Made in Abyss is a manga written and drawn by Akihito Tsukushi. It has been published online since October 2012; eight tankōbon volumes have been released as of July 2017. An anime adaptation by studio Kinema Citrus is broadcast from July 7, 2017 to September 29, 2017, adapting chapters 1 to 26 (volumes 1 to 3). Two recap films of Season 1 were released in Japan on January 4 and 18, 2019 in Japan. A third film adapting chapters 27 to 38 (volumes 4 and 5 of the manga) was released in Japan on January 17, 2020. A second season began airing in 2022. If you’re a fan of Made in Abyss, we are going to bring you a list of the 15 best anime series you should also check out at some point.
1. From the New World
Original Run: October 3, 2012 – March 27, 2013
Number of Episodes: 25
Set in a thousand-year-old Japan, Shinsekai yori tells the story of Saki, a girl from the 66th district of Kamisu. In this age, all humans possess powerful telekinesis abilities and idyllically live in agrarian villages. Despite her parents’ fear that she could not awaken the power within her, Saki gains her powers at the age of twelve and joins her friends Satoru, Maria, Mamoru, Shun, and Reiko at the academy to develop her powers. But the kids are unaware that the city council monitors and influences the kids through teaching.
According to some evaluation criteria, some students are removed from society, such as those who cannot master the powers, such as Reiko, or those who violate the rules. The removed students are soon forgotten by all the other children; Saki and her friends have no recollection of Reiko.
Later, during a camp unsupervised by the professors, Saki and her friends come across a False White Nudibook, a legendary creature that turns out to be an ancient device containing a library. The False Nudibianco reveals to the boys the heinous crimes of their ancestors and what lies behind their powers.
2. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Original Run: April 5, 2009 – July 4, 2010
Number of Episodes: 64 (+ 4 OVA)
The plot of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (not to be confused with Fullmetal Alchemist ) happens in the country of Amestris, a country where alchemy is elevated to the rank of universal science, two brothers, (Fullmetal Alchemist) Edward and Alphonse Elric, travel the country in search of the legendary philosopher’s stone. Their father left them and their mother, Trisha Elric, died a few years later of an illness, leaving her two young children behind.
Sometime later, the two brothers try to bring her back thanks to alchemy, defying the law which formally prohibits human transmutation. They will pay a heavy price. Edward, the eldest, will lose his left leg, his little brother his whole body. Ed will sacrifice his right arm by sealing the soul of his little brother Alphonse in armor.
Edward decides to enlist in the army at the age of 12 as a State Alchemist, passes the exam with flying colors, and obtains his alchemist name: Fullmetal. Helped by Edward’s state alchemist status, the two brothers will seek, at the risk of their lives, the stone that will give them back what they have lost, but the secret of the philosopher’s stone is well kept. Fullmetal Alchemist is a classic anime that most people would enjoy.
3. The Promised Neverland
Original Run: January 11, 2019 – March 26, 2021
Number of Episodes: 23
The Promised Neverland revolves around Emma, Norman, and Ray. They are three 11-year-old orphans who live in a Victorian country orphanage run by a mother figure, Isabella. Their life flows peacefully, between play, rest and daily aptitude tests, the results of which are used to draw up a ranking of the most intellectually gifted children.
From the orphanage, it is impossible to see the outside world as it is surrounded by high walls which are forbidden to approach.
One day Conny, a six-year-old girl, is taken up for adoption by a family and is preparing to leave the facility, forgetting a puppet she was very fond of. Emma and Norman, therefore, decide to bring the soft toy back to their friend before she leaves for good and they head for the only door in the walls.
Once there, the two discover a shocking truth: after seeing Conny’s lifeless body, they discover the existence of monstrous beings (the “demons”) and their business with Isabella, who gives them the children to send to the “rich” to eat them.
4. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Original Run: January 7, 2011 – April 21, 2011
Number of Episodes: 12
There are creatures with the power to grant a young girl’s wish, in exchange for which she will become a Puella Magi (or Mahou Shoujo) to fight demonic creatures, witches. A schoolgirl named Madoka Kaname, as well as her friend Sayaka Miki, are approached by one of these creatures, Kyubey, who offers them to become Magical Girls in turn. The new student in their class, Homura Akemi, however, mysteriously seeks to prevent Madoka from making this contract.
Original Run: July 5, 2019 – present
Number of Episodes: 35
Taiju, a regular high school student, tells his best friend Senku, a science genius, that he’s about to reveal his feelings to Yuzuriha, a girl he’s been secretly in love with for a few years. As the young man is about to declare his love for her, a brilliant light appears in the sky and transforms all of humanity into stone statues.
When Taiju finally manages to free himself, he finds himself facing a completely different world where nature has taken over. But he is not the only one to have woken up. His friend Senku, who preceded him in his awakening, tells him that 3,700 years have passed since the mysterious event. Together they will have to combine the exceptional scientific skills of one and the physical abilities of the other to save the 7 billion still petrified human beings and discover the origin of this disaster.
6. Hunter × Hunter
Original Release: October 16, 1999 – March 31, 2001 / October 2, 2011 – September 24, 2014
Number of Episodes: 62 / 148
Hunter x Hunter anime revolves around Gon Freecss. Gon Freecss is twelve years old and dreams of becoming a hunter. Hunters are elite citizens authorized to do almost anything they wish on simple presentation of their membership card: they can thus acquire free of charge any object for sale on the funds of the association; requisition all vehicles, accommodation, and tools for their work; and are de facto entitled to exercise all trades in the world, being able to become bounty hunters, chefs, archaeologists, zoologists, vigilantes or consultants in various fields as well.
His father, Ging Freecss, whom he does not know directly, is considered one of the greatest hunters of his time. It is also to find him that Gon wants to become a hunter.
7. Girls’ Last Tour
Original Release: October 6, 2017 – December 22, 2017
Number of Episodes: 12
Civilization is dead. Or almost. Two girls, Chito (known as “Chi”) and Yuuri (known as “Yuu”) wander aimlessly aboard their Kettenkrad in the ruins of an empty city. Day after day, they look for their next meal and fuel for their walk, philosophizing at the same time on many subjects of everyday life, sometimes meeting other people.
But as long as the two are together, even an existence as bleak as theirs has a ray or two of sunshine, whether it’s sharing a can of soup or searching for DIY machine parts. For two girls in a world full of nothing, the experiences, and feelings the two share give them something to live for.
8. The Ancient Magus’ Bride
Original Release: October 7, 2017 – March 24, 2018
Number of Episodes: 24 (+ 6 OVA)
Chise is a young Japanese teenager sold at auction to a mysterious wizard, Elias Ainsworth. If this one sold for a fortune, it’s partly because of its nature as “Slay Vega”, a name given to individuals one of whose abilities is to naturally draw “magic” towards them. themselves and thus store a large quantity of it; moreover, she can see supernatural beings, a rare ability among the “Slay Vega”.
Elias bought her with two ambitions in mind, one is to make her his apprentice and the other is for her to become his wife. Chise, who previously was an unloved and orphaned child, quickly comes to terms with her situation. Elias is the first to give her a family. She gradually learns to use her powers while rediscovering what a “normal” family is. Being Elias’ apprentice, she accompanies him everywhere on a mission.
9. Attack on Titan
Original Run: April 7, 2013 – ongoing
Number of Episodes: 70 (+8 OVA episodes and several movies)
Every list of “best anime” always has Attack on Titan on it, so we decided to put Attack on Titan on our list of best anime like Made in Abyss. The plot of Attack on Titan anime revolves around the young Eren Jäger, his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackermann and his best friend Armin Arlert, who live together with the rest of humanity in cities that are protected by huge walls from the attacks of the so-called Titans, gigantic humanoid beings who devour people for no apparent reason.
The walls that promised peace have existed for 107 years. But one day the Titans break through the outermost Wall Maria and the people are pushed back further. Eren’s mother dies and he and many other people flee behind the second wall, Wall Rose. Eren swears when his mother dies that he will wipe out the Titans.
Original Run: July 9, 2015 – September 24, 2015
Number of Episodes: 12
In a universe mixing “moe” and “horror”, we follow the tragic daily life of four students named Yuki, Yuuri, Miki and Kurumi in a school. Overnight, an epidemic caused by a biological weapon turns almost the entire population into zombies. The four girls will then have to survive on the school grounds, while the eldest of the group, Yuki, suffers from a mental disorder that makes her see the world differently: for her, the disaster did not happen. spent and continues a normal life as a high school girl, and takes classes with different teachers, including Megumi.
11. Uninhabited Planet Survive!
Original Run: October 16, 2003 – October 28, 2004
Number of Episodes: 52 (+ 3 OVA)
In the future, humanity lives in space colonies. Luna, an orphan, enters the prestigious school of Soria. There she meets Sharla who becomes her best friend, Howard who is an obnoxious and sarcastic boy, Menori who is a student delegate, Bell who is practically at Howard’s orders under the pretext that his father saved his father’s life, Kaoru who is a strangely lonely and quiet boy but very good at aerial basketball, and Shingo who is a computer whiz.
As they leave for a school trip, an incident propels them to a desert planet. From then on, they have to look for food and build a house relying only on themselves since there are no adults on the planet.
Original Run: June 28, 2019 – March 26, 2020
Number of Episodes: 24
The threat posed by the fall to Earth of a celestial object, a few tens of kilometers in diameter or more, pushes various States to meet secretly in order to find ways to remedy it. Years later, that is to say, today, 28 young Japanese people, previously selected, are abducted in secret (although their families have been paid to keep these disappearances quiet) and then frozen by the government as part of the project “7 Seeds”, proposed 15 years earlier, during these meetings.
At the same time, and also in secret, more than one hundred children are, from selected eggs and sperm, conceived and then raised in secret in a place in Japan which is only known to be the property of ” a wealthy minister. These are trained to be able to survive in a hostile environment and the less competent are gradually eliminated so that only seven of them are cryopreserved and sent to the future.
This elite team is the A team of the summer, and is the only team whose members knew their fate. Five groups of seven people are formed and are sent to different places. Alongside each of these groups, an adult, called a “guide”, is also cryogenized. Its role is to guide and protect the other members of the group. We do not know all the guides, but it seems that they are civil servants who volunteered.
13. Black Clover
Original Run: October 3, 2017 – March 30, 2021
Number of Episodes: 170
Black Clover follows Asta, a determined young boy who lives with his childhood friend, Yuno, in an orphanage in Clover Kingdom. From a young age, Asta’s ambition was to become the most powerful magician in the kingdom, “Emperor-Mage”, which also inspired Yuno to want the same.
But unfortunately, Asta was born without any magical talent, while Yuno has spectacular predispositions. Asta and Yuno both vow to fight for the title of Emperor Mage. As their paths separate on the Knight-Mage route, their goal is still the same: to become the next Emperor-Mage.
14. Fairy Tail
Original Run: October 12, 2009 – September 29, 2019
Number of Episodes: 328
The story focuses mainly on the missions carried out by one of the teams of the Fairy Tail guild, composed of Natsu Dragnir (fire dragon hunter), Lucy Heartfilia (constellationist), and Happy (an Exceed, blue cat that can be done appear wings, fly and speak), who will soon be joined by Erza Scarlett (knight mage) and Gray Fullbuster (Ice mage and later Ice demon hunter), two other members of the famous guild.
They are joined on the adventure by Carla (an Exceed white cat, like Happy), Wendy (Heavenly Dragon Slayer), and many more.
Original Run: January 14, 2016 – March 16, 2017
Number of Episodes: 20 (+ 2 OVA)
After an untimely and embarrassing death, Kazuma Satō, a Japanese hikikomori teenager, meets a goddess named Aqua, who offers him to reincarnate in a parallel world with MMORPG elements, where he can embark on adventure and combat against monsters.
Although offered a divine item or overpowered ability to use in this new world, Kazuma, following a taunt from Aqua, chooses her to accompany him to Axel’s town, where he quickly finds that the latter’s lack of judgment is of little benefit to him.