Trivia: Sgt. Frog Abridged

Trope Trivia

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Keroro often speaks Spanish or embodies various Hispanic stereotypes due to his voice actor Yoshi being Dominican.
    • In Episode 2, Aki mentions that the guy who removed the ghost from the basement was "some guy from Florida", a reference to Kululu's voice actor, Jpace92, a then-resident of Florida.
  • Ascended Fanon: Of the premeditative variety. When the counter debuted in Episode 13, viewers calculated that, if it counted down in real-time, it would reach 0 on April 23, 2012. The writers made it so that Episode 16, wherein the counter activates, would correlate with that date, though because Keroro makes the counter activate a week early, the episode was uploaded a week earlier as well.
  • The Cast Showoff: LillyLivers sang as Natsumi for the 2010 Christmas Special and as the gender-ambiguous Sumomo in Episode 8, and she can sing.
  • Contest Winner Cameo: In place of album covers, Episode 18 hides pictures of the winners of TheMidnightFrogs' 2011 Sgt. Frog abridging contest.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • The creators openly disowned the original Episodes 1 and 2. They remade them to make them funnier, more in-line with their current writing style, and in-canon with the current continuity. Subverted with Episode 3, which was only remade due to the plotholes and dead references that resulted from the first two remakes, as otherwise Thorn and Yoshi don't consider it a bad episode.
    • Thorn is fairly unhappy with Episode 8, and he, Yoshi and Travis consider Episode 13 to be their worst.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • Lying Creator:
    • For a time, Thorn kept forgetting that Tamama was male and not female. He randomly came up with a joke that would reveal that Tamama really was a girl, and he and Yoshi decided to make it canon. After deciding this, they would occasionally make unintentional Freudian slips revealing this, but they simply pretended that they were still confused about Tamama's gender. Then Episode 10 rolls around...
    • The team told everyone that the SFA1 remake would be in July 2011. They made it in June.
    • They also said that SFA2 would be remade in July 2012. They remade it in July 2011.
    • They also said that SFA3 is where the series' proper continuity begins. They remade it in July 2011.
    • Not the case in regards to ending the series after Episode 18. Thorn had every intention of ending the series for good. He just simply changed his mind.
  • McLeaned: Momoka. The writers would have happily brought her back after explosively decapitating her, but her voice actor moved to Japan shortly after the episode went up, so she stayed dead. Subverted in 2013, when her VA moved back to the US. See also What Could Have Been below.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Giroro, Kululu, Mois, and HQ all had voice actor change-ups after their characters had already appeared (to say nothing of the numerous voice actors hired to voice Dororo, Momoka, Omiyo, and Natsumi but were removed before they ever appeared in an episode).
    • There was supposed to be a running joke involving Thorn and Yoshi trading off each episode as the voice of Tamama, but Yoshi only voiced the character in Episode 3R before retiring as the second voice. It was one of the reasons that Episode 3 was remade despite being a mostly competent episode.
    • Momoka was voiced by LillyLivers for her debut in 2R, but was voiced by Narusasu in Episode 10 onward. Narusasu also did Momoka for the Episode 2 remake.
    • ShazMyBot from Gutted Wren Studios voiced Dokuku for Episode 20, but by Episode 21 he had stopped voice acting, so Jiggly Jacob took over as Dokuku.
    • Revy Moonshine, also from Gutted Wren, voiced Koyuki from Episode 4 to Episode 18 before stepping down prior to Episode 22. Thaichestnuts filled the role from then on.
  • The Other Marty: ThePS2God, the original voice of Momoka, Omiyo and Dororo, had recorded lines for Episode 2R before being kicked from the project. However the then-script ended up not fitting with the source video, so his recordings were scrapped.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Jiggly Jacob, a self-professed fanboy of TheMidnightFrogs and the creator of his own (now defunct) Sgt. Frog Abridged Series (read Follow the Leader), was made the voice of HQ and later Dokuku and Giruru. He became an honorary team member after SFA: Reset and co-wrote Episodes 22 and 23.
    • Teddy, a young friend and fanboy of the team, was made official team artist in December 2011 and drew the artwork that made up Giroro & Dororo's wedding in Episode 15, the official SFA logo from Season 3 onward, and various other contributions.
  • Prop Recycling: Still frames and footage from older episodes were reused for the season finales and for Reset, either for the character models or the settings.
  • Reality Subtext: Subversion. Writer Thorn came out during production of Episode 11 as a bisexual transvestitenote , but he states that he has always been an LGBT activist, so the series' examinations of sexuality were likely to happen anyway. He does however acknowledge that making all of the characters bisexual and making Giroro a Cross Dresser is Hilarious in Hindsight.
  • Schedule Slip: Episodes 4 through 15 were released one-to-two months after each other. Afterward, there were often several months between new episodes, with Episodes 20 and 21 being a whole year apart from each other. Thorn intended to do an episode a month again following SFA21, but that too slipped when SFA22 took longer to figure out than he'd hoped.
  • Shipper on Deck: The reason Giroro and Dororo were made a couple is because Thorn ships them.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • ThornBrain voices approximately a third of the cast, including major, minor, and bit characters. Most obvious in Episode 7, where the credits list Yoshi and BigTUnit1, followed by:
    Literally everyone else is voiced by ThornBrain
    • Jiggly Jacob voices both Dokuku and his brother Giruru in Episode 21. Giruru's voice is filtered through a chorus to further differentiate it.
  • Throw It In:
    • Lil' Keroro's over-the-top la-la-laing in Episode 4 was just Yoshi goofing off during recording. Thorn wanted to keep it, and it was even brought back in Episode 7.
    • Also Lil' Keroro's shocked expression in Episode 4 is simply a frame of him turning his head that Yoshi discovered by accident.
    • Keroro brushing his toothbrush in the Episode 2 Post-Credits was a result of Yoshi mistyping "I'm going to brush my teeth" as "I'm going to brush brush my toothbrush" during scriptwriting for SFA2R. Thorn liked the idea of Keroro brushing his toothbrush, so it stayed. It was edited for 2R, but the entire line was later put into the remake.
    • Keroro's comments to Dororo at the end of Episode 14 - about remembering his name and giving a high-five - were ad libs by Yoshi.
    • Keroro trips over himself trying to say a tongue twister in Episode 16. Yoshi was supposed to joke-flub the line; the take used was him messing up for real.
    • Travis jokingly did a parody of the THX crescendo while doing the monster powering-up yell in Episode 18. This ended up being the take Thorn used in the episode.
  • Trolling Creator: While the series does away with nearly all of the tropes and iconic elements of the original anime within the first several episodes, Thorn and Yoshi still slipped in a tongue-in-cheek conversation in Episode 5 about Gundam models and SFA-Keroro's apathy towards them. This was an intentional laugh at the expense of their audience, since a large portion of their fans were also fans of the original series, and a key part of the original Keroro's character is his love of Gundam models.
  • Un-Canceled: Originally ended November 2012, with the creators seeming prepared to never look back. Three months and a failed attempt to start another Abridged Series later, Thorn was more than happy to bring it back and do it again for a third season.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • There was talk briefly during the series' early days of it becoming part of WingerDinger Productions, due to LillyLivers' involvement in the project. This was shortly before WingerDinger was hacked and subsequently abandoned, so nothing became of it.
    • The writers intended to bring back Momoka after killing her off in Episode 13, but her voice actress Narusasu moved to Japan shortly after the episode went up. As a result, they simply left her dead. However, Narusasu returned to the US in 2013, so Momoka has the chance to return as well.
  • The Wiki Rule: TheMidnightFrogs Wiki is the team's official website run by Thorn, but it's made with Wikia, so it applies.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Character aspects or events are sometimes discovered or developed through hindsight by the writers.
    • Both the Poodlejumper story in Episode 6 and Zeroro's mental flashback in Episode 7 were just ThornBrain being left to write strange stories off-the-cuff.
    • The climax to Episode 10 with Future Kululu is what happens when Thorn takes numerous disparate elements from the first season and tries to tie them together. He and Yoshi barely planned for the climax prior to scriptwriting, despite Episode 10 having the most planning of any episode up to that point.
    • Viper only became Dororo's father when Yoshi joked about Viper's eyepatch being similar to Lil' Zeroro's mask. They just ran with it, and by Season 2 it was a recurring plot point and a key theme of the series.
    • The intention for Keroro's monologue in Episode 18 was for him to blame his parents for all the troubles in his life. After two minutes of the writers thinking about what could apply to that, it turned into a reveal that Keroro is Dororo's little brother.
  • Written By Cast Member: Thorn and Yoshinote  are the writers and lead voice actors. Episode 6 was co-written with Natsumi's VA LillyLivers, and Travis voiced various minor characters before becoming co-writer with Episode 9.

Other Trivia

  • Yoshi never intended to be a voice actor, let alone the voice of the main character; he just wanted to script-write and oversee the project. While he didn't quite like voice acting during the first three episodes, he began enjoying it starting with Episode 4, and it became one of his main hobbies after stepping down as SFA's writer.
  • Thorn admits that he wanted to run the project and voice practically everyone in the formative, circa-SFA1R days. Fast-forward to 2013, and he does run the project and voice a majority of the cast.