After Episode 5 of Made in Abyss, I am pretty sure that none of us still thinks that this is only just a cutesy sci-fi fantasy show. It turned one shade darker, making us, and our protagonists, realize the reality of what they’re facing. Like any other adventures to untouched lands, this is no walk in the park!
Japanese Original Episode Title: 火葬砲
As soon as Riko and Reg started traversing through the 2nd layer, they’re immediately in danger!! That was seriously messed up! The second layer of the Abyss was very different from the previous one and shouldn’t be underestimated. Anyone who goes there thinking it’s just a goldmine for curious travelers better think twice about going in it. Aside from the unknown but dangerous creatures that lurked around every corner, the terrain was very scary and unpredictable!
Near-death experience: I bet we all had the same look of horror on our faces when we realized that the corpse-weeper was the one crying for help, having copied the voice of what it was eating! That was terrifying! Just when you thought that the customs of Orth was weird, seeing a scene like that defined ‘messed up’! To top it off, Riko almost died too! I was literally on the edge of my seat waiting for what was going to happen! But, then again, her adventure with Reg was just starting so it would’ve been quite an abrupt ending if she just died like that, right? Well, the suspense was just so intense that I couldn’t help but get carried away (no pun intended) and forget that fact.
Incinerator: Insert victory fanfare sounds because Reg just unlocked a new skill! Though not really all that new because he already used it to save Riko once before they officially met, but since he did forget about it, guess we should just call it a newly remembered skill, huh? But, goodness gracious, was that a close call! In trying to save her, he almost got her caught up in the blast too! This episode was just packed with close calls! In any case, Riko did have a great point that he seemed to have a pretty good control over his Incinerator when he first saved her, so he just needed to hone that skill again! Reg needs more EXP!
Perspective: Riko’s optimism and go-getter attitude had always been surprising me ever since this series started, but her point of view here took the cake. I mean, she almost died back there, and now she casually ate what almost ate her! What doesn’t eat you, you eat instead? That’s so hardcore! That wasn’t even the worst of it, but the fact that it was eating a human like them just earlier, forget about explaining to me the philosophy behind it. I’ll go gag somewhere else. Kidding aside, Riko having this point of view and making it seem so matter-of-course helped me realize more clearly that her personality was really deeply influenced by the culture of Orth, just like the way the adults around her have treated her and Reg’s rogue cave raiding. It shouldn’t be that surprising anymore, I guess; She knew almost all of the nooks and crannies of the Abyss by heart, what more internalizing Orth’s way of life?