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Made in Abyss: The Art of Episode One

Jun 09, 2021
You know that feeling when you hype an anime for the entire season and then it comes out and you want to kill yourself because it let you down and now there's no point in something turning into an

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again, it's the opposite of that, the second, the key art for This Se revealed, all I had to do was deliver the giant flying snake monster and it very easily would have taken my anime spot of the season, but I delivered too much and now my mental mailbox has exploded and I don't have the brainpower to think about anything else. for the rest of always let me tell you this simply

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in Abyss is a masterpiece that is able to beautifully portray its world and its characters in a way that will keep them fresh and memorable for years to come and is capable of doing so.
made in abyss the art of episode one
Without any excessive exposition, the series makes use of its brilliant visual direction character design and subtle dialogue to leave the viewer in awe of its beautiful and terrible world and it does all this in

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1 if you take a look at most of the truly. Excellent first

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s of the entire anime story, you will notice that most of them have a very light plot and there is a reason why this plot is something that can be developed slowly and in pieces, and load a series with plot details often does more to disconnect. audience than to draw them in, which is why maen Abyss takes the opposite approach and offers just a casual line about star Compass to assure the viewer that yes, this story is going somewhere rather than setting up its plot.
made in abyss the art of episode one

More Interesting Facts About,

made in abyss the art of episode one...

The first episode of Maiden Abyss has two First, it wants to instill in the viewer a sense of wonder and sickness that will carry them throughout the series. Second, you want to establish your characters and get the viewer invested in them so that when those characters face conflict, there is a simple reason why. things take priority over plot early in the tone of the series, a production team only has one chance to get the tone right and failing to get it right from the beginning has the potential to destroy a series that might otherwise have been worthwhile. .
made in abyss the art of episode one
Everything in the first episode of Maiden Abyss exists. In service of setting that tone starting with the incredible visual direction of the series, the way it was done in Abyss is able to convey information without words about its world and its characters is downright inspiring, let's start with the first shot, let's stop three things important from the beginning, first there are no characters in this shot which, along with the beautiful and relaxing scenery, prepares the viewer to be ready for an episode dedicated to setting the tone and world building so that they are not caught off guard when This episode has a lot of plot.
made in abyss the art of episode one
The second place is the feeling of verticality. One of the many visual tricks that Maiden Abyss uses to create its tone is the use of vertically oriented landscapes to give the viewer a sense of scale. This shot achieves this effect by placing clouds at the bottom of the screen, a framing choice that would normally be

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by the viewer. They feel like they're very high in the air, but the way the shot pans up gives the impression that they're rising from somewhere very deep. That is to say, the third

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is the artistic style that looks like the hand-painted landscape with light streaming from above. like something out of a jibi movie luring the viewer into a false sense of calm.
At the end of the episode we know that the beauty of this world is a dark Beauty, and the childlike wonder this shot evokes makes it all the more poignant when that Wonder begins to decay into heartfelt horror about halfway through the episode, for example, take a Look at this shot right after Rico finds Regg on the cliff. This shot is a reflection of the one at the beginning. An upward panning shot that takes the viewer upwards. burning tree trunk where the first shot had white clouds at the bottom of the screen, this one has black smoke rising to the top leaving the viewer uneasy and making them wonder what kind of sinister things are on the horizon.
This is the image. that the viewer is left just before the title card, meaning that the sense of sickness and dread it evokes is what is expected to carry the viewer into the rest of the series, combined with the ever-present sense of verticality, it is a constant motive of physical ancestry. Using descent to represent a slide into darkness isn't innovative on its own, but there are a few notable things about its use when creating a chasm - for example, before the title card arrives, we never get to see a character moving into above, it is always repelling the cliff. sides and running hills and falling mountains, the first time we see a character is this shot of Rico repelling down the side of cliffs which shows us from the beginning that this series will be about his physical and metaphorical descent into the abyss. and the series' commitment to this Motif is so strong that we see Rico descending even when he is not descending during this scene when she is running away from Crimson split jaw, we clearly see that the corridor is straight but the angle at which the camera makes him look like he's running downhill, this physical descent evokes feelings of mental or spiritual decay, which helps heighten the uncomfortable tone the series hopes to achieve and speaks to this glorious Handsome Bastard in the same way as the first meeting of Rich with a broken jaw. presented is another example of the series' striking visual presentation, when we first see the split jaw, it is presented in full light with no part obscured in order to preserve the mystery or scare the viewer.
We're not supposed to see this as a monster waiting in the shadows to devour children, it's a natural part of the world that doesn't feel the need to hide in its own domain and the use of light and shadow as a motif persists. during this whole chase scene with everything dangerous. being presented in light and Rico being drawn in Shadow, see how the split jaw is fully illuminated here while Rico is in the shadow of the cliff, establishing the monster as the dominant natural presence of this world, while Rico is the one who sneaks into a kingdom where she does not belong, this shows how danger and horror are the prominent elements of the Abyss, which again plays against the established take of the beautiful Cliffs from the beginning, but it is not just the visual presentation that makes it Maiden Abyss is special because of the way this episode handles her characterization. and the expository dialogue is masterful with a world as deep and detailed as this, even a little bit of opening narration wouldn't have been totally unforgivable and having Rico say a line like, Oh my god, my best friend Nat, I wish I could go really deep into the world. abyss, which is this giant mysterious hole that we built in our city about 19900 years ago, but I can't because I'm a red whistler, which is the lowest rank of whistlers in Orphan Whistle C Explorer High School, so I have to work very hard. obtain many fancy relics so I can become a white whistler, the highest rank of whistler, as would have been expected of my dead mother, but instead all the information we need to know about Rico and Nat is presented through a dialogue that feels natural. and it's not about them asking questions or going into detail about things they should both have known for years;
They still use terms like red whistle and relic and 600 meter group, but the audience isn't expected to know exactly what those things are. They mean we're given a vague idea and expected to figure out the rest through context, so that Made An Abyss doesn't have to sacrifice the integrity of its narrative to stop and explain what spelunking is. This really shines in the way the series does. is able to convey character information through visual presentation and character design. The first time we see Rico, we immediately know that this is someone with experience even though she is like eight, wears professional climbing equipment and confidently repels herself down the cliff without any hesitation, the intonation of her voice along with her mannerisms and generally excitable aura telling the viewer that she is legitimately enthusiastic about her work, especially when contrasted with the more expressionless and matter-of-fact network and when she sees Regg unconscious and discovers that he is not.
Without breathing, he gets into position to perform CPR immediately, without even thinking about running for help, of course, the episode eventually has Rico State have his specific goal of turning into a white whistle when talking to the leader, but This didn't happen until recently. By now, the viewer has spent over 12 minutes with Rico and has a very firm idea of ​​what kind of person she is. When Rico says I want to be like my mom, it is not used as a way to get the viewer to understand that she is adventurous, ambitious, resourceful, and intelligent. It's provided as an explanation for why this is the case, but what's really impressive is that the show's characterization is so skillful that they can cut the dialogue completely 5 minutes into the first episode and the audience.
She still has no doubts about what Rico and Nat say. These same principles apply when the series wants to silently tell the viewer about her world. In the scene where the leader is introduced, we see that the children in the class are all suspended on the wall instead of sitting at desks as we know them, as well as catching the viewer off guard through sheer unfamiliarity and the subtle implying that all of these seats are repurposed torture racks, the 9,000 student suspended seating system also allows the episode to maintain the aforementioned aesthetic of verticality. In an environment that would normally be very flat, being suspended on the wall also helps make the children appear small and weak, especially this one whose head barely rises above the desk knowing that this Society sends children to Uncle Lovecraft's Funtime murder hole for money.
It's disturbing in its own right, but hearing the leader say that his relatively small Hall of Relics was fine because it was the first exploratory mission for most of them is a little chilling. The suspension is also a great world-building detail, as it emphasizes how tight and dense it is. Space saving measures like this would be a must and presenting the classroom in this way really shows how well thought out the setting of the story is, but where all of this really comes together is the way the story unfolds. The episode introduces his MOA robot companion, Reg, the mystery surrounding Regg is the central intrigue of the first episode and, no doubt, the rest of the series as well.
He's an adorable robot boy with a vague backstory that gives our main characters a reason to get into mischief. but as cute and helpful as he is, the viewer can't help but feel that there is something wrong with Reg and the contrast between his character design, his introduction and the subtleties of his presentation all work together to provide the same feeling. of cautious awkwardness that the The rest of the episode has been setting up from the beginning, just as the episode used its first shot to create false expectations for the viewer's presentation. The introduction leads us to believe that he will be an explicitly good hero figure who exists to add another crazy member.
Rico's TR tribe and help her on her quest to discover # the secret of the Abyss, but watching reg's introductory scene we have reason to believe that he is not as innocent as his designed character would first lead us to believe before seeing the cheesy. Robot Boy Moa, we see giant lasers and melted trees, not burnt trees, melted trees, this right after we were introduced to the types of monsters found in the abyss. We still don't know the source of the giant laser beam, but we know he was helping Rico this time, what if next time he's not?
We then see the position of Reg's body next to a cliff which evokes feelings of danger and suspense and Roo has to physically descend to reach it, suggesting that he is approaching one of the more dangerous areas of the Abyss later, after discovering that He's a robot, the music stops, the wind blows and Rico says, but where did this guy come from? This is when we get the dark reflection of the first shot I mentioned earlier, the menacing black smoke arriving. Past the top of the screen is collateral damage from Reg trying to do good, suggesting that this tree won't be the only thing caught in the crossfire of his altruism at the end of the series after Rico and his friends Sean When we finish playing Herbert West with his electric chair and his rag back to life, we get to see through his eyes for a moment.
So far, the series' color palette has largely been dominated by bright greens and blues, but when we see through Reg's eyes, everything is covered with this rustic sepia Instagram filter that further serves to separate it from the rest of the world and after waking up, he nonchalantly asks these three prepubescent boys if they work as torturers, no?with no sense of surprise or urgency just out of curiosity, but potentially the most important foreshadowing when it comes to Regg is the scene where he looks in the mirror and asks what it is. This is nothing new in robot stories, but again, the genius is in the presentation.
Looking in mirrors is an obvious metaphor for self-confidence. reflection, but this particular mirror is broken, giving his introspection a touch of boing that's only reinforced by the torture equipment on the wall behind him. Finally, at the end of the episode, R takes him to the top of a cliff and asks him to look over it. o city there is a beautiful sunrise and the viewer is treated to some amazing sakuga moments of the city coming into view and regg watches in awe as the camera pulls back to show the Endless Abyss in the center of the city, we already know that the Things in The Abyss get worse the lower you go, thanks to Rico's comment about the split jaw being unusually high up, so think about the implication when Rico explains the Abyss to Reg and concludes the whole thing by saying: You must have come from the Boys Downstairs, We picked a really bad time to reach 50,000 subscribers.
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