Series that Change Direction
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So I just finished watching Love Lab, and I went and read the manga. This series changes from a hint of yuri comedy, like Yuruyuri and Yuyushiki, into a full blown heterosexual romantic comedy. I never expected that to happen when I started watching the series.

I also remember Mahou Sensei Negima changing from a typical romcom / harem anime, into a pretty heavy shonen battle action somewhere during its run.

Are there any series you can think of that start off as one genre but somewhere along the line totally take an unexpected turn in terms of plot?
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a lot of funny, light-hearted shoujos end up dropping their funness and becoming plain drama :/ Gakuen Alice is an example of this, it went from cute and fun to dark and depressing.

Gintama, on the other hand, changes genres so much that it's almost impossible to keep up the first time it got serious i was so completely blown away, couldn't believe this show that was pure gag and parody actually had amazing storylines
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NANA - Went from an uplifting romantic comedy to just a full blown Drama.
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The anime didn't even get a chance to show how dark and depressing Gakuen Alice got. Which indeed started and was cute and fun for a long while.

Not that disliked that changed.

Gintama is the best at this, like the other person said. It'll be comedy and funny for a long while, and then throw an action drama arc from left field taking itself totally serious (why with some cracks). Whiplash is strong in that one.

When you said this topic, at first I thought of anime that changed midway off the manga. My favorite example of this is Chrono Crusade. Which half of the anime stay true to the manga and then they went off on their off the the other half. I say this is my favorite, because after watching and reading both ways it ends - I have to say both anime and manga are great for different reasons and they stand on their own.

Mood wise, like you said, hmmm....isn't there a famous one that started as a classic magic girl anime and then mindfucked everyone? I forget its name.
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Steins;Gate is one that most people know about. The first half is a lighthearted sci-fi/comedy/slice of life... thing, where you watch Okabe being awesomely weird. And then a dozen episodes in, everything goes to hell in a handbasket. I really like how it gets you interested in the characters first, then throws them into the fire.

Scrapped Princess pulls its genre switch off excellently as well. It seems like a straight-up fantasy adventure scenario at first. But there's so much more going on than that. I won't spoil anything, because it's a lesser-known title that I think deserves more attention than it gets: I recommend checking it out if you're intrigued.
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I would also recommend Scrapped Princess. I forgot that one.
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Medaka Box

Higurashi no naku koro ni

Umineko no naku koro ni

Anything by Key


Then again all of those series were pretty much planned to give a different impression of what those stories were about at the start. Sadly with Medaka Box and Umineko you don't get enough of an anime adaptation to realize that you don't have any idea what the real story is.
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School Days.
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Samurai Flamenco is currently changing directions at an astronomical pace. I have never watched a show that has had this many shifts in an anime series ever. So here are all of the times when the direction changes, which cover everything up to episode 18:



Pretty much, it begins as something that is delusional to being developmental, then to silly and then serious. Another change is coming, though I'm not sure which way it will go.
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Bakaneer wrote:

Samurai Flamenco is currently changing directions at an astronomical pace. I have never watched a show that has had this many shifts in an anime series ever. So here are all of the times when the direction changes, which cover everything up to episode 18:



Pretty much, it begins as something that is delusional to being developmental, then to silly and then serious. Another change is coming, though I'm not sure which way it will go.


Yeah this pretty much sums up my thoughts, but I still love this show
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Shin Sekai Yori changed quite dramatically actually. Looking at the cover you'd think it's some kiddy show except it's everything but. Kind of like Steins gate and Clannad, spends half the anime introducing the characters and the other half having crap hit the fan.
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Senyuu sort of changes directions. It starts off as pretty much a pure comedy with a vague, cliched premise and turns into a roller coaster ride of sudden serious drama interspersed with insane comedy, all held up by a surprisingly good plot. And then we get into chapter 2, which hasn't yet been adapted into an anime. It keeps the same drama-comedy roller coaster format, but it gets dark in some places. Really dark.



And then it switches back to insane deconstructive comedy. Rinse and repeat.
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