A diminuitive pink creature orbiting in space called "Kirby" crash lands into Dream Land. Once getting acquainted with the citizens who live there in Cappy Town, he begins to defend the town from the monsters that King Dedede, the self-proclaimed ruler of Cappy Town, orders from the evil Nightmare Enterprises.
I've always really liked the Kirby games, but in most of the games, there isn't really a story and you don't really get to know how the characters act, this show has an actual story and characters with personalities!
At first, I was worried that this show would ruin my opinion of the games, but it just provided some explanations for things and made me really like this whole franchise even more than I used to.
This show's story is mostly just that King Dedede tries to defeat Kirby using the Demon Beasts he orders from Holy Nightmare Co while messing
with everyone else. Sometimes Dedede doesn't do anything, but it still mainly Holy Nightmare's fault that everyone has problems. There are also the Star Warriors and the Galaxy Soldier Army side ploy which I find really cool and interesting, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone.
This series is sometimes kind of childish, as it is a kid's anime. Though it is also sometimes kind of dark, at least in the japanese version. It's kind of repetitive, but that's kind of the point. xD
I really like the art for this show, it seems well done in my opinion and everything's so colorful and there's so many cute things. They used quite a bit of CE and I think that it's fine mostly, though in my opinion I think it's weird how they made Dyna Blade with CE like that, all the time.
The voice actors in this show are great in the Japanese version, though I dislike a majority of the voices in the English version, mainly Tiff's and Tokkori's, sorry.
The music is awesome. A lot of it is remixes of songs from the games, too. I've always really liked Kirby music, so I can't say no to that and Macho-san's song 'Go Go Heaven', though it was weird, it was very addicting as well.
They've added some new characters in this series, some of them are just temporary, some are side characters, but others are even main characters. Escargon/Escargoon and Customer service, two characters originally from the anime appeared in the game Kirby: Mass Attack.
About the characters though...
There are the Cappies who are the main inhabitants of the village and instead of attacking people and wearing strange mushroom caps and bouncing around like they do in the games, they are somewhat peaceful, civlized people, though they are quite stupid and due to this are manipulated by Dedede often enough in this show.
Kirby is a pink puffball who can copy the abilities of others or of things. He is a Star Warrior. He's confirmed to be a baby in this show, so he can't speak except for the made up word 'Poyo', but that makes him even more likable, since it is pretty cute. Kirby loves eating and sleeping and playing with his friends. He's not the smartest, as seen in many episodes and he gets tricked/ridiculed (mostly by King Dedede) very easily. He's so cute and naive, yet he can fight fiercely whenever needed, often aided by his warp star.
Fumu/Tiff is one of the villagers who is not a Cappy, she is quite compassionate towards others and one of the only smart people in this show and I find myself agreeing with her quite a bit, though sometimes she is kind of naive and gets annoyed easily. She is one of the main characters and usually one of the main reasons why Dedede's plans fail. She is very protective of Kirby and she loves and cares about him and due to that fact, she can control his warp star and calls for it when he needs it most.
Bun/Tuff is Fumu's younger brother. He is like Fumu's opposite, but they still get along well.
King Dedede is an obnoxious, selfish, bratty penguin who always has to get his way. He's always buying new demon beasts/monsters which he uses to try to defeat Kirby, but always fails and ends up with a huge bill for buying the demon beast without looking at the price. He seems to enjoy bullying Escargon.
Escargon is Dedede's sidekick/servant who gets beaten up all the time, yet stays with him.
Meta Knight is the mysterious, smart, awesome knight...guy. He's an experienced Star Warrior who works for King Dedede. He's pretty strong, but he only ever helps Kirby if he REALLY needs it. Oh yeah and his eyes change color depending on his mood, now tell me that isn't awesome.
I think I've explained enough about the characters, moving on.
I generally enjoyed this show A LOT. I love how all the characters act and it's funny to see them interact. It shows how different they all are and I guess I really like that, especially when they try to achieve the same goal, like how Fumu takes care of Kirby and always tries to help him in need and encourage him, yet Meta Knight lets Kirby face the harsh reality and rarely steps in to help, Fumu may call him cold, but they both want the same thing, they want Kirby to grow up enough to become a strong warrior so they can defeat Nightmare.
It teaches a lot of great life lessons, yup. Such as...
Don't kill people's dads...Don't waste food...Slavery is bad...umm...
You get the point, I hope. ^^ Sorry if you don't, I tried.
If you do watch this series, I would recommend watching the Japanese version though. But I couldn't find maybe 10 of the later episodes with subs, or the movie with subs so that might be a problem for those of us who can't speak Japanese, unless you can switch to English.
But, seriously the English version changed many things, including bits of some of the characters' personality and some scenes were deleted and things in general were altered, like instead of there being a Galaxy Soldier Army, all the rebels/army were referred to as Star Warriors, even if they're not Star Warriors. They got rid of most of the original soundtrack, which was really nice and there were lots of remixes of songs from the games. Also, I found some of the English voices annoying, but that's my opinion. I'm sure there are some things I've missed, these are just examples.
I don't know what else to say, if it wasn't clear, I like this show a lot.
So I'm gonna be quite blunt here, I've watched Kirby Right Back at Ya maybe two and a half times. Once fully in English & about halfway through in Japanese. Based upon a popular video game series by Nintendo & Hal Laboratory, the anime did it's own strange adaptation based upon the video games. There's one thing to note about the anime also, most notable the English dubbing company. Apparently, while some people claim that 4kids is the butcher of all decent anime *cough Sonic X, *cough One Piece.* With the Kirby anime, honestly to me it's not all that different from English to Japanese.
While some forms of "American Dubbing" have been put into place, however we'll get into that soon.. To me it wasn't all that different. But now let's get into the concept of this anime.
Now basic story, Kirby lands on Pop Star he found by two children named Tiff & Tuff (lots of puns in the english dub). Kirby lives with the family to fit in more with society and in Cappy Town. King Dedede & his minion Escargoon try to defeat Kirby for a profit for the company Nightmare Industries. Basically that's the jist of the story. Nothing more to say honestly, it's basic but it gets the job done. All of the characters speak except for Kirby, which is similar to how he is in the video games. So I won't complain. They got the source material right for that.
Most episode basically follow a similar path, Kirby is loafing around being himself, the characters give a lecture on how Kirby should act. Like Kirby has the personality of a child & he honestly doesn't know any better. Dedede hires a monster or a setup or Kirby and his two friends get lost somewhere. Plus, Kirby once in awhile gets a copy ability to win the fight. This sort of set up runs for about a hundred episodes most of the time and honestly does get extremely tiresome. However there are some unique episodes that sometimes come out if you do pay attention. Plus, it's a shame that Kirby rarely gets an screen time sometimes. Most of the attention is either given to Dedede trying to end Kirby or Tiff/Tuff giving a pointless lecture. Kirby is either seen in the beginning eating food or in the end fighting an enemy. A better build up would have worked way more honestly.
There are some small bits of censorship such as the removal of guns, the context of Japanese food has vanished & even English text was cleaned out of the anime. It's minor though, cause to me it doesn't effect the quality of the anime but it's just a notice for some of you. Lots of characters from the games make tons of cameos such as Meta Knight, Whispy Woods, tons of Waddle Dees, Chef Kawasaki & lots of enemies. The art style is also decent to me, the colors are quite vibrant and the main characters do pop out. But a little flat in terms of the art direction and scenery. The music is nothing to write home about either, even in the English or Japanese dub.
The voice acting in English is quite funny honestly. Nothing too terrible considering the source material. But it leaves a lot to be desired for. The Spanish accent of Meta Knight is honestly insanely cringy to no end but King Dedede's Southern accent is absolutely hilarious though if you don't take it seriously. The puns in this anime are insanely noticeable, some of them don't make sense but you have to realize it's an anime for children so it does make sense why.
Overall, Kirby Right Back at Ya is something you'd probably enjoy if you're a huge fan of the video game series. But as an anime itself, it leaves a lot to be desired for. The lack of Kirby himself really diminishes the value. Plus the typical plot, generic OST & questionable voice acting will probably get you scratching your head asking why. Though some of the source material is there and a few episode are enjoyable. You should probably look at this anime not as a tribute to the video games, but as a massive joke. Think of it like fan fiction, but it's not that painful.
Kirby! It's the name you should know! Kirby! He's the star of the show!
Yes I did watch the dub, the dub isn't that cringe but the introduction is pretty bad
When you think of Kirby, what do you think of first, the games or the anime? I personally think of Kirby's Dreamland, does that mean the anime isn't popular? Not really, it's a special piece of childhood for me and maybe many others, so let's stop this filler and dive into the review!
Story - 9/10 - The story of Kirby Right Back at Ya! is when a pink alien creature named Kirby comes down onto the
planet of Cappy Town.. or it should be called Crappy Town due to their king, King Dedede, the main villain in the Kirby series, King Dedede wants to drive Kirby out of his town, he puts monsters across the town just to get rid of Kirby, but thankfully for Kirby, the town actually likes him and praises him. The story is simple but I think it works well due to the fact that it doesn't feel repetitive even though it should, each monster is different in every episode plus the character interactions really make up for it.
Art - 10/10 - I can't really put my finger on why I love this art so much, it does remind me of the games and it's very nice on the eyes.
Sound - 5/10 - I personally hate every single characters voice besides Kirby's and King Dedede's, I do like the introduction music. I haven't watched the Japanese sub of Kirby Right Back at Ya! but from what I know from the dub it's pretty mediocre.
Character - 7/10 - Puyo! Kirby and his interactions with his friends, Tiff and Tuff and with the world of Cappy Town, everybody loves him but this unreasonable king and it makes the story and characters a lot more interesting. Sadly, there isn't really much to say about each character on there own, they are so simple, maybe even too simple to remember what each characters personality, besides Kirby, the hero of the story, and King Dedede, the villain of the story. I do enjoy the characters but it's really hard to explain why.
Overall - 9/10 - I may have a lot of nostalgia for this series but I do think this series still holds up like it did when I was younger, give it a try!
Story/Characters (7/10): This show is a show aimed at kids. It has an easy an simple plot that anyone can follow. Kirby, a pink (alien?) star warrior crash lands on the planet of Pop Star. There he befriends the citizens of Cappy Town and defends them from monsters that their king, King Dedede, sends to kill Kirby.
The characters are very likable. Tiff and Toff are Kirby's best friends who will always look out for him. King Dedede is a funny yet foolish villain whose reasons for antagonising Kirby are like that of Lex Luthor's hatred of Superman. And lastly, Meta Knight, the coolest character in
the whole show. He is the dark, quite, mysterious knight who works for the king but will help Kirby whenever he gets the chance.
Art/Animation (8.5/10): The art is modern. The show often uses bright colors to emphasize Cappy Town as a peaceful and happy place. The show was animated with CGI. The CGI was fluid and worked well with the 2D artwork but there were some scenes where the CGI failed to render properly.
Sound/Music (8.5/10): The sound/music were good. All of the sounds were used well and the music was cheery and happy. I also found the theme song to be enjoyable.
Dub or Sub?: Both. The American and Japanese voice actors did a wonderful job at dubbing the show, especially the Japanese voice actors.
Enjoyment/Summary/Overall (7.5/10): In my youth, I enjoyed the show as much as the next kid. The story was easy to follow. The art and sound were bright and cheerful. The characters were lovable. The plot holes and twists were at a minimum.