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10th May '16 7:09:51 AM GM_3826
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* LightNovel/IsItWrongToTryToPickUpGirlsInADungeon undergoes a noticeable shift in quality starting with Volume 5, where the story actually begins to challenge the main characters and the stakes become higher. The anime, however, does not do a very good job illustrating this, leading to criticism that the series arguably does not deserve.
18th Apr '16 3:39:52 AM Tropetastic1995
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** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' started getting it's own voice during the Universe 7 VS Universe 6 tournament. It had a very powerful plot twist with [[spoiler Frost being revealed to be EvilAllALong]], and featured some of the most tactical and well thought-out fights in the entire ''franchise'', helped in no small part due to the U6 fighters having very unique fighting styles. The one thing that eventually won the fans over, however, was [[spoiler: Goku combining the power of Super Saiyan Blue with the Kaio-Ken and breaking the very concept of time itself.]]

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** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' started getting it's own voice during the Universe 7 VS Universe 6 tournament. It had a very powerful plot twist with [[spoiler [[spoiler: Frost being revealed to be EvilAllALong]], and featured some of the most tactical and well thought-out fights in the entire ''franchise'', helped in no small part due to the U6 fighters having very unique fighting styles. The one thing that eventually won the fans over, however, was [[spoiler: Goku combining the power of Super Saiyan Blue with the Kaio-Ken and breaking the very concept of time itself.]]
18th Apr '16 3:39:17 AM Tropetastic1995
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** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' started getting it's own voice during the Universe 7 VS Universe 6 tournament. It had a very powerful plot twist with [[spoiler Frost being revealed to be EvilAllALong]], and featured some of the most tactical and well thought-out fights in the entire ''franchise'', helped in no small part due to the U6 fighters having very unique fighting styles. The one thing that eventually won the fans over, however, was [[spoiler: Goku combining the power of Super Saiyan Blue with the Kaio-Ken and breaking the very concept of time itself.]]
12th Apr '16 6:31:16 AM Willbyr
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* {{Kinnikuman}} starts off as a parody of superheroes with a goofy MonsterOfTheWeek gimmick until the Choujin Olympics start and by the end [[ArtEvolution the art starts to get more detailed]] and the series becomes the ProfessionalWrestling epic with imaginative villains it's best known for.

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* {{Kinnikuman}} ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' starts off as a parody of superheroes with a goofy MonsterOfTheWeek gimmick until the Choujin Olympics start and by the end [[ArtEvolution the art starts to get more detailed]] and the series becomes the ProfessionalWrestling epic with imaginative villains it's best known for.



* The first four episodes of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' are decidedly episodic. Girl gets powers, fights MonsterOfTheWeek, rinse, repeat, and the animation style jumps about quite a bit. Then the plot does a turnaround, removes the MonsterOfTheWeek entirely, and adds the DarkMagicalGirl and the space battle cruiser staffed by [[BlingOfWar military-uniform]] garbed mages.

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The first four episodes of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' are decidedly episodic. Girl gets powers, fights MonsterOfTheWeek, rinse, repeat, and the animation style jumps about quite a bit. Then the plot does a turnaround, removes the MonsterOfTheWeek entirely, and adds the DarkMagicalGirl and the space battle cruiser staffed by [[BlingOfWar military-uniform]] garbed mages.
8th Apr '16 7:00:27 AM Tropetastic1995
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* ''Anime/{{Pokémon}}'' has suffered from AnimationAgeGhetto and is generally agreed to be a GuiltyPleasure, but there are several parts of the series that older fans find accessible and/or good, the "Diamond and Pearl" series and the XY series being the most common contenders. The XY series in particular has gained positive reception, in the West, for it's AnimationBump, more layered plot and pandering to the older fanbase through the Mega-Evolution specials.
4th Apr '16 11:37:07 PM lhee_ha
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* While the lighthearted, villain-of-the-week style first half of ''Charlotte'' is entertaining enough, the show started its beard in episode six, with [[spoiler: Ayumi's death]]. The beard reaches full mountain man status by episode nine, when [[spoiler: time travel comes into play]].

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* While the lighthearted, villain-of-the-week style first half of ''Charlotte'' ''Anime/{{Charlotte}}'' is entertaining enough, the show started its beard in episode six, with [[spoiler: Ayumi's death]]. The beard reaches full mountain man status by episode nine, when [[spoiler: time travel comes into play]].
28th Mar '16 9:43:49 AM ObsidianFire
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* ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'' starts out as a fairly comedic, GenreSavvy series about Illya as a MagicalGirl. It then steadily becomes more serious. The CharacterDevelopment and ArtEvolution become more apparent in its second season, and the gentle amounts of FanService and heavier action clearly show it's a {{Seinen}} series.

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* ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'' starts out as a fairly comedic, GenreSavvy smart series about Illya as a MagicalGirl. It then steadily becomes more serious. The CharacterDevelopment and ArtEvolution become more apparent in its second season, and the gentle amounts of FanService and heavier action clearly show it's a {{Seinen}} series.
10th Feb '16 8:28:13 PM wehrmacht
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** The series grew another layer of hair during its seventh part, ''Steel Ball Run''. Due to Araki's shifting interests and desire to tackle more adult subject matter, the story eventually migrated to a seinen magazine, and as a result, completed the shift from a shounen battle manga with occasional heavy moments to a much more psychological and character-driven drama. As a result of going monthly, the art also became much more ambitious and detailed.
10th Feb '16 8:27:18 PM wehrmacht
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**The series grew another layer of hair during its seventh part, ''Steel Ball Run''. Due to Araki's shifting interests and desire to tackle more adult subject matter, the story eventually migrated to a seinen magazine, and as a result, completed the shift from a shounen battle manga with occasional heavy moments to a much more psychological and character-driven drama. As a result of going monthly, the art also became much more ambitious and detailed.
26th Jan '16 9:44:14 AM Willbyr
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* ''NurarihyonNoMago'' started off as a fairly average shounen manga, about a quarter-youkai boy who's meant to be the next head of a youkai clan but just wants to [[IJustWantToBeNormal live a normal life]]. But once [[spoiler:he stepped up to accept his role as their leader,]] much of its fandom agrees that the story took a sharp turn upwards.

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* ''NurarihyonNoMago'' ''Manga/NurarihyonNoMago'' started off as a fairly average shounen manga, about a quarter-youkai boy who's meant to be the next head of a youkai clan but just wants to [[IJustWantToBeNormal live a normal life]]. But once [[spoiler:he stepped up to accept his role as their leader,]] much of its fandom agrees that the story took a sharp turn upwards.



* ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' does this in the manga. It starts off as an AffectionateParody and slowly begins to grow the beard as we learn more about the characters and their past. As the story has gone on we've seen considerable character development, particularly with Hikaru and Kaoru. Tamaki also matures a bit (while still remaining the lovable idiot), and [[spoiler: Honey and Mori finally graduate as the series falls out of ComicBookTime]]. Despite the story turning more toward [[CerebusSyndrome drama]], it hasn't sacrificed the humor.

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* ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' does this in the manga. It starts off as an AffectionateParody and slowly begins to grow the beard as we learn more about the characters and their past. As the story has gone on we've seen considerable character development, particularly with Hikaru and Kaoru. Tamaki also matures a bit (while still remaining the lovable idiot), and [[spoiler: Honey and Mori finally graduate as the series falls out of ComicBookTime]]. Despite the story turning more toward [[CerebusSyndrome drama]], it hasn't sacrificed the humor.



* ''{{Pretear}}'' starts out as a rather lighthearted, episodic Magical Girl Show, at least until [[spoiler:Takako]] shows up. Afterwards it [[spoiler: takes a huge turn and shifts into darker territory before the lightheartedness returns at the end.]]

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* ''{{Pretear}}'' ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'' starts out as a rather lighthearted, episodic Magical Girl Show, at least until [[spoiler:Takako]] shows up. Afterwards it [[spoiler: takes a huge turn and shifts into darker territory before the lightheartedness returns at the end.]]



* ''RosarioToVampire'' started as a lighthearted, MonsterOfTheWeek, UnwantedHarem comedy with relatively little depth to the characters. Starting somewhere around the Witch Hill arc and introduction of Ruby, the series had already started to develop a more realistic artistic style and more dangerous villains. With Witch Hill, the series took a huge swerve by entirely chucking the whole MonsterOfTheWeek thing in favor of significant character development, the ongoing backstory of Tsukune's ghoul transformation, multi-issue story arcs, blurring the line on how "evil" many of the bad guys are and focusing on some truly depressing subjects. Season 2 is flat-out {{seinen}} with little resemblance to the series start.

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* ''RosarioToVampire'' ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' started as a lighthearted, MonsterOfTheWeek, UnwantedHarem comedy with relatively little depth to the characters. Starting somewhere around the Witch Hill arc and introduction of Ruby, the series had already started to develop a more realistic artistic style and more dangerous villains. With Witch Hill, the series took a huge swerve by entirely chucking the whole MonsterOfTheWeek thing in favor of significant character development, the ongoing backstory of Tsukune's ghoul transformation, multi-issue story arcs, blurring the line on how "evil" many of the bad guys are and focusing on some truly depressing subjects. Season 2 is flat-out {{seinen}} with little resemblance to the series start.



* ''[[Anime/RODTheTV R.O.D. The TV]]'' starts off very slow and episodic, with only the most superficial of connections to ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' and a strange amount of time spent on Anita going to school. Then the show gets a kick in the rear [[spoiler: when the entire AncientConspiracy of the British Library comes into play beginning with kidnapping Nenene and the destruction of the entire island of Hong Kong, and the main plotline becomes the focus and not the subplot]].

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* ''[[Anime/RODTheTV R.O.D. The TV]]'' ''Anime/RODTheTV'' starts off very slow and episodic, with only the most superficial of connections to ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' and a strange amount of time spent on Anita going to school. Then the show gets a kick in the rear [[spoiler: when the entire AncientConspiracy of the British Library comes into play beginning with kidnapping Nenene and the destruction of the entire island of Hong Kong, and the main plotline becomes the focus and not the subplot]].



** ''{{Anime/Saint Seiya Omega}}'' Grew a beard in episode 8, when the bearded Iolias, Golden Saint of Capricorn revealed himself as a Villain and a traitor, he is pretty damn badass for his age beating the snot out of Pegassus Koga.
* ''{{Shuffle}}!'' really got better and more dramatic with the beginning of Nerine and Lycoris' arc.
* ''TenchiInTokyo'''s low point has to be the thirteenth episode, 'Moon Mission'. Starting on the next episode however, the series takes a turn for the better, going exploring the family dynamic as the girls go their separate ways due to Yugi's plans.

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** ''{{Anime/Saint Seiya Omega}}'' Grew ''Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega'' grew a beard in episode 8, when the bearded Iolias, Golden Saint of Capricorn revealed himself as a Villain and a traitor, he is pretty damn badass for his age beating the snot out of Pegassus Koga.
* ''{{Shuffle}}!'' ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'' really got better and more dramatic with the beginning of Nerine and Lycoris' arc.
* ''TenchiInTokyo'''s ''Anime/TenchiInTokyo'''s low point has to be the thirteenth episode, 'Moon Mission'. Starting on the next episode however, the series takes a turn for the better, going exploring the family dynamic as the girls go their separate ways due to Yugi's plans.



* There are several things about early episodes of ''UruseiYatsura'' that make them less well liked by fans of the series than subsequent ones. The art style is very primitive, the scripts contain primarily simplistic slapstick humor, and the majority of the episodes consisted of [[ThreeShorts two separate stories]] (each occupying half of the episode's running time). After about 20 episodes, the [[ArtEvolution drawing style began to improve noticeably]], the two-part episode structure was dropped, the humor became more subtle and sophisticated, and there were occasionally more serious stories.

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* There are several things about early episodes of ''UruseiYatsura'' ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' that make them less well liked by fans of the series than subsequent ones. The art style is very primitive, the scripts contain primarily simplistic slapstick humor, and the majority of the episodes consisted of [[ThreeShorts two separate stories]] (each occupying half of the episode's running time). After about 20 episodes, the [[ArtEvolution drawing style began to improve noticeably]], the two-part episode structure was dropped, the humor became more subtle and sophisticated, and there were occasionally more serious stories.



* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' goes through this twice: the first notable increase in quality is when Yusuke comes back to life and becomes a Spirit Detective resulting in the series becoming more action-oriented, and the second is later on when the Toguro Bros. and Sakyo first appear, thus giving the series its first major over-arching villains.

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* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' goes through this twice: the first notable increase in quality is when Yusuke comes back to life and becomes a Spirit Detective resulting in the series becoming more action-oriented, and the second is later on when the Toguro Bros. and Sakyo first appear, thus giving the series its first major over-arching villains.villains.

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