Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, known in Japan as Hoshi no Kābī (星のカービィ, Kirby of the Stars) is an anime series based on the Kirby franchise. The series was produced by Warpstar Inc., a company formed between a joint investment between and HAL Laboratory, Inc.
The series is about the adventures of Kirby and his friends after his Starship crash-lands on Planet Popstar, in the country of Dream Land. In this series, Kirby is a legendary Star Warrior destined to save Dream Land from destruction by eNeMeE. King Dedede, the ruler of Dream Land, wants to drive Kirby away, and orders up fearsome monsters from eNeMeE's company, Nightmare Enterprises. The monsters usually end up attacking Kirby and the people of Dream Land, but Kirby and friends always save the day.
Kirby: Right Back at Ya! uses the characters and concepts from the preceding game series as a basis rather than copying the games' events and lore word-for-word. It is best viewed as an alternate universe, having no direct connection to timeline of the events in the games. Being self-contained, it is easier for those unfamiliar with the game series to understand it.
The series is rifled with satire and parody, some of it self-referential in nature. Homages to old movies are common, as are references to modern popular culture, politics and news events.
Why It Rocks
- Despite the obvious censorship to make it more kid-friendly during the transition from east to west, it actually ended up being one of the best and most successful 4Kids dubs (far better than the 4Kids dub of One Piece to say the very least), managing to stay on air for all 100 episodes!
- Good voice acting from both the 4Kids Dub and the original; King Dedede’s voice in the 4Kids dub is hilariously over the top, fitting his character in this regard.
- Many likable characters like Kirby, Tiff, Tuff, Meta Knight, and King Dedede; They are also surprisingly three dimensional as well (or at least way more than just one-dimensional).
- The show has lots of humorous moments, but isn’t lacking in emotional and/or heartwarming moments.
- The theme song is really catchy (Depending on your view).
- Kirby's new abilities in this show are cool, especially Water Kirby.
- Some of the moments, and even episodes, can be surprisingly dark and mature, without resorting to changing to a grimdark tone like in Berserk.
- There were a lot of many good and memorable episodes:
- The first episode, Kirby Comes to Cappy Town is a pretty good way to start off the series and introduce ourselves to the new cast.
- The last episode called Fright to the Finish was a great way to wrap up the series, anti-climatic defeat of the ultimate villain aside.
- Cartoon Buffoon is a great episode that shows audiences how the animation industry works and how cheap animation is bad. Speaking of which, there is a Reanimated Collab remake of said episode available on Newgrounds! and it also spawned a sequel episode called "Tooned Out".
- The plots are usually clever and entertaining.
- It is one of the best Video Game to TV Show Adaptations of all time; It doesn’t hurt that it was made as an anime from Japan and the creator of the Kirby game series Masahiro Sakurai, alongside Nintendo and Hal Laboratory themselves (as a joint investment between the two known as Warpstar Inc.), gave a helping hand in the anime’s development!
- The anime has inspired things to later be included in some games such as the aforementioned Water Kirby being implemented in and had even included cameos of characters who were from the anime.
- "I need a monstah to clobbah dat there Kirby!"
- Tokkori is the only remotely unlikable character, who is always a complete and utter jerk to Kirby and the others all the time.
- Even Tiff and Tuff can be unlikable at times, with Tiff whose always got a stick up her butt, and Tuff can be a major brat at times.
- The pacing isn't very good in some episodes like Hail to the Chief and Kirby's Pet Peeve.
- In some of the episodes, Kirby doesn't get as much screen time as the other characters, and usually shows up at the climax.
- The animation is a mixed bag. While the 2D characters looks good, the CGI models either look passable or poor in quality, especially with Dyna Blade's model.
- While the 4Kids dub is decent, some may find the voices annoying or be frustrated by the censorship. Speaking of censorship, one of the most hilarious scenes was also left out of the 4Kids version due to it obviously not being suitable for young children because of the involvement of guns.
- The puns are so obnoxious, they can get on your last nerve.