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5th Jul '16 3:19:21 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* ''The Melancholy of LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' starts with "The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina", a painfully low-budget, [[BadBadActing badly-acted]], and edited student film that combines StylisticSuck with as many clichéd anime genres it can think of (MagicalGirl shows, HighSchool comedy, {{Shojo}} romance, etc). However, it's actually {{foreshadowing}} several key plot points in the ''real'' story (which starts with the next episode), with the brief lapses in the {{Masquerade}} serving as plot hooks.

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* ''The Melancholy of LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' starts with "The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina", a painfully low-budget, [[BadBadActing badly-acted]], and terribly directed and edited student film that combines StylisticSuck with as many clichéd anime genres it can think of (MagicalGirl shows, HighSchool comedy, {{Shojo}} romance, etc). However, it's actually {{foreshadowing}} several key plot points in the ''real'' story (which starts with the next episode), with the brief lapses in the {{Masquerade}} serving as plot hooks.
5th Jul '16 3:15:51 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* ''The Melancholy of LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' starts with "The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina", a painfully low-budget student film that combines StylisticSuck with as many clichéd anime genres it can think of (MagicalGirl shows, HighSchool comedy, {{Shojo}} romance, etc). However, it's actually {{foreshadowing}} several key plot points in the ''real'' story (which starts with the next episode), with the brief lapses in the {{Masquerade}} serving as plot hooks.

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* ''The Melancholy of LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' starts with "The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina", a painfully low-budget low-budget, [[BadBadActing badly-acted]], and edited student film that combines StylisticSuck with as many clichéd anime genres it can think of (MagicalGirl shows, HighSchool comedy, {{Shojo}} romance, etc). However, it's actually {{foreshadowing}} several key plot points in the ''real'' story (which starts with the next episode), with the brief lapses in the {{Masquerade}} serving as plot hooks.
7th Jun '16 12:12:00 PM Willbyr
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* ''TowardTheTerra'''s opening few episodes would not lead one to expect an epic SpaceOpera, even with the opening.

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* ''TowardTheTerra'''s ''Manga/TowardTheTerra'''s opening few episodes would not lead one to expect an epic SpaceOpera, even with the opening.
4th May '16 4:52:06 PM nombretomado
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* The first two episodes of ''Anime/EarthMaidenArjuna'' make it look like a MagicalGirl series, even though it's really more like a serious version of ''CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers''.

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* The first two episodes of ''Anime/EarthMaidenArjuna'' make it look like a MagicalGirl series, even though it's really more like a serious version of ''CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers''.''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers''.
27th Apr '16 6:16:40 AM Koveras
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* ''Manga/MurderPrincess'' is an example where the first example is ''darker'' than the rest of the series.

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* ''Manga/MurderPrincess'' is an example where the first example episode is ''darker'' than the rest of the series.



* The first two-and-a-half episodes of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' make the series look like a MagicalGirl series with SliceOfLife. That's [[GenreDeconstruction half-correct]]. Though to be fair, the scene with the [[EldritchLocation witch's barrier]] right at the end of episode 1 makes it clear this is not your usual happy fun time show...

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* The first two-and-a-half episodes of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' make the series look like a MagicalGirl series with SliceOfLife. That's [[GenreDeconstruction half-correct]]. Though to be fair, half-correct]], and the scene with the [[EldritchLocation witch's barrier]] right at the end of episode 1 makes it clear this is not your usual happy fun time show...
25th Feb '16 11:57:52 AM Willbyr
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* Episode 0 of the ''LightNovel/SaenaiHeroineNoSodatekata'' anime has the cast fully assembled, and is heavy on the fanservice and harem antics. The first episode proper dials the fanservice way back, and shows how the main character gathers everyone.

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* Episode 0 of the ''LightNovel/SaenaiHeroineNoSodatekata'' ''LightNovel/HowToRaiseABoringGirlfriend'' anime has the cast fully assembled, and is heavy on the fanservice and harem antics. The first episode proper dials the fanservice way back, and shows how the main character gathers everyone.
28th Jan '16 2:41:47 AM crazysamaritan
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* Because it had to actually bring together the ragtag group of [[ImpossibleThief Impossible Thieves]], the pilot of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' is missing several of the hallmarks of later episodes. The crew initially get together for a fairly simple heist in exchange for money, rather than for their later-standard Robin Hood motives. The more philanthropic reasoning behind their jobs doesn't factor in until the second episode. [[JustifiedTrope Unlike many examples, there's a valid in-story reason for this]]: they made so much on their first job [[note]]over $32 million ''each''[[/note]] they didn't need to pull off scams for monetary reasons later.

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* Because it had to actually bring together the [[CaperCrew ragtag group of [[ImpossibleThief Impossible Thieves]], thieves]], the pilot of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' is missing several of the hallmarks of later episodes. The crew initially get together for a fairly simple heist in exchange for money, rather than for their later-standard Robin Hood motives. The more philanthropic reasoning behind their jobs doesn't factor in until the second episode. [[JustifiedTrope Unlike many examples, there's a valid in-story reason for this]]: they made so much on their first job [[note]]over $32 million ''each''[[/note]] they didn't need to pull off scams for monetary reasons later.
21st Jan '16 8:29:31 PM Adept
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* ''MurderPrincess'' is an example where the first example is ''darker'' than the rest of the series.

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* ''MurderPrincess'' ''Manga/MurderPrincess'' is an example where the first example is ''darker'' than the rest of the series.
20th Jan '16 10:04:10 AM Willbyr
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* The DVD box art combined with the first episode of the anime ''{{Gungrave}}'' makes you think this will be a GrimDark show about an old lone gunman fighting evil, right? Guess what, the majority of the series from that point on is a giant flashback that shows how two small-time thieves rise up through a mafia-like organization to the point where it reaches the time of the first episode.

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* The DVD box art combined with the first episode of the anime ''{{Gungrave}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'' makes you think this will be a GrimDark show about an old lone gunman fighting evil, right? Guess what, the majority of the series from that point on is a giant flashback that shows how two small-time thieves rise up through a mafia-like organization to the point where it reaches the time of the first episode.



* ''RumblingHearts'' begins as a sweet, almost saccharine story of young lovers coming together despite awkwardness and misgivings, promising to overcome their initial mistakes. And then in the last five minutes of episode two, it goes wrong.

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* ''RumblingHearts'' ''VisualNovel/RumblingHearts'' begins as a sweet, almost saccharine story of young lovers coming together despite awkwardness and misgivings, promising to overcome their initial mistakes. And then in the last five minutes of episode two, it goes wrong.



* The very first episode of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is chock full of magical girl cliches. The deconstructions start immediately in the second episode.

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* The very first episode of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is chock full of magical girl cliches. The deconstructions start immediately in the second episode.
12th Nov '15 2:13:08 PM Willbyr
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* The first few episodes of ''ChronoCrusade'' make the show out to be a fairly breezy comedy with pretty nuns and a friendly devil. Then it gets darker and darker until [[spoiler:[[DownerEnding 3 of the 4 main characters die]], and the BigBad survives the final battle because he has an AsLongAsThereIsEvil escape clause]].

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* The first few episodes of ''ChronoCrusade'' ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' make the show out to be a fairly breezy comedy with pretty nuns and a friendly devil. Then it gets darker and darker until [[spoiler:[[DownerEnding 3 of the 4 main characters die]], and the BigBad survives the final battle because he has an AsLongAsThereIsEvil escape clause]].



* ''LuckyStar'' admittedly does this with their first episode, misleading many viewers curious about its SurrealThemeTune on whether or not this is actually a series about food.

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* ''LuckyStar'' ''Manga/LuckyStar'' admittedly does this with their first episode, misleading many viewers curious about its SurrealThemeTune on whether or not this is actually a series about food.



* ''FromEroicaWithLove'' at first appears to be a typical shoujo manga, about a PowerTrio with PsychicPowers, one of whom is accused of being the GentlemanThief Eroica. But it's really an action packed ''Film/JamesBond'' Spoof, with the two leads being Eroica and "Iron Klaus".

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* ''FromEroicaWithLove'' ''Manga/FromEroicaWithLove'' at first appears to be a typical shoujo manga, about a PowerTrio with PsychicPowers, one of whom is accused of being the GentlemanThief Eroica. But it's really an action packed ''Film/JamesBond'' Spoof, with the two leads being Eroica and "Iron Klaus".
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