* It almost seems like the relationship between Mana and Makoto when they first meet is similar to that of Hibiki and Tsubasa from [[Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear Symphogear]]. It doesn't help Makoto had a somewhat similar back story to Tsubasa.
* Episode 1: When told by Charle to transform, the first thing Mana does is yell "Henshin!" and pose like [[Series/KamenRider Kamen Rider #1]].
* Speaking of Kamen Rider, Doki Doki!'s motif of four heroes named after the suits of cards is exactly the same as Series/KamenRiderBlade . Cure Sword even shares the same last name (Makoto Kenzaki) and card suit as Blade's main character (Kazuma Kenzaki) to the point of being written with the same kanji!
** The series has a bit more in common with ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'', especially with the fact that Cure Ace shows up and shows ''everyone'' up, just like Big One.
* And to top it all, the fanartists are having alot ot fun comparing Cure Heart's transformation with that [[Series/KamenRiderWizard of Kamen Rider Beast]] with both having the four letter spell out ('''L-O-V-E''' vs. '''L-I-O-N''')
* Not only that, Cure Heart new finisher move that involve using a bow is the same as how [[Series/KamenRiderBlade Kamen Rider Chalice]] using his bow as his finisher.
* Episode 2 has Mana trying to explain to Rikka that she's become a Precure, but Rikka, not believing her, retorts that she [[Literature/AliceInWonderland chased a white rabbit down a hole]]. There's also the comparisons to "Literature/TheHappyPrince".
* Episode 4: Alice revealing the footage of Mana transforming, and Mana and Rikka's reaction, brings to mind a similar incident with [[Manga/CardCaptorSakura Sakura and Tomoyo]].
* Episode 7: All girls [[http://i.imgur.com/kMaxfDh.jpg unite your hands]] in the final of the episode, to a [[KamenRiderBlade card themed seris isn't first time]].
* Episode 8: Mamo draws angrily on Ira's face who is sleeping. It looks exactly like [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Jigglypuff's drawing]].
* Episode 10: Rikka's frog alarm clock that constantly shouting ''[[Manga/SgtFrog kero]]''.
* Alice isn't the only anime character who [[Manga/PenguinMusume is from a rich family, owns a tower and has a butler named Sebastian...]]
* Episode 15: Literature/SnowWhite.
* Episode 21: When the Precures and [[spoiler:Jonathan]] arrive at the Trump Kingdom, the Selfish Trio delivers a [[Franchise/{{Superman}} familiar comment]]:
--> '''Ira''': "What's that? A bird?"
--> '''Mamo''': "A meteor?"
--> '''Bel''': "No. It's Precure."
* Episode 23 includes [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Ai wo Torimodose]][[note]]"Take back the love"[[/note]] word for word as a part of the title.
** A new team member taking away the leader's transformation item and forcing them to fight as a normal human [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger has already happened before]].
** [[spoiler:Cure Ace's transformation sequence has a lot of similar body shots to the ones used in ''Anime/SailorMoon,'' another product of Toei. The fire based theme of the transformation may be one to [[LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana Shana]], who is also voiced by RieKugimiya and has fire erupt around her when she gets into battle mode.]]
** Ai-chan has cast a spell on Mana's family, causing them to believe that she is Mana's sister - [[Franchise/SailorMoon Just like Chibi-Usa and Chibi Chibi before her]].
* Episode 24: The way how Makopi communicates with the [[spoiler:frozen]] Princess Marie-Ange via a mirror is similar to the [[Manga/MagicKnightRayearth Magic Knights who communicates with the petrified Clef via Mokona]].
* Episode 25: [[spoiler:Mamo as Cutie Madame]] pretends to be a hero and causes a civilian to fall from a building, so she can rescue him. [[Anime/SailorMoon Zoisite]], disguised as Sailor Moon, did the same thing. Her transformation pose even loos like a mirrored version of Sailor Moon's.
** [[spoiler:And her name is a hommage to Anime/CuteyHoney.]]
** [[spoiler:Cure Sebastian]] looks like Franchise/{{Batman}}.
* Episode 29: When [[spoiler:Charle]] tries to transform into a [[spoiler:human, she]] transforms into [[Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast Mrs. Potts]].
* Episode 30: After suffering from a NonFatalExplosion, the five girls get [[FunnyAfro Funny Afros]], something that happens often in ''Manga/SgtFrog''.
* Episode 31: [[spoiler:The [[FusionDance fusion]] of Leva and Gula]] looks similar to [[Manga/OnePiece Chessmarimo]], the fusion of Chess and Kuromarimo.
** Isn't first time we have a [[Series/KamenRiderBlade Straight Flush]] as a Final Attack.
* Episode 32: Another Happy Prince reference, where they actually read the story.
* Episode 34: Not only Cure Diamond's transformation pose looks like a mirrored version of [[Anime/SailorMoon Sailor Venus]], her new attacks looks similar to ''Venus Love and Beauty Shock''.
* Episode 37: [[spoiler:Cure Ace]][[Manga/DeathNote 'll take the carrot, AND EAT IT!]]
* Episode 38: The Selfish Trio are dressed similar to ''Manga/CatsEye''.
** Bel basically parodies [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]] with his [[spoiler:TemporaryBulkChange]]. [[{{Kiai}} ATATATATATATATATATATATA!!]]
* Episode 39: The "Ai wo torimodose" from episode 23 is back, and it's used more literally this time. [[spoiler:It's what Mana says to Regina to entice her to return to her side]].
** Also, [[spoiler: Regina isn't the first [[Franchise/SailorMoon daughter of a Big Bad to wield a glaive.]] ]]
* Episode 40: How the girls line up for the new attack, Royal Lovely Straight Flush, is just [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic a purple unicorn away from resembling the Elements of Harmony.]] Shouldn't be a surprise since the series had started airing in Japan just recently.
** The girls inner in the [[http://i.imgur.com/SkoNVk6.jpg big energy circle]] is like with the [[TenkuuSenkiShurato Jyu-Oh Mandara-jin]].
* Now all [[spoiler: the three regalia are revealed]], they share a great deal of similarities with the pure heart talismans of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' fame. [[spoiler:The Miracle Dragons Glaive equates to Uranus' Space Sword, representing strength. The Magical Lovely Pad ties to Pluto's Garnet Orb, surprisingly, rather than Neptune's mirror, representing benevolence. The Eternal Golden Crown is equivalent to Neptune's Deep Aqua Mirror, representing wisdom.]] These talismans were in turn based on the three imperial treasures of Japan, so the resemblance could be accidental.
* [[spoiler:Regina and Aguri]] are basically [[spoiler:[[Franchise/KingdomHearts Vanitas and Ventus (respectively), with Ai-chan as their Nobody]].]]
** related: King Jikochuu is voiced by Creator/HochuOtsuka, who also voiced Xigbar. [[spoiler:Him re-brainwashing Regina may be an [[ActorAllusion allusion]] to Braig making an amnesiac Terra-Xehanort remember about their EvilPlan.]]
** Episode 49 gives us [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII Cure Sword's slicing skyscrapers in half!]] The Proto-Jikochuu also has a fond habit of throwing buildings, teleporting, and spamming lasers. Not to mention he spared Cure Heart's [[IncrediblyLamePun heart]].]]
* Episode 46 and 47 shows how [[spoiler:King Jikochuu invades the human world]]. He walks across the sea and the people are terrified by him. ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'', huh?
* Cure Diamond's BadassBoast as she faced Ira in Episode 47 can be roughly translated as [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure "Diamond is Unbreakable"]].