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Bloodstained has numerous references to the popular anime JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, most likely due to the emphasis on vampires as antagonists in the show’s early seasons.
The Hyperventilator mask accessory might be a reference to the masks the main characters used in the second story arc, Battle Tendency, to train their Hamon powers, which relies on controlled breathing to channel energy.
The Fangshi Scarf, while not a clear reference in the English version, is known as the Sendo Scarf in the Japanese version. Sendo is another term used for Hamon.
By holding “up” on the D-Pad, you will make Miriam adopt a pose. The poses she uses are from JoJo.
There is also an accessory called the Stone Mask. This mask is a reference to the Stone Mask from JoJo, which transforms people into vampires.
Miriam can also summon creatures called Familiars that hover behind her. While this alone isn’t enough for Familiars to be a reference to Stands, one Familiar almost certainly is. Called Silver Knight, it can be found near the Crusader armor piece, suggesting it’s a reference to the Stand called Silver Chariot from the story arc of the story, Stardust Crusaders. (Note: while not identical to Silver Knight, Silver Chariot is a knight dressed in silver armor.)
Bloodstained also has a secret boss called Orlok Dracule, abbreviated OD. OD has an ability called Standstill, which allows him to stop time for a brief duration. Defeating him lets you use Standstill, as well. The way OD uses Standstill and attacks Miriam while she’s frozen mirrors that of how Dio uses Za Warudo (“The World”) to stop time in Stardust Crusaders. Meanwhile, OD written backwards, DO, would be pronounced Dio, so the use of his abbreviated name might also be a Dio reference.
In addition to being a reference to Dio from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, the secret boss OD is also a reference to Alucard from the Castlevania series, sharing the same English and Japanese voice actors and the same middle name (Fahrenheit), as well as saying the line “Death is too kind for you!” which is a nod to Alucard’s line “Demon, death is too good for you!” in Symphony of the Night.
The name of the secret boss, Orlok Dracule, is a reference to not only Dracula, but also Count Orlok from the film Nosferatu. While Nosferatu was based on Dracula, they did not have permission to adapt it and therefore changed the vampire’s name to help avoid legal trouble.
The Nose Glasses accessory is a reference to the Nose Demon or N Demon from the Castlevania series.
The Kunekune secret enemy on the train in Bridge of Evil, and the way it jumps out at you when you draw close to it, is based on a Japanese urban legend about a “modern yokai” that can only be seen from a distance and will attack you if you get too close. The urban legend of the Kunekune was created through stories on the Internet, similar to Slender Man.
The Shovel Armor enemy is a reference to Shovel Knight.
The DLC Iga’s Back Pack includes a boss fight with Koji Igarashi, the game’s producer. His design and combat style are a reference to Castlevania’s Dracula, including an attack where he throws a wine glass in a manner similar to Dracula. Defeating him lets you use that move, as well.
The names Lindsay has on her list to avenge are references to Castlevania characters.
The 8-bit Nightmare area is a reference both the original Castlevania games and this game’s prequel, Bloodstained Curse of the Moon, and its boss is a reference to the form Dracula takes in first Castlevania.
The Coachman is a reference to the Boatman from Castlevania 2.
The Encrypted Orchid resembles a lightsaber from Star Wars. Its description is unreadable, but actually can be deciphered, being converted from hexadecimal to letters and then decoded using the Vigenere Cipher, to finally read “a light saber with immense power.”
If you sit at the piano in the Garden of Silence area, Miriam will play the game’s main theme on the piano. With Carabosse there, she will sing. The video below includes both the Japanese and English versions.