Minor Spoilers for Made in Abyss, but nothing that isn’t really apparent, imo.
Nanachi couldn’t help but feel uncomfortable watching the scene in front of her play out. Certainly, she understood that the “her” in the story and the “her” here and now weren’t the same. That this was all the backstory of what essentially amounted to a stranger. This was true for the man sitting next to her too, uncomfortably crouched upon his seat. Even so, it was undeniably uncomfortable.
Maybe she’d feel less uneasy if her viewing partner wasn’t watching with such enthusiasm…
“My, my… I do make a fantastic villain, don’t I?” Bondrewd chuckles, the sound reverberating within his mask to create a tinny echoing effect. “How wonderful.”
“Naaa…” Nanachi shifts her eyes to avoid looking at the man sitting across from her, she gives a weak smile. “Well, you’re certainly an ‘iconic’ bastard to say the least…”
“Ah, you see, Nanachi. The greatest antagonists are those that have some element of mystery to them. They’re driven, that’s undeniable, but their exact motives and goals are ill defined. Certainly. There is enough evidence to formulate a hypothesis, but if we wanted to test that… Hmhmhm… That’s another matter entirely.”
“Yeesh. You didn’t feel any shame complimenting your own character, did ya?”
“Shame is a burden that only serves to prevent us from reaching greater heights. If the pioneers of the modern world had felt shame, they would no doubt have been paralysed, leaving us living in caves.”
“Well, you know, no matter how great a villain a character is, they always die in the end. That’s the way these stories work.”
“Then die I shall! For in death a villainous character truly becomes immortal. Etched upon the hearts and minds of every viewer, never to be forgotten!”
“…Naa. I don’t know about that…”
“I’m sure of it.” Bondrewd nods and spreads his arms out enthusiastically. “But, as of now, the story still continues! Come, Nanachi! Let us see how my next move unfolds!”
Nanachi says nothing, instead opting to give a silent nod. And with her consent, the next scene begins to unfold.
Heh… This bastard really is shameless…