DISCLAIMER: This review will be talked about through the 4Kids localization rather than the original subs, as the reviewer has more memories about the former.
Hello, and welcome to the latest installment of Anime of The Week #55! Do you like Nintendo? Do you like Kirby? Do you like comedy? Then this anime is for you! The anime is Hoshi no Kirby! (Or in the localization, Kirby: Right Back at Ya!)
Oct 6, 2001 to Sep 27, 2003 (Fall 2001)
A diminutive 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.
From my experience of “Kirby: Right Back at Ya!,” it has one of my all-time favorite dubs in my experience of hearing English dubs. My absolute favorites were without a doubt King Dedede, Escargoon, Chef Kawasaki, and especially Meta Knight due to how they all sound unique to me. The other voice actors do a good job voicing some of the residents of the anime’s setting Cappy Town, such as the Duke and Duchess and their children Tiff and Tuff, the Fortune Teller, etc. The story itself is rather simple to follow and follows a “Monster Of The Week” formula, as Dedede keeps ordering monsters from Nightmare Enterprises (or NME for short) to take down everyone’s favorite pink puffball. The animation seems alright for a kid’s show, though I will say that one thing that constantly stuck out to me was that Kirby, King Dedede, and Escargoon always switched from 2D to 3D. Sure, there are some characters that would do the same thing (Such as Tuff in a certain scene early on in the show’s lifespan), but it was mainly the former three I mentioned. Even if it was made in 2001, the CG doesn’t hold up by today’s standards. The comedy mainly consists of making plenty of puns, just as you would expect from 4Kids. But I always got a laugh because of how likable the characters were thoughout the series. They tend to use a lot of the same soundtracks over and over, and for some people it may seem boring, but it didn’t really bother me that much. Though the intro will always be one of my favorite openings of all time due to how energetic it sounds. Overall, the anime is a delight to watch. Mainly the characters are what make the anime shine, and I could name a majority of them at the top of my head from the ones that were introduced to the anime.
Seasons and Episodes:
1 Season: 100 Episodes
Thanks for reading, See you on the next anime of the week! 🙂