Unlike many infodump episodes, Made in Abyss 2 works very well, I think for two reasons. First, Riko is a genuinely fun character and I find myself rooting for her and worrying with her about the fate of her mother, Liza the Annihilator (is that a great name or what?). I’m also interested in Reg’s backstory, what he was doing in the Abyss and why he came out. So right there we have two, probably interconnected mysteries to unravel. The other reason the episode works is that all these odd things, the relics, the star compass, the curse of the abyss (which sounds a little like the bends), form a much greater and richer puzzle that might never get entirely solved. Also, when we get some information, it’s not the info we expect. I didn’t expect to learn that Riko was actually born in the abyss, or to see Reg in the letter Lyza sent up. It all makes me want to dive in for more.
And episode 3 brings what must be the prelude to an end, and it’s all about preparation and arguments about whether Riko should go down the Abyss in search of her mother or not. I’m a little surprised she’s going, myself. While she’s obviously impulsive, she seemed to make the decision to leave behind everything for good awfully quick, in spite of the work done in ep2 to show how her mother’s absence affects her. It’s nicely brought home by Nat, angry and sad about her leaving, blurting out the unspoken point that her mother might be actually dead. Still, off she goes, with Reg of course, and if it goes like it seems to be we’ve just lost just about everyone in the cast save two.
Well, since ep4 just came out, I’ll do it too. As expected, right now the show is just two people. They put Nat and Shiggy in a flashback of sorts, And Habo shows up to give them advice and act jolly, but he’ll be gone from now on. There’s that weird girl in the closing credits they haven’t gotten to yet. I figure she’ll show up next week to rescue Riko and Reg when they’re in mortal peril, kind of like what Reg did originally. Oh, and we haven’t met Ozen the Immovable yet. Something to look forward to. She’ll have a lot to say about Riko’s mom and if she’s still alive. Other than that, to paraphrase Reg, there will be no more humans chasing them, only monsters.