MADE IN ABYSS and WORLDEND (Suka Suka) are shows worth watching. With STRANGER THINGS and IT exploiting the kids in danger route, it is worth noting that anime series have gone down that road in heart wrenching spades for a long time now.
I mean, as much as I like IT, one of it’s main accomplishments is not killing any of the main children protagonists. It’s an accomplishment because even though the monster can’t even kill one of these little kids - though it has plenty of chances - it still comes off as an amazingly effective traumatic antagonist for the story.
However, compared to Higurashi, Madoka or even the much inferior Another, it seems a little tame. I mean, in American adventure involving children protagonists stuck facing monstrous situations where the parents are oblivious, the worst that can happen is that someone the kid heroes care about gets killed. In Anime, the worst actually happens and often it’s one or more of the heroes who do their worst.