Hello everybody and welcome to the season finale of Made in Abyss.
There's no sense in waiting any longer. Let's get things going and see what terrible things away us in the finale.
-Our episode begins with a recap of the past season, showing of some of the more iconic moments, like Riko finding Reg, their first steps into their long journey, meeting with Ozen, and so on. The narrator speaks over these scene, calling it a journey from which they can never return, treasures that they can never again acquire. Their very life, which once lost will never be restored. Nearly all things in this world will never go back to the way they once were. Understanding that, people still continue, even today, to get up and take another step forward. Spurred on by the thought of viewing a landscape they've never seen before, they keep on walking. A longing for the unknown i something not a single soul is capable of stopping. Unless that unknown scares the hell out of them. I know it scares me.
-The flashbacks end with Reg speaking with Nanachi after dealing with Orby. He tells Bunny Doctor that it was pretty amazing, to use the opponent's own special ability against it, calling it a brilliant strategy. He asks Nanachi to come with them to the bottom of the netherworld, but Nanachi actually has a favor to ask of him. It's something hard to say, but they go for it. The request is to kill Mitty, ending with Reg's confused look.
-And we have an interesting end card for the final opening sequence of the season, one that I wouldn't mind having a wall paper of. It's a picture of Lyza sitting back to back with Riko in a field of Eternal Fortunes. Though while a nice image, the symbolism isn't lost on me, since it implies something rather unfortunate for Riko.
-Tonight's episode is titled The Challengers. With the image being of the Eternal Fortune flowers. When we come back, we see that Nanachi is dragging Reg's unconscious body back towards the base. They complain about his sudden sleeping state, especially when he gave Bunny Doctor little warning about it. Though they do see that his bell button is hurt, but he doesn't appear to be poisoned. Nanachi gets to show off their smarts, though, as they quickly surmise that the reason he's unconscious is because he fired his Incinerator. But their look turns to one of determination, saying that they finally found it before calling out to Mitty.
-The screen goes white before panning over to what appears to be a city inside of a mountain side. We also see a hole, and going inside, we find pipes and other smaller holes, all filled with people. It's also snowing, suggesting that they're on the surface. We focus on hole pipe where a white haired child sleeps, a book next to them. The child comments how nice it would be as they look at the map of the Abyss. They pray to God, asking if that's the bottom of this world, they would like to go there. You know, the voice sounds a lot like Nanachi, so I think this is them before changing into their Hollow form. Interesting.
-Suddenly, there's a lot of noise coming from the corridor as a bunch of kids excited file out of their rooms. We then cut to them on the ground, with human Nanachi joining them. They all have the looks of orphans, but human Nanachi appears to be more disheveled than the others. Human Nanachi also appears to be bullied, as they stand next to a boy, who complains about their smell and elbows them away. After doing so, they all look up to an entrance, where three figures in armor stand. One is obviously Bondrewd, flanked by two others that have those light up helmets, as well. The kids get to talking about him, how he's a cave raider from the Abyss, leading them to wonder why he's here. This means that this Orphanage is not located in Orth, but further away. Why indeed.
-Bondrewd speaks to the kids, telling them that he believes it is time for a new approach that's free from the influence of conventional wisdom. From the chief territory of the far north, Sereny, he's come here in search of children suitable for foreign a path to the netherworld's next era. Oh, I don't like where this is going. He introduces himself, as well as where he comes from and his rank. He calls them brave children who do not falter even at the prospect of setting foot inside the chasm, and asks those who wish to do so to take a step forward. We focus on Human Nanachi, clutching onto their book, and soon enough, we're at Orth as we see them staring down at the Abyss, unable to believe that they are here now. You may come to regret that soon, child.
-Nearby there's a scuffle between the kids, with two of the children picking on a red-haired child. Oh, and looks like they've changed up their outfits to go more... primitive, I guess would be the word here. I guess they're just used to such a cold climate that being in Orth makes them very hot. Human Nanachi looks over to see the two kids leave the red-head child behind. Seeing this, Nanachi comments that they're not the only ones who are bullied. We then cut to a pumpkin elevator as Bondrewd ushers the kids to board it. He tells them not to be afraid, for his team will escort them throughout the journey. He then tells them that their destination is at a depth of around 13,000 meters. I think that puts them at the sixth layer, if my memory serves me correctly. Wow, we're just going straight into evil mad scientist with Bondrewd, aren't we?
-No, actually, I'm wrong. It's the fifth layer, the Sea of Corpses, but I'm going to stand by my comment. There lies the netherworld's forward operating base, where they strive to unravel the final mysteries of this world. The kids are tightly packed in there, but given how far down they're going, none of them are coming back up. Inside, a soft, red light shines as the kids start forming into smaller groups for themselves. We see Nanachi eating a ration, but calls it bland. That's when red-head comes over all of a sudden and asks Nanachi what they want to be. They get really close and ask if they want to be a White Whistle, but Nanachi backs away a bit, feeling very uncomfortable. I guess that was a trait they always had.
-Nanachi asks what this is all about as red-head mentions how great being a White Whistle would be. She believes they have an amazing chance here, but Nanachi couldn't really care about that sort of thing. They only cared about being here, in the Abyss. And we get sad backstory as Nanachi mentions their previous life, where they'd go to garbage dumps and pick out the least disgusting stuff to eat. And while they were doing that, the rest of the kids resorted to sealing or begging while signing ones on the streets. Why Nanachi didn't do any of that? Apparently they just don't have the talent for it. Though red-head smiles, saying that is a great skill to have. And, honestly, if you're going into the Abyss, being able to pick out stuff that isn't going to kill you would be a good skill to have.
-Red-Head event mentions it, saying that there's nothing but treasures to pick up down in the Abyss. Without skipping a beat, she asks Nanachi to be her partner, since they're fine with whatever. That's when she introduces herself as Mitty, a future White Whistle. She asks for Nanachi's name, who gives it, and this gets Mitty excited. So much so that she yells out her name, then hugs her. Nanachi gets all embarrassed about the attention. I guess this explains why Nanachi doesn't like attention all that much.
-The pumpkin elevator keeps going down as the kids try to get some sleep. But not Mitty and Nanachi. They're hiding underneath a sheet while reading Nanachi's book. Apparently Mitty is trying to read it, but it doesn't look like reading is her thing. That or she can't read the language they use in Orth, so Nanachi is helping her. Mitty is rather impressed by this, with Nanachi replying that the only books found in the garbage are the ones other people can't read. Oh, and hte way to pronounce nether glyphs were lost, as well, so pronunciations from their official language are used in their place. Kind of like a couple of our own dead languages, where the pronunciation was also lost.
-Mitty asks Nanachi to teach her how to read the language, but before they can begin, a growl of a beast is heard, and many of the kids who are awake stare up in horror. Some remain asleep, because they're heavy sleepers, while I imagine a couple of them are only pretending to be asleep. Mitty, however, is rather excited about it, telling Nanachi they should check it out together next time. She kind of reminds me of this other cave raider who's all gun-ho about exploring the depths of the Abyss. Still, Nanachi smiles, because hey, they made a new friend.
-I should note that I'm still using the gender neutral pronouns because the show is pretty much disguising Nanachi's true gender. They appear to be dressed as a girl, but that could be easily due to the lack of proper clothing available to them. Either way, the show wants you to keep guessing. In any case, after the long trip, the doors open, showing that the pumpkin elevator has reached the fifth layer. Bondrewd tells the kids to be careful, because if they climb more than ten meters, they'll be hit with the strains of ascending. Really, only that much? By the way, for us using the Imperial system, ten meters is roughly thirty-three feet, so there is some breathing room, but not a whole lot of it.
-The kids walk cautiously through the tunnel, but not Mitty. She's very excited to explore more. She grabs Nanachi and run towards the end of the tunnel, reveling a pill of light shining up to the sky above. What's rather interesting about this, though, is that there appears to be a pool of water above them, but like in the lower levels of the Second Layer, it's upside down, floating against gravity. Mitty calls it beautiful as Nanachi appears worried, gripping Mitty's hand harder. She notices this, so she tells her friend that it'll be all right. That's when Bondrewd appears, showing everybody to their rooms. Because he's totally a trust worthy guy. I wonder if these kids know about the curse?
-We transition to another scene where Mitty is reading the book on the Abyss and asks Nanachi what the Abyssal Faith is. According to what the faith says, when a life is lost in the Abyss, the soul is said to return to the bottom of this planet, and then the soul changes form and departs on a journey to someone who has wished for life. Or something like that. Nanachi doesn't really care for those sorts of things. It appears that they are sketching a person, and that person looks a lot like Mitty. Anyway, Nanachi goes on to say that this very pit, the bottom of which is still unknown, replaces God, but showing their own wisdom, Nanachi says that it's just kind of a source of comfort and support that cave raiders rely on. They like to know that there is something better waiting for them if they die in this hellish landscape.
-Mitty gets excited about the comment and crawls over to Nanachi, which prompts the young child to hide the sketch from her. Mitty is all compliments to Nanachi, calling them the brains of their team. Oh, and they are really good at drawing, too, which gets Nanachi all the more embarrassed. I think Nanachi might have a little crush on Mitty. Unfortunately, the teasing comes to an end as the door opens, revealing Bondrewd. He calls for Ilim, who happily runs over to the White Whistle. Nanachi is envious of the young girl, as they're hoping to get out of here soon. Mitty comments that there are a lot fewer of them here now. Wait, did he have all of the kids in the same room? This place looks rather cramp for so many kids. I hope that wasn't the case.
-Mitty, however, is eternally optimistic, telling Nanachi that it would be great if the two of them were able to get out there together. But as night falls, we see that it's only the two of them that are left. They're sleeping together, though I wouldn't be surprised if that was the case, given how close they became, and I imagine Mitty isn't the type to believe in personal space, either. That's when Bondrewd shows up, calling for Mitty. It's her turn now. Nanachi is awoken by this as the White Whistle says, after today's medical checkup, they should go on a little walk outside. Slight more awake now, Nanachi asks to be taken, as well, but he tells the young girl to wait her turn. And with that, he closes the door, leaving the young child all alone.
-Yeah, well, Nanachi isn't up for being left alone, so they sneak out of the room, which is apparently not locked, and goes exploring. They are looking for Mitty, but a voice causes them to hid. Another person asks Bondrewd what he's thinking, bringing so many people down to the fifth layer like this, even children from overseas. Sounds like the White Whistle didn't get official approval for whatever project he's working on. Bondrewd asks this person why he's only bringing this up now? It is also for this purpose that he advocated to have Black Whistles enter the fifth layer. Random person says it'd be different if they were cave raiders, but taking children, who'll never b e able to return given the strain of doing so, is simply terrible, from a humane perspective. And how long were you down here before actually saying anything?
-Bondrewd understands the concern and tells Black Whistle that there is no need to worry, for he is not making use of the kids as humans, and offers the Black Whistle to have a look. Nanachi decides that they don't want to know and go into a run, looking for Mitty. They soon reach a room and find Mitty inside a glass capsule. The girl looks to her friend, concerned, but that's when Bondrewd appears. He seems concerned at first, but with Nanachi's arrival, this is actually perfect timing. He tells Nanachi that it's their turn now. As the camera pulls back, we see that there are actually two glass capsules there. Uh, okay, I guess he really is a mad scientist after all.
-I also just noticed that this episode clocks in at just over forty-eight minutes, making this a double length episode. That's what I get for not paying attention. Anyway, we see that Nanachi is stuck in a capsule with Mitty as Bondrewd explains this experiment. The elevator is capable of quickly going to the depths' sixth layer just below them. Although its destination is no more than a dead end, it is just the perfect depth for testing out a number of things. It's his own miniature garden, which happens to carry the sixth layer's Curse, which is Death or loss of one's humanity. The point of no return for any cave raider, no matter their rank. Well, Bondrewd isn't a big fan of that and wants to do something about it. Because science, obviously!
-The two chambers the kids are in are capable of forcing the Curse all to one side. Attempts were made that paired a person with something besides a fellow human, but they didn't go well. They were going to do the same to Mitty, but as Nanachi appeared at just the right moment, they're going to include them in this experiment. He regrets having to use two cute, little beings such as them, but because they are such close friends, he's sure this will be a success. I suspect Ozen was right on the money when she warned the kids about Bondrewd.
-Mitty, however, is heartbroken over this. She and the others were tricked, but Bondrewd denies such claims. The result of this research will give birth to the hint needed to drive the darkness from this chasm, and it will be thanks to the kids. Wow, this is some grade A evil stuff here. So Bondrewd explains the experiment. Mitty will be on the side to which the Curse is driven, so she'll be receiving the full brunt of it. He tells her to endure it, but the poor girl is rather broken by the lies the White Whistle told them. Nanachi calls out to Mitty, concerned for their friend, as Bondrewd continues, saying that if she dies, then Nanachi will also be hit with the curse. Mitty then turns to her friend, calling out for them. So... yeah, totally evil.
-Bondrewd orders the experiment to begin, and we hear the gears turning, and quite suddenly, the kids are dropped down into the darkness of the sixth layer. They land on a hill of bodies, but these bodies aren't dead. For you see, they are filled with Hollow, the other children who survived the curse somehow. They claw at the capsules, either looking to go back up or to get at the kids. It's horrifying, honestly, and a good preview of what's to come for Reg and Riko.
-Mitty, recovering from the treachery, turns to Nanachi and tells her friend that it'll be alright, showing off a smile. She tells her friend that she'll endure it, so if she ends up not being human anymore, she asks that her soul be returned to Nanachi. The two kids cry as the capsules begin the climb up. And that is when the change begins to happen. Nanchi begins to change into a Hollow, growing fur and a tail, but as they do their best to endure, they hear the cries of Mitty. There we see the results of the curse, and it looks as if her body is melting. Nanachi pleads with God to save them, claiming that they finally found it. Yeah, a reason not to trust people in masks.
-We see Nanachi pound on the glass, calling for Mitty as her body beings to morph, causing her great pain. Nanachi has found the treasure they were looking for and begs for help. And... yeah, I certainly paused this at the right time. Occasionally I'll pause the video to collect my thoughts on whatever scene I just witnessed, sometimes to go back and make sure I heard something correctly. The scene I just paused on, which I'm certain will give me nightmares, is of Mitty's pained face, her eyes bulging out, her hand deformed into claws, begging to be killed. And with that, her body melts completely into the blob we saw her before, as if she lost all of the bones in her body. Yeah, I'm sure we needed to see all of that.
-Soon enough, the capsules return, and Bondrewd is shocked to see the results of his experiment. Mainly, he's shocked to see that Nanachi has changed forms into the bunny look they have now. He calls them truly wonderful, because it means... something. I don't know. I do note that Mitty isn't like some of the other Hollow creatures, carrying similar features to Nanachi, but as she received the full brunt of the curse, she would still become a Hollow. Well, that settles it, Bondrewd is one evil bastard.
-We get a small time skip and see Nanachi is attempting to draw Mitty's face when she was human. Bondrewd calls out to them and is upset to see that his "prized experiment" is drawing instead of helping with the research. But not that upset as he pats them on the head, calling them cute. It appears that Nanachi is in some sort of morgue, with two bloody beds next to each other, one that is occupied with a body. Oh, how fun. Thanks to the kids, he understands the curse that Mitty received, calling it a wonderful result. Because truly, he is the genius that will propel them into exploring the Abyss even further... the lunatic.
-We see them walking along the corridor as Bondrewd continues to be amazed at the experiment. According to him, the Curse, which Mitty received two fold, did not just cause the loss of her humanity, but also made her incapable of dying. Nanachi is shocked by this as Bondrewd leads them to a room, telling them to take a look. So, yeah, remember how I mentioned earlier how I paused at the exact right time for new nightmares? Well, I found a scene that I just happened to pause at the exact right time again to override the previous nightmares. I'm just so lucky today, aren't I?
-In this scene, Mitty appears to be sliced up in half, with her organs and blood littered all behind her. She's still alive, shockingly enough, but apparently, she can also grow back limbs, which should have been mashed up. While this is now the ninth time she's been resurrected, the only change is that her form becomes slightly more distorted. So... yeah, this was fun to see. And this is when Nanachi has had enough of this. We cut to the outside where Nanchi is escaping with Mitty on their back. We've seen this already, back in the previous episode, with Nanachi promising to not let Bondrewd do what he wants and that they'll figure out something. As we later learn, it's a way to kill Mitty.
-At some point they find their place on the fifth floor, and inside, Nanachi is showing off a bird doll to Mitty. IT was the same one that was screeching back during their first descent. However, she doesn't appear to be interested in it, resulting in a head rub by Nanachi. This would be cute if it wasn't so depressing at the same time. So we then see Nanachi trying to figure out ways to kill her friend, to relieve her of her suffering. This includes injecting her with the poison from the orbed-piercer, but it doesn't work. No matter what they do, Mitty just suffers. We see that they have a cave-raider with them, barely kept alive, but Nanachi solves that issue, apologizing to him, as they kept him alive for nothing. And then comes the staking to the stomach.
-This also explains the collection of grave markers in the back. These are the cave raiders Nanachi has found and used to try and kill Mitty, but to no avail. We see the bunny doctor standing in front of a freshly dug one, thinking that there is a way to kill Mitty without letting her suffer.. As we pan back, we see that Nanachi has been at this for a while. We also know that they have been here a while because Nanchi's hair has grown out considerably. We don't have an exact time table, but one wouldn't be accurate anyway, since time works differently in the Abyss.
-Back in the present day, Reg is awake and looks rather horrified. I suspect Nanachi took some time telling their story to him and... yeah, it's rather shocking, isn't it? Nanachi then says "Sparagmos", which apparently means "light that returns to the cardinal point." There was a certain Relic that Bondrewd called that. One of Mitty's eyes was squashed by it, and that's the only part of her that doesn't regenerate. Any spot it hits disappears as if it's completely come undone. Immediately afterward, the surrounding air burns up to nothing. Reg likens this to his Incinerator, which has the tendency of burning up anything in it's path and leaving nothing in it's wake. Yeah, I can see why Nanachi would want to use that.
-Reg is opposed to the idea, though, and tries to come up with ways to avoid doing the task. First, he asks Nanachi if Mitty truly lost her humanity. She responds to people calling to her, after all, but Nanachi says that those are just reflexes. No matter what they tried, real communication between the two of them proved impossible. But even so, her eye suggests something else. Bunny Doctor has a fleeing, even now, that Mitty's soul is imprisoned within that body. And Nanachi would like her soul to be freed, no matter what it takes.
-Reg isn't comfortable with the idea, though, and asks for some time to think. Nanachi realizes the heavy burden they placed on him, and apologizes for asking it out of nowhere. But no matter his decision, Nanachi will keep treating Riko. Mitty has taken a liking to that girl, which is the big reason why they're hanging around for as long as they are. Reg, however, stares at Bunny Doctor, one thinking of them as dependable, but now they appear so fragile. He takes a look at the room, seeing hte vast amount of medicines and poisons, which were all for the purpose of trying to restore Mitty's dignity. He grows concerned, though, of what Nanachi will do if Reg is able to kill Mitty, since their purpose has been to find a way to kill her friend to save her from her eternal prison. Our second mid episode break comes here, as Nanachi looks warmly at her friend, thinking of the good memories they had together.
-After that break, we return to the hideout. Reg is just sitting around with nothing to do but wait for Riko to wake up. As for Mitty, she's in her now usual spot of lying on top of Riko and doing whatever she's doing to the unconscious girl. Reg gets a bit curious and takes a look into Mitty's eyes, looking for the humanity that remains in her, but then he gets hit in the head with a ladle as Nanachi asks how many days he's been feeling down? Let's go eat. Nanchi promises to make something really hearty. Maybe he'd like some shroom-bear meat? Reg's downtrodden expression quickly changes to one of shock and horror, since it means Nanachi's cooking and their cooking isn't all that great.
-Reg offers to cook, instead, because he'd at least like to have Riko not die from Nanachi's cooking. So he gets to work on cutting open the shroom-bear. Nanachi observes and says that he really sucks at skinning. They offer to help, but Reg has become a tyrant in the kitchen and tells them to go take a seat. After skinning the beast, Reg notes that the meat is dark and stinks, as well. He recalls what Riko did before, but it appears he's having his own issues. Nanachi waits patiently in the main room as Reg struggles with the meal. When he's done, Nanachi is a bit worried, saying that it smells super bad. Still, they give it a try, and much to their surprise... it's worse than the stuff they've made. Reg gives it a shot, and yup, turns out, he sucks in the kitchen. It's irredeemable!
-Time passes, and day turns to night. Reg is cleaning up the sweat forming on Riko as we hear Nanachi telling a story to Mitty in the background. They appear to be in mid story, as Nanachi talks about a shooting stone leaving a trail, which falls as red-hot iron rain. The ice-covered trees proceed to transform into clouds. In the gap in the sky, a large turtle with its neck stretched out is doing something, but the audio fades out. Likely this is Reg giving the two some privacy. He then looks over to Riko's hand. It's still purple but looking much, much better than it has before. Suddenly, the sound of movement distracts Reg, and he sees Mitty crawling away. He goes to check on Nanachi to find that they've fallen asleep. Man, Mitty became a terrible sleeping partner after that whole incident at the fifth layer.
-Looking over Nanachi, Reg recalls their request, to kill Mitty. He comments that, ever since the request, Nanachi has not approached him about it again. He wonders if it's okay to leave things as they are as the scene transitions to Nanachi fishing outside. That's when Reg approaches the Bunny Doctor, for he has a question he wants to have answered. Is Mitty unhappy being together with Nanachi? He believes that isn't the case, but Bunny Doctor cuts him off, knowing what he's trying to say. He's thinking that "she seems to be living so peacefully, so is it really necessary to kill her?" Turns out, Nanachi hit the nail on the head. Then again, Reg is more or less an open book to observant people.
-As Reg joined Nanachi, they explain that, somehow or other, they will die. After that happens, Mitty will be all alone for eternity. Apparently, Mitty never eats and still doesn't die. But if she gets stabbed, it still hurts her and she'll even shed tears. Even if those are mere reflexes, she'd still be forced to continue suffering forever. She's not even capable of screaming out, yet her should would remain imprisoned. We see a shot, either something that happened or may happen, of creatures attacking Mitty, but she seemingly ignores the attempts to kill her. But these strikes still cause her pain, and we see tears falling out of her lone eye. Nanachi tells Reg that this is the last chance for them. He can set Mitty free. Nanachi begs him to do this, as there won't ever be an opportunity like this again. Well, maybe, but you never know where things will go.
-Reg processes all this information and understands Nanachi's request, but he wants Bunny Doctor to promise him this. Even if Mitty isn't around anymore, they are not to take their own life. Nanachi is shocked by this, but tells him not to worry. They still have to take care of Riko, but Reg makes it clear that he's talking about after taking care of Riko. Even when that is completed, Nanachi isn't to kill themselves. Damn, that totally went against the plan. Still, with great reluctance, Nanachi agrees to the terms. With that, Reg promises to kill Mitty, to release her from her eternal prison, to set her soul free. And with that, the camera pans up to the sky, covering the screen with light, to transition to our next scene.
-Wow, this is getting rather heavy, isn't it? When we return, we see a blanket has been laid out in the garden, along with various stuffed dolls. We see that Mitty is on this carpet chewing on one. One that appears familiar to me. Nanachi pats Mitty on the head, apologizing for making her stick around all this time, and that it won't be long before they meet again. They join with Reg and turn away, unable to witness the act unfold. As for Reg, he charges up his Incinerator, tears in his eyes, prepared to do this one act that he personally hates, but sees no other way. That is when Nanachi calls for him to stop, and just as he was about to fire, too. Good thing he stopped.
-Nanachi runs over to Mitty, crying, apologizing to her, that they were wrong. Apparently, after some thinking, Nanachi changed their mind and doesn't want to leave Mitty. Nanachi calls her warm, but then walks away, asking for Reg to truly do this. With a steady aim, Reg takes his shot, destroying the area around Mitty with a ball of light. Talk about some great control there, Reg. Wait, why am I praising that in such a sad moment? Still, there is nothing left of Mitty. Not her dolls, her carpet, or her body. All of it is gone in a flash of light. Dammit, stupid tiny onion ninjas.
-Nanachi herself lets out her own tears, crying for the loss of her treasure. The normally stoic, snarky Nanachi is no longer able to contain their emotions, letting it all out in the open. Reg shakes with uncontrolled sadness and rage, but goes over to the crying Nanachi and huts them, letting his own tears flow out. I think it's a compliment to the writing that I'm feeling such sadness for a blob that was once human. Damn these tiny onion ninjas!
-After the scene fades to black, we return to Lyza in front of a campfire. Okay, this is a strange place to go. We then cut to Reg, looking towards her. The White Whistle tells Reg that this is no time to be feeling down. Reg looks at her, wondering why he's feeling so sad? She presents him a bowl of food, and he comments on how great it smells. She then says that, one he's done eating, they'll be heading out. And then he wakes up from his dream. He notices an odd smell, but as he opens his eyes, he can see that Nanachi is with somebody, completing her on how well she's adapting to her situation.
-With a jolt, Reg sits up, which causes Riko to turn around and see that robot boy has woken up. She wants to run towards him, but Nanachi stops her, saying that is dangerous. Well, she's been stuck in bed for who knows how long, so she probably lost quite a bit of muscle in her legs. Still, the two are happy to see each other up and conscious once again. Nanachi explains that, since Riko is still recovering, they would make her a stew that's nice and easy to eat, but apparently, Riko kept finding fault with the way Nanachi was preparing it, hence why Riko is in the kitchen. Well, that explains the odd smell to Reg. It's a combination of the two cooking that is probably going to put things in disarray.
-We see Riko and Nanachi working on a fish It also appears that Riko has taken quite a liking to Nanachi. More specifically, their fur, as we see Riko rubbing up against it. It gets a bit suggestive as Riko rises up slightly to place her head around Nanachi's neck, which prompts them to turn to Reg for help. Apparently, she's bene like this since she first saw Bunny Doctor. However, it appears to fall on deaf ears as Reg has a look that says "I want to rub the fur, too." Reg points out that they don't seem to hate it when Riko does it. Apparently, Reg rubs them in a lewd kind of way, and that makes them uncomfortable. And what Riko is doing isn't lewd?
-Soon enough, the meal is made. Nanachi is trolling over it, but realizing this, they quickly compose themselves, saying that the bottom line's the taste. They give it a try and are shocked by how good it is. Bunny Doctor begins to munch down, which prompts Riko to smile at Reg. Looks like Nanachi is in heaven. Riko asks if it was good, prompting Nanachi to go all sly and say that it was alright. Riko is glad, since Nanachi helped her with the cooking. We can see that her arm is in a sling, which limits what she can do, but it didn't stop her from rubbing up against Nanachi during the cooking session.
-As they have their meal, Riko looks around and asks if someone else was here. This apparently is a bit of a trigger for Nanachi, as she gets all sad and teary eyed. This prompt them to ask how Riko knew. After a moment, she says that she had this terribly frightening dream. She can't remember it all that well, but when she came to, she found herself inside this pitch-black boulder-like thing that was horribly heavy and wouldn't budge. At first, there was this cavity inside it that was about the same size as her, but it kept getting smaller and smaller. It was very painful to her. She didn't even understand what she was anymore. She even forgot how to speak. She was so scared and kept crying. But that's when she heard crying, but it wasn't coming from her. It was coming from the eye that was looking at her in the hole.
-At first, Riko was startled, but then she realized that he other girl was afraid, as well. It helped was her mind, if just a little. She then stayed like that for quite a while. Even when she got scared, there was this girl right in front of her who was surly even more frightened. Riko couldn't speak, with with her eyes alone, she kept telling her that it'll be alright. Then she smelled something like smoke, and the crying stopped. During all this time, the scene of what was Riko's fever induced nightmare played, indicating the link she was making with Mitty, and it's sudden end.
-Riko continues, saying the the girl simply left without ever turning to look back, but she could see her profile. And she was just like all of the cave raiders she's seen. that eye she saw was filled with longing. This caused Riko to remember what she wanted to be one day, her red whistle replaced with Lyza's white whistle. She thought that she needed to get going, running to the light to wake herself up. She had a feeling, at the time, that she'd see this mysterious girl again. And then she woke up. From hearing all this, Nanachi, while still sad, smiles. Even in her Hollow state, Mitty was able to provide comfort to a dying girl.
-That's when Reg, without any prompting, says that Riko died once when she was a baby, and was brought back to life again by the power of a Relic. As such, Riko's life may very well be deeply tied to the Abyss. Nanachi tells him that it's alright. They decide to head out to get some water, but before leaving, they tell Reg to make sure he really protects Riko. When they leave, Reg tells Riko the truth. What, exactly he tells her, we don't know, but I imagine he doesn't leave much out.
-Later that night, Nanachi is leading the kids through the forest. Bunny Doctor takes the kid to a lake where they go when injured. Strange beasts that nanche has never seen anywhere else also come here to take a dip. Reg is concerned, but Nanachi tells them that any creature here is docile to the point that they can even pat them. Well, as long as they're not in any danger, this is good for a break. Nanachi then words them to stay out of the deep stops, as they can be overly stimulating. Riko is excited to hop in, but she's having trouble getting undressed, so she asks Reg for help. He agrees, but he's rather embarrassed about it. Can't imagine why.
-As Reg helps Riko undress, she asks him if he wants to join her. He declines, saying that he's going to keep a look out. Nanachi, however, tells him to go on in, as sometimes blood-sucking insects come to have a bite and he's pretty good at shooing those away. And just to make sure he can't say know, Nanachi offers to take over lookout duty. And with that, the two kids enter in the pool, with Reg helping Riko in so she doesn't slip and hurt herself more. She's rather amazed about the whole thing, like how the color disperses around them and that there's small fish in there, even if the water is hot. We then get a shot of the fish apparently getting close to Riko, but they're eating the dead skin that's floating up, which catches her interest. Reg, however, is doing all he can to not look at Riko's naked body, commenting that he's feeling thirsty for some reason. Must be the heat of the pool.
-Riko feels a sudden burst of pain, but she claims that the hot water just stung a bit. She turns to Reg with a smile, but then notices something unusual. She asks why his penis looks so different. This prompts Reg to take a look himself, get embarrassed, and promptly dives deeper into the water, claiming to know nothing. Geez, I can't imagine what Riko saw there. Nanachi, loving all of this, asks if they're still that fickle about all this? After all, Reg has already kissed Riko, so this is nothing to get embarrassed about. Riko, confused, asks about all this kissing business Bunny Doctor is talking about. Reg denies that it wasn't a proper kiss, then calls over Nanachi for being a coward. They decline, since they're on lookout duty, so the kids should go ahead and take their time in there. With that, Riko keeps asking about this kiss thing Reg did, but he just walks away, refusing to answer. Oh, that will only work for so long, Reg. Nanachi, however, is loving this. It's like their own personal soap opera. But Nanachi takes the chance to thank Mitty, for pulling Reg's treasure up out of that place, and hopes that she can wait a bit longer for Bunny Doctor to join her.
-After our third mid episode break, we return to Nanachi's hideout. We see some tools there, some bloodied, as we cut to Riko's face which screams "I am in agony and I will kill you all for it!" Of course, she can't scream at hte moment as she has a gag in her mouth. Reg is there, keeping her down, asking her to hang in there, and we see why. Nanachi is removing the watershrooms from Riko's arm. There are five left now, but a big central one is coming next, so Reg needs to hold Riko down tight. She screams in agony, to the point of wetting the bed, but thanks to the gag, she's unable to do so. I imagine those things rooted themselves in deep, especially if they attached themselves to her nervous system. I'm surprised she didn't collapse from the pain as a result.
-But the next day, the watershrooms are gone, and that is left is the scar of Reg's failed surgery attempt. We see Riko staring at her arm, but it looks like she's doing a bit of rehab to get her fingers moving again. She got the thumb to move, which is good progress. And good progress means she can get the other figures to move soon. Reg shows up and apologizes to Riko for doing just a bad job at making the cut, leaving the scar. Riko, however, is all smiles, since she's the one who asked for the surgery to be performed. Despite all this, he's feeling bad, since it was Nanachi in the end who saved her. Though I suspect the reason he's feeling so bad isn't because he failed at the surgery, but that the scar is a constant reminder to him that he failed to protect Riko at a key moment and almost lost her as a result. At least, that's my take from it.
-But Riko isn't the type to let these things get her down. She grabs Reg's hands, telling him about what Nanachi told her, that he was working to save her and crying the whole time. She also heard that, upon seeing him like that, Nanachi thought, "That's me right there," and rushed to save me without so much as a thought. This prompts Reg to think of an amigo he saw of Nanachi holding Mitty in their arms, crying. Riko tells him that her scar is proof that he protected her. She then gives him a headbutt of appreciation Because Riko can see the positive in almost anything. I can't wait for her to start calling on Bondrewd, if she ever meets him.
-Riko then notices Nanachi and calls out to them. Bunny Doctor looks a bit nervous as they try to cover up their eyes with their ears. It must have been the kids having a stupid cute moment together that was stupidly cute. Anyway, Riko runs over to Nanachi and has something she wants to ask the Bunny Doctor. Would they consider coming along with them? Nanachi is shocked by this, as is Reg, but after a moment, Bunny Doctor agrees. Damn, did Riko crit that roll or what? Or maybe Nanachi decided to join up with the kids and just needed and excuse to do so, and here was that chance. Take your pick because both could possibly be true.
-Riko is excited about this, as is Reg. This prompts Reg to give Bunny Doctor a hug, much to their objections. Part of the reason Nanachi gives is that Mitty did take a real liking to Riko, and if they abandoned the kids midway through their journey, she'd be bad at Bunny Doctor next time they would meet. And she can't rely on just Reg alone, after all. Reg agrees, but then whispers to Nanachi that the real reason is that Riko's cooking is also really good. Can't disagree with that.
-With that, Nanachi promises to tell Riko the full story in due time, but they came from the place that they're heading for. You know, the place that they said they'll mention in due time, so no spilling the beans, Reg. And with that, it's time to get started with preparations. They've got quite a lot to do. Got supplies to get and tracks to hide. Riko is all for this, since Lyza is waiting for her, and with that, the three return to the hideout to prepare for the next phase of their journey.
-After the screen fades to black, we return to the trio preparing a hot air ballon with a package attached to it. They send it up to the heavens as the credits begin to play and the balloon disappears in the light. With that done, they get to work on the supples they need to bring, which includes preparation of preserved medicines. We then follow the balloon up into the third layer, where it is nearly attacked by a madokajack. It attempts to turn around and goes for it again, but gets distracted by a nest of those squirrel-mouse creatures and goes for them. With that, the balloon continues to the sky, alone.
-Back in the hideout, we see that the trio are sorting the cave-raiding equipment in preparation for the journey down below. This is where we join the balloon as it enters the Inverted Forest, being caught by the strong gusts of winds located there. It is caught on a tree, about ready to break, but Marulk sees it and goes to deal with it. Back below, we see Reg is wrestling with some Octopus monster, which is apparently them procuring water-repellent materials. Back in the Seeker Camp, Marulk is busy preparing the balloon, flanked by the other three cave raiders from Ozen's team. She helps send the balloon back up to continue it's journey. As the four discuss what they find, Ozen looks on, smiling rather happily, probably at the thought that the kids are still alive, and that maybe, just maybe, they can complete their quest.
-We return to Riko continuing her rehab, getting more fingers to move, followed by the construction of a support. It looks like a wooden spoon, to be honest, but I imagine it's the glove that's mean to help with gripping. We continue to follow the balloon up, being watched by various Abyss creatures who decide to do nothing with it. We then see it get caught in a swamp of bugs, but by some miracle, the balloon does not pop, but is barely hanging on. That thing has Riko levels of determination.
-We return to our trio and see them continuing their preparations, like a brand new backpack, since the previous one was lost to the Orbed-Piercer. I wonder if they'll ever get the Everlasting Pickaxe back? Nanachi is making some final touches. We return to the balloon, and it appears to have fallen short of it's goal. However, Nat is there to find it. He's joined by Shiggy, and soon enough, they return to the Orphanage with their new prize. We then get shots of Orth, covered in purple leaves that are blown across the city, before ending on one large shot of the island and the last unexplored cavern in the world.
-Back in the hideout, Nanachi turns out the lights for the last time as the trio resume their quest. Nanachi, however, takes one more look at her home, but this time, she leaves with a smile, joined by new friends, to see the infamous bottom of the netherworld, and with a renewed hope, that maybe, just maybe, the universe isn't as bad as it's made out to be.
-This is quickly turned around, though, as we cut to a room filled with these purple/pinkish lights. Rows and rows of them. However, one of these lights is out. A figure walks up to it, surprised to see that her signature has disappeared. This person, who appears to have a scaly tail, congratulates Nanachi, that they've finally managed to do it. He would like to express the extend of his gratitude to them, and would very much like to see them again. We close on a shot of the face of who appears to be our next villain, of the White Whistle known as Bondrewd.
And that, my friends, is the end of all of the currently available episodes of Made in Abyss. There is a second season in the works, but at the time of this posting, is not yet available. Don't worry, for if you're curious, I do plan do restart the thread once the second season has completed it's run, assuming I'm not too busy with anything else I'll be busy doing.
But yeah, that was quite the non-ending. If I didn't know there was going to be a second season, I might have gotten out my Riko Riot Gear to go do some rioting. Granted, this ending didn't quite piss me off as much as Land of the Lustrous did, but still.
I'll talk more about the series proper on Sunday, when we do the season wrap up, but what I can say for certain here that this series certainly earned it's Best of Show title. Well, this has gotten on long enough, since I wasn't expecting a double-length episode, so let's wrap things up for now.
Until next time, remember, when sending out your balloon messages, make sure you made some good friends along the way, just to make sure the message does get passed along. This is why you're nice to every other NPC you see.
1 hour agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to the season finale of Made in Abyss.
1 day agoCaButler
So the America chapter got released in FGO. I'm rather far in it and I can tell you that it gets rather dark as the chapter goes on. You thought the end of London was bad? Wait until you get further into the chapter itself.
I did take two shots at the rate up banner, hoping for NIghtingale. Sure, she isn't great, but dammit, I like her design. I didn't get her, but in both rolls I did get Helena, a four star caster, to NP2, so that's a plus.
I don't plan to roll again until I complete the chapter, when the other servants become available. After that, it's saving for Jalter. Yes, I plan to whale for that one.
Oh, and I posted some new images. Most are just screen shots for the chapter.
3 days agoCaButler
So, for a long while now, I had a collection of Amiibos that sat in their packaging, untouched, for the longest time. Honestly, I didn't know what I planned to do with them, but htey just sat around, unopened and unused.
Until last week, that is. Thanks to the snow storm I was without power, but my Switch sitl worked, so I ended up playing Bayonetta 2, which could interact with the Amiibo's. They mostly gave you money or items, but some unlocked costumes for Bayonetta that were Nintendo characters. This includes Princess Peach, and yes, it's as revealing as you think it is.
As for the Amiibos themselves, they're rather well crafted, and I do like that they have a purpose for interacting with titles. Now to build my Amiibo army to go and take over the world!
...Oh, and I posted some new images that you folks might like.
5 days agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our Penultimate episode of Made in Abyss. To think we were coming up to the end so quickly.
In our last episode, Nanachi, a bunny Hollow, shows up to a crying Reg, offering to help him out with his Riko-dying issue. First by bringing the kids to Nanachi's home, then to provide Reg with a set of materials to gather and where to get them, if only to keep him busy, but more importantly, to save Riko's life. He goes out there with some real gusto, getting the required items. Turns out, he only really needed one as the rest were just for Nanachi's food. They be a real slave driver and expensive doctor. Still, the process itself begins to work and Riko is out of the woods, which is always a plus.
While there, Reg is introduced to another Hollow, Mitty, but unlike Nanachi, she is the typical Hollow, losing all sense of humanity and identity. Nanachi also seems to recognize Lyza's White Whistle, but we don't follow up on that as Reg is sent to clean up Riko's pee-stained clothes. While doing so, he finds himself in a beautiful field and stats recalling himself being at another one, where a familiar grave rests, as well as a sense that Reg may have met Lyza once before. As there are questions within questions, one thing is certain. Mitty has taken an interest in Riko, and Reg is going to find himself with a big surprise when he returns. What could all this mean? Is Mitty actually Lyza? And why is Nanachi different from the typical Hollow? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins in Orth where we catch up with Nat, Shiggy, and Kiyui, though the youngest of the three has seemingly taken a turn for the worse, as we see him in bed, breathing heavily. Leader has been taking care of him, but he's taken the young child to a number of doctors but nobody knows what is causing Kiyui's ailments. With Leader is a woman with braided pink hair. Leader is suggesting that she, who is from a caravan fleet that makes stops at countries around the world, would know of a good way to treat him. The lady, however, says that she's just a pharmacist, but won't turn away a child in need and suggests bringing him to the caravan's medical ship. You know, Leader, if you wanted to ask her out, there are easier ways.
-Nat and Shiggy are outside, but as soon as they hear the door open, they run over to ask about Kiyui's condition. Leader tells them that he's taking the young child to the caravan fleet for now and leaves the kids in charge of the orphanage. What, is the director away on business, or do you only just the kids to look after each other? Shiggy mentions that the young child was looking forward to his birthday celebration today, with Nat getting worried. I can't imagine why.
-But just in case you, the audience, has forgotten, and it has been a number of episodes sense, Leader tells Pharmacist Lady about the Birthday-Death Disease, but this has become a bigger trend lately. More specifically, it's happening to people who's birthday is on the same day as the year they were born. Well, that's just a terrible thought, isn't it? Leader mentions that a rumor is going around that it's the world of some disease, but I think he's a bit skeptical of that. He points over to a gathered group of people, all dressed for a funeral. Leader mentions that the deceased's ashes are returned to the Abyss together with Etneral Fortune flowers. And this funeral is for someone who passed away from the same thing ailing Kiyui. Leader, this is now how you convince the Pharmacist Lady to stay or come back. Did Lyza teach you nothing?
-Though Kiyui is looking really bad, as he's red all over. Leader mentions that, before Kiyui got sick, two others at the orphanage died due to some unknown medical condition. This makes five suspicious deaths, and all of them were orphans whose birthdays were unknown. Leader would like to think that something this absurd is just a made-up story, but after five, it stops being a coincidence. Outside of the island are a bunch of ships, all looking much more modern than I would expect. Some time has passed, but we cut to both Leader and Pharmacist Lady looking very surprised at a very healthy Kiyui. Hey, looks like the sea air did wonders after all!
-Leader, confused, asks Kiyui if he's doing alright now. He seems to be, but he's a bit confused and asks where he is. That Pharmacist lady can do wonders, even if she didn't do anything... wait, she didn't do anything? That's very strange. She's very confused, given Kiyui's sudden recovery. She goes out on the deck to stretch her arms out, trying to think this riddle out. At this point, she'd think it was some kind of curse or spell. As the wind blows, she's reminded of something like this before, something completely absurd. The mysterious "Great Pit of the Netherworld," which is itself referred to as a curse. A curse that can cause people to get sick and die... huh. There's an interesting connection for you.
-Narrator lady comes by to take over, saying that longing seizes people more powerfully than poison and more deeply than illness. Once it catches hold of you, there is absolutely no escape. Geez, why not make this as morbid as you can, lady. As the camera starts going down the abyss, Narrator lady says that is quite a "curse," and yet the adventurers all willingly devote themselves to its pursuit. For them, a life without longing is more terrifying than death itself. We continue into the void, going deeper and deeper, for we long to know of Riko's condition and if she'll survive.
-Tonight's episode is titled The True Nature of the Curse. And for our picture, it's everybody's favorite protagonist killing monster, Orby! May you burn in hell, you rotten creature! When we come back, it's in the Abyss, where Reg is trying to figure out those memories that may or may not involve Lyza. He believes he buried Lyza and mourned her death, but according to Ozen, the grave is empty. As he walks in the main room, he comes in to find Mitty trying to eat Riko. At least, it looks like she's trying to eat Riko. She might just be licking the unconscious girl. It's kind of heard to tell. Reg, of course, gets worried and tries to shoo Mitty off of her, but she won't budge an inch. Man, you are a pushover, Reg.
-Luckily, Nanachi is there and informs Reg that Mitty won't attack humans, so he should just relax. Though it is unusual for Mitty to get emotionally attached to visitors, though. There's a notch for the "Mitty=Lyza" theory, but is immediately taken out when Nanachi mentions that Mitty and Riko are close in age. Wait, so did you know Mitty before she became a Hollow, Nanachi? We see Snarky Doctor Bunny making the meal while giving Mitty's backstory. Before becoming a Hollow, Mitty was also a girl, which surprises Reg. Right, the whole pronoun thing. Reg turns to Mitty and tells her that it's okay to lick Riko, just don't eat hte mushrooms, okay? Okay.
-Nanachi is a bit hurt by Reg's suggestion, saying that Mitty isn't the type to hurt others. Besides, it was thanks to her that they were able to get the poison out. Reg is confused about this so Nanachi explains that the medicine was made by injecting Mitty with an orbed-piercer's poison. Turns out, she has the ability to neutralize poisons all on her own. As a result, Nanachi used Mitty's blood to produce the medicine. Though I wonder if this is why Mitty is sucking on Riko, to help get the poison out. Reg decides he wants to know more and asks Nanachi what they were before they became Hollows. Nanachi says it's better if he didn't ask, because if he does, he's going to want to end up helping them. Reg is shocked by this. They saved Riko, so why wouldn't he try to return the favor? It's just good manners, after all.
-Nanachi puts a stop to that, however, for lunch is ready. It's her specialty, Netherworld Stew. And... yeah, Riko's looks bad, but this is on a whole other level. But hey, maybe like Riko's, it tastes great... right? Reg is reluctant to have any, but Nanachi offers him some, and it'd be rude to turn down food from their savior. Still, he does asks if this was made from the ingredients he collected. Nanachi tells him "Don't worry about, um, how it looks." Yeah, I don't like that pause there, either.
-Reg remains cautious and smells it, noting a fish like smell, but still wonders what kind of smell is that. Nanachi interrupts his train of thought, though, when the bunny doctor addresses Mitty, telling her that they're going to take some for her to munch on later. So, with some reluctant, Reg gives the food a shot. And this is when the trope comes into play, because it is as bad as it looks. Reg questions how this was made by the ingredients he brought, but Nanachi is shocked by such harsh criticism of their cooking. Reg asks bunny doctor if they eat this stuff all the time, and with his piercing stare, Nanachi looks downtrodden and embarrassed. Apparently, they've never even gotten to eat tasty food before. Now you're making the bunny doctor feel bad, Reg. Stop that.
-Still, in protect Riko mode, Reg is going to keep her from having any of this, because he's afraid she will die from it. As such, he will cook her food himself! Nanachi, unable to read his thoughts, assumes he won't eat anymore and tells him not to if he doesn't like it. Day turns to night, and during that time Reg has told Nanachi their quest in the Abyss, which is for Riko to find Lyza at the bottom of the netherworld. Riko is still unconscious as Mitty has taken on being a sleeping companion for the young girl. Nanachi is rather shocked by the oddity of the two traveling together. Still, they compliment the kids on making it this far, but they add that it was actually quite hopeless at this point, when Riko nearly got killed. Yeah, just make Reg feel worse, why don't you?
-After a moment, Reg decides to ask an important question of Nanachi, one that she made mention of before. He asks of a way to evade the Curse of the Abyss, something bunny doctor clearly knows about. Nanachi thinks about it for a moment, but tells Reg that, even if they were to explain it, to someone like him who can't "see" it, would be difficult. Besides, it's bunny doctor's personal secret, but Reg begs, even going so far as to help Nanachi out with anything they want, if it's within his power. He gets up close, which bothers Nanachi and reluctantly agrees. They're going to have Reg experience it for himself, even if he is a robot who can't suffer the Curse to begin with.
-Outside, Nanachi lays out a very thin sheet, which covers quite a good distance. They then get under it and tell Reg to do the same. After doing what bunny doctor says, he asks what this is. It's called a fog weave, which is a grade-3 Relic. More simply, it's a super thing piece of cloth. After poking the sheet, Nanachi says that it's basically like this. When Reg asks for clarification, Nanachi responds that this is the true nature of the Curse of the Abyss. Walking around a bit, bunny doctor says that it's floaty in the same kind of way, with layer piled upon layer, it blankets them. Even if they touch it, they won't feel it, nor can they see it. When they move, it moves along with them. Simply breathing is enough to alter its flow. From what Nanachi is describing, it seems less like something related to gravity (like my first theory), and more along the lines of a disease of sorts. Huh, now that's an interesting connection to make.
-Reg asks if touching it is when one is hit by the Curse of the Abyss. Nanachi replies that it's not like that. When the Curse is touched, it simply warps, just like this cloth. So Reg then asks what makes one get hit with the Curse? Nanachi gives an example by pulling down the cloth around her, to the point where she rips through it with her head. Once you break through, the symptoms hit the infected all at once. Though if one pierces with a finger, then it's not so bad. But when it comes to one's head or chest, if any part of them that is vital to life passes through, then bad things happen, like when Riko was bleeding from every orifice. Yeah, that's something Reg is looking to avoid happen again.
-This leads to Reg's next question. What happens when one descends? Nanachi explains that passing on through from above is nice and smooth. the two sit as Nanachi begins to write something, telling Reg that the Curse has a flow similar to "inverted thorns," making it so that you can't get out once they've entered. They show the picture to Reg, which looks like a bunny being captured like a trap. This leads to Reg asking what the malice-filled floaty thing is. It's the force field, the one that is mentioned very often. The one that carries light to the subterranean world while obstructing observation of it. It is the one that continues to stubbornly guard the netherworld's true nature and the order within it. So this mysterious force field is also part of the curse, then? How does something like this get formed? It can't be natural.
-Nanachi continues with the similarities, calling the force field the very blood of the Abyss. And that is the true nature of the Curse of the Abyss, and there is nowhere to escape from it. This confuses Reg, since bunny doctor mentioned that the Curse wasn't present around their hideout. Nanachi states that the forcefield gets weaker the father away one gets from the vertical shaft. They get out from under the fog weave, leading to Nanachi asking if Reg has a feel for it? Though they add that there aren't many places as stable as this one. I assume they mean locations where the Curse is at its weakest. Reg also relates the Seeker Camp was the same way, which is why it's so far away from the vertical shaft. Aside from being safe from some of the more dangerous creatures of the Abyss.
-Nanachi continues, saying that he force field is sensitive to the movements of living things. It even responds to their very consciousness and alters its flow. Which means that, if you can read something's consciousness, one can anticipate its movements. This leads to the orbed-piercers. Nanachi says that they don't have great intuition, but can actually predict the future. This is because, the deeper you go in the Abyss, the denser and stronger the force field becomes. This means that challenging the netherworld's bottom means continuing on a path brimming with a deadly curse, while also going up against predators that can predict the future. Sounds like a lot of cheating, if you ask me.
-This is all rather shocking to Reg, leading him to ask how cave raiders manage to still press on, despite all of these dangers? Nanachi has no answer for that, since they aren't able to see the Curse themselves. However, there is one thing bunny doctor knows. That's just hte way it is. There's no way to stop their longing. Reg stands at the statement, dumbfounded, while I wonder if the narrator is actually Nanachi from the future. But it appears that bunny doctor's lessons aren't done yet as they ask for Reg's helmet. He gives it up without a fuss, but then sees that Nanachi is fiddling around with something. He asks what they're doing and they responds that they're going to get Reg experience it. That said, Reg has to promise Nanachi to do exactly as they say. For their order is absolute as the only bunny doctor in the area.
-Inside, we see Mitty is enjoying her time on top of Riko, who's still recovering from the poison. We then cut to a scene where a green-eye girl appears to be covered in a sheet, frightened by something. There is something about the sheet, though, that is unnerving. Like how it doesn't look like a sheet so much as it looks like skin. Because who wants to sleep tonight, right? and just to make it worse, as this girl looks up, they see a hole where a menacing eye gazes at her. So mysterious girl decides to get up close to that hole, putting her eyeball with the sinister one. But then the shape changes to Riko, apparently covered in a slime of some kind, but also looking through the eye hole. Man, that girl has some weird dreams.
-Mitty continues to lay on top of Riko, seemingly calling out to her, trying to get her to wake up, but to no avail. Yeah, I get that's one sight Riko will be happy to see. Sure, Mitty might be considered cute and harmless, but out of context, Riko is going to go for the closely blunt object she can find.
-This leads to our halfway mark of the episode. We join Reg apparently exploring the Abyss when Nanachi calls out to him. But instead of being nearby, it appears that bunny doctor is speaking to Reg through a radio, as if they're playing mission control here. Just how advance are some of the Abyss relics are? There is a lot going on here than at first glance. Reg calls it unsettling, as if Nanachi is right next to his ear. This just happens to be something they picked up. Still, while Reg can hear Nanachi, he is curious where bunny doctor is. Oh, don't worry, they're around, keeping tabs on you, robot boy.
-Nanachi continues to provide instructions, when suddenly, a whistle is sounded. Reg rushes in to help as Nanachi tries to rein him in, but to no avail. When he gets to the spot of the whistle, he finds a Black Whistle facing off against Orby. Nanachi, still able to see, notes that the Black Whistle was on his way back and was ambushed. Well, this isn't what Nanachi planned, but they aren't going to turn away a situation like this. Reg is instructed to help, and Orby, seemingly recalling robot boy, turns towards him. Nanachi reminds him that, no matter what happens, he must do exactly as they say. If he does, then he'll be able to dispose of Orby and the man will be saved. And with Reg giving confirmation, Nanachi will show him the world that they see. Hopefully it'll be less foggy.
-So, the first instruction is to look up and completely commit to it. Reg questions this, but Nanachi repeats their instruction and to stop questioning them. From Orby's view, a set of red lines go up, causing it to look up. That's when Nanachi orders Reg to jump right. To his surprise, he's able to grab a hand full of Orby's face. Nanachi expected this, then tells Reg not to let go. The thing he grabbed onto is the organ Orby uses to sense the force field. That's its lifeline, and with uncoupling Reg's actions from his conscious mind, he'd never be able to touch it. We see Orby doing its best busting bronco routine, trying to shake off robot boy, but he has a grip like steel and isn't letting go. After a moment, it stops, which means it'll go for the kill without any though of looking graceful. Which it does by attacking Reg's stomach. Too bad for Orby that Reg has abs of steel.
-With this attack committed, Nanachi orders Reg to tie up Orby. He gets right to work, and with it contained, Reg attacks it with a high power Incinerator blast. He misses, despite being at point blank range, because Orby shed its spines to escape. With the steam as cover, Orby escapes. Nanachi congratulates him, saying that Orby was forced to eject eighty percent of its spines, so it won't be able to hunt here anymore. Not quite the result they were looking for, but better than nothing. With that, Nanachi orders him back. However, he goes over to Black Whistle, with Nanachi objecting every step of the way, saying that cave raiders are the most danger to them with Orby gone.
-Reg ignores Nanachi and asks Black Whistle to relay a message for him. It's intended for Jiruo at Belcheor Orphanage, who we know better as Leader. The messages is that they are still continuing their adventure. Black Whistle is confused, buy takes the message. Assuming he survives, Leader will at least know their progress. Soon enough, Reg joins up with Nanachi and apologizes for disobeying orders, but since he didn't say anything about bunny doctor, it's fine. Still, they ask if it's alright to mention Jiruo like that so casually, since it could spell trouble for him. Reg is confident he'll be fine, as he's the most dependable guy he knows. Plus, he was handpicked as Lyza's apprentice, so clearly he's got a good head on his shoulders.
-But with all that, Reg tells Nanachi that the battle was pretty amazing. Using the opponent's own special ability against it was a brilliant strategy. He wishes that bunny doctor would come with them to the bottom of the netherworld. Turns out, Nanachi has something to ask of him. Though they are hesitate to ask, as it is a hard thing to ask, but Reg tells them not to hold back. And the request is... to kill Mitty for them. Reg takes a moment to process this before he ends it in confusion. Yeah, that's something that came out of nowhere.
-We then get a shot of some sort of purple tube with light pouring down from it. It actually looks similar to what we've seen in the opening credits, only it appeared to be covering up the entire city. We see a figure moving away from it, which is revealed to be Nanachi, and on their back is Mitty, tied up to their back. Nanachi apologizes for running away like this, but they won't let him keep doing as he pleases. They'll figure something out, but along the way, bugs surround them, and their usually the first indication of somebody dying. Oh... oh, oh dear. Cue the credits! Hurry!
-The kids make further progress, even if one is currently bed ridden, as they face their next episode, The Challengers.
On Friday, the finale. Until next time.
1 week agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next review of Made in Abyss, which constantly remind us why going deep as a newbie is a terrible, terrible idea.
In our last episode, Reg and Riko made it to the Fourth Layer known as the Goblet of Giants, and so far, everything seems pretty good, aside from a creature that appears to be following them, according to Reg. They keep moving until they run into the creature, which is fast, smart, and above all else, dangerous. Reg does his best but he's hopelessly outmatched by the creature. What's worse, in a defensive maneuver, Riko is injured by the beast, which is known to be poisonous.
Left with little option, Reg takes the sick and injured Riko up, causing the Curse to kick in, and making things worse in general. And that's only the first half of the episode. The second half deals with Reg needed to perform first aid on Riko to keep her alive, which includes stopping the spread of the poison, which makes her hand look ridiculously oversized, and then move on to amputating it. It doesn't go so well because Riko stops breathing.
Luckily, a stranger arrives to over some help for Reg, first by instructing him on how to perform CPR, then offering them a place to stay to help cure the poison. This person, who looks like a rabbit, is named Nanachi, and they are what is known as a hollow. Who is this mysterious savior? And will they be able to save Riko from their fate? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins with a long shot of one of the flower stalks as the narrator takes over, saying that flowers may bloom with innumerable deaths providing their nourishment, there are countless tragedies buried at the bottom of this beautiful world. But unless you are one of those directly concerned, this is not something you can know. We hear Reg cry out to Riko, motionless and on the brink of death, but we get a quick look at Nanachi, apparently listening with great interest. The narrator goes on, saying that one should simply be captivated by the utterly dazzling beauty and push on, treading firmly on the ground below.
-We focus on Nanachi's eyes as a flash of another person. a human, appears, smiling at what appears to be Nanachi. This memory spurs them to stand up and go towards the kids, as the narrator says that, for your tragedy, too, is sure to become sustenance and give birth to the blooming of new flowers. Seems like she's talking to Nanachi here. We see Nanachi approach the crying Reg, calling him noisy, then tells him that Riko's heart is still beating, but it's likely to stop any moment now, though. We basically get a repeat of the last few minutes of the last episode, where Nanachi introduces themselves as a fluffy, stuffed doll who's come to comfort the two of them.
-So we get Nanachi teaching Reg out to do CPR, including the proper ways of getting air in Riko's lungs, but the episode skips some of those scenes. Once Riko is breathing again, Nanachi tells Reg that they can't relax yet, since she hasn't regained consciousness. They will take Riko back to Nanachi's hideout to help with the poison. There, we cut to Reg carrying Riko like the pretty princess she is, going towards Nanachi's hideout. Once inside, Reg is able to see many of Nanachi's whistles and cave-raiding equipment. This is when Nanachi reveals themselves as a hollow and their name. But if they're helping, they can't be that hollow, can they?
-Tonight's episode is titled Nanachi. We also get a picture of some creature with mushroom's growing off their back. Because of course the Abyss would have such a creature. Our episode begins with Reg taking in what Nanachi told him, but looks over to see that they seem to be a small child. Nanachi take's Reg's stone-faced expression as not knowing what a hollow is, but isn't surprised, as Reg doesn't look like a cave raider. Or maybe he just knows how to keep his emotions in check better than you expect.
-Nanachi tells Reg to lay Riko down on the bed, but before he does, he asks of Nanachi's age. They decide to tease Reg a bit, but then says that if he's that anxious, he can try finding somebody else. Knowing that he has little choice, Reg begs Nanachi to help, which was the answer they expected. So we see Nanachi get to work on fixing up Riko. Looking at her injuries, Nanachi says that, among cave raiders handling it like this is apparently common practice. By that, she means the attempt to amputate the arm. Oh, and we get a rather good look at the surgery attempt Reg did. It isn't pretty.
-Nanachi says that it's done this way because cave raiders don't know the proper way. They cut off the rope that was holding back the poison, much to Reg's objections, but Nanachi tells him to calm down. They will allow the poison to flow through Riko's body, then get rid of it once it does. That sounds like a terrible idea. Where did you get your doctor's license from, Nanachi? That's when they produce an object. It's a medicine that their fired made that they hardened with wax. They then spread Riko's legs, saying that when it's not possible to administer the medicine orally, it needs to be inserted into the butthole. Reg, apparently not being a gentleman, looks on, blushing the entire time. How dare you not look away, sir!
-With the medicine up the butt, Nanachi moves on to Riko's arm. They are going to remove the smashed bone fragments and stitch up the blood vessels and flesh. They then decide to make this a lesson for Reg by pointing out different parts of the body and what they do. They point to a white thing inside of the arm and say it's a nerve. Apparently, a number of the nerves were damaged. Whoever did the cutting here really botched it up. By the way, Nanachi isn't good at stitching these things. Big hands and all. They then call out Reg on the botched cut job, adding that it was a good thing Riko passed out before that happened. And after calling out Reg on his lack of experience, Nanachi begins stitching up the cut, who is clearly good at this.
-A small skip later, and we see the job is done. We see some sticks bracing Riko's enlarged left hand, which does look a bit better, color wise. Dr. Nanachi, proud of their work, says that this will do for the time being. Reg is happy to hear this and breathes a sigh of relief, but Dr. Nanachi tells him that the hard part comes now. Because the good doctor here has a list of things they need Reg to get. Reg is gun-ho about it and attempts to go for a hug, but Nanachi stops him, looking slightly embarrassed, telling them not to get so close!
-Still, Reg isn't beyond begging and continues to get for Nanachi's help. They comply, but they want to know why Reg didn't cut at Riko's elbow joint? He couldn't have taken the arm off without breaking the bone. You know, like what Riko said. Reg doesn't say anything, so Nanachi assumes he was just following orders. He confirms this, and Nanachi just has a little more respect for Riko now. They say that if the part past the elbow is left intact, then it totally changes the things it's possible to do when out cave raiding. Nanachi is impressed by Riko's determination to press on, unwilling to give up on her adventure. Even when unconscious, she somehow leaves a favorable impression on an unknown creature. That's the main protagonist power for you.
-It seems Reg didn't understand what Riko was thinking of until just now. But that's when he realized that he hasn't told Nanachi their names yet. He gives their names, but Nanachi already knows, given how loudly they were calling their names earlier. Also, they say it's the first time anyone like them has come here. Turns out, it was Nanachi who was spying on them, ever since the kids enter their hunting grounds. So, yeah, Nanachi was watching them as soon as they entered the Fourth Layer. Fun times. They were even watching the kids fight agains the orbed-piercer, and this really gets on Reg's nerves. While Nanachi is fiddling with something, they see Reg's look and already knows what he wants to say. It's like they're psychic!
-Nanachi admits that they were just interested to see what the kid's deal was. They made no intention of making an appearance to them, but Reg is curious why the good doctor did save them? Because of pity. No, really, that's the answer Nanachi gave to Reg. In a mocking fashion, they repeat the words Reg said as he was crying out to Riko to stay awake and alive. Yeah, Reg, Nanachi heard every word of it and they're going to have a blast with it. As he starts getting red with embarrassment and anger, a strange noise draws his attention. Reg asks if somebody else is here, and Nanachi confirms that, yes, it's somebody that lives with them. You know, I wonder if it's scarier when the nice monster person actually introduces you to the strange noise instead of trying to keep it a secret. Almost as if they want to give their guest a false sense of security.
-So Nanachi goes to introduce Reg to the strange noise. This is Nanachi's cute Mitty. Well, with a name like that they must be... oh my Lord. Nanachi, we have different definitions on what cute is. Mitty is... actually, I don't know what else to describe Mitty other than a blob with a large, man eating mouth and eyes that look too cute on such a creature. Reg is aghast by the sight and asks to know what Mitty is. Like Nanachi, Mitty, who is identified as a girl, is also a Hollow.
-Reg is blue screening at the moment, so Nanachi explains the situation. Mainly, about the strain of ascending in the sixth layer. Reg recalls that it was the loss of one's humanity or even death. Turns out, this is what happens when someone survives the Curse of the depths' sixth layer, which is why you don't see many people come back up from there. As a result, their personality and intellect vanish, and as the name implies, they become a hollow husk of the person they once were. And no matter what anyone tries, they can never go back to the way they were. I guess this is why the sixth layer is considered the point of no return for many cave-raiders.
-And because Nanachi shows off what a jerk they are, they tell Reg to think about what would happen if he pulled that trick on the sixth layer with Riko. They think it would be rather thrilling. But that's when Reg points out that they are also a Hollow and don't appear to have lost their intellect or personality. Turns out, they are an exception among exceptions. As such, Reg shouldn't get his hopes up. We see Nanachi petting Mitty, who appears to be doing the same to Nanachi in return. They get around to playing, and it'd be cute if it wasn't horrifying for any number of reasons. Take your pick.
-That's when Nanachi is reminded of something. If a cave raider becomes a Hollow, their fellow cafe raiders will put them to death and collect their belongings before moving on. Though given the alternative, Nanachi believes it's far better to simply tell people that the fallen cafe raider died. In an environment like that, Nanachi asks Reg if he can imagine putting himself out in the opening looking like they do? They are living proof that it's possible to return from the sixth layer while retaining their humanity. Naturally, people will come and try to capture them however they can. Yeah, you can probably see why Nanachi tends to keep a low profile, and that showing up to the kids was an exception to that rule.
-Still, even if Nanachi saved the kids out of pity, getting saved was still a good thing, right? Reg, knowing his own situation, apologies, but Nanachi can't help but call him a pushover. A little later, Nanachi is done sketching the materials they need for healing Riko, as well the places to find them. Also, Nanachi's totally awesome signature is on there, too, because they are just that famous. Oh, and just to make sure we haven't forgotten the horror element, Nanachi tells Reg that Riko still has internal bleeding and her arm will rot off. All they've done at this point is delay her death. And that's before you see Nanachi's enormous medical fees.
-Though Nanachi does say that Riko can hold on for another 12 hours, so the clock is ticking on Reg. If you take too much longer, he'll need to spend the time thinking of a tactful way to say goodbye. You have such terrible bedside manner, Dr. Nanachi. And with that, Reg goes out hunting for the materials. But while doing so, he recalls what Nanachi said to him before, about not being able to see the Curse. He makes a mental note to ask about that later, assuming he can remember, given all of the things that's currently going on in his head at the moment. But for now, he's going to focus only on rescuing Riko. Which is the only thing thinks of 96% of the time. The rest of the time it's all about how tasty something looks.
-Speaking of, Nanachi is going through Riko's things and finds Lyza's whistle. They recognize it, which prompts a flashback of a familiar looking cave raider, praising them for a good job, patting the rabbit creature on the head. It's Bondrewd, and he tells Nanachi to look happier. He tries to get the Hollow to smile, but that isn't happening. And it's a shame, because Bondrewd wants to celebrate the success of the experiment. And we get a good look at his whistle and... wow, we're not even being subtle, are we? It appears to be a pair of clasping hands, but they look sort of demonic. Yup, we're totally pushing this guy as evil.
-Back in the present, Reg is still on the hunt for the required materials. In the note Nanachi left him, it says that he can gather most of the stuff on the western side. He should stay out of the central region, as Orby is there. As in the orbed-piercer, that is. Orby is too cute of a name for such a deadly creature, but then again, Nanachi does have a strange sense of humor. While Reg ponders this for a moment, he proceeds with the collection of the required materials. First, a demonfish, the bigger the better. Reg lines his shot along the shore line and quickly grabs one. The note also mentions that he should choose one that displays clear color differentiation between its back and belly. Suddenly, another demonfish jumps out, prompting Reg to go for that one, as well. Because you never know what will attempt to kill you in the Abyss.
-Next, Giant-hammerbeak eggs. As one flies away, Reg jumps in as the note says to just take one per nest, and that freshly-laid ones are the best. We get a shot of the eggs, with one that appears to be steaming from heat. Reg thinks that may be the most recently laid egg and grabs it, only to be attacked by said giant-hammerbeak. Good think they aren't as giant as their name says.
-We then cut to Reg climbing a tree as he's told that he needs yellow-shining grass. He is to find a spot with lots of it growing and pick the stuff that smells somewhat better. Reg doesn't seem entirely certain what Nanachi means by that, but he'll just run with it. Next, we see the mushroom things moving about. Reg is to get a shroombear infected with water-shrooms. I don't know how you would be able to tell that, but Reg is able to collect one and oh my it has just the cutest squeal! Don't be mean to the shroombear, Reg.
-With the shroombear tucked away in the pack, and it's peaking out like the cute little thing it is, Reg has collected all of the required material. He runs back towards Nanachi, hoping to make it on time. As he does, he finds Nanachi undressing Riko. He runs over and objects to that, but Nanachi calls him noisy and points out that if they leave her soaked in bloody pee, she'll get a rash. They present Reg with her shorts, which are steaming from the bloody pee, saying that Riko peed a lot. They tell Reg to wash it later. Seriously, Nanachi, you need to work on that bedside manner of yours.
-Reg pauses for a moment before asking how Riko is doing. Nanachi goes over to check the contents and tells him to calm down, calling him a piece of junk. Wow, you make Dr. House look like a saint in comparison. Nanachi does approve of what he brought, though, and says that it's time to get started. They're going to save Riko, and Reg is totally awesome with that.
-So, to help with Riko's modesty, Reg covers her up with his cape as Nanachi begins to treat the poison. She has some of the shroombear's mushrooms, saying that the water-mushrooms are parasitic. They mention that when the hose looks like they're about to kick the bucket, they share their stored-up nutrients and get their host going again. So, basically, the water-shrooms can only keep going if the host does, so for as long as they can, they keep the host alive. What terrible monsters! Nanachi goes on to say that, if the number of shroombears in a new den increases, there'll be more water-shrooms, too. It's what's known as a symbiotic relationship. Except in the example here, it looks like the old shroombear isn't so keen on living anymore.
-Nanachi plants one on Riko, saying that, while she's still unconscious, they're going to put them to good use. She plants the water-shroom right on the wound, where a good vein is located. This just happens to be at the point where the discoloration ends. This should also help the bone's leading process a bit, too. Also, this will help prevent the rotting of the flesh. Man, it sounds like these things are a medical miracle! I'm waiting to hear the drawback, because of course there's a drawback. Apparently, when you pull them off, they hurt like hell. That sounds rather terrible. This leads to Reg asking about the other stuff he got. Why, for dinner, of course!
-Reg is peeved off by this. He spent all this time to get the material to find that he only needed the water-shroom! And Riko's life was in danger as a result! What would have happened if he was too late!? Nanachi complains about how getting noisy about every little thing, which pisses Reg off even more. What's all this business about being so noisy?! Well, you do yell a lot. Nanachi points out that they have been watching over Riko this whole time, so it's not like they can go and find food themselves. After all, if they collapse from hunger, who's going to treat Riko then? Curse you and your good point, Dr. Nanachi!
-Reg apologizes for his outburst, which Nanachi accepts, but also takes this to see that he's really just a pushover. Are you planning more devious tasks for him, doctor? After a skip, we see a bunch of water-shrooms on Riko's arm. Reg looks distraught but Nanachi tells him to stop that. It doesn't look pretty, but it will save Riko's life. Reg gets right up into Nanachi's face and ask if this is true. After getting confirmation, Nanachi starts blushing a bit with how close the robot boy is and tells him that he's irritating. Reg then grabs Nanachi by the shoulders and remarks that they are quite fluffy. Hey, bad touch! Bad touch!
-Nanachi pushes Reg away and tells him to go wash Riko's pee-stained clothes. There's a riverbed in the back that isn't filled with fish that are drawn to the smell of blood. Reg seems reluctant at first, but gets to doing so. When he goes out in the back, he finds a field of Eternal Fortunes. He's rather amazed by the site, but he comes up to a set of markers, wondering if they're gravestones. Suddenly, a voice speaks in his head, telling Lyza that he's going. There's a flash in his head as he looks up to see a mound in front of him. On top of that is Blaze Reap, which should have been lost.
-Reg goes over to the marker, confused, but then he looks around and wonders where he is? He calls for Riko and Nanachi, but there's no answer. That's when he realizes that he's holding something in his hand. It's a blue pendent with an orb inside of a blue crystal. Reg feels like he's seen this somewhere before, but before he can try to find out, Nanachi brings him back to the present, scaring him. Reg is confused about his sudden return as Nanachi asks why he was staring intently at Riko's pee-stained clothes. Knowing what it looks like, Reg tries to claim that Nanachi's interpretation is wrong, then attempts to point to Blaze Rep, but that too is gone. Nanachi asks if he's seriously become a piece of junk, since he appears to be hallucinating things that aren't there.
-Still, Nanachi tells Reg to cheer up, and to do that, they provide him with more stuff to wash. Reg, however, is in his own world at the moment, confused by the vision he saw. He knew it wasn't here, but wonder if the scenery was somewhere similar? Then there was the voice, which was his own. Was it his own memories? And if so, he was the one mourning for Lyza. But the gravesite was empty, wasn't it? So is Lyza truly dead, or perhaps, disappeared? Maybe she went down to the sixth layer, knowing that she would never return. Questions within questions. And within that, more questions. And then something about washing pee-stained clothes.
-Meanwhile, we check in on Riko, still recovering, but it seems like Mitty has taken an interest in the young girl. Reg begins his return, still asking his many, many questions. He recalls that Ozen said nobody was buried there, and this leaves him to wonder what it all means? We then end our episode as Mitty takes a long, glaring look at Riko, seemingly hinting at a connection between the two. Well, wouldn't that just be a typical kick in the stomach if Mitty was actually Lyza. Cue credits!
-The map continues to go further down, but the kids themselves haven't made any real progress. But the next episode suggests that questions will be answered, which is titled The True Nature of the Curse.
Fun fact, this episode almost didn't happen! Well, I should actually say this entry almost didn't happen. I was without power for a good part of today thanks to the snow storm, but I only got it back a few hours ago at the time of this posting, so all is right with the world yet again.
As for the episode itself, while more of a bottle episode, there are some questions that are asked here. Why is Nanachi considered an exception to the sixth layer curse? What relationship does she have with Bondrewd? Is Mitty really Lyza? And who did Reg bury, if he did bury somebody?
We're down to our last two episodes, but the question is, where do we go from here? There's no way the kids will make it it to the bottom if they're only just halfway through, so will the end of their adventure be coming, or are we looking at a non-ending? Tune in on Sunday to find out.
Until next time, remember, when stuck in a blazing snow storm and you have an anime episode to do, make sure you do it in advance to avoid delays.
1 week agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next Transformers review. Today we'll be looking at a set that I technically already looked at before, but comes with some additional accessories so we'll be looking at it again. What could I possibly be talking about?
Well, without further ado, may I present to you the Make Toys Cross Dimensions MTCD-03, Thunder Manus!
With the Divine Armor! That's right, we're returning to Maketoys custom CHUG universe and taking another look at a Powermaster Optimus Prime.
Now, I know what you're thinking. "But Cab! Didn't you already look this guy in the Nemesis colors?" And the answer is, yes, I did, but there's extra accessories here, so shut up and let me do my thing.
Anyway, as you can see, this is in the classic Cross Dimensions box, only it's bigger than usual because of the additional accessories. Not as big as you would think, though.
And on the back of the box is your obligatory product shots showing off a lot of things here. Well, that's enough about that, let's get him out of the box and see how he really is.
So here we have Thunder Manus out of his package and in his alt-mode. And wow! Thunder Erebus was an impressive figure, but seeing this mold in the OP colors is very striking.
I won't focus too much on the main cab and trailer, though, because this is basically a repaint of Thunder Erebus. Pretty much nothing has changed between the two outside of the color.
But I thought I'd just show things off anyway, just so you can see how the original colors work here. And yes, they work quite well.
For a quick comparison, here is Thunder Manus with Striker Noir.
And here he is with Thunder Erebus. So as you can see, same mold, but very different paint job.
Oh, and in case you are wondering, here is Manus' Powermaster partner, Hi-Q. Only there's a bit more chrome on the engine block this time.
But we're not here to talk about this guy! Nope, because we're looking at something else entirely different. May I present to you... the Divine Armor!
Also better known as God Bomber or Apex Bomber. Now, I should mention that the Divine Armor here is not a transformable figure. It is strictly an add on for Thunder Manus, but as tradition requires, does become it's own little trailer here.
Getting the pieces into the trailer mode is a bit tricky. You have to put the pieces in a specific order, and sometimes it can be difficult as some things don't really want to peg in too well.
And really, for an alt-mode, it's a mess of parts, but if you weren't expecting anything more than that, then it works.
Now, for a quick comparison, here is the Divine Armor with G1 Apex Bomber, and as you can see, Apex Bomber is a much bigger figure than Divine Armor.
Now, Divine Armor can attach to the back of the Thunder Manus trailer, and it's actually similar to how Apex Bomber does.
There are two slots in the rear that you plug the extra trailer in. And there you go!
But while that's a nice thing to have, you didn't buy this just for the alt-mode.
Nope, you purchased it for a different reason. So let's get Thunder Manus transformed and start putting the pieces on. Yes, I know, Parts Forming, but it's Apex Bomber! What do you expect?
First things first, the shoulders. There are these red shoulders that plug into the pegs for the cannon.s Why? Because... reasons.
Next are the arms, and this is actually clever. You need to fold in the hands, then slide the new arms up and peg them in. It's a solid, tight connection, and doesn't interfere with arm movement.
Going further down we plug in the crotch plate, to help emulate how it works on God Ginrai.
Staying down here, we add some extra shin plates, which actually plug in using the screw holes already in the thighs, so that's a nice touch. They're also chrome and look extra shiny.
Now, for the feet, you need to add in some thrusters, which plug into the back of the legs, and an extra set of feet. You do have to actually change around how the original feet work, but everything plugs in quite well.
Next is the backpack, which is a good chunk of Divine Armor. It works under a dual purpose though.
And now we finish things up. As you can see, I'm putting in the front section of the Divine Armor on, which uses the backpack to peg in. It's a very tight connection that keeps everything stable.
And finally, we bring the chest plate down, and there we go, one Divine Manus, all transformed and armored for battle!
Here's the full shot of Divine Manus. By the way, Divine Manus is my name for him, not his official name. Anyway, he looks good, but does he lose any posability with the extra armor?
Nope, he doesn't. Though things are a little tighter, even with all the extra mass, Divine Manus can keep his balance and loses nothing with articulation. I didn't do the kneeling test because of reasons related to the figure's current status that has nothing to do with anything with the armor.
Now, as for accessories that come with Divine Manus...
Of course, you have the shoulder cannon, and it's rather large. it's articulated to go a full three sixty, as well as up and down movement, so no issues there.
Oh, and there's one more accessories here.
There's a sword hidden inside of the shoulder cannon, because of course their is.
There's nothing special about the sword itself. It's using a bit of a glossy plastic but nothing is painted. But it uses the railing system as in other Cross Dimension figures, so Divine Manus holds it quite well.
Getting the sword in is rather simple. That hand guard? It detaches, allowing you to slide the sword in the hand.
And thanks to the articulation of this line, you can even emulate Divine Manus doing a two handed downward slash like this.
There is a bit of cheating here, as the left hand can't hold onto the sword, but still, you can do it, because the Cross Dimension line can do it.
Of course, you can add the other accessories, like the two rifles and the normal shoulder cannons, this time plugged into the legs, because there is no such thing as overkill.
Now for some quick comparisons!
Here is Divine Manus with Striker Manus, and you can see, Divine Manus is quite a bit taller than his predecessor.
Next, here is Manus with Rioter Despotron.
Here he is with G1 Powermaster Optimus Prime with the Apex Armor.
And lastly, here is Divine Manus with Thunder Erebus, and you can see the height gain Manus gets in comparison to Erebus.
Now, of course, the armor will work on Erebus, since they use the same mold here. I don't know if they plan to do one with Erebus, but it'll be a moot point for me.
The reason I say that is that I'll have a purge of figures coming soon. There are some figures in my collection that I don't play with or are rather bad, so I'm going to sell them. So I'll be making some announcements soon. The reason I mention Thunder Erebus is that he was always a placeholder for Thunder Manus, because I wanted my OP colors. The extra accessories were a bonus.
As such, expect Thunder Erebus to go up on the chopping block, soon, along with a couple of other figures. I have a few others in mind but I have to make sure I'm prepared to list them and to make sure I have all of the boxes. When I'm ready, I'll make my annoucements.
As for Divine Manus, if you already have Thunder Erebus, it's more of the same, only with an extra armor set for a redesigned G1 figure, and yes, I do recommend it.
I have nothing else planned in the future, but if anything changes, you'll see it here. Until then.
1 week agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to the next Transformers review.
No theme week this week, but we'll be having two individual reviews showing up here. Both are third party and both would be considered CHUG figures.
The first figure we'll be looking at is from Iron Factory, so it's another Legends class figure. And you know I love those Iron Factory figures.
So, without further ado, may I present to you the Iron Factory EX-25, Sword of the Guardian!
I'm starting to wonder about some of these names. So here we have Dai Atlas, an IDW Legends class version of the character who got shanked by Star Saber in the comics because Star Saber was evil or something. As you can see, he comes in the typical IF box with the window.
And on the back of the box you can see that his actual name is Chrystalys. Because of course he would be called that. I wonder if they have a Legends Class Star Saber on the way? That would be interesting. Anyway, let's get him out of the box and see how he really is.
So here we have Dai Atlas out of his box and looking like he belongs in a Gundam show. Fun fact, for my package, he was put in upside down, so that was fun. Anyway, I have issues with this guy. Boy, do I have issues with him.
Getting up close to the head sculpt you can see a Gundam looking head on him. It's actually painted pretty well, so that's always good.
Posing wise, you got a lot of options. The wings can move to facilitate whatever movement you need, and he's pretty well balanced despite them. Though, as is typical of IF, the tolerances are just inconsistent. Either it's really tight or not tight enough.
Dai Atlas comes with a number of accessories. First is his shield, which doubles as his nosecone for alt-mode. You need to use a special attachment to get him to hold it but it comes with the package, so he holds it well.
He also gets a sword, and look, it's not the typical IF sword that everybody else gets! It's a nicely done sword, too.
He can, of course, store the sword on his back for that look here he's trying to reach for it, because why not?
One other set of accessories that he comes with are different hands, including a pointing hand, for those kinds of poses you'd like. I didn't take them off here because... well, we'll get to that later.
For now, let's get in some comparisons, shall we?
First, here is Dia Atlas with Shadow Tengu. As you can see, Dai Atlas is quite tall here.
Here he is with Windsaber.
Here he is with Supreme Leader and his better looking sword.
And here he is with War Giant. As you can see I basically stuck with IF stuff, as they tend to scale to themselves better, and the scaling works well, in my opinion.
Now for transformation. And here's where things go down for this figure. The transformation is pretty much a nightmare. Combined with poor instructions, it feels like you have to have three hands to transform him properly. And that's not even factoring in the super tight tolerances that plague this guy. The biggest offender is in the hips. You have to actually twist them in a very specific way, but because of the tolerances and how tight it is, getting him into the proper setup was just a hassle. And you guys know how I hate dealing with hassles like this.
But with patience and time, you'll have Dai Atlas from robot mode...
To his robot mode, which looks like a transformed Zeta Gundam. And also, this is quite possibly the worst alt-mode I've ever seen for a figure in recent memory.
I'll show it off more, but for this guy to look good, you have to look at him from basically the front and only from the front. Any other angle looks pretty terrible, honestly.
You can also see a bit of kibble in the back handing out there. And I'm pretty sure I still didn't transform those feet right.
As for the sword, you can store it on the back.
Because why not have a space fighter with a sword? This figure doesn't come with a flight stand, though, but comes with an adapter to be used for any extra IF flight stands that you have, if you bother keeping him in alt-mode, which I did not.
Anyway, onto the comparisons.
Here is Dai Atlas with Titan's Return Fastlane, for an official scale.
Here he is with DX9's Hurricane.
And here is Dai Atlas with IF's version of Elita-1.
So, I'm going to be straight with you guys. This is a bad figure. Which is a bit shocking given that IF tends to really nail it, even if I have complaints about the tolerances or lack of locking points, but at least the transformations aren't usually a problem and the alt-mode looks good.
For Dai Atlas here, the robot mode is the only thing that looks good. The alt-mode looks terrible, in my opinion, and the transformation is beyond terrible. I think, when the purge comes, and it is coming, this figure will be first on the chopping block.
Tomorrow, however, should be better, as we'll be looking at a repaint of one I looked at before, but with some extra accessories. Until then.
1 week agoCaButler
A story where two people get married in the first few chapters. No, I'm not kidding.
After ending Hayate the Combat Butler with the one ship I'm sure a few people were upset about, Hata has started up what appears to be another weekly series. It's got his classic art style going for it, so more than a few characters are going to look familiar to long time fans of Hayate.
Though it seems like this won't be a screwball comedy like Hayate was, but more of a straight romcom.
Here's the premise. Our main character is named Nasa (yes, really), who grew up trying to live up to his namesake (even if he was picked on for it), and has worked hard to try to get into a rather prestige High School. Then, one snowy evening (because that's how it has to work), he runs into this rather lonely looking girl who is really pretty. How pretty?
How about Hina-expy pretty? But this is enough for Nasa to go and talk to her, because he can't help but do that. And because she's really pretty. Except he gets hit by a truck trying to talk to her, because this sort of thing always happens.
Fighting off the void, Nasa keeps going on to speak with this really cute girl. Once he finally finds her, which is relatively quick, they begin talking, though she's mostly just keeping him comfortable because he's severely injured and losing blood. But no matter what, Nasa wants to talk to this girl, and because she's cute (sense the running theme yet?), he decides to ask her out.
This... goes much better than you expect, actually. Because she answers yes to the question... with a catch, because there's always a catch. And that catch?
I'm pretty sure it doesn't work that way. But after this, Nasa does finally passes out from his injuries.
Skip a few years later and Nasa has more or less dedicated his life to trying to find this girl again, taking various customer service jobs in the hope of seeing her and fulfilling their agreement. Which means, yes, Nasa, despite getting into the school he wanted, doesn't attend.
Then, one night, Nasa gets a knock on his door. Turns out, it's the girl he met those years ago, and she's come to fulfill the agreement. Her name is Tsukaka, and shes got the marriage license all ready to go. While Nasa is a bit suspicious at first, the girl is just too cute and he agrees.
So now, they're married... which in most manga is usually the end goal for romantic comedy, assuming it gets that far, but here, it's the reverse. The marriage is the beginning, but where will it lead these two as they get to know each other more?
It is an interest premise, to be sure, and one that I don't see done very often, with the main couple already being married, so I am curious to see where Hata takes the story. Why is Tsukasa doing things in reverse order? Why did she look for Nasa after so many years? And how well will they get along?
I've already seen one theory that, supposedly, Tsukasa is an alien, but I don't think the series will go that route. Despite how they met, I don't think this will go up to the screwball level of comedy that Hayate did. I think this will be a straight romcom and that Tsukasa is just unusual.
Though I wonder how many people are going to read this and go "Man, they really missed out on the Hayate/Hina ship"?
Still, I'm interested so I'll be keeping tabs on this as it goes on and hopefully it won't suffer the same decline Hayate did in it's later years.
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