Monday, December 18, 2017

Made in Abyss anime review

Made in Abyss is seemingly child-like anime about a girl and her robot who go on this adventure deep into the abyss. What I mean by seemingly is that while the art style and the songs makes the anime's target audience seem like kids, there are a lot of scary things that happen that would scar any young child for life and would probably require lots of therapy to overcome.

To be honest, most of the first season of Made in Abyss is pretty bland. Riko and the robot boy Regu have aren't that interesting of a pairing. Their adventure felt more suited for an Ico style game and Made in Abyss didn't seem much more than a typical adventure anime.

However, it does two things well; world building as in providing little details about this society of Divers who live around this abyss and juxtaposing the child like feel of the show with the mature contents. I would not have kept watching if someone did not recommend Made in Abyss to me.

Made in Abyss finally hits its stride when you meet the third member of the group Nanachi and she has a lot more chemistry with Regu than Riko has. Riko is just too boring and not very useful.

And then Made in Abyss hit me with the most devastating ending in all of anime, except for the eclipse in Berserk. Made in Abyss is for two types of people; first are people who have too much happiness in life and want to feel what its like to have their heart split in two and people you hate because the ending of Made in Abyss will crush their spirits.

After the soul destroying ending, the question is is it worth continuing with Made in Abyss? Certainly the chemistry between the characters is improved with Nanachi and the show presents so many questions to be answered. Will the gimmick of the anime be emotionally draining revelations?

Made in Abyss is a watchable anime provided you can survive the ho-hum first half. I won't be rushing to watch the second season when it comes out but the first season of Made in Abyss is an anime I will never forget.

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