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so I don't think saying that its a cliche..Breaking the fourth wall
is kinda more of a technique than a cliche. It's used all the time in all sorts of media, and often in an a self -referential, "it's not like we're in X" type way.
Actually, it is not breaking the fourth wall if characters say that they are not in a manga. That is like someone in a horror in film expressing that they are not in a movie. This is more like a tool to instill a feelng of realism (although it may backfire).
However, if they start to sound as if they are indeed in a fictional story, such as in YOMEIRO-CHOICE, when a girl scolds another for taking up a whole page just for a transformation sequence, or when a character says that 'readers don't want white loli,' it is considered a comedy technique to add humour.