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* The events of ''LightNovel/UnlockCity'' occur on the day of Tanabata (the email Koudai receives hints at it 7 days before), although they continue on long after it's over.
13th Oct '15 9:38:28 AM IshiMatsu615
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* In the fourth season of ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'', the Ojamajos meet the real Orihime a few days before Tanabata and have to fix her celestial robes so she can meet Hikoboshi and have the wishes come true.
16th Sep '15 12:55:54 PM Miuphon
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* In ''Manga/ChuukaIchiban'', Mao is inspired by the legend of Tanabata (the original Chinese version, of course) in making a noodle dish made of squid ink to represent the night sky and pearl dust to represent Orihime and Hikboshi, respectively.
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* In ''Manga/ChuukaIchiban'', [[Manga/ChuukaIchiban Chuuka Ichiban!]], Mao is inspired by the legend of Tanabata (the original Chinese version, of course) in making a noodle dish made of squid ink to represent the night sky and pearl dust to represent Orihime and Hikboshi, respectively.
3rd Aug '15 6:50:09 PM MechWarrior
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* In ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'', Senjougahara is born on 7th of July, and [[spoiler:on their first date]] she shows Araragi where the Summer Triangle (Formed by Deneb, Altair and Vega) is located. The Summer triangle is also mentioned in the ending, with Altair's and Vega's japanese names (Hikeboshi and Orihime) mentioned in it also. * The anime and the manga versions of ''RanmaOneHalf'' have two different {{filler}} stories based around Tanabata. In the manga, a variant of the habit of writing wishes on leaves is used as the basis for a RedStringOfFate effect, with Ranma having to struggle to keep his and Akane's leaves together and avoid their leaves being tied to those of other people. The anime episode is a tale where Akane falls off of a roof and then meets Princess Orihime (referred to in the dub simply as "Princess Ori") in person, who has descended from the Milky Way to seek out Hikoboshi ("Kengyu the Cowherd" in the dub), her fiance, who has gone missing. As she explains over the course of the episode, the two of them are intended to wed and carry on the Milky Way School of Martial Arts, but she got into a fight with Hikoboshi over his lacksadasical manner and laidback attitude, so now he's come to Earth in a huff to challenge and defeat earthly dojos to prove he is a strong fighter after all... but the Princess's father will make her marry another man if he hasn't returned to the Milky Way by the end of the festival. The episode ends with Akane waking up to discover she apparently was having a dream while concussed after falling off of the roof at the episode's beginning, though there is an OrWasItADream twist. * A [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming particularly heartwarming episode]] of ''HidamariSketch'' takes place on Tanabata. Sae and Hiro have an argument and spend the day avoiding one another until Miyako and Yuno help them patch up their differences, and [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship in the evening they decorate a bamboo together and hang wishes on it]]. * [[LoveFreak Karara]]'s first appearance in the ''KeroroGunsou'' anime included her learning about Tanabata and making a wish. This directly ties into Tamama and the others [[ViewerGenderConfusion finally learning her real gender]], as her wish was to become Tamama's bride.
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* In ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'', Senjougahara is born on 7th of July, and [[spoiler:on their first date]] she shows Araragi where the Summer Triangle (Formed by Deneb, Altair and Vega) is located. The Summer triangle is also mentioned in the ending, with Altair's and Vega's japanese Japanese names (Hikeboshi and Orihime) mentioned in it also. * The anime and the manga versions of ''RanmaOneHalf'' ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' have two different {{filler}} stories based around Tanabata. In the manga, a variant of the habit of writing wishes on leaves is used as the basis for a RedStringOfFate effect, with Ranma having to struggle to keep his and Akane's leaves together and avoid their leaves being tied to those of other people. The anime episode is a tale where Akane falls off of a roof and then meets Princess Orihime (referred to in the dub simply as "Princess Ori") in person, who has descended from the Milky Way to seek out Hikoboshi ("Kengyu the Cowherd" in the dub), her fiance, who has gone missing. As she explains over the course of the episode, the two of them are intended to wed and carry on the Milky Way School of Martial Arts, but she got into a fight with Hikoboshi over his lacksadasical lackadaisical manner and laidback laid-back attitude, so now he's come to Earth in a huff to challenge and defeat earthly dojos to prove he is a strong fighter after all... but the Princess's father will make her marry another man if he hasn't returned to the Milky Way by the end of the festival. The episode ends with Akane waking up to discover she apparently was having a dream while concussed after falling off of the roof at the episode's beginning, though there is an OrWasItADream twist. * A [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments particularly heartwarming episode]] of ''HidamariSketch'' ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' takes place on Tanabata. Sae and Hiro have an argument and spend the day avoiding one another until Miyako and Yuno help them patch up their differences, and [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship in the evening they decorate a bamboo together and hang wishes on it]]. * [[LoveFreak Karara]]'s first appearance in the ''KeroroGunsou'' ''Manga/SgtFrog'' anime included her learning about Tanabata and making a wish. This directly ties into Tamama and the others [[ViewerGenderConfusion finally learning her real gender]], as her wish was to become Tamama's bride.

* In ''LuckyStar'', this is the Hiiragi twins' birthday. It's also Ponytail Day because the legend says Vega had a ponytail, so they try wearing their hair in ponytails for a bit.
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* In ''LuckyStar'', ''Manga/LuckyStar'', this is the Hiiragi twins' birthday. It's also Ponytail Day because the legend says Vega had a ponytail, so they try wearing their hair in ponytails for a bit.

* The anime version of ''RurouniKenshin'' had an episode where Kaoru expected Kenshin to treat her to something special for the holiday but Kenshin, who forgot about the holiday, mistook her hints for reminders of her birthday (which was months away). To make matters complicated, Kenshin found a ring inside a fish he caught and, not only forgetting about Tanabata but also not knowing about the Western tradition of engagement rings (which Kaoru and Tae were familiar with), gave her the ring... [[AccidentalMarriage so Kaoru was now believing Kenshin proposed to her.]] Later on, by chance, Sanosuke meets the man who lost the ring (and is [[SpurnedIntoSuicide about to commit suicide]] because he threw the ring away in the middle of a fight with his girlfriend and fell into depression when he realized what he did) and learn about the tradition. Seeing Kenshin's face when he understood the mess he got himself into, it was hard to remember he's a feared assassin. [[spoiler: It all ended more or less well: the ring was retrieved from Kaoru and then given back to the dude (who handed it to his girl), and Kenshin gave Kaoru a flower bouquet to make up for it. (And Tsubame and Megumi also got flowers from Yahiko and Sano).]] * Inoue Orihime of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' had a running Tanabata theme given her name. This was lampshaded a couple of times in colorspreads: One by strategically giving her a 7/7 (the seventh day of the seventh month) as her symbolic number and another by having her [[MeaningfulName alternate name]] translated as Vega Highwell (Vega being the star pertaining to Tanabata's Orihime). In the [[http://www.mangachapter.me/1193/bleach/0and1.html Bleach pilot chapter]], the parallels to the Tanabata story are even more prominent, with Ichigo and Orihime paralleling Hikoboshi and Orihime, as well as Orihime's dead father paralleling the Sky King in the legend who separates the two.
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* The anime version of ''RurouniKenshin'' ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' had an episode where Kaoru expected Kenshin to treat her to something special for the holiday but Kenshin, who forgot about the holiday, mistook her hints for reminders of her birthday (which was months away). To make matters complicated, Kenshin found a ring inside a fish he caught and, not only forgetting about Tanabata but also not knowing about the Western tradition of engagement rings (which Kaoru and Tae were familiar with), gave her the ring... [[AccidentalMarriage so Kaoru was now believing Kenshin proposed to her.]] Later on, by chance, Sanosuke meets the man who lost the ring (and is [[SpurnedIntoSuicide about to commit suicide]] because he threw the ring away in the middle of a fight with his girlfriend and fell into depression when he realized what he did) and learn about the tradition. Seeing Kenshin's face when he understood the mess he got himself into, it was hard to remember he's a feared assassin. [[spoiler: It all ended more or less well: the ring was retrieved from Kaoru and then given back to the dude (who handed it to his girl), and Kenshin gave Kaoru a flower bouquet to make up for it. (And Tsubame and Megumi also got flowers from Yahiko and Sano).]] * Inoue Orihime of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' had a running Tanabata theme given her name. This was lampshaded a couple of times in colorspreads: color-spreads: One by strategically giving her a 7/7 (the seventh day of the seventh month) as her symbolic number and another by having her [[MeaningfulName alternate name]] translated as Vega Highwell (Vega being the star pertaining to Tanabata's Orihime). In the [[http://www.mangachapter.me/1193/bleach/0and1.html Bleach pilot chapter]], the parallels to the Tanabata story are even more prominent, with Ichigo and Orihime paralleling Hikoboshi and Orihime, as well as Orihime's dead father paralleling the Sky King in the legend who separates the two.

* The ''UsagiYojimbo'' story "Runaways" explicitly references the myth with [[StarCrossedLovers Usagi and the princess he had fallen for]] even attending the festival.
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* The ''UsagiYojimbo'' ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' story "Runaways" explicitly references the myth with [[StarCrossedLovers Usagi and the princess he had fallen for]] even attending the festival.

* ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' uses Tanabata as the running theme for [[SecondRider Kamen Rider Zeronos]]; his two primary forms are called Vega and Altair, and his [[NobleDemon Imagin partner]] is named Deneb and is modeled on tengu (among other things). The theme of StarCrossedLovers also applies to Zeronos' user Yuto Sakurai and his fiance Airi Nogami, [[spoiler:separated because Sakurai is hiding in the timestream to protect their future child, and had to erase Airi's memory to keep her safe too]].
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* ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' uses Tanabata as the running theme for [[SecondRider [[SixthRanger Kamen Rider Zeronos]]; his two primary forms are called Vega and Altair, and his [[NobleDemon Imagin partner]] is named Deneb and is modeled on tengu (among other things). The theme of StarCrossedLovers also applies to Zeronos' user Yuto Sakurai and his fiance Airi Nogami, [[spoiler:separated because Sakurai is hiding in the timestream to protect their future child, and had to erase Airi's memory to keep her safe too]].

* ''[[KatamariDamacy We Love Katamari]]'' includes a stage where players roll up all the planets and stars they've created, with the rolling up of the sun as the ultimate objective. This stage includes numerous {{Easter Egg}}s, such as the stars Vega and Altair, on which ride small human forms that shout "Hikoboshi-sama!" and "Orihime!" as you collect them. ** ''Beautiful Katamari'' on the Xbox 360 features a [[DownLoadableContent downloadable stage]] called "Lovers' Loom", where you are asked to roll up fabric and wool to make the star Vega. When completed, the King turns your Katamari into a five-pointed star with Orihime and Hikoboshi sitting on the arms. * Referenced in ''{{Persona 3}}'': after SEES figures out how to predict when certain bosses will appear, Akihiko comments that one upcoming battle will be "a Tanabata special bout". Humorously it's the battle against the Hierophant and Lovers Arcana, [[TarotMotifs which represent tradition and choice or the misuse of tradition and lack of choice]], and also is the [[AliensMadeThemDoIt infamous]] LoveHotel battle. * The plotline of the story is involved intimately in the background of ''{{Mega Man Star Force}} 2'', and the involved characters have their names maintained appropriately across localizations. [[spoiler: Orihime is the [[LoveHurts Main Villain]] of the game, and in English is named [[ShownTheirWork Vega]] for the star.]]
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* ''[[KatamariDamacy ''[[VideoGame/KatamariDamacy We Love Katamari]]'' includes a stage where players roll up all the planets and stars they've created, with the rolling up of the sun as the ultimate objective. This stage includes numerous {{Easter Egg}}s, such as the stars Vega and Altair, on which ride small human forms that shout "Hikoboshi-sama!" and "Orihime!" as you collect them. ** ''Beautiful Katamari'' on the Xbox 360 features a [[DownLoadableContent [[DownloadableContent downloadable stage]] called "Lovers' Loom", where you are asked to roll up fabric and wool to make the star Vega. When completed, the King turns your Katamari into a five-pointed star with Orihime and Hikoboshi sitting on the arms. * Referenced in ''{{Persona ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'': after SEES figures out how to predict when certain bosses will appear, Akihiko comments that one upcoming battle will be "a Tanabata special bout". Humorously it's the battle against the Hierophant and Lovers Arcana, [[TarotMotifs which represent tradition and choice or the misuse of tradition and lack of choice]], and also is the [[AliensMadeThemDoIt infamous]] LoveHotel battle. * The plotline of the story is involved intimately in the background of ''{{Mega ''{{VideoGame/Mega Man Star Force}} 2'', and the involved characters have their names maintained appropriately across localizations. [[spoiler: Orihime is the [[LoveHurts Main Villain]] main villain]] of the game, and in English is named [[ShownTheirWork Vega]] for the star.]]

* In ''KatawaShoujo'', Yamaku High School has a festival organized around Tanabata. You only get to see it in Shizune's route, though. ** [[spoiler: Tanabata is heavily discussed in Lilly's route as Hisoo promises to take her to the festival. Appropriately, that does not happen because Lilly and Hisoo have their own StarCrossedLovers situation. Whether this is permanent depends on the player's actions.]]
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* In ''KatawaShoujo'', ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', Yamaku High School has a festival organized around Tanabata. You only get to see it in Shizune's route, though. ** [[spoiler: Tanabata is heavily discussed in Lilly's route as Hisoo Hisao promises to take her to the festival. Appropriately, that does not happen because Lilly and Hisoo Hisao have their own StarCrossedLovers situation. Whether this is permanent depends on the player's actions.]]
27th Jul '15 7:38:06 PM 123zane321
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** [[spoiler: Tanabata is heavily discussed in Lilly's route as Hiseo promises to take her to the festival. Appropriately, that does not happen because Lilly and Hiseo have their own StarCrossedLovers situation. Whether this is permanent depends on the player's actions.]]
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** [[spoiler: Tanabata is heavily discussed in Lilly's route as Hiseo Hisoo promises to take her to the festival. Appropriately, that does not happen because Lilly and Hiseo Hisoo have their own StarCrossedLovers situation. Whether this is permanent depends on the player's actions.]] ***[[spoiler: If the player manages to get Lilly's Good Ending, Hisao promises to take Lilly to the following Tanabata to make up for missing the previous one, something which Lilly is surprised that Hisao remembered.]]
17th May '15 4:59:41 PM nombretomado
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* ''SuzumiyaHaruhi'' revolves around this trope. On July 7, on one Tanabata, Haruhi meets the mysterious [[spoiler:John Smith, actually Kyon who went back in time]], making her start to have beliefs in supernatural beings, thus driving the show - not to mention she was trying to write letters to Hikkoboshi and Orihime at the time. Three years later, she forces the SOS Brigade to write wishes and even ''calculates the exact amount of time it will take said wishes to reach Vega and Altair'' (25 and 16 years, respectively), and tells them to expect them to receive the responses to those wishes at that time. She then starts to think about the mysterious person she met those years ago, [[spoiler:to an oblivious Kyon, who hasn't gone back in time yet. Also, in the Disappearance timeline, Kyon returns to the Tanabata of three years ago to make sure Haruhi remembers "John Smith", although this trip is mainly to meet Yuki and the older Mikuru in order to ensure his universe is restored to normal]].It also probably worth noting that "Kyon" could be a mangled derivative of the name of the male of the pair in the Korean legend.
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* ''SuzumiyaHaruhi'' ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' revolves around this trope. On July 7, on one Tanabata, Haruhi meets the mysterious [[spoiler:John Smith, actually Kyon who went back in time]], making her start to have beliefs in supernatural beings, thus driving the show - not to mention she was trying to write letters to Hikkoboshi and Orihime at the time. Three years later, she forces the SOS Brigade to write wishes and even ''calculates the exact amount of time it will take said wishes to reach Vega and Altair'' (25 and 16 years, respectively), and tells them to expect them to receive the responses to those wishes at that time. She then starts to think about the mysterious person she met those years ago, [[spoiler:to an oblivious Kyon, who hasn't gone back in time yet. Also, in the Disappearance timeline, Kyon returns to the Tanabata of three years ago to make sure Haruhi remembers "John Smith", although this trip is mainly to meet Yuki and the older Mikuru in order to ensure his universe is restored to normal]].It also probably worth noting that "Kyon" could be a mangled derivative of the name of the male of the pair in the Korean legend.
9th Feb '15 12:16:40 PM JoieDeCombat
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* The plot of ''VisualNovel/StarCrossedMyth'' kicks off the evening before Tanabata. After an initial encounter that the protagonist writes off as a dream, she's approached again by six gods of the Western Zodiac during the "Star Festival" event at the planetarium where she works.
2nd Feb '15 1:07:21 AM ChrisX
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** Also, according to ''Super Robot Wars Alpha 1'', where the character originates from, Kusuha Mizuha (who is the full-blown '''protagonist''' of the ''Alpha'' series and a reasonably important character in the ''Original Generation'' series) was born on Tanabata. In ''OG'', this connection isn't very meaningful or explored, but it ends up being rather more important symbolically in ''Alpha''.
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** Also, according to ''Super Robot Wars Alpha 1'', where the character originates from, Kusuha Mizuha (who is the full-blown '''protagonist''' of the ''Alpha'' series and a reasonably important character in the ''Original Generation'' series) was born on Tanabata. In ''OG'', this connection isn't very meaningful or explored, but it ends up being rather more important symbolically in ''Alpha''.''Alpha'', in a sense that her boyfriend is kind of a DistressedDude at times and just to reunite with him, Kusuha would go through heaven and hell just so she'd save and reunite with him.
2nd Feb '15 1:05:19 AM ChrisX
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** Or perhaps it has, in a rather dark way. To sum it up, she's trying to save a good friend of hers, Lotte Carmine, from the fate of being a BlobMonster (he's Arakune), except that the road for that has WAY too many problems: nearly ''everyone'' in the world that is good either does not know this or persuade her to just forget about the long-dead Lotte and move on already because it's scientifically impossible, leaving her with nothing but her own self to help him, and then she found out that she is dying with the same corruption so she has limited time, and [[spoiler:the only help available is to help the bad guys, act like she'll reset the world and see many innocents dead thanks to the bad guys' plot just for his sake and destroy her 'kind and good' reputation. She does all that, [[ForcedIntoEvil albeit with a heavy heart]], and we still do not know if it will eventually bear fruit or not up until [[VideoGame/BlazBlueChronophantasma the second last game of the series.]]]]
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** Or perhaps it has, in a rather dark way. To sum it up, she's trying to save a good friend of hers, Lotte Carmine, from the fate of being a BlobMonster (he's Arakune), except that the road for that has WAY too many problems: nearly ''everyone'' in the world that is good either does not know this or persuade her to just forget about the long-dead Lotte and move on already because it's scientifically impossible, impossible (or tell her she's just an egotistical idiot to push on her beliefs), leaving her with nothing but her own self to help him, and then she found out that she is dying with the same corruption so she has limited time, and [[spoiler:the only help available is to help the bad guys, act like she'll reset the world and see many innocents dead thanks to the bad guys' plot just for his sake and destroy her 'kind and good' reputation. She does all that, [[ForcedIntoEvil albeit with a heavy heart]], and we still do not know if it will eventually bear fruit or not up until [[VideoGame/BlazBlueChronophantasma the second last game of the series.]]]]
2nd Feb '15 1:04:30 AM ChrisX
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** Or perhaps it has, in a rather dark way. To sum it up, she's trying to save a good friend of hers, Lotte Carmine, from the fate of being a BlobMonster (he's Arakune), except that the road for that has WAY too many problems: nearly ''everyone'' in the world that is good either does not know this or persuade her to just forget about the long-dead Lotte and move on already because it's scientifically impossible, leaving her with nothing but her own self to help him, and then she found out that she is dying with the same corruption so she has limited time, and [[spoiler:the only help available is to help the bad guys, act like she'll reset the world and see many innocents dead thanks to the bad guys' plot just for his sake and destroy her 'kind and good' reputation. She does all that, [[ForcedIntoEvil albeit with a heavy heart]], and we still do not know if it will eventually bear fruit or not up until [[VideoGame/BlazBlueChronophantasma the second last game of the series.]]]]
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