YMMV / Made In Abyss


  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Was Lyza genuinely acting in Riko's best interests by distancing herself from her so her enemies wouldn't realize that Riko is her daughter? Or, as Ozen suggested, was she choosing to continue cave raiding and pursuing her ambitions without a child holding her back?
    • What was the true nature of Ozen's feelings towards Lyza, and consequently her initial resentment of Riko? Many fans find it easy to read her loyalty as a romantic love that could never be reciprocated, with Riko being a reminder of the father that took Lyza away from her. Others who are less interested in the Les Yay aspects choose to read her behavior as typical of an emotionally-attached loner, or even a mother figure disapproving her pupil's choice of spouse.
  • Awesome Art: Despite seeming simple at a glance, the manga contains detailed and gorgeous artwork, especially in regards to the scenery.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Underground River, the calm and beautiful song that plays as Riko and Nat carry Reg out of the Abyss.
    • Hanezeve Caradinha, an insert song that really captures the simultaneous sense of wonder and danger that the Abyss poses.
    • Tomorrow, the song that plays over the finale of the anime as the heroes set forth on their journey farther into the abyss. And the Adventure Continues...
    • Crucifixion, a Nightmare Fuel track that was never used in the show but implied to be for Bondrewd's main theme.
  • Counterpart Comparison: A once cheerful girl getting forcefully experimented by a Mad Scientist (who doubles as a father figure for said girl), turning into a malformed monster, is suffering from an intense pain and torment and has to be put out of her misery. Do you mean Mitty or Nina Tucker?
  • Creepy Awesome: All White Whistles who have been introduced or named so far have also been portrayed starkly compared to the other whistles, with ominous silhouettes and epithets as well as dark concealing outfits. Besides Lyza, there is Ozen the Immovable, Srajo the Lord of Mystery, Wakuna the Lord of Guidance, and of course Bondrewd the Lord of Dawn. Even Lyza, who is comparatively the brightest and most normal looking White Whistle, is sometimes portrayed in a creepy fashion befitting her violent epithet, with her aptly named pickaxe relic Blaze Reap invoking the scythe of the Grim Reaper.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Many people like to downplay the atrocities of Bondrewd and slap him with a pair of these, claiming he's not that bad of a father and he truly does love his children. While it's true Bondrewd is a morally-rounded character who truly does seem to love Nanachi if his parting words are anything to go by, people seem to forget he put Nanachi and dozens of his other children through horrific experimentation to further his own ambitions on exploring the Abyss, stealing their humanity and reducing many of them to horrible monstrosities, and he shows not a shred of remorse for it. On the other hand, a lot of it tends to be done in a rather tongue-in-cheek way. This... creature (he's not even really a human man anymore by the time the protagonists meet him) is so reprehensible in his actions that Shou Tucker's sins pale in comparison. Why the popularity besides his memetic dialogue then? He's got the charisma, intellect, conviction, fighting ability (arguably much more so), moral complexity and even life policies comparable to Solf J. Kimblee.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Each White Whistle introduced so far has gained a significant following for their expertise, varied and complicated personalities, and well-deserved reputation as the best of the best. Bondrewd however is on a whole different level. Many manga readers were utterly ecstatic when the OP of the Made in Abyss anime which premiered on Episode 2 teased his revolving base Idofront on the Fifth Layer and a single frame of the man himself with his face-mask lighting up]], some even began declaring the anime would become Anime of the Season, if not Anime of the Year due to his forthcoming presence.
    • Nat won many fans with his voice actor's performance in the anime and his three-dimensional characterization, so much so that there are quite a few who are disappointed to learn he doesn't play a bigger role in the series.
  • Fountain of Memes: Bondrewd, to a tee. His dangerous intellect, his awesome design, his flair for the dramatic, his pursuits For Science!, his ramblings, his surprisingly tender parenting when he's not horribly experimenting on his "kids" anyway, his fighting skills, his large number of relics with odd names one of which allows him to fire Frickin' Laser Beams from his ELBOW like he's doing a wrestling move, his utter lack of remorse, his unexpected humanity and his Body Backup Drive immortality that allowed him to survive through the arc where he's the main antagonist, all roll into a single character that is difficult to forget.
  • Growing the Beard: While the manga's reception had always been positive, it was steadily losing popularity and dropping in sales for the first two volumes. The author stated in an interview that he had to rush through Layer Three and create a new character under direction of his editor in a last-ditch effort to improve sales. That character turned out to be Nanachi, whose cute appearance and tragic backstory tying to Bondrewd showcased the full scale of the author's storytelling chops, won fans over, and and turned Made In Abyss into a sensation.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The OST for the anime adaptation is composed by Kevin Penkin, an Australian. Considering Australia's memetic reputation as a real life Death World, it's strangely appropriate.
  • Love to Hate: Again, Bondrewd. He is a complete bastard, but his charismatic personality and cool character design make him a very compelling antagonist.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Bondrewd is host to an entire collection of these:
      • Bondrewd is BEST DAD!Explanation 
      • Wonderful. How wonderful...!/SUBARASHII! Explanation 
      • My, my, my, my, my... Explanation 
      • SFX: The rumble of scientific triumph. Explanation 
      • SFX: Loli spilling noises. Explanation 
      • Bondrewd did nothing wrong. Explanation 
  • Moe: The entire child cast can count for this. Riko with her determination, Reg as a Cute Machine, and Nanachi as a fluffy bunny person.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Bondrewd putting all his children (Which he has dozens of) in horrifying experiments turning them all into an Eldritch Abomination for the sake on exploring the Abyss takes him to this trope almost immediately. The elevator scene was pretty particular of this as he manipulates Mitty and Nanachi to take the strain of the Curse and because they're in an elevator Nanachi is pretty much Forced to Watch their best friend suffer A Fate Worse Than Death.
    • The fact that you need to sacrifice someone to become a White Whistle in the first place makes almost every White Whistle (except Lyza and Ozen as they are still goodhearted people) count as breaking this. Ironically, despite being the most qualified person to do so, Bondrewd is entirely clean here, as he sacrificed himself. No, he's not even remotely human for a long, long time already. However, he's responsible for Riko's one, sacrificing Prushka as one of his cartridges.
    • The mutated Narehates attempting child rape on Riko, is considered a big one.
  • Nausea Fuel: Being that the series is full of gorn and visceral imagery, this is to be expected.
  • Squick: The manga is not afraid to play up the Body Horror angle. Such things include: bleeding from every orifice, amateur amputation, human experimentation, rampant mutation, insects nesting in body cavities, characters soiling themselves, gruesome deaths, and more. All illustrated in extremely graphic detail.
  • Ugly Cute: The Abyss's curse may have transformed Mitty into a gruesome and pathetic abomination but you still want to hug her all the same. Her amorphous shape and crooked mouth are a tad unsettling, but her big round eyes and her sweet temperament make her quite endearing.
  • Values Dissonance: Differing cultural opinions on children are in full blast here. Disregarding the matter of Free-Range Children and child labor, there is a lot of child nudity on display, including exposed breasts with visible nipples, exacerbated further by the kids' growing awareness of their own sexuality. The Orth traditional punishment where they hang disobedient kids naked is treated more like a gag, and mentions of penises (especially Reg's) are frequent. While the characters remain the very pictures of innocence (as is the Japanese view on the subject), some Western audiences find this uncomfortable at best, and overly-pandering and creepily sexual at worst. The anime tones this down, using tricks like Godiva Hair to avoid giving the audience any underage full-frontal; the "strung up naked" punishment is still mentioned several times, but only shown once very briefly. Without this bit of censoring, the show would have likely become a case of Americans Hate Tingle instead of an overseas Sleeper Hit. This appears to be in especially full force in America. Europeans meanwhile tend to be somewhat more lenient.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: In a similar vein to Puella Magi Madoka Magica, it looks like it's for children with its cute artstyle. In addition to that, the character designs, backgrounds, and premise would fit right at home with MapleStory or some other MMORPG. However, Body Horror is everywhere in graphic detail, and injuries are treated with grim realism. The OP and ED for the anime may be cutesy and whimsical, but hidden under the surface is a world teeming with abominations and child-unfriendly violence. Never mind the people the heroes encounter...
  • The Woobie:
    • Pretty much anyone having met Bondrewd counts (Except Riko and Reg).
    • Nanachi is possibly one of the biggest cases of this in manga/anime history. Originally they were constantly bullied and had to eat through what was in the garbage with no food. Nanachi then got to make friends with Mitty but ended up getting lured in and manipulated by Bondrewd to be part of an experimentation to not be human and had to witness Mitty suffering A Fate Worse Than Death and getting tortured by Bondrewd for a long time. Even though they want Mitty gone so she can't suffer anymore, Nanachi still considers Mitty "their natural treasure" and can't forgive Bondrewd for what he did.
    • Mitty naturally counts as she's in that And I Must Scream situation due to Bondrewd and was also tortured. She also had to deal with having very little food (And clothing) at first.
    • Prushka sounds as far away from this trope as possible at first, until she is turned into a Cartidge which means you still know who you are, deep inside but unable to do anything about it as your organs are removed. She eventually dies due to the strain of the Curse.


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