Suppose you want to show that three of the characters have a close relationship spanning back to primary school. Then entire point of the dialogue is to enforce this.

Is there a name for this type of exchange or dialogue? Dialogue that makes a point.

PS. I remember reading somewhere that there is is a particular type of manga where you are only allowed to use four scenes to make this type of point. It's like a punchline or a gag.

  • A 'story within a story', where you tell a very brief account of separate events to make or explain a point is called an 'anecdote', and isn't isolated to manga alone. A manga that tells its story in 4 panel segments is called a 4koma. Do either of these describe what you're after?
    – Matt
    Aug 26, 2015 at 15:50
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    You're close, I'm looking for a kind of synonym to "meme" but not so general. Essentially the point of the 4koma would be to expose some cliche or a bit size joke, so I need a word for the "conclusion" that it makes. For "memes" for example one can discern a "use-case" where you encounter a situation and relay that "meme" as a perfect response, or an all encompassing conclusion. So every time you want to ...insert word... (make a 4koma) about some peculiarity of life you use this.
    – unom
    Aug 26, 2015 at 15:55
  • I'm not too sure then, unfortunately. Just for clarity, are you asking more about what you would call the 'climax' panel of a 4koma? (Or what you'd call the contents of said panel?)
    – Matt
    Aug 26, 2015 at 16:05
  • Now that I think about it, with your references, I'm asking for a synonym for Yonkoma as a unit. Let's call it "a sketch". In a manga volume, for example, the first n panels discuss some subject, then the setting changes and some other part of the story is discussed, and so on.
    – unom
    Aug 26, 2015 at 16:32
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    @unmircea While in the traditional conception of Japanese narrative, you would probably call the fourth panel of a 4koma the ketsu / "conclusion", in casual conversation, one would more likely call it the ochi, which just means "punchline".
    – senshin
    Aug 26, 2015 at 17:09


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