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メイドインアビス

(Made in Abyss)

(not “Maid” in Abyss)

Summary

Japanese

限界深度2万メートル以上!?
人類最後の未踏の深淵には何があるのか…?

隅々まで探索されつくした世界に、唯一残された秘境の大穴『アビス』。どこまで続くとも知れない深く巨大なその縦穴には、奇妙奇怪な生物たちが生息し、今の人類では作りえない貴重な遺物が眠っている。
「アビス」の不可思議に満ちた姿は人々を魅了し冒険へと駆り立てた。そうして幾度も大穴に挑戦する冒険者たちは、次第に『探窟家』呼ばれるようになっていった。

アビスの縁に築かれた街『オース』に暮らす孤児のリコは、いつか母のような偉大な探窟家になり、アビスの謎を解き明かすことを夢見ていた。そんなある日、リコはアビスを探窟中に、少年の姿をしたロボットを拾い…?

English

In an age when the corners of the world have been scoured for their secrets, only one place remains unexplored – a massive cave system known as the Abyss, filled with monstrous creatures and lost relics. Those who delve into its depths are known as Cave Raiders. A young orphan named Riko dreams of following in her mother’s footsteps as a Cave Raider, and when she meets a strange robot while exploring the Abyss, she is one perilous step closer to achieving her goal!

Availability

Amazon
eBook Japan

Personal Opinion

I first encountered this one from the anime, and was utterly entranced by the incredible backgrounds - almost at the level of a Shinkai film. Then the story itself captured me.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club

Pros

  • Lots o’ words to learn, but aside from monster names, it’s not packed full of obscure technical terms.
  • Amazing art, wonderful story.

Cons

  • It’s… a little dark. For example, the first episode of the anime makes a joke about Riko being strung up naked as a punishment. The manga shows it actually being done.

Pictures

First Three Pages of Chapter One



Additional Pages





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