I was talking to my American friends about mihoyo's storytelling, and this is the phrase that I can think of. But I don't know the equivalent to English for this phrase. Can anyone help?

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It generally refers to some particularly sadistic, moving, and tearful plots in novels, comics, dramas, and films. (As if someone threw a knife at you)

So '发刀子' is basically 'tearjerker'

  • tearjerker (n): a sentimental story, movie, or song, calculated to evoke sadness or sympathy."

  • tear-jerking: (adj/slang) sadness evoking

If we use 发刀子(throw knife) as a verb, it could be translated as "stab readers/viewers in the heart"

  • Thanks for the answer. Still feels like the term 'tearjerker' doesn't really get the comedic part of the phrase, but thank you. Jul 12, 2022 at 12:23
  • tearjerker is funny if you imagine a giant holding you in one hand and jerking your body with the other hand like milking a cow until tears come out like milk (there's one other example I could give...)
    – Tang Ho
    Jul 12, 2022 at 18:28

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