The heroes are also people, you know. To prove this point, that's what we first see: the heroes having a quiet time for their own, enjoy a cup of tea, Talk About The Weather, have a hobby, etc. And then... surprise! From out of nowhere, there are explosions, an alien invasion, an army of ninjas, buildings on fire, and Godzilla is on the loose! Gear up, it's time for the adventure! Those scenes allow to develop characters in non-action scenes, providing info that may be difficult to include during the action. Even characters that would eventually die can get this treatment, so that they are something more than an extra when their death takes place. May cause mild to extreme Mood Whiplash. Compare with Action Prologue, when the action starts right off the bat. Warning! The following examples may contain spoilers.
Trope examples:[[Asscaps: Anime and Manga]]:
- Done in the Bleach anime in the form of seemingly endless Filler before the big fight with Aizen.
- One of the few times in FLCL when Naota starts to just let go and enjoy his time with Haruhara, the giant hand looming over the Medical Mechanica plant comes back to life.
- In Kekkaishi, Yoshimori and Gen seem to have finally started to hit it off as friends. Kaguro kills Gen shortly after.
- In The Darkness Within, what seems like a touching reunion between Flare and his sister and Dragonair with Spark’s parents is only meeting them before they die.
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