Our August Anime Challenge is Made in Abyss which is based on the manga series by Akihito Tsukushi. The anime was adapted for the screen by Kinema Citrus and ran from July to September 2017. The anime covers volumes 1 – 3 of the manga and the final episode was an hour-long special. The series was directed by Masayuki Kojima and written by Hideyuki Kurata, with character designs by Kazuchika Kise. The Australian artist Kevin Penkin composed the anime’s soundtrack.
The Opening and ending themes ‘Deep in Abyss’ and ‘ Tabi no Hidarite, Saihate no Migite’ were performed by cast members Miyu Tomita and Mariya Ise the latter in collaboration with Shiori Izawa (Nanachi).
The anime was followed by two compilation films Made in Abyss: Tabidachi no Yoake (episodes 1 – 8) and Made in Abyss: Hōrō Suru Tasogare (episodes 9 – 13) in 2019. A sequel movie Gekijōban Made in Abyss: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei premiered in Japan on January 17, 2020. The movie was set to premiere in Boston, USA at Anime Boston, but the convention was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Made in Abyss is set in a world where the whole world was explored except for a massive bottomless chasm named The Abyss, a place filled with relics and artefacts. Our hero is Rico, a 12-year-old orphan with a dream to become as famous an explorer, like her late mother. The Abyss hides artefacts and remnants of a civilization long gone, making it a popular hunting spot for so-called Cave Raiders, who undertake dangerous adventures into the mist-filled depths to recover whatever relics they can find. Returning from the Abyss can be dangerous as “the Curse of the Abyss,” a mysterious and potentially fatal malady, manifests upon ascension. One fateful day she meets Regu, a strange robot boy who may just be the one who helps her reach her dream … if they can survive, that is…