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10 Books/Manga Like Made In Abyss!

Made In Abyss is a popular horror, fantasy, and adventure manga with a large following. It’s written and illustrated by Akihito Tsukushi and has been serialized online in Takeshobo’s Web Comic Gamma digital publication since October 2012. Fans can currently collect up to 11 volumes since the story’s still ongoing. The story revolves around two children named Reg and Riko who descend into the depths of a mysterious abyss to gather intel about Reg’s past and to find Riko’s mother, Lyza.

If you’re in the mood for more horror or fantasy manga that offers a similar vibe, fear not! We’ve gathered together 10 books/manga to check out when you’ve caught up with Made In Abyss. Of course, if you feel we’ve missed any of your favorites, do comment below and let us know!

The Promised Neverland – Kaiu Shirai

Similarities – Horror, Characters, Fantasy

The Promised Neverland is a great psychological thriller series. It offers incredible twists, clever mind games, and a great fantasy world full of wonder and mystery. It follows three orphan children named Emma, Ray, and Norman. They live in Grace Field House and spend time participating in multiple activities from completing assignments to eating dinner with their caretaker, Isabella.

One day, one of their fellow orphans named Conny gets adopted and leaves her stuffed animal behind. Emma and Norman set out to give Conny her toy back only to realize that things aren’t as they appear. After realizing the harsh fate that awaits them and their family, Emma, and Norman devise a plan to escape the orphanage alongside their fellow orphans.

Like Made In Abyss, The Promised Neverland features likable, determined, and intelligent child protagonists for you to follow. The world-building is slightly on par with Made In Abyss’s abyss. However, it’s not as vast and imaginative. Nonetheless, The Promised Neverland should appeal to fans who adore incredibly-written survival-horror-themed works.

Hunter X Hunter – Yoshihiro Togashi

Similarities – Adventure & Characters

Hunter X Hunter is a complex shonen manga with heavy dialogue, an intricate power system, and well-developed characters. Like Riko and Reg, Hunter X Hunter offers a story about a child embarking on a quest to find his absentee father. However, our protagonist, Gon Freecss, wants to become a professional hunter on top of finding his father.

Along the way, Gon will meet a variety of enemies and befriend multiple people. Everyone he meets has a distinct goal, personality, and skill set. Gon will endure pain on par with what Riko and Reg tolerate from the abyss. From losing his limbs to his very own life, Gon will do whatever it takes to make villainous people suffer if they dare lay a finger on the people he cherishes.

Togashi’s artwork doesn’t start off looking amazing. Eventually, he’ll find his footing and deliver artwork on par with Akihito Tsukuishi’s masterful sketches. If you’re okay reading a manga that contains endless arrays of dialogue and feels more shonen-oriented, give Hunter X Hunter a read.

Berserk – Kentarou Miura

Similarities – Dark Fantasy, Action, Horror

Although Berserk’s author Kentarou Miura tragically passed away, many still hold Berserk in high regard. This manga influenced many video game development studios, manga authors, filmmakers, and novel writers with its excellent cast, well-developed plot, mature storytelling, and epic medieval-themed artwork. Berserk examines the life of a noble warrior named Guts.

He joins a merciless syndicate led by Griffith. After years of fighting on Griffith’s side, Guts becomes more profound and respected among the populace. Little does he know of the darkness lurking in the distance. Like Made In Abyss, Berserk delivers explicit and well-detailed imagery to coincide with its well-written cast and plot.

You’ll be bewildered by the variety of enemies that stand in Guts’ way. Guts is a no-nonsense type of man, so don’t expect him to show enemies any ounce of mercy. Expect his adversaries to reciprocate those feelings toward him, too. Themes like loss, survival, and adventure are felt throughout the entirety of Berserk’s manga. If you’re up for another menacing work that will leave you speechless, check out Berserk.

Bibliomania– Obaru

Similarities – Psychological, Adventure, Fantasy

Bibliomania is a bizarre, psychological horror manga that involves a young girl waking up in the 431st room of a strange residence. A serpent informs Alice that she can’t leave the room, but her curiosity entices her to leave it. Her decision to ignore the serpent’s warnings causes her body to rot and deform into something hideous.

We examine Alice’s journey to reach the residence’s entrance one room at a time while her body distorts. Alice’s rotting phenomenon will remind folks of Nanachi and Mitty’s time in the abyss before they turned into Hollow organisms. Macchiro’s artwork will leave you feeling speechless with his fantastical creature designs and mind-numbing close-ups of Alice’s contorted appearance.

As Alice traverses each room, she’ll meet new occupants with intriguing stories to tell. You’ll enjoy hearing Alice provide commentary on each resident she encounters in this surreal landscape. It’s a manga you’ll want to read many times to catch everything it offers. With its handling of escapism, mutilated body imagery, and enchanting world, you’ll have a lot to look forward to in Bibliomania.

Girl’s Last Tour – Tsukumizu

Similarities – Exploration & Dark Settings 

For those looking for work with a melancholic atmosphere but less body horror, I’d recommend Girl’s Last Tour. This a somewhat relaxing manga about two girls traversing a landscape that used to be a battleground for a brutal war. Like Made In Abyss, Girls Last Tour offers a focus on exploration. Its protagonists Chito and Yuuri this world in search of food, shelter, and remaining humans.

Both stories feature intricate and imaginative world-building. Girl’s Last Tour’s world feels bleak, but full of rich history, and technological advancements. In Made In Abyss, our characters stumble upon fantastical beasts, ancient ruins, and layers of danger. The world-building in both series adds to the sense of immersion in a unique and intruiging world.

Mystery plays a strong role in both stories. In Girl’s Last Tour, the reader is always left wondering what happened to humanity and how the world ended up in the state that it’s in. Similarly, the secrets surrounding the abyss and Riko’s mother’s whereabouts add a level of intrigue to that series to help readers stay engaged. Survival is another topic touched upon in these works. Chito and Yuuri navigate harsh environments for food and shelter while Riko and Reg must overcome harsh locales and beasts to reach the abyss’s deeper layers.

Takopi’s Original Sin – Taizan 5

Similarities – Themes

In Takopi’s Original Sin, a squid named Happian leaves his homeland to spread happiness across the world. He visits Earth and gets captured by its inhabitants. A small girl named Shizuka takes Happian in and gives him the name Takopii. Takopii wants to make her life great but learns it won’t be an easy task. This is another heartbreaking manga that examines the human psyche.

This is a short, dark, and memorable tale that won’t vibe well with everyone. It depicts children getting roped into dangerous situations that will place their lives in grave danger. The story may drag on for too long, but Taizan 5 makes sure the story concludes on a satisfying note for its audience. Prepare to get your tissues ready for the gruesome tale that unfolds in Takopi’s Original Sin.

Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End – Kanehito Yamada

Similarities – Adventure & Fantasy

Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End is a new fantasy manga that’s slowly making the rounds in the manga community. Many praise it for its unique take on the fantasy genre since it doesn’t offer any common tropes from heroes seeking revenge, fan service, or an ounce of cliche adventure tropes. It’s a story that gets progressively sadder as it continues with each chapter integrating something grand.

After defeating a powerful tyrant, Frieren and her party disband. Due to her being an elf, she has a longer lifespan than her allies and witnesses them perish before her eyes. Before her pal Heiter dies, he passes on a human apprentice named Fern to her and they embark on a journey revisiting old locations that Frieren and her comrades once traversed.

During her travels, Frieren will be overcome with much guilt and sadness. Seeing these locations will make her reflect on the several missed opportunities to form deeper bonds with her deceased comrades. Like Made In Abyss, this manga will make you cry over simple and drastic scenarios our characters get roped into. Both explore the concept of adventure and have strong female protagonists who develop gradually throughout the narrative. Give Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End if you want a new spin on the fantasy genre.

Alone in the Planet – Tsubana

Similarities – Adventure, Horror, Characters

Alone in the Planet is a wonderful supernatural manga series. It follows Aimi, a being who can visit different realities filled with monsters. She’ll befriend a human girl who’ll ask her for hold and we’ll follow their quest from there. Like Made In Abyss, Alone In The Planet focuses on the adventure of two young individuals who’ll find themselves in extraordinary circumstances.

The world-building is similar as both series take place in imaginative and immersive settings. These areas harbor intricate mythological creatures and distinct cultures. Like Ido Front, Iruburu Village, and Ozen’s territory, you’ll see Aimi and her friend visit different realities that harbor different ecosystems and inhabitants.

Alone In The Planet offers some grotesque body horror that will send shivers down your spine and touches upon realistic human problems like memory loss, infection, and others. Although one work touches upon themes like anxiety and social isolation while the other focuses in on child exploitation and survival, both are mature and horrid works that aren’t for the faint of heart. If you’re after a supernatural horror manga that offers a world on par with the abyss from Made In Abyss, check out Alone in the Planet.

+Anima – Natsumi Mukai

Similarities – Themes & Adventure

+Anima takes place in a world where human-like beings called +Anima are shunned for their ability to transform into animals. Cooro, our protagonist, happens to be an orphaned +Anima with crow-like abilities. He suffers similar issues others of his kind endure on a daily basis. With his companions, Cooro heads out to find more outcasts to help them find their spot in society.

As with Riko and Reg, Cooro develops a strong connection with his friend group over time. His world is brimming with dangerous hurdles, gripping mysteries, and beautiful imagery. You’ll be rooting for our characters the whole way through and will find their interactions with each other and the several outcasts charming and memorable.

The world-building in +Anima is spectacular. The art style offers a great blend of wholesomeness and darkness. For those looking for another work where characters embark on a quest full of traumatizing scenarios, give +Anima a shot.

Pandora Hearts – Jun Mochizuki

Similarities – Adventure & Themes

Pandora Hearts is another fun adventure manga with great secrets and rich drama. In it, we follow the cheerful heir of the Vassalius family, Oz. He overhears conversations about a deadly abyss that has strange creatures called Chains lurking within it. However, Oz thinks these people are lunatics and ignores their claims. He’ll regret his decision when he meets the Baskerville Clan.

They condemn Oz to the abyss for committing a sin. He meets a Chain called Alice and forms a contract with her and they embark on a quest to uncover the sin Oz committed long ago. Made In Abyss and Pandora Hearts have our protagonists embark on a journey for slightly similar reasons. Although Riko wants to find her mother, she wants to help Reg secure his memories.

This mirrors Oz’s mission to discover what sin he committed in the past. Both characters travel alongside well-rounded female characters with great knowledge of the place they’re traversing. The fights in Pandora Hearts are well-drawn and will get people excited. If you seek another fantastical tale with likable protagonists, Pandora Hearts should entertain you.

So there we have it, our 10 books/manga to read after you’re caught up with Made In Abyss.

What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. As someone who has read most of these choices, I can say these are all good selections. Although Made In Abyss is unlike many series listed here, it’s not fully incomparable. Especially with HxH and OP. One Piece has tackled child abuse, slavery, discrimination, mental illness, etc. As for Hunter X Hunter, there are two arcs so far that feel closely similar to what Riko, Reg, Nanachi, etc. are experiencing in MIA in terms of vibe. While some of these are shonen and MIA is a seinen, you can draw a lot of comparisons even if they are not 100% identical lmao.

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