Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

Season 1 Episode 3

A Blockbuster Battle

Aired Weekdays 3:30 PM Sep 14, 2002 on FOX
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A Blockbuster Battle
Kirby needs a place to live, but to pay rent he'll need a job! Unfortunately, King Dedede is determined to make sure Kirby fails at every turn. Will Kirby be chased out of Dream Land?

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  • Kirby's not really one to complain.

    Kirby's not really one to complain. Having saved Dream Land from a terrifying monster our hero just needs time to relax not thinking he'll need a place to sleep if he's going to continue to foil the plans of the evil King Dedede. His new neighbour Tokkori certainly isn't too pleased to have him take up residence in his nest so where's our hero going to stay? Kirby's new friends Tiff and Tuff help our hero get a job working at Chef Kawasaki's restaurant and meanwhile the children of Cappy Town set about building him a new home. Unfortunately Dedede isn't too happy about this and sets about turning everyone against Kirby. What's a Star Warrior to do?

    Following the events of the previous episode you'd think Dedede would let Kirby stay without any problems. Well no, the King is determined to show up Kirby in any way he can so Kirby's new job at Chef Kawasaki's restaurant ends pretty quickly on his first day. The writers seem to want to teach that in order to get a house you need to work or in order to make money you need a career. This becomes brushed aside as soon as the pink one loses his first job. Tokkori becomes Kirby's roommate, why you'd want a constantly angry bird living even near you I'm not sure. Perhaps it's to contrast between Tokkori's outspokenness with Kirby's total passiveness. In any event the episode mainly relies on the king and sidekick Escargoon frantically running around trying to spread Kirby out as some kind of villain. The actual proper villain of the story comes from another of Dedede's Nightmare Enterprises mail order monsters. It seems they have quite a collection; no doubt it's an excuse for the animators to get creative design-wise. Talking about animation we also get the standard stock CG Nightmare Enterprises introductions which much like a lot of the CG interwoven into the 2D stuff really dates more than the latter. The episode really doesn't do much apart from carry on from the pilot properly introducing characters. Some like the mysterious Nightmare Enterprises customer service agent begin to build up the real lead villain main threat for the end of the series while the also mysterious Meta Knight puts in another appearance promising some big revelation for future episodes although in this episode he does as much as in the previous episode Kirby Comes to Cappy Town …so not much. Chef Kawasaki is pretty funny, Tokkori not so. Then there are other characters like Tiff/Tuff's servants Fololo and Falala who are kind of pointless and then Kirby has a random encounter with an Australian accented gerbil called Gus…I cannot make that up… In all A Blockbuster Battle does show that while Kirby: Right Back at Ya! won't shape up to be the best animated series ever it will be at least moderately entertaining and for the kids of today watching that's what counts.moreless
Veronica Taylor

Veronica Taylor

Fololo and Falala

Maddie Blaustein

Maddie Blaustein

Chef Kawasaki

Ted Lewis (II)

Ted Lewis (II)


Tara Sands

Tara Sands


Dan Green

Dan Green

NightMare Enterprise Salesman, Additional Voices

Darren Dunstan

Darren Dunstan

Kine the Fish

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (7)

  • NOTES (11)

    • The last scene edited out was when Dedede hit Escargoon four times.

    • Apparently, Lady Like and Sir Ebrum don't appear in this episode.

    • Also a scene with Kirby working at Samo's bar was edited.

    • A scene of Kirby going on a gun rampage was edited for the Fox Box.

    • Blocky was actually first seen in the Adventures of Lolo series for the NES.

    • Chef Kawasaki is a mini-boss in Kirby Super Star for the Super NES.

    • In the dub version of this episode, there is a scene cut out of Kirby getting a job in Sammo's bar. Kirby wears a bowtie and holds a drink mixer in his hand, looking like he has the Mix ability (which, in most of the games, results from Kirby inhaling two or more enemies with special abilities).

    • There's yet another scene 4Kids cut for the dub. Before attempting to work for Curio, Kirby attempted to work in Sammo's bar. Before THAT (right after King Dedede enlists Tokkori's help), Kirby tried working for Chief Bookem. He was doing fine until Tokkori dropped a loaded automatic in his hands, and Kirby started spraying shots everywhere (and for reference, Tokkori tried the same thing at the bar, giving Kirby a barrel of beer to shake up). Either 4Kids was afraid of influencing the children, or this was cut for time (there are three commercial breaks in the dub, but only one in the Japanese airings).

    • The four small forms of Blocky (seen after Kirby sends the giant Blocky sliding downhill) are the actual forms of Blocky from Kirby's Dream Land 3.

    • Kirby becomes Stone Kirby.

    • It seems that this episode contains many of Kirby's friends from Kirby's Dream Land 2, Rick the Hamster, Coo the Owl, and Kine the Fish (seen while Kirby spits out "Mini-Blocky"), while Blocky was first seen in Kirby's Dream Land 3!


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