Typical body switch episode. When you’ve seen it on Shakugan no Shana, you’ve seen it on all of ‘em. This show is so mindless it hurts.
No notable Japanese pup-culture references that I can mention, aside from that one scene that looked suspiciously like Code Geass. All I can say is that this episode is a great example of destroying the suspension of disbelief when it comes to “straight” anime MCs. And I’ll name all them in one post.
1) Mahiro, why do you refuse the Nyaruko dakimura…
…with Nyaruko in it? ),:
2) Mahiro, why do you refuse the sexy Meganneko right in front of you?
2a) Nyaruko, why do you refuse the sexy Meganneko twintails right in front of you?
3) Mahiro, why aren’t you looking? Or touching? Or anything?
Hell, you could use a fork if you want to! Anything!
So far, the only rational excuse Mahiro can give to us, the humble viewers, is the fact that Nyaruko is the Crawling Chaos and will therefore sprout tentacles at any given moment.
Er, never mind, I guess it’s kind of reasonable.