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27th Dec '17 7:18:58 PM VelvetPierrot
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* ''Manga/DragonBall'''s successor series, ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' featured a major tonal shift from fantasy kung-fu adventures to more serious ScienceFiction adventures. Most notably, more characters were apt to die ([[DeathIsCheap and then return, but still...]]) and more focus was put on intense battles for survival rather than tournaments.

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* ''Manga/DragonBall'''s successor series, second part, named ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' in the anime, featured a major tonal shift from fantasy kung-fu adventures to more serious ScienceFiction adventures. Most notably, more characters were apt to die ([[DeathIsCheap and then return, but still...]]) and more focus was put on intense battles for survival rather than tournaments.
12th Dec '17 9:54:50 PM NoNamesEver
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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans]]'' Takes an even darker turn than AGE did, in a world with no beamspam for mobile suits which results in brutal melee attacks being the main method of killing the enemy (And with bloody results). It takes place in a world where much of the technology of the past is lost and buried as it follows the rise and fall of Tekkadan surviving in a harsh cruel world where they are economically and socially disadvantaged compared to others and resorts to brutal underhanded methods to survive. The emphasis of the fall is felt in the second season as Tekkadan makes more rash decisions which results in the protagonist Mika losing his humanity and ability to live a normal life and Orga becoming more and more reckless. [[spoiler: It ends as almost tragically as one would expect, with most of the protagonists killed off and for the first time in a mainsteam Gundam series (If we do not take ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'' into account), the first definitive victory by the antagonists and the deaths of the protagonists in a tv series]]

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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans]]'' Takes ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans Gundam IBO]]'' takes an even darker turn than AGE did, in a world with no beamspam for mobile suits which results in brutal melee attacks being the main method of killing the enemy (And with bloody results). It takes place in a world where much of the technology of the past is lost and buried as it follows the rise and fall of Tekkadan surviving in a harsh cruel world where they are economically and socially disadvantaged compared to others and resorts to brutal underhanded methods to survive. The emphasis of the fall is felt in the second season as Tekkadan makes more rash decisions which results in the protagonist Mika losing his humanity and ability to live a normal life and Orga becoming more and more reckless. [[spoiler: It ends as almost tragically as one would expect, with most of the protagonists killed off and for the first time in a mainsteam Gundam series (If we do not take ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'' into account), the first definitive victory by the antagonists and the deaths of the protagonists in a tv series]]
12th Dec '17 9:54:22 PM NoNamesEver
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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans]]'' Takes an even darker turn than AGE did, in a world with no beamspam for mobile suits which results in brutal melee attacks being the main method of killing the enemy (And with bloody results). It takes place in a world where much of the technology of the past is lost and buried as it follows the rise and fall of Tekkadan surviving in a harsh cruel world where they are economically and socially disadvantaged compared to others and resorts to brutal underhanded methods to survive. The emphasis of the fall is felt in the second season as Tekkadan makes more rash decisions which results in the protagonist Mika losing his humanity and ability to live a normal life and Orga becoming more and more reckless. [[spoiler: It ends as almost tragically as one would expect, with most of the protagonists killed off and for the first time in a mainsteam Gundam series (If we do not take ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'' into account), the first definitive victory by the antagonists and the deaths of the protagonists in a tv series]]
26th Nov '17 5:18:25 PM nombretomado
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* If one thought that Creator/YuuWatase's ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'' was merely ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' from two hundred years ago... uh, nope. Not only the heroine Takiko comes from a ''very'' different time in the real world (more exactly, ImperialJapan during TheRoaringTwenties, in contrast to Miaka and Yui who come from the Japan of TheNineties), but the Shi Jin Ten Chi Sho that she roams through is ''far'' bloodier and more complicated than the one we viewed during Miaka and Yui's journeys.

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* If one thought that Creator/YuuWatase's ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'' was merely ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' from two hundred years ago... uh, nope. Not only the heroine Takiko comes from a ''very'' different time in the real world (more exactly, ImperialJapan UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan during TheRoaringTwenties, in contrast to Miaka and Yui who come from the Japan of TheNineties), but the Shi Jin Ten Chi Sho that she roams through is ''far'' bloodier and more complicated than the one we viewed during Miaka and Yui's journeys.
24th Nov '17 8:51:46 PM Pichu-kun
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* Little known fact: ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' was conceived as a Darker and Edgier retelling of ''Anime/{{Gigantor}}''.


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* ''Anime/OsomatsuSan'' is an adult-aimed sequel to the family friendly ''Anime/OsomatsuKun''. The brothers have since grown into {{NEET}}s since the original series. ''Osomatsu-san'' contains a lot of adult themes and situations, mostl played for laugh though they can be played for drama.
11th Nov '17 12:53:44 PM Pichu-kun
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* Some scenes in ''Anime/SonicX'' are darker than their original versions from the games. For example, [[spoiler:Gerald Robotnik's execution]] in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' is cut away from before anything happens. In ''X'', you hear GUN soldiers cock and shoot their guns ([[HarmfulForMinors right in front of Chris, Amy, and Tails]]). The English dub, of course, censored it.

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* Some scenes in ''Anime/SonicX'' are darker than their original versions from the games. For example, [[spoiler:Gerald Robotnik's execution]] in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' is cut away from before anything happens. In ''X'', you hear GUN soldiers cock and shoot their guns ([[HarmfulForMinors ([[HarmfulToMinors right in front of Chris, Amy, and Tails]]). The English dub, of course, censored it.
11th Nov '17 12:53:02 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' utilizes this about every 5 or 6 episodes. Each arc begins with a few gruesome shots of one of the character's deaths, and then proceeds to be lighter and happier for a while, while steadily approaching the doom shown at the beginning of the arc, getting darker as it goes on.

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''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' utilizes this about every 5 or 6 episodes. Each arc begins with a few gruesome shots of one of the character's deaths, and then proceeds to be lighter and happier for a while, while steadily approaching the doom shown at the beginning of the arc, getting darker as it goes on.



* ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]'' - while the first half of the series was very lighthearted, the second half progressively began to take on darker tones, culminating in 765 Pro's rivalry with 961, [[spoiler:Chihaya's dead little brother plot, and the Producer getting into a life threatening accident.]]

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* ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]'' - while iDOLM@STER]]'': While the first half of the series was very lighthearted, the second half progressively began to take on darker tones, culminating in 765 Pro's rivalry with 961, [[spoiler:Chihaya's dead little brother plot, and the Producer getting into a life threatening accident.]]



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}} Shippuden/Part II'' has been increasingly darker than the original series. The main character, Naruto, [[spoiler:loses the closest thing he has to a father, Jiraiya, his village is nuked, his mother figure Tsunade is knocked into a coma,]] he is put into a BreakingSpeech by Pain which he couldn't retort to... [[spoiler:even though he managed to get Pain to bring everyone back to life that he killed that day, the Village is still a [[DoomedHomeTown crater]], Tsunade is still in a coma, and Danzo nearly became Hokage.]] THEN we get to Sasuke, his former rival and best friend who had [[spoiler:joined Akatsuki and attacked Killer Bee, and then attacked the Kage Summit.]] Learning how far his best friend had fallen caused him to have a HeroicBSOD and fall into an AngstComa. Shippuden/II has more death, destruction, horrors, and Orochimaru-and later [[spoiler:[[BigBad Obito]]]] creepiness to show it's much darker and edgier than Part I.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}} Shippuden/Part II'' has been increasingly darker than the original series. The main character, Naruto, [[spoiler:loses the closest thing he has to a father, Jiraiya, his village is nuked, his mother figure Tsunade is knocked into a coma,]] he is put into a BreakingSpeech by Pain which he couldn't retort to... [[spoiler:even though he managed to get Pain to bring everyone back to life that he killed that day, the Village is still a [[DoomedHomeTown crater]], Tsunade is still in a coma, and Danzo nearly became Hokage.]] THEN we get to Sasuke, his former rival and best friend who had [[spoiler:joined Akatsuki and attacked Killer Bee, and then attacked the Kage Summit.]] Learning how far his best friend had fallen caused him to have a HeroicBSOD and fall into an AngstComa. Shippuden/II ''Shippuden''/II has more death, destruction, horrors, and Orochimaru-and later [[spoiler:[[BigBad Obito]]]] creepiness to show it's much darker and edgier than Part I.



* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the 6th movie, ''Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island'', the Straw Hats start to separate from each other, due to conflicts the antagonist is creating. The plot also contains some of the biggest horrors, as Luffy's comrades are [[spoiler: ''eaten by a ManEatingPlant'' called "Lily"]], the BigBad's backstory is also different, showing [[spoiler: that his crew died, and he found Lily, allowing him to create ReplacementGoldfish, so long as he feeds Lily]], the movie's plot is also slightly more complex.

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6th movie, ''Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island'', the Straw Hats start to separate from each other, due to conflicts the antagonist is creating. The plot also contains some of the biggest horrors, as Luffy's comrades are [[spoiler: ''eaten by a ManEatingPlant'' called "Lily"]], the BigBad's backstory is also different, showing [[spoiler: that his crew died, and he found Lily, allowing him to create ReplacementGoldfish, so long as he feeds Lily]], the movie's plot is also slightly more complex.



** ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', a manga spinoff of ''Pokémon'''s video game series, has fights to the death for everyone, humans included.
** ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' is this in a way. Not in terms of violence, though it has been described as "''Manga/DragonBall'' meets ''Pokémon''" and is hefty on the fighting, but more-so in the plot. [[spoiler:Especially when Mitsumi and her past is involved.]]

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** ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', a manga spinoff of ''Pokémon'''s video game series, has fights to the death for everyone, humans included.
included. The series [[ReverseCerebusSyndrome was toned down by Hoenn]] but still contains a lot of dark themes.
** ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' is this in a way. Not in terms of violence, though it has been described as "''Manga/DragonBall'' meets ''Pokémon''" and is hefty on the fighting, fighting that rivals ''Adventures'', but more-so in the plot. [[spoiler:Especially when Mitsumi and her TykeBomb past is involved.]]



** Similar to ''Origins'' the youtube-released microseries ''Anime/PokemonGenerations'' takes a more mature opproach to the Pokémon World, while still being a TruerToTheText adaptation compared to the main anime. The second episode alone shows the secret police arresting Team Rocket members and interrogating them in a realistic fashion, Looker tracking down Giovanni as if it was a Police series, and finally [[spoiler: the police raiding the Viridian Gym, with Pokémon being used for wall infiltration and Giovanni being "an experienced trainer" being used as an analogue for "heavily armmed".]]

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** Similar to ''Origins'' the youtube-released Youtube-released microseries ''Anime/PokemonGenerations'' takes a more mature opproach to the Pokémon World, while still being a TruerToTheText adaptation compared to the main anime. The second episode alone shows the secret police arresting Team Rocket members and interrogating them in a realistic fashion, Looker tracking down Giovanni as if it was a Police series, and finally [[spoiler: the police raiding the Viridian Gym, with Pokémon being used for wall infiltration and Giovanni being "an experienced trainer" being used as an analogue for "heavily armmed".]]



** ''Manga/TheElectricTaleOfPikachu'' is an adaptation of [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the first anime arc]]. On top of being HotterAndSexier, it is also darker. Take the adaptation of Ash's Charizard vs Ritchie's Charizard, which ended in Ash's Charizard almost killing Ritchie's.



* Some scenes in ''Anime/SonicX'' are darker than their original versions from the games. For example, [[spoiler:Gerald Robotnik's execution]] in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' is cut away from before anything happens. In ''X'', you hear GUN soldiers cock and shoot their guns ([[HarmfulForMinors right in front of Chris, Amy, and Tails]]). The English dub, of course, censored it.



** Speaking of ''Franchise/YuGiOh'', ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' went from the brainwashing cult of season 2 to the way darker tone of season 3. It started out with new main characters as usual and a seemingly tame (at least compared to season 2) [[{{Disc One Final Boss}} villain]] until he gets defeated relatively quickly and then the series gets much darker including the characters [[spoiler:dying when they lose a duel, at least that's what they are told]], the main character getting tricked into releasing his [[{{Superpowered Evil Side}} Superpowered Evil Side]] and [[spoiler:killing some of his remaining friends]], and the [[{{The Man Behind the Man}} The Man Behind the Man]]/[[{{Stalker with a crush}} Stalker with a crush]]/[[{{Hidden Agenda Villain}} Hidden Agenda Villain]] posses

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** Speaking of ''Franchise/YuGiOh'', ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' went from the brainwashing cult of season 2 to the way darker tone of season 3. It started out with new main characters as usual and a seemingly tame (at least compared to season 2) [[{{Disc One Final Boss}} villain]] until he gets defeated relatively quickly and then the series gets much darker including the characters [[spoiler:dying when they lose a duel, at least that's what they are told]], the main character getting tricked into releasing his [[{{Superpowered Evil Side}} Superpowered Evil Side]] and [[spoiler:killing some of his remaining friends]], and the [[{{The Man Behind the Man}} The Man Behind the Man]]/[[{{Stalker with a crush}} Stalker with a crush]]/[[{{Hidden Agenda Villain}} Hidden Agenda Villain]] possesposses
* ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' is a darker take on {{Magical Girl}}s than most anime go far. While there is no blood in the original anime, the series is full of emotional despair and has a very dark lore.
12th Oct '17 9:48:21 AM MyFinalEdits
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** ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'': While the first season of Digimon Xros Wars was - most of the time - LighterAndSofter than Savers used to be, The Evil Death Generals and the Seven Kingdoms changes this completely. Seven powerful mega Digimons suck negative energy from the resident Digimons by tormenting them: like [[Characters/DigimonXrosWarsSevenDeathGenerals NeoVamdemon]] who [[WouldHurtAChild would hurt the just digivolved Lopmons]] or Gravimon who [[BrainwashedAndCrazy turns Kiriha against his friends by using his dark past.]] Furthermore, Yuu who thinks that the Digimons are nothing than characters in a video game and It's no big deal if they just die.
*** The [[Manga/DigimonXrosWars manga adaptation]] is ''much worse'' than its anime counterpart.

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** ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'': While the first season of Digimon Xros Wars was - most of the time - LighterAndSofter than Savers used to be, The Evil Death Generals and the Seven Kingdoms changes this completely. Seven powerful mega Digimons suck negative energy from the resident Digimons by tormenting them: like [[Characters/DigimonXrosWarsSevenDeathGenerals NeoVamdemon]] who [[WouldHurtAChild would hurt the just digivolved Lopmons]] or Gravimon who [[BrainwashedAndCrazy turns Kiriha against his friends by using his dark past.]] Furthermore, Yuu who thinks that the Digimons are nothing than characters in a video game and It's no big deal if they just die.
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die. The [[Manga/DigimonXrosWars manga adaptation]] is ''much worse'' even darker than its anime counterpart.



*** This is nothing. [[spoiler: At the end of the arc, [[TheDreaded Acnologia]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Black Dragon of the Apocalypse]] [[MassOhCrap arrives]] [[CurbstompBattle and]] [[FantasticNuke nukes]] Fairy Tail and Sirius Island into [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill oblivion]].]]

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*** This is nothing. [[spoiler: At the end of the arc, [[TheDreaded Acnologia]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Black Dragon of the Apocalypse]] [[MassOhCrap arrives]] [[CurbstompBattle and]] [[FantasticNuke nukes]] arrives and nukes Fairy Tail and Sirius Island into [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill oblivion]].]]



** The [[Anime/JewelpetSunshine third season]] does a good job of faking you out at first with its GagSeries nature. Then the LoveTriangle kicks in. And ''[[TheBeard holy]] [[RomanticFalseLead shit]]'', [[VitriolicBestBuds is]] [[InterspeciesRomance it]] [[StarcrossedLovers a]] [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy complex]] [[SurpriseIncest one]]. And then there's the final arc, featuring God becoming corrupted by Dark Magic and [[spoiler:mass-killing everyone she fails to convert to darkness (but they get better), except for seven people who turn out to be {{The Chosen One}}s]].

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** The [[Anime/JewelpetSunshine third season]] does a good job of faking you out at first with its GagSeries nature. Then the LoveTriangle kicks in. And ''[[TheBeard holy]] [[RomanticFalseLead shit]]'', [[VitriolicBestBuds is]] [[InterspeciesRomance it]] [[StarcrossedLovers a]] [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy complex]] [[SurpriseIncest one]]. And then there's the final arc, featuring God becoming corrupted by Dark Magic and [[spoiler:mass-killing everyone she fails to convert to darkness (but they get better), except for seven people who turn out to be {{The Chosen One}}s]].



* Every adaptation of ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' seems to do this. The manga is fairly light-hearted (and the ''Read or Dream'' manga entirely so). The OVA has a bit of camp to it, but gets fairly dark, with a BittersweetEnding. The TV series, ''R.O.D the TV'', manages to get more depressing nearly every episode, but eventually rewards its long-suffering cast [[EarnYourHappyEnding with a happy ending]]. Strangely, they keep improving.
** A new AlternateUniverse manga / ContinuityReboot called ''[[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2012-02-23/new-read-or-die-manga-darker-side-story-outlined Read Or Die Rehabilitation]]'' has been announced, complete with a [[{{Stripperiffic}} rather]] [[AntiHeroSubstitute drastic]] redesign of our BadassAdorable heroine, [[{{Meganekko}} Yomiko]]. Reactions have been mixed, to say the least.

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* Every adaptation of ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' seems to do this. The manga is fairly light-hearted (and the ''Read or Dream'' manga entirely so). The OVA has a bit of camp to it, but gets fairly dark, with a BittersweetEnding. The TV series, ''R.O.D the TV'', manages to get more depressing nearly every episode, but eventually rewards its long-suffering cast [[EarnYourHappyEnding with a happy ending]]. Strangely, they keep improving.
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improving. A new AlternateUniverse manga / ContinuityReboot called ''[[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2012-02-23/new-read-or-die-manga-darker-side-story-outlined Read Or Die Rehabilitation]]'' has been announced, complete with a [[{{Stripperiffic}} rather]] [[AntiHeroSubstitute drastic]] redesign of our BadassAdorable heroine, [[{{Meganekko}} Yomiko]]. Reactions have been mixed, to say the least.
12th Oct '17 3:01:10 AM 4444jdm
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*** The [[Manga/DigimonXrosWars manga adaptation]] is ''much worse'' than its anime counterpart.
1st Oct '17 8:14:25 PM n3xus
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** ''Cardfight!! Vanguard'' is known for occasionally venturing into this territory, especially during the Link Joker Arc, where much of the cast is possessed by PSY Qualia, resulting in all-out war between those who are still sane and those who have had their minds and bodies taken over.

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** ''Cardfight!! Vanguard'' is known for occasionally venturing into this territory, especially during the Link Joker Arc, where much of the cast is possessed by PSY Qualia, the Void through the "Reverse" phenomenon, resulting in all-out war between those who are still sane and those who have had their minds and bodies taken over.
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