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The Shout-Out page for Soul Eater: Troubled Souls. References galore. And this doesn’t include series or franchises mentioned outright by name.


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     Etymology 
All of these you would have to know by looking in their character profiles:
  • The inspiration behind Caius’s name comes from Caius Ballard of Final Fantasy XIII-2. The name itself is one of a Roman emperor.
  • Combined with Non-Indicative Name, the name 'Tsuji' refers to Masunobu Tsuji, a tactician of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second World War. Tsuji is not the strategic type; that role belongs to his partner, Marcellus.
  • Marcellus gets his (first) name from the character Marsellus Wallace in the 1994 movie Pulp Fiction. Although the names are clearly spelled differently.
  • Rowena's name comes from the character of the same name who is Saxon heroine of Sir Walter Scott's novel Ivanhoe (1819).
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     In Story 
  • Chapter 1:
    Scorpio: I shall sink my teeth that soul until I can feast no more!!!
  • Chapter 2:
    • As a reviewer points out, Stein has a linenote  that sounds like an obscure reference to the Keyblade.
  • Chapter 4:
    • J. Worski and the Flatheads refer to The Flathead gang and their leader Paul Jaworski. Driving this home is that they were committing robbery in the Detroit area.
    • In the same scene as above, Tsuji is aiming an arrow at an almost-dead J. Worski’s head, asking “Do you feel lucky, punk?
  • Chapter 6:
    • Caius scrolls through three songs. They are “Wanna Be Loved” by Papa Roach, “Enter the Sandman” by Metallica, and “Umbrella” by Rihanna.
  • Chapter 9:
  • Chapter 10:
  • Chapter 15:
    • Pot of Fire and Thunder exchange “Nuh-uh”s and “Yea-huh”s like Tipo and Chaca in that one scene from The Emperor's New Groove.
    • Word of God states that Chapter 15 was meant to be a giant Shout-Out to the film, Unstoppable.
  • Chapter 16:
    • This one is a complete and total homage to H. P. Lovecraft and his work, The Shadow Over Innsmouth. The Deep Ones are included, being a Kishin-worshiping cult that keeps the town under their thumb and stamps out potentially helpful outsiders. Yog-Sothoth also makes an appearance, but is instead relegated to collective final form.
  • Chapter 20:
    • Tsuji quotes verbatim a passage from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Which one? Click link and read the tagline. That’s the one.
    • Tsuji mentions Caliburn. Now, that’s an alternate name for Excalibur, but the narration refers to a video game. So, it’s very possible he was referencing Sonic and the Black Knight. Helps that he’s a Sonic fan.
    • On Rowena’s list of stuff to do in video games, she says she has to find a Scarab Gun and lead an Underworld army with an angel.
  • Chapter 22:
  • Chapter 23:
    • Damon mentions he got Omega Ruby. He’s obviously referring to Pokemon Omega Ruby.
  • Chapter 27:
  • Chapter 29-30:
    • The shadows are suspiciously similar to the Shadows of Persona 4.
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