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* Episode 14 of ''Alicization'' has a huge visual reference to ''Anime/FateStayNightUnlimitedBladeWorks'' with the scene where [[https://i.imgur.com/o6fPuiq.jpg Kirito uses Spinning Shield to blocks Deusolbert's Conflagration Bow]] is near-identical to [[https://i.imgur.com/A5nprME.jpg Archer using Rho Aias to block Lancer's Gae Bolg]].



* Episode 14 of ''Alicization'' has a huge visual reference to ''Anime/FateStayNightUnlimitedBladeWorks'' with the scene where [[https://i.imgur.com/o6fPuiq.jpg Kirito uses Spinning Shield to blocks Deusolbert's Conflagration Bow]] is near-identical to [[https://i.imgur.com/A5nprME.jpg Archer using Rho Aias to block Lancer's Gae Bolg]].


** In ''Alicization Lasting'', after Niemon takes massive damage from Hans's gunfire, it shuts down... but after Rinko screams at Kayaba to [[DareToBeBadass wake up]], its systems reactivate and one of the Rath technicians exclaims, "Unit 02 has reactivated!" just like in ''End of Evangelion'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AY27gLWhtM&t=195 when Unit 02 reactivates]] for its final battle against the mass-produced Evas.

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** In ''Alicization Lasting'', after Niemon Niemon's battery cable takes massive damage from Hans's gunfire, it shuts down... but after Rinko screams at Kayaba to [[DareToBeBadass wake up]], its systems reactivate and one of the Rath technicians exclaims, "Unit 02 has reactivated!" just like in ''End of Evangelion'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AY27gLWhtM&t=195 when Unit 02 reactivates]] after its battery cable is severed for its final battle against the mass-produced Evas.


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* Alice's line during [[spoiler: the Rath press conference in Volume 18 about opening up her skull to prove she's an AI]] is referencing ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' when the T-800 opens its skull up to prove to Miles Dyson it's a machine.

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** In ''Alicization Lasting'', after Niemon takes massive damage from Hans's gunfire, it shuts down... but after Rinko screams at Kayaba to [[DareToBeBadass wake up]], its systems reactivate and one of the Rath technicians exclaims, "Unit 02 has reactivated!" just like in ''End of Evangelion'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AY27gLWhtM&t=195 when Unit 02 reactivates]] for its final battle against the mass-produced Evas.


* The film producers also confirmed that ''Ordinal Scale'' has some references to the ''{{Anime/Digimon}}'' film ''Our War Game''.

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* The film producers also confirmed that ''Ordinal Scale'' has some references to the ''{{Anime/Digimon}}'' ''{{Franchise/Digimon}}'' film ''Our War Game''.

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** In ''Alicization Awakening'', Suguha takes a grievous injury while battling as goddess Terraria in Underworld in the form of a spear through the eye, much like Unit 02 getting stabbed through both eyes with the Lance of Longinus. The anime adaptation even adds a massive burst of HighPressureBlood just like how the Unit bleeds.


** During one of Arfa-Sys's Affection Events, they at one point quotes "This burning fist of mine is glowing red! It screams at me to destroy my enemies!", subtly referencing part of {{Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Domon Kasshu's}} famous quote "This hand of mine glows with an awesome power! It's loud roar tells me to defeat you! Take this! My love! My anger! And all of my sorrow! Erupting... God... FINGER!"

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** During one of Arfa-Sys's Affection Events, they at one point quotes "This burning fist of mine is glowing red! It screams at me to destroy my enemies!", subtly referencing part of {{Anime/MobileFighterGGundam [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Domon Kasshu's}} Kasshu's]] famous quote "This hand of mine glows with an awesome power! It's loud roar tells me to defeat you! Take this! My love! My anger! And all of my sorrow! Erupting... God... FINGER!"


** During one of Arfa-Sys's Affection Events, they at one point quotes "This burning fist of mine is glowing red! It screams at me to destroy my enemies!", subtly referencing part of [[Anime/Mobile Fighter G Gundam Domon Kasshu's]] famous quote "This hand of mine glows with an awesome power! It's loud roar tells me to defeat you! Take this! My love! My anger! And all of my sorrow! Erupting... God... FINGER!"

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** During one of Arfa-Sys's Affection Events, they at one point quotes "This burning fist of mine is glowing red! It screams at me to destroy my enemies!", subtly referencing part of [[Anime/Mobile Fighter G Gundam {{Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Domon Kasshu's]] Kasshu's}} famous quote "This hand of mine glows with an awesome power! It's loud roar tells me to defeat you! Take this! My love! My anger! And all of my sorrow! Erupting... God... FINGER!"


** In the ''Ambush of the Imposters'' DLC, Yamikaze, the de facto leader of Zeliska's contact team, wears armor that sports an interesting grey, red, and white color scheme that is rather similar to [[Franchise/MassEffect a certain other commander from a third-person sci-fi RPG franchise.]]

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** In the ''Ambush of the Imposters'' DLC, Yamikaze, the de facto leader of Zeliska's contact team, wears armor that sports an interesting grey, red, and white color scheme that is rather similar to [[Franchise/MassEffect a certain other commander from a third-person sci-fi RPG franchise.]]]]
** During one of Arfa-Sys's Affection Events, they at one point quotes "This burning fist of mine is glowing red! It screams at me to destroy my enemies!", subtly referencing part of [[Anime/Mobile Fighter G Gundam Domon Kasshu's]] famous quote "This hand of mine glows with an awesome power! It's loud roar tells me to defeat you! Take this! My love! My anger! And all of my sorrow! Erupting... God... FINGER!"


* One gameplay element in GGO is a bullet path indication, where the HUD displays a green line (red in the anime) leading back to whoever is shooting at you. This was a Nanosuit option in ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}} 2''. In addition to this, the anime shows that the game accounts for wind speed, gravity, and ''humidity'', and when a player gets a shot the camera follows the bullet, all of these similar to ''VideoGame/SniperElite''.

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* One gameplay element in GGO is a bullet path indication, where the HUD displays a green line (red in the anime) leading back to whoever is shooting at you. This was a you, reminiscent of the "Threat Tracer" upgrade for the Nanosuit option in ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}} 2''. In addition to this, the anime shows that the game accounts for wind speed, gravity, and ''humidity'', and when a player gets a shot the camera follows the bullet, all of these similar to ''VideoGame/SniperElite''.

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*** Sachi's posthumous recording crystal also takes the form of said angel.


* One random quest in SAO involves players hunting [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre monsters wearing leather masks and carrying chainsaws]].

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* One random quest in SAO involves players hunting [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre monsters wearing leather masks and carrying chainsaws]].


** The 2019 April Fools event had Kirito and Asuna turning into [[Manga/DetectiveConan little kids and dressing as detectives]]. Yuuki even dresses as a Phantom Thief.

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** The 2019 April Fools event had Kirito and Asuna turning into [[Manga/DetectiveConan little kids and dressing as detectives]]. Yuuki even dresses as a Phantom Thief.Thief, while Asuna's skill record comes with the tagline "There's only one truth!"

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* In ''Integral Factor''
** The 2019 April Fools event had Kirito and Asuna turning into [[Manga/DetectiveConan little kids and dressing as detectives]]. Yuuki even dresses as a Phantom Thief.

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* Cardinal's assistant is a little spider named Charlotte. [[Literature/CharlottesWeb Does that ring a bell?]]


* During Volume 10, Kikuoka, while explaining to Asuna that [[spoiler:it isn't possible to create a facsimile of modern society in virtual reality, hence why Underworld is set in the medieval times]], Kikuoka all but mentions ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' by name ("a movie from before (Asuna was) born"), while discussing that the protagonist "[[SpottingTheThread starts spotting the cracks]] and eventually [[TrumanShowPlot realizes the truth…]]”
* [[spoiler:Gabe's death is reminiscent to how Kira dies in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. Both characters arrive somewhere other than they thought they should be (Gabe in the [=STL=] room, Kira at the haunted alley), only to encounter the girl they killed years ago (Gabe killed Alicia, Kira killed Reimi) and get DraggedOffToHell by the souls of the dead. And both are villains of their respective story arcs.]]


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* During Volume 10, Kikuoka, while explaining to Asuna that [[spoiler:it isn't possible to create a facsimile of modern society in virtual reality, hence why Underworld is set in the medieval times]], Kikuoka all but mentions ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' by name ("a movie from before (Asuna was) born"), while discussing that the protagonist "[[SpottingTheThread starts spotting the cracks]] and eventually [[TrumanShowPlot realizes the truth…]]”
* [[spoiler:Gabe's death is reminiscent to how Kira dies in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. Both characters arrive somewhere other than they thought they should be (Gabe in the [=STL=] room, Kira at the haunted alley), only to encounter the girl they killed years ago (Gabe killed Alicia, Kira killed Reimi) and get DraggedOffToHell by the souls of the dead. And both are villains of their respective story arcs.]]
* Episode 14 of ''Alicization'' has a huge visual reference to ''Anime/FateStayNightUnlimitedBladeWorks'' with the scene where [[https://i.imgur.com/o6fPuiq.jpg Kirito uses Spinning Shield to blocks Deusolbert's Conflagration Bow]] is near-identical to [[https://i.imgur.com/A5nprME.jpg Archer using Rho Aias to block Lancer's Gae Bolg]].

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