibly bringingRiko and Reg back! I’m sure every one of us was expecting that he’d stop them. He even gave them a few supplies, plus some advice about the guardian of the Seeker Camp, Ozen the Immovable! Makes you wonder why they should be wary of the person who saved Riko when she was a baby, huh? Anyway, I guess that’s just how it is in Orth: the time for them to go back to the Abyss, as is their belief, will come sooner or later.
No turning back: Their journey through the first layer seemed quite fast and easy because they only had to climb down using Reg’s extendable arms, and they only encountered one monster. However, they have now arrived at the second layer, where the atmosphere is way darker than the first, which means more dangerous. With anunfamiliar terrain, and menacing creatures, no wonder its considered suicide when a Red Whistle ventures in it! And what about the Curse of the Abyss here? Riko seemed to have already been feeling the effects while they were still on higher ground. Now, maybe we’ll soon find out why it’s called the Forest of Temptation, or if it’s just a name.
Themes & Trivia
Independence: When children reach legal age, they’re free to leave the nest and go on their own way. To be ready before that day comes, though, they are being trained to be independent in certain areas, like running errands or doing chores.Meanwhile, parents have different responses to when it’s time to part ways with their children. Some are probably like Habo who knew that the day will eventually come, while some might be like Leader who will first check if they’re ready.
The way the writers establish ideas without letting any of the characters mention them really amazes me, though it isn’t without faults. Just by showing situations clearly and having confidence that the viewer will get what it means, they’re able to save both time and improve the flow of the story, making it more natural. Like when they wanted to let us know that Riko and Reg slept safely and how it was possible, as well as why the second layer is already dangerous territory. But, I also wish that they cleared up more parts: a more definite reason why Habo listened to Shiggy and Nat, and if the two boys just didn’t think it through or they actually knew that Habo would help them out. I hope I just didn’t miss or forget subtle hints from the previous episodes, though. Let me know if I did!
On your own
So we’ve reached the second layer. It sounds like there’s only a few more left till the end goal, but the number of layers mean nothing compared to just how deep our two protagonists still have to go through! Imagine what sorts of things await them!
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