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Bpen loves making Shout Outs to other works. Here are some of them:

Multiple references:


  • Evangelion Fantasy Battles is painfully obvious.

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

  • Chapter 10: Touji and Kensuke pointing to the sky and asking Asuka: "WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK WE ARE?!?"
    • And of course, many variations by many different characters.
  • Chapter 10, also: Toji: "To those who have faith, as long as the chances aren't zero it might as well be a hundred!"
  • Chapter 17: "Kirishima-san. You came here wanting to know. I will show it to you..." He pointed up. "Follow me and we will pierce the heavens. Believe in me, and we shall hold eternity in our palms."
  • Chapter 32: One of the trooper sergeants shouts to his squad before the underwater battle, "Pile on, boys! Show these scum who we are! Time to go kick reason to the curb and go Beyond The Impossible. PIERCE THE ALIENS WITH YOUR DRILL!"
  • Chapter 36: "You don't have to believe in yourself, you're just going to mess things up that way! Believe in me who believes in you!"
  • Chapter 37: Some were already calling it the Nia Teppelin.
  • "Hey! Yamagishi! Listen...! If you can't believe in yourself, then believe in me who... fuck it, I'm not finishing that."

Star Wars

  • From chapter 19:
  • Dr. Sean Vord Lader (don't worry, it's lampshaded) and the recurring phrase "Search your feelings, you know it to be true." Numerous other references to Vader can be found throughout the story.
  • One of the senior monks of Javaal carries a walking stick that used to be part of a broom, and talks like Yoda because his lungs are wrecked from smoking. Later in the story, he dual-wields lightsabers.
    • Which, considering that character's fondness for the movies (he also designed a lightsaber-esque version of their crystal tipped staves), is probably intentional on the character's part.
  • Chapter 43: Gendo's thirteenth Evangelion plan, involving Earth's Cradle, is nicknamed the Death Star plan.
  • "Are you an angel?"
  • And combining the above two, we have this from Chapter 42: "And again with the lightning. Who the hell does he think he is? Palpatine?!"

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • Ritsuko takes refuge in a book she owns with "Don't Panic" printed in large friendly letters on the cover.
  • One of Shinji's simpler AT-field tricks creates a "Somebody Else's Problem" field to avoid attention.
  • Also: "There was the sound of tearing metal, the feel of cold rushing air on his face; the knowing the entire train was going off the rails and inexplicably flying through the air with the greatest of ease... tumbling, sky, ground, sky, ground, was that a potted plant?"
  • "What's so interesting out there, anyway?" "Mm. Life. The universe. Everything."

Planescape: Torment

  • Endure. And in enduring grow strong.
  • "What can change the nature of a man?"

Monty Python and The Holy Grail

  • Then again, Javaal is a silly place.
  • "HA! I taunt in your general direction!".


  • Later chapters contain a large number of references to Sid Meyer's Alpha Centauri as well, and the zombie plague's origins may be relatives of Stargate SG-1's Goa'uld.
    • Chapter 38 possibly references Stargate Atlantis: "Is the Trident that so different from the Eva? It at least did not require an activation gene."


  • Javaal's Temple of Trials, with its giant ants and scorpions.
  • Chapter 38: "War, war never changes."



  She looked at the mailing list and saw that one of the scientists was actually named Minovsky. It took her half an hour to stop laughing.

    • When discussing what to call the Asshimar, the name mobile suit comes up. Asuka promises to stab the first person to refer to them as such.
    • "Souls weighed down by gravity." Contolism, anyone?


  • "Shinji had the strangest urge to name [the Evangelion transport] a Hotaru carrier. In the end, he decided he wouldn't bless its machine spirit with Gran Serena until it got itself equipped with a few 'bringer of battlefield serenity' heavy autocannons or N2 mines."

Harry Potter

  • "I know young mister Ikari has a saving people thing..."
  • Neither could live while the other survived.


  • Chapter 27: A pattern of sunken lines appeared across Iruel's body. Lines which then grew bright red, and a similar constant beam shot forth.
    • Maya muttered something about preferring the name 'Cortana'. A naked female advisor would have been just too obvious as marketing appeal.


  • After the MAGI goes down yet again in Chapter 40, Admiral Yang wonders if giving one computer so much power is a good idea, explicitly comparing the MAGI to Skynet.
    • Chapter 42: "No fate but what we make!"

Girl Genius


 "This is getting ridiculous." he said, completely overlooking again that he should have had to reload -sometime- after shooting burst after burst with his Bolt Pistol. He had however, found a hat along the way. It was a Nice Hat.

    • Chapter 42: When Ritsuko connects with MAGI, she speaks and acts in a way eerily similar to Castle Heterodyne.



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  Rip and tear. The Evangelion had huge guts. Blood splattered the ground, the walls, everything nearby.


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Combined References


  Dr. Lader: "She can't be... she's just going to completely blast through the walls?!"

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