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One-liners

  • Madotsuki has Charles Bonnet syndrome, exacerbated by a head injury suffered while riding a bicycle without a helmet.[1]
  • Yume Nikki takes place in the universe of Dilbert; in particular, Monoko is a product of the Dogbert Temp Agency or one of its subcontractors.[2]
  • The game's world is a film set, theatrical play, and/or puppet show.[3]

Extreme crackpot theories

  • Madotsuki's "Family Game" (ファミリィゲーム) console contains both a famiclone and a clone of a 16-bit console; she once owned a version of Lemmings for the 16-bit side, but the cartridge became lost, stolen, or damaged.[4]
    • Or, perhaps Madotsuki is a Lemming dreaming about what it would be like to be human; unfortunately, much of the Lemmings' knowledge about human life stems from often-violent fictional media. The NPCs drawn in super-deformed proportions are fellow Lemmings, and the more realistically-proportioned humanoids represent actual humans.

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Footnotes

  1. Charles Bonnet syndrome, now properly known as visual release hallucinations, often produces Lilliputian hallucinations similar to the Midget effect and leads to social isolation. See also the BBC's report on one case, in which the patient wrongly perceived water as blood.
    TODO: hair ripped out during the bicycle accident = bloodstains near the Mouth Monsters?
  2. The Dogbert Temp Agency arc, published on 2000 November 15–18, depicts a temporary employee created via genetic engineering by the titular agency. Other relevant strips include a hole-headed juror (2000 December 6; cf. Pirori and Nopperabou Witches) and an all-hands meeting (2007 July 9; cf. the Eyeball World and Staircase of Hands).
    TODO: Is Monoko's "normal" form the result of corrective surgery to remove her extra arms, or are we still playing along with the traffic-accident theory?
  3. Supporting the possibility of a performance being recorded on film, the Jellyfish vaguely resemble the hoods historically attached to large-format cameras, with the photographers' feet visible underneath, or incompletely-assembled reflectors or softboxes.
  4. The console's name is untranslated in the English fan translation and translated as "Famtendo Game" in the official English version for Windows. (The mobile ports just call it a "Video Game," presumably to comply with the policies of the respective platforms' app stores.)
    The console appears to have two cartridge slots. Although there exist famiclones with both 60-pin and 72-pin slots, the NES version of Lemmings was not officially released in Japan, and Lemmings itself was created rather late in the time that the authentic Famicom was contemporary; hence a legitimate cartridge would have to be for a 16-bit system. (TODO: "legitimate"? How common are pirate cartridges of NES Lemmings?)
    Among other things, experience with Lemmings would explain the appearance of the Midget effect, in particular why there can be more than one midget at a time and why the midgets explode so spectacularly.
    Cartridges traded with friends would count as "lost."