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 8+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 48 reviews

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
Language
Consumerism

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 byVaati November 24, 2011

English Version VS. Japanese Version

This show is great, educational, entertaining, child friendly, and most of all, perfect. Don't watch the Japanese version for these reasons. The Japanese... Continue reading
Adult Written bynduns October 6, 2011

Um... what?

Wait, didn't you guys give this a POSITIVE review before? You can't just change that! As for the show itself, aside from demoting Metaknight to... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byqueendork3 May 5, 2009

I don't know why CommonSense!

Kirby is cute. Get used to it. This show is awesome. It got cancelled for no good reason! You guys dont know how to review. I've only seen the Japanese ve... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byManx007 April 9, 2008

Love it

Ok first of all I'm 18. I love the show. As a matter of fact I think I'm going to buy the whole series. The show has hidden morals such as "If yo... 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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