So the first episode of Made in Abyss, an anime that I’ve been anticipating for, for quite some time finally came out a couple of days ago and from the first episode, it wasn’t all too bad actually.
To give you a quick synopsis of the story of the anime, its about an enormous cave system, known as the Abyss, is the only unexplored place in the world. Nobody knows how deep down goes this titanic pit, inhabited by strange and wondrous creatures and full of mysterious ancient relics which purpose in unknown to modern man. Generations of bold adventurers have been drawn by the cryptic depths of the Abyss. In course of time those bold enough to explore the dangerous pit came to be known as “Cave Raiders.”
The visual art-style and animation is what caught my interest initially and finally seeing it in motion was great and really did a great job in setting the tone for the world and I already like the characters in the anime.
It starts out with two young cave raiders, Nat and Riku who are exploring the surface levels of the abyss. We learn that the cave raiders are responsible for the funding of the orphanage by finding and presenting these relics to the Warden and leader. The more you find, the deeper you can go, and Riku is eager to reach the deeper ends of the Abyss in order to find her mother.
Soon after Nat gets attacked by one of the monsters of the abyss and loses consciousness. As such Riku is forced to distracted the monster and the chase begins. Reaching the end of the road, Riku gets trapped by the monster, only to suddenly get saved by a mysterious boy-robot. She takes the boy-robot home to her orphanage, and that’s where we learn of what happened to all the parents of these children and why these kids are been told to explore the Abyss.
It turns out that their parent lowkey abandoned them in pursuit of fame and adventure and left these kids in the hands of the Leader and the Warden. That’s kinda messed up when you think about it. It’s kinda like what Ging did to Gon. Anyways later we see Riku take Regu outside to show him the scope of the abyss and where he is supposedly from.
Since this was the first episode, there isn’t much to say about so I’ll talk about how I felt about the characters in the anime. Lets start with Regu. It’s been revealed right off the bat that Regu is supposedly an robot who woke up on the surface level of the abyss. Now what’s interesting here is that Regu is aware of certain things while oblivious on other things. He understands certain emotions, like humiliation and embarrassment, an example been when he found out that he was named after Rico’s dog but doesn’t know the first thing about himself. So I get the feeling that he may not be a robot after all, but instead an android.
Riku, Nat and the other cave raiders all are pretty interesting too and their interaction with each other made the first episode interesting. I’m looking forward to watching this anime and seeing what lies in the depths of the abyss. Overall it was good episode, the pacing was good and the humor was to some degree, passable for now.