So, you have a long-running franchise. The franchise is well-known for its distinctive characters, world, or style. You learn of a brand new installment of the franchise and you decide to give it a look. It's just more of the same, right?
Wrong. The characters have to face the consequences of their actions. The world isn't working like it should. The style is nonexistent. What has happened to this beloved franchise?
This is what Self-Deconstruction is. It's when an installment of a franchise deconstructs and/or reconstructs a previous installment, if not the franchise as a whole. It's not unheard of as a side effect of Cerebus Syndrome
Needs a Better Description
. Definitely Needs More Examples
Anime and Manga
- Digimon Tamers, being most commonly described as "Evangelion for kids", lampshades, subverts, and disassembles several elements of the previous Digimon series, most notably the notion that Death Is Cheap.
- Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic 2 does this with the first game, as well as traditional RPG elements.
- Super Paper Mario. It frequently parodies, lampshades, and abuses the Super Mario series, Nintendo, fan boys, RPGs, the dimensionality of games, video game death, dating sims, nostalgia...am I forgetting anything? This continues to the point that it might be too much of a deconstruction...
- Pokémon Black and White (Needs better description)