Good to know people like lampshading. To me, that's all it is. I make references to, or pokes at JRPG things, while the characters keep a straight face. Oots does it, they even have the image spot on the TVtropes page for Lampshading. I remember back when I was thinking about doing this comic I asked about humor in fan comics because I had planned a completely serious, video game plotline comic. Then after a year of inaction, that idea became this, a parody of the Tales series that is at the same time a working story without too many references and 4th wall breaking to irrelevant stuff.
You guys can come up with a reason why I'm not more popular. A lot of people have viewed this thread, but the people who post are usually the same people.