- Title: Made in Abyss
- Genres: Sci-fi, Adventure, Mystery, Drama, Fantasy (MAL)
- Studios: Kinema Citrus
- Episodes: 13 – 25min (Completed)
- Date: 7 July 2017 — 29 September 2017
The Abyss—a gaping chasm stretching down into the depths of the earth, filled with mysterious creatures and relics from a time long past. How did it come to be? What lies at the bottom? Countless brave individuals, known as Divers, have sought to solve these mysteries of the Abyss, fearlessly descending into its darkest realms. The best and bravest of the Divers, the White Whistles, are hailed as legends by those who remain on the surface.
Riko, daughter of the missing White Whistle Lyza the Annihilator, aspires to become like her mother and explore the furthest reaches of the Abyss. However, just a novice Red Whistle herself, she is only permitted to roam its most upper layer. Even so, Riko has a chance encounter with a mysterious robot with the appearance of an ordinary young boy. She comes to name him Reg, and he has no recollection of the events preceding his discovery. Certain that the technology to create Reg must come from deep within the Abyss, the two decide to venture forth into the chasm to recover his memories and see the bottom of the great pit with their own eyes. However, they know not of the harsh reality that is the true existence of the Abyss.
Made in Abyss is not your typical fun looking anime. Sure, the story revolves around two children, has adorable looking characters and has an exciting premise that screams adventure! Yet, from the anime’s first moments, we were clearly shown a world where the rules and laws were made clear. Where danger is very real. In many ways, Made in Abyss presents a nightmarish reality similar to that of acclaimed writer Hayao Miyazaki’s titles such as Spirited Away, where children were met with creatures that would only seem to live in their nightmares.
The anime repeatedly tosses its viewers into an environment of trepidation. Aside from Reg being a Robot, Riko is just a small girl the age of 12. It makes no sense that these children should even attempt a journey that was so dangerous, even well trained adults would fear having to journey. Yet, they stubbornly force their way through each depth of the abyss as we are left only hoping for their success.
What truly amplifies the show’s terror is that it mattered not that the protagonists were children, they would still be seen suffering from terrible events that would look brutal and gruesome even to a well-built adult. If anything, Akihito Tsukishi’s decision to have weak looking children venture into the abyss filled with tremendously strong monsters felt like a means for him to truly create a dark and terrifying world of nightmares and false promises.
“Nanachi, promise me this… even if Mitty isn’t around anymore, don’t take your own life.”Reg
Taking a step back from the narrative, the world that author Akihito Tsukishi created was absolutely breathtaking. Enchanting us with mysteries layered upon mysteries, the journey to the depths of the abyss, while terrifying, has such an allure that we obsessively will for the two children to continue confronting danger as they enter new fearsome territories. Oh but don’t forget, the deeper they go, the more intense the effects of the decompression sickness is going to be. The story is also complimented by the bewitching soundtracks that gave every moment a whole new aesthetic layer, with the ever so mysterious and fantastical world of the show being made to appear even more mystical.
“Deep within it, the Abyss creeps into your mind. Eventually, it’ll get your body as well. Unlike the curse from the 6th Layer, those don’t manifest immediately. For every expedition, you’ll stand at the precipice of death and insanity, twisting the skin off your head.”Ozen
Should I watch Made in Abyss?
If you’re always yearning for that adventure story, then Made in Abyss will present you with a world like none other. A world filled with beautiful sceneries with horrifying demons. It is, for the most part, a rather dark show, and is probably not for the faint of heart.
And even for those of you that were already eager to watch the show and did not need my measly review, at the very least you should be prepared. It can be sick and twisted, but for all the right reasons.
“May your journey overflow with curses and blessing.”Bondrewd