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?
  • Awesome Art: Despite seeming simple at a glance, the manga contains detailed and gorgeous artwork, especially in regards to the scenery.
  • 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 her 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The OST for the anime adaptation has many Australians working on it. 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 
  • Moe: The entire child cast can count for this. Riko with her determonation, Reg as a Cute Machine, and Nanachi as a fluffy bunny girl.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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...

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