Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 1 Review – Quick Summary
In Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun episode 1, “The Compass Pointed to the Darkness,” Vueroeruko tried to leave her old wretched life behind. She signed up with Wazukyan, Belaf, and other social outcasts to follow where a strange compass led. The compass did not seem to have helped its previous holder, as Vueroeruko learned when they found his smoldering ship. Will it lead them to better fortune? Why had the other ship burned? And what did the man on the burned ship mean about a golden city?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 1
Belaf seems like an optimistic sort. That makes me very worried for him! Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
I could always count on the first season of Made in Abyss to do two things: evoke a sense of wonder and evoke a sense of dread. It looks like this season is going to be adept at both. Which is good, and, well, I don’t want to say bad. But I’m wondering if I’m ready for this season! I mean, it’s been a rough couple of years!
Well, one way to find out!
My favorite quote in this episode comes from Belaf, who reminds me a lot of Meneldor from The Faraway Paladin (at least at first glance!). Belaf tried to reassure Vueroeruko. Her profoundly low self esteem (inflicted on her, as we saw during her tragic flashbacks) made her question whether she should even be there, following Wazukyan. I suspect she thought her luck might bring them all to ruin.
Belaf said that he had complete faith in their leader, Wazukyan, who also seemed to support her. Belaf went on to say (05:59), “ “In his case, even supposing the Golden City doesn’t exist, he will find it.”
That’s exactly the kind of mysterious statement I look for in this show!
Best in Show Moment for Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 1
Nanachi’s words moved Reg. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
Setup: Resolve in the Face of Adversity
This show is just brutal. I completely understand why some people can’t watch it. As much as I loved and respected the work of art that was the first season, I’ve never been able to recommend it to anyone. Its unflinching gaze at how terrible people can be to one another appeals to my honesty, and I admire how it sets the stage for scenes of wonder or profound kindness. But the rest of me would rather the show skip certain moments.
Like the first three minutes of this episode, for example.
The show wasted no time going dark. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
I don’t usually do public service announcements, but if you have a low tolerance for torture, children in danger, children being mistreated, violence, or bodily functions, this might not be the right series for you. On the other hand, if you’re like me and felt the emotional power of the first season and/or the movies, then it looks like this season is going to be all that.
I’m going to choose an upbeat moment as my favorite in this episode. I know, that narrows it down, doesn’t it?
The story followed Vueroeruko, Wazukyan, Belaf, and their team as they descended into the Abyss. I even had strong feelings of nostalgia as the team discovered the Curse. Felt sorry for the poor guy who fell victim to it, though!
Delivery: Amid the Horrors, a Kind Sentiment
They passed through this strange eyeball-looking creature that guarded the elevator to the Golden City. The scene showed Vueroeruko jumping in, then switched to a shot of Riko emerging inside the eye. Apparently, she, Reg, and Nanachi followed the same route as Vueroeruko and team had (sometime in the past, I think?). Seeing Riko again brought a smile to my face.
They noticed the smell of incense in the air, and Nanachi thought it might have been Bondrewd’s doing. She didn’t want to go back and ask him, and she said that his words were like poison. She wanted to stay far away from him.
It was nice seeing Riko, Reg, and Nanachi again. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
Instead, she said (17:38), ““I just wanna be genuinely happy about continuing on with you guys.”
Her words seemed so cheerful that just for a moment, I forgot about the incalculable dangers pressing all around them. It was like Made in Abyss in a single microcosm. That might be at the heart of why I hold this show in such high esteem: it puts characters I care about in mind-numbingly dangerous situations, then sees how they respond. Isn’t that what drama’s all about?
What did you think of Wazukyan’s attitude towards adventure? What were your favorite moments in this episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 1: Other Posts
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- Reddit: Made in Abyss: Retsujitsu no Ougonkyo – Episode 1 discussion
- AngryAnimeBitches Anime Blog: Made in Abyss: Retsujitsu no Ougonkyou Episode 1 (First Impression)
- RABUJOI: Made in Abyss – S2 01 – The Light No One Else Has Found
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 1: The Compass Pointed to the Darkness
- Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 2: Capital of the Unreturned
- Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 3: Village of the Hollows
- Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 4: Friend
- Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 5: Concealment