Made In Abyss Season 2 Review

episode guide

The compass pointed to the darkness -| Rating score – 4/5
The capital of those left behind -| Rating score – 4.5/5
Village of Caves -| Rating score – 4/5
friend -| Rating score – 3.5/5
obfuscation -| Rating score – 4/5
The lure -| Rating score – 4.5/5
The cradle of desire -| Rating score – 5/5
The shape of desire -| Rating score – 3/5
The Return -| Rating score – 4.5/5
Everything you collect -| Rating score – 5/5
value -| Rating score – 4.5/5
Gold -| Rating score – 4/5

Season 2 of Made In Abyss had big shoes to fill after the heartbreaking and action-packed events in its sequel, Made In Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul. Like his predecessors, Masayuki Kojima, who directed the acclaimed 2004 psychological thriller anime Monster, is once again leading this anime project. Kinema Citrus is responsible for the animation of this work, and Australian composer Kevin Penkin is back to compose the music for it.

This follow-up has 12 episodes. The first 11 have the usual running time of 24 minutes each, while the season finale is 47 minutes. Like the sequel, Made In Abyss season 2 takes place in a layer of the abyss and focuses heavily on the story told in that segment. While it doesn’t feature the same exploratory atmosphere as the first season, Made In Abyss writer Akihito Tsukushi has created a fantastic yet barbaric sequel.

The second season follows Riko and his friends arriving in the sixth layer of the Abyss (capital of the unreturned) after surviving the challenges of Idofront and half-defeating Bondrewd. On their excursion, our protagonists find the ruins of the promised Golden City. In this area lies a strange society full of bizarre-looking residents called Hollows who demonstrate human-like customs and roles.

Although Riko and her friends sense a danger emanating from the hollows and their village (Iruburu), the hollows welcome them with open arms. During their stay, Riko and her friends uncover the hidden secrets and terrifying backstory surrounding Iruburu and its residents. They discover this environment and its residents’ connections to a suicide group known as Ganja and the hollow princess Faputa.

All of this unravels in a terrifying tale of bloodshed, misery and tension around every corner. As they are suffused with painful tears, all discover the golden philosophy behind advancing, surviving, and setting individualistic goals. Although the second season captures the same energy as the first and its sequel in several ways, a few issues emerge that hamper their chances of a flawless win.

This season’s plot is the series’ most gruesome and mind-numbing story yet. Our current hero roster alongside this season’s newly introduced characters will surely interest you. I sat on the edge of my seat, concerned for everyone’s safety and anticipating dire consequences. Although it only takes place in one level, there is a great mix of horror, mystery and suspense in this season.

At the same time, it’s worth noting the many instances where comedic and allusive activities can pull you out of the experience. There were many instances where the content of the innuendos felt a bit overbearing and unnecessary. Given the gritty and heartless nature of the Abyss, it made sense to include these heart-pounding scenes to remind fans of the soul-crushing atmosphere of this series.

The anime also has its share of plot moments that could have benefited from little informative flashbacks to remind audiences of what we’ve learned from the likes of Ozen, Bondrewd, and others.

Otherwise, Made In Abyss Season 2 delivered a flawless story full of incredible twists and turns, self-contained narratives and groundbreaking information about Reg’s early life. Most of our new characters’ storylines are beautifully wrapped, free from plot holes or made-up resolutions. While the story has its flaws, I only had a few complaints with this season’s character roster.

While Riko has had her share of emotional conflicts with Maaa, some random hollows, and Vueko, I think the anime downplays her experience and combat ability as a cave raider. Riko could have helped Reg and Faputa defeat most of the monsters instead of acting like a tired girl who needs rescuing. Considering she trained with Ozen, one of the legendary Sovereigns, in season one, I expect more from Riko to be a notable and capable heroine this season.

Tsukushi creates an engaging narrative and a distinctive personality for each individual. Of the newly introduced ones, Faputa was the best in terms of effect and performance. I can imagine her becoming a fan favorite.

As mentioned, following the impeccable graphics and motion of the Dawn of the Deep Soul film, this season had a lot to accomplish. While it doesn’t always live up to the cohesive visual fidelity of the sequel film, the second season’s locations, landscapes, character models, and combat met and exceeded my expectations on multiple occasions. I couldn’t help but immerse myself in the beautiful environments, whether our characters were crossing a bridge or exploring a cave filled with water.

However, this wouldn’t be Made In Abyss without its gruesome body horror and traumatizing visuals. While the first season had some hard-to-follow instances, the second amplifies that feeling tenfold. These traumatic parts will make you go through the motions, making this anime a spectacle for everyone to watch. Watching the characters fight will make your heart beat faster as you see them endure harsh abuse and grief will bring you to tears.

Unfortunately, Season 2 of Made In Abyss runs some bugs regarding Kinema Citrus’ use of CGI. While I didn’t find characters like Majikaja weird-looking, characters like Belaf and the turbinid dragon’s CGI forms just don’t work as effectively. Their structures and movements have an irritating and repulsive effect. There are a few instances where the 2D models of the characters also didn’t quite match the quality of other episodes.

As for the soundtrack, this season continues to deliver top notch music and voice acting. Although some time has passed since the sequel, Kevin Penkin creates a breathtakingly haunting musical score that will mesmerize you with the images that appear on your screen.

Like its visuals, the music heightens the show’s tension in its passionate and violent moments, and I enjoyed every second of it. The opening and closing songs were memorable, enjoyable, and essential to help me connect deeply with the world and characters of this series.

Aside from the music, the voice actors and actors gave a phenomenal performance from the beginning to the end of this show. Everyone from Mariya Ise to new hires like Misaki Kuno brought their A-game this season and delivered remarkable vocals that will stay with me for a lifetime. Whether the characters spoke to each other casually or angrily, I felt the impact of their words.

Made In Abyss Season 2 isn’t a flawless work of art, but it’s certainly spectacular. Although Tsukushi is set in one realm, he has created a layer full of stunning graphics and beautifully written characters that will leave an impression on any anime fan. While this devastating and amazing journey is not yet over, Season 2 will go down in history as one of the golden chapters of Made In Abyss in its bundle of warmth and darkness.

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  • Verdict – – 8.5/10

8.5/10 Made In Abyss Season 2 Review

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