Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 12 – Quick Summary
In Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun episode 12, “Gold,” the village’s destruction accelerated. More and more creatures of the Abyss streamed in, attracted by the feast whose source was the villagers. There were even 2 turbinid-dragons! Riko, after boosting Reg with her White Whistle, faded in and out of consciousness. Reg himself tried to fight beside Faputa. But there were too many creatures. With the village crumbling around them, with so many hungry creatures wanting to eat them, do they stand any chance of exiting the village? And what about the remaining inhabitants?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 12
I think Nanachi is getting tired of everyone saying how good she smells! Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
The episode brought the weighty emotions, so it was nice to see a moment or two of levity. I especially appreciated how one such moment built on a running gag that’s been with us since Nanachi joined the cast.
The episode treated us to a flashback to when Faputa infiltrated the chamber where Riko, Nanachi, and Reg had been sleeping. That was before our heroes had met anyone from the village. It was when Faputa had taken Prushka, Riko’s White Whistle. Faputa recognized Reg, and she knew that Riko was a human. She even knew that Nanachi was a hollow. But when she sampled Nanachi’s scent to see if it held any secrets, she drew back in surprise.
“How… how very nice smelling, sosu!” she said (09:03).
I think Nanachi’s getting tired of everyone talking about how good she smells. I hope she realizes it’s better than the alternative!
Best in Show Moment for Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 12
It all comes down to deciding to live. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
Setup: Speaking from Beyond the Grave
I don’t like Made in Abyss. No, this isn’t a joke that ends with the punchline, “But I love it!” I honestly don’t like it. But I am still glad I watched it. That might not make sense, so please let me explain.
We knew that the villagers had lived by brutalizing Irumyuui. They did so because that was the only way they could find to survive, but that doesn’t change what they did. Given how Made in Abyss likes to show consequences, and given the amount of foreshadowing leading up to this episode, it was clear we were going to say goodbye to a lot of this season’s cast.
As in, permanently.
You might think this is a typical viewer during the episode. But no, it’s Pakkoyan. While she still had a body, anyway. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
In that regard, the episode delivered on its promise. We saw Wazukyan die, which, honestly, was a relief. We saw Pakkoyan die saving Vuelo. There were others, too, and each seemed to show painstaking narrative care. Each death served its purpose; each death closed a character’s arc in some way.
Some closed more than others. Which brings us to my favorite moment.
Why do I watch Made in Abyss when I have to admit that I don’t like it? I think it’s because the show so closely mirrors my view of life. Consider the closing soliloquy (which, I think, was in Vuelo’s voice):
“Never to return… beyond the learning for home… within the true darkness, there certainly was a light that no one could find. But, not a single person could take hold of it. That gold was born of you… is free of the yoke called value… and is now about to set off… despite knowing that love itself is a curse… despite knowing that the path leads only to darkness. But that is probably why it is so very dazzling.” (45:02)
Delivery: An Act of Simple Defiance
There is so much meaning in that excerpt that I originally found myself trying to unpack it – and ending up with the material for many posts. That’s not what I want to do here. I just want to celebrate my favorite moment. In that context, I see the soliloquy as a manifestation of “the terror of knowing what this world is about,” as contained in Queen’s song Under Pressure. That song, and this series, understand a truth about human life: it’s a path that, by design, leads to darkness.
Some people fight back with religion. Those folks might argue that life leads to everlasting happiness. Fair enough — I’m not going to dispute that, because we can’t know. Not on this side of death. But one thing we do know: life if full of pain. some lives more than others. And every single human life ends in death.
It’s a depressing thought, isn’t it? So why do we still struggle forward? If we can’t find the light, and if even love is a curse, what’s the point?
Do we let the darkness win? Or do we decide to press forward regardless? Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
It’s simple. It’s for the sheer beauty of it. That beauty increases in proportion to the impossibility of the task. Faced with a world that gives us every reason to give up, the decision to press forward is itself a thing of beauty. It’s an act of existential defiance. It’s beyond hope and it’s beyond despair. In essence, It’s the ultimate middle-finger to fate.
It’s the whole point of living.
And that is why, in Vuelo’s words, “it is so very dazzling.”
I can’t say that I like Made in Abyss. It hurts too damned much! Instead, I recognize it’s beyond my likes or dislikes. But in honor of the craftsmanship that went into helping me remember the value in a single act of will, I respect and honor it. It was worth the pain to get to this point. And yes, I’ll watch another season, if it ever comes to be.
What did you think of seeing Faputa first meeting Gaburoon? What were your favorite moments in the episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 12: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Made in Abyss: Retsujitsu no Ougonkyo – Episode 12 discussion – FINAL
- RABUJOI: Made in Abyss – S2 12 (Fin) – The Cradle Falls
- Random Curiosity: Made in Abyss S2 – 12 (END)
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
- Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 6: The Luring
- Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 7: The Cradle of Desire
- Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 8: The Form the Wish Takes
- Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 9: The Return
- Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 10: All That You Gather
- Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 11: Value
- Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 12: Gold