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Anime Easter Eggs!

Easter is around the corner, but sadly, it is not much marked in Japan as it’s a Christian-based celebration. So you won’t find many Easter references in anime, but what you will find is plenty of Easter eggs!

These are obscure references sneaked in by the production team or animators for the amusement of the audience.

Overt Dr. Stone Reference in The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K., season 2 episode 23, 2018

As The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. anime is based on a gag manga, there are many references to other material. Some are relatively obscure, but others are not subtle in the slightest, as this very prominent Dr. Stone-esc visual.

Saiki even says it’s straight out of Dr. Stone in Japanese; strangely, it’s translated to ‘straight out of another manga’ in the English subtitles.

Umaru’s Cloak in Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Kaguya-sama: Love is War, episode 4, 2019

This one was very deftly dropped into Kaguya-sama: Love is War, with Umaru’s (from Himouto! Umaru-chan) kigurumi cloak only being seen for a few moments. The gang is looking through potential cosplay outfits as they plan a welcome party, and Kaguya is holding it over her arms as they discuss.

It was missed by many, but the two shows have many fans in common, so it was taken as a lovely reference.

Otaku Collection in Saekano -How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend-

Saekano -How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend-, episode 3, 2015

Unsurprisingly with his love of the 2D, Tomoya has a collection of figures and books in his room. We never get a good look at them, but some of the figures are recognizable.

There’s possibly Menma from Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day and Asuna from Sword Art Online. Some even think the light novels on the lower shelf look like High School DxD!

Pandaman in One Piece

One Piece: Water 7, episode 238, 2005

Pandaman is a long-running gag character in both the manga and the anime. He appears in many episodes and in most of the manga chapters, sometimes in a prominent position but mainly in the background.

Initially designed for a character creation contest, he has a panda bear head but a muscley humanoid body. Some have even joked that he is the strongest character in the show due to his endless teleportation and integration abilities! One of the most well-known Easter eggs in all of anime.

Angel Beats! - Studio Ghibli Castles

Angel Beats!, episode 3, 2010

While imagining Angel’s lair, Yuzuru Otonashi thinks first of the castle from the 1986 movie Castle in the Sky. When being told the destination is mechanical, his next thought is a lumbering Howl’s Moving Castle.

Even though the images are blurred, the images are relatively obvious, especially as Studio Ghibli is famous the world over, not just with otakus!

Yuri!!! on ICE and South Park?

Yuri!!! on ICE, episode 12, 2016

Even though it seems entirely unlikely, the figure skating anime Yuri!!! on ICE and South Park have a connection. In one episode of the long-running Comedy Central show, while going through his search history, it is shown that Ike has been watching Naruto and googling the infamous skating anime!

It was a rapid reference, but Yuri!!! on ICE responded in kind with a childhood flashback, where the Canadian skater JJ looks a lot like Eric Cartman. Reciprocal Easter eggs are the best!

Durarara - Fun with Figures

Durarara!!, episode 20, 2010

With two enormous otakus like Walker and Erika, it’s no wonder Durarara contains several anime cameos. Here they are in a manga store playing with figures, which include a Taiga figure from Toradora! She’s even equipped with her trademark stick she hides in the back of her uniform in case she needs to fight!

If you want some Easter fun aside from these brilliant Easter eggs, get the latest copy of EcchiToons, as Do it for Nami! has an Easter-themed chapter!