Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 9 – Quick Summary
In Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun episode 9, “The Return,” Reg made it back to the village with Faputa’s body parts. His plan? To trade those parts for Nanachi. But there’s a problem: just showing those body parts to Belaf might break him, according to Vueko. Reg and Riko will have to decide what to do quickly: even the village seemed to be reacting to Faputa’s parts. What will Reg and Riko do? What insight did Riko have about Wazukyan? And what will it mean for her fate – and the fate of them all?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 9
Faputa realized they needed to get back to the village quickly. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
The contrasts in this show are really something else. At first glance, Reg carrying Faputa looked super cute. Her complaining that she felt itchy was also cute. But then you look closer and see that she’s itchy because she had ripped her ear off to leave exposed tissue, and, well, that’s just not cute. At all.
My favorite quote happened amid these contrasts. Faputa seemed to feel happy that Reg worried about her, and that worry seemed to give her the courage to ask him to pat her around the horns like he used to. So he extended his arm and scratched around her horns.
Seeing her roll over in ecstasy was adorable. But again, seeing her wounds? Less than adorable.
Gaburoon met them and warned that the smell of Faputa’s blood had attracted all sorts of animals. Faputa said they needed to get back to the village.
“Patting is precious, sosu,” she said (01:33). “But freshness is important, sosu.”
It’s good to know she has her priorities in order.
Best in Show Moment for Made in Abyss – The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 9
If even a single villager survives, I’ll be surprised. And if they don’t, I’ll mourn for them — at least some of them. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
Setup: Dark Choices for a Dark World
What Wazukyan did to Irumyuui was morally reprehensible. Irumyuui’s life had been terrible after her family and tribe discovered she was not fertile. With Vueko she had found something like a family. But through Wazukyan’s machinations, she lost even that.
It’s a testament to Akihito Tsukushi that I now understand why Wazukyan did what he did. He beheld what he thought was the end of his entire party. He saw no way anyone would survive. So, he chose the only way forward that he could see.
If I’m honest with myself, I can’t say I would have rejected that option. I can try to make myself look noble and moral by saying something like “I would have fought to find an alternative until the very end!” And I would have looked for alternatives. But real life is not a work of fiction. Reality does not follow any plot arc. Sometimes, the only choices you have available are bad.
Riko figured out what Wazukyan was up to. That’s more than a little frightening, in terms of what it says about Riko’s mindset. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
I remember getting into an argument with the priest who taught one of my moral systematic theology classes. He said suicide was always a mortal sin. So I presented a scenario to him. What if I were a soldier? I had information that if exposed, would result in lots of deaths. The enemy was closing in. I had a pistol and a grenade. The enemy would take me alive, if they could. They wanted my information. I asked that priest: is it morally acceptable for me to sacrifice myself to save the others?
He repeated his assertion that suicide is never acceptable. I knew right then that he had never had the lives of others depending on him.
Is it okay to hate myself a little for admitting I might have made the same choice as Wazukyan? Is it okay to not hate myself a lot for the same admission? The best art invites us to take a hard, honest look at ourselves. I have to admit: this show approaches the level of “best.”
Delivery: Faputa’s Righteous Curse
I almost quoted my favorite moment verbatim. But you already watched the show. You don’t need me to show you the script! But it was that powerful. It was that well-delivered.
It reminded me of Tolkien. You know something impressed me when it reminds me of Tolkien! In this case, it put me in mind of a quote. Eowyn had just tried to order the Lord of the Nazgûl to get away from her fallen king. The Nazgûl answered:
‘Come not between the Nazgûl and his prey! Or he will not slay thee in thy turn. He will bear thee away to the houses of lamentation, beyond all darkness, where thy flesh shall be devoured, and thy shrivelled mind be left naked to the Lidless Eye.’Tolkien, J.R.R.. The Return of the King: Being the Third Part of the Lord of the Rings (pp. 52-53). HMH Books. Kindle Edition.
I’m talking about Faputa’s return. The way she held herself, there on the remains of the incinerated wall, was the very embodiment of royalty. She was the returned Princess. She had returned for vengeance.
Vengeance will be hers. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
The way she stood before them and delivered her invective froze me in my seat. She would take revenge for what they did to Irumyuui. I was fully onboard with her mission. What Wazukyan had done was unforgivable. Yet…
At the end of her curse, she looked upon the villagers and said (20:49), “And now, it begins.”
Her words were powerful. They were terrible, they were an embodiment of justice. Yet, they reminded me of the Nazgûl. I don’t know how Akihito Tsukushi achieved that dichotomy, but I thank him for it. He just gave me one of those moments I live for.
What did you think of Riko seeing through (at least partially) Wazukyan’s ploy? 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 9: Other Posts
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- 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