series is all about a fictional console war
, so there are bound to be plenty of references to video game culture.
References from the first Neptunia
- Vert's Limit Break looks like a Giga Drill Break with a Red Ring Of Death.
- Noire's Limit Break looks very suspiciously similar to Yuri's Savage Wolf Fury.
- Neptune's second Limit Break is reminiscent of Wren's transformations and Wren's Positron Bolt.
- Noire's third weapon is Elysdeon, the description "This sword is rumored to have come from a distant planet, key to fending off some legendary evil".
- When Neptune is in her coma at the beginning of the game, she hopes that she doesn't go crazy and start "collecting rings floating by the ground" or wandering around and "stepping in some ABC gum".
- Nisa screaming "Wait" and "You don't deserve to know my name!"
- Neptune: "Muda muda muda muda muda muda muda!"
- Neptune: "From start to finish, I'm always at a climax!"
- Neptune once met a strange mangaka that talked about the existence of a giant blue shadow in form of a dragon. Said mangaka wore a gas mask.
- Noire's transformation quotes are chock full of these.
- Green Heart invites IF to play a "zombie mall-survival blood fest".
- A set of twins chase a turtle named Wowser from the Shroom Kingdom.
- Two plot-important Mario ones involving meeting Peach and Yoshi expies.
- "No, this is a herd of super speedy blue hedgehogs!"
- Vert gives us a now-outdated reminder to preorder Hoop: Reach. (It wasn't out yet when the original Japanese version of Neptunia was released, but the English version came out at least a year after the title being bland-named had already been released.)
- The party runs across a lone member of S.R.A.T.S. who suggests you should be a "master of unlocking". The member even looks like Chris Redfield (his Resident Evil 5 incarnation).
- One of the DLC bosses is a "Traitor Knight" that resembles a gender-flipped Kain Highwind.
- Noire makes references, and even cosplays as one of her lookalikes◊, complete with ailurophilia. Here are some of her references.
- Compa introduces a Fighting Game match: "Heaven or Hell! Let's Rock!"
- Noire attempts to think up a catchphrase. "Through fire, justice is served!"
- The description of the Overlord Momus item says, "If you collect all five, the Overlord will awaken." Overlord Momus, obliterate?
- One of the first few lines Neptune has is, "Neptune does what you all don't," which is appropriate since Sega, which Neptune represents, used "Genesis does what Nintendon't" as an advertising line back in the day. What's more, this was a purely American ad campaign; the translators were actively adding to the shout outs, even obscure ones that many kids today likely wouldn't know about.
- At Leanbox, the party encounters a man who is looking for the culprit who stole the barrier protecting their town. With the exception of where he's holding his weapon, the silhouette really looks like Yuri Lowell.
- Neptune, Compa and IF run into a group of "road pugilists" beating up on barrels and used cars, among them a sumo wrestler and a cute Chinese girl with "really monstrous thighs".
- In another event, they see a group of movers moving boxes so that they can stack them so that they don't leave any gaps.
- A small dungeon in the Dark God's Cave in Lastation was carved by an evil lord with a pickaxe.
- The first time Neptune and her friends prepare to go terraporting, she thinks she's supposed to make a long jump across to reach the other landmass, and IF dares her to put on overalls and a red hat.
- Neptune: "The expo's on like monkey kong!"
- Neptune: "Greedy Boy appears! Command?"
- In the skit "Amnesiac Buddies", Black Heart complains to Neptune that her followers think "[she] only does everything."
- A dungeon in Lowee is named Bruagga Tower.
- Nep and company are introduced to the Watch & Game in a skit.
- At Lastation, Nep and company encounter aspiring game creator Zach Unfair, whose favorite title is GG7.
- The kid in the skit "Attack of the Cicada Horde" plays too much Cogs of Battle.
- IF: I've never been trapped in a disc before either. We might have to sit tight until we're summoned back out.
Compa: By Mr. Heretic? Do you think he'll ever throw the disc at someone and say "I choose you, Compiffytune?"
- Neptune: "Pretty and mysterious Neptune of love and justice. In the name of the Basilicom, I'll punish you!"
- One of the optional quests is titled "The Goddess Who Leapt Through Time".
- One of the DLC quests comes from an Overlord whose level has deteriorated down to level 1 while he was asleep.
- Neptune: "Let's transform and roll out!"
- There is a bird-type enemy called the Choocoboo, but it's colored pink instead of yellow.
- The skit "Master Idol Production" is a huge reference to The Idolmaster.
- The skit "Brain Age Score" has Nep, Compa, and Iffy having mental ages of 40-60, according to the results.
- Noire: Meh. Maybe someone's breeding them in a monster ranch or something.
Neptune: Yeah, whatever. Monster Rancher isn't a job. That's so silly!
- In the Normal Ending, after defeating Arfoire's second form...
- In one of the RED skits, Red pulls out an assortment of improbable weapons: a kendama, a throwing disc, and a yo-yo. She tells IF that some kid fought off aliens with a yo-yo to rescue his dad.
- Neptune (to Avenir president Singe): "As a man of many vectors would say, resistance is futile."
- Arfoire: "Who're spelunking enthusiasts?! Don't they blast ghosts with oxygen tanks and stuff?!"
- In the skit "Amateur Writer's Contest", Blanc/White Heart wants to buy a personal computer for herself, but nothing with Blast Processing.
- One of Neptune's battle start quotes is "I can already see this ending..."
- The trophy you get for finishing the game is called "Nepgagaga Complete!"
- When Neptune sees White Heart in her HDD form, Nep keeps referring to her as a Newtype.
- Some of the Trophy names from the English version are "Nep-Nep Rocket" and "Virtually Fighting".
- Horsebirds won't make any sense unless you've played Final Fantasy XIV where Chocobos were renamed such (for about ten seconds, due to fan outcry). Compile Heart took it Up to Eleven.
- Steins;Gate characters Kurisu Makise, Mayuri Shiina, and Itaru "Daru" Hashida make a cameo as part of 5pb's attacks.
- Rorona, Totori, the Chims, Ceci, and Mimi show up for some of Gust's attacks.
- Nepgear's dream reenacts the entire sequence of the third episode of Puella Magi Madoka Magica right down to two of the seiyuus (Nippon Ichi being Mami and Uni being Sayaka) and of course includes the head chomp.
- Two things from the opening. Besides the obvious narration, pay attention to the tower of TVs during the opening. Remind you of something?
- Gamindustri's preferred social networking site is Chirper.
- When gaining a level, Neptune may occasionally hum the victory tune from Final Fantasy.
- 5pb provides the voice for a synthesizer, but becomes upset that people are making her sing and dance to rather strange things.
- Metal Dogoos are hidden in a single group of enemies in LAN Castle. They're worth about 4 times the Experience and twice the Credits as the rest of the fight, and their Metal Jelly sells for another 11111 Credits.
- Vert's Military Dress costume adjusts her color scheme in such a way that she looks like Luka.
- Ram insists that Lowee's best games would easily be the Pocketed Monstrosities franchise, with over 1,510,376 monsters to catch and raise.
- Compa's cake is never a lie.
- In one of the events, Neptune tells her sister that the duty of a goddess is to wait for the phone on their desk to ring, then visit the person calling and grant their wish.
- The description for the rock icon quotes the famous "I got a rock" scene from It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown verbatim.
- When you start a new game, Meijin Takahashi (of Adventure Island fame) will give you a friendly reminder not to stare too close to the screen while playing.
- In a Chirper event focusing on Nisa, Blanc is reminded of a game where the main character is part of a secret Broadway troupe living in New York. The game in question is Sakura Taisen V, which was released by NIS America.
- Blanc mentions that she likes ordering books from Blarnes and Foible (Barnes and Noble).
- The first time the group meets Linda (a thug working for ASIC and a recurring annoyance throughout the game), they mock her "soldier" title and tell her she's nothing more than an "underling" (perhaps even a Mid-Boss?) Just as in Disgaea, Linda's on-screen title changes to reflect this, and it sticks with her for the rest of the game.
- One of the random chirpers in Lastation is named Nana Kimizu and looks like Nana Mizuki.
- Nisa's entire second chirper event is one big reference to Kaiketsu Zubat.
References found in the anime
- IF yells ORAORAORAORA while fighting the Dogoos. Quite amusing if you take into account what some JoJo fans think of this series (see Hate Dumb in the YMMV page).
- The big turtle (which usually has a palm tree, but doesn't have one here) in the Super Ninttenland amusement park is after Neptune's freshly bought peaches. No, the other kind.
- When Trick is blasted off again, he yells and complains before becoming A Twinkle in the Sky.
- Akiba's Trip is an actual game on the PSP that's a sister series to Way of the Samurai, and the "Plus" is the updated version. It is a No Export for You, but she has it in her collection on a completely different system. It's concept is weirder: you fight and defeat vampires by stripping them.
- In episode 3, when Neptune and her friends looking up for Vert, one of her collection figures surprisingly resembles Gintoki.
- In Episode 3, the aerobatic display team at 5ob's concert is called Green Impulse, clearly a shoutout to Blue Impulse, the JASDF's aerobatic display team, down to their color patterns and aircraft. (Minus the Vert ita-trainer.)
- Pirachu's radar is essentially the Dragon Radar.
- In Episode 5, Manect and monster hunting make their appearances.
- In episode 6, Noire has a pet bandicoot that wears blue pants. The bandicoot later leads Peashy to crash into Anonydeath.
- Same episode, we actually get to see what Noire cosplays as Makise Kurisu (doubling as an Actor Allusion) , Kooh from Pangya and Azusa Nakano.
- Still in episode 6, Neptunia poking fun at Noire's proud assertation that her systems were the best in the world is an obvious nod to Rudol Von Stroheim's catchphrase from the second part of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, which David Production animated prior to Neptunia. Just to make it more obvious, they added in visual onomatopoeia, a hallmark of Jojo.
- In episode 7, Pirachu takes the infamous Lupin Dive. From the same episode, Neptune can be seen playing Mugen Souls Z.
- In episode 8, when Nepgear unintentionally become a nudist, Vert pulls the "Just as planned" expression.
- In episode 11, Iffy is shown running down the stairs of the Basilicom with Histoire in a scene very reminiscent of the climactic scene from Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Bonus points for (spoilers for both series!) Tari looking and acting a lot like how Walpurgisnacht did in the anime proper.
- When dressing up a Goddess for a concert, one of their items they can equip is called an "Analyzer". It looks just like a Scouter.
- One of MOB48's songs is called "Call Me Maebe".
References found in Re;Birth1
- When Compa strips Neptune to wrap her in bandages, Neptune complains about being nude, saying she doesn't need to make herself more powerful.
- Neptune, when Histoire didn't know if the girl could use HDD, said she'd go beyond the impossible and kick reason to the curb.
- The Super Mario Bros. reference returns from the original, only slightly altered; when Neptune considers jumping from land to land shouting "Yahoo!", IF suggests she grow a moustache first.
- When Neptune catches up to Noire, she shouts "Gotta Catch 'em all!"
- MAGES. seeks out Doc Tear Popper, the drink of the chosen, and speaks of the Organization that has removed all traces of it.
- After Vert rescues Neptune and co from the prison Vert says she looked up the poison Yvoire gave IF on 765chan and a pro answered in seconds.
- IF compares Neptune's transformation to TRANS-AM.
- The scene in the Lowee forest is chock-full of Pokemon references, down to sounding like a scene from the main series game.
Lowee Basilicom Staff B: Not us! Go! Dragon, I choose you!
Compa: We'll be serious, then! Go! Nep-Nep, I choose you!
IF: Uh! All right! Go! Lady Vert, I choose you!
- Ganache's reaction to finding out Blanc is Lady White Heart.
- When trying to sneak into Lastation, Neptune says she ought to find a cardboard box and do a metal-snake sneak.
- When Neptune catches Noire trying to sneak off, she says "It's dangerous to go alone! Take Nep."
- When Fake White Heart (Arfoire) catches up to Purple Heart and co, Purple Heart calls her ArfoireDeeTwo.
- Upon leveling up, Neptune may almost, but not quite hum the Final Fantasy victory fanfare.
References found in the manga