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Monday, September 11, 2017

Miyu Tomita & Mariya Ise -- Deep In Abyss/Tabi no Hidarite, Saihate no Migite(旅の左手、最果ての右手)

Mentioning in my last article about the big feature in yesterday's anime-and-food session, "Kimi no Na wa"(君の名は。), I also have to state that the latest Sunday get-together also had a dollop of darkness. We've been watching the interesting shows  "Made in Abyss"(メイドインアビス)and "Centaur no Nayami"(セントールの悩み...A Centaur's Life), and yesterday's episodes were really bordering on charcoal-black. The latter had one episode which barely had the regular characters showing up, instead giving a history lesson on that universe's version of the Holocaust.

Before that, I saw episodes 9 and 10 of "Made in Abyss", and if it hadn't been for the fact that I had already found out online synopses about some of the horrors that main characters and travelers Riko and Reg endure, I think I would have gone into a fetal position with the events of the latter episode. Good golly, they're just kids! I will not put up any YouTube videos of the scene in question can look it up yourself (and reactions of viewers), but suffice it to say that the happy-go-lucky flavour of the series has gone very sour. Heck, even my friend warned me beforehand and he had never done that before.

Miyu Tomita(富田美憂)and Mariya Ise(伊瀬茉莉也)who play Riko and Reg respectively also perform both the opening and ending themes for "Made in Abyss". Tomita I have already become acquainted with for her performance of "Gabriel Dropkick"(ガヴリールドロップキック)from the comedy "Gabriel Dropout"(ガヴリールドロップアウト), but Ise is someone who has been in the anime industry for over a decade, including even a stint as a Precure warrior. And I think she has done some narration work for NHK.

The opening theme is "Deep In Abyss", a dramatic song foretelling the adventure to come as the explorers delve deep into that huge hole that is the basis of their civilization. It's written by hotaru and composed by KanadeYUK and Masahiro "Godspeed" Aoki.

After Episode 10, I wouldn't blame viewers if they begged for the ending credits and theme since they are so cheerful. Once again, Tomita and Ise handle singing duties for "Tabi no Hidarite, Saihate no Migite" (Left Hand of the Journey, Right Hand of the Furthest Ends). With that child-like melody, you would think that the kids are going off on a picnic with nothing more dangerous than a wayward ant (instead of a multi-mouthed hedgehog). Yukari Hashimoto(橋本由香利)wrote and composed this one.

Well, let's see how much more Eli Roth "Made in Abyss" gets. But at least, there were the hilarious episodes from "Mahoujin Guru Guru"(魔法陣グルグル)to enjoy later on.

After Episode 10, I wanted this koala
to reassure me.


  1. Beautiful anime. You should try "ACCA"'s opening theme too...

    1. And I finally have. Dang, "Shadow and Truth" is something really cool! Thanks for the tip.


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