Made in Abyss

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English: Made in Abyss
Japanese: メイドインアビス


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 7, 2017 to Sep 29, 2017
Premiered: Summer 2017
Broadcast: Fridays at 21:30 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Kinema Citrus
Source: Web manga
Genres: AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, MysteryMystery, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.701 (scored by 532318532,318 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #442
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #96
Members: 1,014,237
Favorites: 33,019

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Both share the setting of an orphanage, being closed down from the outside world, having little kids as protagonist, the turn from a vibrant to a very dark setting 
report Recommended by AnarUto4
Although they are different types of stories, the two series share an aesthetic (childish designs that contrast with their world). Both also feature superb world-building, nice art direction, and beautiful music that manage to whisk you to another world completely. So if atmospheric world-building is your jam, definitely watch both! 
report Recommended by CookieBun
Both of them are amazing adventure series with endlessly imaginative settings. Both of them have young and naive main characters that undergo a lot of development and go through a lot of hardships on their adventure, learning things the hard way. Both of them explore the idea of downwards vertical exploration, in Made in Abyss's case, it is the main driving force behind the story and with Hunter x Hunter it is part of one of the challenges from the first part of the series. Both of them have complex themes and dark aspects to them. Both of them aren't afraid to show how cruel the world can be. Both  read more 
report Recommended by alpha_shadow
Both have a unique, cute artstyle that covers a dark, deep lore. Both have beautiful animation that make them stand out from the rest. 
report Recommended by Pelocan
They both have an eerie feel to them. Shinsekai Yori is a lot darker than Made in Abyss although they both have the feeling of a hidden deep story that is unraveled as you go. Both are also coming of age stories that show the world isn't as bright as you think from first impressions.  
report Recommended by hellmet
While these two anime are about two totally different things, they are also fundamentally very similar. They are both what I would call a true "adventure" anime. Where the anime is about setting off on a journey to go somewhere important to them, they are both excellent and highly regarded anime. 
report Recommended by Zryn
- At a glance both seems like they came from a Pixar studio but in reality, Kaiba and Made in Abyss targets older or mature audiences - Both have world or places with specific rules on it that makes them unique and scary at times. - Excellent in world building - As each episodes goes by, secret and stuff are slowly revealed that will makes you emotional and realized how deep and meaningful both anime is - Both are short anime but tells more content than some of the multi-season anime out there 
report Recommended by bokami
''Dark mysteries in fantasy settings'' if u are looking for something like this then try these. Besides,if u love the MCs being linked to the secrets of the mysteries then its all the more reason to try these 
report Recommended by yabuki-kun
the atmosphere, world building and how it starts with a mysterious world that you learn more and more about as the story unfolds. Houseki, has better character development and tackles some interesting themes such as what it means to be alive and what gives us meaning, what we have to sacrifice to gain something special and so on its real beep if you are willing to look deeper. 
report Recommended by KILERDEMON
Both large mysterious worlds with great world building for their individual settings. Both have brave warriors who scale their respective challenges (tower/abyss). In TOG they ascend up the tower facing new challenges each floor. In Made in abyss they instead descend deeper into the abyss but again similarly face new challenges every new floor. 
report Recommended by JVskunkape
Both of them have incredibly imaginative fantasy settings. Both have stunning visual presentation and incredible landscapes and backgrounds. Both of them have a vast amount of fantastical creatures (animals, bugs, plants, etc.) Both of them have main characters that undergo a lot of development on their adventure and deal with a lot of hardships on their journey. 
report Recommended by alpha_shadow
Made in Abyss has a very "Ghibli" feel, with an eerie feeling, and a lush, rich world and deep characters and story. More mysterious than Princess Mononoke but if you like one you should check out the other.  
report Recommended by Sara_Isayama
Both have kids investigating something mysterious. Both have great animation above some TV Anime. Both have similar character design. 
report Recommended by Nixex7
While the Made in Abyss has a fairly different type of plot it is another fantastic world building anime which I would highly suggest for anyone with an innate curiosity. While Magnus Bride presents a new world in the form of magic and magical creatures, Made in Abyss presents a new world in the form of a giant hole/cave in the ground which presents its own set of environments and creatures. 
report Recommended by Zmaier
Both involve cute kids going on adventures Both involve said cute kids in their own group (Red Whistles and the School Live Club) Both give off an uneasy feeling that something dark is lurking around the corner Both include great OPs 
report Recommended by gNat2
Wonderful and enigmatic animation. Mystic world with various creatures, a wondering child, adventures, great voice acting and soundtrack. At first it seems relaxing, yet later it chatches you with action and great story.  
report Recommended by Kong38
Both featuring deceiving art styles and children in messed up situations. 
report Recommended by Dani-Volente
Adventure world very original. Both gave two kids trying to find a parent and answers about themselves. There is even a tragic experiment story in both of them. 
report Recommended by AngieOrt
Both shows with vast mysterious worlds unknown to our heroes that they need to explore, uncover and understand. Both sets of heroes are continually thrust into dangerous situations. Both have top tier soundtracks. 
report Recommended by JVskunkape
The third entry in the Great Potato Trifectia of 2017-18 (after Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou and Made in Abyss), Hakumei to Mikochi follows a grand tradition of potato anime: A small cast of absurdly cute characters, detailed setting with plenty of exploration and beautiful scenery, combination slice-of-life and adventure elements, great music and OST, and crucially, it's super comfy. Hakumei to Mikochi may very well be the comfiest anime ever: grab a blanket & curl up. 
report Recommended by awwright
You are thrown into this unknown world with very different cultures and landscapes that make you want to discover more about the people and how this world affected the society they live in 
report Recommended by Honorat
Very similar feel in that they both feel like you have stepped into the spirit world. With a lush world of amazing art, and incredible character and strange creatures. You definitely feel transported away in both works. Made in Abyss has a very "Ghibli" feel to it too. 
report Recommended by Sara_Isayama
Both are about a journey through strange lands full of danger and strange creatures. With lush art, and incredible story and characters. If you like one you will probably like the other.  
report Recommended by Sara_Isayama
-They both present a mystery to the world (I.e., The Abyss and the Shadows House) -Both series have child protagonists that explore these areas. -Both seem to have wholesome and light hearted moments in contrast to its eerie and dark world. -Both have excellent animation and a more darker and grayish tone of colour when it comes to their shows colour palette. -Both have good OST's With Shadows House having an banger of and OP and ED. -The world building in both are amazing. just watch it. 
report Recommended by SenpaiStealer
Both of these series have filled me with a desire to explore the world. I love finding out about each new layer of the Abyss, and all the rules and dangers that come with it. I also love seeing each new country shown by Kino or Shizu. 
report Recommended by Silver-King
Both anime dictate the adventures of a duo as they wander across the world. Both anime contain some dark moments and explore a concept of self discovery. Katanagatari differs with some action and more dialogue as its duo search the world for the 12 deviant blade and come to new realisations. While Made in Abyss can be seen as a coming of age story for its duo as they descend into the "Abyss" and go on to face the challenges and dangers it prevails. So, if your a fan of stories about a wandering pair crossing the world and learning from the challenges they come  read more 
report Recommended by Akoram
Cute and innocent character design of the main characters but these shows can be serious and mature. Similar age of main characters. Monster design is really good and unique in both series. 
report Recommended by Ifeelfine
In both there is an adventure into an unknown world and both have similar amazing art. 
report Recommended by mint_Tea
both are about chibi character make their journey to find answer. both are documentary anime(kinda) both has similar character traits and personality kaban is same as riko, both are powerless human but quite intelligent and skillful. serval is same as reg, both are quite strong but lack of skill and critical thinking. at the same time: kaban is same as reg as both of them are coward. serval is same as riko as both of them fill with excitement. difference: kemono friend - more or less dark(not really) made in abyss - very dark anime 
report Recommended by acidbass92
Both have that same mystery feeling of "what lies below in the deep depths" and the settings of the stories and surroundings are pretty similiar to each other. If you liked Made In Abyss then you'll surely like Blame! too, no doubt :) 
report Recommended by kokololipop
Made in abyss and one piece both have top tier world building and the world of made in abyss and One piece gives u endless inspiration to think about the mysteries and capabilities of their world.....  
report Recommended by SheeshIrei
Incredible amounts of world building and rich lore is just one similarity Sound of the Sky and Made in Abyss share. They also share a post-apocalyptic setting; Sound of the Sky takes place after a great world war, and Made in Abyss happens after cataclysmic natural event. After said events occur, the world is forever changed as new civilizations and cultures arise, each with lived-in mythologies and histories. Thrusting cute/moe characters into this setting is another commonality.  
report Recommended by Dewelleric
Made in Abyss and Cannon Busters both have not entirely human protagonists. Both include a colorful pallet and interesting characters. Along with soundtracks you wouldn’t usually think of when it comes to anime. 
report Recommended by gindorobo
Both are about a mysterious place that appeared in the world and is too dangerous to be explored yet with mysterious creatures and unknown things inside. 
report Recommended by goldenotaqu
- Humans are utterly dwarfed in size and power by a lovecraftian surrounding - The protagonists are enlisted in an organization that specializes in dealing with the lovecraftian threat - Their parent is a competent and famous top member of the organization who has neglected their child to focus on their profession - Both feature a highly driven scientist who significantly advances humanity at the expense of minors - It gets dark; shit hits the fan - the protagonists are strongly impacted by severe hardship - It's a masterpiece 
report Recommended by SekaiDied
Though they look quite different, both shows have a very similar vibe. They both take place in mysterious, unique worlds where the rules are unclear and only slowly revealed. Both shows feature positive lead characters in a setting that turns out to be quite dark in nature. In the process of discovering the secrets of the world, the main characters are subjected to severe suffering - expect some serious feels in both shows. Both have strong set of side characters, though in my opinion the main draw for both are the incredibly detailed and creatively set up worlds. The music also is quite good in both. 
report Recommended by Yugen_us
Made in Abyss is basically exactly the story of Gunbuster reimagined and breathed new life. Both shows deal with a young girl who is driven by the desire to find her missing/presumed-dead parent in an impossible environment. For Riko, that's to find her mother, a White Whistle, the bottom of the Abyss, but for Noriko (the similarity in their names isn't a coincidence, either), her ultimate goal is to find her father, the captain of a space battleship that was attacked by monsters. Both shows pit their young, vulnerable characters up against impossible odds and horrible monsters. Both shows exude the same energy in very  read more 
report Recommended by dearestclaudio
There’s really nothing similar about these anime. Settings and genres are very different. The only comparison I found was that both main heroines have a parent that they are trying to find. They don’t even know if they’re alive or dead. The missing parents of both characters left them a message that they were waiting for them in this place. Both anime are adventures leading to said place. Also, this place happens to be a very big hole in both anime’s. It’s up to a man/boy to take the woman/girl to the place where their parent is supposedly waiting for them.  
report Recommended by Phlaryx
These two anime share the same vibes. Both anime feat children as your protagonists as both anime have the main characters going through parallel worlds and dealing with immense existential threats. These two anime also have a cute friendly look to them, but they end up being very dark and mature shows. Psychological and moral issues also play a big role in these two shows as well.  
report Recommended by Genocyberfanboy
Both shows have a kid friendly look to them, but they have a very dark story to them. They both have kids going into parallel worlds, ultimately leading up to immense existential threats. Fans of one would surely like the other. 
report Recommended by Genocyberfanboy
After reading the synopsis of Oban you may be wondering what do a sci-fi racing anime and an adventure fantasy have in common. Well, a lot more than you think Both stories are placed in vast and unexplored worlds with their own rule systems and ways of life. Both have strong female protagonists who feel inspired by their overachieving mothers. Both put great emphasis on the different cultures and places the charecters are exploring. Both have amazing soundtracks that enhance the believability of the worlds they are set in. And most importantly they share a similar art style and overall atmosphere. Overall if you enjoyed the world-building in Made in abyss  read more 
report Recommended by Larcus
Both are about exploration teams, those exploration teams have ranks in the 2 animes. in both shows 1 mc is "normal" and the other mc doesnt know is origins or why he is in that world  
report Recommended by pitd
These shows both begin light-hearted and fun but gradually becomes a bit darker. Both shows also contain a number of memorable characters that the shows heavily focus on. 
report Recommended by DekumDora
Both high fantasy shows with interesting premises and worldbuilding, as well a beautiful and cutesy artstyle that hides darker undertones and gorier scenes. 
report Recommended by JizzyBizzy
Both MC's have a dark path ahead of them Both MC's are fully aware of the problems ahead in what they are doing Both MC's are funny and can be focused when needed 
report Recommended by Aruixa
Made in Abyss is not so different when we are talking about the passage where Nagumo is left in Labyrinth/Abyss and can't go up so he just goes down and meets lots of monsters/anomalies and after some time travels with a little girl. In Made in Abyss, the main characters go down to explore the abyss and look for someone on the bottom and in Arifureta, they go down to get out of the labyrinth. 
report Recommended by Tokucho
these two shows both introduce an interesting world for the viewer to invest in, as well as similar main characters 
report Recommended by palopalo
If you liked To Your Eternity because of the powerful moments which made you bawl your eyes out. Then Made In Abyss might just be for you. - Both shows cover the theme of loss and learning to come in terms with the truth. - Both Shows explore what it truly means to be human, both literally and figuratively. - Both shows have incredibly sad moments and characters that you easily get attatched to, before they get sent off. Made In Abyss and To Your Eternity isn't afraid to play with your heart, because the stories just goes in whatever direction is feels like going. Personally these  read more 
report Recommended by Ph4lip
Both have a charming design that instantly transport you in their world. The shows focus on some paranormal circumstances and the leads are teenagers. While Made in Abyss is more a dark edgy anime, They have similarities and even though they look like anime for kids, they surely are not 
report Recommended by AgiLess
Same morbid and realistic atmosphere to the show Young main character  
report Recommended by _pieceofwood
Both anime has survival vibes! Made in Abyss: Surviving the abyss by descending to it! Akudama Drive: Surviving the whole police Pursuit in order to finish the task that was given to them! 
report Recommended by PoisonPawn6102
Similarities: Cutesy style with a hint of a dark side (Made in Abyss is a bit more on the dark side though). They also both have Giant creatures which could be dangerous or not... Made in Abyss features old relics which are used as 'magical tools' and in Birthday Wonderland you get similar items and contraptions.  
report Recommended by BlondiG321
In both series, the main character is looking for his parent with a lot of adventure elements 
report Recommended by Haskku
The main characters in both have memory loss and have the ability to extend their arm. There's innocent nudity in both, cuteness, bloody stuff and there's innocent children that being exploited by cruel experiments. 
report Recommended by Bufftsuki
Trust me this movie with a dark universe like the end of MiA will charm you ! In a world desolated by war between the magical races, the human race lead by a touching love story will try to create a new world. PS : This a prequel to the TV anime and the atmospheres are in no way related ! You can start with this movie without any problems 
report Recommended by ChunkerChunk
if you think its a show about some kid going to a adventure you are wrong this show tells a story about horrific abyss. both of those show contain body horror 
report Recommended by Biresh
If you watched urasekai hoping for a horrifying exploration of a world that obeys different worlds then made in abyss is a great choice instead of uresekai, dealing with the tension and horror of this (imo) way better. The only thing keeping this from not being a hard horror is the setting- being a fantasy world gives a layer of seperation the horrors shown and us. Similairly Uresekai is much closer to our worlkd since the "isekai-lite" setting many episodes set up tension well although unfortunately this is poorly worked upoon. 
report Recommended by Jepus26
At first look they both have a cute and warm feeling and then they suddenly punch you in the face with cruelty. Still both are amazingly built stories. If you have strong stomach I highly recommend both. 
report Recommended by KissDorka
Both involve young kids and seem to be light-hearted at the start but becoming darker later. They both contain disturbing scenes of violence and suffering. 
report Recommended by ll123
Both have great world building. Both have an adventure in an unknown environment. Both have great music. Strong robot / mecha sidekick. 
report Recommended by StoneSplash
Both Anime's focus on the ''Abyss''. Which holds similar details of eachother, being that it's the straight definition of ''Abyss'' - Never Ending... The OST in Pandora Hearts is very much similar to ''Made in Abyss'' as well, the music is just so...unique, some what eery depending on the situation, and childish in some spots as well. Both Animes feature child-like characters, it's very...fairy-tale orientated too. Pandora Hearts focus' "Alice in Wonderland", while Made in Abyss focuses some kid show that i can't remember. When I saw the word "Abyss" in the title, I just couldn't stop thinking of Pandora Hearts, it's jsut the overall atmosphere that really  read more 
report Recommended by B3astpwn
Similar vibe at certain times. Both have beautiful background art and very fitting BGM. You get a kind of eerie feeling, but still a sense of wonder from both anime/movie. There is also the same sense of the 'unknown' and the viewers discover the mysteries of the world alongside the younger protagonists.  
report Recommended by Helvetica-Black
Both feature lush worlds with strange creatures and female main characters, with excellent story. If you like one you will probably like the other. In both the characters are traveling through strange lands where they are in real danger a lot of the time, and have to become more adept at their surroundings to survive.  
report Recommended by Sara_Isayama
These are both discovery themed series where our main characters are thrust into a world of the unknown and must explore & make new discoveries and friends along the way. Both have amazing OST's & character designs as well as having very lovable characters and humour. 
report Recommended by JVskunkape
Tired of watching the same cliche isekai fantasy anime with overpowered protagonists over and over again? Tegamine Bachi and Made in Abyss are two amazing fantasy anime without isekai setting. In both anime a young boy and a girl go on the adventures of their lifetimes in a beautiful, yet dark fantasy world, both underground (?). The worlds are full of mysteries which slowly unravel during the anime. Also both anime have some sad moments. Both are HIGHLY recommended to watch. 
report Recommended by Khalan
In both shows, the main character is a young girl with a robot companion/protector who remains optimistic even as they live through terrible events / hardship. Both shows also have a similar lighthearted feel to them, and have an ED sequence that remains bouncy and happy throughout the show's run. 
report Recommended by greymousie
Both shows star a pair of children, a boy and a girl, who are basically orphans Both pairs of children are involved in a quest to find a parent(s) after seeming to receive something from their parent(s) Said parent(s) are considered a legend in their field of work Both take place in a world which previously had an advanced civilization on it Both have the children have a job that involves delivering something (one is delivering packages to others, the other is delivering artifacts to the surface). The job also has levels. The job was previously undertaken by their parent(s) Both involve a friend of their parent(s) who is currently  read more 
report Recommended by ThRippJck
Both: dark fantasy, memorable characters with interesting connections, beautiful art styles, female protagonists, unique world-building, themes of discovery and family 
report Recommended by CatsCantSmile
While the narratives are quite different, they are both excellent if you are looking for unexpected thrills. They both deal with slowly uncovering a secret, though Made in Abyss really takes it's time with that as it's not yet finished as of writing this. They are both quite violent, though both manage to do it in a way that feels very intentional and meaningful. They show how brutal their worlds can be. Made in Abyss is obviously much more about the adventure of it all, but both have a similar air of mystery as their stories are slowly uncovered by the characters. 
report Recommended by Xaeveax
The vibe in Made in Abyss is, so far, the closest thing I have seen to Erin (other than of course Mushishi, which does not share the child characters that these two do). Melancholic yet not without comedy, mysterious, and a determined female main who wishes to be like her mother, who she was orphaned from. The fantastical beasts are prevalent and integral to both stories.  
report Recommended by Amberleh
Made in abyss and natsume-series have a lot of similarity ,both does have a huge amount of potential in evry subject and it does have a good team backing behind it , both does promise u a feeling that u will never forget as far as i myself have experience it , probably the thing u will get the most is happiness and cheerfulness, they serve you those feeling pretty well i would say myself :) and u will find yourself in a positive mood through out the series ( n also be in mind that when i make this reccomendation the anime is still not  read more 
report Recommended by yutshu_chan_lord
Both series feature an outgoing female protagonist who fights alongside a mysterious superpowered partner. Both stories begin relatively lighthearted and become more serious over the course of the show. 
report Recommended by raisin_bread
Both Shield hero and Made in Abyss are fantasy world but different. Made in Abyss is in Abyss world whereas Shield hero is in Isekai. Similarities: - Both were made by the same studio (Kinema Citrus) - Both were made by the same music composer (Kevin Penkin) 
report Recommended by Kong38
Not completely the same, but in some parts, it reminded me of Danmachi. Fighting against beasts. Abyss looked similar to Dungeon. The main characters looked similar. Both the animes are great and worth watching.  
report Recommended by Kong38
If you like character driven adventure then I recommend Tanoshii Muumin Ikka. Unlike most series from 90s this series has aged very well because even nowadays anime creators struggle to make believable worlds with characters that feel realistic.. characters that feel like your old friends. Seeing Made in Abyss created similar impression for me. Very well constructed world with charaters that even from first episode are very sympathetic and feel realistic in their motivations and in their character traits.. 
report Recommended by lord_of_mangoes
ending makes you cry like a bitch 
report Recommended by Cendervill
- people searching for obscure. - Survival death match - calm and clean - great behaviors and flashbacks ++ last but not least, Get you in the mood *-* 
report Recommended by MrBloodGS
Its very hard seeing cute innocent children being the vocal point when it comes to fighting insanely powerful ugly monsters, but both of these anime's do just that. The children in both stories show with the right motivations anything can be achieved when it seems hopeless with no end insight. The two narratives show an amazing heartwarming and emotional ride between the children as they set out to take on what seems impossible. 
report Recommended by Kong38
The theme is not really the same, but if you like animes with deeper story you might consider looking into this anime :3 I think it will move your heart too if you dedicate a little bit of your attention to it ~ 
report Recommended by Kong38
In both series the main characters are children who have a teacher. Both are Sci-Fi and strong drama. In both series are similar characters, however Made in Abyss has a specific goal, but Gunslinger Girl is more are episodic format. 
report Recommended by Kns-
Both have a similar sense of adventure, and explore a well built world full of fleshed out characters with their own flaws and personalities. Both have an unique artstyle, even though they're very different from each other. Both deal with darker themes than you'd think when looking simply on the art. Personally I think both have amazing artstyle and animation, and both features very memorable and wonderful soundtracks. 
report Recommended by KingOfRainbows
Both explore unique fantasy worlds with cute cartoonish characters that are exposed to death and violence. Made in Abyss is more about exploration and setting, Strange Dawn is more about war policy and romance, but both are more sophisticated than their appearances. Both have cozy fantasy settings.  
report Recommended by Arboria
Do you like cool monsters? Do you like watching children suffer? Do you like bleak, hopeless circumstances? Then you will like both of these shows. 
report Recommended by Neko-Hoshishima
Unknown world ahead. No heading back to previous places. No town or city and people. Daughter takes after her mother. 
report Recommended by Xenoneo202_
The scenery in the forest the children escape to, as well as the variety of unique flora and fauna present, remind me of the creatures in Made in Abyss. Furthermore, both series feature aspects of adventure/survival, with supporting characters such as Mujika/Oxen that serve as unlikely allies. 
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