Did you know that the creators of the Kirby anime
intended for the show to be a kind of 'life drama'? They wanted it to be a sort
of parody on real life, in addition to being based on the games so it could be
more accessible to a larger audience!
probably noticed things like the references to Harry Potter, but did you know
about the references to Chinese history? Or Spanish novels from the
1700's? Or even classic American rock! There's really something for
everyone! Of course, some of the references would make more sense if you
lived in Japan I'm sure (especially the political stuff) but there's also plenty
of references to stuff we'd get!
New stuff highlighted
in Kirby PINK!
Japanese Title and Original Episode Number
Dub Ep # and English Title
001- It's here! The Pink Visitor
01 Kirby Comes to Cappy Town
002-Oh no! The
Search for the Soldier's House
02 A Blockbuster Battle
Battle with Sir Meta
03 Kirby's Duel Role
Secret of the Star Warrior
04 Dark and Stormy Knight
005- Angry! Whispy Woods
05 Beware: Whispy Woods
006 -Check it out! Channel DDD
06 Un-Reality TV
Channel DDD Commercials
Many shows parodied. (Planet of
the Apes, ER, etc.)
07 Kirby's Egg-cellent Adventure
008-Curio's Ancient Pupupu Civilization
08 Curio's Curious Discovery
The entire story
An incident in the
news where stone artifacts were being fabricated
009-Lololo and Lalala Melody of Love
9 The Fofa Factor
of Police Chief Borun
10 Hail to the Chief
Dedede's "Structural reform."
(His attempted firing of Chief Bookem)
- Prime Minister
Koizumi "Restructuring of sacred precincts." (I'm not
quite clear on this one either.)
011-Court Chef * Kawasaki
11 The Big Taste Test
012-Ghost of Castle Dedede
13 Escargoon Squad
013-Pupu Village's Year End Fireworks
29 Cappy New Year
- Escargoon's giant
firework missle is called 'Teppoudon' in the original.
- In the original Dedede says Kirby will depart on a '2,001 year space
Current Events, Movie
- The North Korean missile, 'Taepodong'. (there are many references to NK in the
original, naturally.) The Taepodong is a long range ballistic missile they
created that could even reach all the way to the US! Scary, huh?
-The movie, '2001: A Space Odyssey.' I wonder why this was removed in
014-Face of the Dream Pillow Demon
14 The Pillow Case
Birth? Kirby's little brother?
12 Kirby's Pet Peeve
The Aibo Poochie toy
016-The Fish Who Loved Me
15 A Fish Called Kine
017 -The Ring Story of Parm and Memu
title of 'Lord of the Rings' is written the same way as part of this episode
018-Pink Ball of the Sleeping Forest
16 Flower Power
Comes Knuckle Joe!
17 Kirby's Duel with the Son
020-Good bye, Snowman Chilly
18 Dedede's Snow Job
021-Princess Rona's Holiday
19 A Princess in Dis-dress
- The original title,
'Princess Rona's Holiday', or 'The Holiday of Princess Rona'.
- 'The Holiday of
022-Decisive Battle on the Lone Island -An
Old Soldier Never Dies
20 Island of the Lost Warrior
- The life and outlook
of Kit Cosmos (Dakonyo)
- The late Yokoi
He was a Japanese soldier who went into hiding and lived in a cave in
Guam for 27 years! You find find more info
023- Stray DynaBaby
21 The Empty Nest
024-Visiting Ninja, Benikage
22 Ninja Binge
025-Escargon, in Mother's Eyes
23 Like Mother, Like Snail (aka Escargoon Rules
026-Loyalty! Sword and Blade
24 Hour of the Wolfwrath (Sword and Blade, Loyal and True)
027-Whispy Woods Fell in Love
25 The Flower Plot
- The original title
'Shakespeare in Love',
028- Dedede's Terrible Factory
26 Labor Daze
- The scene where
Kirby's caught in the gears
- In the original where Fumu sees the destruction from the acid rain
she says something about 'A silent spring.'
- 'Silent Spring', by Rachel Carson. More info here.
029- Super Hot! Family Restaurant War
27 A Spice Odyssey (aka The Hot Shot Chef)
- Monsieur Goan
- Some say it's a
reference to Carlos Ghon, President of Nissan
-So NOW they bring in a 'Space Odyssey' reference!
28 Hatch Me if You Can
031- Viva! Welcome to DedeVegas
30: Abusement Park
032-A Ridiculous Toothless Story
033-Huh?! The Universe's
34: Junk Jam
034-Ultimate Iron Man * Cook Oosaka
33: Recipe for Disaster
The Glorious Pupupu * Grand Prix - First
31: The Kirby Derby Part 1
036-The Glorious Pupupu * Grand Prix -
32: The Kirby Derby Part 2
037- Dedede-wide at Noon!
35: Watermelon Felon
The entire story
Events where images
were altered in the news to deceive people (Such as in our case where some
photos from the Iraq war were altered.)
038-Read it! The Wondrous Million Seller
44: A Novel Approach
'Pappy Pottey and the
Of course, reference
to 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone', by JK Rowling.
039-Escargon's Lapse of Memory
040- Demon Hunter * Knuckle Joe!
37: Monster Management
Prediction - First Volume
38: Prediction Predicament Part 1
- Fighting to stop a
042- Mabel's Big
Prediction - Second Volume
39: Prediction Predication Part 2
- The scene where Dedede has realized he's going to die and is sitting
on the swing at the playground.
- A Japanese movie 'Live' 1952, about a man knows he's going to die in
half a year. He strives to make a park for the people before he dies.
There's a scene where he's sitting on a swing, singing softly. Very
The Sheep's Rebellion
The original title,
and some of Mayor Len's lines in the original
Amon (The rebel sheep)
'The Silence of the
Amon is a reference to Egyptian mythology, where the god Amon was
sometimes represented as a ram. He was later known as Amon Ra, the King of
It is actually referencing the
Shakespearian play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.'
It's sort of a pun as
well- the play is 'Manatsu no Yoru no Yume' and the ep title is 'Manatsu no Yoru no Yuurei'
(Yume being 'dream' and Yuurei being 'ghost'.)
(Thanks to Highwayman Johnny for pointing it out)
046- Midsummer Night's
53: Scare Tactics
The scene where Dedede
attacks Escargon in the shower
The scene where Escargon's head does a 360.
The Excorcist (Thanks to BabyCharmander for pointing this out! How did
I miss it? XD)
047- Come Home, Dear Waddle Dee
42: Pink Collar Blues
048- Pupupu Land Sight-Seeing Tour
43: Tourist Trap
The problem with rude
tourists (I wouldn't be surprised if this one was making fun of Americans.
New Animated Program * Dedede of the Stars
47: Cartoon Buffoon
In the original,
Dedede says at one point, something like 'Dreamland is a dictatorship.
It's an axis of evil.' Not sure what he may have meant by that. =P
- President Bush's
'Axis of evil' remark.
- They were also making fun of the animation industry of course, and
what they go through to make a show. =P
Save Up! Cursed Bank
Don't Bank on It
051- Sentimental Kirby
49: Kirby Takes the Cake
In the dub, Dedede
says something about 'Weapons of mass Dededestruction'
Demonic Chocolate Capsule! First Volume
Snack Attack! Part 1
Demonic Chocolate Capsule! Second Volume
46: Snack Attack! Part 2
Over-the-Top Knight! Kihaano!
54: One Crazy Knight
and the windmill monster, Kazeguruu/Windwhipper
Classic Spanish novel,
'Don Quixote', by Cervantes
Don Quixote was an old man who thought he was a great knight, and he
battled windmills, thinking they were giants! A very good, and amusing
book, I recommend it. (Really long though XD) More info here.
055- Dedede's Certain Love
Sweet and Sour Puss
56: Dedede's Pet Threat
- Dedede letting his
The problem with
people releasing pets they shouldn't into the wild when they get tired of
them. (Like snakeheads, for you people in MD! At least those aren't as bad
that Laugh at Pie, Cry in Pie!
57: A Half-Baked
058- Demon Teacher Punishment Service
58: eNeMeE Elementary
Program, Direct Hit! Evening Meal
59: The Meal Moocher
The original title
Apparently there was a
similar show in Japan where people's home meals were judged.
060- Sacred Sword Galaxia!
60: Crusade for the Blade
061- Fat Disaster! Snack Junkie
61: Fitness Fiend
I do believe this one
was making fun of the obesity problem in America, with all our fatty snack
foods. =P (Though even Japan is started to get a problem!)
062- It's Only Fortune Telling, but it predicts
62: Mabel Turns the Tables
The scene where Mabel
(or Kirby) parts the seas
Commandments', where Moses parted the Red Sea so the Jews could escape the
063- The Bitter Cold of December!
63: Something to Sneeze At
064- New Years! Kirby *
64: The Kirby Quiz
065- Knuckle Joe Escaped!
65: Masher 2.0
066- The Wandering Pengi
66: The Chill Factor
The problem with
global warming melting the polar ice caps
067- Demon Teacher 2
67: The School Scam
Out! Delivery Era
68: Delivery Dilemma
069- Eco Tour of Whispy's
69: Trick or Trek
070- Legend of Lord Tokkori
70: Buccaneer Birdy
071- Glued! Whale-Watching
71: A Whale of a Tale
The usual Save the
Whales, Don't Pollute stuff XD
Waddle Dees for Sale
72: Waddle While You Work
scene where Dedede eats the turnip and says he'll never go hungry again.
With the Wind', there's a scene where Scarlet does about the same thing.
(Thanks to KaboomRumi for the info.)
73: Dedede's Raw Deal
Mosugaabaa's Counterattack! (or Mothgerbur)
74: Caterpillar Thriller
Mosugabaa, the Twin
In the original, the Twin Nuts (like those two tiny girls from Mothra)
sing a song that mentions Nintendo and HAL!
Mosugaabaa or Mothgerbur is
also a parody if a popular Japanese fast food place, 'Moss Burger' (Mothgerbur,
Moss Burger... Yeah.)
075- Dream of Dinosaur Paradise! First volume
75: Fossil Fools - Part 1
dinosaurs and making a theme park
'Jurassic Park', 1993
'The Island of Dr. Moreau'
Dream of Dinosaur Paradise! Second volume
76: Fossil Fools - Part 2
077- Royal AcaDededemy
77: Dedede's Monsterpiece
Many great works of
art are shown, such as the Mona Lisa, Milo's Venus, and The Last Supper.
78: Right-Hand Robot
- (Not sure what
Escargon's exact line in the original is)
- In the original, Mabel accuses Dedede and Escargon of
- This episode makes a
reference to the birthday of Osamu Tezuka, creator of such anime as Astro
Boy and Metropolis.
- References to terrorism and the Iraq war
079- Bad Bonkers!
79: Goin' Bonkers
- Bonkers grabs
Fumu/Tiff and climbs up a tower
'King Kong' 1933
Also a reference to Kirby's namesake, Jack Kirby, the Nintendo lawyer who won
the lawsuit against Nintendo by Universal Studios, who said the game
Donkey Kong was too much like King Kong!
080- Robust! Drink
80: Power Ploy
There's a reference
here, but I'm not clear on it yet.
Startling! The Woman Who Doesn't Clean Up
81: A Trashy Tale
In Japan, the gender
roles are very strictly defined in their culture. The husband works
outside the home, and the wife stays home and does... Wifey stuff.
In this episode, Sato (Buttercup in the dub)... Well, she's challenging
those roles, like many Japanese woman have started to do!
82: Cooking Up Trouble
The classic mecha
083- Demon Teacher 3
83: Teacher's Threat
The teacher, Mr. Chip
'Goodbye, Mr. Chips',
1939. It's an old British book/movie about a teacher. More info here.
084- Prof. Curio's Hidden Treasure?
84: Mumbies Madness
Mysterious Ultraviolet Rays!
85: A Sunsational Puzzle
More ozone stuff
Apprentice Showdown! Cook Nagoya!
86: A Chow Challenge
confrontation between Kawasaki and Nagoya
- 'Iron Chef' of
- The person who does Nagoya's original voice is apparently a very well
known star in Japan! A lot of people were very excited when they heard
about it. I don't know much about him, myself. Maybe dub Kirby will get
some famous people?
087- Attack! Selfish Crow Army
87: Waste Mismanagement
-The whole story
- Despite the fact the crows are promised more food, they kidnap
- The scene where all the crows and other birds are attacking the
- Many cities in Japan
have a problem with too many crows!
- Problems with North Korea kidnapping Japanese citizens
- Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds', 1963
Dedede makes a
reference in the original to 'Sazae-san' a very popular old anime about a
There is also a scene involving a... rather different version of 'The
Birth of Venus' when Dedede is trying to imagine Escargon without his
shell! This painting here.
Steppenwolf is an old
American rock band- They did 'Born to be Wild' the theme of the movie
Blast run! The Dedede Race - Second Volume
91: Born to be Mild
- The race itself
Ben Hur, 1925
092- Waddle Dee's Great Food Culture
92: Hunger Struck
- The original title,
'Cultural Revolution', the revolution of the Waddle Dees.
- The monster, 'Mou Takusan'
This is a reference to
the great Chinese Cultural Revolution, led my Mao Zedong. (Mou Takusan is
a pun on that I suppose.)
It was basically, the right of the proletariat (working class) over the
bourgoues middle class, and one of the many reasons China is so messed up
today. Do some research, it's quite fascinating. (Read the book 'Balzac
and The Little Chinese Seamstress' if you can, it takes place during
93: D-Preciation Day
094- Escaped Demon Beast
- In the original,
Dedede mentions something about 'Exclusively defensive defense.'
In the Japan
constitution, (as written by the US!) they can only have a small army for
defensive purposes. However, some of these 'defense only' forces have been
sent to Iraq, which I believe this is referencing.
095- Devil Kirby!
of the Warp Star - First Volume
50: Air Ride-in-Style Part 1
I believe there are
references to the Iraq War and United Nations in the original, but I can't
quite translate it...
of the Warp Star - Second Volume
Ride-in-Style Part 2
098- Takeoff! Battleship Halberd
Fright to the Finish
- In the original,
Dedede mentions 'Weapons of mass destruction'!
- Dedede gets a cel phone with a camera
- Iraq again! I guess
the dub won't use this one because they've done it in another episode!
- In Japan, EVERYONE has a cel phone- probably with a camera. They're
way ahead of us there.
Desney - Reference to, obviously, Walt Disney. In the anime he's a great
animator (and the creator of 'Mackey' Mouse) who comes to see Dedede's newest
animation- but he turns out to be send from HNM or something.
scene has the Cappies suggesting their ideas for a new show... And all their
ideas seem very familiar!
With the Wind'. (Frankly my dear, I don't give a Dede-damn? *TANK*)
of the women suggest something very much like 'Charlie's Angels'.
'Indiana Curio' - Indiana Jones of course.
A story about some kind of hero toy... Hm, can we say 'Toy Story'?
- Well, his is a song you've probably never heard of.
Sheeptaro. - Hamtaro... but... with sheep. =P