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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.
1st Oct '17 8:11:26 PM n3xus
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** ''Anime/Cardfight!!VanguardG'' takes this further up a notch, especially during Stride Gate, where the show practically becomes a Soap Opera. The intro only adds fuel to the fire, where we see a depressing montage of our cast looking rather somber. Some of the scenes become far too intense for its kind of series, with more violence, a slight increase in profanity and constant themes of betrayal and feud between friends and enemies.

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** ''Anime/Cardfight!!VanguardG'' ''Cardfight!! Vanguard G'' takes this further up a notch, especially during Stride Gate, where the show practically becomes a Soap Opera. The intro only adds fuel to the fire, where we see a depressing montage of our cast looking rather somber. Some of the scenes become far too intense for its kind of series, with more violence, a slight increase in profanity and constant themes of betrayal and feud between friends and enemies.
25th Sep '17 6:57:56 PM RavenTheCrow
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* ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' was originally a very light-hearted and fluffy show about a group of young, superpowered girls serving their part in the city. Then came ''A Certain Scientific Railgun S''. The series had one of the most abrupt turns in anime. What happened to the cutesy, cheery Railgun? We're now introduced to Accelerator, a sadist who takes pride in killing the thousands of "sisters" or clones of Misaka Mikoto, whom Misaka intends on defending with all her wits. It even becomes BloodierAndGorier and more emotional as it progresses.

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* ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' was originally a very light-hearted and fluffy show about a group of young, superpowered girls serving their part of justice in the city. Then came ''A Certain Scientific Railgun S''. The series had one of the most abrupt turns in anime. What happened to the cutesy, cheery Railgun? We're now introduced to Accelerator, a sadist who takes pride in killing the thousands of "sisters" or clones of Misaka Mikoto, whom Misaka intends on defending with all her wits. It even becomes BloodierAndGorier and more emotional as it progresses.



** ''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.
** ''Anime/CardfightVanguardG'' takes this further up a notch, especially during Stride Gate, where the show practically becomes a Soap Opera. The intro only adds fuel to the fire, where we see a depressing montage of our cast looking rather somber. Some of the scenes become far too intense for its kind of series, with more intense violence, more profanity and themes of betrayal.

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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.Qualia, resulting in all-out war between those who are still sane and those who have had their minds and bodies taken over.
** ''Anime/CardfightVanguardG'' ''Anime/Cardfight!!VanguardG'' takes this further up a notch, especially during Stride Gate, where the show practically becomes a Soap Opera. The intro only adds fuel to the fire, where we see a depressing montage of our cast looking rather somber. Some of the scenes become far too intense for its kind of series, with more intense violence, more a slight increase in profanity and constant themes of betrayal.betrayal and feud between friends and enemies.
24th Sep '17 8:11:10 AM Josef5678
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* ''A Certain Scientific Railgun'' was originally a very light-hearted and fluffy show about a group of young, superpowered girls serve their part in the city. Then came A Certain Scientific Railgun S. The series had one of the most abrupt turns in anime. What happened to the cutesy, cheery Railgun? We're now introduced to Accelerator, a sadist who takes pride in killing the thousands of "sisters" or clones of Misaka Mikoto, whom Misaka intends on defending with all her wits. It even becomes [[Bloodier and Gorier]] and more emotional as it progresses.

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* ''A Certain Scientific Railgun'' ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' was originally a very light-hearted and fluffy show about a group of young, superpowered girls serve serving their part in the city. Then came A ''A Certain Scientific Railgun S.S''. The series had one of the most abrupt turns in anime. What happened to the cutesy, cheery Railgun? We're now introduced to Accelerator, a sadist who takes pride in killing the thousands of "sisters" or clones of Misaka Mikoto, whom Misaka intends on defending with all her wits. It even becomes [[Bloodier and Gorier]] BloodierAndGorier and more emotional as it progresses.



* ''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.

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* ''Anime/CardfightVanguard'':
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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.
23rd Sep '17 5:11:41 PM RavenTheCrow
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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.

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* ''Cardfight!!Vanguard'' ''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.
23rd Sep '17 5:11:05 PM RavenTheCrow
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* ''Anime/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.

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* ''Anime/Cardfight!!Vanguard'' ''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.
23rd Sep '17 5:10:17 PM RavenTheCrow
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* ''Anime/A Certain Scientific Railgun'' was originally a very light-hearted and fluffy show about a group of young, superpowered girls serve their part in the city. Then came A Certain Scientific Railgun S. The series had one of the most abrupt turns in anime. What happened to the cutesy, cheery Railgun? We're now introduced to Accelerator, a sadist who takes pride in killing the thousands of "sisters" or clones of Misaka Mikoto, whom Misaka intends on defending with all her wits. It even becomes [[Bloodier and Gorier]] and more emotional as it progresses.

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* ''Anime/A ''A Certain Scientific Railgun'' was originally a very light-hearted and fluffy show about a group of young, superpowered girls serve their part in the city. Then came A Certain Scientific Railgun S. The series had one of the most abrupt turns in anime. What happened to the cutesy, cheery Railgun? We're now introduced to Accelerator, a sadist who takes pride in killing the thousands of "sisters" or clones of Misaka Mikoto, whom Misaka intends on defending with all her wits. It even becomes [[Bloodier and Gorier]] and more emotional as it progresses.



** 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]] possessing the main character's best friend. Although Creator/FourKidsEntertainment ruined season 3's dark tone in the dub, watching the Japanese version makes the dark tone obvious.
** And staying with ''GX'', its [[Manga/YuGiOhGX manga version]] is much darker and serious than the anime. Several characters turn out to be possessed by the BigBad, who is a truly depraved monster with a connection to the creation of the Millennium Items.
* ''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 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.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' is shaping up to be this, with complex moralities on all sides of the conflict caused by human nature rather than a handful of truly evil (or tragic) characters and/or supernatural forces manipulating heroic people into being their pawns. At first glance the plot looks like a realistic story of a boy growing up, but eventually it turns out the entire first two seasons were just foreshadowing the real plot, which in turn is all about how WarIsHell, GenreDeconstruction, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking an over-reaching philosophical debate about the role card games should and do play in people's lives.]] [[NobodyCanDie To avoid the censors people's souls are stolen]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar as a clear replacement for actual murder, which allows the writers to freely focus on heavy topics like genocide, class wars, institutionalized slavery, police brutality, war propaganda, child soldiers and racism]]. Tons of AdultFear and RealityEnsues indicate that the series is going to keep getting darker and darker. What makes ''ARC-V'' as dark as the [[Manga/YuGiOh original manga]] or [[Creator/GenUrobuchi Urobuchi's works]] is most of its Duels are similar to Dark Games and being carded is the closest thing the audience get to a ''fatal'' Penalty Game.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhVRAINS'' appears to be this and has the potential to become even darker than ''ARC-V'', with cyber crime and the dark side of online gaming as its main plot. The setting is more bleak and CloserToEarth than in ''ZEXAL'' and ''ARC-V'', and unlike the previous entries, ''VRAINS'' has a main character who is NOT a HotBlooded IdiotHero or an AllLovingHero, but a [[{{Jerkass}} cold-hearted]] and [[NoNonsenseNemesis ruthless]] AntiHero who treats Dueling as a means to get {{Revenge}} on a group of {{Cyberspace}} [[OmnicidalManiac busting maniacs]] (led by TheRival, no less) for their involvement in the past. What's worse, Duelists who took too much damage in Link VRAINS might be at risk of being as good as ''brain dead'', and that's just as early as the second episode.
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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]] possessing the main character's best friend. Although Creator/FourKidsEntertainment ruined season 3's dark tone in the dub, watching the Japanese version makes the dark tone obvious.
** And staying with ''GX'', its [[Manga/YuGiOhGX manga version]] is much darker and serious than the anime. Several characters turn out to be possessed by the BigBad, who is a truly depraved monster with a connection to the creation of the Millennium Items.
* ''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 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.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' is shaping up to be this, with complex moralities on all sides of the conflict caused by human nature rather than a handful of truly evil (or tragic) characters and/or supernatural forces manipulating heroic people into being their pawns. At first glance the plot looks like a realistic story of a boy growing up, but eventually it turns out the entire first two seasons were just foreshadowing the real plot, which in turn is all about how WarIsHell, GenreDeconstruction, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking an over-reaching philosophical debate about the role card games should and do play in people's lives.]] [[NobodyCanDie To avoid the censors people's souls are stolen]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar as a clear replacement for actual murder, which allows the writers to freely focus on heavy topics like genocide, class wars, institutionalized slavery, police brutality, war propaganda, child soldiers and racism]]. Tons of AdultFear and RealityEnsues indicate that the series is going to keep getting darker and darker. What makes ''ARC-V'' as dark as the [[Manga/YuGiOh original manga]] or [[Creator/GenUrobuchi Urobuchi's works]] is most of its Duels are similar to Dark Games and being carded is the closest thing the audience get to a ''fatal'' Penalty Game.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhVRAINS'' appears to be this and has the potential to become even darker than ''ARC-V'', with cyber crime and the dark side of online gaming as its main plot. The setting is more bleak and CloserToEarth than in ''ZEXAL'' and ''ARC-V'', and unlike the previous entries, ''VRAINS'' has a main character who is NOT a HotBlooded IdiotHero or an AllLovingHero, but a [[{{Jerkass}} cold-hearted]] and [[NoNonsenseNemesis ruthless]] AntiHero who treats Dueling as a means to get {{Revenge}} on a group of {{Cyberspace}} [[OmnicidalManiac busting maniacs]] (led by TheRival, no less) for their involvement in the past. What's worse, Duelists who took too much damage in Link VRAINS might be at risk of being as good as ''brain dead'', and that's just as early as the second episode.
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23rd Sep '17 5:09:11 PM RavenTheCrow
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* ''Anime/A Certain Scientific Railgun'' was originally a very light-hearted and fluffy show about a group of young, superpowered girls serve their part in the city. Then came A Certain Scientific Railgun S. The series had one of the most abrupt turns in anime. What happened to the cutesy, cheery Railgun? We're now introduced to Accelerator, a sadist who takes pride in killing the thousands of "sisters" or clones of Misaka Mikoto, whom Misaka intends on defending with all her wits. It even becomes [[Bloodier and Gorier]] and more emotional as it progresses.


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* ''Anime/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.
** ''Anime/CardfightVanguardG'' takes this further up a notch, especially during Stride Gate, where the show practically becomes a Soap Opera. The intro only adds fuel to the fire, where we see a depressing montage of our cast looking rather somber. Some of the scenes become far too intense for its kind of series, with more intense violence, more profanity and themes of betrayal.
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