Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 6

Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 6

The Luring Is Not What it Seemed

Made in Abyss: The Golden City in the Scorching Sun Episode 6 featured the Luring. Based on what the Balancing was, I assumed the Luring was some inherent feature of Iruburu. But, that’s not the case. And, to be fair, we still don’t actually know what the Balancing is.

Yes, we know how the Balancing works. I explained it in my review of Episode 3. But, once we saw the Balancing “creatures” in the prison with Vueko, that changed things. It made the Balancing less of a fundamental rule and more of a product of the world.

But, anyway, the Luring is the name the Hollows give to their hunting “expeditions.” Other than Faputa, none of the village Hollows can leave Iruburu. And we can assume not too many cave raiders show up in the village. So, the Luring is how the Hollows bring in new value.

Maaa, Vueko, Riko, and Majikaja from the anime series Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 6
Maaa, Vueko, Riko, and Majikaja

They lure creatures from the Sixth Layer into Iruburu and hunt them, hence the name the Luring. The remains of the creatures they lure into the village then become value within the village. The problem is that the Hollows can’t always handle what they lure in.

This time, a mysterious creature makes its way into the village. Majikaja recognizes it as one that’s been there before. But, he says it’s much larger this time. And, as we see, it now has a taste for Hollows. It would seem the hunters have become the hunted.

What I find interesting about the Luring, though, is how unprepared the Hollows seemed. Sure, the creature that showed up this time wasn’t what they expected. But, their weapons didn’t seem very capable of bringing down large creatures. Am I supposed to believe they could take down a Turbinid-Dragon? I don’t see it happening.

One Good Deed for Another

I was pretty surprised to see Majikaja stop Riko from giving up her value for Nanachi. You could argue he did that because he wanted her value. But, that’s not how it came across to me. It seemed like he actually cared about what it would mean for her journey.

Unfortunately, if Riko doesn’t provide Belaf with enough value, she can’t save Nanachi. But, in last week’s review of Episode 5, I suggested some alternative trades. For example, Maaa or Vueko could give themself to Belaf. Vueko makes a bit more sense here since she’s still a human.

With that said, there’s another option now. As the creature attacked Iruburu, Riko decided to help defend the village. To do this, she had to trade some of her value. She gave some of her hair to Majikaja. And in return, Majikaja changed his form to suit the fight they were about to have.

Majikaja and Riko from the anime series Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 6
Majikaja and Riko

Together, Riko, Majikaja, some other Hollows, and Reg were able to take down the creature. And afterward, when asked by Moogie, Riko said she did it because good deeds have a way of coming full circle. Riko did a good deed today, and in the future, she’ll be on the receiving end of one.

This is where the other option in dealing with Belaf comes in. Riko saved the village from potential destruction. She can, therefore, claim that without her help, Belaf would have lost his value. That seems like bargaining leverage to me.

Also, since all transactions in Iruburu are overseen by the Balancing, Belaf may not have a say in this. If the Balancing agrees that without Riko, Belaf would have lost his value, he can’t argue with that. He doesn’t have to accept the trade. But, he couldn’t ask for more.

Reg’s Awakened Form

It only took half the season, but Prushka now looks as she does in the OP. And, unfortunately, the author even had to make this part weird. After handing Prushka over to Riko, he comments that he climaxed after sculpting her. Why are you like this, Akihito Tsukushi?

Anyway, now that she’s sculpted, Prushka reveals her true power. And it turns out that her true power is to bring out the true power of Reg. When Riko blows into Prushka (it’s not weird, I swear), it summons Reg in a new form.

I’m going to call this form of Reg’s his “awakened form.” He said that he suddenly understood things when he heard Prushka’s call and knew Riko needed his help. He didn’t remember who he was in the past, though. It sucks that his newfound understanding of things is selective like that.

Reg's awakened form from the anime series Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 6
Reg’s awakened form

I’m not a huge fan of Reg’s new form — appearance-wise. I much prefer the blue-grey metal of his normal appearance over the white metal of his awakened form. I’m sure part of it is that I’m not used to this new appearance. But, more than just the color of his metal changed.

Something I noticed is that not only is his metal now much lighter, but his skin is darker. At first, I thought his skin only appeared darker because of the contrast with the white metal. But, after doing a side-by-side comparison, that’s not the case.

It’s possible that he’d look worse with his usual lighter skin and the white metal. But, because his skin is darker in his awakened form, that only serves to make the white metal stand out more. Maybe if the red of his cape and the markings on his face also changed, I’d like it.

Conclusion

What do you think of Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Episode 6? Did you expect the Luring to be something else? Do you like Riko more with long or short hair? And, what are your thoughts on Reg’s awakened form? Let me know in the comments.

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