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  • Actor Allusion:
    • Takeshi Aono, who voiced Grandpa Masa, also did Michael Palin's roles in the Japanese dub of Monty Python's Flying Circus. Something to keep in mind in Episode 12, when Grandpa goes "lumberjack"! Among the various film parodies there was also Back to the Future: Aono voiced Doc Brown in the Japanese dub and in the show Grandpa briefly took Doc's role. He also later in the same episode holds a device similar to the one that Alien Zarab (also a character he voiced) had.
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    • Yui Horie plays Emiryun in the dating-sim episode, and that character takes on traits of other Horie roles such as Ayu Tsukimiya and Multi.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Like their characters Sasshi and Arumi, Tomo Saeki and Yuki Matsuoka hail from Osaka.
  • Anime First: While two manga adaptations began before the anime aired, they were mainly meant to promote the anime and there are some differences in their plots.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: In the Japanese and English versions, Sasshi was voiced by a woman.
  • Reality Subtext: Sasshi is a creative boy who can create entire worlds, but his narrow experience with the world limits him to regurgitating takes on the genre fiction he's consumed, to the point where he eventually tries to create realistic settings and finds he simply can't. It's hard not to see this as a commentary on Gainax itself.