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19th Jun '16 3:55:47 PM J79
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** It got really bad with the UK airings of "Merry Christmas Mordecai" and "Sad Sax". The UK gets the episodes a few months after they first air, but since Cartoon Network UK will only air Christmas episodes around Christmas, when they got to that point in the season, they skipped over MCM and went right to Sad Sax, despite the fact that Sad Sax is a direct sequel to MCM, likely confusing some viewers.
19th Jun '16 3:49:11 PM J79
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* RegularShow has fallen into this. Seasons 1-3 were pretty much stand-alone, but the premiere of Season 4, "Exit 9-B", involved almost every character who appeared in the show to that point. It arguably got worse with seasons 5 and up, with many episodes involving characters returning, and ongoing story arcs. There are still enough stand-alone episodes so it's not that bad, but to get the full experience you'd have to watch the earlier seasons (or at least the relevant episodes).
14th Jun '16 10:33:09 PM Madcowyup
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** If you ask any established fan of the series "where should I start", they will usually say "Start from the beginning, and don't skip any parts" in order to discourage continuity lockout as much as possible.
13th Jun '16 8:27:46 PM Adept
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* This was so prevalent with shonen anime & manga during the genre's boom in the late 90's and TheNoughties that it's viewed as a major factor in ending the craze. Because so many shonen series were LongRunners that heavily relied on continuity, trying to get into one of them midway through without any prior knowledge of the series's lore would be quite the hassle.
6th Jun '16 11:26:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/IsaacAsimov put the ''{{Foundation}}'' series on a decades-long hiatus in the 1950s in no small part because he found it tedious to work a synopsis of the previous stories in so that new readers would know what was going on. He also got fed up with having to reread the material himself to keep it consistent, not that it did him much good. A fan later handed him a long list of inconsistencies within the ''Foundation'' stories.

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov put the ''{{Foundation}}'' ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series on a decades-long hiatus in the 1950s in no small part because he found it tedious to work a synopsis of the previous stories in so that new readers would know what was going on. He also got fed up with having to reread the material himself to keep it consistent, not that it did him much good. A fan later handed him a long list of inconsistencies within the ''Foundation'' stories.
3rd Jun '16 11:19:02 AM SchizoNiko
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is developing what's perhaps the most continuity-heavy cartoon series in Western Animation. With only ten minutes per episode, the show tells an increasingly dense narrative by bringing up small details that get referenced and expanded upon with the expectation that the viewer will recognize and connect previous foreshadowing in a show that just doesn't have the time to recap them. The first half of season one isn't too bad as it's episodic enough that watching in broadcast order isn't strictly required to understand the premise; Steven is a young boy with magical powers that come from a pink quartz gem on his belly button and has adventures fighting Gem monsters with his maternal family of guardians called the Crystal Gems. Everything after [[WhamEpisode "Mirror Gem"]] however, and you'd better have a working knowledge of the show's mythology to grasp the significance of characters' actions. After season one, if you've not seen every episode by this point, you're going to be lost as the show expects viewers to recognize locations and plot points that might have only appeared once, dozens of episodes previously. It's to the point where most fans suggest newcomers not to watch Cartoon Network, as it's all too easy to be highly confused by random episodes. As one example, season three features it's premiere two-parter reintroducing [[spoiler:the watermelon Stevens, the Malachite fusion of Lapis Lazuli and Jasper fully formed and emerging from the ocean, Steven's empathetic powers and mental contact, the three-way fusion of the Crystal Gems, and the threat of the Cluster hatching in the Earth's core]], the last of these being the only event to feature a back-to-back plot.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is developing what's perhaps the most continuity-heavy cartoon series in Western Animation. With only ten minutes per episode, the show tells an increasingly dense narrative by bringing up small details that get referenced and expanded upon with the expectation that the viewer will recognize and connect previous foreshadowing in a show that just doesn't have the time to recap them. The first half of season one isn't too bad as it's episodic enough that watching in broadcast order isn't strictly required to understand the premise; Steven is a young boy with magical powers that come from a pink quartz gem on his belly button and has adventures fighting Gem monsters with his maternal family of guardians called the Crystal Gems. Everything after [[WhamEpisode "Mirror Gem"]] however, and you'd better have a working knowledge of the show's mythology to grasp the significance of characters' actions. After season one, if you've not seen every episode by this point, you're going to be lost as the show expects viewers to recognize locations and plot points that might have only appeared once, dozens of episodes previously. It's to the point where most fans suggest newcomers not to watch Cartoon Network, as it's all too easy to be highly confused by random episodes. As one example, season three features it's its premiere two-parter reintroducing [[spoiler:the watermelon Stevens, the Malachite fusion of Lapis Lazuli and Jasper fully formed and emerging from the ocean, Steven's empathetic powers and mental contact, the three-way fusion of the Crystal Gems, and the threat of the Cluster hatching in the Earth's core]], the last of these being the only event to feature a back-to-back plot.
3rd Jun '16 9:40:46 AM nombretomado
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* Anybody introduced to the ''[[Franchise/DotHack .hack]]'' series as an anime will run into a giant wall of Lock-Out. The two main anime series, ''Sign'' and ''Roots'', are actually ''prequels'' to the main stories which are told in two sets of PS2 games, and thus don't resolve any major plot points. The effect is even worse if you read the novels or manga, which are generally side stories or AlternateContinuity, with huge references to the main plotlines that aren't explained at all. The games leave some things unexplained (the system restart during the climax of ''Quarantine'' comes off as an enormous DeusExMachina... unless you watch ''Liminality'', which explains why that happened). In short, you're not going to understand this series unless you're prepared to read/watch/play ''all'' of it.

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* Anybody introduced to the ''[[Franchise/DotHack .hack]]'' series as an anime will run into a giant wall of Lock-Out. The two main anime series, ''Sign'' and ''Roots'', are actually ''prequels'' to the main stories which are told in two sets of PS2 [=PS2=] games, and thus don't resolve any major plot points. The effect is even worse if you read the novels or manga, which are generally side stories or AlternateContinuity, with huge references to the main plotlines that aren't explained at all. The games leave some things unexplained (the system restart during the climax of ''Quarantine'' comes off as an enormous DeusExMachina... unless you watch ''Liminality'', which explains why that happened). In short, you're not going to understand this series unless you're prepared to read/watch/play ''all'' of it.
1st Jun '16 7:17:16 PM skidoo23
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is absolutely unforgiving of latecomers. Even with the recaps that start each episode, there's not much that can be done to help somebody who is forced to remember events from Season 1, Episode 1 to make sense of half of Season 6, Episode 6. For their part the producers realize this and so the Blu-ray releases include optional on-screen concordances to help bring viewers up to speed on characters and locations.
29th May '16 6:42:14 AM DaibhidC
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* DiscussedTrope in ''Blog/TheComicsCurmugeon'', where Josh criticises a ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' strip for being [[http://joshreads.com/?p=6329 totally incomprehensible to new readers]], before realising that he came into ''BC'' late enough that the RunningGag in question was never actually explained to him either, but he picked it up somehow. He then follows it up with "a couple of comics and commentaries thereupon that probably wonít make any sense if you arenít a regular reader of this blog!" (One about Kaz's "sex dojo" in ''ComicStrip/GilThorp'' and one about "Finger-Quotin' Margo" in ''ComicStrip/Apartment3G''.)

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* DiscussedTrope in ''Blog/TheComicsCurmugeon'', ''Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon'', where Josh criticises a ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' strip for being [[http://joshreads.com/?p=6329 totally incomprehensible to new readers]], before realising that he came into ''BC'' late enough that the RunningGag in question was never actually explained to him either, but he picked it up somehow. He then follows it up with "a couple of comics and commentaries thereupon that probably wonít make any sense if you arenít a regular reader of this blog!" (One about Kaz's "sex dojo" in ''ComicStrip/GilThorp'' ''Gil Thorp'' and one about "Finger-Quotin' Margo" in ''ComicStrip/Apartment3G''.''ComicStrip/ApartmentThreeG''.)
29th May '16 6:39:04 AM DaibhidC
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* DiscussedTrope in ''Blog/TheComicsCurmugeon'', where Josh criticises a ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' strip for being [[http://joshreads.com/?p=6329 totally incomprehensible to new readers]], before realising that he came into ''BC'' late enough that the RunningGag in question was never actually explained to him either, but he picked it up somehow.

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* DiscussedTrope in ''Blog/TheComicsCurmugeon'', where Josh criticises a ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' strip for being [[http://joshreads.com/?p=6329 totally incomprehensible to new readers]], before realising that he came into ''BC'' late enough that the RunningGag in question was never actually explained to him either, but he picked it up somehow. He then follows it up with "a couple of comics and commentaries thereupon that probably wonít make any sense if you arenít a regular reader of this blog!" (One about Kaz's "sex dojo" in ''ComicStrip/GilThorp'' and one about "Finger-Quotin' Margo" in ''ComicStrip/Apartment3G''.)
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