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** In ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' episode 21, the girls collect all of the [[{{Macguffin}} Cure Décor]] after a battle on the night of the Tanabata fireworks. The emphasis here is placed on ''tanzaku'' wishes, as the fairytale kingdom Märchenland apparently has a similar tradition which involves wishing to a {{Pegasus}}. Unfortunately, [[DragonInChief Joker]] shows up and [[spoiler:takes all their Décor away, along with their fairy, Candy]].

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** In ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' ''[[Anime/GlitterForce Smile PreCure!]]'' episode 21, the girls collect all of the [[{{Macguffin}} Cure Décor]] after a battle on the night of the Tanabata fireworks. The emphasis here is placed on ''tanzaku'' wishes, as the fairytale kingdom Märchenland apparently has a similar tradition which involves wishing to a {{Pegasus}}. Unfortunately, [[DragonInChief Joker]] shows up and [[spoiler:takes all their Décor away, along with their fairy, Candy]].


In China, Japan, and Korea (where it's called Chilseok) the festival is a cultural equivalent of European Christianity's 'Day of Saint Valentine'. In China's south (of the Yanzi river), they celebrate the day by eating mooncakes (among other things), but the Japanese generally celebrate this day by writing wishes on ''tanzaku'' paper and hanging them on bamboo, sometimes with other decorations. The bamboo and decorations are often set afloat on a river or burned after the festival (around midnight or on the next day). Japanese artistic depictions of Orihime and Hikoboshi often have them dressed in Chinese clothing.

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In China, Japan, and Korea (where it's called Chilseok) Chilseok), the festival is a cultural equivalent of European Christianity's 'Day of Saint Valentine'.Valentine's Day (which is still celebrated, but with a different cultural role; see the section on Japanese Valentine's Day and White Day [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHolidays here]]). In China's south (of the Yanzi river), they celebrate the day by eating mooncakes (among other things), but the Japanese generally celebrate this day by writing wishes on ''tanzaku'' paper and hanging them on bamboo, sometimes with other decorations. The bamboo and decorations are often set afloat on a river or burned after the festival (around midnight or on the next day). Japanese artistic depictions of Orihime and Hikoboshi often have them dressed in Chinese clothing.



** In ''Anime/StarTwinklePrettyCure'', it's episode 22; Tanabata is [[HumanAliens Lala's]] SignificantBirthDate. It's also the one day that [[PinkHeroine Hikaru]]'s normally-absent father returns home from his overseas work. Romance is largely free from ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' as a series, but there's a comparison to be drawn between Orihime, the heavenly maiden who descended to Earth and fell in love with a human, and Lala, an alien who crash-landed on Earth and found companionship with humans.

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** In ''Anime/StarTwinklePrettyCure'', it's episode 22; Tanabata is [[HumanAliens Lala's]] SignificantBirthDate. It's also the one day that [[PinkHeroine Hikaru]]'s normally-absent father returns home from his overseas work. Romance is largely free from ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' ''Pretty Cure'' as a series, but there's a comparison to be drawn between Orihime, the heavenly maiden who descended to Earth and fell in love with a human, and Lala, an alien who crash-landed on Earth and found companionship with humans.


* ''Anime/StarTwinklePrettyCure'' has an episode on the day of Tanabata, which coincidentally happens to be [[HumanAliens Lala]]'s birthday. It's also the one day that [[PinkHeroine Hikaru]]'s normally-absent father returns home from his overseas work. Romance is largely free from ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' as a series, but there's a comparison to be drawn between Orihime, the heavenly maiden who descended to Earth and fell in love with a human, and Lala, an alien who crash-landed on Earth and found companionship with humans.

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* ''Anime/StarTwinklePrettyCure'' has While not as common as other holidays throughout the show, a few seasons of ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' have an episode which takes place on Tanabata:
** In ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'', episode 22 takes place on Tanabata and is ADayInTheLimelight for Chuutaro, Honoka's dog, who helps a stray puppy return to his owner. In ''Max Heart'', it's episode 21; Hikari meets [[spoiler:her SeparatedAtBirth little brother Hikaru]] for the first time, but the episode largely focuses on a one-off character, a boy named Daiki who [[TheRunaway ran away from home]]. Both episodes focus on characters who are separated from their families, much like Orihime is separated from Hikoboshi.
** In ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' episode 21, the girls collect all of the [[{{Macguffin}} Cure Décor]] after a battle
on the day night of Tanabata, the Tanabata fireworks. The emphasis here is placed on ''tanzaku'' wishes, as the fairytale kingdom Märchenland apparently has a similar tradition which coincidentally happens involves wishing to be a {{Pegasus}}. Unfortunately, [[DragonInChief Joker]] shows up and [[spoiler:takes all their Décor away, along with their fairy, Candy]].
** In ''Anime/StarTwinklePrettyCure'', it's episode 22; Tanabata is
[[HumanAliens Lala]]'s birthday.Lala's]] SignificantBirthDate. It's also the one day that [[PinkHeroine Hikaru]]'s normally-absent father returns home from his overseas work. Romance is largely free from ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' as a series, but there's a comparison to be drawn between Orihime, the heavenly maiden who descended to Earth and fell in love with a human, and Lala, an alien who crash-landed on Earth and found companionship with humans.


* ''Anime/StarTwinklePrettyCure'' has an episode on the day of Tanabata, which coincidentally happens to be [[HumanAliens Lala]]'s birthday. It's also the one day that Hikaru's normally-absent father returns home from his overseas work. Romance is largely free from ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' as a series, but there's a comparison to be drawn between Orihime, the heavenly maiden who descended to Earth and fell in love with a human, and Lala, an alien who crash-landed on Earth and found companionship with humans.

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* ''Anime/StarTwinklePrettyCure'' has an episode on the day of Tanabata, which coincidentally happens to be [[HumanAliens Lala]]'s birthday. It's also the one day that Hikaru's [[PinkHeroine Hikaru]]'s normally-absent father returns home from his overseas work. Romance is largely free from ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' as a series, but there's a comparison to be drawn between Orihime, the heavenly maiden who descended to Earth and fell in love with a human, and Lala, an alien who crash-landed on Earth and found companionship with humans.

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* ''Anime/StarTwinklePrettyCure'' has an episode on the day of Tanabata, which coincidentally happens to be [[HumanAliens Lala]]'s birthday. It's also the one day that Hikaru's normally-absent father returns home from his overseas work. Romance is largely free from ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' as a series, but there's a comparison to be drawn between Orihime, the heavenly maiden who descended to Earth and fell in love with a human, and Lala, an alien who crash-landed on Earth and found companionship with humans.


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* The anime and the manga versions of ''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 lackadaisical manner and 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.

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* The anime manga and the manga anime versions of ''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 lackadaisical manner and 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.


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* A comedic side story in the ''Manga/SailorMoon'' manga centered around the Tanabata festival, [[spoiler: with Orihime as a LaughablyEvil PunchClockVillain. When she's defeated by Sailor Chibi-Moon she sobs and says that Hikoboshi hasn't showed up and she's afraid to see him because she [[FatGirl got fat from overeating]], but then he shows up and reassures her that he still loves her.]]

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* A comedic side story in the ''Manga/SailorMoon'' manga centered around the Tanabata festival, [[spoiler: with Orihime as a LaughablyEvil PunchClockVillain. When she's defeated by Sailor Chibi-Moon she sobs and says that Hikoboshi hasn't showed up and she's afraid to see him because she [[FatGirl [[WeightWoe got fat from overeating]], but then he shows up and reassures her that he still loves her.]]

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* ''Series/UltramanAce'' has the titular hero being transformed from Seiji Hokuto and Yuko Minami, both are coincidentally born in Seventh July (though what year was it was never specified). The resemblance becomes eerily closer as to the WhamEpisode where Yuko was PutOnABus after Ace killed Lunatyx, finally fulfilling the duties from her former homeworld. Like Hikoboshi and Orihime, the two have become literal StarCrossedLovers as Yuko currently resided on her former home world (the moon) and Hokuto permanently fused to Ultraman Ace. ''Series/UltramanMebius'' was the only occasion that the two ever reunited (no less thanks to fighting the same rabbit monster).


* [[HoYay Kaworu and Shinji]] are depicted as Orihime and Hikoboshi in ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion''. Both Sadamoto�s [[http://17th-angel.tumblr.com/post/39361279568/cake-slice-tanabata-the-meeting-of-the-deities poster]] for Q and Honda�s artwork have set Shinji and Kaworu in a sky full of stars with each under Vega and Altair and with the Milkyway running between them. A direct allusion to the star crossed lovers from the legend and the stars associated with them. Furthermore the official theater booklet for 3.0 held interviews by the Khara staff including Megui Ogata and Akira Ishida that described Kaworu and Shinji as having been linked through �past cycles� and only being able to be around each other for a brief time.

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* [[HoYay Kaworu and Shinji]] are depicted as Orihime and Hikoboshi in ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion''. Both Sadamoto�s Sadamoto's [[http://17th-angel.tumblr.com/post/39361279568/cake-slice-tanabata-the-meeting-of-the-deities poster]] for Q and Honda�s Honda's artwork have set Shinji and Kaworu in a sky full of stars with each under Vega and Altair and with the Milkyway running between them. A direct allusion to the star crossed lovers from the legend and the stars associated with them. Furthermore the official theater booklet for 3.0 held interviews by the Khara staff including Megui Ogata and Akira Ishida that described Kaworu and Shinji as having been linked through �past cycles� "past cycles"; and only being able to be around each other for a brief time.


Tanabata (七夕) is the UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese version of the [[UsefulNotes/{{China}} Chinese]] Qi Xi (七夕) festival, aka "the Night of Sevens". It was exported to Japan about a millennium ago during the time of The Empire of The ('Northern' as we posthumously call them) Song, or what is known in Japan as the 'Heian' period. We're calling it ''Tanabata'' and not ''Qixi'' because [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar Japan was a NATO-ally throughout the Cold War whereas Communist China did not align with NATO until the 1970s]], meaning that [[FirstGirlWins the Anglosphere's first mass-exposure to the festival was through the Japanese]].

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Tanabata (七夕) is the UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese version of the [[UsefulNotes/{{China}} Chinese]] Qi Xi (七夕) festival, aka "the Night of Sevens". It was exported to Japan about a millennium ago during the time of The Empire of The ('Northern' as we posthumously call them) Song, or what is known in Japan as the 'Heian' period. We're calling it ''Tanabata'' and not ''Qixi'' because [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar Japan was a NATO-ally throughout the Cold War whereas Communist China did not align with NATO until the 1970s]], meaning that [[FirstGirlWins the Anglosphere's first mass-exposure to the festival was through the Japanese]].
Japanese]]. Although it is still much more deeply rooted in Chinese mythology.



In China, Japan, and Korea (where it's called Chilseok) the festival is a cultural equivalent of European Christianity's 'Day of Saint Valentine'. In China's south (of the Yanzi river), they celebrate the day by eating mooncakes (among other things), but the Japanese generally celebrate this day by writing wishes on ''tanzaku'' paper and hanging them on bamboo, sometimes with other decorations. The bamboo and decorations are often set afloat on a river or burned after the festival (around midnight or on the next day).

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In China, Japan, and Korea (where it's called Chilseok) the festival is a cultural equivalent of European Christianity's 'Day of Saint Valentine'. In China's south (of the Yanzi river), they celebrate the day by eating mooncakes (among other things), but the Japanese generally celebrate this day by writing wishes on ''tanzaku'' paper and hanging them on bamboo, sometimes with other decorations. The bamboo and decorations are often set afloat on a river or burned after the festival (around midnight or on the next day). Japanese artistic depictions of Orihime and Hikoboshi often have them dressed in Chinese clothing.


* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Warioware}} Warioware Gold]]'', some of the microgames from previous installments about bringing couples together (Hookin' Up, Tearful Reunion) are remade to be about Orihime and Hikoboshi.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Warioware}} Warioware WarioWare Gold]]'', some of the microgames from previous installments about bringing couples together (Hookin' Up, Tearful Reunion) are remade to be about Orihime and Hikoboshi.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Warioware}} Warioware Gold]]'', some of the microgames from previous installments about bringing couples together (Hookin' Up, Tearful Reunion) are remade to be about Orihime and Hikoboshi.

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* ''VideoGame/EnsembleStars'': Tanabata is one of the annual events that all idol units are expected to perform for, so every year (except 2019 when it was skipped) there will be a story event centered around it. Usually, the focus is on the wishes the characters make on their ''tanzaku'', demonstrating their hopes for the rest of the school year and/or how much they've changed since starting at Yumenosaki Academy.

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