「不動卿」 (Fudou Kyou)
“The Unmovable Sovereign”
As expected, trial by Ozen is rather harsh. Does she do this to everybody? She seems to have experience with robots (what did she call Reg? Aubade?), so maybe she likes toying around with them, and I can totally imagine her thrashing every new Blue Whistle that comes her way. It will explain poor Marulk. Or maybe this is a Lyza tradition, and what she did for the mother she’s doing for the daughter. I don’t 100% agree with her methods—I suspect she enjoyed herself just a bit too much there—but it sure does get the point across. Ozen is, in her own right, a monster, at the very least in physical strength. She may have no super death beam coming out of her hands (…as far as we know), but she’s definitely more capable than Riko and Reg combined. But even she has not plumbed the very depths of the Abyss. If there are things down there even scarier than Ozen the Unmovable, she who does not yield and does not die, then chances don’t look good for the kids. We already know that though, but at least now we know why other adults like Hablog and Leader were willing to let the two go so easily; there was someone more effective than they to drill the terror of the Abyss into young souls.
We also get some questions answered, firstly about why Ozen seems to be in such a wicked mood all the time. Turns out, she’s just really old. You know how grandparents are. ‘Back in my day, we raided the Abyss barefoot, in the snow, Cursed both ways’. Funnily enough, I’ve been writing about Owarimonogatari recently, and if Oshino Ougi lived to be a hundred I can totally see her ending up as someone like Ozen. I wonder if Ozen had always been a sadistic grandma, though? She’s been a White Whistle for 50 years, and she mentioned the lower strata of the Abyss grinding at one’s sanity. Maybe all the White Whistles have a bit of crazy in them. They called Lyza, ‘The Annihilator’, right? I wonder how she turned out.
Other answers simply raise more questions. It turns out the Curse Repelling Vessel doesn’t repel the Curse at all, but reanimates the dead. That’s honestly incredible, and I wonder why they don’t use it more often. Riko’s been living happily as a highly functional zombie for a good 12 years, so it’s fine, right? How about her mother, too? Did she have access to this thing? If so, the empty grave is a bit suspect, no? Ozen wasn’t lying about finding a grave. And she probably did find Lyza’s whistle there as well. But if nobody was in the grave, for whom was it? The plot thickens.
Will we have time to resolve all of it, though? We’re at episode 07 and only now are we starting a training arc. A 10-day training arc, even. I recall that Fullmetal Alchemist had something of a survival training arc too, but that was done relatively early in its run, and in a flashback to boot. In comparison to the multi-cour FMA, how far is Made in Abyss intending to get? Is it preparing for a second season? I’m definitely fine with that.