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Referenced By / Neon Genesis Evangelion

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  • The Kare Kano anime — not surprising, as it was a Studio Gainax production that was (for the most part) written and directed by Hideaki Anno as well.
    • In episode 1 Yukino is shown hunched over holding something in her palms, in a pose that is virtually a carbon copy of Rei when she holds Lilith’s egg. In the same episode J. S. Bach's "Air" is playing in the background at one point (a piece used in NGE).
    • in episode 11, when Yukino begins to think of people she's met in the past to compare another person to, a quick use of the freeze-frame feature on one’s DVD player reveals images of Misato, Kaji, Asuka, Shinji, Rei, and Touji, amongst others. Then later on when she’s taunted by the president of a rival class, an imaginary segment has her she growing to the size of a building and looking and sounding very much like a berserk EVA.
    • Then in episode 23, as Yukino gets on a bicycle with Arima, she starts the process with a close-up on Yukino's eyes (similarly to Shinji’s), and quietly says, "Unit One..." before taking off.
    • In general, there are a lot of stylistic choices extremely reminiscent of Eva in the anime, including a lot of elements from the last two episodes (original airing), such as spotlights on characters contemplating their situation and digesting their misfortunes (as was used in abundance in the original ending), and even a Clip Show on episode 14 (as in Eva), except it carried over to the first half of ep. 15 in Kare Kano.
  • From Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, also a Studio Gainax production:
    • Kneesocks' horn resembles that of EVA-01.
    • In "Panty + Brief", Brief tells his father, "I'm not your doll anymore." Rei says that to her "father" Gendo in "I Need You".
  • Sgt. Frog also has plenty of references, partially because Akira Ishida also voiced Saburo, Kaworu’s Expy—this is glaringly obvious in Saburo’s introduction, a parody of the scene in which Kaworu reveals he’s an Angel and makes his move towards the Terminal Dogma in ‘The Final Messenger’. This is Lampshaded at least once—the chamber collecting March Zone Energy creates a manifestation of Rei, who claims to be "the fourth one" and starts talking about "March Impact". The reference goes clear over Fuyuki’s head.
  • In Hayate the Combat Butler, Hinagiku was forced to sing A Cruel Angel's Thesis by the Student Council Trio.
  • Interviews with Monster Girls has a couple of references. Sakie getting drunk at home in a tank top and shorts is based wholesale on Misato getting drunk on beer, noises included; when German boy Kurtz is introduced as the "new weapon" against succubi, he's shown in an Imagine Spot in the same pose as EVA-01 coming out of the ground and getting ready for battle.


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  • The Battle Cats:
  • Kirby's Dream Land 3: One of the enemies, a spider-like monster called Mariel, shares some uncanny resemblances to the angel Matarael (sometimes translated as Matariel), with a body being a full head in a geometric shape and baring 4 extremely thin legs while being fullyblack at the same time.
  • Skullgirls:
    • One of Filia's alternate palettes is based on Zeruel's design from the Rebuild movies.
    • One of Painwheel's palettes is based on the Evangelion Unit-01.
    • One of Double's quotes directly says "Second Impact!".
    • One of the Halloween artworks shows Cerebella with a costume based on Zeruel's NGE design.
  • Overwatch: South Korean mecha pilot wears what is essentially a plugsuit with sponsor patches sewn on. The real giveaways are the white pauldrons on the shoulders (identical to those on Shinji's and Rei's suits), the big chunky wrists on the gloves, and the matching headset — although in's case the clips resemble rabbit ears more than cat ears.
  • The Barrier scroll from Dandy Dungeon conjures octagonal barriers that look just like the A. T. Field. This is just one of the dozens of nods to Japan's popular culture in the game.
  • In BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm, the secret third ending recreates this iconic shot from The End of Evangelion’s poster, with Catie and Tyalie in place of Shinji and Asuka, and the final boss’ remains standing in for Rei's giant head.
  • In Yakuza 0, one of the extended optional subplots for protagonist Kazuma Kiryu sees him participate in a Pocket Circuit Racing league during which he races against a varied cast of fellow racers. Once Kiryu completes all the quest-line and thereby proves that he is the fastest pocket racer in Kamurocho, all the characters he has encountered during the quest-line show up for a Curtain Call at the end and applauds him while telling him "Congratulations!" Kiryu smiles at this and says "Thank you, everyone!" This is very overtly a reference to the the final scene from "Episode 26".

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