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TXT’s Soobin Faces Criticism For Watching A Problematic Anime: More Male Idols Also Take Heat

TXT‘s Soobin is just one K-Pop idol under fire for consuming a highly problematic anime.

Made in Abyss is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akihito Tsukushi which spans 12 volumes and was made into two anime seasons.


What Is It?

It follows the journey of a young girl, Riku, and her half-human friend, Reg, as they journey into the dangerous “Abyss” to find the former’s mother.

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Though Made in Abyss was praised for its original worldbuilding and mesmerizing graphics, it was criticized for its depictions of violence and sexual themes surrounding the young characters. It includes the protagonists being tortured, strung up without clothes, wearing provocative clothing, frequent reactions to the child nudity, mentions of their genitalia, and more.

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TXT’s Soobin

Netizens are now uncovering receipts of certain K-Pop idols who have admitted to watching Made in Abyss, with one of them being TXT’s leader Soobin. He stated in a live broadcast last year that the anime was “so much fun.”

The second season of Made in Abyss is coming out right now. To be honest, I didn’t think the first season was that much fun. But the second season is so fun.

— Soobin

Though he put a disclaimer that he wouldn’t recommend it, he said that he had fun watching it.

It’s not an anime that I want to recommend to you because it’s kind of provocative but the story is really good and I’m having fun watching it.

— Soobin

NCT 127’s Taeyong

Besides Soobin, NCT 127‘s Taeyong has also confirmed that he’s a fan of Made in Abyss. He is a supporter of the manga which is infamous for being more graphic and overall problematic than the anime. In a photo showcasing his pair of red boots, he left the manga slightly out of sight in the corner as a hint that he is a fan.

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Netizens noted that it was the 11th volume of the manga, proving that he was not simply a casual reader.


SEVENTEEN‘s Woozi is also under fire for mentioning Made in Abyss in a Weverse Live from August 27, 2022. He was asked to recommend an anime that he was watching recently and named this in his list.

The one that I enjoyed recently…these days, I enjoyed Uncle from Another World, I saw Komi Can’t Communicate, I saw Jujutsu Kaisen, and I saw Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie, and I saw Made in Abyss.

— Woozi

ATEEZ’s Mingi

ATEEZ‘s Mingi, meanwhile, talked about liking Made in Abyss during a fancall, listing it among his favorite anime shows of all time.

Made In Abyss. It’s one of my absolute favorite animes of all time. But it is a bit grotesque.

— Mingi



Finally, YouTuber and Singles Inferno 3 contestant DEX (Kim Jin Young) was open about enjoying Made in Abyss in one of his videos. He particularly loved the “bizarre” and mind-blowing plot twist.

Personally, I have an anime that I’d like to recommend…it’s called “Made In Abyss.”


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The author of Made in Abyss, Akihito Tsukushi, is also a confirmed pedophile who is currently under trial.



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