Made in Abyss by Akihito Tsukushi

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

Made in Abyss follows Riko, a twelve year old girl living in Orth, the city that rests on the rim of a great pit. Her goal is to become a white whistle, a cave raider who traverses the vast depths of the abyss in search of rare and valuable treasures. Currently, she is a red whistle, an apprentice only allowed to explore the first layer of the abyss. On one of her expeditions, she finds a mechanical boy, Reg, who she smuggles home.

This first volume sets up Riko and Reg’s journey into the bewildering and dangerous abyss in search of answers to Riko’s questions about her mother and Reg’s questions about his past and purpose.

The thing that really sets Made in Abyss apart from other manga works is its worldbuilding. The mysteries are set up wonderfully and seeing the creatures and relics of the great pit are enticing enough to keep me reading. That said, some of the art and dialogue are a bit… awkward. There were some questionable choices in terms of representing these minor characters in compromising situations which can be uncomfortable to see/read. As stated on the back of the book: this manga is for older teens and adults due to explicit content.

Located in Teen Manga (TEEN MANGA TSUKUSHI)

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