Made in Abyss did it again! It made me feel so many different emotions, mostly heartwarming and nerve-wracking at the same time! That’s why I will never stop being in awe of this spectacular show! And it just keeps getting more and more interesting: the story, the characters’ development, and the lore!
Japanese Original Episode Title: 大断層
Our amateur duo have come so far, huh? They’re already in the Netherworld’s third layer! Which means that it just got more dangerous! They need to step up their game if they want to survive, especially Riko if, for example, the situation calls for her to be alone without Reg to rely on!
The Great Fault: Finally seeing the third layer of the Abyss, I can now say that ‘mind-blowing’ is somewhat of an understatement. It looked so glorious, but also incredibly treacherous! With those monsters flying around, eating whatever prey gets in their line of sight, it’s a free-for-all hunting ground! Thankfully, Ozen told them of the safest way to descend; I thought it was just gonna be one big drop! Anyone who ever went there without knowing of the shafts would’ve been an easy snack for those creatures, or a flat mess on the ground. So really, thanks Ozen! I never imagined that even in a huge cavity as that, there’d still be an actual ecosystem where the preys would provide food and their lair would provide a shelter to the cave raiders! It’s really just amazing!
Danger!: It also slipped my mind that the predators would also need places to stay in! A few times I’ve thought that maybe one of the big ones would suddenly appear from inside the caves. However, I often dismissed it since I figured only the neritantans lived there. I stand corrected! Good thing Reg was incredibly alert, but also still inexperienced. He did make sure that the madokajack wouldn’t pose a threat to Riko anymore, but failed to take into account that there’d be other threats. Well, I guess no one knew the crimson split-jaw they met earlier would come back for them! Fortunately they managed to get away safely before he went out of commission. Whew! However…
Riko’s solo misadventures: It’s a known fact that not a lot of people can resist a grumbling stomach, so it definitely spelled trouble for Riko when she couldn’t resist hers! I thought she could probably just sleep it off till Reg woke up, but nope! She just had to try looking for food even though she didn’t know the terrain all too well, plus she was lugging around an unconscious robot! (By the way, I noticed that, at first, she was having a hard time pulling him, but eventually she was able to carry him while running around! Did she get muscles that fast? Welp.) Oh Riko! If it wasn’t for her quick thinking and multiple close calls, Reg would’ve woken up to her dead body! Or worse, he would have died with her! Even the fact that he woke up in time to save Riko; that was really fortunate!