Made in Abyss - Recommendations

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The Promised Neverland

The Promised Neverland

Emma, Norman, Ray, and many other "siblings" live at an isolated orphanage cut off from the outside world. They live a charmed life surrounded by friends and watched over by Mama, their caretaker, until they leave the house for a foster family by the age of twelve. The only rule is that they must never venture outside of the gate that isolates them from the rest of society, for dangers await. But one day, the children learn the true horror of what's in store for their short lives... 

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Fluffs Fluffs says...

Both of these shows have the "dangerous outside world" setting - one is the Abyss and the other is the world outside the gates. Characters in both of these are children who grew up in an orphanage, and set out to explore the world that's been labelled as off-bounds. Music in both of these gives a nice sense of the atmosphere 

zohar1 zohar1 says...

both shows following kids who discover that the world they were living in is much more sinister and dark then it seem to 

OnlySix OnlySix says...

These animes are both light hearted and cheery. They have beeming, joyful female main characters who are children. They each bring a smile to your face as you watch them play and plan with their friends. But each of them have a terrible secret they are unaware of. These anime are much darker then they originally seem.

YuiYui YuiYui says...

Made in Abyss and The Promised Neverland are both psychological series that feature a small group of children exploring the 'outside world', finding out about what lies beyond the out of bounds. Both feature children who have grown up in an orphanage and have the desire to expand on what they've come to know. So if you liked one of these series, you might want to check out the other.

Jaimefm Jaimefm says...

Both of these animes involve children trying to survive in fantasy worlds.  Both contain very dark themes but are hopeful at the same time.

Starletka Starletka says...

Both try to decieve the viewer with their cutesy characters and nice settings, but they both take place in cruel worlds full of mystery. They have similiar art and share the same, tense atmosphere.

MistLiigh MistLiigh says...

These shows are similar in that both center around children who must solve their own problems in a dangerous world. Both use a similar dissonance between character design and the overall tone of the series, and while the settings may be very different, they both carry a similar atmosphere and tension.

DreamChaser DreamChaser says...

Both shows feature cute, smart, likeable children with close relationships that can be interpreted as romantic or platonic, forced to fend for themselves under horrible circumstances without adults to help them.

Both shows have pros and cons, but either way, you're in for a good time. The Promised Neverland is more focused on the children carefully planning and out-maneuvering their enemies, while I'd say Made in Abyss has the edge in terms of giving you time to get to know each character and creative worldbuilding. I also found Made in Abyss's tragedies more emotionally involving, while The Promised Neverland is more tonally consistent overall. But both have intriguing settings with plenty of mysteries to solve and efficient pacing that whisks you along for plot twist after plot twist.  I'd highly recommend both shows in general, but especially to fans of the other.

Note that Made in Abyss also has some skeevy undertones in its treatment of its child protagonists that The Promised Neverland doesn't, so do be aware of that if you go to watch it.

Heronwolf Heronwolf says...

Both start out easy going, near childlike show. Makes you question why you are watching it, until you see the first signs of what is actually going on. The perspective is that of children, so its happy go lucky, until the reveal, and both of them start to actually develop into amazing plot. The characters from both will have you enthralled, as well as the worlds they each belong to.

FoxNEET FoxNEET says...

Both shows feature a very similar female protagonist. They're both kids that posses a incredible level of intelligence and are very skilled for someone their age, they have a cheery and adventurous attitude, they're not afraid of danger and are seen by others as natural born leaders.

Natsu9999 Natsu9999 says...

Both shows at the start give impression of childish happy-o-happy show.

But as story progress things starts to get very dark. Both shows are quite similar.

PowerOfWilson PowerOfWilson says...

these two animes are super different but i really think that you will like the other if you watched one.

the world of (the promised neverland) is very mysterious and dark because we know nothing at the start.

the world of (made in abyss) is very colorful and super gorgeous but very dangerous (almost more dangerous than promised neverland).

Bugbreath Bugbreath says...

They're both a seemingly happy anime with a very twisted turn, both dangerous with interesting art styles as well.

the stories are pretty different but both set around the main female protag who is very young with another protag companion as they try to uncover/find something important to them. (TPN: civilization, MIA: Rikos mother)

both are very good animes and I highly recommend them!

Folken24 Folken24 says...

Both share a theme of "children who feel that it is time for them to step out on their own, to no longer be limited by the systems and restrictions imposed by adults." And both have an element of "there are secrets the adults are keeping from the children" and the children are having this moment of "it's time for us to make our own way" and trying to "prove" to the adults that "that time has come." At the same time, there are some notable differences. PN feels more serious, with higher stakes, and a greater emphasis on fear and confrontation. 

MiA has some confrontation, but it feels more philosophical, less intense. 

ZahraOyshe ZahraOyshe says...

Both anime have the adventurous vibe revolving around kids. Each have its own storyline and really awesome.    

IchigoCake97 IchigoCake97 says...

Cute children trying to survive, death of children, blood, mystery, suspense

I think Made in Abyss(MIA) and The Promised Neverland (TPN) share similar themes but both are unique-and-original that the story is fresh. I do got admit, I'd felt more in suspense in TPN than MIA, but they're both just as good.

weetbit weetbit says...

they both revolve around children going on an adventure and struggling to survive, as well as having their relationships tested in the meantime. Though the main characters are children, they can both be extraordinarily dark.

SebastianC SebastianC says...

Made in Abyss and The Promised Neverland look cute at first glance, but have a darker side hiding behind the cute exterior. Both of these anime have a very similar atmosphere and main protagonist, but the execution of both are very different. Still, a fan of one could like the other due to the similarities that are still shared regardless of execution.

BLuigi BLuigi says...

While the style of presentation and storylines are very different, Made in Abyss and The Promised Neverland have a very similar atmosphere. The main protagonists are also alike, and both anime have a cutesy art style that makes the dark moments even more horrifying. Have fun...

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

One night, Madoka has a terrible nightmare – against the backdrop of a desolate landscape, she watches a magical girl battle a terrifying creature, and lose. The next day, the teen's dream becomes reality when the girl – Homura – arrives at Mitakihara Middle School as a transfer student, mysteriously warning Madoka to stay just the way she is. But when she and her best friend Miki are pulled into a twisted illusion world and meet a magical creature named Kyubey, the pair discovers that magical girls are real, and what's more, they can choose to become one. All they must do is sign a contract with Kyubey and agree to fight witches that spread despair to the human world, and in return they will be granted a single wish. However, as Homura's omen suggests, there's far more to becoming a magical girl than Madoka and Miki realize...

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LapisLoserli LapisLoserli says...

Very different shows, however both are deceptively cutesy and moe but gradually reveal to be much more dark and disturbing than they initially let on.

SmolistPotato SmolistPotato says...

both anime start off as an easy-going, slice of life feel. but, as the story progresses, both anime get really serious and things start to get dark.

Scalpelexis Scalpelexis says...

On the first sight you get a mildly adventurous plot with children as your protagonists, though the story gets much mode darker later on. Tense atmosphere, deadly circumstances and using children as the target of suffering delivers serious emotional blows.

AndriasSch AndriasSch says...

Everything starts as a fantasy adventure with cute character design and the dreams of the main characters, but then it takes a dark twist.

TreeOfWolf TreeOfWolf says...

The art style is similar. Super cute and childish... but it's so sorrowful and soul crushing that you end up crying like a little girl... and yet I long for more.

KuroOkami KuroOkami says...

The story are nothing alike, but I have the same feeling about these shows. At first glance, they both seem like kid friendly shows that you should be describing with words like moe and kawaii. In reality though, once you are drawn in by the cuteness, the dark underbelly emerges and in an instant, it is a completely different show. They are both dark brutal stories that don't hold any punches and paired with their moe art styles those punches feel so much harder.

The saving grace to both of these shows is that they are both really well done and if you can survive throught them, they will make you feel on a very real level.

Aquaos Aquaos says...

Man, the plot twist absolutely killed me. Both stories are well rounded with their unique characters and the unique art and storytelling. I don't want to spoil anything but definitely watch it if you desire a good anime.

sairaragomen sairaragomen says...

► Artstyle

The artstyle itself will trick you. Both of them has the unique cutesy type of artstyle, childlike visuals that will make you think that it can be watched by kids.

► Characters

Well-written, young characters are the protagonists.

► Story

Both of them pretended to be inncocent. 

Both will carry you to the feels train. 

They both have the cruel reality that will be revealed as you continue watching. (soul gems and the curse)

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They have different plot but y'know...they share the same light→dark vibe so I definitely recommend it.

AndrewGon AndrewGon says...

This series show some serious stuff and little bit messed up stuff, the main characters being underage made great contrast with the hard truths they have to deal with.

I can assure you both series are going to leave a lasting impact in you as viewer.

RandyRandomson RandyRandomson says...

Both anime start out looking calm and chill but end up turning dark at a certain point into the storyline.

LaZIGoRl LaZIGoRl says...

They both seem like a cute naime show right. Wrong its not. Its pretty dark and if you like dark animes then you would Like these.

GeminiRabbit GeminiRabbit says...

If you like shows that start out lighthearted and go for a dark turn later on, then you'll like these shows.

From the New World

From the New World

One thousand years from now, humanity live pastoral lives aided by psychokinetic powers and the subservient Monster Rats. Saki Watanabe has just come of age, and her power has been reined in through meditation and hypnosis. She joins the Unified Class, where she will learn about her power and the world around her; yet so much of the truth is kept hidden. Her friends Shun, Mamoru, Satoru, and Maria share in her curiosity, and decide to go out of their way to seek the truth. But will the secrets of the past and present turn out to be things that Saki really wants to know?

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SuriZen SuriZen says...

Both shows give off a vibe that everything is not as it appears. As the story progresses both anime unraval this string showing darker elements. In Shin Sekai Yori this is done through psychic powers, and Made in Abyss this is done by it's setting; the Abyss itself. Though Shin Sekai Yori has darker undertones so far.

noctemleya noctemleya says...

These two anime share the same vibes. Both begin following a deceptively simple "kids going on an adventure" formula, which later gets dropped in favour of darker tones. The themes they examine are also closely related as it can be said that they are both interested in human nature, our potential and our limits.

Both works also present a sense of creeping dread, as the story flows along the viewer cannot help but unwillingly contemplate on the parts left unsaid, leaving the imagination open to speculation. Sometimes these doubts get also confirmed, usually with a touch of body horror.

To sum it up, these shows are connected by their style and themes which were central in their conception. If you love one of them for these reasons you will most certainly appreciate the other one as well.

Scalpelexis Scalpelexis says...

On the first sight you get a mildly adventurous plot with children as your protagonists, though the story gets much mode darker later on. Tense atmosphere, deadly circumstances and using children as the target of suffering delivers serious emotional blows.

catpaws catpaws says...

(SPOILERS) Similar themes of disutopia, naïveté, child endangerment, transformation, and a journey to seek the truth, as well as some really creepy monsters. Wonderful, unique music choices in both series, too.

sothis sothis says...

From the New World and Made in Abyss are PERFECT recommendations for each other. The plots aren't exactly the same - in MIA there's far more of an unknown world component, in FTNW things just... aren't really what they seem to be. Both are very creepy and give off the same vibe, including with some very disturbing things, and one similarity that is extremely identical but would be a spoiler to mention. This is somewhat of a gut feeling rec that everyone seems to agree with, so if you liked either of these, definitely give the other a try.

TreeOfWolf TreeOfWolf says...

They're both soul crushing in a majestic way... They have a similar grotesque and terrifying scene that I rarely get to see.

norco norco says...

These two shows just have a very similar feel. They both contain fascinating world building, plenty of drama, and great character development. If you enjoyed one of these shows, you will definitely enjoy the other.

chibear14 chibear14 says...

Both of these shows are tonally similar, and feature young kids discovering the dangers of the world they live in. Not everything is as it seems in these shows, and both give off an unsettling aura throughout the episodes, despite or even in spite of the cute animation. Darker undertones throughout. Warning for body horror for both shows, if that's not your thing, definitely avoid these, but on the other hand if that is interesting to you, these will right up your alley. 

Sailnir Sailnir says...

Horrible things happen to people in a way you least want it to. Wow... that sounded a lot less dark in my head...

Folken24 Folken24 says...

Both titles have a strong element of "the adults are keeping secrets from the children" and the children are trying to "unravel the mystery" and "make their own way." However, the stakes in FtNW feel a bit more dire, and there's more of a "looming threat," whereas MiA feels more like "exploring a world that may be wild and savage, but is also wondrous." 

Children of the Whales

Children of the Whales

Floating on an endless sea of sand, an isolated civilization resides on an island-like vessel known as the Mud Whale. The lives of many of its citizens are short, due to a power they wield called "thymia", and they have very little knowledge of the lands beyond their desert home. Young archivist Chakuro wants to acquire as much knowledge as he can in his short lifetime to pass on to future generations, and an opportunity for him to learn more arises when a lone girl is discovered living alone on a similar vessel. She is the first human being the people of the Mud Whale have ever seen, and she possesses a great deal of information that they do not- about the outside world and even the secrets of the Mud Whale itself. With her arrival, everything in their world begins to change.

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Qwill Qwill says...

Both Made in Abyss and Children of the Whales are anime with a big focus on world building. If you enjoy questioning the world of a show and learning the dark secrets as you go, both of these shows are for you. The characters in both shows want to learn more about the worlds they live in.

Rascal Rascal says...

Both have the same kind of young characters in a fantasy world, as well as really pretty artwork contrasting with dark themes.

AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

These two series are- in my opinion- the best fantasy series that 2017 has to offer. The worlds are gorgeous and fascinating, but also deadly at times. The characters learn much on their journeys, but they also suffer pain and loss as well.

cloudosvk cloudosvk says...

Very similiar slowly developing atmostphere with some mysterious feeling about the world which slowly explaing more and more details. Young characters which must stand for their decisions and do things that would adults normaly do. And drawing style is also similiar, beautiful hand drawing of backgrounds.

noortje noortje says...

Made in Abyss and Children of the Whales are similar in the way that the story revolves around the lives of kids. Both on a journey to uncover and explore an unknown world.

Timed Timed says...

Both of these anime are very intresting for the fact that the main character wants to explore and discorver more of their own world which is displayed very well. With these worlds looking enticing, there are also times where it isn't with the threats they give. As another point to why these have similarities, is the fact that the characters in each story have also suffered from loss which has affected them as a character.

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

When Haruhiro awakens, he's in the dark surrounded by people who have no memory of where they came from or how they got there. As the darkness fades, a fantastic new world called “Grimgar” appears before them and their adventure begins—but first, they'll have to choose their guild, class, and special abilities.

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Onbird Onbird says...

they just have a similar feel to them. Plus both have fantastisc bakgrunds and a really good soundtrack. 

AndriasSch AndriasSch says...

Both are short animes based on short novels and manga (Grimgar and Abyss respectively), that focus con the atmosphere, backgrounds and soundtrack. They also show how important collaboration, trust and hability is to survive in a world filled with monsters, and both stories have a good share of drama and the loss of friends.

Pomulon Pomulon says...

One of the main features of both shows is working hard to make you feel the characters are in real danger during battles. You can feel the tension in the air. Both have some pretty harsh developments that scar the characters emotionally. Both are also well-written and pretty good overall, with significant slice of life bits for character development.

Girls' Last Tour

Girls' Last Tour

Two young girls travel through a desolate landscape in search of food, water, and fuel for their precious Kettenkrad motorbike. Although the world they wander through is a lonely one, Chito and Yuuri find happiness in the little things they encounter on their journey: a forgotten supply of military rations, a hot bath thanks to a leaky pipe in an abandoned power plant, or the discovery of a lone autonomous robot protectively guarding a solitary fish. Even if human civilization is dead, these two can always find something to live for.

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Sfein Sfein says...

The animation of main characters are identical and both 2 main characters. The concept is both future! The age is identical. The concept both has another strange world. It is both traveling without knowing destinations and if they will find anything. The atmosphere is almost identical. 1 out of 2 main characters got really close background-thoughs.

RavenTales RavenTales says...

They both show these little people you would think is it probably a comedy or just a little cute but bother show adventure struggle happiness sadness it shows a story so they both are good recommendations.

KarmaKhameleon KarmaKhameleon says...

They have similar art style. The two main characters in both anime are drawn similarly in their cute, childlike chibiness. Despite the cuteness factor, both anime are about adventuring in a dark world where what lies ahead is unknown. 

Erin

Erin

In the war against neighboring countries, the Grand Duke’s warriors use dragon-like beasts called Touda as weapons. Touda are admired across the nation and villages take great pride in breeding them. Erin lives in one such village with her mother, Soyon, who is the best beastinarian in the country. However, life in the village is not so straightforward: Soyon is also an Ariyo, a woman of the Mist People - a race that is feared by humans for its mystical abilities. So that she and Erin can stay in the village, Soyon must flawlessly fulfill her duty capturing and disciplining the Touda; but while Erin wants nothing more than to become a beastinarian, she also feels sorry for the Touda and recognizes that there’s far more to them than meets the eye. Can Erin ever become an ordinary beastinarian when her deepest instincts tell her there is a better way to interact with the Touda?

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chii chii says...

Both shows are about young girls looking up to their mother's to follow in their footsteps. Both have beautiful music, along with a unique look and a touching story of surviva and hardshipsl. Both have a vast amount of fantastical creatures that make for some interesting foes. Fans of one would surely like the other.

AndriasSch AndriasSch says...

THe main protagonist is a little girl who gets separated from her mother due to the special circumstances around her mother's profession, so she decides to follow her mother's steps. The world they live in has misterious beasts and there's a legend that unfolds as the protagonist advances in her adventure.The story has many explicit and dramatic moments that have a huge contrast with the cute character design and the soft colors.The soundtrack in both anime is kind of unique and similar in how it has soft melodic tracks plus some dismal sounding ones.

Kino's Journey

Kino's Journey

In another world, there exist many countries, each with different cultures, customs, and traditions. From technological marvels to folk legends, each location yields a vast wealth of insight of its people: their hopes and their dreams, their failures and fears. Kino is a traveler whose goal is to visit as many new places as possible, learning about others' ways of life, but also making sure to stay clear of their affairs. Together with the talking motorrad Hermes, Kino sets out to explore the beautiful world and meet its inhabitants, wherever they may be.

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AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

The story of a brave young girl and her trusty mechanical companion having adventures in the strange world that they inhabit. If you like one you might wish to give the other a try.

Folken24 Folken24 says...

Both series have a similar animation style, and explore numerous "little enclaves" of community/culture. I would say that Kino focuses more on the culture and philosophy, while Abyss focuses more on nature and sensory aesthetics, but both definitely explore ambiguity and the idea that "some things are harsh and dangerous, but neither good nor evil." 

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

One thousand years after the Giant Warriors caused an apocalyptic event known as the seven days of fire, humans are living in constant fear of the Toxic Jungle. This ever-spreading forest is filled with poisonous plants and gigantic monstrous insects; even the very air is deadly. Nausicaa is the kind and wise princess of a small, peaceful country known as the Valley of the Wind, which has so far avoided the spread of the forest. One night a large airship containing one of the Giant Warriors crashes into the valley. The following day soldiers from the powerful nation of Tolmekia invade the Valley of the Wind to reclaim and revive the warrior. As the only one who truly believes that there is a way for humans to live alongside the insects, Nausicaa must find a way to stop the war that now threatens her people and protect the Toxic Jungle before the Tolmekians burn it to the ground.

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chii chii says...

Both fantasy shows have beautiful music, along with a unique look and a great story of survival and hardships. Both have a vast amount of fantastical creatures that make for some interesting foes. Fans of one would surely like the other.

Reiology Reiology says...

The reason for that, its beautiful, inspiring, mysterious world it exists within.

The ‘Abyss’ itself gives me that old feeling of wonder, of being drawn into something so amazingly mysterious. It reminds me of being a child again; sensing that something is coming, but not having a clue what that might be, or the form that it might take. Are those not the best moments entertainment has to offer? The things we go searching for whenever we dive into something new – only to find ourselves being disappointed over and over again? This is a category where you absolutely can not group Made in Abyss. 

Princess Nausicaä is also such a mysterious masterpiece where we can see amazing completely different, a rough world from ours where it is not easy to survive. It remains one of my oldest inspirations. Post-apocalyptic scenarios, weird and wonderful worldbuilding, a strong, courageous and generous girl protagonist, nuanced villains, truly scary creatures.

I recommended this because I feel that they're adventurous and in both of these we are introduced with something completely different. Beautiful, different but dangerous worlds that hide many undiscovered secrets.

( sorry for my bad writing :( )

A Lull in the Sea

A Lull in the Sea

Long ago, humans lived in the sea. However, some humans defied the Sea God and moved to the land, creating the division that now exists between Shioshishio, the Sea Village, and Oshiooshi, the village of the land. Now, four middle school students from the Sea Village, Manaka Mukaido, Hikari Sakishima, Chisaki Hiradaira, and Kaname Isaki must attend Mihama Middle School on the surface. While getting used to their new lives, these four and their new friend from the surface, Tsumugu Kihara, learn how true bonds of love and friendship can overcome any separation.

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linanimex linanimex says...

The genre of these anime may be different but they have some major similarities to them:

1.stories take place in alternative worlds that looks like fantastical to us but are pretty usual to the characters that live in there which gives these anime really similar feel,

2.with some slice of life happening there are some mystic/unknown features in them that makes these stories go forward and spins them at some point,

3.there are characters that have some unique abilities,

4.both of these anime involves a lot of drama and hardships to the characters,

5.the fantastic features of these anime are created by using the classical elements of the world/earth (as water, earth),

6.they both reveals the real world issues of people and nature bonds and connection also with natures rebellion agains human as some kind of God touch,

7.in both of these anime the friendship theme is really important

Chitaka Chitaka says...

Both of these anime are absolutely wonderful in every way, just to get that out of the way. They both are so beautifully picturesque in their fantastical landscapes and are both really immersive into the world as a result. They're both about another world within the "real" world so to speak and the viewer learns more about how each world works through the adventurous mood of the shows. Made in Abyss is more an adventure for the characters and the viewer where as Nagi no Asukara feels more adventure-y for the viewer, even though the kids to learn new things about the traditions and legends of their home. Both anime also place a strong emphasis on friendship and both get fairly dark as they go on. Made in Abyss gets way darker, but they both suprise you with exposing some pretty horrifying realities about these otherwise beautiful worlds and the environment itself acts as an antagonist in both.