Season 2 of Made in Abyss (Made in Abyss: The Golden Metropolis of the Scorching Solar) is undoubtedly one probably the most graphic and upsetting mainstream anime at the moment airing. Persevering with to comply with the collection’ major trio of Riko, Reg and Nanachi as they journey downward by means of the titular abyss, Riko sometimes takes middle stage because the viewers viewpoint character, with the vast majority of occasions within the present-day timeline seen from her perspective.
It has been clear from the outset of Made in Abyss that the setting fosters a “survival of the fittest” mentality. The abyss isn’t merely harmful or life-threatening to those that aren’t sturdy or sensible sufficient to navigate it; whereas it definitely harbors unknown and doubtlessly lethal animals, much more significantly, the pure environment comparable to flora or water will be equally as deadly. Furthermore, as soon as a sure degree of the abyss has been handed, it’s not possible to ascend once more. The abyss is a one-way journey, which means that solely probably the most inquisitive and daring of souls would knowingly and willingly enterprise there — or else those that have nowhere else to go and completely nothing to lose.
Within the current day, upon studying of all this from Vueko — the only surviving member of the Ganja expedition to keep up human type — Riko stays comparatively unperturbed. Her expression when Vueko concludes her story is considerably stunned and dismayed, however not overly shocked, disturbed or distressed. This nearly full lack of emotional response could be very telling of her character: Riko will do absolutely anything to avoid wasting her buddies when they’re in hassle, however when she learns of the nightmarish horrors that had been pressured upon Irumyuui, she has little to say about it and doesn’t seem significantly affected.