Outbreak Company. Reference humor is the worst kind of humor because it doesn't rely on its own joke-telling ability, but rather it tries to establish a joke pu Outbreak Company
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Outbreak Company. Reference humor is the worst kind of humor because it doesn't rely on its own joke-telling ability, but rather it tries to establish a joke pu

Reference humor is the worst kind of humor because it doesn't rely on its own joke-telling ability, but rather it tries to establish a joke purely based on the audience's experiences and knowledge. It is lazy because it, in other words, tries to tweak a joke that has already been told numerous times.

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#7 - christmouth
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(10/12/2013) [-]
It all depends on how it's being used, slapstick comedy can also be very bad and cheap if the user doesn't know the "golden line", like what is too much and what is not, but if the act done right it's hilarious. It's all about the use.

I haven't seen this anime, but it's seems like they just put this out there, without even properly using it, so a lazy kind. The way that reference humour is used in Gintama is great, and even though you lack certain knowledge of Japanese culture, it doesn't alienate you from the show, because the way it's being used will still be perceived as humorous, or at least it is by me.

I didn't make this pic, so don't judge for the toy story part, I thought the other part was relevant
#12 to #7 - blizzeh
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Gintama does everything right with their references, it's just so good. It also abuses the **** out of the 4th wall
User avatar #14 to #12 - horrusia
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(10/13/2013) [-]
Kore wa zombie desu ka?

Right?
User avatar #13 to #12 - horrusia
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Source from pic?
User avatar #10 - bluwizard
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(10/13/2013) [-]
Op would not like Hayate no Gotoku or Gintama then.
#9 - raigerzero
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(10/12/2013) [-]
If anyone cares, and I'm sure you don't, the manga she is reading is called Shingeki no Kyoshin (Advancing Giant Gods), which, no ****, is a parody on Shingeki no Kyojin (Advancing Giant People --> Advancing Titans).

The posters on the back, clockwise starting from the big one, are parodies on "Hataraku Maou-Sama", "Toaru Kagaku no Railgun", "Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san", and....I have no idea what the bottom one is...
#3 - halotalim
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(10/12/2013) [-]
reference humor is always being used and wont stop.

Example. The arrow to the knee joke that got old. people were laughing and having a good time because they understood it. Me? I never played the games so I was lost for 3 days before I finally got the reference.

A stong majority of humor, wither in shows, real life, or oneline, is reference humor, from inside jokes to stand up comedians.
User avatar #11 - desmax
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Well, nothing worse than (bad) 4th breaking wall joke. I just feel insulted when I see someone saying what's happening on screen as their idea of a joke.

But, hey, I believe these types of jokes are only funny, if they can be enjoyed even without knowing the source material
User avatar #8 - apolodog
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I'm more interested in why the guy looks in pain...
User avatar #1 - alleksi
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Outbreak company is just fanservice. you watch it and go hey I got that reference, feel good about yourself, and then move on.
User avatar #2 to #1 - lawuser [OP]
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Yes.
User avatar #4 to #1 - lawuser [OP]
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But when it's used for cheap laughs like in this case it certainly doesn't make the show any better.
User avatar #5 to #4 - alleksi
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if it makes someone laugh or happy then I don't really see where's the problem, 'cheap' or not. it's not a pinnacle of comedy but it's fine. if you don't like referential humor then I don't see a single reason to watch this show.
#6 to #5 - lawuser [OP]
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(10/12/2013) [-]
There are worse shows this season that I havn't dropped either. It's only 12 episodes too so I'm just gonna see where it goes.