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21st May '18 7:31:08 PM TheGreatUnknown
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* ''VideoGame/NightInTheWoods'' is rendered in a flat, paper cutout style, of the sort used in school decorations and children's books, with FunnyAnimal characters inspired by the works of Creator/RichardScarry. It delves into depression, mental illness in general, sociopolitical issues, and [[spoiler:an EldritchAbomination that may or may not be real.]]
19th May '18 4:07:57 PM nurikokairu
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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': The art style is very Shoujo-ish with lean, tall and handsome big-eyed male characters (well, most of them), whose designs were made by Creator/CLAMP themselves, which would probably make you think that this is a Shoujo series if you only look at the [[http://image.phimmoi.net/film/4371/poster.medium.jpg promotional posters.]] However, the story itself is very dark Shounen, with battles between masterminds that will make [[Manga/DeathNote Light and L]] proud.

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': The art style is very Shoujo-ish with lean, tall and handsome big-eyed male characters (well, most of them), whose designs were made by Creator/CLAMP CLAMP themselves, which would probably make you think that this is a Shoujo series if you only look at the [[http://image.phimmoi.net/film/4371/poster.medium.jpg promotional posters.]] However, the story itself is very dark Shounen, with battles between masterminds that will make [[Manga/DeathNote Light and L]] proud.
19th May '18 4:06:36 PM nurikokairu
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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': The art style is very Shoujo-ish with lean, tall and handsome big-eyed male characters (well, most of them), whose designs were made by Creator/CLAMP themselves, which would probably make you think that this is a Shoujo series if you only look at the [[http://image.phimmoi.net/film/4371/poster.medium.jpg promotional posters.]] However, the story itself is very dark Shounen, with battles between masterminds that will make [[Manga/DeathNote Light and L]] proud.
1st May '18 11:22:37 AM StFan
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** Ironically, its successor, ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', had the opposite reaction from viewers. The show's art direction features detailed character designs and background art, but written far [[DenserAndWackier less grounded]] in reality compared to ''Spectacular'' with CutawayGag{{s}} and [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]]-styled stories. While the show does ([[CerebusRollercoaster occasionally]]) lent itself to tackling dark themes, its bread and butter deals with [[LighterAndSofter kid-friendly]] tales with minimal continuity.

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** Ironically, its successor, ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', had the opposite reaction from viewers. The show's art direction features detailed character designs and background art, but written far [[DenserAndWackier less grounded]] in reality compared to ''Spectacular'' with CutawayGag{{s}} {{Cutaway Gag}}s and [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]]-styled stories. While the show does ([[CerebusRollercoaster occasionally]]) lent itself to tackling dark themes, its bread and butter deals with [[LighterAndSofter kid-friendly]] tales with minimal continuity.
26th Apr '18 7:41:01 PM luisedgarf
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[[caption-width-right:300: ProperLady my ass.]]

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20th Apr '18 2:40:34 PM rjd1922
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* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', to a degree. It sometimes wants to be taken seriously as an action cartoon, but its stylized design, reminiscent of the less-than-serious ''[[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents Fairly OddParents]]'' [[note]]Both ''Danny Phantom'' and ''Fairly Oddparents'' were created by Creator/ButchHartman[[/note]], can make this difficult for non-[[FanNickname phans]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', to a degree. It sometimes wants to be taken seriously as an action cartoon, but its stylized design, reminiscent of the less-than-serious ''[[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents Fairly OddParents]]'' [[note]]Both ''Danny Phantom'' and ''Fairly Oddparents'' [=OddParents=]'' were created by Creator/ButchHartman[[/note]], can make this difficult for non-[[FanNickname phans]].
20th Apr '18 2:24:59 PM rjd1922
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* When promotional artwork for the ''Manga/{{Karneval}}'' anime came out, it received a lot of flack by those unfamiliar with the original manga for being another "{{Bishonen}}" or "[[{{Yaoi}} fujyoshi]]" series. In actuality, it's a rather dark BioPunk {{Josei}} manga set in a CrapSaccharineWorld and just happens to have a [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys predominately male cast]] and colorful artwork. The first chapter alone includes the near-rape of a child by a [[HumanoidAbomination monster woman]] who then goes on to gruesomely [[ImAHumanitarian devour]] a bunch of thieves who break into her mansion.

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* When promotional artwork for the ''Manga/{{Karneval}}'' anime came out, it received a lot of flack by those unfamiliar with the original manga for being another "{{Bishonen}}" or "[[{{Yaoi}} fujyoshi]]" fujoshi]]" series. In actuality, it's a rather dark BioPunk {{Josei}} manga set in a CrapSaccharineWorld and just happens to have a [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys predominately male cast]] and colorful artwork. The first chapter alone includes the near-rape of a child by a [[HumanoidAbomination monster woman]] who then goes on to gruesomely [[ImAHumanitarian devour]] a bunch of thieves who break into her mansion.



* ''Manga/DevilMan'', for the original manga with it's cartoonish art style you wouldn't think it would be full of graphic and disturbing imagery.

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* ''Manga/DevilMan'', ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'', for the original manga with it's cartoonish art style you wouldn't think it would be full of graphic and disturbing imagery.
8th Apr '18 8:17:43 PM nombretomado
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** ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' shares the goofy graphics like bright colors or cartoonish zord design of its source material, ''Series/EngineSentaiGoonger''. Unfortunately, its setting is a cross between ''Franchise/Terminator'' and ''Film/MadMax'' and it starts with RobotWar wiping out most of humanity.

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** ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' shares the goofy graphics like bright colors or cartoonish zord design of its source material, ''Series/EngineSentaiGoonger''. Unfortunately, its setting is a cross between ''Franchise/Terminator'' ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}'' and ''Film/MadMax'' and it starts with RobotWar wiping out most of humanity.
29th Mar '18 12:45:23 AM Flame
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* The HenshinHero branch of Tokusatsu is mostly geared towards children and usually looks the [[MerchandiseDriven part]], too. Don't be fooled, it often crosses into WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids and the goofier the graphics are, the darker the story may be to balance things out.
** ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' shares the goofy graphics like bright colors or cartoonish zord design of its source material, ''Series/EngineSentaiGoonger''. Unfortunately, its setting is a cross between ''Franchise/Terminator'' and ''Film/MadMax'' and it starts with RobotWar wiping out most of humanity.
** ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'': Animal themed, bright colored IdiotHero fighting monsters that feed on human desire should be enough of a family friendly set up, right? Yeah, it would be if ([[GoodIsNotDumb presumed]]) IdiotHero was not traumatized by civil war, which he indirectly caused while trying to help local people. And that's just a single backstory.
** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'': You would be forgiven to think it's happy, family friendly show judging by the fruit themed design and the protagonists being dancing teams. The CosmicHorrorStory part comes up only later anyway.
** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'': Video game fighting mechanics, cartoonish effects and hot pink colored design of the main hero can easily detract from the fact that ''Ex-Aid'' is a medical drama that takes ethics of care, value of life and WhatMeasureIsANonHuman ''extremely seriously''.
** ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' doesn't have a dissonance between designs and story because of the design being bright and cheery (they are not for most of the time anyway), but because of how it questions identity, use of violence and governmental corruption. Not to speak about {{Dehumanization}} and war that breaks out early into the story.
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18th Mar '18 3:04:35 PM Waterblad64
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* ''WebAnimation/CampCamp'' looks like a show from Creator/DisneyXD...But the writing style of the series (With lots of swearing, BlackComedy, raunchy jokes that many times CrossesTheLineTwice) seems closer to ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' rather than ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''.

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* ''WebAnimation/CampCamp'' looks like a show from Creator/DisneyXD... But the writing style of the series (With (with lots of swearing, BlackComedy, and raunchy jokes that many times CrossesTheLineTwice) seems closer to ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' rather than ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''.
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