Made in Abyss Movie: Dawn of the Deep Soul

Alt title: Made in Abyss Movie: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei

Movie (1 ep x 113 min)
4.291 out of 5 from 6,181 votes
Rank #174

Dawn of the Deep Soul continues the epic adventure of plucky Riko and Reg who are joined by their new friend Nanachi. Together they descend into the Abyss' treacherous fifth layer, the Sea of Corpses, and encounter the mysterious Bondrewd, a legendary White Whistle whose shadow looms over Nanachi's troubled past. Bondrewd is ingratiatingly hospitable, but the brave adventurers know things are not always as they seem in the enigmatic Abyss...

Source: Sentai Filmworks

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The deeper the story goes into the abyss more I think whoever is writing this has to be insane or psychologically disturbed and should seek help. I've already read the manga up and beyond the point of events in the movie. It's sequel to the Made in Abyss series adapting floor 5 arc. If you have seen Made in Abyss series and like it in the past, you are going to enjoy the movie. If you didn’t like it before, you are going to hate it even more after watching the movie. The movie is a sequel and presumes you watched the anime series. So, if you didn’t, I wouldn’t recommend to watch this before you watch the anime series. Generally speaking, Made in Abyss series seems on the surface adventure/mystery series with some action mixed as heroes try to repel various predatory species in abyss. I would say that a half of it is more like alien and cannibal holocaust movie rather than mere adventure. Gruesome scenes happen, while blabbering some nonsense about adventure, progress, love and suffering to hide behind blanket of intellectual value. It’s Re:Zero again expect it’s slightly better, because there are no usual waifus, Subaru and most importantly pointless time resets. As the story progresses oddity and bizarre things in abyss increase. I’ve become somewhat allergic on stories strongly driven by shock factor. The first half of the Made in Abyss anime series was so good, damn! The animation and visuals are nice, so that aspect you are going to enjoy. Soundtrack is good. The story does drag only very little. At few moments I thought it felt slow and I wanted to skip a bit. Characters are same as before, there is little development, but it’s just like one mini-arc so it doesn’t matter that much. Story I would prefer something more respectable and saner.As one time watch it's ok.


SST no.3 (seasonal shower thoughts) So… here I am… waiting for this anime to be good, waiting for this anime to fulfill its potential, waiting and hoping it will be great, cause it could be great, and it should be great, but as much as it saddens me… it is not great, and if it wasn’t animated beautifully it wouldn't even be good, if it was animated badly it probably wouldn’t even be bearable. I’m treating this as a season since basically that’s what it is, a mini season and continuation from where the 1st season ended. I’m very confused as to why the studio decided to go this route though, they made 2 movies, recapping the first season and another adopting like half a season of new stuff. Wouldn’t it be better if they invest all of these resources into regular episodes? Especially since the pace of a good movie completely flew over their heads. I mean if you call it a movie, it better be one, not just episodes glued together. What the fuck was that pace? You just go into 10 mins of backstory and then immediately escalate to the crescendo of the movie? Sorry dude, that just doesn’t work and it did not work. Alas, wtf do I know right… The show continues to provoke feelings with the cheapest way, so we get more torture porn. We get Reg’s torture at the start, then Prushka’s later. We get disturbing images like the patamon licking Prushka’s liquids, the same patamon that for whatever reason when it is gifted to the little girl it drops two turds in our face for whatever reason. We see the poor creatures that look like Mitty, what we don’t see, is something new or interesting about the world and it’s origins, something meaningful, something that would pour some more soul in the lifeless scenery. I guess we find out something about the whit whistles, that’s something I guess. Nanachi continues to be the best character of the show, what saved the last season at the end and what’s holding together this one. We get two characters introduced in the movie, Bondrewd and Prushka. Bondrewd is overpowered as fuck and completely a piece of shit, a total cunt. The show for whatever reason tries to make him a plasuible character and convince us that we should care about him in the slightest, or even consider like genius viewers that we are that he had a purpose in doing all that so our little girl-scout can get her white whistle. Well… nope, he is just a piece of shit, and a stupid piece of shit at that, going through all that trouble with Prushka just to turn her into a cartridge, why? I mean the other cartridges worked just fine didn’t they? Anyway fuck Bondrewd, what about Prushka? Well we have to feel sorry for her cause torture porn, she is a victim, she is somewhat smart except she is completely stupid and gullible, and became a white whistle for our girl because she knew her for… a couple of hours, so they became BFFs and developed an unbreakable bond. Well, slap my ass and call me Suzy dude, I really wish everything was that so easy in storytelling, so convenient. Animation continues to be splendid, even though we didn’t enjoy much scenery, just a couple of places and a couple of creatures that weren’t too fascinating, still everything was animated beautifully. Presentation is still the show’s saving grace. Sound is excellent once again, same with effects. The new voices are great, Bondrewd’s voice fits perfectly and does a great job. As for Prushka’s, what I can I say anymore, you can probably give any character at this point to Inori Minase and she will make him likable. Not that Prushka is terrible or anything, but her VA is the main reason she is likable. So, this movie changed nothing for me, I still believe this show had enormous potential, still believe it is wasting it, still in love with the premise and I’m still gonna keep believing and waiting for the show to become great cause I know it can be. Ah… will I ever learn…

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