(I like the OST way too much)
The Abyss—a gaping chasm stretching down into the depths of the earth, filled with mysterious creatures and relics from a time long past. How did it come to be? What lies at the bottom? Countless brave individuals, known as Divers, have sought to solve these mysteries of the Abyss, fearlessly descending into its darkest realms. The best and bravest of the Divers, the White Whistles, are hailed as legends by those who remain on the surface.
Riko, daughter of the missing White Whistle Lyza the Annihilator, aspires to become like her mother and explore the furthest reaches of the Abyss. However, just a novice Red Whistle herself, she is only permitted to roam its most upper layer. Even so, Riko has a chance encounter with a mysterious robot with the appearance of an ordinary young boy. She comes to name him Reg, and he has no recollection of the events preceding his discovery. Certain that the technology to create Reg must come from deep within the Abyss, the two decide to venture forth into the chasm to recover his memories and see the bottom of the great pit with their own eyes. However, they know not of the harsh reality that is the true existence of the Abyss. (Written by MAL Rewrite on MyAnimeList.)
One of my favorite parts about this anime is the detail behind the world. There’s so much to still be revealed, I don’t believe we’ve even scratched the surface of it all.
There’s so much depth behind the history of the abyss, and it’s connection to Orth. Orth relies on the Abyss because not only does it provide food for them, and money whenever they find a relic, it’s because the grand pit itself is mysterious. With that, the people of Orth praise the Abyss, like it’s a lifeline.
It’s hard to comprehend why. The very Abyss “curses” them, and is home of creatures who’d very well kill of any human. Yet they are still drawn to it, and keep venturing fourth into the depths of each layer.
Everything from the stunning concept art and vivid depictions of beasts/fauna of the entire abyss is very surreal.
I love the fact that the animals in general are very alien to normal animals. Sometimes with character designs of monsters, there’s a lot of common themes like body shape, horns, wings, multiple heads, etc. But there were lots of unique features that the monsters had that made them unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It all goes down into detail, and how certain structures of animals do certain things.
My favorite was the Orbed-Piercer because I really liked how unique the design of it was. 🙂
Though there are still lots of animals that resemble giants of arachnids, hippos, and more. However they appear briefly.
I heard some comments while I was watching the show about characters with “no personality“. I can say here I can’t really agree with that statement.
All the characters, good, bad, or in-between, have some way of holding themselves in a way that you can clearly attach traits to them. Even though we may not get much background on a couple, there’s still enough to grasp how that character came to be.
I also didn’t find any of them to be bland, they all followed their own trope (some I couldn’t pinpoint what exactly what that character trope was, but I didn’t pay too much attention to it) and were still enjoyable to watch.
Reg is a worrywart, yet he’s pretty much invincible to the curse of the Abyss due to him being a robot. Riko is resourceful and always has a plan to continue her journey, though she’s clumsy and leaves things behind. Nanachi is always cautious, but she’ll be willing to lend a hand to who needs it. Marulk is gentle, but he has his own fears and you see this when he confides in Reg.
All these characters have flaws of their own that can actually aid them for character development. For example, Reg is pretty much an overpowered character, but every time he tries to blast away an enemy he ends up passing out. Sometimes, too overpowered is a bad thing, but I like how balanced out his abilities are so that he is able to have weaknesses as well.
(To fangirl a bit, Nanachi is best girl. :3 I can’t decide between Marulk [Maruruk] [I’m used to the first spelling] and Reg for best boy. Both are the best in my opinion. XD)
I AM IN LOVE!
The consistency between each song blew me away. They all gave off similar vibes and never strayed from the overall emotion it was giving off, but the variation between songs was amazing!
I put a lot of songs above for you to listen too, it’s too hard to pick my favorites from the soundtrack so I choose a few I liked.
I genuinely like any woodwind piece with heavy articulation and a fast tempo. But I also like the full instrumental pieces they had, with rounded sounds and a more lazy-like feeling. (Maybe lazy isn’t the right word, I guess darker tone works better.)
Either way, it’s a nice soundtrack to listen to if you want to feel inspired. (I like to listen to this and draw. :3)
This is by far one of my favorite anime soundtracks! It just fits so well, and it helps with the emotion driving the event that corresponds!!
With this, I felt that the first episode seemed a little fast, and the rest of the pacing just slowed down as they ventured in the Abyss. But lots of different events and characters pop up along the way and add to the idea of “Who is Lyza?” and “Where is she now?” So it works out in the end.
And at the pace of Riko and Reg’s journey, it actually doesn’t take them too long to cross the layers of the Abyss, so it didn’t feel like anything was dragged out for a long amout of time.
The story itself is surprisingly darker than I expected it to be. The character design kinda fools you into thinking that it’ll be a light-hearted adventure. But really it’s two children battling through the elements, man-eating monsters, thoughts of death, curses, and psychological breakdowns (those aren’t too big, more like hallucinations I guess…).
I have a soft spot for really dark themes, so I really enjoyed this. (MINI-SPOILER) I was pacing a lot towards episode 8, that one was a roller coaster of feels. The last episode it probably the heaviest in terms of… your conscience. It’ll pose difficult decisions and you may think they’re the right decision, and you may not. Either way, it’ll play at your heart. (I’m surprised I never cried at all…)
But I loved the story overall, it’s great to dive right in it and see where it takes you.
I really enjoyed this anime a lot! When (I hear they’ll be one) the second season comes out, I’ll probably binge it all in one go. XD It’s truly an impressive anime and I hope you all can enjoy it too!