#5. Star Trek: The Next Generation Is Full of References to Silly Anime
In the episode “The Icarus Factor,” the Enterprise’s first officer, William Riker, has to deal with personal issues concerning his estranged father that he thinks can only be achieved by whaling on him with a stick. Hence Riker challenges his father to Anbo-jyutsu, a made-up Japanese-esque martial art played in an arena with the Japanese character for “star” written in the middle and the words “Ataru” and “Ramu” beside it. There is also a Japanese banner in the back that reads “Urusei Yatsura.” I’d make a joke about how that translates to “tits and ass,” but it wouldn’t actually be a joke.