History CerebusSyndrome / AnimeAndManga

20th Jan '16 4:32:14 AM Pichu-kun
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* 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-nene]] it quickly BloodierAndGorier and a lot darker in tone. * ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' starts off as a cute MagicalGirlWarrior anime with an unusual emphasis on SliceOfLife elements. There's nothing too noticeable until not even half way in when the girls [[spoiler:each lose a physical ability. Fu is blind in one eye, Itsuki can't speak, Yuuna can't taste anything, and Mimori is deaf in one ear.]] 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 has lost most of her limbs, 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. That 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-nene]] Megu-nee]], it quickly becomes BloodierAndGorier and a lot ''a lot'' darker in tone. 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 noticeable dark until not even half way in when the girls [[spoiler:each lose a physical ability. Fu is blind in one eye, Itsuki can't speak, Yuuna can't taste anything, and Mimori is deaf in one ear.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 has lost most of her limbs, is bed bound, bound and is covered in bandages. It turns out MagicalGirl's are sacrifices to [[WorldTree Shinju-sama]]]].
22nd Nov '15 8:26:05 PM fsdfsdfsd
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* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' went this route by season 2. The first season was largely about Yuya discovering Pendulum Summoning and dueling, with a mystery-based subplot about his doppelganger. Season 2 immediately gets dark when Yuya's friend Sora reveals his [[EvilAllAlong true motives]], explains the mystery of Yuya's doppelganger and reveals that he is a survivor of a mass genocide from his dimension, due to an inter dimensional war between the four dimensions, [[spoiler:said doppelganger dying and being absorbed by Yuya]], Yuya gaining a SuperPoweredEvilSide, and a lot of FantasticRacism and ChildSoldiers. The plot of season 2 is basically Yuya trying to bring smiles to people through dueling despite the constant suffering he and everyone experience. The Synchro arc is all about the characters learning that [[HumansAreBastards the society they've come to]] [[BreadAndCircuses is completely corrupt]], filled with human rights violations, and worst of all [[DeliberateValuesDissonance thanks to how messed-up the society is]] [[ApatheticCitizens this is all seen as normal and acceptable]] by '''everyone'''.
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* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' went this route by season 2. The first season was largely about Yuya discovering Pendulum Summoning and dueling, with a mystery-based subplot about his doppelganger. Season 2 immediately gets dark when Yuya's friend Sora reveals his [[EvilAllAlong true motives]], explains the mystery of Yuya's doppelganger and reveals that he is a survivor of a mass genocide from his dimension, due to an inter dimensional war between the four dimensions, [[spoiler:said doppelganger dying and being absorbed by Yuya]], Yuya gaining a SuperPoweredEvilSide, and a lot of FantasticRacism and ChildSoldiers. The plot of season 2 is basically Yuya trying to bring smiles to people through dueling despite the constant suffering he and everyone experience. The Synchro arc is all about the characters learning that [[HumansAreBastards the society they've come to]] [[BreadAndCircuses is completely corrupt]], filled with human rights violations, and worst of all [[DeliberateValuesDissonance thanks to how messed-up the society is]] [[ApatheticCitizens this is all seen as normal and acceptable]] by '''everyone'''. Oh, and almost everything from the first season is either deconstructed or HarsherInHindsight.
20th Nov '15 9:17:06 AM TheJJBL
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** Sadly, the anime then tacks a bunch of comedy {{filler}}s afterwards for some [[MoodWhiplash painful]] ReverseCerebusSyndrome. The last few episodes, while still filler, are notably more serious and thus CerebusSyndrome again. Also, the manga took a lot less time to get serious.
3rd Nov '15 1:10:51 PM Willbyr
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* The anime adaptation of ''{{Trigun}}'' has a variation; all the filler is in the beginning, so it begins as a silly series with occasional bouts of action as the "insurance ladies" track down the identity of Vash the Stampede, then slowly come to accept that the goofball they found is a legendary gunman and walking disaster. About halfway through the series, actual plot from the manga starts appearing in consecutive episodes, with [[BigBad Knives]] sending the Gung-ho Guns, a team of ruthless super-powered fighters after him. Ostensibly they're hired to kill him, but really they're meant to make Vash suffer, which they all succeed in, each in their own way. This changeover is also evident in whether or not Vash manages to successfully keep people from getting killed; he manages it easily for the first half the series, but in the episode where the change hits you get streets littered with the corpses of men, women, and children. There's a reason anime fans used to call this trope "Trigun Syndrome." * Creator/{{CLAMP}}'s ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' started out as a fairly upbeat and child-friendly adventure story, but took a sudden dark turn in the Acid Tokyo arc, almost exactly the halfway point of the series. The arc's [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] setting -- where Tokyo is a desert and the only rain is acid -- pales in comparison to the revelations of treachery and hints of almost unimaginably horrific {{backstory}}. The story gets much [[DarkerAndEdgier more despondent]] and [[BloodierAndGorier the action gets much bloodier]]. Some shreds of hope return in the last quarter of the story, but the more serious themes remain. ''Tsubasa'' seems be a case of deliberate Cerebus, with the second half essentially [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructing]] the first and showing that its happiness and innocence was enabled by darkness lurking behind the scenes. Only adding to the angst is that [[spoiler:Syaoran's decision to turn back time so he could save Sakura's life caused the entire multiverse to start decaying. Space-time was altered so much that Acid Tokyo and Clow Country are actually in the same world: the mysterious ruins that Syaoran enjoyed investigating so much were the post-post-apocalyptic ruins of Tokyo.]] * ''DaCapo'' literally tells the viewer in a next episode preview halfway through the series that it's about to get serious. And it does.
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* The anime adaptation of ''{{Trigun}}'' ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' has a variation; all the filler is in the beginning, so it begins as a silly series with occasional bouts of action as the "insurance ladies" track down the identity of Vash the Stampede, then slowly come to accept that the goofball they found is a legendary gunman and walking disaster. About halfway through the series, actual plot from the manga starts appearing in consecutive episodes, with [[BigBad Knives]] sending the Gung-ho Guns, a team of ruthless super-powered fighters after him. Ostensibly they're hired to kill him, but really they're meant to make Vash suffer, which they all succeed in, each in their own way. This changeover is also evident in whether or not Vash manages to successfully keep people from getting killed; he manages it easily for the first half the series, but in the episode where the change hits you get streets littered with the corpses of men, women, and children. There's a reason anime fans used to call this trope "Trigun Syndrome." * Creator/{{CLAMP}}'s ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' started out as a fairly upbeat and child-friendly adventure story, but took a sudden dark turn in the Acid Tokyo arc, almost exactly the halfway point of the series. The arc's [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] setting -- where Tokyo is a desert and the only rain is acid -- pales in comparison to the revelations of treachery and hints of almost unimaginably horrific {{backstory}}. The story gets much [[DarkerAndEdgier more despondent]] and [[BloodierAndGorier the action gets much bloodier]]. Some shreds of hope return in the last quarter of the story, but the more serious themes remain. ''Tsubasa'' seems be a case of deliberate Cerebus, with the second half essentially [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructing]] the first and showing that its happiness and innocence was enabled by darkness lurking behind the scenes. Only adding to the angst is that [[spoiler:Syaoran's decision to turn back time so he could save Sakura's life caused the entire multiverse to start decaying. Space-time was altered so much that Acid Tokyo and Clow Country are actually in the same world: the mysterious ruins that Syaoran enjoyed investigating so much were the post-post-apocalyptic ruins of Tokyo.]] * ''DaCapo'' ''VisualNovel/DaCapo'' literally tells the viewer in a next episode preview halfway through the series that it's about to get serious. And it does.

* ''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. * ''WitchHunterRobin'' started with the "monster of the week" style then shifted gears into plot and drama halfway through.
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* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' ''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. * ''WitchHunterRobin'' ''Anime/WitchHunterRobin'' started with the "monster of the week" style then shifted gears into plot and drama halfway through.

* ''FruitsBasket'' started as a manga with a balance between humor and drama with some physical comedy and some sadder stories about the character's lives. Near the end, story arcs about the true nature of the curse, and Kyo's eventual being locked away predominated.
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* ''FruitsBasket'' ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' started as a manga with a balance between humor and drama with some physical comedy and some sadder stories about the character's lives. Near the end, story arcs about the true nature of the curse, and Kyo's eventual being locked away predominated.

* ''{{Shuffle}}'''s first half was more on the comedic SliceOfLife happenings of an UnwantedHarem, with a BeachEpisode to boot. Then along came Nerine, Lycoris' and Primula's StoryArc. Then there's all the drama during both [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Kaede]] and [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Asa's]] arcs. And the drama [[TheRival between them]].
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* ''{{Shuffle}}'''s ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'''s first half was more on the comedic SliceOfLife happenings of an UnwantedHarem, with a BeachEpisode to boot. Then along came Nerine, Lycoris' and Primula's StoryArc. Then there's all the drama during both [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Kaede]] and [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Asa's]] arcs. And the drama [[TheRival between them]].

* The ''RebuildOfEvangelion'' movies follow this as well. 1.0 and 2.0 are certainly dark and disturbing at times, but still manage to contain a lot of jokes and lighthearted moments. 3.0, by contrast, is completely devoid of any humor and has a massive DownerEnding. It's jarring enough that you almost feel like you're now watching a completely different series.
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* The ''RebuildOfEvangelion'' ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movies follow this as well. 1.0 and 2.0 are certainly dark and disturbing at times, but still manage to contain a lot of jokes and lighthearted moments. 3.0, by contrast, is completely devoid of any humor and has a massive DownerEnding. It's jarring enough that you almost feel like you're now watching a completely different series.

* ''Anime/MaiHime'' follows the 'intentional' version of this trope. The first half of the series is generally light and silly, corresponding to the usual MagicalGirl series. The same can be said for ''MaiOtome''.
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* ''Anime/MaiHime'' follows the 'intentional' version of this trope. The first half of the series is generally light and silly, corresponding to the usual MagicalGirl series. The same can be said for ''MaiOtome''.''Anime/MaiOtome''.
24th Oct '15 5:15:27 PM nombretomado
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* Hoo boy, ''MagicalProjectS''. Until episode 18 we have an over-the-top [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth wall breaking]] parody of a MagicalGirl series, culminating in a two-parter with a team of evil housewives. Then we get episode 18, which is more of a standard magical girl episode. But the trope really hits in episodes 19 and 20 where the DarkMagicalGirl gets [[BreakTheCutie utterly broken]] and the main character has to try and help her. Episode 19's is even entitled "[[TheMagicGoesAway The Magic Fades Away]]", and episode 20 even has a unique EyeCatch just to demonstrate the sheer gravity of the episode. But after that, [[ReverseCerebusSyndrome the comedic elements]] [[CerebusRollercoaster appear in the plot again]], although this time the show doesn't return to being a parody of magical girl series - [[IndecisiveParody it becomes one]].
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* Hoo boy, ''MagicalProjectS''.''Anime/MagicalProjectS''. Until episode 18 we have an over-the-top [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth wall breaking]] parody of a MagicalGirl series, culminating in a two-parter with a team of evil housewives. Then we get episode 18, which is more of a standard magical girl episode. But the trope really hits in episodes 19 and 20 where the DarkMagicalGirl gets [[BreakTheCutie utterly broken]] and the main character has to try and help her. Episode 19's is even entitled "[[TheMagicGoesAway The Magic Fades Away]]", and episode 20 even has a unique EyeCatch just to demonstrate the sheer gravity of the episode. But after that, [[ReverseCerebusSyndrome the comedic elements]] [[CerebusRollercoaster appear in the plot again]], although this time the show doesn't return to being a parody of magical girl series - [[IndecisiveParody it becomes one]].
18th Oct '15 2:35:54 PM Pichu-kun
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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 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 beat their dog up, killed him, and dumped his dismembered remains in the mountains.]]]] * ''Manga/YourLieInApril'' isn't the most cheerful series - it deals heavily with childhood trauma and child abuse - but it's still quite optimistic and sweet. Once [[spoiler:Kaori is hospitalized]] it becomes increasingly more grim until it ends in a DownerEnding.
18th Oct '15 5:57:10 AM Adept
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* Self-published manga ''OnaniMasterKurosawa'' (given the FanNickname "Fap Note") starts out like a goofy parody of works like ''Manga/DeathNote'', with the main character having over-the-top monologues and carrying out masturbation-related revenge against some classmates. However, it doesn't take long before it turns more angsty and dramatic with love triangles and themes about coming of age (pun not intended).
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* Self-published manga ''OnaniMasterKurosawa'' ''Manga/OnaniMasterKurosawa'' (given the FanNickname "Fap Note") starts out like a goofy parody of works like ''Manga/DeathNote'', with the main character having over-the-top monologues and carrying out masturbation-related revenge against some classmates. However, it doesn't take long before it turns more angsty and dramatic with love triangles and themes about coming of age (pun not intended).

* ''RosarioToVampire'' started its slide towards {{Shounen}} action series once the [[AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil Student Police]] were introduced, and when [[BrokenBird Ruby]] was introduced in the Witch's Hill arc it was clear what direction the story was taking. Multi-issue story arcs replaced the MonsterOfTheWeek. Then [[TheWoobie Mizore]] joined the cast. Once Tsukune TookALevelInBadass [[spoiler:thanks to his ghoul powers]], the move was complete.
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* ''RosarioToVampire'' ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' started its slide towards {{Shounen}} action series once the [[AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil Student Police]] were introduced, and when [[BrokenBird Ruby]] was introduced in the Witch's Hill arc it was clear what direction the story was taking. Multi-issue story arcs replaced the MonsterOfTheWeek. Then [[TheWoobie Mizore]] joined the cast. Once Tsukune TookALevelInBadass [[spoiler:thanks to his ghoul powers]], the move was complete.

* While it never permanently slipped into this, ''KeroroGunsou'' got some more serious moments as the series progressed. You're watching (or reading) this hilariously cute story with these frogs who never get any invading done. You expect StatusQuoIsGod to remain in effect forever and nothing bad to ever really happen to the planet, then suddenly [[spoiler:the entire planet is put into paralysis by a much more dangerous platoon who has come not only to take over the planet but also to discharge the Keroro Platoon. To add to it, Keroro is in the middle of being de-aged and losing his memory, Giroro gets shot out of the sky by his brother and we don't know if he's alive for a while, and we learn that when a platoon is discharged, the members of it are supposed to separate forever. OUCH.]]
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* While it never permanently slipped into this, ''KeroroGunsou'' ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'' got some more serious moments as the series progressed. You're watching (or reading) this hilariously cute story with these frogs who never get any invading done. You expect StatusQuoIsGod to remain in effect forever and nothing bad to ever really happen to the planet, then suddenly [[spoiler:the entire planet is put into paralysis by a much more dangerous platoon who has come not only to take over the planet but also to discharge the Keroro Platoon. To add to it, Keroro is in the middle of being de-aged and losing his memory, Giroro gets shot out of the sky by his brother and we don't know if he's alive for a while, and we learn that when a platoon is discharged, the members of it are supposed to separate forever. OUCH.]]

* This does ''not'' happen in ''[[RanmaOneHalf Ranma 1/2]]'', unless one counts the Ryu Kumon story arc- if anything, the series actually has a reversed form of this, starting out fairly serious (if comedic) and transforming into more or less slapstick plus dramatic moments. The fandom, however, is known for its creation of drama and angst FanFiction, evidently based on the fact that a lot of the series' humor does stem from ComedicSociopathy, "you gotta laugh or else you'll cry" moments, and bits that ring uneasily if [[FridgeLogic you think about it enough]]. For example, at one point in the manga, Akane demands Ranma throw a fight in the belief that this will reduce his UnwantedHarem. When Ranma refuses, she casually uses a cat to terrify him into obedience, despite knowing [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes how badly they scare him]] and all about the childhood trauma that made him so afraid of them. Ryoga having NoSenseOfDirection is quite easy to play for angst, given that Ryoga himself does this in canon.
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* This does ''not'' happen in ''[[RanmaOneHalf Ranma 1/2]]'', ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', unless one counts the Ryu Kumon story arc- if anything, the series actually has a reversed form of this, starting out fairly serious (if comedic) and transforming into more or less slapstick plus dramatic moments. The fandom, however, is known for its creation of drama and angst FanFiction, evidently based on the fact that a lot of the series' humor does stem from ComedicSociopathy, "you gotta laugh or else you'll cry" moments, and bits that ring uneasily if [[FridgeLogic you think about it enough]]. For example, at one point in the manga, Akane demands Ranma throw a fight in the belief that this will reduce his UnwantedHarem. When Ranma refuses, she casually uses a cat to terrify him into obedience, despite knowing [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes how badly they scare him]] and all about the childhood trauma that made him so afraid of them. Ryoga having NoSenseOfDirection is quite easy to play for angst, given that Ryoga himself does this in canon.

* ''QueensBlade'' season 2 is pretty much the CerebusSyndrome Season, some characters who got eliminated were encased in crystal or are permanently eliminated and in just two episodes, two characters were [[KilledOffForReal dead]].
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* ''QueensBlade'' ''Anime/QueensBlade'' season 2 is pretty much the CerebusSyndrome Season, some characters who got eliminated were encased in crystal or are permanently eliminated and in just two episodes, two characters were [[KilledOffForReal dead]].

* ''MaiHime'' follows the 'intentional' version of this trope. The first half of the series is generally light and silly, corresponding to the usual MagicalGirl series. The same can be said for ''MaiOtome''.
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* ''MaiHime'' ''Anime/MaiHime'' follows the 'intentional' version of this trope. The first half of the series is generally light and silly, corresponding to the usual MagicalGirl series. The same can be said for ''MaiOtome''.

* ''{{Genshiken}}'' starts out as an introspective manga on otaku parody and college life but somewhere along the way it transforms into romance... more romance... and occasional forays into yaoi parody. Cue magazines being ripped to shreds and posted on the internet. * Even ''{{Kanamemo}}'' wasn't immune to this, but not as serious as some examples, as the show goes from complete comedy with minor drama moments to more of a dramedy (the 13th episode does bring back the comedy full force, though).
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* ''{{Genshiken}}'' ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'' starts out as an introspective manga on otaku parody and college life but somewhere along the way it transforms into romance... more romance... and occasional forays into yaoi parody. Cue magazines being ripped to shreds and posted on the internet. * Even ''{{Kanamemo}}'' ''Manga/{{Kanamemo}}'' wasn't immune to this, but not as serious as some examples, as the show goes from complete comedy with minor drama moments to more of a dramedy (the 13th episode does bring back the comedy full force, though).

* The ''GoldenBoy'' manga. It starts in a somewhat formulaic way following the happy-go-lucky [[WalkingTheEarth wanderer]] Oe Kintaro and his misadventures with attractive women. Then at some point a weird techno-sex cult run by [[KnightOfCerebus a former childhood friend]] comes up, Kintaro gets relegated to a side character and the manga gets increasingly wordy with confusing and lengthy arguments about the ills of society, mind control, etc. None of this appears in the anime version, which is far better known.
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* The ''GoldenBoy'' ''Manga/GoldenBoy'' manga. It starts in a somewhat formulaic way following the happy-go-lucky [[WalkingTheEarth wanderer]] Oe Kintaro and his misadventures with attractive women. Then at some point a weird techno-sex cult run by [[KnightOfCerebus a former childhood friend]] comes up, Kintaro gets relegated to a side character and the manga gets increasingly wordy with confusing and lengthy arguments about the ills of society, mind control, etc. None of this appears in the anime version, which is far better known.

* ''FushigiYuugi'' started out as a fairly typical shojo romance where a girl gets sucked into another dimension that has a mix of comedic and dramatic parts. But then the second half of the series took a darker turn when [[spoiler:Tamahome comes home to find his family brutally murdered]], and things got [[FromBadToWorse even more worse]] when [[spoiler:more characters started to die.]]
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* ''FushigiYuugi'' ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' started out as a fairly typical shojo romance where a girl gets sucked into another dimension that has a mix of comedic and dramatic parts. But then the second half of the series took a darker turn when [[spoiler:Tamahome comes home to find his family brutally murdered]], and things got [[FromBadToWorse even more worse]] when [[spoiler:more characters started to die.]]

* ToLoveRu took this one to heart after a CreatorBreakdown ended the orignal manga. When the legal problems got solved, it got restarted as ToLoveRu:Darkness which was both DarkerAndEdgier and HotterAndSexier.
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* ToLoveRu ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' took this one to heart after a CreatorBreakdown ended the orignal manga. When the legal problems got solved, it got restarted as ToLoveRu:Darkness which was both DarkerAndEdgier and HotterAndSexier.

* ''{{Slayers}}'' loves this trope, at least in the anime, to the point that you can almost track where you are in the season by it- in the first quarter it's a hilarious episodic comedy about the party's adventures on the road fighting bandit troupes, various amusing monsters, and other random events, with hints of fore-shadowing and plot dropped in, usually for more laughs. At the half-way point, things go darker, with the introduction of the first major enemy, who's usually somewhere on the way to destroying the world. At three-quarters, it's back to comedy, though slightly darker and with a bit more plot than the first quarter. In the last quarter, it's back to the dark stuff, and time to take care of the Big Bad for good.
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* ''{{Slayers}}'' ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' loves this trope, at least in the anime, to the point that you can almost track where you are in the season by it- in the first quarter it's a hilarious episodic comedy about the party's adventures on the road fighting bandit troupes, various amusing monsters, and other random events, with hints of fore-shadowing and plot dropped in, usually for more laughs. At the half-way point, things go darker, with the introduction of the first major enemy, who's usually somewhere on the way to destroying the world. At three-quarters, it's back to comedy, though slightly darker and with a bit more plot than the first quarter. In the last quarter, it's back to the dark stuff, and time to take care of the Big Bad for good.

* The ''WanderingSon'' manga started out pretty typical - it had lighthearted moments and mature moments but it wasn't so bad. Once puberty started kicking in more viciously and the characters entered middle school it slowly became less comedic and more angsty, quite intentionally. * ''{{Narutaru}}'' starts off like a reasonably series before quickly becoming a MindScrew full of horrors. It's a ''very'' intentional example.
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* The ''WanderingSon'' ''Manga/WanderingSon'' manga started out pretty typical - it had lighthearted moments and mature moments but it wasn't so bad. Once puberty started kicking in more viciously and the characters entered middle school it slowly became less comedic and more angsty, quite intentionally. * ''{{Narutaru}}'' ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'' starts off like a reasonably series before quickly becoming a MindScrew full of horrors. It's a ''very'' intentional example.
14th Oct '15 12:56:35 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchikenai'' 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/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchikenai'' ''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.]]
14th Oct '15 12:55:17 AM Pichu-kun
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* Manga/KokounoHito begins as a pretty typical shounen sports manga, not dissimilar to SlamDunk and other such series. However the story takes on a '''very''' different tone after [[spoiler: the main character's kindly instructor]] dies, becoming a more adult and psychological story and even deconstructing or heavily subverting typical shounen sports tropes such as the LoveInterest and TheRival.
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* Manga/KokounoHito begins as a pretty typical shounen sports manga, not dissimilar to SlamDunk and other such series. However the story takes on a '''very''' different tone after [[spoiler: the main character's kindly instructor]] dies, becoming a more adult and psychological story and even deconstructing or heavily subverting typical shounen sports tropes such as the LoveInterest and TheRival.TheRival. * ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchikenai'' 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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* ''LoveIsInTheBag'' suddenly shifts its tone significantly by the end of Volume Three, with the revelation of [[spoiler:the [[BalefulPolymorph nature]] of Kate's "condition".]]
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* ''LoveIsInTheBag'' ''Manga/LoveIsInTheBag'' suddenly shifts its tone significantly by the end of Volume Three, with the revelation of [[spoiler:the [[BalefulPolymorph nature]] of Kate's "condition".]]
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