Due to anime’s worldwide popularity, viewers often call out the industry’s problematic themes. As a result, a few K-Pop idols such as TXT‘s Soobin and NCT‘s Taeyong have recently come under fire for watching Made in Abyss in particular and even cosplaying as the characters.
Made in Abyss has sparked outrage among K-Pop fans for its sexualization of children and graphically violent scenes involving them. As the topic took over search trends, fans of the anime voiced their own opinions about the issue.
In response to a clip of SEVENTEEN‘s Woozi mentioning the anime, fans of the series expressed disbelief that the idol caught heat just for watching Made in Abyss.
I'm sorry but let me get this straight. People are mad at this guy… because he watched Made In Abyss. That's it. One of the most popular and widely regarded anime of 2017. He didn't even mention his opinion on it, it was just part of a list of anime he watched recently. https://t.co/Z2IDhMlWVD
— Brandon Riley (@BrandonRTalks) November 20, 2023
It further shocked fans because the anime has won multiple awards—including Anime of the Year—and was chosen by Forbes magazine as one of the best anime of the decade.
A tribute to humanity’s thirst for adventure, [Made in Abyss] is all about exploring a mysterious and seemingly bottomless abyss… A captivating take of adventure that delivers one emotional gut punch after another.
— Forbes writer Lauren Orsini
While K-Pop fans called out the problematic themes in Made in Abyss that portrayed children in a questionable light, viewers of the anime offered a different perspective. They explained that the anime’s focus was the children’s adventures in an abyss.
Kpop idols are being cancelled rn for watching/reading Made In Abyss. And non-anime fans think it's some child torture p*rn 💀💀
It's a dark adventure story about two kids exploring a deep abyss full of creatures and treasures. Like Monster Hunter shit. pic.twitter.com/LlWrmY43Rp
— 𒌐 𝐃𝐚𝐫𝐤, 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐄𝐧𝐢𝐠𝐦𝐚 𒌐 (@_DarkTheEnigma) November 20, 2023
Some K-Pop fans also seemed to share the same sentiment, sharing that it was an extremely dark fantasy that didn’t have the questionable themes other K-Pop fans have recently spoken up about.
Wait what ???
I watched Made In Abyss s1, and there was no pedo shit in it as far as I remember?? It was dark, but due to gore. It was decently well rated too.
If the manga/mangaka is problematic, I have no clue, and clearly neither does wz since he didn't even finish it huh https://t.co/aSv2iWRk05
— 😴 (@mywonflower) November 20, 2023
Meanwhile, other anime fans have voiced how hypocritical the backlash seems because TXT collaborated with someone who worked on the anime Attack on Titan, which also had problematic events.
The issue continues to divide fans and viewers.