'Well normally, yes' Sonic agreed, 'but at the moment we're characters in a book.

Cut to film: of them appearing at the door hesitating and then closing door.

Cut to studio: with increasing panic they run to the second door.

Audiences are good at figuring out which elements of a work are on which side of the Fourth Wall.

No explanation is necessary for why our hero can hear a ringing telephone but not the movie's soundtrack, or why the space ship is menaced by the Negative Space Wedgie, but not by the opening credits drifting by outside the ship: it's something we accept as part of our Willing Suspension of Disbelief.

The games are notable in the dating sim genre for being highly nonlinear.

Their nickname amongst their fans is the contraction Toki Memo.

Generally, this awareness is brief; it's used for a joke or two and then never mentioned again.

Used this way, it's Lampshade Hanging as applied to Paratext. Compare with other metafictional devices, particularly Painting the Medium, which uses Paratext and artifacts to tell the story, and Reading Ahead in the Script which is exactly what it sounds like.

Only dramatically he's gone down to the basement, you see.

'Course, there isn't really a basement, but he just goes off and we pretend.

The gameplay in Tokimeki Memorial focuses on scheduling, dating and stat-building.