Shout Out: Neptunia
The Neptunia series is all about a fictional console war, so there are bound to be plenty of references to video game culture.
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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.
- To be more exact, Noire performs Yuri's Savage Wolf Fury sword combo barrage, followed by Asbel's Stampede Strike (Juuha Goushouzan) super upperslash, followed by countless sword flashes to dismantle the poor enemies... Did I already mention that Noire is Badass?
- Later games give said Limit Break a completely different animation. As of the release of Victory II, only one game released since the original, Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart, has re-used the original animation.
- 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- Vert gives us a now-outdated reminder to preorder Hoop: Reach.Explanation
- 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.
- Another in Leanbox (?!) is named Hirool Castle.
- 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 iDOLM@STER.
- 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...
Neptune: Drat. When she turned into the dragon, I thought she was gonna offer me half the world or something.
- 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".
References found in Neptunia mk2:
- 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.
- In the same scene, the game Uni plays is a hunting game where she gets together with a group of friends and hunt a bunch of really big monsters.
- Also, Planeptune had a game where everyone had beam swords in outer space.
- Nepgear mentions an old game that had a 60 million credit budget. Her favorite parts were operating a forklift and using her allowance to get things from vending machines.
- 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 an idol singer named Nana Kimizu and looks like Nana Mizuki.
- She even mentions that she can fight while singing, as a reference to her role as Tsubasa in Senki Zesshou Symphogear.
- Nisa's entire second chirper event is one big reference to Kaiketsu Zubat.
- When you gain access to the Colosseum, Neptune suggests that they shout "Are you not entertained?" during fights.
References found in Neptunia Victory:
- One of Izawa's trailers show off a lot of works from Osamu Tezuka, such as Black Jack and Astro Boy.
- In Lastation, one of the people you can talk to is Snake Hayter who hides in a cardboard box.
- The ending shows off Pac-Man, and The Legend of Zelda to name a few.
- Yet another Vocaloid reference is made by Noire's Stone Leek costume by name and description. However design wise it looks closer to being Dees Vanguard than Miku.
- When Mr.Badd reveals himself, he orders his soldiers to make sure to search the CPUs to be sure they have no game-breaking escapipes to warp out of prison with.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica gets referenced quite frequently throughout the game.
- There is a quest given by a "Uni Sound-Alike". She needs you to kill a few Cuberials who tricked her into taking on a curse to make a wish. Another quest is given by a "Small White Animal" who has made so many contracts with young girls that it needs you to go out and get it some more magical contract paper.
- In Chapter 7 a new NPC that looks almost exactly like Kyubey in shows up in Planeptune named Rokubei. It wonders why you'd be asking it about a contract and insists that it's just a cat.
- One of the regular enemies one can encounter is called Contracted Angel and it looks oddly familiar.
- When Nepgear is talking with Vert about how she's no longer the main character like she was in the last game, Blanc comes by to inform her that she has Dragonball Syndrome, where the older family member passes the lead role to a younger one only to steal it back and that it can only get worse from there for the younger character.
- (after asking Plutie to clean Neptune's ears) My body is ready.
- Noire's Elysdeon returns from the first game. The description now also mentioning that it was built by Landale & Landeel Enterprises.
- In one event Neptune shouts out "The Wheel of Fate is Turning, Heaven or Hell, let's rock!"
- Rei's entire past is a big shout out to the Atari console and The Great Video Game Crash of 1983.
- On the way to Lowee the group comes across a patrol and Neptune suggests that they "go all Roads of Fury on them." And that she gets to be the guy on roller skates.
- Plutia's Thunder! and Super Thunder! attacks change to Thunder Blade and Super Thunder Blade in HDD.
- From the DLC costume pics for Tekken, she gets Kuma and Lili's costume.
- When Plutia is about to transform to give Noire her "most popular lecture" in chapter 3, Neptune tells the player to "Press the B Button to stop the evolution" (Well, in the Japanese version, at least.)
- Also in Japanese, one way to make a kid laugh is to say "Bero bero bwaa!"
- Speaking of which one of Neptune's expression is the same as the Yukkuri.
- In order to find out where the IF, Compa, and Peashy babies came from, Blanc thinks of the baby-carrying stork.
- Some of your scouts include Maryo and Player 2, Amamiya Lint, and Mao.
- Rom and Ram's DLC weapons are staves respectively based on a White Dragon representing Truth and a Black Dragon representing Ideals.
- One event has Blanc stating "I don't know everything, I only know what I know." She also references Dragon Ball by name in the same scene.
- Victory introduces Shampurus and Alraunes as enemies.
- After being punched by Tekken, Neptune has a delayed reaction after such extreme power saying "FATALITYYYY!!!!
- After Neptune and co. get back from Leanbox and notice how depressed Nepgear has been since Neptune left again, Neptune says "Uguu".
- In chapter 5 After everyone get back to Planeptune's basilicom and Neptune wants to relax, Nepgear tells her not to turn into a Snorlax.
- Some of the lost places include an Emblem of Fire Castle and Mushroom with eyes.
- Dungeons include the Metroid Shelter and the Halo Forest.
- The CPU doppelganger Bonus Bosses look like stick men riding paper airplanes with heads shaped like the Playstation button shapes.
- At one point Neptune says Noire would be scared if Iris Heart flew in with a flamethrower and a blue turtle shell.
- During a conversation in Chapter 4, Neptune references Creedence Clearwater Revival, of all things.
Noire: ...Anyway, I found something that lends credence to the tale.
Neptune: A clearwater revival?
- When discussing who is sister of who in Chapter 4, Neptune tries to get everyone back on track.
Neptune: Hey! This isnít the time for us to gab about sisterly love and traveling pants! Nepgear!?
- Atranger is a reference to Geppy X.
- In the description of the Mai Waifu accessory for Plutia and Neptune, it tells you to give it to someone who seems totally wifey and Moe Moe Kyun.
- During one of the Nepstation Segments, the game mentions "A raging treat, Blanc manju". This is quite obviously a reference to the "Rage Manju" (better known as the RageCandyBar in localizations) from Pokemon Gold and Silver and their remakes. The fact that Blanc is the CPU for the SNES (i.e. Nintendo) and Lowee just looks exactly like Ecruteak City from the remakes makes this even more obvious.
- Whenever Nepgear receives a new affinity, the Item Get jingle that plays is the same as several other Compile Heart titles (but not used in the Neptunia series itself).
References found in Neptunia Victory II
- There are two Gundam references:
- S-Sha, being a Moe Anthropomorphism of Square Enix, naturally has a skillset taking inspiration from both Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, two of the company's most popular franchises. Her overall appearance evokes Cloud, Squall and Lightning, while her Gold Form gains a single wing, just like Sephiroth. One special attack transforms the screen into the front-view combat mode of the classic Dragon Quest games, another evokes Omnislash, Cloud's ultimate attack (specifically, the Advent Children version), and still another recalls both Ultima, Holy, Flare and Meteor, traditional high-tier Final Fantasy spells.
- C-Sha represents Capcom, thus it's appropriate that her blue color scheme evokes Mega Man, and that her Gold Form has a handgun appendage, reminiscent of the stock weapon of the Resident Evil games. Some of her special attacks include Mega Man's Arm Cannon, a Monster Hunter-grade BFS, and a combo that wouldn't look out-of-place in Street Fighter. In addition, some of her quotes in battle are taken from Sengoku Basara, particularly Date Masamune.
- As Bandai's avatar, B-Sha's skillset includes elements from Gundam and Kamen Rider.
- Symbolizing Konami, K-Sha takes on a Metal Gear-themed Gold Form, complete with Solid Snake's eyepatch and Raiden's "Jack the Ripper" personality.
- All the Gold Third members initiate their EXE Drive by drawing a card a la Yu-Gi-Oh!.
- If the player manage to answer all of Nepmillion Quiz correctly, the main Neptune will congratulates player and say "Panpakapa~n!" at the beginning.
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.
- She also complains about being wrapped up tighter than a fighting game mummy.
- 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.
- When Neptune and Compa meet IF for the first time, Nep worries that the Guard Vermin she defeated earlier is out for "revengeance."
- The Snake Hayter NPC is back as David Snake.
- 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.
- Aside from calling Noire her "assistant", she also makes "Hyper Gadgets," one among them "a microwave that will turn both food and humans into gel..."
- A couple of her costumes also reference Steins;Gate and Robotics;Notes Characters and MAGES. Including Kurisu's outfit.
- 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 Japanese dialogue instead references the Char Custom Rule (which TRANS-AM already references).
- One of Vert's equipped items is the "Red Ring" where "only 3 quarters of the ring lights up". Red Ring of Death, anyone?
- 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!Neptune: Pika!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. The Japanese dialogue even outright name drops Solid Snake's English voice actor.
- When Neptune catches Noire trying to sneak off, she says "It's dangerous to go alone! Take Nep."
- One of Yvoire's chefs is Sir Sten Biller.
- On returning to Lastation and the CP Us are talking about why Neptune thinks Noire is a loner, Neptune replies that her Stand power senses it.
- On the Lastation Technology Expo, Ganache mentions an opening ceremony. Neptune hopes it's an "energy charged, turquoise-haired futuristic idol singer." Sounds like a certain Vocaloid...
- Sega also happens to be the developer for the Project Diva series, making Neptune's shout-out come around full circle.
- When Fake White Heart (Arfoire) catches up to Purple Heart and co, Purple Heart calls her ArfoireDeeTwo.
- In Lastation's Technology Expo, Neptune calls Arfoire "Arm-ore-d'core".
- Blanc once wrote a fanfic titled "The Records of Tseraga - The Meeting of the Overlord and Hero."
- Lowee's Legendary Weapon used to be a spear until "One day, a certain plumber with a moustache in Lowee crafted it into a hammer."
- Histoire comments that Lowee's legendary weapon looks "super-smashy"
- Upon leveling up, Neptune may almost, but not quite hum the Final Fantasy victory fanfare. Also at random, she may even hum the Dragon Quest level up fanfare.
- One of the Quests for Zeca Ruins No.2 has the client searching online for the definition to "Orthros" and gets two results: Twins fighting over bentos and stuff, and An Purple Octopus.
- There's another quest called "Seeking magical girls!" It is given by a "Loud Stick," and it promises to turn you into a "kaleid and prism-like" magical girl.
- Another quest is given by a "super-class high schooler" who wants something to replace his crystal ball. He suspects a super-class high school baseball player stole it.
- Another quest is given by "L" who wants a shell to hit "his brother, Kong, and the princess".
- One quest is called "Invasion stop", given by "girl in a white dress" who asks you to "get rid of them, ika"
- Several dungeons reference something about their console continent: Neo-Geofront, Hyrarule Snowfield, Donkong Ruins, Uwii Ruins, Halo Mountain, Kinest Range, etc.
- Tekken wears gloves similar to Jin's, and a Tekken necklace. Her EXE Drive is also called 10-Hit Combo, and the full version adds Devil Jin's final Meteor Move in Tekken: Blood Vengeance. She also has a Bear costume named for and referencing Kuma.
- The "Deer Girl" who keeps saying -"shika" after every sentence is, in Japanese, Shika-musume.
- Ika Musume herself is the provider for the quest "Invasion Stop!", complete with her "ika" Verbal Tic.
- As if Neptune nicknaming Broccoli "Puchiko" isn't enough, there's a costume for her named Di Gi Charat.
- One of Marvelous AQL's outfits is a ripped version of her default outfit
- One of the enemies you can encounter looks like a color swapped Galvantula.
- One of the many NPC's you can meet is named Luciel and look oddly familiar.
- The description of Histoire's Wing of Light skill.
- In one cutscene, Neptune starts her HDD transformation by going "Toh!"
References found in Re;birth 2 Sisters Generation:
- One of the scouts Stella and Felis can find in their minigame is named "Luigo".
- The area of a quest's origin is named Midgar.
- One Chirper user is named "Fake Metalchemist" bears a resemblance to Ed Elric.
- There's also Satochi Enaka, who bears a striking resemblance to Chie Satonaka.
- One of the items obtained by Stella in her minigame is named "Diamond Dust". It's description is "This is a rod that controls absolute cold, not a transforming motorcycle."
- A weapon for Stella that she finds in her minigame is named "Thracia775.
- IF gets a message from one of her scouts in an event. The Topic? "Hey, Listen!" by Nevi.
- One Chirper user is named Monobear, who wants to spread despair across the world.
- Nepgear wonders if matching four octopuses of the same color will cause them to disappear. (Also doubles as a shout out to Compile Heart's own Octomania.)
- One Chirper user is Kazeshima, a speed-obsessed girl in a sailor suit and thong with pet turrets who talks to an unseen admiral.
References found in Producing Perfection
- 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 Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart
- You start with 1994 credits. 1994 was the release year of the Sony Playstation in Japan.
- A Chirper user is named "King of Some Cosmos"
- Blanc: Your words are as empty as your head.
- Player 2 arrives into Lastation using a Kart. He has no idea about a mansion either.
- Maryo shows up in the same chapter with Player 2 to find Mushrooms in Lastation, only to find none.
- All of the Generals are shout-outs in general to various IPs.
- Lid is a reference to Solid Snake, complete with Cardboard Box.
- When Lee-Fi levels up, she celebrates like Chun Li, which she is based upon.
- Mooru is a full Felyne with a hammer.
- Tsunemi has twin tails, an idol, and is affiliated with Planeptune, similar to another Idol, whose games are affiliated with Sega...
- Vio, whom is already known as "Capcom" in a leaked art way back in Victory, has an Umbrella and strangely, a doll "biting" her in the shoulder, almost like a zombie...
- Lady Wac is a Big Eater and a fan of retro games. She is also elusive and likes to tick people off and her hear bow has a shape of her inspiration. Shall we call her Ms. Pac-Man?
- Resta is a Rose Haired Elf Girl in a Compile Heart game. sound familiar?
- Ein Al is a play on the Japanese pronunciation on "Final". She also has a crystal in her cleavage.
- Tsunemi isn't the only Idol in the game. There is also Ai Masujima, a newcomer idol who wears her ponytail like Mami Futami.
- Estelle hums the Dragon Quest level up fanfare when she levels up.
- Flip Generia G's name and you have something similar to the title of a certain strategy series. Some of her attacks summons a lawyer-friendly RX-78, and it performs beam spam in her SP attack.
- Ryuka's skills reference the Yakuza. Her leader effect's name, Like A Rock, is based on her inspiration's Japanese title. (And, of course, the completely-unrelated Bob Seger song.)
- Noire at one point says "I only do everything", which is one of the PS3's slogans.
- One request comes from Montana Johnson, who found an ark that melts people's faces off. Noire even remarks that "it belongs in a museum.
- A "white creature (?)" gives one request. The creature contracts girls to work at its factory, and those girls have fallen due to some grief soda.
- One of the first things Estelle does with Noire after joining the party is to give her the Gamarket equivalent of the Dragon Quest series Running Gag "Puff-Puff" called "Boing-Boing."
References found in the anime
- The English dub casually namedrops video game titles into their dialogue, take this exchange for an example:
Vert: Now that the gears of war have stopped, should we try to be more like them?Blanc: Just because we're not having a punch-out anymore doesn't mean we're going to turn into good neighbors overnight.
- 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 and Azusa Nakano.
- Still in episode 6, Neptune 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.
References found in the manga
- At the end of one chapter, Noire wanted to give Uni a gift for doing such a good job on a quest. The gift? A full-body suit with a gun on the left arm and a refracting visor.
- In one chapter of the manga, Neptune ends up babysitting her sister, Uni, Rom and Ram after they were accidentally transformed into infants. At one point, the baby carriage she was keeping the latter two girls in ends up rolling down a road. After Neptune manages to catch up to it, she realizes that they passed by a bunch of floating blocks with question marks, out of one of which popped a turtle shell, which Rom/Ram happily throws away. It gets doubly funny when you remember that some of the playable characters in Mario Kart actually are babies, riding in motorized baby carriages.
- Apparently a goddess is also a freeloader.