Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

TV review by
Robin Galguera, Common Sense Media
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Skip the pink fluff for something more substantial.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 56 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Characters act badly and are not held responsible for their actions.

Violence & Scariness

Cartoon violence between good guys and bad; explosions; characters put in perilous situations.

Sexy Stuff

Feels like one long, continous commercial for the Nintendo video game from which the show was spun-off.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this cartoon series is based on a popular Nintendo video game character. While he looks cuddly and pink, Kirby is a star warrior-in-training and gets into at least one skirmish per episode. There are scary voices and situations that show the main characters in peril. Young children may be upset by some of the booming, spooky sounds and alarming images of monsters -- preview this one first.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byShronic May 30, 2019
Parent Written byMr star D. February 11, 2019

Don’t listen to commen sense media

This is technically a review on the review commen sense media put up. The 1 star rating and the explanation given doesn’t make one HECK of a sense. They really... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byUtopial January 27, 2017

Hoshii no kaabii!!!

This is probably my favorite TV show. The 4kids version (in English) is slightly more appropriate for young children, but low on quality and I highly recommend... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byHotaru Chan August 5, 2011

Lighten up.

What's up with the one star rating?! Crappy Disney Channel shows get high ratings but you give this horrible treatment to Kirby?! Why?! The messages are ty... Continue reading

What's the story?

KIRBY: RIGHT BACK AT YA! is based on the original video game and its characters: Kirby (voiced by Makiko Ômoto), Tiff (Kerry Williams), Tuff (Kayzie Rogers), King Dedede (Ed Paul), and many others. In each episode, Kirby and the "good guys" happen upon a problem. The bad guys (King Dedede and various sidekicks and monsters) put Kirby and his friends into danger, but in the end, Kirby saves the day with his special powers as a star warrior-in-training.

Is it any good?

Casual viewers unfamiliar with the video games are likely to be puzzled by the plot, as well as by the characters and their relationships to one another. And while the show does sometimes make a stab at weaving in some educational content, but it doesn't really work. In one episode, for example, the storyline uses archeology as a way of learning about history. While, on the face of it, such information sounds interesting and potentially educational, in this case it's just a lame attempt to make a program that's really about anime characters who like to fight monsters (and each other) look smarter than it actually is.

Between the program itself and the commercials that interrupt it continually, Kirby feels like one continuous ad campaign peppered with animated violence and plots that make little sense. Kirby's pink ball body is a perfect metaphor for the entire show: pure, empty fluff.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the franchising of products. Why do you think the producers of this TV show wanted to make a program about a popular video game character? Do you watch other shows with characters you've come to know through merchandise? What book character would make a good TV star?

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