20 Iconic Pop Culture References That Came from Anime
20 Iconic Pop Culture References That Came from Anime
So we will grow up someday and have kids who will have all these new-age shounen anime and manga. Well, know your grounds and do not let golden old references fade out so soon and carry on the legacy of these legends. Make sure you teach your kids about these golden references before you fade […]
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So we will grow up someday and have kids who will have all these new-age shounen anime and manga. Well, know your grounds and do not let golden old references fade out so soon and carry on the legacy of these legends. Make sure you teach your kids about these golden references before you fade out of existence!
We have collected some of the most iconic pop culture references that came from anime. Any weeb will instantly understand the importance of these anime references in the blink of an eye. Lost in the conversation between weebs because you don’t know too many references? Read ahead to know and understand 20 steaming anime references in pop culture.
1. Ara Ara!
No, you don’t say, “Oh, really,” when you catch someone lying. You stay firm on your feet, tilt your face, throw in your smug face, smile as sly as you can, and say, “Ara ara!”
If you find something irritating, you don’t stamp your feet and shout, “Oh my god.” You stay calm and say, “Ara ara!”
You haven’t seen enough anime if you haven’t seen your waifu say this once in a while.
2. “I see, you’re a man of culture!”
The famous meme came from the 2010 anime Arakawa Under the Bridge. Do not fret from saying, “I see you’re a man of culture,” when you finally find someone who shares the same weird thoughts as you.
Arakawa Under The Bridge: 2010 anime.
This is probably one of the most famous references from an anime. Anyone, weeb or not, will understand the essence of this reference.
Someone shares the same feeling of satisfaction when watching slime aesthetics as you? Go on, tell them that they are a man of culture.
3. ‘Is this a PiGeOn?’
I refuse to believe no one has seen this ridiculous meme that broke the internet once. The screenshot is from the anime The Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird. The reference took off like an Akatsubaki (Yes, that’s an Infinite Stratos reference!).
The meme took over the internet so hard that every time you refresh your Facebook feed, you will find a new meme in the same template. The more ridiculous the comparison, the more hilarious it gets.
So, if you see someone pointing at a butterfly and calling it a pigeon, know that he is a man of culture.
4. It was me, Dio.
You were expecting meme content, but Kono Dio da!!
It is almost disrespectful to make a list of anime references and not include a Jojo reference. This is one of the most famous and iconic scenes from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure where Dio says, ‘It was me, Dio.’
Using this reference when someone catches you doing something absolutely legendary, yey fishy is a dream to accomplish. Imagine you buy yourself all-new anime merch, and your roommate asks who bought it. The look on their face when you appear from the shadows and say, “It was me, Dio!”.
This English translation is from the original, ‘Kono Dio da!’. To be honest, saying it like Dio in Japanese leaves an even greater impact.
5. Omae wa mou Shindeiru. Nani?
Yes! This is definitely the coolest anime reference ever created. Hokuto no Ken’s protagonist Kenshiro uses this as his catchphrase. Someone on the internet realized the absolute awesome vibes it carries, and ever since, it has become one of the most popularly recognized anime references.
Weeb or not, a lot of people recognize this catchphrase. Omae wa mou Shindeiru literally translates to– ‘You are already dead to me.
6. ‘O Kawai Koto.’
This popular anime reference comes from Kaguya Sama: Love is war. This reference is a sarcastic comment that literally translates to ‘How cute.’ Every time the president imagined Kaguya mocking him by saying ‘O Kawai Koto’ in a rather bland tone was a golden moment.
How cute. (O Kawai Koto)
This anime reference became a clever way for people to react whenever they hear something obviously ridiculous. Here’s an example. Do you think Goku is stronger than Arale? Well, O Kawai Koto.
Another Jojo reference? Yes. Because just one Jojo reference would leave the list rather dry. ORAORAORAORA literally means ‘here here here here. Jojo references are some of the most used references. Even within anime like Saiki Kusuo no Sainan and Gintama, Jojo references are extremely common to find.
ORAORAORAORA has to be one of the best things Jojo gave to us other than many more epic catchphrases like Mudamudamudamuda or ZA WARUDO! Oraoraoraora is my personal favorite, of course.
Okay, DBZ fans, here is your cue to scream. If an anime fan says they don’t know what this is, they are either a part of the DBZ universe, or they are not an anime fan. It’s obvious that many people might not have watched the series, but Goku’s Kamehameha is one of the most talked-about topics, be it within the fandom or outside of it.
The epic move also made its cameo in much other anime such as Asobi Asobase and Blood Lad.
Riku in No Game No Life Zero: Aschente!!
Probably the best way a weeb would respond to a marriage proposal would be ‘ASCHENTE.’ This comes from the No Game No Life anime where people say this to pledge to the ten rules of the world created by Tet.
So, Aschente lowkey means ‘I accept’ (the rules). This is not just popular but widely discussed upon since the word seems to have no existence outside of the NGNL universe. However, it is rather cool to use this over the regular bland ‘I accept,’ isn’t it?
This is one of the most highly recognized anime references (after Kamehameha, of course). If you see a person across the hall and want to find out if they are an anime fan, throw them a Rasengan. They would either look at you like you are absolutely gone in the head, or they would return a Rasengan back at you. No matter what anyone else says, the latter case is where you have successfully found yourself a person of culture.
11. Senpai < Hokage
This one is for all the ladies who have an otaku/weeaboo boyfriend. You don’t call them baby or honey. To get their attention off the screen and on to you, call them Senpai. For any weeaboo guy, this would be their moment of delight and your moment of victory. I guarantee this a 100% effective.
Want something even stronger than Senpai? Well, here’s your own Kamehameha Wave of technique to your weeb boyfriend’s long-term attention: call him a Hokage