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Synopsis

One day, a star-shaped spaceship fell onto the planet Popstar. Kabu, an ancient stone sage, made a prediction that it was a "legendary warrior". Coming out of the spaceship was a plump and round, pink figure named Kirby. "What? This is the legendary warrior?" The people of Popstar were surprised. At the very moment King Dedede's pet octopus grew bigger real fast. Kirby copied its fire power, and faced to fight the monster. Can Kirby save Popstar from Nightmare and his minions? As the show progresses, Kirby grows up in Dreamland, and gains more experience, up to the day of his final confrontation with Nightmare.

Cast

Character's name Japanese voice actor 4Kids voice actor Sonic counterpart MLP counterpart
Kirby Makiko Ohmoto Makiko Ohmoto Sonic Pinkie Pie
Fumu/Tiff Sayuri Yoshida Kerry Williams Amy Rose Fluttershy
Bun/Tuff Rika Komatsu Kayzie Rogers Tails Rainbow Dash
King Dedede Kenichi Ogata Ted Lewis Dr. Eggman Discord
Escargoon Naoki Tatsuta Ted Lewis Snively Trixie
Meta Knight Atsuchi Kisaichi Eric Stuart Shadow Shining Armor
Memu/Lady Like Yūko Mizutani Kayzie Rogers Vanilla Mrs. Cake
Parm/Sir Ebrum Takashi Nagasako David Lapkin Vector Mr. Cake
Knuckle Joe Minami Takayama Knuckles
Sirica Tomoe Hanba Veronica Taylor Rouge
Hohhe/Iroo Makiko Ohmoto Chris Thorndyke
Iroo/Spikehead Chiro Kanzaki Charmy
Honey Madoka Akita Cream
  • Nightmare/eNeMeE - Banjou Ginga (Japanese), Andrew Rannels (English)
  • Customer Service - Banjou Ginga (Japanese), Dan Green (English)
  • Waddle Doo - Yuko Mizutani (Japanese)
  • Tokkori - Takimoto Fujiko (Japanese), Kevin Kolack (English)
  • Rick - Makiko Ohmoto (Japanese)
  • Coo the Owl - Chiro Kanzaki (Japanese)
  • Kine - Nobuo Tobita (Japanese), Darren Dunstan (English)
  • Whispy Woods - Osamu Hosoi (Japanese)
  • Kabu - Nobuo Tobita (Japanese)
  • Lololo/Fololo - Chiro Kanzaki (Japanese), Veronica Taylor (English)
  • Lalala/Falala - Madoka Akita (Japanese), Veronica Taylor (English)
  • Mayor Len - Takashi Nagasako (Japanese), Mike Pollock (English)
  • Hana - Chiro Kanzaki (Japanese)
  • Chief Borun/Bookem - Atsuchi Kisaichi (Japanese)
  • Sato/Buttercup - Madoka Akita (Japanese)
  • Prof. Curio - Takashi Nagasako (Japanese)
  • Mabel - Yuko Mizutani (Japanese)
  • Samo - Nobuo Tobita (Japanese), Mike Pollock (English)
  • Tago/Tuggle - Mizuki Saitoh (Japanese)
  • Gangu/Gengu - Mizuki Saitoh (Japanese)
  • Chef Kawasaki - Nobuo Tobita (Japanese), Adam Blaustein (English)
  • Gus - Osamu Hosoi (Japanese), Eric Stuart (English)
  • Moso/Melman - Nobuo Tobita (Japanese)
  • Dr. Yabui - Sekine Kazunori (Japanese)

Descriptions for guest characters can be found at Kirby's Rainbow Resort, first seen on July 18, 2005, along with the monsters summoned by Nightmare Enterprises, first seen on October 18, 2006.

Production timeline

As you all know, the Kirby anime took production entirely in Japan, which means it occurred about one year before they appeared on television in the U.S. After the pilot episode was released in 2000, sketches were drawn for the final version of the anime, finalized in this order:

  • January 19, 2001: The first raw sketches for Kirby and King Dedede
  • January 24, 2001: The first raw sketches for Meta Knight
  • February 10–21, 2001: More sketches for the character Kirby
  • March 5–6, 2001: Sketches for Tiff and Tuff's heads
  • April 6–7, 2001: Sketch of Castle Dedede
  • April 11, 2001: Sketches for Escargoon's head
  • May 29, 2001: Sketches for Sword Kirby
  • May 30, 2001: Sketches for King Dedede's head
  • June 19, 2001: Sketches for the Star Warrior army
  • June 22, 2001: Sketches for select monsters
  • June 23, 2001: Full body sketches for Tiff, Tuff, and several other characters
  • July 4, 2001: Maps of where the anime takes place
  • August 15, 2001: The wasps from Episode 10 (which aired on December 8, 2001)
  • August 30, 2001: The bats from Episode 12 (which aired on December 22, 2001)
  • September 13–October 17, 2001: Sketches for Episode 18 (which aired on February 2, 2002)
  • November 22, 2001: Sketches for Escargoon's mother from Episode 25
  • November 24–26, 2001: Sketches for Episode 26 (which aired on March 30, 2002)
  • March 4–20, 2002: Sketches for Episode 38 (which aired on June 29, 2002)
  • November 13, 2002–April 19, 2003: Sketches for Episode 97
  • January 9, 2003: Sketches for Episode 82

List of episodes

Main article: List of Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episodes

Broadcast history (original Japanese version)

August 21, 2001 Unveiled online
September 29, 2001 30-second preview for Episode 1 aired on CBC (Channel 5) at 7:57 a.m.
October 6, 2001 Episode 1 aired at 7:30 a.m. on CBC (Channel 5)
April 6, 2002 Episode 27 aired with Version 2 of Opening and End Credits
March 1, 2003 Episode 72 aired with new Opening and End Credits theme songs
September 27, 2003 Episode 100 (series finale) aired
October 2005 Fansubs released at Kirby's Rainbow Resort; lasted for 3 years
June 28, 2007 Premiered on Tokyo MX (Channel 14) on reruns every Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
May 21, 2009 Last episode aired on Tokyo MX (Channel 14)
June 2009 Episodes released on the Wii no Ma through October 12, 2010
April 30, 2012 No longer available in Japan as of this date

Broadcast history (U.S. version)

May 10, 2002 Confirmed to air on the Fox Network
June 25, 2002 Unveiled; originally set to have 52 episodes
September 14, 2002 Aired on FOX with two episodes every Saturday morning at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
December 7, 2002 First rerun, aired at 11:00 a.m. ("Labor Daze" aired at 10:00 a.m.)
January 4, 2003 Only aired once as a rerun, at 9:00 a.m.
February 8, 2003 "The Kirby Derby" (parts 1 and 2) aired at 8:30 and 9:00 a.m.
February 15, 2003 Again, one new episode at a time aired at 9:00 a.m.
March 22, 2003 Timeslot moved to 9:30 a.m.
July 5, 2003 Timeslot moved to 9:00 a.m.
August 30, 2003 Did Not Air due to The Fight for the FoxBox
September 6, 2003 Returned to its regular timeslot at 9:00 a.m.
March 6, 2004 9:00 a.m. timeslot remains, 11:30 a.m. timeslot added
May 1, 2004 Reruns aired at 8:30 and 9:00 a.m.
May 8, 2004 9:00 a.m. timeslot remains, 8:30 a.m. timeslot removed
May 15, 2004 Moved to 10:30 a.m.
June 26, 2004 Moved to 8:30 a.m.
July 10, 2004 Moved to 11:30 a.m.
September 18, 2004 Moved to 11:00 a.m.
January 1, 2005 Last rerun before the show's first hiatus
May 28, 2005 Returned to 4Kids TV at 11:30 a.m.
July 9–16, 2005 Did Not Air
August 13, 2005 Second hiatus begins
July 8, 2006 Returned to 4Kids TV at 10:30 a.m.
July 29, 2006 8:30 a.m. timeslot added; 10:30 a.m. timeslot remains
August 19, 2006 8:30 a.m. timeslot remains; 10:30 a.m. timeslot removed
August 26, 2006 Did Not Air
September 2, 2006 Moved to 9:00 a.m.
June 21, 2008 Aired at 11:00 AM during the entire remainder of the 4Kids TV block
December 27, 2008 Last broadcast on the 4Kids TV block
June 6–27, 2009 Episodes 1–4 reran on The CW4Kids at 7:30 a.m.
July 4–11, 2009 Episodes 5–6 reran on The CW4Kids at 11:00 a.m.
September 12, 2009 "Fright to the Finish" aired on The CW4Kids from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
October 9, 2009 Rights Sold to Nintendo and HAL Laboratory; replaced by My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic for 2010

Home video timeline

Main article: Kirby: Right Back at Ya! DVDs and Videos

Websites

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See also

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