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This is when some movie, game, TV show, etc., comes out and its release date has some referential meaning related to said media being released. This is usually simply gimmicky, though the date may be relevant to the plot.

Horror movies particularly like to come out on Friday the 13th, as it's an unlucky date, but then again, any holiday is a good time for a horror movie.

Remember, there's more than one way to write a date - day/month/year, month/day/year, and year/month/day are all common. Many examples here will seem nonsensical across the pond.

Compare Significant Reference Date. Tends to also overlap with Milestone Celebration.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • The anime of the books Fate/Zero is rather infamous for a release schedule wherein certain episodes would air on holidays that made them tragically ironic. For example, Mother's Day aired the episode where Kiritsugu blow up a plane with his adoptive mother on it, while the episode where Kiritsugu kills Grail-created incarnations of his wife and daughter aired on Father's Day. Word of God says that these (along with the episode where Rider dies airing on the anniversary of his historical incarnation's death) were coincidence.
  • Whether or not it was intentional, following the delays caused by the Tohoku earthquake, the finale of Puella Magi Madoka Magica almost showed on the week of April 30/May 1st, the actual day of the Walpurgis Night; the name of the Final Boss. Instead, it was bumped forwards to Good Friday 2011 (April 21), the day celebrating Jesus sacrificing himself for the sins of mankind. Many viewers saw correlations with the plot.
  • The 21st episode of Digimon Adventure where Taichi briefly goes home to the real world and discovers that it's the same date he left which is August 1st, 1999. The episode (directed by Mamoru Hosoda and connected to the plot of the pilot movie) also aired on August 1st 1999. This date as "Odaiba Memorial" is mentioned several times throughout that show and 02. In real life, it's practically a holiday for the fandom and the stars of the franchise, even using 8/1/2014 to announce Digimon Adventure tri..
    • Summer Wars, also directed by Hosoda, was released in Japan on August 1st, which is Sakae Jinnouchi's birthday in the film.
  • Both the rerelease of the Hellsing TV series and release of Hellsing Ultimate episodes 5 to 8 were out in the US on November 13 — the birthdate of Vlad the Impaler.
  • Pretty Cure:
    • An April Fools' Plot for Smile Pretty Cure! was released on, you guessed it, April 1st, 2012.
    • Happiness Charge Pretty Cure - a Mother's Day episode was released on May 11th. A soccer episode was released on June 19th, the start of the 2014 World Cup.
    • The 14th episode of Hugtto! Pretty Cure, which revolves around a daycare, aired on May 6th, 2018. This would normally not be this trope, but in other parts of the world, it was May 5th as it was airing, which is Children's Day in Japan and Korea.
  • Yami Shibai, a horror anthology anime, aired in the Summer season. This is because Summer is considered the best season for horror stories in Japan.
  • Episode 24 of the THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls, which features Uzuki regaining the ability to smile again naturally after her emotional turmoil, and has her performing her image song, S(mile)ing, first aired on October 2nd, 2015, which was World Smile Day for that year.
  • The first chapter of the manga version of AKIRA came out on December 6, 1982, which is the date of the apparent nuclear explosion that destroyed Tokyo and issued the start of World War III in the story. When the film version came out a few years later, the date of the explosion that destroyed Tokyo was changed to July 16, 1988, the same day the film was first released in Japan.
  • The final chapter of the Rom Com manga My Monster Secret was published on Valentine's Day 2017.
  • Seitokai Yakuindomo, being a Sex Comedy, had it's movie released on July 21, 2017 because it's a pun on "masturbation" in Japanese.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection was released on July 22, 2017. July 22 also happens to be the day the movie takes place In-Universe.
  • The delayed viewing of the third Love Live! Sunshine!! concert, Wonderful Stories, premiered in some countries on June 30, 2018, the date of the eighth anniversary of the Love Live! franchise.
  • Whether by chance or on purpose, both seasons of the Ace Attorney anime have this to a degree- Season One aired in 2016, the year the first game takes place, while Season 2 (covering the third game) was released in October of 2018, which was when "The Stolen Turnabout" (the first case in the third game where Phoenix is the lawyer and that isn't a flashback) takes place.
  • Sakura Wars:
    • The first episode of The Gorgeous Blooming Cherry Blossoms was released on December 18, 1997, with the first episode of The Radiant Gorgeous Blooming Cherry Blossoms and the Su-Mi-Re OVA respectively coming out in 1999 and 2001 on the exact same date. Not only that, but it also coincided with the 66th, 68th and 70th birthdays of Yoritsune Hanakoji's voice actor Koichi Kitamura.
    • The first episode of Le Nouveau Paris was released on October 20, 2004, the 43rd birthday of Sumire's actress Michie Tomizawa, while the second was released on January 19, 2005, which was the 63rd birthday of Laurence Roland's voice actor Yasuo Iwata.
    • The first two episodes of New York, NY was released on April 4, 2007, 19 years to the date Sakura Wars 2: Thou Shalt Not Die was launched.
    • The third chapter of the manga adaptation of Sakura Wars (2019) was released on September 26, 2019, one day before the 23rd anniversary of the original 1996 release of Sakura Wars for the Sega Saturn.
  • The second half of Carole & Tuesday was released on Netflix on Christmas Eve, 2019 — not only a day before Carole's birthdate, but on a Tuesday that year as well.
  • The episode that formally introduced Miko in Kaguya-sama: Love Is War came out on May 2, 2020, just 3 days before the character's birthday.

    Comic Books 
  • A Superman graphic novel titled End of the Century, featuring a massive conflict involving Lex Luthor and the title character, was about and was released as close to the last week of December 1999 as possible. An unrelated story in the regular Superman comics around the same time was the Y2K arc, which also took place on that day and starred Superman and Lex Luthor.
  • Uncanny X-Men #137's official street date of September 1, 1980 became this in retrospect, when it was revealed in a later issue that the events of that issue occurred on that very day.
  • Batwoman (Rebirth)
    • Issue #4 was released on June 21, 2017, which happened to be the 11th anniversary of Kate Kane's first appearance.
    • Issue #13 was released on March 21, 2018; March 21 is Kate's unofficial birthday.
  • Issue 1 of Doomsday Clock was released officially at around 11:57 pm, November 21, 2017. This was intentionally doubly-meaningful, with the 11:57 evoking the Doomsday Clock trope (released at three minutes to midnight, geddit?) and November 22 being the day that the story opens on.

    Fan Works 
  • The author of Angel Of The Bat originally wanted to post the final battle on Christmas, 2014, as the event itself was set on Christmas Eve. As it became clear this was undoable with any quality left in place and the death of the author's dog took its toll, this idea was abandoned. The fic ultimately received its final non-epilogue chapter on March 17, 2015, exactly one year after it began. Later, a second, ambiguously canon epilogue was added on June 26th, the day the US Supreme Court ruled bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. In the chapter, hero Cassandra Cain asks her girlfriend Sadie to marry her.
  • Never Hike Alone, a Friday the 13th fan film, was released Friday, October 13th 2017.
  • Season 1 of The New Adventures of Invader Zim published its final chapter three years to the day that the first one was published. Which was itself the same date that Issue 1 of the continuation comic series by Oni Press was released.
  • cool and new web comic was posted on April 10th, 2016. April 10th, 2009 is the day the Homestuck beta pages were released, playing on CANWC's status as something that resembles, but isn't quite, Homestuck as it began on April 13th.
  • Where Talent Goes on Vacation: Chapter VI, Part 1, the first half of the final class trial, was released on May 10, 2020, Mother's Day. In that chapter, Yukari Nagato, the class's teacher and Chiyuri Nagato's mother, is revealed to be the traitor in Class 32.
  • An Empire of Ice and Fire: The sequel The Mystery Knight was first published on the one year anniversary of the Grand Finale of Game of Thrones. The author specifically said that this was done to help deal with the memory of the much despised finale.
  • Chapter 29 of Continuance was posted on December 8, 2015. December 8 is Yukiko Amagi's birthday, and the fic pairs her with the protagonist.
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    Film 
  • Numerous horror movies tend to be released on Friday the 13th, particularly Dracula (1931) and, of course, the Friday the 13th movies. They also aim for October releases especially near All Hallows' Eve because Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday (namely the Halloween movies), and also because people are in the market for scary movies during that month.
  • The movie Coco, which is set around the Day of the Dead, was released in Mexico first on October 27, 2017, the weekend before the holiday. The international versions were released the next month, but it was important for Disney that Mexico would get their movie first, establishing the Spanish language as the official version, and that it open for Dia Del Los Muertos.
  • The movie 9 came out on September 9, 2009 (9/9/09).
  • The film 11-11-11 opened in... guess it.
  • The Film of the Book Nineteen Eighty-Four came out in 1984. Some of the scenes were deliberately filmed on the dates given for those events in the book (even though George Orwell made it clear those dates were just Winston Smith's guesses in the first place).
  • Bad Boys for Life came out in 2020, the 25th anniversary of the first movie.
  • Batman
    • Batman (1989) came out over 50 years and 2 months from Batman's comic debut in Detective Comics #27 in March of 1939.
    • The 1949 15-part Batman and Robin serial was released 10 years to the time of the comic publication.
  • The remake of Black Christmas (2006) opened in the US on December 25, 2006. The UK got it ten days earlier, on December 15th.
  • BlacKkKlansman, a film about disrupting the Ku Klux Klan, opened in the US on August 10, 2018, just a day shy of the first anniversary of the Charlottesville riots. The film ends on a montage of real footage of that riot to draw parallels between the politics that drove them and the KKK.
  • Child's Play opened on November 9th, 1988, which is also the day when Charles Lee Ray becomes Chucky in the film.
  • In Disaster Movie, the world is set to end on August 29, 2008 — the very same day that the film opened in theaters.
  • Fantastic Four (2005) was originally supposed to be released on July 4, 2005, and early trailers played this up. However, its release date was shifted to four days later.
  • Gone with the Wind received a theatrical reissue in 1961 to commemorate the centennial of The American Civil War.
  • In the film The Grinch, the titular character says he has had to deal with Whoville and Christmas for 53 years. This film is set to be released approximately 53 years after the original animated adaptation from 1966. In addition, the film began its' run in some theaters on November 8, 2018, eighteen years after the release of the 2000 Live-Action Adaptation.
  • The first five Halloween movies, naturally, were released in October with Halloween II (1981) being the closest to the actual holiday (October 30th, 1981) while the sixth movie was released in September and the next four were summer releases. The 2018 Unreboot was the first since 1989 to be released in October.
  • The Disney+ release of the Hamilton proshot is scheduled for July 3, 2020, the day before Independence Day.
  • The film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was released in North America on June 4, 2004, coinciding with a full moon.
  • Independence Day: The film was originally scheduled for release on July 3rd, 1996; subverted in that high public anticipation did lead to some early showings on the second, however. Interestingly enough, the film begins with the date marked July 2nd and ends on the 4th.
    • Independence Day: Resurgence, soft released on June 22nd, 2016, not only marks the 20th anniversary of the first movie, but it's also an in-universe plot point as the characters commemorate the 20 years from "The War of 1996". On top of this, July 4th (Independence Day), 2016 is the U.S.A.'s 240th birthday.
  • In the novel version of It, the titular monster comes out of hiding roughly about every 27 years. It (2017) came out 27 years after the previous miniseries adaptation of the novel.
  • James Bond:
    • Fitting Bond's codename 007, the 10th movie, The Spy Who Loved Me, was released on July 7, 1977.
    • The Living Daylights (1987), the 25th anniversary, and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), the 35th anniversary.
    • Die Another Day was released in November of 2002, a month well over the 40th anniversary, and makes all kinds of Shout Outs and Mythology Gags to previous entries. 007 even shot into his opponent's gun barrel during the Bond Gun Barrel sequence as a small commemoration.
    • The cast of the 50th anniversary film Skyfall was announced on November 3, 2011; exactly fifty years after Sean Connery was announced as the first Bond. The film was released on November 9th, 2012, just over a month to the day the first EON Bond film, Dr. No, was released 50 years prior on October 5th, 1962 (the actual anniversary was used for the debut of Adele's theme song).
  • The Lion King (2019): 2019 is the 25th anniversary of the original animated feature.
  • The Lorax was released on March 2nd, 2012, which would have been Dr. Seuss' 108th birthday.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Captain America: Civil War was released in 2016 commemorating a number of anniversaries: the 75th anniversary of Captain America's first appearance, the 50th anniversary of Black Panther's first appearance, and the 10th anniversary of the titular Civil War.
    • Black Panther, featuring Marvel's first big screen titular black superhero, was released in February, which is also Black History Month in the United States.
    • Avengers: Infinity War was set to be released on May 4th, 2018, just 2 days past the 10th anniversary of the MCU's first installment, Iron Man (May 2nd, 2008). The film rounds up a massive All-Star Cast from previous entries celebrating a full decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.note  The release, however, was then pushed a week forward to April 27th.
      • Avengers: Endgame opened just one day shy of a full year to the release of Infinity War.
    • Captain Marvel, which features Marvel's first big screen titular female superhero, was released on March 8, 2019, which is International Women's Day.
    • Similar to the aforementioned Black Panther, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Marvel Studios' first movie to feature an Asian lead, is slated to be released in May (which is Asian-American Heritage Month in the United States) of 2021. Interestingly, it was originally scheduled to be released on February 12 of that year, which is the Chinese New Year. However, due to the COVID-19 pushing back many Hollywood projects, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was moved to May.
    • Thor: Love and Thunder is set to be released on February 18, 2022, the first weekend following Valentine's Day. Furthermore, 2022 marks the 60th anniversary of The Mighty Thor's first appearance back in 1962 as well as the centennial of his co-creator Stan Lee.
    • In fact, 2022 will not only mark the 100th birthday of Stan Lee, but will see five Marvel movies released: the aforementioned Thor: Love and Thunder, the Black Panther sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the Captain Marvel sequelnote , and a sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
  • The remake of The Mechanic (2011) opened on January 28, 2011, the same day that the film's climax takes place.
  • Subverted with Minions II: The Rise Of Gru. It was originally scheduled to release on July 3, 2020, six days before the exact day that Despicable Me, which Minions 2 is a prequel to, was released a decade prior. However, as multiple films' releases were shuffled that year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the release date for Minions 2 was moved ahead by exactly a year.
  • The Number 23 opened on February 23, 2007.
  • The Omen:
    • The original The Omen (1976) was sneak previewed nationwide on June 6, 1976 (the official date was June 25th). Which also happened to be a Sunday.
    • The Omen (2006) remake was released on June 6, 2006 (6/6/06).
  • Pearl Harbor: While it wasn't released anytime near the actual day of the attack (December 7, 1941), it was released on Memorial Day weekend and 2001, at least, marked the 60th anniversary.
  • The announcement for the release date for Phineas And Ferb Candace Against The Universe was onJuly 2, 2020, the 35th birthday of Candace's voice actress, Ashley Tisdale .
  • In Pokémon Detective Pikachu, it's stated that it's been twenty years since Mewtwo was created. The American release of Pokémon: The First Movie, which featured Mewtwo's birth, was released in North America 20 years before Detective Pikachu got released. The protagonist Tim, on the other hand is 21, which means he was born in 1998, which is the year the Pokémon anime premiered in North America.
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  • Star Trek
  • Pretty downplayed with Star Wars:
    • Ever since Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope opened in theaters in May 25, 1977, each subsequent film in both the original and prequel trilogies were scheduled for a May release and were released precisely 3 years apart. There may not be any real meaning with the May release schedule apart from maybe being when the summer blockbuster season begins.
    • The Disney Star Wars films (except for one) broke the unofficial tradition of May releases for December which can also be a big time of year for a release. The Force Awakens premiered in December 2015, while Rogue One opened in December 2016 almost a year to day of The Force Awakens. The Last Jedi was originally scheduled to open one day after the 40th anniversary of A New Hope in 2017 before it was postponed to December. The Rise of Skywalker, the Grand Finale of the sequel trilogy as well as the Skywalker Saga, was released in December of 2019.
      • The only holdout and, possibly, the only entry to actually play this trope so far, Solo, was released on May 25, 2018, the 41st anniversary of the franchise.
  • Superman:
  • Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen opened on April 21, 2012, the day of the climatic Big Badass Battle Sequence.
  • Titanic (1997) was re-released in 3D on April 13th, 2012, two days before the 100th anniversary of the sinking.
  • Averted in the case of V for Vendetta, which was originally scheduled to open on November 4, 2005 (the day before Guy Fawkes Night and the quadricentennial of the Gunpowder Plot) but was delayed four months due to Warner Bros. being unsure about its box office prospects.
  • Some theaters previewed Wonder Park, a movie which contains a song about Pi, on Pi Day (March 14th) of 2019.
  • The digital release of Lego DC Shazam: Monsters And Magic is April 28, 2020, also known as National Superhero Day.

    Literature 
  • The 13th and final installment of A Series of Unfortunate Events was released on Friday, October 13. The word "thirteen" appeared on virtually every page of the book.
  • One of the hints that George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is an allegory for contemporary politics is that its title is an altered version of the year of its writing — 1948.
  • Subverted for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; it was originally intended to release on 7/7/2007 (as seven is a number often associated with magic and it was the seventh and last book), but it would have fallen on the second anniversary of the 7 July terrorist bombings in London, so it was changed to 7/21 instead.

    Live-Action TV 
  • As mentioned in the Literature folder, Season 1 of A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017) premiered on Netflix on, you guessed it, Friday, January 13, 2017.
  • Doctor Who:
    • In the fifth series of the revived show, the date in which the universe was scheduled to blow up was June 26th 2010, the air date of season finale "The Big Bang".
    • April 22, 2011 at 5:02pm was the date the Doctor was scheduled to die in the sixth series. Accounting for Utah timezones vs. British timezones, this means that he appeared to die the day "The Impossible Astronaut" aired.
    • The 50th anniversary episode "The Day of the Doctor" aired on the exact annviersary date of November 23, 2013.
  • This happened by accident, but the 28th episode of Kamen Rider OOO and the thousandth episode total of the Kamen Rider franchise aired on April 3, 2011, 40 years to the day since the franchise began airing on television.
  • By chance, the episode of Merlin which featured King Arthur pulling Excalibur out of the Stone was broadcast on Christmas Eve, 2011. According to Arthurian Legend, Arthur pulled the Sword in the Stone out of its anvil on Christmas Day.
  • Lost Season 5 Episode "316" first aired in 2009 on February 18, when there were exactly 316 days in the year left.
  • The Black Mirror episode "15 Million Merits". The theme of the episode was a dystopian satire of TV talent shows. At Charlie Brooker s request, the episode was broadcast on Channel 4 immediately after the 2011 finale of The X Factor ended on ITV1.
  • Played for very dark humor in the last episode of Season 4 of Game of Thrones. To celebrate Father's Day 2014, Tyrion Lannister kills his father, Tywin.
  • Poirot:
    • The first episode of the third season, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, first aired in the United Kingdom on a Sunday, September 16, 1990. This was to coincide with the celebration of the centenary of the birth of Agatha Christie (September 15, 1890, which is pretty close enough).
    • The first episode of Season 6, Hercule Poirot's Christmas, aired on Christmas Day 1994 in the UK. And the second episode of Season 12, Hallowe'en Party, aired just four days before Halloween 2010.
  • An unintentional example and an unintentional aversion for the 2015 Super Sentai series Shuriken Sentai Ninninger, which had its entire schedule delayed by one week, due to episode 46 of the previous series being preempted by the death of a Japanese journalist at the hands of ISIL extremists: Episode 1 ended up debuting on February 22, also known as Ninja Day, since the number 2 in Japanese sounds like "ni," or "nin-nin-nin", while Episode 7, which celebrated the 40th year of Super Sentai with two Role Reprise guest stars for a team-up, was supposed to air on April 5 – 40 years to the day that Himitsu Sentai Goranger premiered - but had to air on April 12th in the end.
  • On the other side of the Pacific, Ninninger's Power Rangers counterpart Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel, which is the 25th season, featured a special team-up episode, which aired on August 28, 2018 — exactly 25 years since the premiere of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
  • Dimension 404 first premiered on Hulu on April 4thnote .
  • Whereas Marvel's Netflix shows have normally always dropped on Fridays, the second season of Jessica Jones (2015) premiered on March 8, 2018 (a Thursday), as that is International Women's Day. Which is appropriate seeing as the show has been revolutionary at female representation. Case in point: all thirteen episodes of season 2 are directed by women, and the main cast is primarily female.
  • The Walking Dead, a show about zombies, premiered on October 31, 2010, which was Halloween.
  • The series finale of Henry Danger aired on March 21, 2020, which was the 20th birthday of lead actor Jace Norman.
  • The Noddy Shop episode "The Birthday Party", which is about Noah Tomten's birthday, first aired on September 11, 1998, two weeks before Sean McCann's 63rd birthday.

    Music 
  • The remastered albums of The Beatles were released on 09/09/09, based on the infamous "lyrics" to "Revolution 9". Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was released worldwide on CD on 1 June 1987, so that it would indeed be "twenty years ago today."
  • Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour deliberately released his solo album, On An Island, a rumination on family life, aging, and mortality, on March 6th, 2006, the date of his 60th birthday.
  • The Neon Genesis Evangelion soundtrack album The Day of Second Impact was released in Japan on September 13, 2000, which matches the date of the Second Impact event in the show's storyline.
  • On January 8, 2013, David Bowie turned 66 years old — and shocked the world by having his official website relaunched, announcing the forthcoming release of his first studio album in nearly ten years, and releasing the first single and video ("Where Are We Now?") from it. No one in his fanbase or the press (who were sure he'd retired years ago) saw this coming, as he swore his collaborators to secrecy. Three years later, Bowie released on his 69th birthday - which turned out to be two days before his death. A year after that, the EP No Plan is issued on what would have been his 70th birthday.
  • 311's album Stereolithic was released on March 11 (3/11), 2014.
  • Deicide released the album The Stench of Redemption on June 6, 2006. (6/6/06)
  • Black Sabbath's self-titled 1970 debut album was released on Friday 13th of February.
  • Adele's theme song for the James Bond film Skyfall was released at 12.07 am – or 0.07 using the 24-hour clock – on October 5, 2012, the 50th anniversary of the release of the first Bond film, Dr. No.
  • Siamés released the music video for "Mr. Fear" on Halloween 2018.
  • Songs that Saved My Life is a series of compilation albums where various rock bands cover songs that helped them through a rough time. The first single from the first album, Neck Deep's version of "Torn", was released on September 10, 2018, which is World Suicide Prevention Day.
  • The Grand Illusion, the seventh studio album by Styx, came out on 7/7/77.

     Professional Wrestling 
  • Most likely a coincidence, but Beulah McGillicutty's famous mini-match with Bill Alfonso at ECW As Good As It Gets was on September 20, 1997, the 24th anniversary of the famous "Battle of the Sexes" Tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, which King won.

    Theatre 
  • The West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child officially premiered on July 30, 2016, with the rehearsal script being released worldwide the following day, July 31. These dates (in particular, the worldwide release date of the rehearsal script) coincided with the birthdays of Harry Potter and author J. K. Rowling.

    Toys 
  • The Monster High franchise was launched on a Friday the 13th.

    Video Games 
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • The demo for Sonic Generations, a game about Sonic's history, was made available on June 23, 2011, exactly 20 years after the first game was released.
    • Generations's second demo was released on the 17th anniversary of Sonic & Knuckles on October 19. Later, for the Steam Summer Sale of 2012, Generations was discounted to $10.19.
    • Sonic 2 was released on November 24th, 1992, which was a Tuesday. Sonic Adventure 2 was also released on a Tuesday. Not only is it a pun, Tuesday is the second day of the week if you consider Sunday the 7th.
  • The English patch for Yousei Daisensou (Fairy Wars) was released on September 9. The game stars Cirno, who has a memetic association with the number 9.
  • Much like the above-mentioned 9 and Beatles remasters examples, The Beatles: Rock Band saw release on 09/09/09.
  • Nights: Journey of Dream was announced on April 1st, 2007 and released in December of the same year. The original Nights into Dreams had a Christmas version known for having special events occur on Christmas Eve and April Fools' Day.
  • In 2005, Killer7 was released on the seventh day of the seventh month.
  • All but twonote  of the God of War series have been released in March, the month named for the Roman God of War, Mars. In addition, God of War III was released March 16. This may be a reference to John 3:16 in the Bible, as the series has some possible Christian overtones, III most of all.
  • The DS Horror Game Dementium: The Ward was released 31.10.07, or Halloween. This date comes up a few times in-game, such as the combination to a keypad.
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 came out on November 10th, 2009, and the launch trailers ended with "11-10-09" blinking on in sequence like the countdown before an explosion. Presumably, this was meant to signify the "exploding" international tensions in the game's plot which results in America being invaded, or just the ramped-up action in the game.
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty was released during the Chinese Year of the Snake. Whether this was deliberate or coincidental, at least one trailer pointed it out.
  • Similar to above, Spyro: Year of the Dragon was released in 2000. As it says in the title, the Chinese Year of the Dragon.
  • The myth arc of Assassin's Creed heavily tied into the supposed apocalypse date of 12/21/2012. Assassin's Creed III was released on the same day it begins in game (30.10.2012) to play into this. The game itself ends on the former date.
  • Hate Plus was due to be released to coincide with the new lunar year, an event celebrated in the story. It didn't happen.
  • The PC version of Valkyria Chronicles, a game about war, was released on Veterans Day 2014.
  • Super Columbine Massacre RPG! was released on April 20, 2005, the sixth anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre — which is the main topic of the game.
  • The release date of Super Mario Maker, a game celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Super Mario Bros., was the closest Friday to the September 13th release date of the original game. In an unfortunate coincidence, that Friday happened to be September 11th.
  • World War II Online was released on June 6 to coincide with D-Day. The marketing department forced this as a publicity stunt, despite the game still needing months of work. To say it was an Obvious Beta doesn't even begin to describe its launch problems.
  • Persona 5, a game with a major visual motif in the form of hearts and a theme of "stealing hearts", was set to release in the Americas and Europe on Valentine's Day 2017, before delays pushed the release back to the no-longer meaningful April 4.note 
    • The Updated Re-release Persona 5 Royal was released in Japan on Halloween 2019, which fits into the game's themes of masks, costumes, and monster summoning.
  • Tyranny, a game set in a world where the Evil has finally won, released the day after the results of the 2016 US Presidential Elections had been announced. The fact that the release date was announced when the elections' outcome could not be predicted with any certainty may have been a statement in itself.
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda, a game about a space journey to the eponymous galaxy, was released on March 21, 2017 in North America. If this date is written in the date format customary in the US, it becomes 3/21 — or "three-two-one", the iconic countdown preceding most Real Life spacecraft launches.
  • Episode 5 of the time-travel adventure game Life Is Strange was released the day before "Back to the Future Day" (October 21, 2015), the date Marty McFly travels to in Back to the Future Part II.
  • Similar to above, on October 21st, 2015 we got the launch of a new piece of Rocket League DLC; the Back to the Future DeLorean.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released on November 11th, 2011 - that is to say, 11/11/11.
  • Startopia was released in 2001. In a game of sci-fi Shout-Outs, 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the main ones with the game's intro and your Virtual Artificial Lifeform who vaguely remembers one of his previous charges being Dave.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask: In order to suit the game's dark tone and macabre themes, the original Nintendo 64 version was released shortly before Halloween in 2000, and the Nintendo 3DS remake came out on Friday, February 13, 2015.
  • DOOM (2016), a game about massacring the ever-loving hell out of demons, was released on Friday, May 13, 2016.
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire was released on November 21st, 2014, exactly twelve years after the Japanese release of the original Ruby and Sapphire.
  • Brütal Legend was released on Friday the 13th of Rocktober 2009, in order to emphasize how metal the game is.
  • Red Dead Redemption II was released on October 26, 2018, which happens to be the 137th anniversary of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral that involves gunfighters Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, the latter of whom died of tuberculosis at age 36 in 1887 (and in coincidence, this disease could also be the same fate that would befall the 36-year-old Arthur Morgan 12 years later in the fictional 1899).
  • Luigi's Mansion 3, which involves ghosts residing in a haunted locale, was released on October 31, 2019.
  • Sakura Wars:
    • Sakura Wars (1996) was released on September 27, 1996, which marked Masaru Ikeda's 54th birthday.
    • As for the 2019 game:
      • The first official trailer premiered on March 30, 2019, the 14th anniversary of the international release of Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love.
      • The game was released in Japan on December 12, 2019, which is also the 56th birthday of Ayame and Kaede Fujieda's voice actress Ai Orikasa and 14 days before.
  • Not Tonight got its Switch port released on January 31st 2020 — the same date that Brexit happened, which plays an integral part in the game's plot.

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    Web Comics 
  • Homestuck has an interesting history of turning release dates into Arc Numbers, and then turning those same arc numbers into future release dates.
    • Andrew Hussie planned to start the comic on April 10, but unexpected delays pushed the date back to April 13, or 4/13. Subsequently, the number 413 pops up many places in Homestuck. And some major flash animations were posted on subsequent 4/13 anniversaries, or on the 413th day since the start of the comic.
    • The Hivebent arc, which introduced the troll universe, began on June 12 (or 6/12), introducing the arc number 612. The flash "John: Rise Up" was released on the 612th day since the start of the comic.
    • Later, the comic introduced another arc number, 1025 (the sum of 413 and 612), generally used to represent some union between the kids' and the trolls' universes. The end-of-Act 5 animation (in which the kids and the trolls escape the simultaneous destruction of both universes) was initially meant to go up in August or September, but significant delays pushed it back until October. Hussie then delayed it a few days longer, so it could go up on October 25 (10/25).
    • Act 6 began on November 11, 2011, so Hussie lampshaded it by making it an in-universe meaningful release date, referred to as "2x3prong Day (whatever that means)". Not surprisingly, Act 6 introduces a new Arc Number based around eleven, or sometimes three ones (1/11), four ones (11/11), or six ones (11/11/11), more commonly the latter.
    • Homestuck also does the variation where the events of certain updates correlate with the days on which they were released. For example, an update showing a ball-shaped object falling from the top of a building was posted on New Years, and another series of updates consisting mostly of Dave making Freudian Slips when talking about a teenage version of his mom was posted on Mother's Day.
  • Roommates has this in spades mostly with the ending pages of the arcs but sometimes with the first ones too. Also not only holidays but solstices are important in this comic, mostly when the fae are concerned.
    • The 2013 summer arc begins on the 21th of June; Summer Solstice / Midsummer - It's about Kings and/or Fae.
    • Halloween arcs routinely begin or end on Halloween.
    • There was also a page titled Gift published on Christmas Eve for example (the second to last page of the 2012 Halloween arc incidentally, the page before it was on Winter Solstice and the last page of the arc on New Year's Eve).
  • Nebula, which revolves around Anthropomorphic Personifications of the solar system, released comic #14 on the blog (it had been available earlier as part of the Nebula Ultra compilation) on the date of the New Horizons flyby of Pluto- July 14th, 2015.

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    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time's Mystery Train episode, which takes place on Finn's 13th birthday, first aired on 3/14/11 putting Finn's birthday on Pi Day.
    • The 100th episode, "The Hard Easy", premiered on October 1, 2012, Cartoon Network's 20th anniversary.
  • The first episode of Nightmare Ned premiered the same day (April 19, 1997) as the tenth birthday of Ned's voice actor, Courtland Mead.
  • The U.S. premiere of the Wander over Yonder episode "The Birthday Boy" was March 31st 2014, which is Craig McCracken's birthday.
  • The Powerpuff Girls episode "The Bare Facts", centered around the Mayor and told mostly from his POV (at least camera-wise) aired on January 20th, 1999. January 20th being the date most U.S. presidents are inaugurated.
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants episode "SB-129" in which Squidward accidentally time travels too far into the future, then too far into the past and then "nowhere" aired on December 31st, 1999—the last day before the year 2000. Nickelodeon actually aired several new episodes of shows with a millennium/future theme that night, including The Angry Beavers and Kablam.
    • The regular premiere of the show happened on July 17th, 1999, a few days after the birthday of Tom Kenny.
  • The Hub, the predecessor to Discovery Family, launched on October 10, 2010, with the premieres of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Pound Puppies, and Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures.
  • On October 10, 2015, five years to the day of the show's premiere, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic released "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", a Wham Episode in which the Cutie Mark Crusaders finally received their cutie marks since their (accidental) introduction together in the first episode. Four years and two days later, the Grand Finale aired, tying up everything together in a nice Book-Ends fashion.
  • Although its US release was in April of 2010, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien was released in Asia, the UK, and Latin America on the 10th of October of 2010 (some places even broadcasted the episode at 10:00 AM to drive the point home). 10 is Ben's age during the original series, the number of starter aliens in said series and Alien Force, and it's even part of the protagonist's surname (Tennyson).
  • Using the American dating system, the first episode of Gravity Falls aired on 6/15/12 (June 15, 2012). The final episode was aired on that number backwards, 2/15/16 (February 15, 2016), befitting of the show's heavy use of secret messages and codes.
  • The first solo season of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy premiered on June 13, 2003, a Friday the 13th.
  • The Family Guy episode "Quagmire's Dad," in which Quagmire's father is revealed to have had a male-to-female transition, aired on May 9th, 2010. In some countries, that was Mother's Day.
  • The Unikitty! episode "Birthday Blowout", an episode that celebrates the birthday of Puppycorn, the dog-unicorn little brother of the title character, was released on February 16th, 2018, the start of the Chinese New Year for the Year of the Dog.
  • Season 2 of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, a cartoon made by a WLW creator, premiered April 26th, 2019, which also happens to be Lesbian Visibility Day.
  • The Simpsons:
    • The episode "Milhouse Doesn't Live Here Anymore" aired on February 15, 2004, which was Matt Groening's 50th birthday.
    • The episode "Fears of a Clown", in which Bart gets busted for his pranks and is sent to a rehabilitation program for his pranking habits, aired on April Fools' Day.
  • The Steven Universe "Heart of the Crystal Gems" DVDnote  comes out on August 14, 2018, one day before Steven's birthday. "The Question" also aired on July 4, American Independence Day, and is about Ruby discovering her independence. A later episode "Together Alone" that served as the start of Era 3 for Homeworld aired on New Years Eve.
  • The Fancy Nancy Christmas special "Nancy And The Nice List" aired on December 14, 2018. Nancy's voice actress, Mia Sinclair Jenness, turned 13 that day.
  • The DC Super Hero Girls TV series premieres on March 8, 2019, which is International Women's Day. Given that it's a show about girl power, this makes sense.
  • The Elena of Avalor episode "The Return Of El Capitan" , which takes place on Dia De Los Muertos, aired on October 27, 2018, which is one year after the Mexican premiere of Coco, which focuses on the holiday.
  • Legend of the Three Caballeros first came out in the Philippines on June 9, 2018, which is Donald Duck's 84th anniversary.
  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! celebrated its 50th anniversary on September 13, 2019, which fell on a Friday the 13th and had a full moon.
  • The Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood episode "Daniel's Goldfish Dies; Daniel's Strawberry Seeds" premiered on February 26th, 2018, one day before the 15th anniversary of Fred Rogers' death.
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • "Nothing Can Stop Della Duck", which featured Della finally getting to meet her children after spending a decade trapped on the moon aired on May 13, 2019, the day after Mother's Day.
    • "Double-O-Duck in You Only Crash Twice!", an episode which parodies the James Bond franchise, was supposed to come out on the same day as the most recent entry in the series (before the latter's release date was pushed several months back due to the coronavirus pandemic).
  • The Muppet Babies (2018) episode "Mystery On The Muppet Express", which focuses on Animal and Summer, aired on November 15, 2019, which is National Drummer Day.
  • The series finale of Doc McStuffins aired on April 18, 2020, which is the birthday of series creator Chris Nee.
  • The House of Mouse episode "Donald's Pumbaa Prank", which is about April Fools' Day, aired on March 31, 2001, the day prior to said holiday.

    Real Life 
  • There was a considerable increase in marriages set for July 7, 2007 (7/7/07) due to the conception of 7 as a lucky number. No word on if those marriages have had a better rate of success.
  • Eight is a lucky number in China, associated with prosperity and confidence. So the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing had its opening ceremony not just on August 8 (8/8/08), but at 8:00 PM local time.
  • MIT announces who will be admitted into it on pi day (3/14) at 6:28 (pi times 2, or tau, is about 6.28)
  • The Bank of England released its first polymer £20 note, featuring artist J. M. W. Turner on the reverse, on February 20, 2020.

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