- Accuracy System Image Module for Optimum Velocity.
- Also a likely reference to the various Gundam acronyms.
- The destroyed Moon as a result of a teleporting gate gone wrong brings to mind Cowboy Bebop.
- The Hypergate itself◊ looks very similar to the African portal that leads to the Ark◊ from Halo 3.
- At one point in Episode 6, Marito performs the Shaft head tilt.◊
- In Episode 7, Inaho refers to the six-armed Hellas Kataphrakt as "Asura."
- Slaine's interrogation of a Martian pilot by pinning him down and shooting him in the leg is almost a shot-for-shot recreation of how Kiritsugu Emiya interrogates Byakuya Matou in episode 21 of Fate/Zero, which was also directed by Ei Aoki.
- While it's due to the color of his Kataphrakt, one can't help but think of another mecha pilot nicknamed Orange whenever Slaine calls Inaho that...
- The story is about Martians invading Earth because of Issues on their planet, and their intense jealousy for the Blue planet. Which gets even better about the war the Lieutenant went through years ago against a giant Martian Tripod! Not to mention that the Versian Sky Carriers closely match the description of the Martian aircraft in the novel.
- In Episode 9, the general look and design of the bedroom that Slaine wakes up in is oddly similar◊ to Dave Bowman's hotel room.
- In Episode 10, the United Earth underground headquarters is clearly a reference to Jaburo, the Earth Federations underground headquarters in Mobile Suit Gundam.
- In Episode 12, Inaho gives the Princess a reality check on the nature of war by stating, "War is merely negotiation by other means." He's paraphrasing Carl von Clausewitz's famous line "War is the continuation of politics by other means" from the book On War.
- In Episode 12, when Asseylum shuts down the Aldnoah drive, everything in the castle is powering down and the sound we hear is the same one when the Millennium Falcon breaks down in The Empire Strikes Back.
- That same episode also features a climactic battle that is interrupted by the sudden destruction of a wall, a light source going dark, and the whole scene slowing down right before a sudden cut to black. This is a Signature Style of Ei Aoki, as the same technique was demonstrated in the series finale of Fate/Zero during its Final Battle.
- The way Episode 12 ends on a dark note with only ambient noise during the music-less credits sequence, is quite similar to the first episode of Ga-Rei -Zero-, another show that Ei Aoki and Katsuhiko Takayama worked on together. Both episodes feature a Total Party Kill, though Aldnoah's is much less permanent.
- Outside of actual space travel, the most prominent means of contacting Mars appears to be what amounts to astral projection. Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs will find this familiar. Also, one of the main characters is a Princess of Mars. And the term in which Martians call their planet, "Vers", is pronounced as "Barsa", which is similar to Burroughs' native name for it, "Barsoom".
- In Episode 13, a grenade launcher is used to create safe spots to make a path through the Frozen Elysium's ice fields. Said launcher is reloaded by flipping it over on the move.
- In Episode 14, the Martian Space Fighters increase their speed by linking together for transit and then separating again for combat just like in Knights of Sidonia. The fighters' design also resembles the Starfuries from Babylon 5. The massive Martian transports also look very similar to Lando Calrissian's Shieldships from The Thrawn Trilogy.
- In Episode 15, the chess match Inaho & Magbaredge are playing is the 1961 match between Petrosian and Pachman.
- Count Marylcian's Herschel looks incredibly similar to the Weltall-Id from Xenogears. In terms of actual ability, though, it's closer to the Sazabi.
- Episode 18 sees Count Selnakis' Kataphrakt eliminate a Macross Missile Massacre with a single wide area sweep of a laser beam: an iconic defense of some Angels, mainly Ramiel against The Worf Barrage.
- From Episode 19, Countess Raffia's Kataphrakt stays cloaked while shooting explosive arrows that allow it to maintain its stealth field. Prophet can do the same thing with the Predator Bow in Crysis 3.
- In Episode 21, the sheer insanity of all the Martian Kataphrakts they're fighting leaves Calm to wonder if they're secretly in◊ a Sonny Chiba movie.
- In the series finale, Inaho visits Slaine in a glass prison and plays chess with him, just like Magneto and Xavier in the first X-Men movie.
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