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Anime's that start out cute and ends darkly?
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Posted 3/22/14 , edited 3/22/14

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Shin Sekai Yori might be up your alley.

I'll confirm that Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni is a must watch. Wish I could say the same thing about the Umineko no Naku Koro Ni anime, but its incomplete and doesn't live up to its source material. Not that its completely horrible mind you, but its a shell of what it needs to be for you to even get what you are watching. It might be worth checking out for you though as all of the no Naku Koro Ni works by 07th expansion are intentionally contrasted heavily by the serious and the goofy, which works pretty good imo as it allows you to connect and care about characters a lot more when things go downhill.


The first game\arc was really good.
Assuming we're talking about Umineko here. Yeah the anime is not so bad if you don't think too deeply about it. The problem is you have an outside studio that almost assuredly has no idea what was really inside the "catbox" and pretty much everything, almost literally, in that story has significance, so there's inconsistencies that the studio doesn't even know are inconsistencies. I mean putting the wrong mood on a scene can change its significance. Many people complain about the pacing of the earlier parts of the VN arcs saying they are boring and pointless, and then go back later and read them again after finishing the series and have their minds blown reading them again.

Even people who have finished the entire VN don't necessarily know what happened unless they think about it(and everything does make sense if you can figure out how to step back and see the funhouse mirror you are looking at), and I'm of the opinion that the full story hasn't been discovered yet, as there are things that I don't think people considered especially after they found the "answers" they wanted to find. I'm pretty sure there is a third ending that Ryukishi didn't show and that is something that he wants us, and I think Tohya to figure out.

It can be good if you just watch it for what it is though, but you can't really expect for it to tell you the story its trying to tell. If anything I encourage people to check it out if only to get people interested in it, and maybe if they do they'll think about actually pick up the manga adaptation, which was good, or even try reading the VN which was amazing if you are patient enough get past the artwork(it grows on you though. The PS3 version is way better in that department but its a pain in the ass to acquire and set up comparitively), although the soundtrack for the VN is incredible.

EDIT: Not to mention the anime has spawned some of the most hilarious fan spoofs ever.
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Dunno if this has been suggested or not but there's Bokurano.
There's actually quite a few references to Bokurano in Madoka Magica so if you're a fan of Madoka Magica you may want to check it out.
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Posted 3/22/14

AsahinaInu wrote:


BeyondTheGrave007 wrote:


AsahinaInu wrote:

Shin Sekai Yori might be up your alley.

I'll confirm that Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni is a must watch. Wish I could say the same thing about the Umineko no Naku Koro Ni anime, but its incomplete and doesn't live up to its source material. Not that its completely horrible mind you, but its a shell of what it needs to be for you to even get what you are watching. It might be worth checking out for you though as all of the no Naku Koro Ni works by 07th expansion are intentionally contrasted heavily by the serious and the goofy, which works pretty good imo as it allows you to connect and care about characters a lot more when things go downhill.


The first game\arc was really good.
Assuming we're talking about Umineko here. Yeah the anime is not so bad if you don't think too deeply about it. The problem is you have an outside studio that almost assuredly has no idea what was really inside the "catbox" and pretty much everything, almost literally, in that story has significance, so there's inconsistencies that the studio doesn't even know are inconsistencies. I mean putting the wrong mood on a scene can change its significance. Many people complain about the pacing of the earlier parts of the VN arcs saying they are boring and pointless, and then go back later and read them again after finishing the series and have their minds blown reading them again.

Even people who have finished the entire VN don't necessarily know what happened unless they think about it(and everything does make sense if you can figure out how to step back and see the funhouse mirror you are looking at), and I'm of the opinion that the full story hasn't been discovered yet, as there are things that I don't think people considered especially after they found the "answers" they wanted to find. I'm pretty sure there is a third ending that Ryukishi didn't show and that is something that he wants us, and I think Tohya to figure out.

It can be good if you just watch it for what it is though, but you can't really expect for it to tell you the story its trying to tell. If anything I encourage people to check it out if only to get people interested in it, and maybe if they do they'll think about actually pick up the manga adaptation, which was good, or even try reading the VN which was amazing if you are patient enough get past the artwork(it grows on you though. The PS3 version is way better in that department but its a pain in the ass to acquire and set up comparitively), although the soundtrack for the VN is incredible.

EDIT: Not to mention the anime has spawned some of the most hilarious fan spoofs ever.

I forgot too add Umineko in my sentence. XD Yeah, I completely agree with you.

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Since everyone already mentioned Higurashi, OP mentioned Madoka & Steins;Gate, and Takes-too-long-to-be-murdered-sexual-assault-protagonist Days was mentioned several times, I'll go with ones that are much lighter in spirit:

Space Runaway Ideon,
Mobile Suit Zeta & Double Zeta Gundam,
Full Moon wo Sagashite,
Mahoromatic.
Oh.. and Robotics;Notes.

All of them change gradually, but it's something different, I suppose. You can't exactly go in expecting something dark.

It's more like you're watching shows with an alternate climax or different approach from the ultra common and highly unrealistic "Everyone is excitedly teaming up to take on adversity during our exciting 'ultra original' climax thankz 2 the Powah of friendshipz"


I'm glad someone else has seen Space Runaway Ideon!! Hey cute kids show where they get a mecha! What could possibly go wrong??

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Posted 3/22/14

AsahinaInu wrote:

Shin Sekai Yori might be up your alley.

I'll confirm that Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni is a must watch. Wish I could say the same thing about the Umineko no Naku Koro Ni anime, but its incomplete and doesn't live up to its source material. Not that its completely horrible mind you, but its a shell of what it needs to be for you to even get what you are watching. It might be worth checking out for you though as all of the no Naku Koro Ni works by 07th expansion are intentionally contrasted heavily by the serious and the goofy, which works pretty good imo as it allows you to connect and care about characters a lot more when things go downhill.


^^This
Im actually watching Shin Sekai Yori right now and its amazing, the art style is really cool and the premise is unique. Higurashi still is one of my all time favorite and it keep me on the end of my seat throughout the whole series.
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when seagulls cry
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Rumbling hearts. Starts off school life romance and gets verry real verry fast. And you don't have to wait 12 episodes while they drag out the buildup till they finally hold hands
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when seagulls cry


More like ''When the Sea-Cats Cry''
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Maybe you'd like "Another" ?
It starts off seemingly normal and then it's just like nope let me run your life.
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Hmm...

Shin Sekai Yori
Shadow Star Narutaru (It gets really messed up)
Durarara!! (But it doesn't get gory or bloody or any of that)
Higurashi
Shiki (but it jumps into it right away)
School Days
Deadman Wonderland (but like Shiki it jumps the gun rather quickly)
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Hunter x Hunter.

It starts with our cute little Gon along with his cute little friends Killua, Kurapika, and add a dasing Leorio going on an adventure. Shit hits the fan and suddenly the cuteness dies as the series progress.
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School Days. Feels like your typical happy-go-lucky school life romantic comedy especially with how cheery the opening is, but yeah...things get pretty dark and real later on
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No mentions for Mawaru Penguindrum yet? That show totally fits the bill: the first half of the show is very lighthearted and comedic, but then gradually delves into psychological mindf*** and some pretty dark, heavy, and downright cruel material as the truths behind character relationships are revealed.
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Hunter x Hunter.

It starts with our cute little Gon along with his cute little friends Killua, Kurapika, and add a dasing Leorio going on an adventure. Shit hits the fan and suddenly the cuteness dies as the series progress.


I second this.

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