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Pop culture references in anime

Anime that reference pop culture, for either comedy, or as part of the context.
1 Blood Blockade Battlefront

Blood Blockade Battlefront

2 Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop

Bebop often touched upon western tropes and referencedand the such. The show's episodes are also titled after well known western songs.

3 Cromartie High School

Cromartie High School

Okay, maybe this one doesn't have as many references as other shows, but it has Freddie freakin' Mercury as a recurring character. If that doesn't mean this belongs to the list then I don't know what does.

4 Excel Saga

Excel Saga

has all sorts of references to western pop culture



Furi Kuri get's it's way by constantly dropping both japanese and western celebrity names, it also has mulitple references to western titles such as South park. 

though they don't affect the context and are used only for comedic purposes.

6 FLCL: Alternative

FLCL: Alternative

7 FLCL: Progressive

FLCL: Progressive

8 Gintama'


9 Gintama': Enchousen

Gintama': Enchousen

10 Gintama°


11 Gintama


12 Gintama.


13 Gintama: Porori-hen

Gintama: Porori-hen

14 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2000)

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2000)

The characters and stands are based on either western artists/bands or songs.

15 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)

16 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

17 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

18 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders - Battle in Egypt

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders - Battle in Egypt

19 Joshiraku


Similar to Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, it comments on social and cultural customs, or tropes in a satirical manner.

20 Joshiraku OVA

Joshiraku OVA

21 Kill La Kill

Kill La Kill

22 Kill Me Baby

Kill Me Baby

23 Mr. Osomatsu

Mr. Osomatsu

24 Pop Team Epic

Pop Team Epic

25 Princess Jellyfish

Princess Jellyfish

26 Samurai Flamenco

Samurai Flamenco

27 Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei

SZS's author really loves his puns and references a lot, his works are filled with references that are used for both comedy and to critisize modern society.

28 Space Dandy

Space Dandy

as a gag parody of space western, it's filled with references to classical Sci fi tropes and movies of the west.

29 Space Dandy 2

Space Dandy 2

30 Space Patrol Luluco

Space Patrol Luluco

31 Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

32 Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei


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