Follow TV Tropes


Small Reference Pools / Anime & Manga

Go To

Small Reference Pools from Anime and Manga:

Aversions and notable exceptions of this trope from Anime and Manga:

  • Averted in Haruhi Suzumiya, mostly in the novels. We have a story which uses Euler's Planar Graph Formula as a plot device. Jean-Jacques Rousseau is mentioned in another short story extremely casually, and half the historical references are of Japanese history. Best of all, Yuki's books always refer to the current plot, like when she reads Hyperion in Melancholy. Koizumi, especially in Melancholy, peppers his words with philosophy, like the Anthropic Principle and the Omphalos Hypothesis. Even the title sequence for the first season isn't spared. Read up about it in the Genius Bonus and the Viewers Are Geniuses page.
  • Princess Tutu, an anime based around a Magical Girl Ballerina, smashed this trope. Classical music serves as almost all of the background music in the show, and while a number of famous works are included (for example, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker and Swan Lake), both more obscure composers (Smetana, Mussorgsky, Satie) and less-popular works from famous composers (Beethoven's Egmont Overture). And it features a lot of ballets, from Giselle to the aforementioned Cinderella to Coppelia.
  • Nodame Cantabile naturally also uses works not by Beethoven & Mozart. The animators love "Veni, creator spiritus" from Mahler's 8th, for example, a fact that escapes the Other Wiki's notice. And Purcell's Abedlazar...
  • The Gag Dub of Crayon Shin-chan includes references to many obscure things, all the way to making a reference to Mother. An interview by one of the writers said they deliberately tried to avoid this.
  • Hunter × Hunter features cameos and references to well known Japanese celebrities, but also much more obscure ones (one of the sadistic antagonists reading Trevor Brown probably takes the cake).
  • The fairy tale anthology anime Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics included many obscure fairy tales such as "The Iron Stove" and "Jorinde and Joringel", in addition to well-known ones like "Cinderella" and "Snow White."
  • Meta example: The Japanese surname "Yagami" is spelt with the kanji for "eight" and "god" — so, 八神, "eight gods"; it turns out to derive from a placename. However, most Western anime fans first encounter it through Light Yagami, who spells it with the kanji for "night god." This has resulted in at least two similarly-named characters on this very wiki being written up with incorrect name meanings of "night god." Whoops.
    • Don't forget the beautiful princess Yagami-hime (八上姫), in Japanese Mythology. She's spelt with the kanji for "eight" and "rising up".
  • The titular Castle in the Sky, named Laputa, is based on the Laputa seen in Gulliver's Travels. There are no references to the much better-known scene where Gulliver is tied down by the tiny Lilliputians.


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: