Post Reply anime that changed theme/genre partway through that changed your opinion
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Posted 12/16/16 , edited 12/16/16
Have you ever watched an anime, and really got into it, then at some point in the series, maybe a season or even half a season in, it changed dramatically in theme/genre/tone, and that changed your opinion of the show for better or worse?

I'll give you an example. In Samurai Flamenco, it starts out with a model who wants to be a superhero in a world without superheroes. So, no fantasy, no superpowers, nothing. It's kinda light in the beginning, with him fighting really ordinary crimes, like purse snatchers, getting a little local fame for himself, pairing up with some kinda wacky people. But then it gets super super dark in a hurry and stays that way. I guess there was some stuff leading up to it, but the change was so dramatic that I just couldn't enjoy it anymore. Has this ever happened to you? What show was it?
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I think the same thing happens in Inou Battle in the Everyday Life, eventually, but the anime barely got up to that part in the novels?

As to whether it works or not, it depends on how it's handled. Two of my favorite series both start with battle scenes, then end up being mostly fantasy-bishounen slice-of-life comedy in the middle, but in the end, they return to those battles, and parts in the middle allude to what those battles are about, so it doesn't feel jarring, even though the characters are suddenly in mortal peril when two episodes ago it was about them cooking or putting on a show or something like that.

(the shows are /kamigami-no-asobi and /touken-ranbu/hanamaru, and they both need more love so check them out)
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Posted 12/16/16
Oreimo - wincest ftw
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Schwarzesmarken

The premise of the story was already dumb in the first place, but it was the perfect premise for cool and fun action. Aliens invade the planet and a special unit to fight them is created. The first episodes were very enjoyable and the mecha action was really fun, even though the pilot outfits of the girls were obviously made for fan service, but it really didn't bother me that much since Code Geass also had it's fair share of fan service but the story was still incredible. But Schwarzesmarken never had an intelligent story unlike Code Geass, and by episode 6 the show changed from mecha action to a generic harem, the harem aspects really started to show up in earlier episodes but the last minutes of episode 6 disappointed me so much that I stopped watching the anime.
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Full Metal Panic! makes a giant change mid way in the series, gets pretty dark.
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Trigun is a pretty good example. It starts off very goofy, but gradually changes into a much more serious series, which is a good change.

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle is a light-hearted adventure series most of the way through, then the final part of the story leaps into darkness. (The transition is more gradual in the manga.)

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Posted 12/16/16 , edited 2/1/17
Samurai Flamenco. I really liked it at first. It was the anime version of Kick-Ass and I thought it was a cool concept. But around episode 8 it got bat-shit bizarre and I dropped it. Still has an awesome OP.

I guess to a degree Dragon Ball goes from action/gag to full blown shonen battle.

Doesn't Medaka Box go from an odd jobs comedy to battle shonen?
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The second season of Higurashi is very different from the first.
It's not really a horror/mystery series anymore and the tone is very different.

But considering what the second seasons purpose is, it makes sense.
My opinion of the series didn't really change though, at least not negatively because knowing the whole story just made me love it even more!
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