* Hapshiel seems like a ShoutOut to Queen.
** His costume is reminiscent of some weirder costumes Freddy Mercury was wearing.
** His appearance is accompanied by music very similar to Queen's Film/FlashGordon theme - compare [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Onwev17r-cg Hapshiel's theme]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfmrHTdXgK4 Flash]]
* Some hilarious ones to Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion in episode 5, and the ending sequence to that same episode was a shout out to the opening theme of RoseOfVersailles [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVxuE3tXkPA I'm not kidding]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iZpSWya2Kc seriously]].
* The opening of episode 4 has a [[MissionImpossible familar]] {{leitmotif}} and more realistic {{Art Shift}}.
* Balthia [[spoiler: is smuggling]] capsule toys that aquire [[PokeMon familiar colors]] whenever one is being held.
* The animation of the transit between worlds pays homage to Film/{{Stargate}}.
* Tanarotte's first appearance is accompanied, for reasons unknown, by [[Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind Nausicaa]]'s song (complete with golden 'corn').