Marie's "Mariko Kusumi" pseudonym in the epilogue can be translated to "mist child", which is nod to Marie's true nature and relevance to the story.
The identity of one antagonist is foreshadowed a few times early in the game. The same truck appears during certain cutscenes, including the gas station when you first arrive in town.
Dojima was originally intended to be the real killer, but that was changed when a focus group found the implications too disturbing.
Connection to Other Media
Naoto's Algernon gun is a reference to Flowers For Algernon, and its description even says it was "experiment to find happiness" like the plot of the book.
The Void Quest dungeon is an extensive homage to Dragon Quest and retro JRPGs in general. The boss even uses the menu screen from the first Megami Tensei game. If you visit Void Quest in November, Yosuke will mention that their "princess is in another castle", a nod to the famous line from Super Mario Bros.
Yosuke's ghost story about a bullied high school girl who mysteriously vanished is a nod to Fuuka's experience in Persona 3.
Kanji's bungled "Birth Of Venus" reenactment at the beach is a shout-out to a painting done by Sandro Botticelli in 1486.
Naoto and Kanji's dual attack, "Beauty and the Beast" is a reference to the classic French fairy tale - and possibly Disney movie - of the same name.
If you harvest bugs in January, Teddie will say, "It's too dangerous for you to go alone. Take me!" This is a nod to the famous line from the original Legend of Zelda.
While preparing for the omelette cook-off, Yosuke will say, "Help us, (main character name)! You're our only hope!" This is a nod to Princess Leia's message to Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars.
Marie's mention of "Fsteak" is a shout out to the famous Hiimdaisy parody comic, but it's also a literal translation of Marie's comments about bifuteki and fusuteki.
Teddie's cross-dressing outfit is a detailed Alice In Wonderland cosplay.
The protagonist's cross-dressing outfit and hairstyle is identical to those of Saya in Blood: The Last Vampire.
Got Some Trivia?
You can submit your own trivia, quotes, or connections for this game to share them with our users.