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Basic Trope: A game, movie, etc, has no plot or story, it's just about the experience.

  • Straight: In the Touhou-styled Bullet Hell game Editing of Magical Self-Redaction (Or EoMSR for short), you control a heroine fighting other danmaku-throwing characters for no particular reason.
  • Exaggerated: EoMSR not only has no plot attached, it has no narrative or defined characters, it's just a mood piece.
  • Downplayed: EoMSR has an Excuse Plot mentioned in the manual, but it's never expanded in-game.
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  • Justified: People play games for fun and the experience, so, no story is necessary.
  • Inverted: EoMSR is a Visual Novel-styled game with a deep story, and it focuses in the story rather than in gameplay.
  • Subverted:
    • Despite not telling anything throughout the game, the ending somehow tries to explain your heroine's reasons to fight other characters.
    • The developers made an official manga which explains the story.
  • Double-Subverted:
    • But abruptly it ends with a black screen and the words "Congratulations. THE END."
    • The manga is nothing but a bunch of fanservice.
  • Parodied: EoMSR is an incoherent mess of stages, where the setting, and sometimes the rules, the bosses, and the gameplay itself, change abruptly, leaving the player really confused.
  • Zigzagged: Expanding the Parodied example, EoMSR has no introduction, but it regularly gives vague hints about the reasons of your heroine in random cutscenes, and it has No Ending, or at worst, a Gainax Ending.
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  • Averted: EoMSR has a good balance between story and gameplay, as it unfolds the story in cutscenes between stages.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Why am I fighting?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The programmers want to tell a story through their game, so they focused their efforts on the plot, the characters and the narrative (Of course, without being careless about the gameplay).
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "EoMSR is an excellent Bullet Hell game, although It'd have been great if they explained why the heroine is fighting all those characters with danmaku".
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  • Deconstructed: EoMSR fans had hopes of a good story; however, when all they got was an Excuse Plot, they detracted from the game, keeping other Gamers from even trying it.
  • Reconstructed: ... but eventually, gamers decide to give EoMSR a second chance, and they discover that, despite its lack of plot, it's actually a great, yet really hard, Bullet Hell game, and EoMSR becomes a Cult Classic. Alternatively, the sequel to [=Eo MSR] finally has a real plot, attracting the fans back to the series.

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