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- In the opening itself, Konata does an Ultraman pose. Specifically, the pose most Ultras use for their signature Specium Ray, iconic in itself.
- Also in the opening, the girls dance and walk around in some recognizable real-life scenery:
- Konata dances in a rice field north of her house in Satte.
- Kagami walks in front of the entrance of the Washinomiya shrine.
- Tsukasa dances in front of Kasukabe station.
- And lastly, Miyuki dances in front of the high school in Kasukabe.
- Konata and her game buddies are on a quest to restore light to the crystals, rescue the kidnapped princess, and save the world from ruin.
- The story of Konata saving Tsukasa was retold with a parody of Street Fighter, featuring Guile. Konata has a Shotoclone moveset featuring the Tatsumaki Senpuu Kyaku. The Versus screen is taken straight from Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike.
- The gang were trying to pick Sgt. Frog toys at the UFO catcher.
- Tsukasa's mention about the dentist's drills reminded Konata about Getter Robo. "Change Getter!"
- "DINOSAUR EMPIRE!!"
- Konata was also reminded about Gunbuster when they talked about the entire dentist experience, complete with a cute nurse doing Noriko's little dance in front of a spaceship.
- Earlier, Konata seeing a discount for QUO cards caused the Gunbuster march to appear as concentration music.
- Internal reference: the drama CD/anime seiyuu discussion was basically referring to this series.
- In Kagami's Imagine Spot about Konata working in the bookstore, Konata stole bookmarks put next to a SHUFFLE! float.
- Konata and Tsukasa were playing Hare Hare Yukai on the taiko drum game.
- Minoru's first line in this Lucky Channel before he composes himself: "Wa-wa-wa-wasure.../I for-for-forgot my..."
- Love Apron is an actual show.
- Mana-kana are actually real, too.
- When Konata said "So many dreams and so many frills, " Konata was referring to Wedding Peach.
- A talk about marriage in Episode 3 presents us with a tough choice: a childhood friend or a girl from a rich family? For Kagami, Bianca's the one. No question.
- Recurring character Yui Narumi makes her first appearance in episode 5 but she is mentioned here in an Early Bird Background Event.
- Conan Edogawa and Hajime Kindaichi were directly mentioned on a discussion on Always Murder.
- When Konata mentioned an anime where bright and stupid students were in the same class, she referred to Cromartie High School.
- When Kagami mentioned an anime where the teacher is younger than the student, she was referring to Pani Poni Dash! — also lampshading Studio Shaft's blackboard trick.
- One of Konata's excuses for being late to class involves bumping into a girl on the way to school and having to hide from the owner of a tayaki stand.
- To which Kuroi responds (mentally), "uguu~"
- Konata's birthday gifts are Haruhi's armband for Kagami and a To Heart uniform for Tsukasa.
- Later that scene, Konata pulls off a near perfect impression of Shin Nohara to tick off Kagami.
- We see a Bonta-kun doll in Kagami's room.
- Konata quotes Mayumi Thyme's flat chest mantra.
- They reference the Nintendo DS Lucky Star game Moe Drill.
- Shiraishi interviewing Konata is a parody of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.
- The manga Konata reads in her room is volume 19 of Blade of the Immortal.
- We see a poster of Mayumi Thyme in Konata's room, and Someday in the Rain airs. She comments that the flame wars are going to start after it aired — Konata's absolutely right.
- Konata reads an issue of Comptiq with the Rune Angel Wing on the back cover.
- Kagami reads The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.
- Minoru interrupts Akira with a brief "Nyoro~n" before introducing himself.
- Kagami named her goldfish Gyopi-chan after the flying goldfish in Goldfish Warning!.
- Yui has a Bonta-kun mask on him when Kuroi-sensei saw her.
- Tsukasa and Konata's phone conversation on depleted uranium was yet another Full Metal Panic! reference.
- Konata sings "Cha-La-Head-Cha-La" by Hironobu Kageyama (the first Dragon Ball Z opening) in the ending.
- The Background Music to the game Konata is playing sounds an awful lot like Perfect World...
- Also, while playing, Konata sings Bouken Desho Desho, with different lyrics, the 1st season of Suzumiya Haruhi's OP.
- When Kagami attempts to do the fish scoop, she says "Getto da ze!" That is the Japanese motto for the Pokémon series. In English, it was translated to "Gotta Catch Them All!".
- When Konata was talking about compfest, she was holding up a magazine with Archer and Saber on it.
- The gang plus Kuroi and Yui are going to the beach in Episode 6 when Yui goes all *bleep* D, complete with a song by "m.o.e.v".
- Everything in that sequence was parody gold: the water in the dashboard, the art style, the Eurobeat, the onlookers, the FD, the gutter run, and don't forget Konata quoting Natsuki verbatim about being carsick.
- Konata's again referring to Full Metal Panic! when she mentioned Shooting Watermelons.
- When Nanako drinks her beer in the beach cafe, it's almost a perfect replica of Misato's beer-drinking scene.
- Konata's referring to vintage personal care commercials in the Furo Scene (Timotei and Mandom).
- The man in Konata's scary story sang "Danzen! Futari wa (squeeker sound) ure" in a really loud voice!
- Later The Inugami Clan is also used to scare the characters.
- Konata's floaty speech pattern, wistful expression, use of "gokigenyou," and insistence on fixing Tsukasa's bow are all references to Maria-sama ga Miteru.
- Heck, Konata flatly says "Marimite" which is the shortened version of the title.
- Konata is heard watching Strawberry Panic!.
- Tsukasa's ringtone is Pachelbel's Canon.
- In the ending, Konata said the song Miyuki chose fits her as the song was from the singer/lyricist Miyuki Nakajima.
- When Akira mentions wanting to have a twin drill hairstyle, Minoru has a brief imagining of himself with that style, thinking "Never underestimate the speed of the Getter!"
- And right at the end: "Gero-geroo! Gero-ger—"
- "I would assume all butlers are named Sebastian..."
- Konata's cellphone has an anime ringtone. Three guesses which anime's Season 1 ED it belongs to.
- Attack No. 1 is mentioned during the girls discussing how they react to manga
- Fullmetal Panic gets a nod too for having a new book out at Gamers
- The TV drama Tsukasa mentioned when she studied with Kagami was The 14-year-old Mother.
- The girls discussed a lot about sports in the latter half of this episode:
- The figure skater who won the (2006) Winter Olympics was Shizuka Arakawa.
- The High School baseball tournament that went into extra innings, as Bandai's notes said, went on for two days. Prince Handkerchief refers to a player of the winning team.
- Kagami mentioned Daisuke Matsuzaka, who went to Red Sox after the 2006 season.
- The 2006 Japan Series was between the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters and Chunichi Dragons, so Konata mentioned "blocks of ham."
- Konata, Kagami, and Tsukasa watch Saw III.
- Here's something dub only: When Minoru's getting Tsukasa's profile, Akira comments that he sounds like a nerdy turtle. Granted, Akira calls him a turtle in the Japanese version.
- During the next episode preview, Konata mentions the well known 1-up trick from "Super xxxxx Bros."
- Soujirou has a fangasm when he realizes how similar Tsukasa and Kagami are to Sakura and Rin.
- Konata's room is exposed. We see a Mikuru figurine, clearly the Gachapon version, and the poster of the Haruhi cast in bunny suits.
- Tsukasa's phone has a Tamama keychain on it.
- The scene about Miyuki going to the clinic was a reference to the TV drama Dr. Koto Shinryojo.
- Kagami was again reading Full Metal Panic! when Tsukasa texted her at home.
- Konata shows Kagami the point cards of the Tora no Ana, Animate, Ishimaru Denki, Gamers, and Yodobashi Camera before going into the Animate store.
- In the Animate store, Anime Tenchou wanted to sell Konata a Haruhi Suzumiya DVD, but Konata left since she wanted to have an Aquarian Age souvenir.
- The girls discuss how 2ch speak has cropped up on TV a lot and Konata says that if someone understands, they have lost. (The Game).
- Akira asks if Minoru still has a job at Co Co-Ichcibanya or not.
- Masutatsu Oyama is referenced by Konata concerning karate.
- Yui walks on Konata watching a Kousuke Kindaichi movie and a Odoru Daisaisusasen drama.
- Konata's dad shouts "STRONGER!!" as he plays with static electricity, which is a reference to Kamen Rider Stronger's henshin sequence.
- Ending theme was Doraemon no Uta.
- Konata mentions seeing a girl in a sailor uniform holding a machine gun on the train platform. A reference to Sailor Suit and Machine Gun, a 1980s TV drama that was remade in 2006, which OP was sung by Kagami at the end of episode 4.
- The entire episode is a trip to Comiket or Comic Market, the world's largest Doujinshi fair.
- Huge Haruhi poster on a moving truck, not quite sure if it's a Gekisou advertisement.
- One yellow car had a huge decal of Primula on it.
- Konata's shopping list at this Comiket is apparently REAL and is the actual Comiket held on December 31, 2006. Apparently, Konata was buying Hentai Haruhi doujins. See here.
- This is borne out as Kagami buys a Haruhi doujin, "Nurunuru Danchou-san" ("Wet+Wild Brigade Leader") and a Full Metal Panic doujin, "Ikenai Kanchou-san" ("The Naughty Captain" (i.e. Tessa)).
- The Miyakawa sisters, Hinata and Hikage, appear briefly in the background shortly before Konata's "reloading" scene. They were originally characters in the drama CDs and video games.
- Kagami gets Squicked by some Sousuke/Gauron Yaoi doujinshi from a circle◊.
- Hiyori makes a split-second Early-Bird Cameo in the scene where two Animate clerks try to sell Konata their doujinshi. No wonder she stood out in the Faceless Masses.
- A scene where Tsukasa walks outside among cosplayers◊:
- Soujirou appears briefly, implying he went to Comiket as well.
- The scene after Akira's poster is knocked over has Minori Chihara selling Haruhi merchandise.
- Behind Minori Chihara and the arguing customer in that scene is a Kanon poster.
- Konata mentions a "Hotel Urashima" that she and her father stayed at when talking about previous Comikets.
- Hotel Urashima is a real place, and was notorious when Comiket was held at Harumi. Small, expensive, and creepy.
- Is that a terrible Miku Hatsune?
- When Meito Anisawa and Clerk Sugita chastise one customer for arriving late, behind Clerk Sugita is a poster of Rena Ryuuguu from Higurashi: When They Cry.
- The poster on the wall where Clerk Sugita is punched into by Meito Anisawa is a SHUFFLE! poster, but only Lisianthus is visible due to the dust. (I tried pausing it to see the others, but no cigar)
- Confirmed a few scenes later, because Asa Shigure is clearly visible on the poster.
- When Clerk Sugita hits the wall after being hit by Anisawa, he mutters "Asia" — this may be a reference to Master Asia from G-Gundam
- When Clerk Sugita was saying he was looking for a weapon, his voice sounded like Amuro Ray.
- Finally, we have the Actor Allusion laden duel between Tomokazu "Sousuke" Seki and Tomokazu "Kyon" Sugita. Both try to sell their own characters' merchandise while failing.
- They also have to explain to the President that Kyon and Sousuke are main characters.
- A Sgt. Frog poster is on the wall where President Takahashi punches both Anime Tenchou and Sugita. Yes, the actual president of Animate.
- The ending song played halfway through is "Makenaide" by ZARD, as a tribute to one of their lead singers recently dyingnote .
- The ending song is a reference to the episode in Suzumiya Haruhi where Taniguchi walks in to see Yuki lying in Kyon's hands.
- The scene where Konata thinks about the 100 poets, she's shown with a duel disk, wearing a combination of Yugi and Kaiba's outfits (complete with an upside down Millenium Puzzle).
- When Miyuki's playing with her cousins, she reads the Chihayafuru card. This was more obscure back then, as Lucky Star's broadcast run was the same year Chihayafuru began serialization and ended before the first bound volume hit.
- In the Animate scene, when Mieto's assistant yells "Boss, we got her!" he is inside Giroro's tent from Sgt. Frog.
- Lots of references to Sgt. Frog in this scene. For one, each assistant seems to parody one of the central characters: the male with the walkie-talkie is Giroro, the brunette is Tamama, and the blonde is Keroro.
- When blocking Konata's path, the brunette and the blonde laugh like Tamama and Keroro, respectively. Tamama's tail can be seen on the back of the brunette as well.
- When Konata is at the register, the store employees' facial expressions reference the characters of Sgt. Frog.
- At one point, Meito Anisawa tries to use Geass to get Konata to buy something, complete with an Ash Ketchum hat turn.
- When Kagami scolds Konata, Konata carries wings behind her back and says "Uguuu!".
- When Kagami imagines Konata working as a Doujinshi, Konata is saying "Megas smoked cheese, nyoro!"
- Da Capo is referenced twice in this episode, with Konata parodying Nemu coughing up sakura petals, and the opening itself is parodied, with Konata playing the roles of Nemu, Sakura, Kotori, Moe, and Junichi, complete with the Da Capo opening music.
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- "So, is it interesting?" "Unique."
- As Konata says that, there's a figure of Haruhi in her bunny girl outfit on her bookshelf. Later on, we see a poster of the Haruhi girls in bunny girl outfits.◊
- The four attend the Suzumiya Haruhi no Gekisou concert.
- Soujirou does the henshin sequence from Kamen Rider Super-1
- Yutaka's class introduction directly references that of Chiyo's in Azumanga Daioh, something that she lampshaded.
- Near the end of the episode, Die Lorelei is playing when Yutaka enters Konata's room. Since it's Konata, she was probably playing Fate/stay night.
- During a classroom session, Kuroi-sensei wakes up Konata. Upon waking up, Konata mentions, "Potemkin!". Possibly a reference to a character from Guilty Gear.
- Minoru tries to sing "Koi no Minoru Densetsu". It's basically "Koi no Mikuru Densetsu" from Haruhi, with a few alterations. He fails, because the editing team cuts him off.
- Konata's speech about an anime where dead pets are resurrected refers to the 2001 series Angel Tales... in which Aya Hirano played Momo the Monkey, one of her earliest roles.
- Konata has a poster on her wall for the Kiddy Grade Ignition movie, which had been in cinemas in April of the same year (the episode was set in April). Kiddy Grade, of course, was Aya Hirano's first lead role and she was herself present at the premiere.
- Konata's new handphone, unsurprisingly, has a Haruhi wallpaper. Her ringtone is also Koi no Mikuru Densetsu, which Minoru tried to sing in the credits in the last episode.
- Everybody who works at the cafe cosplays, and acts in character. Examples include:
- After Konata bosses them around to get their orders, Kagami says, "Yare yare," just like Kyon.
- The seiyuus for both Yuki and Kyon reprise their roles. Sort of.
- The announce the preview of the episode.
- Konata performs "Hare Hare Yukai" on stage with Patricia Martin, who's cosplaying as Mikuru.
- When Kagami asks what the juice has in it, Patricia replies with, "禁則事項です", or "Classified Information".
- Kagami is instructed by Konata to buy a Code Geass manga.
- Otaku mistake Tsukasa for Akari Kamigishi, prompting her to say "Hiroyuki-chan," which is what Akari calls male protagonist Hiroyuki Fujita, and one of the photographers is the director of the first season of Haruhi Suzumiya (the guy with the large glasses and camera).
- Anime Tenchou tries to sell Konata the Season 1 Image Songs for Haruhi, only for her to walk out because Kagami wants to meet her.
- While Akira sings Misoji Misaki, Minoru wonders for a moment whether he should sing Kentai Life Returns, one of Kyon's image songs. In the credits, Akira's seiyuu sings Misoji Misaki in real life.
- Tsukasa asks for her sisters' help to translate parts of an English book for homework. The passages shown: "Curses, like chickens, come home to roost. When you make the contract, you will absolutely go to hell, too.
- The split screen when the Izumi-Kobayakawas prepare for Konata's birthday is taken from 24.
- Konata said she wanted to be a Brigade leader, Nanto Shinken master, and an anime storyboard artist. When Kagami asked about her special talents, she said she can name all Pok_mon.
- Outside of the bookstore Kagami was holding a Rental Magica light novel.
- In the classroom Konata was reading the July 2007 issue of Comptiq, with LS on the cover and Haruhi on the back.
- When Kagami borrows Konata's history book, the drawings represent Noein characters, complete with someone shouting HARUKAAA !
- When talking about the Hiiragi sisters, Konata first referenced Little Women, then to Cat's Eye.
- In Lucky Channel, Anime Tenchou lists off a few of Hiromi Konno's previous roles — two of them are Rouran and Potato.
- At the end of the preview, Minoru yells "Finger".
- When on an discussion on Animal Motifs, the Miyuki in the Imagine Spot said Fumoffu!
- The animal show the Hiiragis were watching is likely to be Tensai! Shimura Doubutsuen.
- Kagami was forcing Konata to read the first book of Kimi no Ita Kinou, Boku no Miru Asu.
- When Konata mentioned an anime was postponed for 4 hours due to election coverage, she was referring to Lucky Star itself.
- When Konata and Kuroi-sensei was arguing about TV broadcast, it changed into Full Metal Panic! mecha in Super Robot Wars gameplay.
- Konata and Soujirou's Gundam related conversation.
- Detective Conan is referenced again amidst the bleeped conversation.
- Miyuki and Yukari watch The Grudge.
- Yui reads a Fate/stay night manga with Rider on the cover.
- Hiyori's drawings of Apollo Justice and Klavier Gavin are dismissed by Yutaka and Minami to be of the same quality.
- Hiyori takes a picture of two people cosplaying as Edward Elric and Roy Mustang.
- Hiyori puts Suzaku as her name when they went to bowl, and odds are it's Kururugi they're referring to here. Also, the adjacent bowler's lane has the names of the SOS Brigade members on the scoreboard.
- Hiyori fantasizes Yutaka as a Huge Schoolgirl, to the point she's clearly Japan's answer to Nancy Archer.
- Hiyori parodies the nullification of Ryoko's Data Link.
- Haruhi's cola commercial.
- The mosquito-killing method: "You are already dead."
- Daisuke Ono fills in for Minoru, and he and Akira pull off an Actor Allusion to AIR.
- His outfit is also rather similar to what he wore in Haruhi Suzumiya no Gekisou...
- Kagami reads several volumes of two series, one of them bein Future Diary.
- When Patty mentioned Narimiya-kun, she's referring to Hiroki Narimiya, and by context his performance of the Akibahara@Deep movie.
- Hiyori apparently has quite a bit of Future Diary by her pillow.
- Konata's line about Iris was from Gamera.
- Konota pointing out the Buddha statue as the main one and the smaller Buddhas surrounding it as the options refer to the game Gradius.
- When Shiraishi was chasing for the bus, Konata wanted him to reenact Galaxy Express 999.
- When Konata knew the origin of the Kinkakuji and Ginkakuji, she thought if temples were names after ruby or sapphire per Pokémon.
- At the dinner scene, Konata mentioned Souryuden.
- Of course, Konata et al. went to Kyoto Animation studios.
- Konata mention the dragon slayer in a reference to Berserk
- In the ending, Minoru is wearing a Kamen Rider Den-O Belt, he's mimicking Kamen Rider BLACK 's transformation pose, and the narration at the end is typical of a Showa-era Kamen Rider series.
- In the scene where Yutaka is listening to music and then says, "Pittan, na ne Moji Pittan", it turns out that "Moji Pittan" IS a real song and KyoAni actually animated Yutaka to its beat.
- Minami straightening Yutaka's tie in Hiyori's Imagine Spot is a Maria-sama ga Miteru parody.
- When Kagami and Misao talk about lending games to other people and Misao mentions that "There's gotta be a Law of Equal Lending."
- Konata cosplays as Yuki, quoting her fortune telling from Live Alive.
- A Celebrity Paradox is invoked, involving Aya Hirano.
- When Misao's being asked by a few people to get stuff for them, one of them wants a Playboy. She immediately notices that there's something wrong before snapping.
- Minoru sings "Beautiful Dreamer (Ai wa Boomerang)" in the ending credits, which is one of the ending themes for Urusei Yatsura.
- The episode's name is JK, which observant Tropers will know as the abbreviation for Joshikousei.
- Instant Cosplay Surprise is invoked by Konata; while cosplaying as Yuki Nagato again, she transforms Kagami into a maid, a miko, Rin Tohsaka, and Miku Hatsune.
- (From here): The censored "undo" spell Kagami reluctantly shouts in her dream is: "Konata to gattai shitai!" ("I want to unite with Konata!") — a close parody of "Anata to gattai shitai!" ("I want to unite with you!"). The latter was a highly-promoted catchphrase from the TV series Genesis of Aquarion, in which flying mechs and their human pilots literally merge into one gigantic entity.
- When Konata briefly mentions the Lodoss Tabletalk Game, she's talking about Dungeons & Dragons, specifically the campaign replays published in Japan that would eventually become the basis for the anime of that name. Naturally, most pen and paper RPGs are classified as Tabletalk RPGs in Japan.
- The promo food items that look out of place in the fantasy-based MMORPG are a poke at The Tower of Druaga MMO, which did much the same thing.
- The song that plays briefly during the volleyball game is the theme of Attack No. 1.
- Konata orders Tsukasa and Misao to form up for the Jet Stream Attack.
- When Patty discovers Cherry's paw pads don't go puni-puni, she lets out a loud cry of "ZETSUBOU SHITA!".
- The victory pose that Konata, Kagami, Tsukasa, and Kuroi make in the game is the ending pose of Hare Hare Yukai, with a random guy filling in Itsuki's spot and then walking away.
- When the gang gets lost in the mountains, Konata yells out "THE HEAVENS HAVE ABANDONED US!!!", a line taken from the film Hakkouda Mountain.
- That's our Mi-wiki-san!
- Konata calls Miyuki the Idol of the Galaxy in the pet shop, an Actor Allusion to her role as Sheryl Nome in Macross Frontier.
- When Kagami wakes up in a compromising position, it plays an imitation of the 24 beeps (previously used in episode 17).
- Minoru tries to sell the girls Sergeant Keroro and Private Tamama.
- In the same vein Minoru spouts the line "I am Zero! I have returned"
- In the volleyball game, Konata calls out her serve similar to how a certain Bleach character fires his attack
- The name of Konata's MMORPG is never given, but the BGM for it is "Filna Fatansy"
- A strip in the last bonus section of manga volume 7 points out the Vocaloid resemblances (Kagami - Miku, Tsukasa - Rin, Miyuki - Lukanote ).
- Also in manga volume 7: when Kagami complained about Konata's huge (and growing) Dating Sim backlog, Konata wished she had the ability of Keima Katsuragi.
- Keima was again referenced in Volume 8: over an online chat Kuroi mentioned there's been an increasing number of openly otaku students. When Konata asked for details, Kuroi said "there's this one who was playing on his portable game machine during class. It seemed like a Dating Sim, and the guy was really into it."
- A manga strip revolves around what happens when Konata tries to use machine translation, with "type moon".
- In one episode (can't remember which), Konata has what appears to be a model of Goku preparing a Spirit Bomb on her desk.
- Kagami and Tsukasa look like a certain pair of twins from CLANNAD...