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.
#1: "Tabi no Hidarite, Saihate no Migite (旅の左手、最果ての右手)" by Riko (Miyu Tomita) and Nanachi (Shiori Izawa) #2: "Tabi no Hidarite, Saihate no Migite (旅の左手、最果ての右手)" by Riko (Miyu Tomita), Regu (Mariya Ise), and Nanachi (Shiori Izawa)
Now when I looked at this anime at first glance, I just completely skipped it. It would like a typical kids show that would be a waste of time. But here we are, four weeks in, and I'm having a fucken boner.
Made in Abyss is an anime that is animated by Ninema Citrus. At first glance, it doesn't look like an anime that people would be praising to no end, and I was no different. But three weeks again, and I hear nothing but praise for this anime, so I watched it for myself. And my god, am I amazed at how amazing this anime
is. There are so many things that the anime does right, and the more I watch, the more I see the amazing art of this anime.
(Note: this review will be updated with every new ep. Animation, enjoyment and Sound's score is permanent unless there are noticeable slip ups, but plot and character scores will vary)
Two words: LOVE IT!
It's these kinds of anime that intrigues me the most. An anime that misleads you to think one thing, but really it's another. And combine that with a brilliant mixture of things done well, and your off to be an amazing anime.
The plot so far is being executed really well. The main points that the audience needs to know are being told, such as immediately spilling the beans that adventure isn't the easy going thing that we all thought the anime and even the main character would be, which like mentioned above, I love that kind of misleading that the anime has. And indeed it delivered on that aspect, which I'm extremely happy that they did, as it reinforces the point above. Having the perspective of the main character is good idea for an adventure anime like this. You want to see how the MC grows, which I'll get to why we want her to grow later on the review.
The story can get complex, but the pacing is slow enough to digest the information, but at the same time has that fast pace to not be overly quick, which is a trap that most adventure animes fall into. Quite impressed since not many shows can do it correctly.
The elements are very well done. It definitely sticks to the genres of the anime. My only issue is that a theme hasn't really being established yet, but it's a working progress to establish it.
I cannot think of an anime this season that has a better start than Made in Abyss. It executes the plot really well and the pacing is a perfect fit for the genre of the anime. Although a theme hasn't been made yet, I'll give it time.
The characters I am definitely see be a very high point in the series, and there are various reasons for that.
To begin with, I love how immature the main character, Riko is, as she is a child, which adds some relatable and realistic meaning to this anime. Riko is this kid that doesn't see the real dangers of the Abyss and is unpredictable as hell, which I love that, since that is what kids. We don't see the dangers and never know what to do next. Regu is also a potentially good character, being this mysterious robot in the anime who is a perfect pair with Riko that she needs. It's cute to see them together, and I hope their story expands as the anime go on.
I can't really talk about development yet, but I definitely can see the potential since Riko is a child, and how Regu is a robot which they can develop in one way or another.
The side characters were not forgotten. They get their fair share of screen times so that they are not forgotten by the audience, which is quite good since it shows that it's not always about Riko.
Unfortunately. No waifus in this anime sadly, otherwise it'll be accounted for the child police.
Overall, it's a early call, but I say that the characters are really what is going to be the making of this anime. We have a good cast which with no doubt will develop as characters, so I hope this is the case.
Amazing. I am just speechless about how good this animation is. At first I thought it would be average, until I actually came to watch it.
The character designs are a perfect fit to every character, having quite well chosen color palettes that just works, and along with the fact that the kids are chibis adds to the whole idea of immaturity, which is a plus.
Animation is to a sound standard, nothing too much to talk about here besides of how well every scene plays out.
The animation reminds me of Little Witch Academia. It's this weird but stunning animation that fits into the atmosphere of the anime extremely well. This is really unique, and Ninema Citrus must be commended for creating this dark atmosphere that is suppose to highlight the dangers of the Abyss, which Riko doesn't see.
Backgrounds further adds to this dark atmosphere, being this really weird but amusing mix of colors that just fits into it brilliantly.
Overall, animation is great, with each element adding to the atmosphere to create the dark nature of the Abyss. The style is definitely one of its kind with me not seeing anything similar to it. Ninema Citrus, I underestimated you, and with that I'm sorry.
The music is so damn good, and the voice actors play their parts as kids brilliantly.
The opening is fucken amazing, I love the song so much. It has that catchy tone that makes you want to join in the adventure yourself. When is the full version coming out? I NEED IT IN MY LIFE NOW!
The ending is quite sweet, and so I don't have that many complaints about it.
Voice acting is really good. They all sounded like real kids, you know, immature, a little annoying, but I like it.
Yea, I don't have too many complaints about the sound of the anime. The OP and Ed are amazing, and the voice acting is good.
I am so into watching this anime. It has the right amount of mystery and questions to get me engaged in watching the next ep of the anime, which gets me so hyped for the next Ep to come. This is quite an achievement, considering how low my expectations are for this season's roundup, so kudos for that.
The praise it gets isn't false rumors, but truths.
Made in Abyss is just a wonderful anime, and the sleeper of the season by far. It has by far the best 3 Eps, and it just does so many things right, such as executing the main idea, having characters that can develop drastically, amazing animation and great music to create such an amazing atmosphere. I have very high hopes, so this anime, don't let me down!
Made in Abyss hearkens back to the root of fantasy: a spirited adventure in a fantastical setting. And it does so beautifully with one of the best kind of protagonist a fantasy story could have: a wide eyed kid who’s just as enthralled by the wonders of her world as we should be.
The strength and potential of this series lies in two parts: setting and character.
At its core, a fantasy series is a celebration of the grandeur of the human imagination. And here, in this series, we have an Abyss, with it’s own layers potentially having different ecosystems filled with their own wondrous creatures and
the variety of interactions and interrelationships that it entails, presented to us with the eyes full of childish wonder and amazement.
Yes, the main character is a kid filled with the sense of invulnerability and utter fearlessness that is typical of the sweet summer of youth. But that enhances the kind of story this is more than it takes away. All too often we have protagonists who are jaded by the wonders their world has to offer. To quote my praise for Kemono no Souja Erin, that we can see the brave new worlds through the lens of a kid experiencing them just as we are is a treat that should not be missed.
And rest assured, the journey will lead to her growth: a journey within a journey, if you will.
The world of Made in Abyss is a fascinating one. It is filled with strange creatures and relics of a time long forgotten. Most fascinating though, is the Abyss. At the centre of the town of Oosu, there lies a pit which stretches far into the Earth. No one knows how far or has ever made it down to the bottom. In the Abyss, there are a multitude of relics that can be found and sold to foreign countries. The brave people who go into the pit are called Cave Raiders and they form the backbone of the economy in Oosu, the buying
and selling of these precious relics. But it is dangerous work, and many die while in the Abyss. This story is about a girl named Riko and her friend, Reg who traverse the Abyss, hoping to find Riko’s mother and to seek answers about Reg’s past. Made in Abyss produced by studio Kinema Citrus has captivated the curiosity of its viewers through an excellent use of worldbuilding, great characters, and stellar art and sound direction.
Made in Abyss is a prime example of how to do worldbuilding right. The first episode starts off with some excellent shots of the Abyss. We see a waterfall and lush green vegetation as we are introduced to our protagonist Riko. To put it bluntly, the world of Made in Abyss looks gorgeous. To top it off, there is expansive worldbuilding that fleshes out the setting of the story. The first four episodes are chock full of worldbuilding but it is never boring. We are not told everything, but get to witness certain events take place and learn more about the world through it. A great example of this is the classroom in the orphanage. Riko’s mother is down in the Abyss and since her father is dead, she is placed in an orphanage. There, the children learn the skills necessary to become cave raiders. In the classroom where the children learn, there is great amounts of verticality. Their desks are attached high up onto a wall; they need to climb just to get to their seats. It’s with moments such as this that it becomes clear that there has been great care put into the world of Made in Abyss. This effort put in really shows and it helps to really immerse the viewer into the story.
The two main character that we have met so far in Made in Abyss are Riko and Reg or Regu. Riko is a bright bubbly person and loves just about cave raiding. She wishes to reach heights of fame comparable to that of Lyza, her mother and become a white whistler, the highest rank of all cave raiders. She is very inquisitive and her energetic nature is positively infectious. It was a nice touch to see how immature she is when thinking about the dangers of the Abyss. Reg is a robot who met Riko when he saved her from a beast in the Abyss. He had no idea how he got there but Riko had a hunch that he was from the bottom of the Abyss. He is quite shy and lacks confidence. He has recollection of where he came from and follows Riko into the Abyss to hopefully get answers as to who he is and where he came from. The great thing about these characters is that they react according to their character traits, but are not so far removed from reality that they act like a stereotype or a trope. Currently, they are developing into mature into multifaceted characters, and I hope it stays that way rather than regressing into simple caricatures.
The sound design and the artwork for this show is stunning. As I mentioned before, the background art is amazing. Props need to be given to Osamu Masuyama, who has also worked on beautiful pieces such as Your Name and Spirited Away. The sound design for this show was also amazing. It would be better if you just listened to it instead of me talking about it.
Overall, Made in Abyss is a story about a two friends as they adventure into the depths of the Abyss that is held up mainly by its worldbuilidng, art and sound, but also has characters that are great due to their well-roundness and their ability to entertain the viewer.
A pit where the further you go down the more dangerous it is to return. It's a good series with a interesting idea, the kind of thing I would love to do myself.
Story: Orphans that grow up heading into the abyss, one day one of them meets a strange thing within it, and soon starts a journey to discover the truth of the abyss, It's the kind of thing I love. I always find dungeon and exploring and monsters enjoyable.
Art: it's amazing some of the best I think, really nice feel to
Characters: each one has their own personalities especially the main couple, and the side chars too, I realy hope the quality of this keeps up.
Enjoyment and overall: A great start so far, to a great series, hopefully this one won't let down, but it's high on my list of shows I wait each week to watch more of.