Made in Abyss is the latest Kinema Citrus show and it is one of the few very promising shows so far this season.
The story takes place on some island which has this ginormous hole which never ends. A lot of people have come to this island to explore its bottomless pit and hunt for possible treasures. In time, a whole city developed around the pit, called the Abyss for obvious reasons.
They’ve made this world very intriguing. The backgrounds are generally solid and they’ve made the world look very good. Through proper staging and Riko’s enthusiasm, they’ve made this world very interesting and made you want to see what exactly lies in the Abyss. Staging techniques to make places look vast or cramped are used all the time in animations, but here it is very evident. The variety of angles with which they show the world really brings out its nature.
There are big monsters flying around, relics of ancient times scattered everywhere which cost fortunes, giant trees all around, crevices in the mountains which really feel cramped; there’s a whole lot of stuff to explore here. They’ve made things such that you would want to go there yourself and see what lies in the Abyss and explore its origins.
It’s not just the outside world, the insides of some buildings are shown which add to the overpopulated and cramped feel of this island. The classroom for the kids, for example, extends vertically as the desks are attached to a wall to make up for the lack of horizontal space.
The robot kid is very important since he seemingly came from the Abyss. He doesn’t have memories of the time before he gained consciousness; he didn’t even know that he was a robot, let alone anything else. He has gotten the hang of his robot powers but he doesn’t know who he is. With this kid exploring his origins, we’re also going to learn about the Abyss and what exactly it is. This kid along with those relics and the graves all about hint that maybe there was some civilization on this island at some point and something happened which caused their eradication or caused them to end up at the bottom of the Abyss.
Riko is a fairly interesting character. Apart from being adorable, she’s quite likable and her enthusiasm helps in making this world all the more intriguing.
The animation here is very polished. Most of character movements here could be called sakuga because of how neat they are. Each movement is smooth and neatly animated with attention to detail and subtlety the actions should have. There are some instances of realism too like how Riko hops on one foot after stubbing her toe. The character acting as a whole is really good here.
Made in Abyss brings us an intriguing world coupled with some beautiful animation. Adorable little Riko makes things all the more worth watching as she’s a protagonist you would want to follow. There are mysteries surrounding the Abyss and the boy which are worth looking forward to.
If we believe most of the source material fans out there, this show may not stay like this for long. The episode had an overall lighthearted feel except for the few minutes near the start where Riko was being chased by a monster. These few minutes show that Made in Abyss isn’t afraid of putting its characters in some serious danger, which it may do later on too.
All in all, Made in Abyss is really worth checking out for some neat animation, fun characters, an intriguing world and possibly some exciting adventure.
This was one of the season’s most interesting debuts. Watch the best illustrations of this below:
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