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Anime Crimes Division has many, many references to nerd culture.


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Season One

    Episode 1: "Subs vs. Dubs" 
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    Episode 2: "Playing for Keeps" 
  • The auction in the second episode has a prop from Neon Genesis Evangelion sold to a man in Tuxedo Mask getup. Also up for sale is the rarest Yu-Gi-Oh! card in existence (the Super Saiyan Dark Magician), but it's been stolen and replaced with a Diglett card. Other attendees include a woman dressed as Saber and a man in a Survey Corps jacket.
  • When Joe and Diesel place two plays-for-keepsers under arrest, Joe reveals that they are ACD officers by playing a "You're Under Arrest" card, featuring Joe in a suit, standing in a courtroom, giving the pointer finger. It is highly likely that this is a reference to Ace Attorney.note 
  • Drinks seen include Yubaba Bobba and Naruto marble soda (Furuya is referred to as "Chunin Exams Rock Lee" in the scene where he drinks it).
  • The ad bumper references "Who's that Pokémon?" from Pokémon.

    Episode 3: "The Gundam Killer" 

Season 2

    Episode 1: "The Case Promised in Our Early Days" 

    Episode 2: "ACD AMV" 
  • Hideki "Naruto-runs with" a group in AMV Alley.
  • The visit to Sasuke references Boruto and Attack on Titan.
  • The name of infamous piracy hotbed website The Pirate Bay is sneaked into dialogue.
  • The show keeps a "Joe's love of anime" percent counter, just like the counter from Mob Psycho 100 that counts down how close Mob is to a meltdown.
  • The eyecatch is a rule from the ACD's handbook, written ala the rules of Death Note.
  • Joe threatens Sasuke that by the time he'll be out of prison, Berserk will be done.
  • The murders in this episode evoke iconic deaths from Death Note and Dragon Ball Z. The ACD is threatened by a Grave of the Fireflies setup.
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    Episode 3: "Silence of the Fireflies" 
  • The title is a twofer, referring to both Silence of the Lambs and Grave of the Fireflies.
    • Diesel's visit to the ex-chief is a homage to Clarice Starling's visit to Hannibal Lecter.
    • The golf players are kidnapped and held in a cave, since the siblings in Fireflies stayed in one.
  • The little girl outside Joe's apartment gives Joe a drawing of him as Luffy from One Piece.
  • One of the prisoners seen during Diesel's visit throws a Pokeball at her and creepily says "I choose you!"
  • A few to My Hero Academia:
    • The Chief correctly pinpoints it as a recent series Diesel's been watching.
    • The eyecatch layouts the title like the manga's logo, with the sound effect used is similar to the eyecatches from that show.
    • Diesel refers to Joe as her All Might.
  • The aforementioned conversation between Diesel and the Chief also references Neon Genesis Evangelion ("as alone as Shinji at the end"), Breaking Bad ("Breaking Bad-dites" are residents of Prestige TV City) and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (with the Chief even offering to settle for fansubs at the quality of Warriors of the Wind).
    • It's likely a reference to The Avengers (2012) as well, since it bears several similarities to Black Widow's interrogation of Loki.
  • Joe plays a virtual reality game called "Solitaire Art Online", a play on Sword Art Online.
  • While stalling for time to trace the killer's location, Joe tests the killer anime knowledge with Dragon Ball Z trivia.
  • The captives are found at Maiden Abyss, a play on Made In Abyss.
  • After the captives are rescued and the mayor is killed, Chief Brody makes a joke about Case Closed, AKA Detective Conan.
  • The ending montage is overscored with blues in the style of Cowboy Bebop.
  • A Freeze-Frame Bonus during Sasuke's funeral sees several Pokemon figurines, a Rosalina figurine, and a Naruto sticker on the table.
  • The billboard for Prestige TV City has the tagline "Because you liked Mad Men".

    Episode 4: "Beach Episode" 
  • Joe greets someone with "I am the danger."
  • Before Joe's interview with Diesel's mother, he attempts to break the ice with a joke about Lost.
  • During Joe's interview, he launches into a rehearsed spiel about how much he loves Game of Thrones. He also mentions Breaking Bad and Mad Men.
  • Diesel's mother extols the otherwise widely panned Dragon Ball Evolution, to Joe's disgust.
  • A Prestige TV City officer finds Joe vomiting, joking that he must have been watching the latest season of American Horror Story.
  • When discovering TOXIC's plan to overtake Neo Otaku City, Joe remarks that anyone who is dubbed a "fake fan" will be left with nothing but Family Guy.
  • Diesel compares the Will They or Won't They? trope to Ross and Rachel on Friends.
  • Joe's Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "I watched the first episode of The Wire. It was boring."
  • The Idiosyncratic Wipes of the episode is a reference to the scene transitions from Batman (1966).

    Episode 5: "Blood: The Last Hard Drive" 
  • The title is one to Blood: The Last Vampire.
  • The brainwashing scene is reminiscent of A Clockwork Orange.
  • Mrs. Prestige calls their Evil Plan worthy of Game of Thrones's Cersei Lannister. Later, Joe references Robb Stark and the Red Wedding.
  • "It's siphoning away all of the good anime... and Neo Yokio."
  • Diesel mows down the corrupt cop squad sent to arrest her in a manner similar to John Wick, before head-shotting the person who sent them in the middle of their Evil Gloating similar to how John killed Santino in John Wick: Chapter 2.
  • In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, it's shown that part of Joe's brainwashing was a binge of The Walking Dead.
  • At the end of the episode, Joe parrots a memetic misquote of Hayao Miyazaki: "Anime was a mistake."

    Episode 6: "The Saddest Anime Death of All Time" 
  • Joe gets to say "See you, space cowboy" this time.
  • "Anime...the only thing worse than the last season of Dexter."
  • Child Joe proclaims to love anime more than Pikachu loves Ash and more than Bulma loves Vegeta, and plays with Dragon Ball figurines and points out posters right after.
  • Joe's love for anime ticking up and beeping is reminiscent of Mob's feelings building up in Mob Psycho 100.
  • Joe goes Super Saiyan to save the city, with his love for Anime going over 9000.
  • Joe's death is a direct reference to Spike's, complete with the same song playing over the end credits.
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