The enormous cave system, known as the Abyss, is the only unexplored place in the world. Nobody knows how deep down goes this titanic pit, inhabited by strange and wondrous creatures and full of mysterious ancient relics which purpose in unknown to modern man. Generations of bold adventurers have been drawn by the cryptic depths of the Abyss. In course of time those bold enough to explore the dangerous pit came to be known as "Cave Raiders." In Orth, the town at the edge of the Abyss, there lives a little orphan named Riko, who dreams of becoming as great a cave raider as her mother was and solving the great mystery of the pit. One day exploring the murky depths she stumbles upon a little boy named Reg, who turns out to be a robot.Written by
This show went from one I was intending to skip to my favorite this season. When you look at the initial picture for the anime it looks like it is made for children due to the art style.
After hearing that this is not a kids show I thought that I'd give it a try and it really is an interesting even though sometimes cruel anime where especially at the end of this seasons you might want to have some tissue in range to wipe away tears.
The premise is that there is an abyss on a specific island and adventurers will go into the abyss to get treasure. It sounds like a typical dungeon crawler show at first glance. However there is a twist. The deeper you go, the harder it will hit your body when you return to the higher layers and town. It starts with possibly throwing up and goes till death/loss of once humanity. For the latter there are no specifics what this exactly means.
So you go in and could get great loot, but the price might be your live.
The story centers around a young girl that enters the abyss with a specific goal in mind and is accompanied by robot that also looks like a kid and was coming from the Abyss.
We have a slow start that introduces the main as well as various other characters and hints on what happens with you in the abyss. Halfway through the show it will pick up though and is not suited for children at all anymore. There is a lot of mental and physical pain put on the characters and we always have to remind ourselves that these two behave like and are children. So for some this will be hard to watch.
In addition it will show the painful results of injuries and doesn't hide anything. Still the show manages to put in lighter moments with humor as well.
It is overall well written and I think the pacing of the show is fine even with the slow start, because when it goes dark it hits you even harder with it.
I'd highly recommend it. However I give it an 8/10 because the story is unfinished and I'd preferred the art style to be a bit more adult. If you like the art style overall you could take it as a 9/10.
Btw. the soundtrack for this show is amazing.
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