Playing With: Pinch Me
Basic Trope: If this is just a dream, then one may wake up and get out.
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- Exaggerated: Hikari has so many dreams that she always asks her friends to slap her, to check if she is in a dream.
- Downplayed: Hikari wakes up at the beginning of her dream.
- Justified: Hikari always tries to quit her dreams before they become nightmares.
- Inverted: Hikari can always go to bed to escape her life, but she can't wake from dreams.
- Hikari wakes in her own bed, but this is still a dream. She woke from the Dream Within a Dream.
- Hikari pinches herself and feels pain, but this is still a dream. She dreamed the pain.
- Hikari finds a ¥10000 note in her pocket, so this is a dream; but Shiro put a real note there, so That Was Not A Dream.
- Double Subverted: Hikari dreams that Shiro put a real note there. So she is dreaming that her dream is not a dream.
- Parodied: Hikari quits her dream by throwing herself in front of a train. Too bad, this is not a dream. She dies.
- Zig Zagged: Hikari wakes from her dream, Or Was It a Dream?
- Averted: The alarm clock wakes Hikari from her dream.
- Enforced: The network refuses to show violence, so the scene must end before the kaiju stomps on Hikari.
- Lampshaded: The kaiju stomps on Hikari, then asks her if she feels the pain. She says no. So the kaiju explains that Hikari must be in a dream.
- Invoked: Shiro slaps Hikari to prove that Hikari is not dreaming.
- Exploited: Shiro puts a ¥10000 note in Hikari's pocket so that she will believe that she is dreaming, when she is not.
- Defied: Hikari remembers that kaiju are not real, and knows that she can wake up, but she decides to stay in her dream.
- Discussed: Shiro tells Hikari that if she has a nightmare, she can wake up.
- Conversed: The book Parenting for Dummies recommends that parents teach their children that if they have a nightmare, they can wake up.
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