Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

Common Sense Media says

Skip the pink fluff for something more substantial.





What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Not applicable

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Kayzie Rogers, Kerry Williams, Makiko Omoto
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
TV rating:TV-Y7-FV
Available on:Streaming

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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 version, and let me tell you guys one thing: You have never seen such a good show as this one, or you just judged it by its cover. SHAME ON YOU!!!
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 version has bad voice acting, bad audio quality, and unsynced lipflap. The English version has better audio quality, better voice acting, synced lipflap, and a better audio set up. The English Dub also follows the Original creator Masahiro Sakurai's wish and primary rule of Kirby not aloud to speak where as the Japanese version broke his rule and his desire. This is why the English version is better because it followed Kirby's true peronallity.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
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 "Kirbydex" status, it's surprisingly good. There are a good number of dark moments but plenty of cute, fun moments as well. It's surprisingly good for a 4kids dub and it even has a good amount of humor for adults without going too far. (They have a subtle reference to Psycho of all things) I especially like the animations as they mix 2D and 3D very well, save for a few moments where the 3D becomes too obvious and gives it more of a cell-shaded feel. Furthermore, how is this show not substantial? There are plenty of life lessons thrown into this, like always clean up your trash, be kind to your environment, don't be cruel to wildlife and others. So yeah, CS, you're way off here. In fact, the only reason this had a positive score before was because of its occasional archaeological lessons. Seriously, you guys are way off.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence


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