Both have a unique, cute artstyle that covers a dark, deep lore.
Both have beautiful animation that make them stand out from the rest.
I wouldn't call "Madoka Magica" a shoujo for the same reason I wouldn't call "Made in Abyss" a shounen. Both turn their respective genre on its head, and there's something of a "shock factor" that comes with it.
Do you enjoy anime with an adorable art style that are actually pretty messed up? Trust me, either one of these series will not let you down! Both series feature a young adolescent girl as the protagonist and have similar art styles. The total number of episodes (currently on 5/22/18) for both is low, so they are both a short and sweet watch. The pacing of both series is fast and will keep you guessing.
• Both have deceptively moe character design/art styles and an innocuous premise (magical girl, fantasy/adventure), but traverse down much darker paths than initially expected.
• Both have a young, innocent female main character who perseveres through whatever trials are thrown at her without losing her faith or resolve.
• Both have tragic characters who are disfigured or transformed in some way.
• Both have aspects of magic or fantasy that reveal themselves as much darker than initially expected throughout the course of the narrative (Madoka and the Soul Gems, Abyss and the Curse of the Abyss).
A cutesy artstyle masks a grim reality and a story that steadily grows darker in tone, all of this while going through truly unique backgrounds, surreal in one case and fantastic in the other, but astoundingly beautiful in both cases.
If you liked it, you have to watch this anime for sure. Both have artstyle different from the one we are used to. And the plots are both... interesting and different. The immature kind-hearted female protagonist is confronted with a "cruel" world in both animes.
Note: it's difficult to recommend it without spoiling too much, so just take my advise and go watch it!
The plot may seem different, but if you enjoyed Made in Abyss or Madoka Magica you should try the other one as they both share a dark plot mixed with really great, cute and "childish" art. If you like stories that are not as shiny they look, I really recommend you both of them!
both have cute styles with innocent enough premises that get very dark
they also both have amazing soundtracks and beautiful animation
Both are at first glance happy stories about friendship and stuff... but with the passage of time, however, both started be more and more dark and kinda scary. Definitely, both are very touching.
Cute characters that make you feel like you watching anime for kids, but every next episode gets darker and darker.
*Both animes have a childlike visuals
*Both are dramas involving kids
*Both animes try to convince you that they are for kids
Innocent kids and dark revelations always seem to mix oh so well. They share dark and baleful undertones and once the story sets in, the cruel reality is revealed! They're both full of twists, sinister themes, and an engaging narrative.
They're recommended watches if you're looking for a gritty anime that isn't everything it appears to be.
Both are huge in terms of their scopes.
Both feature sudden dark twists and turns.
Both shows are good at making the audience want to learn more about the world/setting.
Both feature very young, but extremely well written characters who have to face large dangers and interesting situations.
Both are heavy in terms of carrying tons of emotion and meaning.
Both are beautiful but also frightening.