The Seventh Inning Switch
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Posted 7/26/08 , edited 7/26/08
I hate the seventh inning switch. What is that? It's when an anime (or other story) decides late in the game to switch it up. It may change characters, plot, tone or even genre. Examples include Trigun (after Vash's last encounter with Legato), Cowboy Bebop's last couple of episodes, Katekayo Hitman Reborn becoming an action series, He Is My Master going from comedy to drama, and many many others. It especially seems to plague comedy animes who seem to decide that it's time for them to button down and "do a meaningful story". But sometimes the reason we're watching the series is for what we saw originally. I understand why they do it, and there are some that I like (I'm a huge fan of the Bebop finale), but the more I see it done, the more it becomes a cliche. And any anime that is too full of cliches isn't worth watching, because I've seen it already.
(This is not to be confused with mid-series slump, where the middle episodes of an anime that is too long seem to feel repetative or forced. That's not what I'm talking about.)


I want to know if other people agree with me. But even more, I want to know if there's examples of this where the series is still excellent after the switch, or maybe even better.
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