types of time in serialized storytelling
(Disclaimer: most of these are terms I made up)
Real Time: The time of the story in-universe moves at the same pace as the story is being released. If an episode was released a year after another episode, it’ll also be a year (more or less) between the events of the two episodes in-universe.
Examples: Adventure Time, Rick and Morty, Steven Universe
Chronicle Time: The length of time of the story in-universe is determined in advance,and will not be affected by how long it takes for the story to be released in real life. The first episode will be the beginning of this time period and the last episode will be the end.
Examples: Gravity Falls, Phineas and Ferb, Avatar: The Last Airbender
Hyper Time: There’re little to no breaks between events in-universe, regardless of how long it’s been in real life. A chapter’s events will likely take place immediately after the previous chapter’s, no matter how long it’s been between their releases in real life. These stories often feature time-skips where the story skips forward several years to signify the flow of time on the characters.
Examples: Homestuck, most Shounen Mangas
Sliding Time: Time in-universe is retroactively shrunk down no matter how long the story has been told in real life. The events of chapters that are decades apart will only take place several years apart in-universe. This prevents the characters from ageing too much, keeping them timeless while also maintaining decades of continuity.
Examples: Marvel and DC superhero comics