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17th Apr '17 8:28:22 PM _____________
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* ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' is pretty hard on the brain. ''Anime/GhostInTheShell 2'' is harder on the brain than ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty''. ''[[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Stand Alone Complex]]'' discusses sociology and memes, and if you understood it fully the first time, you either already had an undergrad understanding of sociology, or earned one in the process of puzzling it out.
** While difficult enough at parts the comparatively lightweight anime series has a tendency to have characters spout plot points (often convoluted political situations) at an accelerated clip. It then rarely, if ever, repeats itself. Example: In 2nd Gig the full source of the title 'Individual Eleven' and its supposed contents are explained once. Despite coming in in multiple episodes before and after the explanation. The extent of the subtleties in these conversations are enough to quickly lose all but astute Political Science majors the first time through, much more so than the sociology and philosophy references. Not to mention being [[spoiler:ultimately a RedHerring]].

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* ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' is pretty hard on the brain. ''Anime/GhostInTheShell 2'' is harder on ''[[Anime/GhostInTheShell Ghost in the brain than ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty''. Shell 2: Innocence]]'', for example, is an intertextual rumination on posthumanism that requires an understanding of the works of people like [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Bellmer Hans Bellmer]] for proper comprehension.
** While being comparatively lightweight,
''[[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Stand Alone Complex]]'' discusses sociology and memes, and if you understood it fully the first time, you either already had an undergrad understanding of sociology, or earned one in the process of puzzling it out.
** While difficult enough at parts the comparatively lightweight anime series
out. It also has a tendency to have characters spout plot points (often convoluted political situations) at an accelerated clip. It then rarely, if ever, repeats itself. Example: In 2nd Gig the full source of the title 'Individual Eleven' and its supposed contents are explained once. Despite coming in in multiple episodes before and after the explanation. The extent of the subtleties in these conversations are enough to quickly lose all but astute Political Science majors the first time through, much more so than the sociology and philosophy references. Not to mention being [[spoiler:ultimately a RedHerring]].
8th Apr '17 6:56:35 AM TristanJeremiah
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[[caption-width-right:247: TheSnarkKnight reads "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Creator/EdgarAllanPoe, and TheDitz [[DontExplainTheJoke thinks it's a romance novel. ]]

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8th Apr '17 6:55:51 AM TristanJeremiah
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[[caption-width-right:247: TheSnarkKnight reads "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Creator/EdgarAllanPoe, and TheDitz thinks it's a romance novel. ]]

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24th Mar '17 12:48:34 PM BeerBaron
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* Similarly, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' contains books which question in obscure and cryptic terms the nature of games, the role of the player, and the meaning of life. One of the most prominent series of books consists of 36 volumes which must be cross-referenced with one another and deciphered. Unfortunately, understanding the lore of Tamriel is likely to just raise more questions.

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* Similarly, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' contains books which question in obscure and cryptic terms ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' has the nature ''36 Lessons of games, the role of the player, and the meaning of life. One of the most prominent Vivec'', [[InGameNovel a series of 36 sermons]] penned by the PhysicalGod himself. At first glance, they seem like the [[BlatantLies scribblings]] of a [[UnreliableNarrator mad man]]. However, if the books consists of 36 volumes which must be are cross-referenced with one another and deciphered. Unfortunately, understanding the lore deciphered, one finds a world of Tamriel is likely to just raise more questions.[[MetaphoricallyTrue Metaphorical Truths]], BreakingTheFourthWall, {{Anvilicious}}ness, TropesAreNotBad, and GettingCrapPastTheRadar with a sprinkling of InJoke.
10th Mar '17 8:36:43 AM kensu
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* One of the reasons why JohnnyDangerously has never caught on like other famous parody films from the same period ({{Airplane}} and {{Film/TopSecret}} for example) was because it was parodying a genre (the 1930s gangster movie) that had faded from the public consciousness. Not only had 50 years passed since the genre was at its height, its place in the American collective unconscious had been supplanted by TheGodfather and its derivatives. It's very strange to note that although the movie came out in 1984 and was a parody of gangster movies, that there wasn't a single reference to TheGodfather in it.
27th Feb '17 1:42:02 PM Statzkeen
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* Among the reasons that ''Series/PoliceSquad'' only lasted was season was that ABC thought it was guilty of this trope. According to ABC, the show required the viewer to pay too much attention in order to understand the humor. TV Guide called this "the most stupid reason a network ever gave for ending a series".
16th Feb '17 7:56:32 PM Jaro7788
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** In many non-English speaking circles, especially in continental Europe, an advanced grasp of at least written English is taken pretty much for granted and job annoucements sometimes won't even mention this particular requirement due to it being not as much as a highlight as lack thereof would be considered a disadvantage (just like nobody boasts of being able to read and write). If you were to post a link to a news article in English on, say, a Swedish gaming forum, even if any of the users actually needed a translation, chances are they wouldn't dare to ask for fear of humiliation.
16th Feb '17 7:40:56 PM Jaro7788
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* In ''Film/{{Stargate}}'', the Egyptologist character figures out how to speak the language of the humans found beyond the stargate in about five minutes of dialog with the native girl he later has a romance with. When another character expresses amazement that he cracked the language so quickly, he observes modestly that he just had to get the vowels right. This is hilarious, but to catch the humor you need to know arcane details about how the vowels of Ancient Egyptian were reconstructed by modern scholars. In short: while we can ''read'' Ancient Egyptian, there is little data on how it was ''pronounced'', and the sounds we assign the language today are probably off from what the actual language sounded like.

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* In ''Film/{{Stargate}}'', the Egyptologist character figures out how to speak the language of the humans found beyond the stargate in about five minutes of dialog with the native girl he later has a romance with. When another character expresses amazement that he cracked the language so quickly, he observes modestly that he just had to get the vowels right. This is hilarious, but to catch the humor you need to know arcane details about how the vowels of Ancient Egyptian were reconstructed by modern scholars. In short: while we can ''read'' Ancient Egyptian, there is little data on how it was ''pronounced'', and the sounds we assign the language today are probably off from what the actual language sounded like. That's exactly why you can hear Ra or Re used interchangeably, neither of which has been proven to be the genuine rendering of the god's original name (for all we know, it could just as well have been "Ro" or "Ri").
9th Feb '17 4:21:09 PM Benthelame
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** A fitting example would be the song entitled "When You're Traveling From Nantucket to Saint Paul." It's all about the relativity of time, our planet's closeness to the sun and when you'd arrive if you took a plane from one place to another. The difference is that the trio does not expect to be understood as evidenced by certain lyrics. Examples include:
-->'''Yakko and siblings:'''Time Is relative, dependent you can save it, you can spend it doing things you like to do or learning how. You can't see it, you can't taste it but you certainly can waste it which is really what were doing here right now.

The last stanza of the song seals the deal even further:

-->'''Yakko and siblings:'''So remember, when you're traveling from Nantucket to St. Paul,in that airport as you're staring at those clocks upon the wall, You should think about this song, my friend, And then you will recall...that it was mildly amusing, but then totally confusing and we bet you wish we never sung at all!


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9th Feb '17 3:44:42 AM lostbirdinatree
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* ''VideoGame/ToukenRanbu'' is based around Japanese swords, figures and history, so to the fans who get drawn in by the {{Bishonen}} or the anime adaptions it becomes an UnconventionalLearningExperience.
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