Comic 196 - Whoosh.

1st Feb 2011, 6:00 PM in Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey
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The storyline is… over? That means no more time travel! Excellent!

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Author Notes:

@Bisqwit: While you are completely correct, the word "zenzen" is plot-appropriate for several reasons, and thus I shall leave it in. This wouldn't be the first time I've intentionally misused a Japanese word. In the context of this comic, "zenzen" shall translate directly to "totally", even though it actually doesn't.


2nd Feb 2011, 1:31 PM
Hi! I think "zenzen" is used usually in negatives, as in "at all", such as "zenzen wakaranai" = "I don't understand a bit". You probably would want to use the word "kanarazu" instead ("definitely will", "no question about it"). And then there's "zettai (ni)" which is even a stronger unconditional, akin to a personal commitment but I think "kanarazu" is better here.

Now, I had to google "MSTing". Shows how much this troper knows. Well, I guess that expains some of the previous strips to some degree!

3rd Feb 2011, 1:45 PM
Very well. Thanks for the reply.

Now that I think of it, I don't think I've ever come across a story where plot holes are actually in-universe acknowledged plot devices. There are some that acknowledge plot holes, such as Monty Python and South Park, but none where the existence of those holes is an actual plot device. Then there are some, in which plot holes just _appear_ to be plot holes, due to side effects of time travel where all points of view are not yet seen. Such as, that book wasn't here a while ago, why is it here suddenly, oh, we will have gone to the past to bring it there. Which introduces another plot hole (ontological paradox / ouroboros syndrome (not to be confused with a medical term by the same name)) if not handled properly. (Ontological paradox is when the age of the object or information in question is literally NaN.)

5th Feb 2011, 3:15 PM
will miss the time travel



Fred: We still need to seal this plot hole, guys.
Trope-tan: Why isn't it responding to the Ocarina? It doesn't make- wait.

Trope-tan: Saranari! It'll only seal *from the other side*! We need to go through!
Bob: That is quite possibly the worst idea I have ever heard.
Trope-tan: Just go.

Joel: Trope-tan, anthropomorphic moe personification of TV Tropes Wiki? Where have you been all this time?
Trope-tan: Aww, you memorised my introduction?
I'd like to stay and explain, but that'd be threatening the fabric of reality so I won't.

Joel: Another plot hole?
Trope-tan: Kichinto. But it'll only seal from the other side, so we have to go through to do so.
Crow: That's a very specific restriction.

Joel: So this is goodbye, then?
Trope-tan: Of course not. We still need to MST the entire rest of the comic!
We'll zenzen be back. But, for now, jamatane.

TV's Frank: There was surprisingly little actual MSTing in this episode.
Doctor Forrester: No matter. We still have many films to work on.
But, for now…

Doctor Forrester: Push the button, Frank.
TV's Frank: I can't. I'm intangible.
Doctor: Fine. I'll do it myself.



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