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  • Tohru mentions The Matrix in chapter 9. And during their roughhousing, Tohru and Kanna perform a Tailed Beast Ball and Kamehameha respectively.
  • Kanna was watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in chapter 10.
  • In chapter 11, Kobayashi compares Tohru's inability to live in one place for too long to a Legendary Pokémon.
  • Tohru mentions having read Dragon Zakura in chapter 13.
  • One of the cosplayers at Comiket is dressed like Crayon Shin-chan.
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  • Chapter 21 reveals Fafnir has played at least one of the Honoo no Toukyuuji Dodge Danpei games.
  • There's a reference to the Japanese Twitter meme "they had lots of sex afterwards" (link to an SFW article on a NSFW site) at the end of chapter 35.
  • In Chapter 37, the Kobayashi household watches Samurai Sentai Shinkenger (as evidenced by Tohru cheering for the Big Bad Dokoku Chimatsuri).
  • Takiya mentions Ant-Man in the English translation of chapter 42 when suggesting that Tohru could cure Kobayashi's illness with a "Fantastic Voyage" Plot.
  • In chapter 63, Ilulu does a happy version of the "Angry Dog Noise" face.

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  • The river seen in the opening credits looks remarkably like the very polluted river in the opening of the first episode of the OVA of Bubblegum Crisis. Its a lot cleaner looking in Dragon Maid though.
  • In episode 2, Tohru is shown holding a copy of Tsuru no Ongaeshi, which is a story about a crane that takes on a human form to serve an elderly couple after they save her life. She even tells Kobayashi not to come into the kitchen while she makes dinner as a reference to the fact that the crane told the couple to never enter her room as she made cloth for them to sell.
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  • In the dub, Kobayashi quips this after flicking treats for Kanna...
  • Also in the dub...
    Tohru: Fafnir does have a slight dislike for humans. We're talking about an ancient cursed dragon that has been guarding his treasure in a cave for, like, ever.
    Kobayashi: You mean "hobbit style"?
  • Again in the dub, after Kobayashi explains the concept of "magic tricks"...
    Tohru: I've heard of this before. There's a should-be-forgettable movie that talks about it. About how humans only use approximately 10% of their brain capacity.
  • One more little gem from the dub—a totally wasted software engineer blunders into a huge dragon's snout in the gloom...
    Kobayashi (after picking herself up): "You shall not pass!"
  • Fafnir and Makoto are seen playing a Dark Souls expy during the party in Episode 3. At the end of the episode, Kanna plays something that bears a suspicious resemblance to Mario Kart.
  • In episode 6, Kanna plays the suspiciously Mario Kart-like game at Saikawa's house, and Fafnir and Makoto decide who gets to wash the dishes by playing the Spy vs. Spy video game.
  • In episode 9, when Shouta reveals what was written on his slip during the scavenger hunt portion of the sports festival, a coin grabbing sound effect from the Super Mario Bros. series plays.
  • In Episode 11, when once again Tohru is trying to get Kobiyashi to eat her tail meat, she says in a Green Eggs and Ham-style, "Could you? Would you for the new year?" to which Kobiashi replies, "I could not. Would not."
  • During the "Miss Kobayashi's RPG Dragon" segment in the fourth DVD special, Tohru, Elma, Fafnir and Makoto take part in a Final Fantasy I battle.
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