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Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale
There are a lot of shout outs in
. It's part of what makes the game so enjoyable.
This game is full of good one liners.
: (Reading a quest posting) "Drive away the God of Destruction.
: (Upon being surprised by Griff)
: "We automatically refuse to place
in anyone's bed."
Tear starts to call the magic door you use to instantly escape from deep in a dungeon a goho-M, but catches herself. Afterwards she insists that you call it an "Exit Door" and that absolutely nobody is to use the phrase "going home" around it.
When Tear is explaining Recette's father's disappearance, she shows a photo of man ontop of a volcano fighting a dragon, a reference to Ortega from .
Dragon Quest III Tear notes that meeting someone was not unlike meeting a hurricane in human form.
Some back to other tropes - the description of a cloth newsboy-style cap describes it as being popular with young runaway boys and girls who want to look like runaway boys.
In the description of a "Fur ball" - "Contrary to popular opinion, it does not coo."
A Man's Fist ◊: Made by a line of men who believed in others who believed in them. Unrefined but burns with passion.
Divine Finger: He who uses this with love and sorrow cannot lose.
TH Shield: Uses a Total Horror Field to use the wielder's own psyche to protect him.
Eldon's final two books are titled Eldon: Doom/Reborn and End of Eldon, likely references to Evangelion's Death and Rebirth and End of Evangelion movies (especially since their descriptions imply a Gainax Ending).
200 Warriors - Surprisingly, a slapstick comedy about 200 warriors saving a village. This is humor!
Silver Watch: An old watch that still works perfectly. The inner cover seems to have an inscription, but you can't read it.
Louie thought eating a mushroom will make him bigger.
Recette meets Alouette for the first time when the other girl infiltrates her store by hiding in a cardboard box whose insignia suggests that it came from Amazon.com.
Description for a Tail: "The long, flexible tail of a giant mouse. Useful as an ingredient. Occasionally searched for by dragons."
Elan's Fist Flurry ability is fundamentally Akuma's Shun Goku Satsu without the screen going black. The icon for it even looks like Akuma!
Some monsters looks very much like ones in other games. Example, Bombs, Ahrimans/Evil Eyes and Ropers.
One man that Recette (and Griff) meets stargazing comments on the constellations. One of them being " Tannhäuser Gate".
The Survival Knife: "Cuts rope, food, crocodiles, and throats with ease."
Power Glove: "A glove which enhances the user's strength, though not enough to lift boulders. Not so bad after all."
The Picnic Basket tells you to you " Beware of bears" while carrying it.
Relatedly, an ingredient called the Jellystone.
Shortcake: " Does not transform into a little girl."
The Plaid Muffler is " oddly popular with wizards."
Candy: " People keep saying you can find golden prize wrappers, but no luck today."
The icon for Nagi's Hundred Thrusts attack resembles Miku Hatsune
Brave Heart: Medicines made from this increase a person's courage tremendously. Not actually taken from from Blue-faced men.
Louie plays almost identically to the 2D incarnations of another hero who battles with a sword and shield.
Arma's one and only special skill, Vector Cannon, is a direct copy of its original from
Zone of the Enders 2, with the activation time and firing delay as well Caillou's Teleport ability shows Dhalsim as the icon.
Dudely Mitts: "Gloves made by a race of beings obsessed with fighting. All for the perfect punch."
Star Glove: "The foes of he who wears this glove are already defeated."
Melon: The very paragon of a palatable papaya-gourd.
Recette refers to the act of leaving a dungeon as "going home." Tear really wishes she wouldn't.
The icon for Griff's Dark Claw ability is Hsien-Ko.
Near the beginning of the game when Recette is aware of the bill, she doesn't know how to pay it back. She considers selling a internal organ, thinking that if she eats enough spinach it could replace her blood, but is worried because she doesn't want to become a sailor.
The knight-type enemies all have rare drops in the form of crystals. Admittedly, there are crystals for Earth, Water, Air, and Fire.
The Guildmaster is occasionally ordered to buy and sell stuff from "She Who Must Be Obeyed".
One of the quest listings in the pub reads "Please kill 10 crows around the garbage dump. Green item offered".
Blue Line Shield: "The old shield of the Golden Knight. There's one with a red line too, but this one is better."
Again from The Tower of Druaga, the Golden Helmet: "The helm of the Golden Knight. He used this helm to scale a tower full of demons, aided only by a priestess."
Ak-kai Claw: "Claws of a legendary demon that could travel on water and land. The red color triples their value.
One item is a book called " Les Infortunes". The description comments on the difficulty in keeping track of its large cast.
There's another book entitled Tale of Two Sisters. "A nonfiction work about two sisters and their travels."
Upon your first trip into a dungeon, Tear opens up with, "' Welcome to the jungle', as they say."
Caillou's Sparkbomb power: "Fires off a torrent of arcane missiles, penetrating any darkness."
Arma's Null-Parts weapon fires a very dense spray of bullets. The bullets' art and spray pattern are lifted right from Touhou.