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11th Mar '17 9:41:23 AM nombretomado
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. The opening? Standard cute MagicalGirl song, images (including [[ShoutOut references]] to ''Anime/SailorMoon'', CCS, and even Pretty Cure), the works. The problem? GenUrobuchi is writing -- The series is a rather savage deconstruction. The monsters aren't harmless, people can (and do) die, the aspects of a bunch of young girls fighting horrific {{Eldritch Abomination}}s are fully explored... and oh yeah, the cute mascot appears to be {{Faust}}ian. Notably, the first two episodes didn't have an ending sequence (they do have one on DVD, but it TastesLikeDiabetes), episode 3 was a WhamEpisode and is officially horrifying from the climax on, culminating in the main character floating ''in the mask of Mephistopheles'' during the ending sequence (which is not remotely a standard MagicalGirl song).

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. The opening? Standard cute MagicalGirl song, images (including [[ShoutOut references]] to ''Anime/SailorMoon'', CCS, and even Pretty Cure), the works. The problem? GenUrobuchi Creator/GenUrobuchi is writing -- The series is a rather savage deconstruction. The monsters aren't harmless, people can (and do) die, the aspects of a bunch of young girls fighting horrific {{Eldritch Abomination}}s are fully explored... and oh yeah, the cute mascot appears to be {{Faust}}ian. Notably, the first two episodes didn't have an ending sequence (they do have one on DVD, but it TastesLikeDiabetes), episode 3 was a WhamEpisode and is officially horrifying from the climax on, culminating in the main character floating ''in the mask of Mephistopheles'' during the ending sequence (which is not remotely a standard MagicalGirl song).
8th Mar '17 12:01:06 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[MegaManStarForce Ryuusei no Rockman]] Tribe''. Fans were disappointed in the lack of Ninja and Dinosaur transformations.

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* ''[[MegaManStarForce ''[[VideoGame/MegaManStarForce Ryuusei no Rockman]] Tribe''. Fans were disappointed in the lack of Ninja and Dinosaur transformations.
5th Mar '17 7:11:06 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'' has a minor example of this -- the credits seemingly frame Captain K'nuckles as a free-spirited adventurer and Bubbie as a stuffy, almost-antagonist figure who opposes adventure or risk of any kind. In the actual series, Captain K'nuckles is a lazy, shiftless, and greedy UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist who manipulates the eponymous Flapjack's idolization of him to further whatever ill-advised and self-serving plan he's currently trying to enact, while Bubbie is the perpetual voice of reason and resident ReasonableAuthorityFigure.

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* ''TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'' ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'' has a minor example of this -- the credits seemingly frame Captain K'nuckles as a free-spirited adventurer and Bubbie as a stuffy, almost-antagonist figure who opposes adventure or risk of any kind. In the actual series, Captain K'nuckles is a lazy, shiftless, and greedy UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist who manipulates the eponymous Flapjack's idolization of him to further whatever ill-advised and self-serving plan he's currently trying to enact, while Bubbie is the perpetual voice of reason and resident ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
11th Jan '17 9:11:45 AM theknack101
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* The opening for ''Anime/OnePunchMan'' makes it look like a very serious and with Saitama being drawn very dramatically with bulging muscles and a very serious face. The show is really a comedy and most the time Saitama is drawn much simpler with a rather simplistic looking face. There is a lot of big action in the show, but most of it is to just play up the joke about how Saitama is basically invincible and doesn't even have to try.
10th Jan '17 1:22:27 PM JoeMerl
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* {{Inverted}} in ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice,'' which uses puppets. It [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zbjGUmI4Js begins]] with a marionette moving clumsily in front of an obviously flat, watercolor background...then backs up to reveal that this marionette is being controlled by one of the film's ''actual,'' mechanic supermarionettes, and sweeps to a rather impressive crowd-shot in a full Parisian set. (Reportedly, when first shown to the financiers, one of them screamed "My god, they fucked us!" before TheReveal.)
8th Jan '17 3:13:28 PM wootzits
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* The OP for the first season of ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' shows Yuno walking in on Sae on top of Hiro in a suggestive manner, but the scene where it comes from (sadly, a NotWhatItLooksLike moment) isn't shown until the second season.
* ''Manga/HikaruNoGo'' has a scene at the end of its last ending sequence which shows Hikaru and Sai playing against each other as equals, implying that someday Hikaru will reach Sai's level and be able to play against him in a fair match. Though Hikaru ''wants'' to do this, it never happens, and he's nowhere near Sai's level when [[spoiler: Sai disappears permanently.]]
* ''Manga/KamichamaKarin'' sports a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7YUhKAZp9s rather dark-looking opening sequence]] that, combined with the [[NonIndicativeFirstEpisode sombre first ep]], convinced some fans that the series was going to be a darker-and-edgier MagicalGirl-slash-[[{{moe}} Moe Series]], ala Nanoha. [[AffectionateParody So wrong.]] [[spoiler: On the other hand, once the CerebusSyndrome kicks in, the opening doesn't look quite as much out of place.]]
* The opening of ''Manga/{{Kannagi}}'' depicts Nagi [[DancingTheme dancing on stage]] as an IdolSinger. While somewhat thematically appropriate -- she does need [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly to be loved by the people]] -- she is not actually a singer nor is the supporting cast her managers, makeup artists, directors, etc.

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* ''Manga/HidamariSketch'': The OP for the first season of ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' shows Yuno walking in on Sae on top of Hiro in a suggestive manner, but the scene where it comes from (sadly, a NotWhatItLooksLike moment) isn't shown until the second season.
* ''Manga/HikaruNoGo'' has a scene at the end of its last ending sequence which shows Hikaru and Sai playing against each other as equals, implying that someday Hikaru will reach Sai's level and be able to play against him in a fair match. Though Hikaru ''wants'' to do this, it never happens, and he's nowhere near Sai's level when [[spoiler: Sai [[spoiler:Sai disappears permanently.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}''
** ''Anime/JewelpetTwinkle'': The opening for the OVA features Hilde and Sagan prominently due to their out-of-universe popularity, but they never appear in it. They also barely qualified as one-shot characters in the televised series.
*** The first opening gives the impression that Peridot, Luna and Milky will be as prominent as the Jewelpets partnered with humans, but they're actually comic relief side characters with only one or two episodes dedicated to them.
** ''Anime/JewelpetHappiness'': The first opening makes a big deal of Chiari magically changing into a pink, frilly outfit, giving the impression that it was going to be a MagicalGirl series played straight. The anime is actually a school/workplace fantasy comedy, and Chiari's outfit only ever shows up in the first episode.
* ''Manga/KamichamaKarin'' sports a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7YUhKAZp9s rather dark-looking opening sequence]] that, combined with the [[NonIndicativeFirstEpisode sombre first ep]], convinced some fans that the series was going to be a darker-and-edgier MagicalGirl-slash-[[{{moe}} Moe Series]], ala Nanoha. [[AffectionateParody So wrong.]] [[spoiler: On [[spoiler:On the other hand, once the CerebusSyndrome kicks in, the opening doesn't look quite as much out of place.]]
* ''Manga/{{Kannagi}}'': The opening of ''Manga/{{Kannagi}}'' depicts Nagi [[DancingTheme dancing on stage]] as an IdolSinger. While somewhat thematically appropriate -- she does need [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly to be loved by the people]] -- she is not actually a singer nor is the supporting cast her managers, makeup artists, directors, etc.



* The loving interaction between Kurau and Christmas dressed in cute summer attire in the opening credits of ''Anime/KurauPhantomMemory'' doesn't appear anywhere in the anime.
* ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' is an example of this. Nobody saw it coming, [[spoiler: Grace being the big bad, given how the OP and first few episodes played her straight like a side character ]].
** Then subverted later on, when the last episode [[spoiler: use scenes directly lifted from both [=OPs=] during the climactic fight]].

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* ''Anime/KurauPhantomMemory'': The loving interaction between Kurau and Christmas dressed in cute summer attire in the opening credits of ''Anime/KurauPhantomMemory'' doesn't appear anywhere in the anime.
* ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' is an example of this. ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'': Nobody saw it Grace [[spoiler:being the BigBad]] coming, [[spoiler: Grace being the big bad, given how the OP and first few episodes played her straight like up as a side character ]].
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** Then subverted later on, when the last episode [[spoiler: use [[spoiler:use scenes directly lifted from both [=OPs=] during the climactic fight]].
8th Jan '17 2:57:38 PM wootzits
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* The openings for the 2011 Anime ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' occasionally show events that don't actually happen in the show, and that's ignoring the SoundtrackDissonance between the cheery and optimistic theme song, "Departure" and the actual content of the show, and occasionally the visuals in the theme song.

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* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'': The opening sequences are mostly composed of scenes that never happen in the show. Also, the main characters taking their clothes off for no clear reason. A particularly noteworthy sequence shows the Freedom and Destiny Gundams joining forces to battle a Destroy Gundam -- when in fact, the Freedom and Destiny never once fought on the same side, even in "temporary truce for convenience" fashion.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'': The first opening is pretty upbeat and optimistic, with only a reaction shot or two from main character Uso to even hint at the bleak tone and setting of the series. The second opening is even more upbeat which furthers the separation as the end of the series gets even darker and bloodier.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' lies constantly in its openings. Most fans attribute this to the show's near-constant on-the-fly rewriting due to the production committee's ever-changing demands. Some images were also meant to be figurative but taken literally by most fans. Some of it was old-fashioned misdirection.
*** 2nd OP: The intro shows a big battle between Celestial Being and the combined military forces of all 3 prominent nations using their respective mobile suits, with almost each Gundam Meister squaring off against a rival mobile suit. The last part of the intro also shows the presence of three ominous-looking Gundams that the original Gundams from Celestial Being fight in space. In the actual show, [[spoiler: each Gundam Meister instead falls into a trap, are separated from one another by each nation that focused on targeting one of them at a time, and the three nations, despite cooperating with one another, were still opposed to working as one lumbering force. As for the three new Gundams that appear in the intro, not only did Celestial being not face them in space (or in Allelujah's case, ''[[DemotedToExtra at all]]''), but they were not even the true antagonists for either the first season or second. In fact, in their first appearance, they rescue the ambushed Gundam Meisters from certain death. The true antagonists were absent from the intro.]]
*** 3rd OP: This OP shows the mobile suits Arios and Cherudim engaging Louise on Earth, Seravee against Ali and Patrick in space, and Setsuna clashing blades with Mr. Bushido in space. In the actual show, [[spoiler: Arios and Cherudim never directly faced off against Louise (while Louise does a real bait and switch herself; she's eventually piloting the stronger mecha in the same scene). When Mr. Bushido finally encounters Setsuna in space its not until after the 4th OP premiered and he's piloting a different (superior) suit to the one seen here.]]
*** 4th OP: This OP shows a naked Tieria who regained his SupernaturalGoldEyes indicating the recapture of Veda, the 00-Raiser shooting the Regnant to bits showing Setsuna's Co-pilot Saji reaching for the Regnant's pilot Louise in agony and Seravee Gundam battling Arche Gundam in space, ending with both mobile suits clashing blades as red beams again appear from Seravee's backpack. In the actual show, [[spoiler:Tieria not only regained possession of Veda, but he also merged with it as Ribbons killed his physical body. Although Setsuna did shoot one of his comrade's girlfriend, it is not Saji's girlfriend Louise but instead Lyle's ManchurianAgent girlfriend Anew Returner. And the first and only time anyone battled Arche Gundam in space was in the 23rd and 24th episodes, where it was Cherudim that fought against it. The red beams shown emanating from Seravee's backpack was shown to be from Seraphim directly, when it first activated its TRIAL Field, an ability that was strictly Seraphim's own that needed Veda.]]
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'': The first opening ends with a climatic battle between Heero and Zechs in outer space. That does eventually happen very late in the show, but not in the way portrayed here. Also there's a shot of Relena walking around a destroyed city, where no cities were really destroyed during the series at all. The second opening doesn't have any misleading details like this, so the errors of the first OP are often attributed to rewrites that happened during Wing's troubled production.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'': The first opening features cameo appearances from Char and Amuro. Neither appear in the show at all.[[note]]Apparently, this happened because Tomino ''did'' plan to have them show up, but then he got the greenlight for the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' movie and decided not to.[[/note]]
* The openings for the 2011 Anime anime ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' occasionally show events that don't actually happen in the show, and that's ignoring the SoundtrackDissonance between the cheery and optimistic theme song, "Departure" and the actual content of the show, and occasionally the visuals in the theme song.



* The opening sequences of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' are mostly composed of scenes that never happen in the show. Also, the main characters taking their clothes off for no clear reason. A particularly noteworthy sequence shows the Freedom and Destiny Gundams joining forces to battle a Destroy Gundam -- when in fact, the Freedom and Destiny never once fought on the same side, even in "temporary truce for convenience" fashion.
** The first opening to ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'' is pretty upbeat and optimistic, with only a reaction shot or two from main character Uso to even hint at the bleak tone and setting of the series. The second opening is even more upbeat which furthers the separation as the end of the series gets even darker and bloodier.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' lies constantly in its openings. Most fans attribute this to the show's near-constant on-the-fly rewriting due to the production committee's ever-changing demands. Some images were also meant to be figurative but taken literally by most fans. Some of it was old-fashioned misdirection.
*** 2nd OP: The intro shows a big battle between Celestial Being and the combined military forces of all 3 prominent nations using their respective mobile suits, with almost each Gundam Meister squaring off against a rival mobile suit. The last part of the intro also shows the presence of three ominous-looking Gundams that the original Gundams from Celestial Being fight in space. In the actual show, [[spoiler: each Gundam Meister instead falls into a trap, are separated from one another by each nation that focused on targeting one of them at a time, and the three nations, despite cooperating with one another, were still opposed to working as one lumbering force. As for the three new Gundams that appear in the intro, not only did Celestial being not face them in space (or in Allelujah's case, ''[[DemotedToExtra at all]]''), but they were not even the true antagonists for either the first season or second. In fact, in their first appearance, they rescue the ambushed Gundam Meisters from certain death. The true antagonists were absent from the intro.]]
*** 3rd OP: This OP shows the mobile suits Arios and Cherudim engaging Louise on Earth, Seravee against Ali and Patrick in space, and Setsuna clashing blades with Mr. Bushido in space. In the actual show, [[spoiler: Arios and Cherudim never directly faced off against Louise (while Louise does a real bait and switch herself; she's eventually piloting the stronger mecha in the same scene). When Mr. Bushido finally encounters Setsuna in space its not until after the 4th OP premiered and he's piloting a different (superior) suit to the one seen here.]]
*** 4th OP: This OP shows a naked Tieria who regained his SupernaturalGoldEyes indicating the recapture of Veda, the 00-Raiser shooting the Regnant to bits showing Setsuna's Co-pilot Saji reaching for the Regnant's pilot Louise in agony and Seravee Gundam battling Arche Gundam in space, ending with both mobile suits clashing blades as red beams again appear from Seravee's backpack. In the actual show, [[spoiler:Tieria not only regained possession of Veda, but he also merged with it as Ribbons killed his physical body. Although Setsuna did shoot one of his comrade's girlfriend, it is not Saji's girlfriend Louise but instead Lyle's ManchurianAgent girlfriend Anew Returner. And the first and only time anyone battled Arche Gundam in space was in the 23rd and 24th episodes, where it was Cherudim that fought against it. The red beams shown emanating from Seravee's backpack was shown to be from Seraphim directly, when it first activated its TRIAL Field, an ability that was strictly Seraphim's own that needed Veda.]]
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'''s very first opening ends with a climatic battle between Heero and Zechs in outer space. That does eventually happen very late in the show, but not in the way portrayed here. Also there's a shot of Relena walking around a destroyed city, where no cities were really destroyed during the series at all. The second opening doesn't have any misleading details like this, so the errors of the first OP are often attributed to rewrites that happened during Wing's troubled production.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'' has its first opening feature cameo appearances from Char and Amuro. Neither appear in the show at all.[[note]]Apparently, this happened because Tomino ''did'' plan to have them show up, but then he got the greenlight for the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' movie and decided not to.[[/note]]
6th Jan '17 1:59:46 PM GordyTepig
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** The third opening depicts a vicious battle between an angry Yuya and Yugo, using Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon and Clear Wing Synchro Dragon, respectively. Preseumably, it was setting up a war between them, as Yuya is on a mission to rescue Yuzu, who Yugo accidentally whisked away. In the show proper, not only does Yuya not use Odd-Eyes Rebellion during the span the show used this opening, but he and Yugo never duel. Their only meeting came at the end of episode 91, and they never spoke - they just dueled their opponents in the same room. What's more, neither of the two bear any ill will towards each other; in fact, Yugo seems to think Yuya's a pretty cool guy if Yuzu thinks so highly of him. Furthermore, Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon has never fired a BreathWeapon druing the entire series so far.

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** The third opening depicts a vicious battle between an angry Yuya and Yugo, using Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon and Clear Wing Synchro Dragon, respectively. Preseumably, Presumably, it was setting up a war between them, as Yuya is on a mission to rescue Yuzu, who Yugo accidentally whisked away. In the show proper, not only does Yuya not use Odd-Eyes Rebellion during the span the show used this opening, but he and Yugo never duel. Their only meeting came at the end of episode 91, and they never spoke - they just dueled their opponents in the same room. What's more, neither of the two bear any ill will towards each other; in fact, Yugo seems to think Yuya's a pretty cool guy if Yuzu thinks so highly of him. Furthermore, Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon has never fired a BreathWeapon druing during the entire series so far.


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** The sixth opening is positive and upbeat, and depicts our protagonist performing and bringing smiles to an audience full of his friends. Some of the lyrics are about making people smile and following your dreams. While the show uses this opening, the Lancers become a DwindlingParty, Yuya fails to reach his goal of saving Yuzu and the other bracelet girls, suffers from SanitySlippage multiple times, and eventually gets possessed and [[spoiler:turns evil, becoming Zarc and bent on killing all those people Yuya was making smile in the opening.]]
2nd Jan '17 8:51:31 PM Xtifr
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* {{Invoked|Trope}} {{h|ehHehYouSaidX}}ard for humorous effect by ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtheadDoAmerica'', which leads with the main characters in a [[BuddyCopShow '70s-style cop show]] opening, complete with a theme song in the mode of ''{{Shaft}}'' and performed by none other than Isaac Hayes himself. As one might have guessed, the protagonists spend little of the remainder of the film [[StuffBlowingUp blowing stuff up]], [[EpicBattleBoredom kicking ass]], or [[QuestForSex scoring]], though certainly not for lack of trying.

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* {{Invoked|Trope}} {{h|ehHehYouSaidX}}ard for humorous effect by ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtheadDoAmerica'', which leads with the main characters in a [[BuddyCopShow '70s-style cop show]] opening, complete with a theme song in the mode of ''{{Shaft}}'' ''Film/{{Shaft}}'' and performed by none other than Isaac Hayes himself. As one might have guessed, the protagonists spend little of the remainder of the film [[StuffBlowingUp blowing stuff up]], [[EpicBattleBoredom kicking ass]], or [[QuestForSex scoring]], though certainly not for lack of trying.
2nd Jan '17 2:22:17 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''[[Anime/DothackSign .Hack//SIGN]]''. We're treated to an Electronica-esque opening song with a ton of technicolor visuals. The major characters come onto screen one at a time looking like they're dancing, as well as falling through a data-field while their [[FreudWasRight clothes gradually disintegrate]]. There's also a female character in a red and blue bodysuit and visor featured VERY prominently. None of this appears at all in the show. The girl in the body suit doesn't even EXIST. The only things that come close are the screen gradually "breaking" over a face shot of Tsukasa, and a very brief shot at the end showing the sleeping Aura (And the bodysuit girl in what looks like the REAL world [[TheGameComeToLife which makes even less sense]]). The show itself is more brooding, and introspective than anything else with most of the very [[MindScrew Mind Screw-y]] plot handled via exposition which only serves to make the upbeat opening even MORE jarring.

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* ''[[Anime/DothackSign .Hack//SIGN]]''. We're treated to an Electronica-esque opening song with a ton of technicolor visuals. The major characters come onto screen one at a time looking like they're dancing, as well as falling through a data-field while their [[FreudWasRight clothes gradually disintegrate]].disintegrate. There's also a female character in a red and blue bodysuit and visor featured VERY prominently. None of this appears at all in the show. The girl in the body suit doesn't even EXIST. The only things that come close are the screen gradually "breaking" over a face shot of Tsukasa, and a very brief shot at the end showing the sleeping Aura (And the bodysuit girl in what looks like the REAL world [[TheGameComeToLife which makes even less sense]]). The show itself is more brooding, and introspective than anything else with most of the very [[MindScrew Mind Screw-y]] plot handled via exposition which only serves to make the upbeat opening even MORE jarring.
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