Last week, I reviewed three episodes of the anime Kirby: Right Back At Ya, three episodes that were put on Kirby’s Dream Collection, But this does not mean we should keep it to only these three episodes! The anime has 100 episodes, there’s got to be some good ones in there. And indeed, there are! And, in fact, more than 12 good episodes. I went back through the series, and found over 12 episodes that I heartily recommend. The three episodes of the previous post, plus the ones here, this should be a 7-hour binge. Honestly, if you like the Kirby series, you should check these out.
1. Episode 4 – Dark and Stormy Knight
You’ll find that some episodes on this list advance the overarching plot of the series. And the series wastes no time to get into the meat of the plot. Episode 3, “Kirby’s Duel Role”, had Meta Knight dueling Kirby to push the pink baby to his limits, as Meta Knight is teaching Kirby to reach his potential. In this one, we learn more about Meta Knight’s backstory, which he explains to Tiff. Meanwhile, it’s Hell outside with NightMare Enterprise sending none other than Kracko after Kirby, attempting to zap him and generally causing destruction all over Cappy Town. Much like in the games, Kracko is a formidable opponent with extremely dangerous moves, and it takes Kirby everything he’s got to be able to hurt it. That’s the kind of episode needed in a TV show: The pilot tries to drag you in and present the concept. The first few episodes need to show off the universe surrounding the characters, explain more of it. In the case of series with a continuity, the first few episodes must already throw hints at the greater storyline, and on that front, the Kirby anime does pretty well. Oh, not all episodes on this list are relevant to the story arc; but it makes sense that this list would have some of them. Also, freaking Kracko, man.
2. Episode 6 – Un-Reality TV
|Tssk. Puppetry shows are so passé. Too bad|
there isn't a Jim Henson in that universe to help.
3. Episode 21 – The Empty Nest Mess
|This show salvaged Dyna Chicks, who had so far|
only been seen like annoying chirping creatures.
They're so cuuuute here!
4. Episode 24 – Hour of the Wolfwrath
|Wait, a Fire/Electric wolf? Are we sure this is not|
a Gen 7 Pokémon leaked years ahe3ad of time?
5. Episode 40 – Sheepwrecked
|Never underestimate the strength of numbers.|
6. Episode 44 – A Novel Approach
|An illiterate leading a school. Dedede, your|
stupidity never ceases to amaze me.
7. Episode 47 – Cartoon Buffoon and Episode 89 – Tooned Out
|Just you wait, Dedede. This little venture into|
animation will take a turn for the sucky.
|Ahhhh! Too realistic! Too detailed! Too "Normal Anime"!|
Creepy! Not like the rest is any better...
|These guys would seem like quirky comic reliefs|
who would deserve more scenes... that is, if they were
not stalking a little girl, with hearts in their eyes.
|That. Is NOT. Tiff. Hell no. All the NOPE in the world.|
I told you those Otakings were just perverted stalkers.
They do have a talent at drawing flowers and detailed
characters, but... No, just no.
From how much I wrote about these two, you can tell those are my favorite episodes in the series. The massive amounts of fourth wall-breaking and lampshade hanging helped quite a bit give these episodes a unique feel.
8. Episode 61 – Fitness Fiend (the Japanese one)
This one comes with a “But…”. The English episode is alright, but the Japanese one knocks it out of the park. The plot is simple; Dedede orders fattening chips from NightMare Enterprises to make Kirby fat and, at the same time, prevent him from inhaling stuff to gain abilities. However, in a bout of gluttony, Dedede also ends up snacking on the chips. As a result, both become big blobs of fat. Well, Dedede is lucky, his clothes still fit him even in that state. With neither being able to work out, Customer Service sends out Macho-San (Max Flexer in the English dub), a miniature guy with blackglasses, an afro and a leotard, who’ll put the two through training Hell. What do you mean, is it a ruse? Of course it is a ruse! Watch the episode in English, but then seek out the Japanese version of the part with Macho-San. It’s probably one of the greatest moments in the entire anime, especially with that impressive shot featuring over 70 characters.
Actually no, here it is.
Why is it so great? That scene uses a techno version of Dedede’s theme, and I swear, I listened to that video so often just for the song, I would PAY to get that song. It’s that damn catchy. It sucks that 4kids replaced it by a generic beat in their version for American audiences. I guess the episode is pretty great too on comedy, and that’s always positive.
EAROBI TENGOKU, GO GO HEAVEN! YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH, ONE TWO ONE TWO!
9. Episode 64 – The Kirby Quiz
|"So, was it Fire Kirby, Ice Kirby, or Stone Kirb-|
Hey! Who left that stupid logo at the bottom?"
10. Episode 80 – Power Ploy
|Buff Kirby.... *shudder* That's just wrong.|
Another episode about the Waddle Dees – let’s hope it doesn’t break my D key to talk about this one. Escargoon sees the multi-course meal the Dees receive and reports to Dedede, who upon seeing the cost of these meals, decides to drastically cut on his army’s portions. He creates a contest to see who, among the townspeople, could create the cheapest meal for his army, and Chef Kawasaki wins. Unfortunately, the chef’s paper-thin sandwiches are not a hit with the Dees, causing them to revolt against the entire town. “It’s not because we’re a mouthless nondescript mass that we can’t get hungry, you know!” You’ll believe they can be a threat! You’ll believe they can give death glares! And of course, things get worse when Customer Service sends out a cooking monster-
|I told you the Waddle Dees were good at making|
12. Episodes 96 to 100 – The Movie
|Iron Kirby - a fan design. Looks good!|
|Wow, that's a big ship.|
|A chess theme, yet the pieces are not even on squares.|
That is not how you play chess.
P.S. Even the last episode alone is worth watching for that one scene with the revelation about Customer Service. It’s hilarious.
Anyway, enough rambling. This is my final post about the Kirby anime. I hope this gave you enough interest in the series to check it out at some point. It’s not perfect, there are some glaring mistakes in the English dub, but it’s still a pretty enjoyable kid’s show with enough wit in many episodes to appeal to everyone.
Next Friday: A final post about Kirby’s Dream Collection!