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7th Nov '17 7:53:58 AM MBG
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* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'''s third season is largely seen as this. After being largely a static InvincibleHero for the first two, Judai finally gets some much-needed CharacterDevelopment, while the series introduces one of its strongest antagonists in Yubel along with a number of popular side characters, and launches one of the grimmest stories in the franchise. Unfortunately, the new cast and focus on Judai led to a few characters being DemotedToExtra in the process - something that the fourth season, thankfully, rectified.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'''s first half was widely seen as one of the weakest parts of ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' as a whole, with the main issues being a heavy focus on MonsterOfTheWeek, a protagonist who frequently dipped into StrawLoser territory, very simplistic duels, and an overarching plot that just wasn't very interesting. The show began to dig itself out of its rut with the introduction of [[EnsembleDarkhorse the Arclight siblings]], who offered an intriguing sidestory that bolstered the main plot considerably. When the show became ''ZEXAL II'', though, it drastically improved in every territory, with tighter plotting, the protagonist's CharacterDevelopment finally paying off, the duels becoming more creative and high-powered, and a story of warring dimensions that gave the story some very real bite, as well as the introduction of some of the best characters in the franchise.
22nd Jun '17 8:00:47 PM darksoul4242
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** ''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.

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** ''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 Pegasus Koga.
22nd Jun '17 7:33:39 PM darksoul4242
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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': around volume 9 where stuff starts hitting the fan. The Manga's first arc (which looks like shallow torture porn at first) starts to grow the beard when [[spoiler: the snail count visits his daughter.]] It's the first sign of the layered storytelling that the manga currently is known for. The anime had a well-written but very slow start. It really gets interesting at episode 15.

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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': around Around volume 9 where stuff starts hitting the fan. The Manga's first arc (which looks like shallow torture porn at first) starts to grow the beard when [[spoiler: the snail count visits his daughter.]] It's the first sign of the layered storytelling that the manga currently is known for. The anime had a well-written but very slow start. It really gets interesting at episode 15.
11th May '17 5:28:21 PM Eldritcho
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* The later chapters of ''Kodomo No Jikan'' tone back the overaggressive lolicon antics in favor of much darker storylines deconstructing the ''reasons'' behind Rin's behavior, as well as changing the relationship between Rin and Aoki such that the latter is actually concerned for the former rather than annoyed by the unwanted attention. However, whether or not it managed to [[SeasonalRot keep the beard]] is highly debated amongst fans.

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* The later chapters of ''Kodomo No Jikan'' tone back the overaggressive lolicon antics in favor of much darker storylines deconstructing the ''reasons'' behind Rin's behavior, as well as changing the relationship between Rin and Aoki such that the latter is actually concerned for the former rather than annoyed by the unwanted attention. However, whether or not it managed to [[SeasonalRot keep the beard]] is highly debated a hot-button issue amongst the fans.
11th May '17 5:24:41 PM Eldritcho
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* The later chapters of ''Kodomo No Jikan'' tone back the overaggressive lolicon antics in favor of much darker storylines deconstructing the ''reasons'' behind Rin's behavior, as well as changing the relationship between Rin and Aoki such that the latter is actually concerned for the former rather than annoyed by the unwanted attention.

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* The later chapters of ''Kodomo No Jikan'' tone back the overaggressive lolicon antics in favor of much darker storylines deconstructing the ''reasons'' behind Rin's behavior, as well as changing the relationship between Rin and Aoki such that the latter is actually concerned for the former rather than annoyed by the unwanted attention. However, whether or not it managed to [[SeasonalRot keep the beard]] is highly debated amongst fans.
30th Apr '17 9:34:28 PM sorako
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* ''Anime/TheLostVillage'' did this from episode 7 onward. The series had a slow start, unsympathetic characters that were mostly bystanders, bland or screaming dumbasses, mysteries that made no sense and a plot that didn't really seem to go anywhere. From [[spoiler: Masaki's witch hunt]] from there on, the characters are shown to be more complex, the mysteries start to get solved and things get clearer, and the fans starting to genuinely enjoy the series, rather than consider it SoBadItsGood.



* ''Anime/{{Mayoiga}}'' did this from episode 7 onward. The series had a slow start, unsympathetic characters that were mostly bystanders, bland or screaming dumbasses, mysteries that made no sense and a plot that didn't really seem to go anywhere. From [[spoiler: Masaki's witch hunt]] from there on, the characters are shown to be more complex, the mysteries start to get solved and things get clearer, and the fans starting to genuinely enjoy the series, rather than consider it SoBadItsGood.
6th Apr '17 1:23:31 PM Willbyr
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* ''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.

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* ''Manga/NurarihyonNoMago'' ''Manga/NuraRiseOfTheYokaiClan'' 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.
27th Jan '17 5:32:49 PM MyFinalEdits
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** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' started getting its 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'' ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'':
*** The series
started getting its 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.]]



* ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' started out as a sub-par GottaCatchEmAll series, not improving at all until midway through the show's run when they did a heel-face turn with Starscream (who became a much more shades of grey character as far as honor went) as well as introducing Armada's surrogate Starscream, the villainous, backstabbing Thrust.

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* ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' ''Anime/TransformersArmada'':
** The series
started out as a sub-par GottaCatchEmAll series, not improving at all until midway through the show's run when they did a heel-face turn with Starscream (who became a much more shades of grey character as far as honor went) as well as introducing Armada's surrogate Starscream, the villainous, backstabbing Thrust.



* The ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga originally is a fairly episodic series where Yami Yugi plays various dangerous games against one-shot bad guys to punish them for their evil natures. However, when [[BreakoutVillain former one-shot bad guy Seto Kaiba returned as a]] BigBad and started an AmusementParkOfDoom, it resulted in a story arc in which Yugi's friends finally learn of Yami Yugi's existence. From then on, things became much more story-oriented and dramatic.

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* ''Manga/YuGiOh'':
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The ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga originally is a fairly episodic series where Yami Yugi plays various dangerous games against one-shot bad guys to punish them for their evil natures. However, when [[BreakoutVillain former one-shot bad guy Seto Kaiba returned as a]] BigBad and started an AmusementParkOfDoom, it resulted in a story arc in which Yugi's friends finally learn of Yami Yugi's existence. From then on, things became much more story-oriented and dramatic.
27th Jan '17 12:11:27 PM greatpikminfan
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** While once very clumsy in execution, fillers have gradually gained more and more HiddenDepths, CharacterDevelopment and flowing story starting with the 4th Fourth Ninja War, especially with the new "Power" arc which has great movie quality animation and the use of subtle writing, along with CharacterDevelopment and fighting sequences, with each episode bringing a new [[WhamEpisode surprisingly shocking]], but foreshadowed developments that turn the story in a better direction with each episode; especially if you compare it to the {{Filler}} of Part 1 and almost all the filler episodes prior the 4th Great Shinobi War.

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** While once very clumsy in execution, fillers have gradually gained more and more HiddenDepths, CharacterDevelopment and flowing story starting with the 4th Fourth Ninja War, especially with the new "Power" arc which has great movie quality animation and the use of subtle writing, along with CharacterDevelopment and fighting sequences, with each episode bringing a new [[WhamEpisode surprisingly shocking]], but foreshadowed developments that turn the story in a better direction with each episode; especially if you compare it to the {{Filler}} of Part 1 and almost all the filler episodes prior the 4th Great Shinobi War.
15th Jan '17 6:21:59 PM infernape612
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* ''Manga/SailorMoon'' took some time to find its voice. Although the novelty of combining the Sentai formula with the MagicalGirlGenre was unheard of at the time, the first volume played out as more of a Sentai series with its associated tropes transplanted into a Shoujo cast. Usagi was a lovable ditz who more often then not shirked her responsibilities as a Sailor Guardian as she spent much of her time uncertain about her WillTheyOrWontThey crush on resident hunk Mamoru. The first five chapters are spent introducing each Guardian as they befriend and join Usagi's team with the vague connecting plot thread of the villains looking for the Legendary Silver Crystal and Luna's search for the Moon Princess. The girls were likable and had a nice chemistry between them, but it couldn't sustain what was an episodic MonsterOfTheWeek ExcusePlot. With the introduction of [[spoiler:Sailor Venus' entry into the story as a wiser, more serious counterpoint to Usagi, she completed the team, the girls [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Mamoru]] fully awakening memories of their past lives, Sailor Moon's revealed status as the Moon Princess which brought some responsibility and darker elements to Usagi's carefree personality, and Mamoru's subsequent capture and FaceHeelTurn. Aside from these three major characters bringing full focus to the story's plot, the manga phases out Usagi's Cutie Honey-esque transformations and broader Sentai tropes, and becomes a full-fledged MagicalGirl story with increasingly creepy and outlandish threats from space for the rest of its run.]] Rather humorously, Usagi's hair grows rather long [[spoiler:as a result of her awakened identity]] parallel to the story's grown beard.

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* ''Manga/SailorMoon'' took some time to find its voice. Although the novelty of combining the Sentai formula with the MagicalGirlGenre MagicalGirl genre was unheard of at the time, the first volume played out as more of a Sentai series with its associated tropes transplanted into a Shoujo cast. Usagi was a lovable ditz who more often then not shirked her responsibilities as a Sailor Guardian as she spent much of her time uncertain about her WillTheyOrWontThey crush on resident hunk Mamoru. The first five chapters are spent introducing each Guardian as they befriend and join Usagi's team with the vague connecting plot thread of the villains looking for the Legendary Silver Crystal and Luna's search for the Moon Princess. The girls were likable and had a nice chemistry between them, but it couldn't sustain what was an episodic MonsterOfTheWeek ExcusePlot. With the introduction of [[spoiler:Sailor Venus' entry into the story as a wiser, more serious counterpoint to Usagi, she completed the team, the girls [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Mamoru]] fully awakening memories of their past lives, Sailor Moon's revealed status as the Moon Princess which brought some responsibility and darker elements to Usagi's carefree personality, and Mamoru's subsequent capture and FaceHeelTurn. Aside from these three major characters bringing full focus to the story's plot, the manga phases out Usagi's Cutie Honey-esque transformations and broader Sentai tropes, and becomes a full-fledged MagicalGirl story with increasingly creepy and outlandish threats from space for the rest of its run.]] Rather humorously, Usagi's hair grows rather long [[spoiler:as a result of her awakened identity]] parallel to the story's grown beard.
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