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16th Apr '16 8:48:54 AM chc232323
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** D&D is the TropeMaker or TropeCodifier for so many mechanics in games that its influence in modern games almost can't be exaggerated. However, it also repeatedly busted its own genre in terms of setting. Early D&D was often associated with very Tolkien-esque fantasy, usually by those who neither read their Tolkien to realize he wrote plenty of very dark fantasy with many of the DarkerAndEdgier themes usually credits to more current authors (see TheChildrenOfHurin for a discussion), nor those who know their D&D history.
*** City-states caught in a CrapSackWorld of realpolitik which deconstructs the ShiningCity, full of anti-heroes? You're looking at Greyhawk.
*** Perhaps you'd like to do some mix of body horror, gothic horror, religious horror, and cosmic horror? Maybe innovate with dark ideas like having the player characters murdered by dopplegangers and replaced until they can't trust each other or die in terrible ways and be forced to rise as the living dead? Ravenloft has been doing this since 1983.
*** Want to take SpaceIsAnOcean to its logical extreme and sail pirate ships through space on winds of magic so you can have a PlanetaryRomance fantasy RPG? Spelljammer did it in 1989.
*** In 1991, DarkSun did a dying DeathWorld drained of life by magic, forsaken by the gods, and made it such a CrapSackWorld, the halflings went cannibal and will eat you.
*** Perhaps a snarky Deconstruction using a Victorian steampunk aesthetic, allowing you to jump through a multiverse where AllMythsAreTrue and GodsNeedPrayerBadly, where the celestial beings are usually on the verge of being a FallenAngel, using a CityOfAdventure which is what would happen if Dickensian London was overrun by the FantasyKitchenSink as a vehicle for inter-dimensional travel? Planescape, 1994.
*** To heck with it; make each PlayerCharacter a dragon instead of an adventurer and entangle them in ancient rivalries and conflicts between their fellow dragon breeds in a democracy that runs a little like the Roman Senate? Council of Wyrms, also 1994.
*** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dungeons_%26_Dragons_campaign_settings And many more,]] as detailed by TheOtherWiki.
16th Apr '16 8:10:43 AM chc232323
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** Japanese kawaii metal band LADYBABY defies easy classification, as it's a band that wholeheartedly embraces kawaii culture and blurs grindcore and its screaming vocals and lightning riffs, J-pop and its upbeat, heavily electronic beats and hooks, lyrics that are safe for fairly young children, and an aesthetic that has the band dressing like Sailor Moon knock-offs. The three fronts for the band wear supremely cute lolli-inspired outfits. Two of them, Rie Kaneko and Rei Kuromiya, are 19 and 16 year old Japanese females (as of 2016), while the third, Rick Magarey, is a bearded Australian cross-dressing professional wrestler in his early thirties - and he's the one with pig tails. Kaneko and Kuromiya deliver their vocals with the perky, high, very feminine sound you expect from the poppiest of J-pop while Magarey delivers his vocals with a scream you might expect from grindcore bands like NapalmDeath or Brutal Truth. It's a strange mix best experienced for oneself, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhT2-oX5kzk so here's a link to one of their songs on their official Youtube channel]].
12th Apr '16 7:22:54 PM Piando
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* LisaTheFoxFairy : is it a thriller? A supernatural horror? A slapstick comedy? A romantic movie? Or maybe all of them?

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* LisaTheFoxFairy Film/LisaTheFoxFairy : is it a thriller? A supernatural horror? A slapstick comedy? A romantic movie? Or maybe all of them?



* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'' is generally described along the lines of "UrbanFantasy" mixed with an action genre, or "a sequel to ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' several decades down the timeline". But, it is rare for urban fantasy to be set in a full-blown ConstructedWorld, and only in the first season the show's actually confined to an urban environment. The overall aesthetic and background details resemble DieselPunk, but unlike for (what currently passes for) the genre standards, the centrality of the supernatural element moves it at least as close to DungeonPunk. And as a SequelSeries, it retains the SupernaturalMartialArts and messianic hero as crucial parts of the franchise, in spite of them better suited for the old epic fantasy format. Altogether, the series could qualify as honorary member of NewWeird movement, but even then breaking the stale genre conventions wasn't ever the point -- which leads us back to defining its genre by its relation to the original series.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is generally described along the lines of "UrbanFantasy" mixed with an action genre, or "a sequel to ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' several decades down the timeline". But, it is rare for urban fantasy to be set in a full-blown ConstructedWorld, and only in the first season the show's actually confined to an urban environment. The overall aesthetic and background details resemble DieselPunk, but unlike for (what currently passes for) the genre standards, the centrality of the supernatural element moves it at least as close to DungeonPunk. And as a SequelSeries, it retains the SupernaturalMartialArts and messianic hero as crucial parts of the franchise, in spite of them better suited for the old epic fantasy format. Altogether, the series could qualify as honorary member of NewWeird movement, but even then breaking the stale genre conventions wasn't ever the point -- which leads us back to defining its genre by its relation to the original series.
12th Apr '16 8:30:03 AM themanwithathousandtabs
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* It's a [[{{Sentai}} Super Sentai show]], it's a [[{{MagicalGirl}} Magical Girl show]], it's a [[{{DeconReconSwitch}} psychological deconstruction and reconstruction of the superhero genre!]] It's Anime/SamuraiFlamenco!
** Samurai Flamenco is so [[{{GenreShift}} complex]] and [[{{MidSeasonTwist}} surprising]] that it is more like getting four different shows for the price of one.

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* It's a [[{{Sentai}} Super Sentai show]], it's a [[{{MagicalGirl}} Magical Girl show]], it's a [[{{DeconReconSwitch}} psychological deconstruction and reconstruction of the superhero genre!]] It's Anime/SamuraiFlamenco!
** Samurai Flamenco
Anime/SamuraiFlamenco! As well as taking elements from several Japanese super hero genres, this anime has elements of PsychologicalHorror, Romance, SliceOfLife, a BuddyCopShow, and more. The plot is so [[{{GenreShift}} complex]] and [[{{MidSeasonTwist}} surprising]] that it is more like getting four different shows for the price of one. one.
12th Apr '16 8:00:36 AM themanwithathousandtabs
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* It's a [[{{Sentai}} Super Sentai show]], it's a [[{{MagicalGirl}} Magical Girl show]], it's a [[{{DeconReconSwitch}} psychological deconstruction and reconstruction of the superhero genre!]] It's Anime/SamuraiFlamenco!
**Samurai Flamenco is so [[{{GenreShift}} complex]] and [[{{MidSeasonTwist}} surprising]] that it is more like getting four different shows for the price of one.
14th Mar '16 11:57:18 PM H2SO4
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* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'' is generally described along the lines of "UrbanFantasy", or "a sequel to ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' several decades down the timeline". But, it is rare for urban fantasy to be set in a full-blown ConstructedWorld, and only in the first season the show's actually confined to an urban environment. The overall aesthetic and background details resemble DieselPunk, but unlike for (what currently passes for) the genre standards, the centrality of the supernatural element moves it at least as close to DungeonPunk. And as a SequelSeries, it retains the SupernaturalMartialArts and messianic hero as crucial parts of the franchise, in spite of them better suited for the old epic fantasy format. Altogether, the series could qualify as honorary member of NewWeird movement, but even then breaking the stale genre conventions wasn't ever the point -- which leads us back to defining its genre by its relation to the original series.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'' is generally described along the lines of "UrbanFantasy", "UrbanFantasy" mixed with an action genre, or "a sequel to ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' several decades down the timeline". But, it is rare for urban fantasy to be set in a full-blown ConstructedWorld, and only in the first season the show's actually confined to an urban environment. The overall aesthetic and background details resemble DieselPunk, but unlike for (what currently passes for) the genre standards, the centrality of the supernatural element moves it at least as close to DungeonPunk. And as a SequelSeries, it retains the SupernaturalMartialArts and messianic hero as crucial parts of the franchise, in spite of them better suited for the old epic fantasy format. Altogether, the series could qualify as honorary member of NewWeird movement, but even then breaking the stale genre conventions wasn't ever the point -- which leads us back to defining its genre by its relation to the original series.
13th Mar '16 11:10:15 AM VVK
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* Stephen King's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' book series isn't your typical King material, and it definitely isn't a typical Western story. Hell, in the context of storytelling, it arguably isn't really a typical anything. It's fairly well described by Torg's description of his own "greatest comic book of all time" in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' -- "a cowboy-western-psychological-horror-action-romance-thriller" -- except that you should really add "fantasy" to that mix.

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* Stephen King's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' book series isn't your typical King material, and it definitely isn't a typical Western story. Hell, in the context of storytelling, it arguably isn't really a typical anything. It's fairly well described by Torg's description of his own "greatest comic book of all time" in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' -- "a cowboy-western-psychological-horror-action-romance-thriller" -- except that you should really add "fantasy" to that mix.that's missing its perhaps main genre of fantasy.
2nd Mar '16 9:17:37 PM MaxwellDaring
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* ''Literature/ASymphonyOfEternity is a {{Space Opera}}/{{High Fantasy}}/{{Black Comedy}} meta-fictional delight. The books follow galactic war fought in a universe where magic instead of technology is used, it contains elements of military sf, {{Literature/Discworld}} like humour, {{Literature/Flashman}}esque protagonits with bits of {{ComicBook/Sandman}}-like meta-fiction, [[HPLovecraft Lovecratian Horror]],historical fiction and use of many examples of [[FictionalDocument]] for WorldBuilding and {{Tolstoy}} quality level of sufering and existentialism and nihilism, with a dash of optimism and hope for the future, all the while being a brutal {{Deconstruction}} and {{Reconstruction}} of itself all at the same time. And it is [[TropesAreNotBad GLORIOUS!]]


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* ''Literature/ASymphonyOfEternity is a {{Space Opera}}/{{High Fantasy}}/{{Black Comedy}} meta-fictional delight. The books follow galactic war fought in a universe where magic instead of technology is used, it contains elements of military sf, {{Literature/Discworld}} like humour, {{Literature/Flashman}}esque protagonits with bits of {{ComicBook/Sandman}}-like meta-fiction, [[HPLovecraft Lovecratian Horror]],historical fiction and use of many examples of [[FictionalDocument]] for WorldBuilding and {{Tolstoy}} quality level of sufering and existentialism and nihilism, with a dash of optimism and hope for the future, all the while being a brutal {{Deconstruction}} and {{Reconstruction}} of itself all at the same time. And it is [[TropesAreNotBad GLORIOUS!]]
29th Feb '16 10:32:03 AM TokyoByNight
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* Music/{{Hacktivist}} is known for being very hard to pin down. They're possibly the only band that can fall under separate genres such as [[HipHop Grime]], RapMetal, {{Djent}}, and NuMetal all at once. They also avoid the [[BaseBreaker divisive]] or outright [[TheScrappy hated]] status that's often assigned to bands of the latter three genres, due to the instrumental prowess, the complex rap delivery that completely averts PissTakeRap and doesn't feel out of place at all (helped by the fact that they maintain their British accents), and the variety of mature lyrical themes relating to politics, conspiracy theories, corruption, and anarchy.
11th Feb '16 3:29:01 AM apm483@gmail.com
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* ''[[LightNovel/SwordArtOnline SAO]]'' is a love story in a sci-fi setting, with harem, medieval fantasy, mythology, detective fiction and post-apocalypse in between.
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