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18th Jun '17 12:28:31 PM nombretomado
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Worse still, there is an exorbitant amount of [[AllThereInTheManual side materials]] which all manage to tie into the main plot. Whereas you could largely get by in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', ''[=BlazBlue=]''[='s=] predecessor, without these, they are ''crucial'' to understanding the ''[=BlazBlue=]'' universe. For starters, if you want to know why Hakumen is the man he is today and how [[spoiler:Hazama is able to prey on Tsubaki's jealousy of Noel]], that's where ''The Wheel of Fortune'' [[AudioAdaptation drama CD]] comes in. The ''Phase Shift'' light novels build up the underlying story of the Six Heroes and details the exploits of the Dark War's unsung hero, [[spoiler:a time-displaced Ragna the]] Bloodedge, not to mention that the fifth novel throws in [[SequelHook a hook]] for [[VideoGame/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma the third game]]. Even the overly {{fanservice}}y ''Remix Heart'' manga might end up influencing things down the road given the main character's friendship with three of the games' more prominent females, her status as [[spoiler:one of the Duodecim (the twelve families Jin, Tsubaki, and ''CP'' newcomer Kagura belong to)]], and [[spoiler:some rather MindScrew-laden visions of the future in later chapters]]. Luckily, members of the fandom have managed to translate and give synopses of these works, but if you don't bother doing your homework, you're going to have a hard time making sense of some of the more cryptic allusions. Central Fiction adds Naoto Kurogane, who was in the Bloodedge Experience light novels, Es from the XBlaze games, and Mai Natsume from the ''Manga/BlazblueRemixHeart'' manga. If you haven't read Naoto or Mai's stories (most likely not, as they were Japan-only) or played XBlaze light novel games, you won't realize why they're in the game.

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Worse still, there is an exorbitant amount of [[AllThereInTheManual side materials]] which all manage to tie into the main plot. Whereas you could largely get by in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', ''[=BlazBlue=]''[='s=] predecessor, without these, they are ''crucial'' to understanding the ''[=BlazBlue=]'' universe. For starters, if you want to know why Hakumen is the man he is today and how [[spoiler:Hazama is able to prey on Tsubaki's jealousy of Noel]], that's where ''The Wheel of Fortune'' [[AudioAdaptation drama CD]] comes in. The ''Phase Shift'' light novels build up the underlying story of the Six Heroes and details the exploits of the Dark War's unsung hero, [[spoiler:a time-displaced Ragna the]] Bloodedge, not to mention that the fifth novel throws in [[SequelHook a hook]] for [[VideoGame/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma the third game]]. Even the overly {{fanservice}}y ''Remix Heart'' manga might end up influencing things down the road given the main character's friendship with three of the games' more prominent females, her status as [[spoiler:one of the Duodecim (the twelve families Jin, Tsubaki, and ''CP'' newcomer Kagura belong to)]], and [[spoiler:some rather MindScrew-laden visions of the future in later chapters]]. Luckily, members of the fandom have managed to translate and give synopses of these works, but if you don't bother doing your homework, you're going to have a hard time making sense of some of the more cryptic allusions. Central Fiction adds Naoto Kurogane, who was in the Bloodedge Experience light novels, Es from the XBlaze ''VisualNovel/XBlaze'' games, and Mai Natsume from the ''Manga/BlazblueRemixHeart'' manga. If you haven't read Naoto or Mai's stories (most likely not, as they were Japan-only) or played XBlaze ''[=XBlaze=]'' light novel games, you won't realize why they're in the game.
18th Jun '17 12:05:21 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' takes the cake. Let's try and break down the storyline: no matter which character you play through the arcade mode with, each of them all end up having the same ending in which they just simply cannot stop the BigBad from unleashing his ultimate creation and getting one step closer to destroying all existence. But the thing is, each of these character endings all happened at the same time, because the BigBad is manipulating the laws of space and time to reset time over and over again, each time creating a new dimension in which he hopes the parameters will be just right where he can carry out his ultimate goal. Confused yet? It gets worse. On top of all those endings all happening at the same time, an overarching storyline continues to unfold in which each character has their own goals that they want to achieve. Some characters are just trying to live peaceful lives, some have become bounty hunters while trying to hunt down the most notorious criminal in the world, while he himself is just looking for someone's ass to kick, namely the BigBad. One girl is trying to figure out who she is, and eventually finds herself as the very center of all the crap that is happening. Meanwhile, the bad guy is trolling each and every last one of them, manipulating many of them and corrupting their ideals, making friends distrust each other, betray each other, and pull everyone's strings to the extent that everyone is about to just go straight up crazy. Somehow the main characters figure out the plot, band together, and defeat the big bad, but this was all part of his plan to make what is a computer equivalent of GOD overlooking the entire universe to divert its attention long enough for the big bad to take it over and advance his plan yet again.\\\

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* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' ''Franchise/BlazBlue'' takes the cake. Let's try and break down the storyline: no matter which character you play through the arcade mode with, each of them all end up having the same ending in which they just simply cannot stop the BigBad from unleashing his ultimate creation and getting one step closer to destroying all existence. But the thing is, each of these character endings all happened at the same time, because the BigBad is manipulating the laws of space and time to reset time over and over again, each time creating a new dimension in which he hopes the parameters will be just right where he can carry out his ultimate goal. Confused yet? It gets worse. On top of all those endings all happening at the same time, an overarching storyline continues to unfold in which each character has their own goals that they want to achieve. Some characters are just trying to live peaceful lives, some have become bounty hunters while trying to hunt down the most notorious criminal in the world, while he himself is just looking for someone's ass to kick, namely the BigBad. One girl is trying to figure out who she is, and eventually finds herself as the very center of all the crap that is happening. Meanwhile, the bad guy is trolling each and every last one of them, manipulating many of them and corrupting their ideals, making friends distrust each other, betray each other, and pull everyone's strings to the extent that everyone is about to just go straight up crazy. Somehow the main characters figure out the plot, band together, and defeat the big bad, but this was all part of his plan to make what is a computer equivalent of GOD overlooking the entire universe to divert its attention long enough for the big bad to take it over and advance his plan yet again.\\\



Worse still, there is an exorbitant amount of [[AllThereInTheManual side materials]] which all manage to tie into the main plot. Whereas you could largely get by in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', ''[=BlazBlue=]''[='s=] predecessor, without these, they are ''crucial'' to understanding the ''[=BlazBlue=]'' universe. For starters, if you want to know why Hakumen is the man he is today and how [[spoiler:Hazama is able to prey on Tsubaki's jealousy of Noel]], that's where ''The Wheel of Fortune'' [[AudioAdaptation drama CD]] comes in. The ''Phase Shift'' light novels build up the underlying story of the Six Heroes and details the exploits of the Dark War's unsung hero, [[spoiler:a time-displaced Ragna the]] Bloodedge, not to mention that the fifth novel throws in [[SequelHook a hook]] for [[VideoGame/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma the third game]]. Even the overly {{fanservice}}y ''Remix Heart'' manga might end up influencing things down the road given the main character's friendship with three of the games' more prominent females, her status as [[spoiler:one of the Duodecim (the twelve families Jin, Tsubaki, and ''CP'' newcomer Kagura belong to)]], and [[spoiler:some rather MindScrew-laden visions of the future in later chapters]]. Luckily, members of the fandom have managed to translate and give synopses of these works, but if you don't bother doing your homework, you're going to have a hard time making sense of some of the more cryptic allusions. Central Fiction adds Naoto Kurogane, who was in the Bloodedge Experience light novels, Es from the XBlaze games, and Mai Natsume from the BlazBlue Remix Heart manga. If you haven't read Naoto or Mai's stories (most likely not, as they were Japan-only) or played XBlaze light novel games, you won't realize why they're in the game.

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Worse still, there is an exorbitant amount of [[AllThereInTheManual side materials]] which all manage to tie into the main plot. Whereas you could largely get by in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', ''[=BlazBlue=]''[='s=] predecessor, without these, they are ''crucial'' to understanding the ''[=BlazBlue=]'' universe. For starters, if you want to know why Hakumen is the man he is today and how [[spoiler:Hazama is able to prey on Tsubaki's jealousy of Noel]], that's where ''The Wheel of Fortune'' [[AudioAdaptation drama CD]] comes in. The ''Phase Shift'' light novels build up the underlying story of the Six Heroes and details the exploits of the Dark War's unsung hero, [[spoiler:a time-displaced Ragna the]] Bloodedge, not to mention that the fifth novel throws in [[SequelHook a hook]] for [[VideoGame/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma the third game]]. Even the overly {{fanservice}}y ''Remix Heart'' manga might end up influencing things down the road given the main character's friendship with three of the games' more prominent females, her status as [[spoiler:one of the Duodecim (the twelve families Jin, Tsubaki, and ''CP'' newcomer Kagura belong to)]], and [[spoiler:some rather MindScrew-laden visions of the future in later chapters]]. Luckily, members of the fandom have managed to translate and give synopses of these works, but if you don't bother doing your homework, you're going to have a hard time making sense of some of the more cryptic allusions. Central Fiction adds Naoto Kurogane, who was in the Bloodedge Experience light novels, Es from the XBlaze games, and Mai Natsume from the BlazBlue Remix Heart ''Manga/BlazblueRemixHeart'' manga. If you haven't read Naoto or Mai's stories (most likely not, as they were Japan-only) or played XBlaze light novel games, you won't realize why they're in the game.
2nd Jun '17 6:22:35 AM Creek719
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* [[Anime/HyperdimensionNeptunia The Hyperdimension Neptunia anime]] seems to have been made with the assumption that the viewer has already played the games, and thus does little in terms of world building or establishing characters and their relationships. It's not ''impossible'' to follow along without having played the games, but important plot points, such as the alternate dimension Plutia and Peashy are from, recieve less of an explanation than one might expect.


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* [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigazagged]] with the ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' series. The canon games (the ones that further the storyline) open with both {{Narration}} and one of the main characters BreakingTheFourthWall to explain how the world works, who the main characters are, important plot points from previous games, etc. The non-canon spinoff games, on the other hand, seem to expect you to have played the canon games and know who the characters are, since they liberally use concepts and terminology from TheVerse with little explanation.
29th May '17 12:13:27 PM DustSnitch
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* ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'': [[spoiler:Knowledge of ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', the Jamie Reyes "Reach invasion" arc of ''ComicBook/BlueBeetle'', and so on are required for anything to make sense. God help you if you are a casual comic reader who's heard of this major DC Comics un-reboot and is trying to use this as an introduction to the DCU.]]

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* ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'': [[spoiler:Knowledge Knowledge of ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', the Jamie Reyes "Reach invasion" arc of ''ComicBook/BlueBeetle'', and so on are required for anything to make sense. God help you if you are a casual comic reader who's heard of this major DC Comics un-reboot and is trying to use this as an introduction to the DCU.]]
25th May '17 12:59:59 PM Freezer
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* ''Podcast/TheBlackGuyWhoTips'': Since all but the last ten episodes are behind a paywall, most of the show's injokes and references are lost on newer listeners. (Example: You would have to be a regular listener since 2013 to know what "The Dudebros" is all about). Though Rod and Karen will occasionally re-explain some things (Like what "Bulletball" is).
13th May '17 6:07:02 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{StarCraft}}'':

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12th May '17 7:01:07 PM Aipom-pom
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* ''Franchise/KagerouProject'': The series' beginnings as a series of character-driven ([[HyperlinkStory and seemingly unrelated]]) songs - with only minimal information released by the project's creator - has lead to a lot of new fans feeling alienated due to the complexity of the whole plot (made worse by the fact that the songs don't have an official order), and the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters contained therein. Even the series' other adaptations provide issues, as the manga is still incomplete, [[NoExportForYou the novels have no official translation]], and the anime (while complete and comprehensive) leaves significant gaps and relies on viewers knowing at least a little about the project and its characters before viewing.

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* ''Franchise/KagerouProject'': The series' beginnings as a series of character-driven ([[HyperlinkStory and seemingly unrelated]]) songs - with only minimal information released by the project's creator - has lead to a lot of new fans feeling alienated due to the complexity of the whole plot (made worse by the fact that the songs don't have an official order), and the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters contained therein. Even the series' other adaptations provide issues, as the manga is still incomplete, [[NoExportForYou the novels have no official translation]], incomplete and the anime (while complete and comprehensive) leaves significant gaps and relies on viewers knowing at least a little about the project and its characters before viewing.
11th May '17 4:41:41 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* The third ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movie is next to impossible to follow if you haven't seen the [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion original series]]. For one thing, most of the {{Continuity Nod}}s[=/=]{{Mythology Gag}}s make no sense otherwise, and the revelation that [[spoiler:Kaworu is the final Angel]] comes out of nowhere.

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* The third ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movie is next to impossible to follow if you haven't seen the [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion original series]]. For one thing, most the vast majority of the {{Continuity Nod}}s[=/=]{{Mythology Nod}}s and {{Mythology Gag}}s make no sense otherwise, and the revelation that [[spoiler:Kaworu is the final Angel]] comes out of nowhere.
10th May '17 1:34:25 AM LondonKdS
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** This trope is often blamed as one of the contributing factors to the cancellation of the original series. Amongst a lot of other issues that the show was facing at the time, the fact that a fairly large portion of the stories broadcast during the early-to-mid 1980s seemed to hinge upon the audience being aware of characters, events and storylines which hadn't been seen for upwards of ten or even twenty years didn't make the show any easier to watch. Matters weren't helped by the fact that this was well before VHS and DVD was prominent enough to allow [[BetterOnDVD people to catch up on the old stuff]], ''and'' that a lot of this old stuff had been deleted from the archives anyway, meaning that even if the technology had existed, the original material didn't. While the show eventually got better about this and later stories tended to either downplay the continuity references or incorporate them more effectively (particularly during the 1987-1989 seasons), the damage had arguably been done since the ratings had fallen drastically by this point.

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** This trope is often blamed as one of the contributing factors to the cancellation of the original series. Amongst a lot of other issues that the show was facing at the time, the fact that a fairly large portion of the stories broadcast during the early-to-mid 1980s seemed to hinge upon the audience being aware of characters, events and storylines which hadn't been seen for upwards of ten or even twenty years didn't make the show any easier to watch. Matters weren't helped by the fact that this was well before VHS and DVD was prominent enough to allow [[BetterOnDVD [[ArchiveBinge people to catch up on the old stuff]], ''and'' that a lot of this old stuff had been deleted from the archives anyway, meaning that even if the technology had existed, the original material didn't. While the show eventually got better about this and later stories tended to either downplay the continuity references or incorporate them more effectively (particularly during the 1987-1989 seasons), the damage had arguably been done since the ratings had fallen drastically by this point.
29th Apr '17 9:17:13 AM RavenWilder
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** Goes to another level in Season 2, where the Legends are fighting a VillainTeamUp of bad guys who are ''also'' all from ''The Flash'' and ''Arrow'', a new main character is introduced who's the ancestor of the hero from ''WesternAnimation/{{Vixen}}'', and the show's first full crossover with ''Arrow'', ''TheFlash'', and ''Series/Supergirl'' occurs.

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** Goes to another level in Season 2, where the Legends are fighting a VillainTeamUp of bad guys who are ''also'' all from ''The Flash'' and ''Arrow'', a new main character is introduced who's the ancestor of the hero from ''WesternAnimation/{{Vixen}}'', and the show's first full crossover with ''Arrow'', ''TheFlash'', ''The Flash'', and ''Series/Supergirl'' ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'' occurs.
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