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Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
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(Hoshi no Kābī)
Genre Comedy, fantasy
Anime television series
Directed by Sōji Yoshikawa
Mitsuo Kusakabe
Yōichi Kotabe (supervisor)
Produced by Satoru Iwata (Nintendo)
Taihei Yamanashi (Dentsu)
Seiichi Hirano (A-UN)
Takeyuki Okazaki (CBC)
Written by Sōji Yoshikawa
Music by Akira Miyagawa
Studio Studio Sign
Studio Comet (cooperation)
Licensed by
Network CBC, TBS, TV Tokyo, Kids Station,
Tokyo MX
English network
Original run
  • October 6, 2001 – September 27, 2003 NA
Episodes 100 (List of episodes)

Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, known in Japan as Kirby of the Stars (星のカービィ, Hoshi no Kābī), is a Japanese anime series based on Nintendo's Kirby franchise. Produced by Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting, Dentsu, A-UN Entertainment and Studio Sign, it was directed by Sōji Yoshikawa and Mitsuo Kusakabe, with Yoshikawa handling series composition, Miyuki Shimabukuro designing the characters, Kazuo Iimura serving as chief animation director, and Akira Miyagawa composing the music. The series ran for one hundred episodes by TV Tokyo, from October 6, 2001 to September 27, 2003, airing on CBC at 7:30 AM every Saturday in Japan. In the United States, the show aired on Fox Box, beginning on September 14, 2002. Episodes have also been released on a channel for the Wii game console, and on the game compilation Kirby's Dream Collection.

The anime follows Kirby, a pink, spherical, childlike creature who does not speak coherent words but possesses the ability to take on new magical powers temporarily by sucking up their owners. Kirby crash-lands on a planet called Popstar and quickly befriends two yellow-skinned siblings named Tiff and Tuff. Over the course of the series, Kirby and his friends fight to bring down evil emperor Nightmare, all the while evading King Dedede and his assistant Escargoon, who try to get rid of Kirby using numerous monsters provided by Night Mare Enterprises. Though largely aimed at a younger crowd, with childlike characters and battle scenes, the series also includes allegorical stories about environmental issues, serious stories, social satire, and other various elements and parodies that can be appreciated by adults.


Tens of thousands of years ago, an evil emperor of darkness known as Nightmare created a biological weapon in the form of armies of monsters, and sent it all over the universe to conquer it. However, as he kept creating them, some of them began to rebel against Nightmare. Then, Sir Meta Knight and other freedom- and peace-loving, righteous Star Warriors formed the Galaxy Soldier Army in order to bring down Nightmare and stood to combat his evil. However, the soldier army caves in under the inexhaustible supply of the monsters. While the few surviving Star Warriors were relegated to the fringes of the universe, they were looking for new ways to defeat Nightmare. Meanwhile, Nightmare established a corporate empire, Holy Nightmare Inc. (Night Mare Enterprises in the English dub), which systematically and efficiently created monsters and expanded its own power by selling them to large and small villains and money-hungry rich people throughout the universe.

Eventually, somewhere in the galaxy, the next generation of Star Warriors, Kirby, is born. Kirby was to gain strength against Nightmare as he slept in a spaceship he had acquired from parts unknown. However, the Star Warrior's spacecraft has the ability to automatically go to the planet where the monsters are located, and when the spacecraft catches the presence of Planet Popstar's monsters, it wakes Kirby up two hundred years ahead of schedule, and the inexperienced, clueless, and baby-like Kirby is unable to control the spacecraft as it crash-lands in Pupu Village (Cappy Town in the English dub). After crash-landing, Kirby makes friends with the siblings Fūmu (Tiff in the English dub) and Bun (Tuff in the English dub) and others in Cappy Town, and with their help, he was assigned to fight the monsters to overthrow Nightmare.

The ruler of Dream Land, King Dedede, is jealous and suspicious of Kirby from the start. He and his right-hand man Escargoon constantly try to get rid of Kirby with monsters provided by the company for a high fee, and ultimately, their plans always backfire when Kirby interferes. Just as in the games, Kirby can inhale enemies and temporarily gain their powers, transforming into forms such as Fire Kirby with the ability to spit flames, or Sword Kirby to literally slice foes into pieces.

Kirby grows and becomes stronger before his final battle with Nightmare. In the series finale when Kirby and Tiff face Nightmare in a dream, Tiff throws the Warp Star at Kirby, who swallows it and becomes Star Rod Kirby. Star Rod Kirby has the Star Rod, Nightmare's sole weakness, which allows Kirby to defeat him.

Home video releases

All North American DVD releases of Kirby: Right Back at Ya! were released by 4Kids Home Video and licensed by Funimation Entertainment. The 2005 DVD release of Kirby: Fright to the Finish!! was a compilation of the final five episodes of the television series edited together to create a feature-length film.

  • Kirby: Right Back at Ya! Volume 1: Kirby Comes to Cappytown (November 12, 2002)
  • Kirby: Right Back at Ya! Volume 2: A Dark and Stormy Knight (January 7, 2003)
  • Kirby: Right Back At Ya! Volume 3: Kirby's Egg-Cellent Adventure (November 4, 2003)
  • Kirby: Fright to the Finish!! (June 14, 2005)
  • Kirby's Adventures in Cappytown (February 19, 2008)
  • Kirby: Cappy New Year & Other Kirby Adventures (December 9, 2008)

On May 6, 2010, the first 26 episodes were released on DVD in complete season format in Taiwan.

Three episodes from the series were included in the 2012 video game compilation Kirby's Dream Collection.

International broadcast

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