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This is a complete list of Drillimation references hidden within animated television shows. Many of these references are hidden within anime and cartoon shows across the globe. Mostly-animated hybrid television shows also go on this list.

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Origin: United States
  • Several episodes have plot ties to episodes of the 1986 Mr. Driller series.

The Amazing World of Gumball

Origin: United Kingdom
  • In the Season 2 episode The Phone, Darwin and Gumball attempt a "combo breaker" several times throughout the episode, referencing the mechanic from Killer Minecraft.
  • In the Season 3 episode The Society during Gumball's audition, one of the scenes he tries to reenact appears to be the gameplay from Super Smash Keyboards.
  • In the Season 5 episode The Test, Gumball almost kills Tobias in the style of a Super Smash Keyboards fatality.


Origin: Poland/United States
  • The show has used numerous Drillimation references throughout the series, mainly because Kyle Zchol (the creator of the show) is a huge fan of the Touhou Project series. As of December 2017, there have been 6,750,991 references used throughout the series (19,231,972 if you count all 5 films).

Chi's Sweet Home

Origin: Japan
  • Kanata Konami originally pitched the concept to Drillimation for a possible anime, but was turned down, so he turned it into a manga. As a result, the show has some influence in it's animation style from Drillimation's work (especially in the 2D animes).

Creation Show

Origin: United States
  • The Drillimation Series is referenced numerous times throughout the series, with one episode named Drillimation Moves In.

Ef - A Tale of Memories

Origin: Japan
  • In the first episode, at right around eight minutes in, Mizuki Hayama can be seen playing the fourth stage of Touhou 8: Imperishable Night.

Floral Magician Mary Bell

Origin Japan
  • According to interviews with the show's staff members, the titular character was inspired by Kagami Ochiai.

Haruhi Suzumiya

Origin: Japan
  • Nagaru Tanigawa, the creator of the franchise, confirmed in a 2009 interview that the titular character and her reality warping powers were inspired by the Reality Attacker story arc of the 1986 Mr. Driller anime.

It's Jerry and Harry

Origin: Minecraftia
  • In the episode If Video Games Were Real, one of the games Jerry and Harry try to play is a version of Driller Engine Grand Prix.


Origin: Kuboia
  • There's a robotic mole in the show who appears to be named "Driller", in reference to Susumu Takajima.

New Game!

Origin: Japan
  • The main character, Aoba Suzukaze, was hugely inspired by Kagami Hiiragi. According to an interview with Drillimation, the manga's creator, Shoutarou Tokunou, was a former Drillimation employee and has also played the Lucky Star games as a child.
  • Hifumi's hedgehog, Soujirou, was named after Lord Soujirou.


Origin: United Kingdom
  • Brian Jacques had proposed an anime adaptation of the series to Drillimation, but was turned down. He instead opted to go to Canadian studio Nelvana for an adaptation of the series. As a result, the character designs of Nelvana's animated series have some influence from Drillimation's work.

SpongeBob SquarePants

Origin: United States
  • One scene in the episode Chum Caverns has Mr. Krabs and Plankton dig underground in the style of Dig Dug, where they try to make the other fall. They were able to do this since Stephen Hillenburg is a former Drillimation Studios California animator.


Origin: Japan
  • In the sixth episode, Jessica, one of the protagonists, cosplays as Marisa Kirisame and sings Tsurupettan, a Touhou song that itself makes reference to the author's previous work, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. Jessica herself, a young blonde girl using DAZE way of speaking, is inspired by Marisa. They were able to do this since the main creator is a former Drillimation employee.
    • The anime changes the song but adds in background characters dressed as Reimu Hakurei on electric piano, Alice Margatroid on percussion, Sakuya Izayoi on bass and Aya Shameimaru on guitar.
    • This scene is made into a stage with Tsurupettan as a BGM and an attack in Killer Minecraft 6: Antinomy of Common Flowers, where an alternate skin for Marisa Kirisame based on Jessica was released as DLC.