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‘Made in Abyss’: Does It Deserve The Hype?

As a viewer returning to the enchanting world of ‘Made in Abyss,’ it feels like reuniting with an old friend after a prolonged absence. The anticipation, however, is tinged with a sense of surprise at the apparent oversight by some fans regarding the release of the sequel movie, ‘Dawn of Deep Soul,’ especially given its significance in understanding the context of the current season.

In the latest instalment, we find ourselves descending further into the abyss alongside our familiar protagonists, Reg, Riko and Nanachi. The journey into the sixth layer unfolds with a simplicity that belies the complex narrative that is about to unfold. The disappearance of Prushka, Riko’s white whistle, sets the stage for a captivating exploration, leading the trio into a mystical holo city with its peculiarities.

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What follows is a mesmerizing blend of storytelling as the series peels back the layers of the city’s history. A tale of a young girl named Vueko escaping abuse, and embarking on a mission with explorers, including Captain Wazukyan, in search of the lost golden city. The narrative takes unexpected turns, revealing the dark underbelly of survival in a world where the line between humanity and eldritch horror blurs.

The holy city, with its bizarre inhabitants and unsettling value-based barter system, becomes a stage for the eerie and the unknown. The concept of value particularly centred around young girls, adds a layer of discomfort that permeates the city’s atmosphere. The juxtaposition of a seemingly functional city with its grotesque underpinnings creates a surreal and unsettling viewing experience.

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Amidst this chaos, emerges Faputa, the enigmatic and powerful creation of the city’s dark past. Her presence becomes a focal point, weaving an intricate web of emotions, complexities and unexpected alliances. The series deftly navigates Faputa’s arc, making her the standout element of this season, a testament to the exceptional writing that elevates ‘Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun.’

While Riko takes centre stage in exploring the city’s values and dangers, the true transformative moments unfold through the nuanced character development of Reg and Nanachi. The series continues to grapple with profound themes, pushing boundaries and challenging viewers to confront the darker aspects of its narrative.

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Despite the disclaimers about the unsettling nature of the series, the undeniable passion that Kinema Citrus invests in the animation and direction shines through. The music complements the narrative seamlessly, creating an immersive experience that is hard to shake off.

‘Made in Abyss’ remains a unique blend of horror, tension and hope, offering a rich tapestry of emotions that leave a lasting impression, even as the series confronts the harsh realities of its world.

‘Made in Abyss: The Golden City Unveiled’ continues the tradition of thought-provoking storytelling, pushing the boundaries of comfort while delivering a captivating narrative. It’s a series that demands a strong stomach but rewards viewers with emotions and an exploration of the human spirit in the face of the abyss.

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