Art & Music
Hats off to Kinema Citrus for a job well done! Week in and week out, I saw nothing but quality art and animation! I gotta admit that their adaptation of the mangaka, Akihito Tsukushi’s visualization of the Abyss was what made the show more magical to watch! The backgrounds were eye candy, the character designs were simple yet memorable, and I don’t remember seeing any movement or any drawing out of place becoming a distraction. This was such a beautiful anime adaptation overall that it can come close to a movie! I could clearly see the pains it took all the staff just to make this series visually appealing and make the viewers’ experience worthwhile!
Then there’s the background music! Oh my goodness, don’t even get me started! It’s totally my aesthetic! I didn’t think that I could fall in love with soundtracks like this! The visuals were already fantastic, but from beginning till the end, the BGM upgraded my overall experience! They just matched so well together! It’s like I was playing an RPG whenever the duo went on their adventure or discovered some new info! And when it was time for drama or silliness, it heightened my feelings! Not to mention the voice actors were superb in bringing the characters to life, especially the seiyuu of Riko and Reg, Miyu Tomita and Mariya Ise !
Themes & Trivia
Mutual dependence: Like I mentioned earlier, Riko and Reg’s friendship and partnership were just so lovely to see! They are amazing on their own, but they’d never survive without the other! Surely the only reason they’ve been able to come so far compared to the others with their level of experience was that they had each other to rely on!
Motivation and determination: Different cave raiders have different reasons why they want to risk their lives in the depths of the netherworld. Some of them go for fame, others for the money, but most go for the knowledge. Their level of determination depends on how much they want these things. Riko went for her mother, and she kept on going despite the hurdles because her love for her was so strong.
Survival adventure: It takes an incredible amount of skills, know-how, and guts to challenge the great chasm, especially since it’s not only the terrain that could possibly kill you but the creatures as well! And even if you can get past them all, heading up will be quite the problem because of the Curse of the Abyss.
Made in Abyss has certainly earned a spot on my list of favorite series! It’s such a rare but precious gem of a show, and I hope a lot more people discover it and fall in love with it just as I did! The stunning visuals, the lovable characters, the marvelous writing and all of the suffering it contained, everything was just splendid! I really, really hope we get another season with this quality, or even better!
Click on the photo to read the report: From Made in Abyss Screening Report: Voice actresses Miyu Tomita (Riko), Mariya Ise (Reg), and Shiori Izawa (Nanachi) appeared on stage along with director Masayuki Kojima and producer Shinpei Yamashita.