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Wishing Upon a Star (星に願いを Hoshi ni Negai wo) (lit. Wish Upon a Star) is the second of the three episodes from the anime Mega Man: Upon a Star.

Summary

On New Year's Eve, Akane is calling her brother Yuuta to go downstairs and commemorate, but he is in the last stage of a Mega Man game and gives trouble to go. The two argue and accidentally hit the console. Mega Man gets pulled out into the real world again, so he gets to celebrate New Year's with the Kobayashi family and learns about otoshidama, while Dr. Wily ends up at Dr. Light's lab, where he steals Dr. Light's newest creation, a time machine, and kidnaps Roll when she tries to stop him.

Dr. Light creates a device to follow Wily through the time vortex. While Mega Man rescues Roll, Wily escapes. It is revealed that Wily plans on showering Japan with meteorites on the Tanabata, a day when the citizens traditionally make wishes upon stars. If Dr. Wily wins, he'll make the stars crash into Earth! Can Mega Man stop Wily in time?

Trivia

  • The Japanese culture learned today are ozoni, how Japanese New Years is celebrated, otoshidama, Setsubun, oni, Girls' Day and its crackers, Children's Day Holiday and the koinobori, Tanabata and the legend of Altar and Vega, and the tanzaku.
  • The Japanese holidays in this episode are New Year's Eve/Day (31 December - 1 January), Setsubun (3 February), Hinamatsuri/Girls' Day (3 March), Children's Day/Boys' Day (5 May) and Tanabata (7 July). These were all mentioned above.
  • Dr. Wily refers to May 5th as Children's Day, while Yuuta refers to it as Boys' Day. It's possible Yuuta got that from his parents, though.
  • There's a quick nod to Altair and Vega, the originators of Tanabata according to legend, made by Yuuta.
  • Apparently, Yuuta and Akane's parents wouldn't let them put up a koinobori, even though they're devoted when it comes to festivals and tradition.
  • When Rush goes to space, he did not need any upgrades like the Rush Space from Mega Man V, as the Rush Jet was able to travel in space.
  • Near the start of the episode, the title has the original Rockman logo instead of Megaman.
  • A character title-drops the episode when she says "I'll be wishing upon a star!"
  • Dr. Wily and Roll inadvertently give a history lesson when they discuss the death of the dinosaurs. Doesn't stop Slash Man from appearing later in the series, though.
  • This episode is sometimes mislabeled as the first when it's actually the second. In addition, sometimes the episode is called "Wish Upon a Star." It's "Wishing."


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