Made in Abyss
|Made in Abyss|
Volume 1 cover, featuring Reg (top) and Riko (bottom), in front of the Abyss.
(Meido in Abisu)
|Genre||Adventure, dark fantasy, science fiction|
|Written by||Akihito Tsukushi|
|Magazine||Web Comic Gamma|
|Original run||October 20, 2012 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Masayuki Kojima|
|Written by||Hideyuki Kurata|
|Music by||Kevin Penkin|
|Original network||AT-X, Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, Sun TV, KBS, TVQ, STS, BS11|
|Original run||July 7, 2017 – September 29, 2017|
|Anime film series|
|Directed by||Masayuki Kojima|
|Written by||Hideyuki Kurata|
|Music by||Kevin Penkin|
|Released||January 4, 2019 (Part 1)|
January 18, 2019 (Part 2)
|Runtime||119 minutes (Part 1)|
108 minutes (Part 2)
|Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul|
|Directed by||Masayuki Kojima|
|Written by||Hideyuki Kurata|
|Music by||Kevin Penkin|
|Released||January 17, 2020|
Made in Abyss (Japanese: メイドインアビス, Hepburn: Meido in Abisu) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akihito Tsukushi. It has been serialized online in Takeshobo's digital publication Web Comic Gamma since 2012 and has been collected into nine tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by Kinema Citrus aired its first season from July 7 to September 29, 2017. A sequel film premiered in Japan on January 17, 2020. It was scheduled to be released in U.S. on April 11, 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The story follows an orphaned young girl, Riko, who finds and befriends a humanoid robot Reg and descends with him into the titular "Abyss", that leads deep into the Earth, in hopes of finding her mother.
An orphaned girl named Riko lives in the Belchero Orphanage in the town of Orth. The town surrounds a strange, giant hole going deep into the earth, which is commonly called the Abyss. The Abyss harbors artifacts and remnants of a civilization long gone, and is therefore the popular hunting spot for so-called Cave Raiders, who undertake arduous and dangerous descents into the mist-filled pit to recover whatever relics they can find. Returning from the Abyss can be dangerous as "the Curse of the Abyss," a mysterious and potentially fatal malady, manifests upon ascension. The deeper one goes, the more acute the effects of the curse; few who have descended into the lower regions have returned to tell of their experiences. Some legendary Cave Raiders earn the title of White Whistle, one of them being Riko's mother, Lyza.
Riko's longing in life is to follow in her mother's footsteps and become a White Whistle. One day she discovers a robot resembling a human boy in the Abyss and names him Reg. Riko and her friends sneak Reg into Belchero and quickly welcome him into their close-knit group. Some time later, a balloon reaches the surface from the depths of the Abyss containing pages of discoveries made by Lyza, as well as a message for Riko stating she is waiting at the bottom of the Abyss. Riko, determined to find her mother, bids farewell to her friends and departs to the Abyss with Reg as her companion.
- Riko (リコ)
- Voiced by: Miyu Tomita (Japanese); Brittany Lauda (English)
- Riko is an energetic and trouble-prone 12-year-old girl who wants to emulate her mother, a legendary Cave Raider named Lyza the Annihilator who disappeared in the Abyss ten years ago. Riko is currently a Cave Raider-in-training at the Belchero Orphanage. Despite strict orphanage policy on turning over all finds to pay for operating costs, she has secretly taken possession of one of her finds, the Star Compass, which she hopes to use in her exploration of the Abyss. Her mother gave birth to her during a mission in the Abyss. Lyza and Ozen subsequently brought Riko back from the depths of the abyss using a relic regarded as the 'Curse Repelling Vessel'. However, as a result of the Curse, Riko wears glasses as she develops a headache if she does not view the world through a crystal lens.
- Reg (レグ, Regu)
- Voiced by: Mariya Ise (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)
- An amnesic robot with the appearance of a human boy. He can also consume organic food despite being a machine. Having no memory of his own name, he was named “Reg” after a dog Riko used to own. His mechanical arms are extensible, and can also fire a deadly energy beam capable of melting even stone, which Riko dubs the "Incinerator". Reg's accompanying helmet seems to flash mysteriously changing patterns each time it is placed on his head. The lights on the helmet seem to indicate the amount of energy Reg possesses, and Nanachi has hinted that once the lights go out if Reg does not recharge he may cease to function.
- Nanachi (ナナチ)
- Voiced by: Shiori Izawa (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski (English)
- Nanachi is a Hollow (成れ果て, Narehate)[a] with somewhat rabbit-like features. As a human child, Nanachi resided in the slums, scavenging for food and written media, eating from the trash and learning to read ancient glyphs. Nanachi befriends a young girl named Mitty, and together they were sent down to the sixth layer in one of Bondrewd's experiments. On their return, Nanachi's humanity was partially lost, while Mitty lost all of her humanity and became a grotesque, immortal assortment of flesh and misshapen limbs. Nanachi escaped with Mitty from Bondrewd's laboratory to spare her the pain of his cruel experiments, cared for her until after her physical death, and then agreed to join Riko and Reg on their travels to the lower layers. Nanachi uses gender-neutral pronouns, and the writer has left Nanachi's gender intentionally ambiguous.[b]
- Mitty (ミーティ, Mīti)
- Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)
- A strange, amorphous creature that lives with Nanachi on the 4th Layer of The Abyss. In the past, Mitty was a normal human girl (with red hair and light skin) who lived with Nanachi and a large group of other orphan children in a mechanical, cave-like area. As a result of being sent to the sixth level by Bondrewd, her appearance resembles that of a misshapen cat with a large mouth, one eye, and the personality of a friendly dog. The Curse also made her "immortal" and Bondrewd carried out gruesome experiments on her to test her recovery from potentially fatal injuries. Mitty also has the ability to provide antidotes to the Abyss' poisonous creatures.
- Director (院長, Inchō)
- Voiced by: Yōko Sōmi (Japanese); Julie Oliver-Touchstone (English)
- The director of Belchero Orphanage in the city of Orth. She is quite stern, and has some interesting punishments for children who disobey the rules of the orphanage.
- Jiruo (ジルオ) / Leader (リーダー, Rīdā)
- Voiced by: Taishi Murata (Japanese); Daniel Regojo (English)
- A young assistant instructor ("Moon Whistle") at the Belchero Orphanage, who used to be a mentee of Lyza's, caring for Riko after she was born. While he is stern, he is also extremely perceptive and keen-minded, and behind his seemingly uncaring facade he is a compassionate and honest soul. He is commonly called "Leader" by his students. He is currently in his 20s.
- Nat (ナット, Natto)
- Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura (Japanese); Shannon Emerick (English)
- Nat is one of Riko's friends at the Orphanage. It is hinted that he has feelings for her, as he was the one most firmly against her descent into the Abyss.
- Shiggy (シギー, Shigī)
- Voiced by: Manami Numakura (Japanese); Terri Doty (English)
- Shiggy is another of Riko's friends at the Orphanage. He helped Riko hide Reg's true nature from the adults and like Nat, knew of Riko's plans to search for her mother in the Abyss. Shiggy seems adept at swiping restricted items for his and the group's benefit.
- Kiyui (キユイ)
- Voiced by: Manami Hanawa (Japanese); Kalin Coates (English)
- The youngest orphan at Belchero, and one of Riko's friends. Kiyui has yet to reach the status of red whistle, so he wears a bell and takes part in daily chores at the orphanage while the red whistles are out training.
- Habolg (ハボルグ, Haborugu)
- Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (Japanese); John Swasey (English)
- A friendly, familiar Black Whistle who delivered Lyza's White Whistle and final notes to the surface, and supported the two main characters shortly after their departure. He is often visited by Riko and her friends when not out on expedition, and referred to by Riko as "Uncle".
- Ozen (オーゼン, Ōzen)
- Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (Japanese); Christine Auten (English)
- A White Whistle known as "Ozen the Immovable", in charge of the seeker camp on the second layer. She was Lyza's mentor and helped her bring Riko back to the surface after she was stillborn. It is revealed that Ozen cared for Lyza deeply, despite her tough persona, and Ozen promised Lyza to send Riko down to her if the circumstance presented itself. Ozen has embedded numerous relics in her body that grant her enormous vigor and strength. It is also stated by Habolg that Ozen has been cave raiding for at least 50 years.
- Marulk (マルルク, Maruruku)
- Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki (Japanese); Kelley Peters (English)
- A Blue Whistle and Ozen's assistant, who befriends Riko and Reg during their stay at the camp. Marulk looks like a girl and wears a blue maid dress but uses the masculine pronoun boku. It is inferred that Ozen forces Marulk to dress this way.
- Lyza (ライザ, Raiza)
- Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese); Shelley Calene-Black (English)
- Riko's mother. She is the former mentee of Ozen's, and one of the few Cave Raiders to obtain the rank of White Whistle, with the title of "Lyza the Annihilator". It is mentioned that she not only conquered many hazards of the Abyss, but also fought raiding parties of foreign nations.
- Bondrewd (ボンドルド, Bondorudo)
- Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese); David Harbold (English)
- A White Whistle of ill repute, "Bondrewd the Novel" is in charge of Idofront, the Cave Raiders' forward Operating Base in the fifth layer, guarding the gateway to the sixth layer of the Abyss. He is the one responsible for several unethical experiments on children, including the one which transformed Nanachi and Mitty into Hollows.
- Prushka (プルシュカ, Purushuka)
- Voiced by: Inori Minase
- Bondrewd's adopted daughter, who has spent her entire life in the fifth layer. Loves Bondrewd and calls him "Papa". Prushka befriends Riko and desires to help her in her adventure into the Abyss.
- Meinya (メイニャ, Meinya)
- Meinya is a pet and loyal companion Bondrewd gave to Prushka as a gift when she was much younger and highly traumatized. Sniffing Meinya's fur seems to grant at least temporary immunity to the fifth layer curse by letting the sniffer see and thus follow Meinya's path.
Sages of Ganja
- Wazukyan (ワズキャン)
- Captain of the Ganja fleet who prophesied Vueloeluko's arrival.
- Belafu (ベラフ, Berafu)
- Accompanied Wazukyan, Vueloeluko on their voyage to find The Abyss using the Star Compass as their guide.
- Vueloeluko (ヴエロエルコ, Vueroeruko)
- Opposed the creation of Ilblu Village after the discovery of The Golden City, and was banished and imprisoned in a dark, sticky pit of mud below the village. She prefers to be called Vueko (ヴエコ) due to her long name.
Akihito Tsukushi began serializing the manga on Takeshobo's Web Comic Gamma website in 2012. Since then, the series has been compiled into nine tankōbon volumes. Seven Seas Entertainment announced during their panel at Anime Expo 2017 that they had licensed the manga.
A manga anthology, titled Made in Abyss Official Anthology – Layer 1: Irredeemable Cave Raiders (メイドインアビス公式アンソロジー 度し難き探窟家たち, Meido in Abisu Kōshiki Ansorojī: Doshigataki Tankutsuka-tachi), was released on July 29, 2017 (ISBN 978-4-8019-6012-1). On December 13, 2019, Seven Seas announced they had licensed the book, and they released it on October 6, 2020 (ISBN 978-1-6450-5737-6).
The translator of the anime for Sentai Filmworks, Jake Jung, also adapted the manga for Seven Seas. Regarding his involvement in the English version of both media, he stated, "Made in Abyss is chock-full of terminology, so I hope fans of both media are able to enjoy a seamless experience." In addition, he has confirmed his intention to use gender-neutral pronouns for both Nanachi and Marulk.
|No.||Original release date||Original ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||July 31, 2013||978-4-8124-8380-0||January 23, 2018||978-1-62692-773-5|
|2||June 30, 2014||978-4-8124-8716-7||April 24, 2018||978-1-62692-774-2|
|3||June 20, 2015||978-4-8019-5274-4||July 31, 2018||978-1-62692-827-5|
|4||April 30, 2016||978-4-8019-5516-5||October 23, 2018||978-1-62692-919-7|
|5||December 26, 2016||978-4-8019-5720-6||February 26, 2019||978-1-62692-992-0|
|6||July 29, 2017||978-4-8019-6011-4||June 4, 2019||978-1-64275-094-2|
|7||July 27, 2018||978-4-8019-6339-9||September 17, 2019||978-1-64275-698-2|
|8||May 30, 2019||978-4-8019-6627-7||March 31, 2020||978-1-64505-217-3|
|9||July 27, 2020||978-4-8019-7029-8||March 30, 2021||978-1-64505-738-3|
Chapters not yet in tankōbon format
- Okurimono (贈り物)
An anime television series adaptation was announced in December 2016. The 13-episode series aired from July 7 to September 29, 2017 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, TVQ, Saga TV, and BS11., and covers content from volumes 1 through 3. The final episode was a 1-hour long special. The series was directed by Masayuki Kojima and written by Hideyuki Kurata, with animation by Kinema Citrus and character designs by Kazuchika Kise. Australian artist Kevin Penkin composed the soundtrack for the anime. Miyu Tomita and Mariya Ise (the actresses for Riko and Reg, respectively) performed both the opening theme "Deep in Abyss" and the ending theme "Tabi no Hidarite, Saihate no Migite", the latter in collaboration with Shiori Izawa (Nanachi).
Two compilation films, titled Made in Abyss: Tabidachi no Yoake (メイドインアビス 旅立ちの夜明け, "Journey's Dawn") (encompassing episodes 1–8 with news scenes for introduction) and Made in Abyss: Hōrō Suru Tasogare (メイドインアビス 放浪する黄昏, "Wandering Twilight") (encompassing episodes 9-13), were released on January 4, 2019 and January 18, 2019, respectively. A sequel was announced at an event in November 2017.
Following the release of the first compilation films, the sequel was revealed to be a film titled Gekijōban Made in Abyss: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei (劇場版メイドインアビス 深き魂の黎明, Made in Abyss the Movie: Dawn of the Deep Soul). The film premiered in Japan on January 17, 2020. The film had been set to premiere in the United States at Anime Boston on April 11, 2020 before that convention's cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Regular theater showings in the U.S. had been planned for April 13 (English dub) and 15 (English subtitles). The end credits of the Dawn of the Deep Soul film stated, "To be continued."
Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series, and streamed it on Amazon's Anime Strike service in the U.S. and on Hidive outside of the U.S. Sentai has since released it on home video with an English dub. MVM Films has acquired the series for distribution in the UK and Ireland, and Madman Entertainment has acquired the series for distribution in Australia and New Zealand. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the two compilation films, and screened the first film at Regal Cinemas in Los Angeles on March 15, 2019, with a subtitled theatrical release on March 20, 2019, and an English-dubbed theatrical release on March 25, 2019, in collaboration with Fathom Events. During its panel at Anime Expo on July 5, 2019, Sentai Filmworks announced that they had acquired the license for Dawn of the Deep Soul. Sentai Filmworks planned to screen the film in North America, the United Kingdom, and Ireland with English subtitles on April 13, 2020 subtitled, and with the English dub on April 15, 2020, however, the screenings were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|No.||Title[c]||Director||Writer||Original air date||Ref.|
|1||"The City of the Great Pit"|
"Ōana no Machi" (大穴の街)
|Hitoshi Haga||Hideyuki Kurata||July 7, 2017|||
|While delving into the upper layers of the Abyss to search for relics, Riko and her partner Nat become separated. Riko then sees Nat about to be eaten by a crimson splitjaw and draws the beast's attention in order to save him. However, Riko gets cornered by the splitjaw and is about to be devoured when it is suddenly chased off by a powerful energy blast. Riko traces the source of the blast back to a robot boy who has fallen unconscious, and she and Nat carry him back their home at the Belchero Orphanage. With the help of her friends, Riko is able to revive the robot boy, who she names Reg. She then takes him outside to show him the town of Orth, which sits on top of the Abyss.|
|Satoshi Mori||Hideyuki Kurata||July 14, 2017|||
|Riko and her friends attempt to figure out exactly what Reg is, but cannot find anything mentioning a robot in the list of recorded relics recovered from the Abyss. Realizing that Reg will be taken away and dissected if he was ever found out, Riko disguises him as a regular orphan and arranges his enrollment in the orphanage. As a member of the orphanage, Reg will be trained to be an Abyss delver like Riko. Later, The Uncle Habo returns from an expedition to the Abyss, carrying the white whistle of Lyza, Riko's mother, as well as a sealed document. As the town celebrates the return of Lyza's whistle, Jiruo tells Riko about how she was born in the Abyss, and Lyza used a rare relic to return her safely to the surface before disappearing on another expedition. Riko is then given Lyza's whistle and is allowed to observe the sealed document. In it, Riko finds a drawing of Reg as well as a note from Lyza saying that she is waiting at the bottom of the Abyss, hinting that Lyza is possibly alive.|
|Sun Hi Son||Hideyuki Kurata||July 21, 2017|||
|Upon reading the note, Riko decides to descend into the Abyss to find Lyza. Reg also decides to accompany her since he believes that he will find answers to both his own identity and his lost memories in the Abyss. However, Nat openly opposes their plan, since he knows that if Riko goes to the bottom of the Abyss, the Curse of the Abyss will make her unable to return to the surface ever again. He then points out Lyza is most likely dead since it would be impossible for even a White Whistle to survive in the Abyss for ten years, which angers Riko. The next night, Riko sneaks out of the orphanage to begin her journey. Reg stays behind temporarily to convince Nat to come say goodbye, but finds he is missing. After seemingly bluffing a suspicious Jiruo, Reg reunites with Riko and they are met by Nat, who regrets the hurtful things he said to Riko and agrees to guide them to a secret entry point into the Abyss. After saying their goodbyes, Riko and Reg descend into the Abyss.|
|4||"The Edge of the Abyss"|
"Abisu no Fuchi" (アビスの淵)
|Shinya Iino||Keigo Koyanagi||July 28, 2017|||
|Riko and Reg manage to descend deep down into the first layer of the Abyss. Reg then remembers that Jiruo slipped a letter into his backpack and reads it. The letter contains a copy of vital information about the Abyss, as well as a note from Jiruo warning the two that he will pursue them at dawn. Riko concludes that Jiruo is testing them, and if they can reach the second layer without getting caught, he will stop chasing them. The two continue down to the second layer when they are intercepted by Habo. He tells them that Nat and Shiggy requested that he escort the two of them to the Seeker Camp in the second layer. While grateful, Riko declines Habo's help since she and Reg want to reach the second layer on their own. Habo informs them that the guardian of the Seeker Camp is Ozen the Immovable, a White Whistle who helped Lyza transport the infant Riko to the surface. He also warns the two to be wary of Ozen before saying his farewells. Riko and Reg then reach the second layer, the Forest of Temptation.|
"Kasō Hō" (火葬砲)
|Toshiharu Kudō||Keigo Koyanagi||August 4, 2017|||
|As Riko and Reg proceed through the second layer, they encounter a corpse weeper, a large carnivorous bird that can mimic the cries of help from its prey. Riko is captured by a corpse weeper and flown to its nest to be fed to its chicks. In desperation, Reg activates an energy cannon within his hand that destroys the corpse weeper and large swathe of the surrounding landscape. Riko is saved, and she is greatly impressed by Reg's energy cannon, which she dubs the "Incinerator", but Reg then passes out from the strain of using the weapon. After Reg wakes up, he and Riko proceed to the Inverted Forest at the bottom of the second layer, where the Seeker Camp is located, chased by monkey-like creatures. As they approach the Seeker Camp, Reg's extendable arms are seized by its guardian, Ozen the Immovable.|
"Shīkā Kyanpu" (
|Hitoshi Haga||Keigo Koyanagi||August 11, 2017|||
|Riko and Reg are allowed inside the Seeker Camp, where they finally meet Ozen as well as her apprentice, Marulk. Riko thanks Ozen for helping carrying her out of the Abyss as a child, though Ozen darkly notes with amusement that she had considered many times just leaving Riko behind. Ozen allows Riko and Reg to stay the night at the Seeker Camp, and they quickly befriend Marulk, who wishes that they stay for a while longer so they can cave raid together. However, Riko reluctantly declines, as she wants to continue her journey to find Lyza. That night, Riko leaves her room to look for the bathroom and encounters a strange creature. Terrified, Riko flees back to her room. The next morning, Ozen tells Riko and Reg that she knows about the creature, and leads them to her chamber to explain it. Along the way, she tells Riko that Lyza is dead, as she recovered the letter from a grave in the fourth layer. In addition, the note Riko received telling her to go to the bottom of the Abyss was not written by Lyza. They then arrive at Ozen's chamber, where Riko sees the Curse Warding Box, the Relic that protected her as an infant.|
|7||"The Unmovable Sovereign"|
"Fudō Kyō" (不動卿)
|Shinya Iino||Hideyuki Kurata||August 18, 2017|||
|Ozen reveals that the Curse Warding Box has the power to temporarily revive the dead and the monster Riko saw was a lump of meat she had placed in there, returning to life before dying again a few hours later. She also reveals that Riko was dead when Lyza delivered her and she was revived by the powers of the box as well, although she has no idea how much time until the effects will wear off and she will die again. Ozen then starts attacking Reg, who attempts to defeat her, but falls unconscious after attempting, and failing to use Incinerator against her. After he awakens, Ozen reveals that she was testing them to check if they can survive by themselves in the Abyss and decides to train them, just like she once did with Lyza. She also reveals that the grave she found was in fact empty, implying that Lyza may still be alive. After Reg recovers, Ozen tasks him and Riko to survive in a nearby forest for 10 days without returning as part of their training. She warns them that Reg's Incinerator must only be used as a last resort because after Reg fires it, he will collapse within minutes and remain unconscious for approximately 2 hours, leaving them defenseless. Ozen then leaves Reg and Riko to fend for themselves.|
"Seizon Kunren" (生存訓練)
|Shinya Iino||Hideyuki Kurata||August 25, 2017|||
|Despite some setbacks, Riko and Reg successfully complete their survival training and return to the camp, where Ozen reveals to them that the note written by Lyza was done in some kind of fabric that is too strong for even her to tear apart, another sign that she must be indeed alive. Before sending them away, Ozen gives Riko the "Everlasting Pickaxe", Lyza's weapon that she salvaged from the Fourth Layer, warning them that it could be used as an alternative to Incinerator, but may have only a few uses left before breaking, and shares with them the secrets of the Abyss accessible only to the White Whistles, while instructing them to avoid the other White Whistles that are currently exploring the Fifth Layer, as they could be a threat to them. Ozen then reminisces about a promise she made to Lyza to help Riko find her if they ever crossed paths. Riko then bids farewell to Marluk and the other residents of the camp before setting for the Third Layer of the Abyss, the "Great Fault".|
|9||"The Great Fault"|
"Dai Dansō" (大断層)
|Hitoshi Haga||Hideyuki Kurata||September 1, 2017|||
|Riko and Reg begin climbing down the Great Fault, using a network of caves to avoid the flying predators that inhabit the layer. However, they accidentally stumble into a madokajack nest and Reg is forced to use his Incinerator to kill the madokajack. However, this attracts the attention of the crimson splitjaw that had previously been wounded by the Incinerator, and after narrowly escaping, Reg falls unconscious, leaving Riko to fend for herself. As Riko drags Reg along, she is lured in and swallowed by an amakagame and forced to cut her way out of its stomach. Riko is then forced to flee a swarm of neritantans and finds herself in a cave with an upward slope. With no other choice, Riko heads up the slope, suffering the effects of the Curse and experiencing various hallucinations. After reaching the top of the cave, Riko realizes how important Reg is to her as both a friend and protector. Reg wakes up just as the crimson splitjaw returns and he is able to fight it and chase it off. After making camp, Reg realizes that he can now see the Fourth Layer, the "Goblet of Giants".|
|10||"Poison and the Curse"|
"Doku to Noroi" (毒と呪い)
|Sun Hi Son||Keigo Koyanagi||September 8, 2017|||
|Riko and Reg begin their trek further down the Goblet of Giants, but as they press onward, they sense a presence moving along with them as they speak. They continue descending until they are confronted by an orbed piercer, and Reg prepares to face it until Riko reveals its spines are capable of piercing steel and poisoning their victims, putting Reg's life in danger as well. They attempt to escape, but the monster is able to read their movements and stop them, knocking Lyza's pickaxe out of their grasp and removing any means of defending themselves. Reg tries to stop the following attack with a scaled umbrella, but the spines pierce through not only the umbrella, but Riko's hand as well, injecting lethal poison into her system, forcing Reg to escape with her by ascending. This unfortunately results in Riko suffering the Fourth Layer's Curse: bleeding from every orifice. Coupled with the poison, Riko hallucinates as well, and she urges Reg to sever her arm to prevent the poison from going further. Though hesitant, he complies. Mid-way through the process, Riko stops breathing, and fearing the worst, Reg falls into despair until a mysterious being tells him to remain calm and guides him to perform CPR, getting Riko breathing once more. They retreat into the hideout of the being, who is revealed to be Nanachi.|
|Toshiharu Kudō||Keigo Koyanagi||September 15, 2017|||
|Nanachi escorts Reg and the badly injured Riko to a hideout and begins to work on patching up Riko. Reg is introduced to Mitty, a creature living with Nanachi who reveals that they are Hollows: aspiring young cave raiders who lost their humanity as a result of the Curse as they ascended from the Sixth Layer, although Nanachi exhibits proof of surviving and retaining a semblance of humanity. Nanachi sends Reg off to fetch ingredients to heal Riko as well as to make Nanachi's dinner. While he is out, Nanachi seems to recognize Lyza's white whistle. After fetching the ingredients, Reg is sent to clean Riko's blood and urine stained clothes at a riverbank behind Nanachi's hideout, and there a memory resurfaces of him standing by a gravestone with Lyza's Blaze Reap in the ground. While Riko is left alone, Mitty begins to eye her.|
|12||"The True Nature of the Curse"|
"Noroi no Shōtai" (呪いの正体)
|Masayuki Kojima||Keigo Koyanagi||September 22, 2017|||
|Back in Orth, Kiyui falls ill on his birthday, following a mysterious trend called the "Birthday Death Disease" which has begun to plague the town. Jiruo takes him to a caravan fleet offshore for medical treatment. When Kiyui's symptoms suddenly disappear, a doctor muses that it may have something to do with the Curse of the Abyss. Back in the Abyss, Mitty has apparently taken a liking to Riko, but Nanachi assures Reg that Mitty will not harm her. Nanachi then reveals the Curse is all around them in the air, and moves along with them. Many of the Abyss' monsters such as the orb piercer can see the Curse and predict their prey's actions based on it. Nanachi sends Reg out to train, and he comes across a cave raider being attacked by the orb piercer. Thanks to Nanachi's instructions, Reg is able to chase off the orb piercer with his Incinerator. Reg then asks the cave raider to tell Jiruo that he and Riko are okay. When Reg returns, Nanachi surprisingly requests that Reg kill Mitty.|
"Idomu Monotachi" (挑む者たち)
|Satoshi Mori||Hideyuki Kurata||September 29, 2017[d]|||
|When Reg recovers from using his Incinerator, Nanachi tells him the story of when several children, including Mitty, were duped by the white whistle Bondrewd. He took them to his base in the fifth layer of the Abyss, the Sea of Corpses, and used them for his inhuman experiments into the Curse. Nanachi and Mitty were sent together to the sixth layer and afflicted by the Curse on their return, leading to their current appearances and making Mitty immortal. After Bondrewd tried to kill Mitty several times, Nanachi escaped with Mitty to relieve her suffering and restore her dignity, but without success. Reg eventually accedes to Nanachi's request to kill Mitty, and after a tearful farewell from Nanachi, Reg destroys Mitty with his Incinerator. Some time later, Riko awakens, and after the three of them spend some time together, Nanachi agrees to join their quest to meet Lyza. After sending a message by balloon to the surface, Riko, Reg and Nanachi make their preparations to leave the fourth layer while Riko regains some use of her left hand. Meanwhile, their message is eventually received by Shiggy and Nat. When Bondrewd discovers that Mitty's life signature has disappeared, he realizes that Nanachi somehow managed to kill her, and expresses a desire to meet Nanachi again.|
|Films||Title||Director||Writer||Original air date|
|1||"Made in Abyss: Journey's Dawn"|
"Made in Abyss: Tabidachi no Yoake" (メイドインアビス 旅立ちの夜明け)
|Masayuki Kojima||Hideyuki Kurata||January 4, 2019|
|The movie is a compilation of episodes 1-8 of the 2017 television series with new scenes added for the introduction. It covers the period from when Riko descends into the Abyss with her robot companion Reg, reaching the second layer where they meet the White Whistle Ozen who reveals information about Riko's mother.|
|2||"Made in Abyss: Wandering Twilight"|
"Made in Abyss: Hōrō Suru Tasogare" (メイドインアビス 放浪する黄昏)
|Masayuki Kojima||Hideyuki Kurata||January 18, 2019|
|The movie is a compilation of episodes 9-13 of the 2017 television series. Riko and Reg descend to the third layer where Riko has her first experience of the Curse. They descend to the fourth layer where Riko's arm is injured by an Orbed Piercer and Reg tries to save her. Nanachi comes to their aid and saves Riko's poisoned arm. Reg is asked by Nanachi to kill Mitty. Nanachi then joins Riko and Reg in their quest to reach the bottom of the Abyss.|
|3||"Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul"|
"Made in Abyss: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei" (メイドインアビス 深き魂の黎明)
|Masayuki Kojima||Hideyuki Kurata||January 17, 2020|
Riko, Reg and Nanachi reach the garden containing the Flowers of Fortitude on the fifth layer. They encounter an Umbra Hand, an underling of Bondrewd, as he sets the garden ablaze to destroy the parasitic insects disguised as leaves. The trio then continue through the Sea of Corpses where Nanachi and Mitty were turned into Hollows by Bondrewd. They reach Idofront at the Forward Operating Base which is the only entrance to the sixth level. They are greeted by the young garrulous Prushka who claims to be Bondrewd's daughter, and they are invited to stay overnight. During the night, Nanachi goes exploring and encounters Bondrewd who reveals that Reg is a valuable Abyss relic. Riko awakes and finds the others missing and goes looking for them. She ascends a forbidden staircase which supposedly leads to the Curse. She is hit by unseen forces and loses consciousness. She is found and bandaged by Prushka, but when they cannot find the others, they ascend the staircase together, led by Prushka's pet Meinya.
Meanwhile, Bondrewd has captured Reg who undergoes a series of painful experiments, including having his right hand severed. Nanachi, Riko and Prushka all arrive at the laboratory, and Prushka is shocked to see what Bondrewd is doing. Reg and Riko escape with Prushka's help, but Bondrewd and his cave raiders find them. Riko springs a trap set by Nanachi, and Bondrewd and his men are attacked by the giant ferocious insects called Kasshou-Gashira. Bondrewd uses Sparagmos, the Origin-Guiding Light to blast his way free. The trio manage to defeat Bondrewd and he is turned into a beast by the Curse. However, another Umbra Hand takes Bondrewd's White Whistle and helmet and becomes Bondrewd. He then dismembers Prushka along with other innocent children to fuel his resurrection in what he calls The Blessing. Riko realizes that Bondrewd's body was just one of many vessels, which his conscious has control over using a relic known as Zoaholic.The trio formulate a plan to recharge Reg using the electricity powering the Idofront and then Reg mounts a ferocious attack on Bondrewd. With the aid of Nanachi and Riko, Reg finally destroys him and his newly obtained blessed body. Nanachi and Bondrewd have one last conversation, in which Bondrewd praises Nanachi and reveals that his new aspiration is for Nanachi to push further on. Riko is distraught over the fate of Prushka whose essential body parts are contained in a profusely bleeding cartridge. However, Riko finds that her consciousness has been converted into a Life Reverberating Stone, the material that White Whistles are cut from. She takes her new White Whistle with her as she, Nanachi, Reg and Meinya begin their descent to the sixth level.
The manga was nominated for the 11th Manga Taishō awards and received a total of 40 points, coming in at eighth place. Made in Abyss has been met with positive reviews and widely considered to be one of the best anime series of 2017. Nick Creamer of Anime News Network praised the anime for being adventure-focused, as well as its efficiency in establishing its premise. Creamer also praises it for its artwork and music that highlights the beauty and terror of the Abyss. Julian Malerman of THEM Anime Reviews praises the show for being a well-executed emotional drama saying "The manner in which the show approaches this conclusion is often brutal and alienating, but the final answer is simple and pure. It sings."
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