History DarkerAndEdgier / AnimeAndManga

20th Apr '16 1:09:41 PM Nakayama90
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** [[Recap/PokemonS1E1PokemonIChooseYou The very first episode]] was this when compared with the vast majority of subsequent episodes, what with Ash being chased by a flock of murderous Spearows and the implications of being a 10-year-old traveling out into the world on one's own. It was written by Creator/TakeshiShudo, the original series director from Kanto until Johto, and if looked at closely, the trope applies to most episodes written by him, though not as overtly.
26th Feb '16 10:52:12 PM Gamermaster
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** Meanwhile, ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid''' defies the trend, going LighterAndSofter than even the original series was ([[CerebusSyndrome So far?]]).

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** Meanwhile, ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid''' ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' defies the trend, going LighterAndSofter than even the original series was ([[CerebusSyndrome So far?]]).
26th Feb '16 10:51:20 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Record of the Magical War Nanoha Force'' is said to be DarkerAndEdgier by the writer. And he wasn't kidding. In the 3rd Chapter, we were introduced to CardCarryingVillain Veyron who introduces himself by killing everyone in a chapel that Touma had visited earlier. We won't see Nanoha fall to the dark side but definitely we will see more people being offed by Belkan weaponry then usual and maybe a few kills with Midchildan weapons. Then, a few chapters later, there's a brutal fight between Signum and the DarkActionGirl Cypha, which involves the latter being partly dismembered and the former, landing in a pool of her own blood with a sword in her gut.
** And how Touma's device is relies on TheCorruption to work, and Lily is a source of death and ruin as she accidentally causes people to degrade to BodyHorror like meat blobs
** Meanwhile, [=ViviD=] defies the trend, going LighterAndSofter than even the original series was ([[CerebusSyndrome So far?]]).

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* ''Record ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' has a habit of getting darker as the Magical War Nanoha Force'' seasons progress:
** ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce''
is said to be DarkerAndEdgier by the writer. And he wasn't kidding. In the 3rd Chapter, we were introduced to CardCarryingVillain Veyron who introduces himself by killing everyone in a chapel that Touma had visited earlier. We won't see Nanoha fall to the dark side but definitely we will see more people being offed by Belkan weaponry then usual and maybe a few kills with Midchildan Mid-childan weapons. Then, a few chapters later, there's a brutal fight between LadyOfWar Signum and the DarkActionGirl Cypha, which involves the latter being partly dismembered and the former, landing in a pool of her own blood with a sword in her gut.
** *** And how Touma's device is relies on TheCorruption to work, and Lily is a source of death and ruin as she accidentally causes people to degrade to BodyHorror like meat blobs
** Meanwhile, [=ViviD=] ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid''' defies the trend, going LighterAndSofter than even the original series was ([[CerebusSyndrome So far?]]).
4th Feb '16 5:07:15 AM TheTropper
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* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar FINAL'' was much darker than the television show for two main reasons: first, it was an {{OAV}} so they could get away with things that wouldn't fly on broadcast television, like explicitly sexual {{Fanservice}}. And secondly, it was aimed at a {{seinen}} audience rather than at children.

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* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar FINAL'' was ''Anime/GaoGaiGarFINAL'' is much darker than the television show for two main reasons: first, it was it's an {{OAV}} {{OVA}} so they could get away with things that wouldn't fly on broadcast television, like explicitly sexual {{Fanservice}}. And secondly, it was aimed at a {{seinen}} audience rather than at children.
27th Jan '16 3:08:04 PM Josef5678
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** Arguably a subversion. Urasawa doesn't change the basic plot very much at all, resulting in most of the same major robots dying as did in the original. [[spoiler: ie [[KillEmAll all of them.]]]] What made the story darker was the fact that each robot was actually developed, rather than simply being a collection of powers to be destroyed by Pluto.
27th Jan '16 3:07:23 PM Josef5678
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* Osamu Tezuka's ''Manga/BlackJack'' is a rather dark series to begin with, safe for some comedic touches usually provided by Pinoko. Osamu Dezaki's video adaptation in the 90's however takes the darkness to new heights and becomes a high-tension, highly stylized tragedy.

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* Osamu Tezuka's ''Manga/BlackJack'' is a rather dark series to begin with, safe save for some comedic touches usually provided by Pinoko. Osamu Dezaki's video adaptation in the 90's however takes the darkness to new heights and becomes a high-tension, highly stylized tragedy.



** ''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.]] Oh and don't forget about Yuu who thinks that the Digimons are nothing than characters in a video game and It's no big deal if they just get - I don't know - die.

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** ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' ''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.]] Oh and don't forget about Furthermore, Yuu who thinks that the Digimons are nothing than characters in a video game and It's no big deal if they just get - I don't know - die.



** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'', to frankly put, is extremely dark for an AlternateUniverse ''Gundam'' series. You got yourself brutal atrocities committed by both sides which becomes a GuiltFreeExterminationWar with very little in the way of clear comic relief. There is no mercy, no honor, no salvation for anyone. Civilians and soldiers are equally expendable, and not even one's own allies can be trusted. Victory for either side means virtual destruction of an entire subtype of the human race [[spoiler: and by the end, all of it.]]

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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'', to frankly put, is extremely dark for an AlternateUniverse ''Gundam'' series. You got yourself There are brutal atrocities committed by both sides which becomes a GuiltFreeExterminationWar with very little in the way of clear comic relief. There is no mercy, no honor, no salvation for anyone. Civilians and soldiers are equally expendable, and not even one's own allies can be trusted. Victory for either side means virtual destruction of an entire subtype of the human race [[spoiler: and by the end, all of it.]]



* On the flip side, ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' went the way of ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' in order to achieve Darker And Edgier. In fact, popular consensus among the show's fans is that the sheer spike in Darker And Edgier material in it was a deliberate act to keep FourKidsEntertainment from {{Macekre}}ing it... not like it hasn't stopped them from trying.

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* On the flip side, ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' went the way of ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' in order to achieve Darker And Edgier. In fact, popular consensus among the show's fans is that the sheer spike in Darker And Edgier material in it was a deliberate act to keep FourKidsEntertainment Creator/FourKidsEntertainment from {{Macekre}}ing it... not like it hasn't stopped them from trying.



* ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' appears at first glance to be LighterAndSofter after 5D's, but then it turns out that Dr. Faker and Mr. Heartland have been running highly dangerous and illegal experiments on children, including Faker's own sons. Kite resorts to murder in an attempt to save his brother, only to learn the whole thing was a lie, and he comes to despair of his own salvation. Astral, Yuma's SpiritCompanion, was in fact sent by his people to commit genocide. Rio was severely burned in a dueling accident. [[spoiler: Shark and Rio are actually dead and are Barian Emperors.]] Then, the Barians initiate an AssimilationPlot to destroy the Earth and turn humans into Barians.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' appears at first glance to be LighterAndSofter after 5D's, but then it turns out that Dr. Faker and Mr. Heartland have been running highly dangerous and illegal experiments on children, including Faker's own sons. Kite resorts to murder in an attempt to save his brother, only to learn the whole thing was a lie, and he comes to despair of his own salvation. Astral, Yuma's SpiritCompanion, spirit companion, was in fact sent by his people to commit genocide. Rio was severely burned in a dueling accident. [[spoiler: Shark and Rio are actually dead and are Barian Emperors.]] Then, the Barians initiate an AssimilationPlot to destroy the Earth and turn humans into Barians.
22nd Jan '16 8:44:08 AM catmuto
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* ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' has had multiple reimaginings over the years, but among the darker versions was ''New Cutey Honey'', taking the originally rather [[LighterAndSofter silly]] premise of Cutey Honey with its sometimes [[CringeComedy squicky humor]] and transported it TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, making things much darker and upping the Cyberpunk elements.
23rd Dec '15 7:36:28 AM crazysamaritan
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** ''Anime/PokemonOrigins'' has 4 episodes, but shows it's definitely darker. The fighting is more brutal involving worse attacks, [[HellIsThatNoise blood-curdling screaming]] from getting bitten and almost dying, or being beaten to death by a stun baton, and [[spoiler:a Mewtwo that is portrayed as a powerful psychotic monster.]]
*** The movies in general are this, most of them having at least one of these features:
### A subject that's more serious or complex than usually found in the TV series.
### A crazy antagonist, who can be anything from a MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds (e.g. [[Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}} Lawrence III]]) to a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds (e.g. [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie Mewtwo]], [[Anime/{{Pokemon3}} Molly Hale]]) to just plain [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] (e.g. [[Anime/Pokemon4Ever The Iron Masked Marauder]], [[Anime/PokemonZoroarkMasterOfIllusions Grings Kodai]]).
### A character getting killed, either [[DisneyDeath temporarily]] or [[KilledOffForReal permanently]].

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** ''Anime/PokemonOrigins'' has 4 episodes, but shows it's definitely darker. The fighting is more brutal involving worse attacks, [[HellIsThatNoise blood-curdling screaming]] screaming from getting bitten and almost dying, or being beaten to death by a stun baton, and [[spoiler:a Mewtwo that is portrayed as a powerful psychotic monster.]]
*** ** The movies in general are this, most of them having at least one of these features:
### ## A subject that's more serious or complex than usually found in the TV series.
### ## A crazy antagonist, who can be anything from a MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds (e.g. [[Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}} Lawrence III]]) to a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds (e.g. [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie Mewtwo]], [[Anime/{{Pokemon3}} Molly Hale]]) to just plain [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] (e.g. [[Anime/Pokemon4Ever The Iron Masked Marauder]], [[Anime/PokemonZoroarkMasterOfIllusions Grings Kodai]]).
### ## A character getting killed, either [[DisneyDeath temporarily]] or [[KilledOffForReal permanently]].
24th Nov '15 4:37:45 PM Berrenta
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is very much a DarkerAndEdgier spin on the MagicalGirl genre, but is NotADeconstruction.
** It's a {{Reconstruction}} if anything, after Creator/KunihikoIkuhara, Chiho Saito and their companions from Studio [=BePapas=] did [[{{Understatement}} weird things]] with the genre [[Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena back in the 90s]]. They even managed to deconstruct the tropes without being all too much DarkerAndEdgier, but with loads of heavy MindScrew instead.

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is very much a DarkerAndEdgier spin on the MagicalGirl genre, but is NotADeconstruction.
** It's
a {{Reconstruction}} if anything, after Creator/KunihikoIkuhara, Chiho Saito and their companions from Studio [=BePapas=] did [[{{Understatement}} weird things]] things with the genre [[Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena back in the 90s]]. They even managed to deconstruct the tropes without being all too much DarkerAndEdgier, but with loads of heavy MindScrew instead.
21st Nov '15 9:13:36 AM Wyldchyld
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' was already one of the darkest titles in ''Shounen Jump'' but the Thousand Year Blood War has turned this UpToEleven. This was, notably, right around the time the anime got cancelled and KuboTite no longer had any worries about network censors. [[spoiler:Suddenly, [[AnyoneCanDie good guys can die]] (usually with gaping holes where part of their body used to be), adhering to HonorBeforeReason shonen battle conventions will only get you killed, and the BigBad is responsible for a genocide '''of his own SUBJECTS'''.]]

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' was already one had a fair amount of blood and guts by the darkest titles in standards of ''Shounen Jump'' but Jump'', such as a silhouetted photograph of Souken Ishida's mutilated, tortured corpse, and a young child being used by a serial killer to murder innocents. However, the Thousand Year Blood War has turned this UpToEleven. This was, notably, right around cranked the time the anime got cancelled gore and KuboTite no longer had any worries about network censors. [[spoiler:Suddenly, [[AnyoneCanDie violence up a notch. Key good guys can die]] (usually are finally killed off, usually with gaping holes where part of their body used to be), adhering be; at least one captain is shredded so completely that his chest is ripped open right to HonorBeforeReason shonen the very visible spine and rib cage. Adhering to the classical Shounen [[HonourBeforeReason battle conventions will only get you conventions]] gets protagonists killed, and the BigBad is responsible for a genocide '''of commits multiple genocides - not only against his enemies, but [[BadBoss against his own SUBJECTS'''.]]people]], too.
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