Creating my last post on Tanabata made me think about Super Mario RPG. The entire premise of the game is the interesting concept that when people make wishes, they're carried by stars to a special place by means of a special conduit called "Star Road," that this "road" has been shattered, and that unless it's repaired, "people's wishes won't come true."
Mario listening to Mallow's wish.
That people's wishes are actually heard and granted is interesting in and of itself, let alone the idea that this divine process can actually be blocked in some way.
I'm also reminded of a song from an anime series called "Cowboy Bebop." In the song "Flying Teapot," the lyrics seem to echo these same ideas, that stars carry our wishes to a special place, and that anyone could actually block this process.
Flying Teapot (From Cowboy Bebop)
Sometimes I think
Oh yes! I'd move to where all the shooting stars are gone
With all of our wishes
How could they bare
Oh no! To carry around the stupid human hopes
So I'm going to help
Give a key to lock the door to the secret paradise
There are so many queuing up
I won't let them in
Look at them, they are cheeky
They are never worthy to be
Sometimes I feel
Oh yes! I could do almost everything I wanted
And it makes cry
Lay your heart
Lay your soul
Upon my magic carpet
Now we are fly
To Venus just to kill some time for tea OK?
There's nothing you can do 'cause
Love's such a joke
Like a little jack in the box you know
A little jack in the box
"The Flying Teapot" can be heard below:
Give me a key to lock the door to the secret paradise...
But I suppose the idea of "wishing upon a star" isn't too foreign, as this idea has been immortalized by Disney's anthem, "When You Wish Upon a Star."