Post by Old Man Dream on Sept 29, 2019 22:50:44 GMT
Made in Abyss is set in a post-apocalyptic world where a giant hole known as the Abyss has its own ecosystem full of dangers and relics ventured through by Cave Raiders. An orphaned girl named Riko lives at an orphanage within a town near the Abyss where she typically ventures into the Abyss' upper layers, until she encounters a mysterious robot boy named Reg and comes upon some written evidence suggesting her mother may still be alive deep within the Abyss. Seeking to find her mother, Riko ventures deep into the Abyss with Reg to try finding her mother's whereabouts.
At a glance, Made in Abyss may seem like an innocuous anime between its simple-looking animation style and focus on the idealistic and innocent Riko as she commits to adventures within the Abyss and deciding to journey deep into it with Reg to seek her mother's whereabouts. Other elements of the series at a glance like its opening and closing sequences, as well as early episodes, would also have you think this would be some sort of innocuous series. But once Riko and Reg journey into the Abyss, those perceptions quickly go out the window. For all the beauty found in the Abyss, Made in Abyss isn't afraid to explore the dangers of venturing deep into it as Riko and Reg encounter worst dangers from the wildlife and "curse" of the Abyss as they venture deeper into it. The series is at times brutally realistic and graphic in depicting the harm that Riko and Reg risk and contend with with as they venture into the deeper layers of the Abyss. The fact these are children undergoing such a risky and realistic adventure may make things uneasy for younger and sensitive audiences, thus I wouldn't recommend either of those audiences see this series.
Beyond its deceptively innocent appearance though, Made in Abyss does offer up a strong foundation of world building and character exploration focusing on the Cave Raider society and the world of the Abyss. The Cave Raider society in the series is depicted as one where the nearby town's residents are naturally drawn to the Abyss and venture into it to seek out relics, serving as a vital source of income for the town and being a tradition for its populace. Due to the effects of the Abyss, some of the Cave Raiders have unique conditions that make them sensitive to being outside its confines lest they stay within or near it. The Cave Raiders have rankings dependent on their accomplishments within the Abyss in the form of whistles that they each wear. Higher-ranked raiders are capable of venturing into the deeper layers of the Abyss, knowing of the risks that the wildlife and "curse" would burden them with.
The series also has its fair share of character exploration as it has a number of mysteries that Riko and Reg become more entangled in as they venture deeper into the Abyss. Characters explored within the series are shown to have been affected physically and/or mentally in some form from their travels within the Abyss, each having varying views of their adventures that they impart upon Riko and Reg. The show's mysteries have some elements explored or foreshadowed to which include details on Riko's mother, Reg's lost memories, and the motives of Bondrewd. However, these mysteries are not fully resolved as the series does end inconclusively with an upcoming conflict hinted to in the show's final episode, which will likely be further explored within the upcoming third film adaptation of the series.
Overall, Made in Abyss offers a strong mix of adventure, drama, and mystery in exploring Riko and Reg's adventure through the layers of the Abyss, while finding themselves unknowingly being caught up in a number of mysteries connected to their travels or the Abyss itself. If you have the stomach to handle its rather brutal exploration of venturing into the Abyss and the peril that Reg and Riko often get into during their adventures, I would strongly recommend checking this series out.
Rating: 9 of 10
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