Episode 3 temporarily quells the fear of the curse but introduces an Equivalence Exchange-like system – and a different connection to the Ganja group.
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So far, however, as the journey through the City of the Unrecovered has been fascinating for Riko, Reg, and Nanachi, there has always been a looming reminder of the curse of the abyss. The ending of episode 2 has raised expectations that the first part of the anime season might quickly go into darkness. However, the latest episode reveals the immediate concerns that lie with this mysterious village and its inhabitants.
Getting started on Episode 3 quickly allays fears of the curse – for the time being. As the trio follows Majikaja, Nanachi tells everyone that there is no force field ahead. Not having this force field means there’s no curse in the area, so Riko can carry on without having to worry about losing her humanity. Nanachi also confirms that the surrounding creatures are all voids – or narehate – just like Nanachi. Majikaja takes the trio to where Prushka is, revealing that she is being chipped away by another hollow, Poriyon. This obviously worries everyone until Riko, who can still communicate with Prushka, reassures everyone that Prushka really doesn’t mind.
While they agreed to let Prushka stay, they still don’t know who stole her in the first place as Majikaja claims that she was found by the villagers, not captured. They decided to continue following Majikaja through the village in hopes of finding some potential customers. Majikaja explains that all voids take on their most personally desired form, commenting that Nanachi is the only one who can retain a human-like form while remaining a victim of the curse. Majikaja implies that this is because Nanachi was protected by a very special wish, which stirred up the memory of Mitty. This small moment is the first stirring of tragedy in the episode.
The prospecting was quickly derailed by Riko’s fascination with the market. When she stumbled across a page in her mother’s field notebook, she was rejected by the merchant for picking it up for further inspection. Majikaja explains that values are assigned to things in exchange and something of the same or higher value is needed to complete a transaction – not uncommonly, in the form of body parts. Because Riko cannot give up her entire body, the highest value she possesses, she is unable to obtain her mother’s quote.
This becomes even more sinister when one of the hollows takes an interest in Meinya. Their passion is harmless at first, but it quickly escalates into torture as the hollow crushes Meinya to the point of near death. The voids around don’t seem to fully understand the essence of what just happened, but once Riko exclaims how important and valuable Meinya is to her, the more tragedy ensues.
Nanachi tries to help put Meinya’s dislocated parts back together, but since something of such high value has broken, the balancing process begins. Not unlike the Equivalent Exchange concept in Fullmetal Alchemist, the village entity ensures that anything taken or damaged is replaced with something of equal value. No matter how many objects, body parts, or lives it requires, the balance will be consistent with whatever has been done. This, unfortunately, resulted in those who had hurt Meinya heartbroken when their belongings were taken and destroyed, including a prized stuffed animal, in a particularly painful scene. heart. The equalization ends only when the empty has been completely stripped and redistributed, with the necessary value converted to currency to compensate Riko.
The village’s quirks continue to grow even after the trio find accommodation for the night for Meinya to recuperate. When Riko suffers from food poisoning, Reg and Nanachi depend on finding the right food and medicine and continue their search for the thief. Their mission is also derailed when all the caves start to buzz at the sight of Faputa – a mysterious creature that rarely appears – and Reg decides to investigate.
With a flashback of the Ganja group encountering the same character, it’s clear the connection between both groups will soon be revealed. While the rock niches honor Faputa as the Princess of Hollow, it is unclear if she will be another obstacle in her journey to the heart of the abyss. Even with a curse, this could be more dangerous than one might think.