* ActingForTwo: Episode 9 reveals that [[spoiler:Hiroyo is Aoi's voice actress, which means in real life, the actress who plays Hiroyo has two roles in the show]].
** Ryuuji Sainei plays both himself and his character from ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger''.
* ActorAllusion: In #4, an ImagineSpot shows Malshina going into past villainess outfits ([[Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman Shelinda]] and [[Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger Kegalesia]]) that also belonged to former porn stars. And in #7, Malshina's focus ep, we see Hakase handling a diorama that features [[Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger Zonette]], who also falls under this group.
** [[Creator/RicaMatsumoto Yumeria's mother]] actually says to the Kabukicho MOTW "I'll buy 10 bottles - no, [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} 151]], ''[[CatchPhrase getto daze!]]''"
** Partial example in #10. Kozukozu is the first to notice that Takuma Tsuzuki is identical to [[Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger Retsu/Geki Blue]] - but the Rangers shoot her down immediately. And they're not wrong - Takuma is played by ''Shinpei'' Takagi, while Retsu is played by his twin brother ''Manpei'' Takagi [[note]]Shinpei only appeared in ''Gekiranger'' for an EvilTwin story[[/note]]. That's right, our heroes have outdone [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Gai]] by being able to tell ''twins'' apart!
*** To play further on Shinpei's Gekiranger association, Episode 11's fight is full of Gekiranger references, starting from the verbally and physically elaborate roll call, then going all out on unarmed combat, and then right down to spelling out the "heart-technique-body" triangle and using AnimalBattleAura KiAttacks. Interestingly, Takuma himself had something from each one of the core Gekirangers: the [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority color]] of Jan/Geki Red; the [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower element]] of Ran/Geki Yellow; and the [[PantheraAwesome animal spirit]] of Retsu/Geki Blue.
** In Season 2, Nobuo addresses a toy shop clerk that has a [[spoiler: [[Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger Bae]] doll riding his arm. Said clerk may have possibly been a [[Series/KamenRiderOOO mad scientist with an obsession for endings]] that had a creepier-looking doll riding his arm.]]
*** [[spoiler: Said creepier-looking doll is actually on top of the cash register]]
** [[spoiler: Creator/KatsuyukiKonishi voices a smartphone-themed [=MotW=] - which he used the [[Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger last time]] he was in a Sentai series.]]
* CastingGag. Koichi Sakamoto as George Spielburton in 2-5. Sakamoto was the stunt director on Franchise/PowerRangers from 1993-2009. No wonder George likes Powerful Rangers so much.
* DawsonCasting: Inverted. 24/25-year-old Yuko is played by 16/17-year-old Karin Ogino.
* ExiledFromContinuity: With the exception of the "Episode 14" stage show which featured ''Shinkenger'' and ''Goseiger'' (along with ''Go-onger''), the four most recent Sentai series as of the beginning of each season are never directly shown, with only a few minor references included, rather than specifically calling out their plots and characters (with the exception of [=AkaRed=], who has appeared (though not as part of the story) in his ''Gokaiger'' appearance rather than that from ''Boukenger'')- presumably this is to avoid catching the attention of younger kids. This also applies to ''Goranger'' and ''JAKQ'', which some have speculated is meant to avoid having to credit ShotaroIshinomori or deal with his involvement- but again, there have been a few minor references to those shows.
** Towards the end of Season 2, while not mentioned by name, Kyoryuger was given at least two nods.
* TheMerch:
** Averted, which initially seems surprising, but makes sense considering the nature of the show[[note]]Low budget, different target audience and it's also not an "official" Sentai series.[[/note]]. That said, merchandising does exist, but it is limited to collector-oriented pieces like Toys/SHFiguarts.
** The pieces of the Akibarangers' season 1 team cannon are packaged with the Figuarts of their corresponding official ranger, and the pieces of their season 2 bazooka come with the season 2 versions of Akiba Blue and Akiba Yellow.
* NamesTheSame: Nobuo's love interest Sayaka shares the same name as [[Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman Change Mermaid]]. It gets used as a reason for imagining the former cosplaying the latter.
** Borderline example: Season 2 has a new Akiba Blue - and the characters in her given name can read 'Mitsuki'! (Her name is actually Runa.)
* NoBudget: Compared with other modern Sentai, there's a noticable drop in quality across the board. From the CGI & effects to the monster/mook design to the fight choreography to even the Akibaranger suits themselves. Still doesn't keep the fights from being entertainingly awesome though.
** May be justified in that the show targets an older demographic, and of course by being an AffectionateParody.
** Also consider the time they spend in their suits is more to set up gags and in-suit related humor as opposed to just fighting.
** Then again, the Akibaranger helmets are much more uniquely detailed (the anime hair would require a more elaborate molding procedure then the standard ''Super Sentai'' helmets,) the costumes contain full armor instead of just the usual spandex, and instead of the standard rubber costume, the mecha is done in much more costly CGI, so YMMV on this one. That's why the mecha is only used in episodes 2, 7 and 12.
** Apparently blue and yellow's helmet hair kept breaking off, so they redesigned it for season 2.
* NoExportForYou: There are official English subtitles for the show, but they're only viewable in Asian countries.
** So are the SH Figuarts for the show in the US due to license problems (same will happen with [[Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger Deka Red]] and [[Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger Bouken Red]]), which explains the US release of SH Figuarts [[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetMan Red Hawk]] (which itself an aversion along with the Web exclusive Black Condor) is missing the Jet Winger part.
* TheOtherDarrin: The legends fighting side by side with the Akibarangers (Dekaranger, Boukenger and Jetman) in Season 2 Episode 1 all have voiceovers not done by their original actors. The same goes to Tyrannoranger and Dragonranger. Averted with Kibaranger, who uses the original Byakkoshinken voice. Although zig-zagged with Ryuranger: When he's China Red, he's voiced by Creator/TomokazuSeki. Once he's back being himself, he's back to being voiced by Keiichi Wada.
** Creator/NaoNagasawa is present in the Hurricaneger episode... but she's instead voicing the MonsterOfTheWeek (Hadezkin) instead of her usual Hurricane Blue, who is taken over by Akiko Nakagawa (otherwise known as [[Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger Bomper]] and [[Anime/FreshPrettyCure Inori Yamabuki/Cure Pine]]). Also, along with Creator/TomokazuSeki standing in for BOTH Hurricane Red and Kabutoraiger, Creator/TakeshiKusao is also present standing in for BOTH Hurricane Yellow and Kuwagaraiger (and in the previous two episodes, he took in for Dragon Ranger).
* PromotedFanboy: Luna joins the team because she's a fan of the Akibarangers themselves- though [[spoiler:it's a version of them from an altered history where they were the official 17th Super Sentai series instead of ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger''.]] And she doesn't seem to know much about any other Sentai.
* PropRecycling: The giant robot Malshina is seen piloting in the flashback sequence of episode #2-1 is the same costume that was used for the (human-sized) Drill Cyclops monster from episode #1-11.
** With very few exceptions, this is the general rule for all [[MonsterOfTheWeek MOTW]]. This is [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in Season 2, since General Pain is an otaku making his monsters out of kitbashed toys within his own budget.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Mitsuki was replaced by Luna in Season 2, due to scheduling conflicts on Kyoko Hinami's part (she was shooting a movie at the same time as Akiba S2).
* RealitySubtext: Yumeria's monologue over the credits for #8 mentions her coming down with the flu after wearing a skimpy costume; Karin Ogino [[http://ameblo.jp/ogino-karinn/entry-11215509622.html actually did]] [[WrittenInInfirmity come down with the flu]] while filming the show.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The series was originally intended to be a Gokaiger spin-off called Kaizoku-ban Sentai Gokaiger (Pirate Copy Sentai Gokaiger)