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|Kirby Comes to Cappy Town|
|Air Date (NA)||September 14, 2002|
|Air Date (JP)||October 6, 2001|
Kirby Comes to Cappy Town is the first episode of the anime Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. It is notable for the first appearances of many of the main characters, as well as the first appearance of the Fire ability. This is one of the episodes in Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition.
King Dedede orders an octopus-like monster, waking the young Star Warrior Kirby and bringing him to Dream Land. After being accused of being the monster Kirby saves the life of young Tiff and gains some trust. Meta Knight also trusts him and brings him out to the final confrontation with the evil octopus.
|Spoiler alert: The following section contains plot-specific details.(Skip Section)|
The episode starts out as a night on Planet Popstar and all of the sheep are sleeping. However, a giant octopus named Octacon appears and eats them all. The farmer hears the ruckus and runs outside, shocked at the sight of the herd's bones being flung at him. The octopus then flies away and into King Dedede's castle.
After the introduction the scene switches to space, where a Warp Star is flying by. Inside of it is Kirby, sleeping. However, the Warp Star detects the monster on Planet Popstar and goes to "Warp" mode. Kirby awakens and wonders what is going on. The star warps into the abyss of space. When it comes to a stop Kirby sees a strange light. Kirby looks at the light in amazement.
In Dedede's castle, Escargoon is neglecting the presence of a monster in Dream Land. A Cappy informs the snail that there is a monster which is big and scary and eats everything in sight. Taking a golden spear out of a Waddle Dee, Escargoon smacks the villager with it and exclaims, "That's King Dedede!", trying to drive them out of the castle. Tiff and Tuff come along with their parents and accuse Escargoon of lying to the villagers. The two's parents start to agree that a monster is likely something that Dedede would want, when Escargoon yells at the family to remember their place. The portly king, who sitting nearby eating his dinner, then starts laughing and shows his pet (Octacon in small its form), and doesn't believe it could be a huge monster. Only Tiff suspects it, especially as it glares back at her with light green eyes.
In Kabu Valley all of the villagers gather and seek advice from Kabu. Kabu tells the villagers about the monster who had started living on Popstar, that it's indeed Dedede's, it came from someone more powerful than him, and that their land will be destroyed. They then remember the legend that the Star Warrior named Kirby of the Stars comes to help them. Dedede drives in intending to shoot at Kabu (who predicts he won't), when a bright light occurs and something falls from the sky.
Kirby, who has awakened 200 years before schedule, hasn't matured yet and doesn't know how to control his ship. Therefore, he crash lands on the sheep farm. Villagers gather around Kirby's ruined spaceship and when it opens a pink ball falls from inside. Kirby notices his name when Tiff mentions it, making sure that he is the legendary Star Warrior who came to help. Dedede doesn't want that someone to defeat his monsters and hits Kirby with his hammer, sending him flying into a canyon.
Tiff and Tuff go down into the canyon to try saving Kirby, who sleeps at a ridge. Suddenly a rock breaks under Tiff's foot and she falls down! Kirby, hearing her screams, flies to Tiff and saves her from being impaled by a stalagmite at the bottom of the canyon. Tuff, Lololo and Lalala are impressed. Tiff, who is not impressed, says that warriors are big and strong, not pink and puffy.
Then Kirby walks to the hill where he can see the Cappy Town for the first time, the kids following him. Kirby bumps into Tiff, who snobbishly brushes up her hair and introduces herself. Kirby repeats her name, much to her surprise. Tuff introduces himself as well along with Lololo and Lalala. Suddenly, Dedede and Escargoon come in and start shooting at Kirby, who runs off. Kirby gets hit and is sent flying. When he lands to the watermelon field Dedede pursues him with Escargoon, but Tiff and Tuff throw watermelons in their faces. Escargoon whispers to Dedede something about Kirby's spaceship and they drive away. Tiff and the others start looking for Kirby and find him eating watermelons.
In the evening everybody gathers at Mayor Len Blustergas's house to have a dinner celebrating Kirby's arrival. Kirby inhales everything from table, leaving all staring to nowhere. Tiff then gets angry at Kirby, who runs away. Tiff, Tuff, Lololo and Lalala pursue Kirby to the sheep field, where every sheep has been eaten! They suspect Kirby has eaten them and hide in the shed to get an answer from him. Kirby doesn't know how to answer them.
Tiff hears sounds from outside and instantly hides Kirby in a sack. Then Sword Knight and Blade Knight break in, saying that they're looking for someone named Kirby. Tiff and Tuff say that they are too but he isn't there. Meta Knight senses that Kirby is in the sack and steps in. He pulls out his sacred sword, Galaxia, and swipes the sack off. When he sees Kirby he gets the first connection with a Star Warrior since the great war against Nightmare.
Everybody steps out to hear explosions from the castle. Kirby notices that explosions are coming from his starship and starts running towards castle, where Dedede and Escargoon are investigating the starship. Dedede suddenly notices some kind of box inside the machine. He takes it and opens it. Inside they find Kirby's power source, the real Warp Star, which shines brightly. Dedede instantly takes it and walks away. Escargoon is jealous of him and says that he is just greedy before seeing Kirby and screaming. Kirby notices that his Warp Star has been taken and pursues Dedede.
Dedede complains to Customer Service that the monster he ordered, Octacon, is a wimp. Customer Service explains to give it some time and he will "grow on him". When Dedede goes to see Octacon again he is hypnotized by him and starts to chase Kirby with his hammer. Kirby is walloped by the King multiple times. King Dedede then crashes into a pillar, dropping the stolen Warp Star. While Tiff is staring at the star Meta Knight saves her from a stone pillar; thus Tiff realizes that Meta Knight is on their side. Octacon starts to grow until he is half the size of the castle. Octacon starts to wreck the castle and chase after Tiff, Tuff, and Kirby. Octacon then summons smaller versions of himself to attack the trio. Kirby is attacked by the little octopi and starts to turn blue, a sign that he is losing power. Meta Knight realizes that Tiff has the Warp Star and tells her that it is the source of Kirby's power. Kirby runs away from the Octacon minions with Tiff following him.
Kirby is surrounded by the octopi but luckily Tiff appears with the Warp Star, causing Kirby to regain power. With his newly regained power Kirby manages to suck up all the mini octopi. Octacon summons more mini octopi, but this time they're on fire. Kirby takes out the first batch using fancy footwork. Octacon summons even more but Kirby sucks them up, this time granting him the Fire Copy Ability. Meta Knight then explains to Tiff and Tuff that Kirby can copy an enemy's attack by inhaling it. Octacon spews fire at Kirby, but this proves worthless as Kirby just sucks it up. Kirby spews fire at Octacon, causing him to catch fire. Octacon grows even more but Tiff throws Kirby the Warp Star. Octacon tries to grab Kirby but Kirby goes behind him and spews a strong burst of flame from his mouth. Though Octacon struggles to hold on to the castle he is sent to the sky by Kirby, killing him. It turns out Kirby's starship is "fixed" and he is about to leave to go home. While Kirby is flying in the air King Dedede and Escargoon blow Kirby out of the sky. Little did they know that Kirby's ship was above them. The ship falls on King Dedede's Tank, causing both of them to explode. Kirby is knocked out of his ship and King Dedede blames the whole thing Escargoon, who he starts chasing with his hammer. Tiff then tells Kirby that he will be staying in Dream Land after all and that he could stay with them. The episode ends with Kirby saying "Kirby, Kirby ....Kirby!".
|End of spoilers|
Changes in the dub
- The Japanese version has original music and remixed versions of songs from the Kirby games like Castle Lololo and Green Greens from Kirby's Dream Land for the Game Boy. 4Kids completely replaced all the background music of the series with synthesized themes they create. There are none of the original Japanese background music used, heard, and remaining in the 4Kids dub.
- 4Kids completely replaced some of the Japanese sound effects with new sound effects they have created. Some of the sound effects from the original Japanese version have been retained while some have been replaced, and some of the new American dub sound effects 4Kids are made and created from the original Japanese sound effects of the original Japanese version and some of those new American dub 4Kids sound effects are made to sound like the sound effects from the original Japanese version.
- The usual standard 4Kids text edits from Yu-Gi-Oh! are performed as well, because of the complete replacement of the background music score and some of the sound effects in the dub. Despite nearly all the visible text on the show being English, both instances of Japanese and English text are digitally airbrushed out or replaced with meaningless symbols. Even the made-up language used in the original, Pupupumoji, despite being unreadable without knowledge on how to decode it, is replaced. However, most of the English writing is kept. The title card is completely removed (the theme song in its place) and isn't even translated for the English version. Also, the background of the Customer Service screen (which originally had a board with green text "Holy Nightmare" on it) is replaced with a purple evil-hallway-like background.
- 4Kids did replace some of the dialogue with new dialogue that contains extra lines, jokes, puns and humor, as well as removed all the profanity from the original Japanese version. However, despite the Galaxy Soldier Army references being removed, a good deal of the scripts were translated and sometimes said in a different manner that still relates to the specific situation.
- The scene where Kirby encounters Popstar and the scene where the monster first appears and eats the sheep are switched, most likely to attract more viewers (a commercial break immediately follows the theme song).
- While Escargoon asked Dedede to give trespassers the death penalty in the Japanese version Escargoon simply threatens a 2-week stay in the dungeon in the dub, presumably to remove all references to death.
- Kabu's explanation about Nightmare and his evil corporation were completely removed, replaced with Kabu just saying the monster was "called here by our own King Dedede".
- The portion of a scene with the citizens of Cappy Town proposing a toast with cups of wine was removed due to alcohol references. However, it appears in a flashback scene from the episode The Pillow Case.
- The colors on King Dedede's vehicle in the japanese dub have military colors. This was airbrushed out due to military and gun references.
- In the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! comic adaptation for Nintendo Power, the second part of this episode had Dedede talking to Customer Service. In the background, it says "Holy Nightmare", which is the Japanese name for Nightmare Enterprises.
- When Tiff gasps in shock upon seeing Kirby's actual appearance her Japanese voice is heard.
- Tiff's Japanese voice can also be heard during the scene when Kirby inhales everything on the dinner table.
- When Kirby kicks away the small fiery Octacons, he acts a lot like Fighter Kirby, even though he has no ability.
- A preview for this episode aired on September 29, 2001, after the final episode of the preceding TV series, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children.
- This episode is one of three episodes to be included in the "Kirby's History" section of Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition, the others being Crusade for the Blade and Waddle While You Work.
- If one looks closely on the Nightmare Enterprises intro, one can see in the dub that the original background flashes on for one frame before turning to the purple one.