Made in Abyss, Sora yori mo Tooi Basho Recommendations
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.
Our protagonist is a young girl who is desperate and determined to go dangerous journey into harsh environment in order to find her missing mother.
Both Made In Abyss and A Place Further Than the Universe feature young, middle to high school age children and their love for the great beyond. Shirase and Riko are both traveling to harsh lands to find their mothers and make friends and allies along the way. Made In Abyss has a dark tone, violence and some truly heart wrenching moments while A Place Further Than the Universe is lighthearted, more like a Slice of Life show like K-ON. However, if you are captivated by unfamiliar, harsh landscapes and exploring the unknown then you will love both of these shows.
Typically follows the same format with kids embarking on an adventure to a difficult place with the goal of reuniting with one of the protagonist's love one. The protagonists in both shows experienced being underestimated and challenged before they are able to set out on their journey.
Both shows exude a theme of overcoming odds and never giving up on one's dream thus delivering a feeling of inspiration and freedom. If you were captivated by the atmosphere and curiosity of exploring the vast unknown by one of these shows, then chances are you'd probably like the other. Be wary though, that Made in Abyss is darker
In every episode, the feeling of emptiness grows bigger since in both animes the MC travels beyond "possible" seeking for her mother. Adventure, friendship and relationships, memories of a recent past...
The animation is flawless, and it has the ability to move the viewer's kokoro :)
Both have characters that adventure into unfamiliar worlds while facing obstacles on the way.
The art style is also somewhat similar, as the character designs are not stereotypical as you would see in most anime.
Made in Abyss and A Place Further Than the Universe both follow the story of a young girl leaving home to find her mother, whom she believes to be missing, but whom everyone else believes is dead. Both journeys have the odds stacked against them, but where APFTTU focuses more on character relationships and the intimacy between friends, Made in Abyss focuses on exploration and discovering one's unknown past.