User:Eighty5cacao/misc/WMG dump/headscratcher hooks
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If Richter defeats Shaft in stage 6 before returning to stage 2 to rescue Maria, he finds Maria lying on the ground. Ordinarily, she would have been held up by Shaft's magic beam; was Shaft nice enough to shut it off cleanly, or did he let her hit the ground like a ton of bricks?
TODO: Check the original Rondo of Blood
If the titular protagonist lost her hair for medical reasons, what substitute would she find for the function that it originally served?
- This section covers only the original game, not any subsequent adaptations. This is important especially in regard to the graphical proportions of characters or settings.
- If one of the air-conditioning units in Madotsuki's apartment needed repair or replacement, what would happen? Do such maintenance people even exist in this universe? (The building has no other visible occupants even though it has multiple AC units, and no other buildings are visible from it.) Are the AC units hiding something sinister?
- When Madotsuki dreams of riding her bicycle, why doesn't the dream include a helmet? Does this mean she has already suffered a head injury?
- Madotsuki's "Family Game" (ファミリィゲーム) console[fg 1] appears to have two cartridge slots. In addition to being a famiclone, does it also support cartridges for a 16-bit system?
- Why does Madotsuki keep her dream diary on paper rather than using a tape recorder or other electronic storage medium? The knee-jerk response is, "for the same reason her game console is a Famicom": Either the time period is the mid-eighties, or Madotsuki's (unseen) parents or guardians are unwilling or unable to buy technology that is more modern. However, I have just established that the console is probably a famiclone rather than a legitimate Famicom, so this argument doesn't hold much weight.
- For that matter, what are the books on her bookshelf? Some can be assumed to be blank or used dream diaries, but what else is there?
- Graphical proportions:
- At first glance, Madotsuki must be old enough to be familiar with her city's train system, to use a porta-potty unassisted, and to have seen and understood the use of a knife as a weapon. However, she is just about as tall as the AC units outside her apartment. (Another building has AC units which look slightly smaller, but it isn't a huge difference considering that the intended scale may differ anyway.) These requirements aren't easily satisfied in the normal course of human development; is she of short stature?
- As far as the player can see, Madotsuki's apartment is as wide as the building itself at that height. Is it a penthouse suite? It seems awfully small and incomplete for that purpose. Why does she live in a penthouse anyway, if her caretakers presumably can't afford to treat her better?
- In the dream world, how does Madotsuki scoot her wheeled desk chair beyond arm's reach of her desk if her legs are too short to reach the floor when she sits on any chair (which includes the aforementioned traincar as well as o-Man's couch)?
- untranslated in the English fan translation; translated as "Famtendo Game" in the official English version for Windows
- Assuming that Madotsuki's dreams have a substantial basis in her perception of reality (the key word being "perception"), might she have a visual impairment that led to visual release hallucinations, a.k.a. Charles Bonnet syndrome, as discussed by the BBC here? In particular, Charles Bonnet syndrome often produces Lilliputian hallucinations (compare the Midget effect) and leads to social isolation. Other tropers have mentioned impaired vision here and here.
- As noted by established tropers here, the key items are called "Effects" because they're personal effects, not because they're all effective at making something happen. (TODO: Rephrase as a question.)
- Is the game's world a film set, theatrical play, and/or puppet show? (An existing example of the last concept is Dynamite Headdy, whose basic mechanic would seem to arise from a combination of the Nopperabou (Faceless Ghost) and Severed Head effects. As for 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.)
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Continuing my headcanon on the clone console: Madotsuki once owned a version of Lemmings for the 16-bit side of the console, but the cartridge became lost, stolen, or damaged. 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.
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In the absence of a footnote for a particular song, the relevance of the lyrics and/or music video is assumed to be obvious.
|Possibilities for a shared universe|
To expand later:
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