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Sumo Wrestler Shodai Makes Other Wrestlers Watch Made in Abyss

Sumo Wrestler Shodai Makes Other Wrestlers Watch Made in AbyssSumo wrestler Naoya Shodai is at the top of his game. The wrestler recently took his third victory in a row at the autumn tournament. But the young wrestler has been the subject of attention for another reason this week: his love of the anime Made in Abyss.

It all came from a COVID-19 lockdown, when Shodai and his fellow wrestlers found themselves trapped inside with nothing to do (sounds familiar, right?). For some reason, Shodai found himself watching the Kinema Kitrus anime adaptation of Tsukushi Akihito’s Made in Abyss—and loving it.

As he told a reporter from Sanspo after his most recent victory: “I cried. I forced my fellow wrestlers to watch it too. Everyone cried at the same moments as I did.”

Just picture it: a room full of sumo wrestlers bawling their eyes out at those brutal Made in Abyss scenes.

If you haven’t seen Made in Abyss yet, well, you’re in for some crying yourself. Here’s how Sentai Filmworks describes the anime adaptation:

No one knows what’s at the bottom of the Abyss. No one who’s ventured that far has ever returned. What is known is that the Abyss is filled with strange creatures and priceless relics that have lured generations of fortune hunters into a diabolical trap. Because while anyone can descend into the Abyss safely, coming back up triggers a nightmarish series of transformations and madness. And the deeper you go, the less chance you have of coming back unchanged.

But when 12-year-old Riko receives a message that her missing mother might still be alive deep in the Abyss, she knows she has to go to her. She must go even if it’s a one-way trip for her and her robot friend Reg as they brave the ultimate darkness in Made In Abyss.

Sources: Jake Jung, Otaquest

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.