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Season 1 Episode 4

The Night of Tanabata

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Aired Unknown Jan 29, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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The episode starts with Sanjuro training Shugo about how to fight the monsters in "The World" When they are done, they teleport back to the city where Rena is waiting for them, and she tells Shugo the he has spent a lot of time playing with Sanjuro lately. Shugo replies that they were not playing they were training. Sanjuro chimes in and says that a warrior needs to train. Rena replies that Shugo is not a warrior and that she is feeling neglected that they should spend more time together. In Mac Anu, the Shugo and Rena learn about the Festival of the Weaver Maiden that will be held later that day. In the field Distant Azure River, where the festival of Tanabata is scheduled to take place, Shugo is already there waiting for the others to arrive. When Mireille shows up, she is wearing a rare yukata that she received as a rare item from a very tough battle. Shortly after, Hotaru, Ouka and Rena teleport in and they, too, are wearing yukatas. According to Tanabata tradition, everyone must write a wish down and hang it on the tree branches. The Tanabata event starts with the contest of the weaver maiden. The person chosen randomly to become Orihime is Rena. She is lifted into the air and teleported to stage. Balmung thinks that this cannot be a coincidence, she was chosen despite the fact that the sampling was supposed to be purely random. The rest of the participants will try to make their way across the river and the first person to greet Rena will be crowned as Kenju(Orihime's lover). Once the contest starts, the contestants use a variety of means to give themselves an advantage. In the meantime, Komiyan the 3rd (Shugo's old classmate) has taken the lead and is about to get his wish… until a large fish appears in his path and he is forced to retreat. Ouka is looking for a worthy fight, and Mireille thinks that defeating a special event character will give her some rare items. They attack, but the fish is a corrupted monster and it is able to heal itself and it goes after Rena. Feeling that there is nothing left to do, Shugo Data Drains the monster (along with Komiyan who was nearby) and Mireille collects the fish as a rare item. As Shugo reaches for Rena, Rena instead grabs Balmung's hand to thank him. Since the race was still going on during the battle, Balmung is declared the winner. Moments before the kiss takes place, a Grunty enters at the last minute with footage showing that Shugo was really the first one there. Then a storm starts and Balmung states that there was not supposed to be any rain scheduled in that field. Balmung tells Reki that they need to evacuate everyone before something else happens.moreless

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