Made in Abyss: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei – Adventure Unearthed

The Deep Impact of Made in Abyss: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei


When it comes to discussing the profoundly impactful Made in Abyss: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei, I must admit that it has taken me some time to gather my thoughts. Time has been a constraint, but more significantly, there is a certain emotional weight involved in subjecting oneself to the sheer intensity of this movie once again. Even after watching it in its raw, unadulterated form during a pre-pandemic theater visit, the experience still lingers with me, compelling me to unriddle the intricacies and depths contained within every frame.

A Complicated Relationship

Made in Abyss, created by the brilliant mind of Tsukushi Akihito, stands as a testament to its creator’s unfathomable imagination and extraordinary storytelling ability. It is undoubtedly a masterpiece, deserving of its place amongst the greatest anime series ever crafted. As a viewer, I am captivated by the breathtaking visuals and the exquisitely developed characters, reminiscent of the caliber of Togashi Yoshihiro’s works. The anime adaptation itself enriches the narrative, propelling Made in Abyss to greater heights.

Yet, as I immerse myself in this fantastical world, a sense of unease gradually settles in. Made in Abyss unapologetically dives into tragedy and violence, but it is not merely the darkness encompassing the storyline that troubles me. It is the visceral pleasure that Tsukushi-sensei seems to derive from subjecting his characters, particularly children, to unimaginable torment. While I have always prided myself on being unfazed by such grim depictions, I believe that certain elements Tsukushi-sensei highlights serve no purpose in fully painting the picture that this series attempts to portray.

A Visual Extravaganza

Even so, the prowess of director Kojima Masayuki and Studio Kinema Citrus shines through in every frame, transforming the already visually stunning Made in Abyss into an even grander spectacle. Even on television, the series exuded a rare beauty that places it among the most aesthetically pleasing shows ever produced. With the added resources of a theatrical budget, “Dawn of the Deep Soul” ascends to new heights, asserting itself as one of the most visually striking anime films in existence. The craftsmanship of the entire staff is evident, as they leave no detail unattended and no spectacle unrefined.

The Transcendence of Music

While the animation and visuals undoubtedly leave an indelible imprint, it is the music by 28-year-old British composer Kevin Penkin that often steals the spotlight. Penkin’s work not only possesses an ethereal beauty but also seamlessly merges with the essence of Made in Abyss. His compositions become an integral part of the series, rendering it unimaginable without his musical contribution. It is rare for an anime soundtrack to make such a profound impact on me, but Penkin’s melodies truly breathe life into Tsukushi’s creation.

A Descent into Darkness

Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei explores some of the darkest depths within the Made in Abyss universe, unearthing a level of despair that even the most seasoned viewers may find unsettling. At the core of this darkness is Bondrewd, the central figure of this arc. Amidst a world steeped in death and agony, Bondrewd’s presence provides a heart-wrenching origin story for Nanashi, a character whose tragic life dominated the latter half of the TV series. Additionally, the tale of Prushka, entirely intertwined with Bondrewd, further exemplifies the brutality bred by human nature. Bondrewd, the unyielding master of Idofront, residing in the depths of the Fifth Level, embodies a profound savagery that rivals even the horrors lurking within the Abyss itself.

Revelations and Soul-Searching

Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei grants us glimpses into Reg’s enigmatic origins, hinting at the potential toll each use of his incinerator may exact on his lifespan. Furthermore, the movie unravels the dreadful secret concealed within Bondrewd’s curse-suppressing cartridges, as well as the underlying truth behind the white whistles and their correlation with an individual’s “Worth.” Each revelation chips away at one’s soul, delivering devastating blows to the psyche, ensuring the emotional resonance of the narrative remains potent.

The Terrifying Aspect of Human Nature

Beneath the breathtaking wonders of the Abyss and the terrifying marvels that befall those who dare explore its depths, Made in Abyss prompts us to confront humanity’s capacity for cruelty. The endless reaches of the Abyss, described by Q as treasures that can satiate both subtle and gross desires, also serve as a metaphor for the darkness within human hearts. Bondrewd, driven by his insatiable hunger for power, exemplifies the heinous acts one is willing to commit to possess the Abyss’s riches. What truly sends shivers down the spine is Bondrewd’s unwavering self-assurance, his firm conviction that his actions are entirely justified, no matter the atrocities he commits.

Discordant Harmony

Riko, Reg, and Nanashi stand as seemingly discordant figures woven into this intricate tapestry. These three endearing childlike characters, reminiscent of Gon and Killua’s presence in Hunter X Hunter, disrupt the narrative’s somber tone. Reg, despite his mysterious origins, embodies the most recognizable facets of humanity. His compassionate nature, emotional vulnerability, and selflessness make him relatable amidst the fantastical setting. Nanashi, an old soul irrevocably affected by tragedy, bears the burden of her painful past and her own role in it. Riko, however, presents an enigma of her own. A peculiar child, broken in her unique way, she possesses an unwavering determination to expose her companions to the perils that accompany her inquisitive quest. Her moral certitude, akin to Bondrewd’s, becomes almost as disconcerting as the malevolent Abyss itself.

A Divisive Finale

The conclusion of “Dawn of the Deep Soul” may prove divisive, particularly when viewed through Nanashi’s perspective. The merits of the heroes’ actions—and inactions—at the film’s close remain open to debate. However, regardless of one’s perspective, the story forges ahead, delving deeper into the Abyss’s unfathomable mysteries. Made in Abyss, characterized by its meticulous world-building and transcendental mythos, has merely scratched the surface of the boundless enigmas it conceals. Although emotionally draining, the prospect of further exploration is undeniably exhilarating.

The Future of Made in Abyss

Beyond the Silver Screen

As we contemplate the future of Made in Abyss, it appears that additional films are on the horizon, rather than another season of the TV anime. Despite the undeniable success of the series, a decision has been reached to continue the narrative through cinematic endeavors. This choice stems not from a lack of triumph but rather from the realization that movies offer the best medium to align with both budgetary demands and Tsukushi-sensei’s often irregular publication schedule. While my sentiments regarding this decision are mixed, the grandeur and scope of Made in Abyss undeniably warrant the theatrical experience. I wholeheartedly encourage fans worldwide to immerse themselves in the emotional barrage that awaits once it is safe to return to theaters.


In conclusion, Made in Abyss: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei proffers a complex and emotionally charged journey into the depths of human nature. Its visual opulence and evocative music weave a mesmerizing tapestry that complements the profound narrative. The abyssal horrors reflect the potential for cruelty lurking within humankind, ultimately rendering the series a philosophical exploration of existential despair. While the film’s potent impact remains undeniable, it merely serves as a gateway to an even more profound exploration of the mysteries concealed within the Abyss’s unfathomable depths.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. Will there be additional Made in Abyss movies or a new season of the TV anime?

Currently, there are plans for more Made in Abyss movies on the horizon. However