History CerebusSyndrome / AnimeAndManga

25th Sep '17 5:30:09 PM Vir
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* Between ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' and ''Clannad After Story'', this trope takes effect [[UpToEleven with a vengeance]]. The former is a lighthearted story about a high school student finding joy in his life, and subsequently helping other find theirs, through the new friendships he makes. It's riddled with {{Tearjerker}}s and plenty of [[CrowningMomentofHeartWarming feel good moments]], but never quite loses its light feeling. ''Afterstory'' clings to this for approximately the first half of the run, until its [[PleaseWakeUp tear jerker]] to top all [[DespairEventHorizon tear jerkers]]. Better yet? It does this TWICE. Between the two, things get horribly dark, horribly depressing, and horribly hopeless, and just when the slightest glimmer of hope shines through the cracks, it's [[KillTheCutie ripped away]]. Bring tissues.

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* Between ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' and ''Clannad After Story'', this trope takes effect [[UpToEleven with a vengeance]]. The former is a lighthearted story about a high school student finding joy in his life, and subsequently helping other find theirs, through the new friendships he makes. It's riddled with {{Tearjerker}}s {{Tear Jerker}}s and plenty of [[CrowningMomentofHeartWarming feel good [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments feel-good moments]], but never quite loses its light feeling. ''Afterstory'' clings to this for approximately the first half of the run, until its [[PleaseWakeUp tear jerker]] to top all [[DespairEventHorizon tear jerkers]]. Better yet? It does this TWICE. Between the two, things get horribly dark, horribly depressing, and horribly hopeless, and just when the slightest glimmer of hope shines through the cracks, it's [[KillTheCutie ripped away]]. Bring tissues.



*** The show never actually stops being funny -- Mama-chan helps puncture the moment, when nothing else can, although the two notable instances of this in the finale build-up are CrazyAwesome and CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming respectively. Still, the level of drama and darkness gets a serious kick somewhere in this arc ([[spoiler: which is also when Murata becomes an active character, contributing both deep depressing info and gags]]) and never dies down to the previous level again.

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*** The show never actually stops being funny -- Mama-chan helps puncture the moment, when nothing else can, although the two notable instances of this in the finale build-up are CrazyAwesome and CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}, respectively. Still, the level of drama and darkness gets a serious kick somewhere in this arc ([[spoiler: which is also when Murata becomes an active character, contributing both deep depressing info and gags]]) and never dies down to the previous level again.



* ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'' started out as a fluffy, light-hearted shoujo manga with lots of [[CrowningMomentOfFunny funny]] and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]] moments. It hasn't quite lost this, but later chapters have definitely been taking themselves a little more [[TearJerker seriously.]] Then again, as the characters near graduation, they're growing up with the series, so [[FridgeBrilliance it probably makes sense.]]

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* ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'' started out as a fluffy, light-hearted shoujo manga with lots of [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments funny]] and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]] moments. It hasn't quite lost this, but later chapters have definitely been taking themselves a little more [[TearJerker seriously.]] Then again, as the characters near graduation, they're growing up with the series, so [[FridgeBrilliance it probably makes sense.]]
25th Sep '17 5:28:53 PM Vir
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** The new anime, ''Anime/DragonballSuper'', zigzags this overall. Its first major arcs are adaptations of ''Battle of Gods'' and ''Resurrection [='F'=]'', but the in-between stories are typically light-hearted, like Mr. Satan having to impress a race of feline aliens. The next arc is about a martial arts tournament between the standard ''DB'' universe and a parallel universe; while action-packed, the stakes aren't amazingly high. However, this is followed by an arc that brings back fan-favorite Future Trunks and shows that his BadFuture world has gotten '''even worse''' thanks to the arrival of a genocidal villain who's killed off most of humanity [[spoiler:including Future Bulma]].

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** The new anime, ''Anime/DragonballSuper'', zigzags ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' [[ZigZaggingTrope zigzags]] this overall. Its first major arcs are adaptations of ''Battle of Gods'' and ''Resurrection [='F'=]'', but the in-between stories are typically light-hearted, like Mr. Satan having to impress a race of feline aliens. The next arc is about a martial arts tournament between the standard ''DB'' universe and a parallel universe; while action-packed, the stakes aren't amazingly high. However, this is followed by an arc that brings back fan-favorite Future Trunks and shows that his BadFuture world has gotten '''even worse''' thanks to the arrival of a genocidal villain who's killed off most of humanity [[spoiler:including Future Bulma]].
22nd Sep '17 12:46:37 AM G-Editor
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* While ''Anime/PsychoPass'' was already a somewhat dark show, [[KnightOfCerebus Makishima Shougou's]] introduction and the DownerEnding in [[spoiler:"Saint's Supper", the eleventh episode]] [[FromBadToWorse took things to a whole new level]].
17th Sep '17 2:51:00 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' pulls one of these on purpose. It's part of [[MindRape what makes it great]]. For the first season at least, the series seems to contract CerebusSyndrome exactly once an arc, beginning as a typical UnwantedHarem before regularly bringing out the terrors, with progressively less time in between the two, until approximately the second arc of Kai.

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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' pulls one of these on purpose. It's part of [[MindRape what makes it great]]. For the first season at least, the series seems to contract CerebusSyndrome exactly once an arc, beginning as a typical UnwantedHarem before regularly bringing out the terrors, with progressively less time in between the two, until approximately the second arc of Kai.''Kai''.



* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** The manga somehow managed to be lighthearted and funny for its first few volumes, despite Edward and Alphonse's relatively dark backstory. The story suddenly caught Cerberus Syndrome when [[spoiler: Hughes was killed]].

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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
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** [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist The manga manga]] somehow managed to be lighthearted and funny for its first few volumes, despite Edward and Alphonse's relatively dark backstory. The story suddenly caught Cerberus Syndrome when [[spoiler: Hughes was killed]].



* This is a pretty standard formula for ''{{Franchise/Digimon}}'' series:

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* This is a pretty standard formula for ''{{Franchise/Digimon}}'' ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' series:



* ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'' is initially quite cheery and light-hearted, but roughly half-way through shifts into something darker and much more dramatic.

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* ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'' is initially quite cheery and light-hearted, but roughly light-hearted about a recently hatched {{Winged Humanoid}} girl tries to find her place in the world. Roughly half-way through shifts into something darker and much more dramatic.dramatic after [[spoiler:Kuu's Day of Flight occurs]]. Rakka hits a DespairEventHorizon and the [[spoiler:concept of being sin-bound]] is introduced, leading to [[spoiler:revelations that TeamMom Reki is [[StepfordSmiler not all that]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast she seems]].]]



* For a manga set during a ZombieApocalypse ''Manga/SchoolLive'' is pretty light hearted, that is until a little over 15 chapters in. After [[spoiler:we learn the government knew about zombies prior to the outbreak, and later Kurumi getting bit by Megu-nee]], it quickly becomes BloodierAndGorier and ''a lot'' darker in tone. It takes a grim turn right before the girls "graduate" from school - what with characters getting injured, [[spoiler:Yuuri and Yuki]] suffering [[BreakTheCutie breakdowns]], and a general loss of hope after [[spoiler:a rescue helicopter crashes]] - though things alm down once they [[spoiler:meet other survivors.]] The situation seems to be taking a [[MoodWhiplash turn for the worst]] again though.
* ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' starts off as a cute MagicalGirlWarrior anime with an unusual emphasis on SliceOfLife elements. There's nothing too dark until not even half way in when the girls [[spoiler:each lose a physical ability as a result of using their [[SuperMode Mankai]]. Fu is blind in one eye, Itsuki can't speak, Yuuna can't taste anything, and Mimori is deaf in one ear (on top of already being wheelchair bound).]] They think it's temporary but later learn it's not after meeting [[spoiler:Sonoko. Sonoko was a character in the prequel light novel who was Mimori's friend and a Hero as well, but Mimori lost her memory permanently and Sonoko is bed bound and is covered in bandages. It turns out MagicalGirl's are sacrifices to [[WorldTree Shinju-sama]]]].

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* For a manga set during a ZombieApocalypse ''Manga/SchoolLive'' is pretty light hearted, light-hearted, that is until a little over 15 chapters in. After [[spoiler:we learn the government knew about zombies prior to the outbreak, outbreak]], and later Kurumi [[spoiler:Kurumi getting bit by Megu-nee]], it quickly becomes BloodierAndGorier and ''a lot'' darker in tone. It takes a grim turn right before the girls "graduate" from school - what with characters getting injured, [[spoiler:Yuuri and Yuki]] suffering [[BreakTheCutie breakdowns]], and a general loss of hope after [[spoiler:a rescue helicopter crashes]] - though things alm calm down once they [[spoiler:meet other survivors.]] The chapters get light-hearted again at the start of the second arc, however the situation seems to be taking later takes a [[MoodWhiplash turn for the worst]] again though.
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* ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' starts off as a cute MagicalGirlWarrior anime with an unusual emphasis on SliceOfLife elements. There's nothing too dark dark, until not even half way in when the girls [[spoiler:each lose a physical ability as a result of using their [[SuperMode Mankai]]. Fu is blind in one eye, Itsuki can't speak, Yuuna can't taste anything, and Mimori is deaf in one ear (on top of already being wheelchair bound).]] They think it's temporary but later learn it's not after meeting [[spoiler:Sonoko. Sonoko was a character in the prequel light novel who was Mimori's friend and a Hero as well, but Mimori lost her memory permanently and Sonoko is bed bound and is covered in bandages. It turns out MagicalGirl's are sacrifices to [[WorldTree Shinju-sama]]]]. The series gets increasingly grim until it ends on [[spoiler:a ''chipper'' note. Everyone's disabilities are fixed and everything seems happy now, though the sequel material leaves room for more darkness]].



* ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai'' starts off as a manga about a ManicPixieDreamGirl who transfers to Nagisa's school and how she tries to befriend her. It's nothing particularly unusual until [[spoiler:we find out Umino's father is emotionally abusive.]] This is unnerving in itself but it doesn't take a real turn until [[spoiler:it turns out Umino was [[CassandraTruth telling the truth]] about how her father beat their dog up, killed him, and dumped his dismembered remains in the mountains.]]

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* ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai'' starts off as a manga about a ManicPixieDreamGirl who transfers to Nagisa's school and how she tries to befriend her. It's nothing particularly unusual until [[spoiler:we find out Umino's father is emotionally abusive.]] This is unnerving in itself but it doesn't take a real turn until [[spoiler:it turns out Umino was [[CassandraTruth telling the truth]] about how her father [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals beat their dog up, up]], killed him, and dumped his dismembered remains in the mountains.]]



* ''Anime/TokyoMagnitude8'' is a poignant but fairly optimistic depiction of the direct aftermath of an earthquake. There is death and there are tears however the main characters come out fine. That is until [[spoiler:Yuuki collapses in episode 8]]. Two episodes later [[spoiler:it's revealed he died of the injuries he received several episodes earlier]]. After TheReveal the series is nothing but TearJerker after TearJerker as [[spoiler:Mirai is a HeroicBSOD after her little brother's death]]. The series has a BittersweetEnding but it's heavy on the "bitter".

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* ''Anime/TokyoMagnitude8'' is a poignant but fairly optimistic depiction of the direct aftermath of an earthquake. There is death and there are tears however the main characters come out fine. That is until [[spoiler:Yuuki collapses in episode 8]]. Two episodes later [[spoiler:it's revealed he died of the injuries he received several episodes earlier]]. After TheReveal the series is nothing but TearJerker after TearJerker as [[spoiler:Mirai is has a HeroicBSOD after her little brother's death]]. The series has a BittersweetEnding but it's heavy on the "bitter".
2nd Jul '17 2:53:32 AM GigaHand
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* ''VisualNovel/RoboticsNotes'' started out as a pretty light hearted series [[SchoolClubStories about a Robotics club]] [[ClubStub trying to get members]] to build a GiantRobot for a contest, though did have some drama here and there. Then the second season rolled in with [[spoiler: Misaki getting injured curing Guns Pro-2 test run and [[KilledOffForReal Shizuka's death]]]], [[DarkerAndEdgier and things got dark real fast]]

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* ''VisualNovel/RoboticsNotes'' started out as a pretty light hearted series [[SchoolClubStories about a Robotics club]] [[ClubStub trying to get members]] to build a GiantRobot for a contest, though did have some drama here and there. Then the second season rolled in with [[spoiler: Misaki getting injured curing during Guns Pro-2 test run and [[KilledOffForReal Shizuka's death]]]], [[DarkerAndEdgier and things got dark real fast]]
25th Apr '17 9:35:30 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' had this occur, unsurprisingly as it's by the same author as ''Narutaru''. It starts off looking like a retreat to '70s and '80s style SuperRobotGenre about middle-schoolers saving the world with a giant robot (in terms of overall story - more GenreSavvy viewers quickly noticed the odd lack of comedic antics from the main characters and strangely apathetic and cynical behavior of the scientist that chose them to pilot the robot.) things quickly get worse. In fact, the author is famous for using this trope to deconstruct typical kids' genres of anime. When he announced that his latest work would be about a boy who rides his bike ad loves fishing, many people started to [[WildMassGuessing produce]] [[EpilepticTrees ridiculous theories]] about how the boy's bike would destroy the world.

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* ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' had this occur, unsurprisingly as it's by the same author as ''Narutaru''. It starts off looking like a retreat to '70s and '80s style SuperRobotGenre about middle-schoolers saving the world with a giant robot (in terms of overall story - more GenreSavvy viewers quickly noticed the odd lack of comedic antics from the main characters and strangely apathetic and cynical behavior of the scientist that chose them to pilot the robot.) things quickly get worse. In fact, the author is famous for using this trope to deconstruct typical kids' genres of anime. When he announced that his latest work would be about a boy who rides his bike ad loves fishing, many people started to [[WildMassGuessing produce]] [[EpilepticTrees ridiculous theories]] about how the boy's bike would destroy the world.
7th Apr '17 6:36:15 AM Willbyr
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* The ''SchoolRumble'' manga jumps from a completely random love comedy to a surprisingly [[TearJerker heart-wrenching]] drama, set off by the revelation that [[spoiler:Karasuma is suffering from a SoapOperaDisease]].

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* The ''SchoolRumble'' ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' manga jumps from a completely random love comedy to a surprisingly [[TearJerker heart-wrenching]] drama, set off by the revelation that [[spoiler:Karasuma is suffering from a SoapOperaDisease]].
27th Mar '17 1:55:44 PM Willbyr
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* ''GetBackers'' starts out as a fairly standard WeHelpTheHelpless series about two teenage guys having dorky misadventures, but the introduction of the other four major characters brings along the revelation that they have incredibly angsty back stories, involving Ginji becoming a crazy sociopath if he's not careful and Ban killing at least two of his friends, and lots of ParentalAbandonment. Happily, the pair retain their status as a WeirdnessMagnet and are still capable of being incredibly silly at the drop of a hat, so the slide isn't too drastic.

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* ''GetBackers'' ''Manga/GetBackers'' starts out as a fairly standard WeHelpTheHelpless series about two teenage guys having dorky misadventures, but the introduction of the other four major characters brings along the revelation that they have incredibly angsty back stories, involving Ginji becoming a crazy sociopath if he's not careful and Ban killing at least two of his friends, and lots of ParentalAbandonment. Happily, the pair retain their status as a WeirdnessMagnet and are still capable of being incredibly silly at the drop of a hat, so the slide isn't too drastic.
26th Feb '17 2:14:10 PM nombretomado
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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' began as a light comedy about an inept ten-year old mage teaching a class of 31 Japanese middle school girls with ''lots'' of {{Fanservice}}. As the arcs progressed, the story became much more action-oriented and fairly serious at times. This was entirely intentional on the part of [[KenAkamatsu the author]]. From the beginning, he wanted to do an action series, but ExecutiveMeddling forced him to hide it behind an UnwantedHarem image. The GenreShift was his form of WriterRevolt.

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' began as a light comedy about an inept ten-year old mage teaching a class of 31 Japanese middle school girls with ''lots'' of {{Fanservice}}. As the arcs progressed, the story became much more action-oriented and fairly serious at times. This was entirely intentional on the part of [[KenAkamatsu [[Creator/KenAkamatsu the author]]. From the beginning, he wanted to do an action series, but ExecutiveMeddling forced him to hide it behind an UnwantedHarem image. The GenreShift was his form of WriterRevolt.
26th Feb '17 2:01:36 AM ninjamitsuki2
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** ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' starts off as a SliceOfLife series, arguably more lightearted and cutesy than the other series. Then all of a sudden, some stronger opponents appear to challenge the tamers...then a weird kid, a government agency tries to wipe the digimon out, and that's before they actually go to the digital world! [[CosmicHorrorStory It only gets worse from there.]]

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** ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' starts off as a SliceOfLife series, arguably more lightearted and cutesy than the other series. Then all of a sudden, some stronger opponents appear to challenge the tamers...then a weird kid, a government agency tries to wipe the digimon out, and that's before they actually go to the digital world! [[FromBadToWorse It only gets worse]] [[CosmicHorrorStory It only gets worse from there.]]
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