Interseason tonal shifts?
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So Yeah, watched the second half of "Freezing finally", and has there *ever* been a harsher shift of tone for a show?

Damn thing went from a fairly light-hearted ecchi/action number to a nightmare of human sacrifice and sensless agony.

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So I ask, you the anime people I talk to, what are some other examples of shows that shifted gears that hard or harder?
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Posted 12/1/14
tenjou tenge.

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Blood C. At the start you can kind of tell its going to be a darker, show but everything is more light up until the 6th episode...where everything... starts to go down hill.

And in my opinion... the biggest culprit of a tonal shift is Hunter X Hunter, during the chimera ant arc. shit got horrifically dark really fast; we went from seeing two best friends going on a fantastical adventure to one of those boys becoming severely mentally unstable from the utter loss of innocence and brutal reality of combat.
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Posted 12/1/14

AnimeKami wrote:
tenjou tenge.


Does my heart good to know that I am not the only one who remembers that show (and the manga that spawned it).

Witch Hunter Robin is probably going to turn up here sooner or later, but ...

... my submission is Irresponsible Captain Tylor. The later OAVs (the ones after An Exceptional Episode) are deadly serious, which comes across as really odd (though still enjoyable) for one of the funniest shows I have ever seen.
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Funny cause I was just watching Samurai Flamenco yesterday. The genre shift occurs so suddenly and a few episodes after the viewer stops expecting it.

There's also Reborn and Medaka Box who went from gag anime and slice of life respectively to battle shonen anime.
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windsagio wrote:
"Freezing finally"


Do you mean Freezing Vibration? If so that is because the manga is actually really harsh and the anime had deviated quite a lot from it up until that point when it decided to get back to being a bit closer to the source material.


As for other stuff that has a tonal shift there is Heaven's Lost Property. Goes from ecchi comedy to... well people die and you find out a prolific main cast member is already dead and the version all the characters know is her angeloid proxy body.

This one is for a show that hasn't aired this particular part of it yet but soon will be so I'll spoiler tag it.
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Posted 12/1/14

Kurodenki wrote:

Funny cause I was just watching Samurai Flamenco yesterday. The genre shift occurs so suddenly and a few episodes after the viewer stops expecting it.


such a random show well i enjoyed it nonetheless... but talk about genre shift
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Haven't seen Freezing, but Madoka Magica has a pretty famous tonal shift. Cute lighthearted magical girl show that rapidly turned south into the pit of despair and stayed there. Can't really think of anything else I've seen that was more significant than that at the moment. Although Clannad frequently went from super hilarious to super sad several times, if that counts.
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I think Steins;Gate is a decent example. There's not too much in the way of really serious content in the beginning; it's mostly a fun kind of weird early on. Then things get real, and there's suddenly a sense of desperation that wasn't really there before, along with a bit of darkness for good measure.
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Chrono Crusade sticks out in my mind. Goes from fairly light-hearted to serious and tragic about halfway through.... and that ending....... *sniffle*
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Myself; Yourself starts a light-hearted school rom-com, and turns pretty dark and tragic about half way through: child abuse, arson, animal sacrifice, attempted human sacrifice...

Trigun only takes about seven or so episodes to get there, but it goes from light-hearted action comedy to dark and tragic pretty dang sudden.

Clannad After Story does that too; the first season and first half of the second season do have their poignant moments, but doesn't do much to prepare you for what's coming.

And, while I haven't finished it yet so I'm just taking it by its reputation, MahoRomantic's second season is somewhat notorious for putting a dark spin on an otherwise light-hearted show.

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