The community darling Made in Abyss won big at the Anime Awards this past weekend, opening the floodgates for those who enjoy a dark fantasy animated experience.
Atmospheric and enthralling with its melodic score and hidden horrors, the show was a surprise hit among anime fans in 2017. Its handling of darker themes while coated in a light and cheery art style took many by surprise and sparked discussion well into this year, no doubt helping give it the momentum it needed to take home the Best Anime of 2017 award.
With its big win, though, comes the standard question among prospective new viewers: once every episode has been viewed, what else is there like it to watch? To that end, we’ve got you covered with 10 anime like Made in Abyss if you’re looking for something similar. *Warning: Some Spoilers Ahead*
If Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is a tragic epic, the 2003 anime is most certainly an epic tragedy. Following Edward and Alphonse Elric, two brothers who lost part or all of their original bodies in an alchemy experiment gone wrong, the story chronicles their adventures toward restoring themselves to normal, battling their way through corrupt state alchemists and beings hellbent on using the world’s magic to become immortal.
Much like Made in Abyss, this early anime takes its viewers down a dark and gruesome rabbit hole complete with human experimentation, embarking on a journey destined for death, and examining the cost of untold powers and possibilities to a human world. If you haven’t seen it already, don’t miss out on this hallmark in dark fantasy anime.
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