How the best anime of the summer put a heartbreaking twist on Pokemon

Contains spoilers for Made in the abyss Season 2!The Pokemon The series has featured various tragic stories over time, but one anime has managed to outperform all of them with its heartbreaking version of Pokemon. Despite their many appearances and types, all Pokémon generally share certain characteristics such as communicating only through their names and being conspicuously non-human. Anime Made in the abyssA version of this type of creature shares those characteristics but manages to make them tragic in nature.

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Made in the abyss It is an anime produced by Kinema Citrus based on the manga of the same name by Akihito Tsukushi. The film follows Rico and her robot companion Reg as they venture into the mysterious abyss and encounter the various characters and threats contained within it. In Season 2, Rico and her friends encounter a village full of strange creatures known as Hollows. These Hollows come in many sizes and shapes, much like Pokemon, but they can generally communicate using actual human language. This makes sense, as it is eventually revealed that these Hollows were once humans who were transformed through magical means. However, one of these Hollows cannot easily communicate, despite being a human.

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Maaa is a pink hollow that looks like a leaf ghost. They can only communicate by saying their name just like a Pokemon, but they are able to evoke a wide range of emotions with that one word. Maaa initially takes on a hostile role after Riku’s animal Meinya is seriously injured, an act that is severely punished under Hulu Village rules. After they lose the doll that was their most valuable possession and have various parts of their body torn apart, Maaa becomes Riko’s ally, seemingly regretting her past actions. They’re at Rikuo’s side for the rest of this Made in the abyss arc, protects her and acts as a friend despite her limited ability to communicate. All this prompts Riko to make Maaa a new doll to replace an old doll, which obviously means a lot to them. Tragically, despite all this character development, when the hollow village is destroyed at the end of the season, Maaa disintegrates, and their last job is to watch and protect Riku as she unconsciously escapes.

Made in the abyss Maaa turns to dust and shows how tragic it is Pokemon can be

Rico waking up and searching for Maaa after her breakup is a truly heartbreaking moment, made even more tragic due to the amount of growth Maaa has shown during the season. Many Pokémon have arcs where they get close to their trainers and learn new skills, but the kid-friendly franchise rarely shows these Pokémon dying, despite often engaging them in brutal fights. The death of water and its effect Made in the abyss The protagonists of the novel show how emotionally powerful she is Pokemon She decided to kill one of her main Pokemon characters.

Of course, Maaa’s entire character before her death was emotional as well, with her brutal punishment and reaction to seeing Riku’s gift incredibly touching. The Pokemon The franchise manages to highlight some similar plot points with their creatures as well, but its general tendency to keep things light for younger audiences can frustratingly hamper the impact of these moments. During WaterAnd the Made in the abyss It shows the deep emotional impact of it Pokemon It could be if plot lines appear darker and more mature.

Made in the abyss season 2 Available to stream it HIDIVE.

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