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Cover of the 20th Anniversary Kirby Pupupu Encyclopedia

The 20th Anniversary Kirby Pupupu Encyclopedia[derived from Japanese], also known as the 20th Anniversary Hoshi no Kirby Pupupu Taizen, 20th Anniversary Kirby Dream Encyclopedia, and other translations, is an encyclopedia for the Kirby series released to celebrate the series' 20th anniversary. It was published on August 8th, 2012 by Shogakukan and supervised by HAL Laboratory. It consists of 240 pages of various Kirby content from the games, the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! anime, and some manga series, including character profiles, artwork, concept art, unused media, trivia, and many more. The book has, thus far, only been released in Japan.


The book is an encyclopedia of various Kirby content: about half of it is dedicated exclusively to the games, while the other half covers the anime and three manga series. It notably features many never seen or rare content, and as such is the source of many character names, artwork, and behind-the-scenes trivia. Initially released in 2012 to celebrate the series' 20th anniversary, it was later reprinted due to continual demand, though the contents of the book have not been not updated since its initial print.


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20th Anniversary Congratulatory Messages (pages 3 - 5)[edit]

Illustrations with messages of the manga artists from the three Kirby manga series covered in the book, wishing the series a happy 20th anniversary.

Kirby Series 20th Anniversary Special Collection (pages 6 - 12)[edit]

An overview of Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, with guides and tips for all the New Challenge Stages.


Kirby: 20 Years of History (pages 13 - 117)[edit]

An overview of the series, starting with profiles of its main characters at the time, Kirby, King Dedede, and Meta Knight, and other characters. It also features a couple of comments about the relationship of some characters and some mysteries about them. It then covers every Kirby game released in Japan at the time (up to Kirby's Return to Dream Land) in release order. Each separate game section features a short description of it, its story if applicable, and various artwork of Kirby, Copy Abilities, enemies and bosses, along with their names.

A Treasured Collection of Development Documents (pages 118 - 127)[edit]

As the name suggests, it is a collection of development documents, from concept art to game design documents, of various games of the series.

From the World of Fliers (pages 128 - 131)[edit]

A collection of various fliers for various games of the series.

History of Sub-Games (pages 132 - 133)[edit]

The history of the sub-games of the series up to then.

The Great Copy Ability Chart (pages 134 - 142)[edit]

A chart spanning multiple pages that shows which regular Copy Ability appeared in each game. The last pages cover special abilities, such as Super Abilities, Last Battle Abilities and Power Combos.


A Kirby Action Show Spanning 100 Episodes (pages 143 - 155)[edit]

An overview of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, with character profiles and lists, relationship charts, and descriptions of some monsters.

Introduction of All Episodes (pages 156 - 193)[edit]

A summary of all 100 episodes of the anime, featuring screenshots, as well as many character documents and concept art spread throughout.

Frontispiece Gallery (pages 194 - 197)[edit]

A gallery of the frontispieces of each episode of the anime.

Great Unveiling of Newly-Drawn Illustrations! (pages 198 - 202)[edit]

A collection of illustrations that were used on magazines during the time the anime was released to promote new episodes.


Kirby: Comic History (pages 203 - 223)[edit]

A summary of three long-running Kirby manga series, the same ones present in Kirby's History in the Japanese version of Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition: Kirby of the Stars, Kirby of the Stars: The Story of Dedede Who Lives in Pupupu, and Kirby of the Stars! Moretsu Pupupu Hour!.

Collection of Reprints of Kirby of the Stars (pages 224 - 231)[edit]

A collection of some special stories of the Kirby of the Stars manga, including one that was exclusively included in a Kirby's Star Stacker guidebook.

Collection of Artwork from HAL Laboratory (pages 232 - 239)[edit]

A collection of various kind of artwork by HAL Laboratory staff, including many of their yearly new year's cards, and key artwork of the 20th anniversary.

"Pupusupo" Columns (pages 41, 59, 67, 111, 117, 142)[edit]

Various columns spread through the book, each covering an specific subject that isn't covered elsewhere in the book. They are designed as if they were columns of a newspaper called "Pupupu Sports",[1] and the edition's publish date is April 27.

Special Column 1: Shocking Fact! Kirby's First Name was Popopo! (page 41)[edit]

Explains that Kirby's Dream Land was originally Twinkle Popo and that Kirby was called Popopo, showing some original design documents of the game, and advertisements for it.

Special Column 2: Did You Know That There is More Kirby Software? (page 59)[edit]

Covers several Kirby games that are not covered elsewhere in the book. This includes Kirby's Avalanche, discussing that it was not released in Japan and that it was a reskin of Puyo Puyo; games released through the Satellaview service for the Super Famicom, including Kirby's Toy Box and Special Tee Shot (briefly mentioning that it was the original idea for what became Kirby's Dream Course); and 3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure. It also touches on how Kirby was originally white in international marketing.

Special Column 3: Super Busy with Guest Appearances!! A Closer Look at Kirby's Appearance History (page 67)[edit]

Covers a couple examples of Kirby series elements appearing outside of their own games, including Super Smash Bros. content. It also shortly comments about some references the Kirby series itself did to other game series.

Special Column 4: A Shocking Collaboration Between Two Kirbys: Games and Anime (page 111)[edit]

Gives some examples of games referencing the anime, specifically in Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby Mass Attack.

Special Column 5: Development has a History. The Existence of a Phantom GameCube Version that Influenced Subsequent Titles (page 117)[edit]

Presented right after the Kirby's Return to Dream Land section, it gives a short overview of the first cancelled Kirby for Nintendo GameCube project, along with never seen before concept art of the game, and comments on how content from it carried over to Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and even to Kirby Mass Attack.

Special Column 6: The Profound World of Copy Abilities: The Charming Figures of 61 Stone Transformations (page 142)[edit]

A image gallery with names of the unique Stone transformations present in the games up until then, specifically Kirby Super Star, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition.


Staff of 20th Anniversary Kirby Pupupu Encyclopedia  
Position Developer(s)
Supervision and Cooperation HAL Laboratory Inc.
Warpstar, Inc.
Planning and Editing Kazuya Sakai (Ambit)
Naoyuki Kayama
Mika Kwan
Koji Matsumura
Yuta Shigero
Hiromi Karakida
Junko Fukuda
Kunio Takayama (Shogakukan)
Shuichi Akashi (Shogakukan)
Cover and Text Design Shion Saito (Freeway)
Yusei Fumoto (Freeway)
Osamu Muramatsu Tei (Freeway)
Yumi Watanabe (Freeway)
Hitomi Totsuka (Freeway)
Yu Takahashi (Freeway)
Satomi Uchida (Freeway)
Mizuho Sato (Freeway)
Yuri Isobe (Freeway)
Ai Kusadani (Freeway)
Masato Saito (Freeway)
Editorial Cooperation Takaaki Moriya
Chie Maruyama
Cooperation Nintendo Co.
Special Thanks Tetsuya Notoya (HAL Laboratory Inc.)
Tomohiro Minemura (HAL Laboratory Inc.)
Masayo Nakagami (HAL Laboratory Inc.)
Yoshiko Sakuma
Hirokazu Hikawa
Asami Taniguchi


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 20th Anniversary 星のカービィ プププ大全
20th Anniversary Hoshi no Kābyi Pupupu Taizen
20th Anniversary Kirby of the Stars Pupupu Encyclopedia

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  1. The specific choice to imitate a sports newspaper reflects the tendency for popular sports newspapers in Japan to also involve themselves in the entertainment business, covering celebrity gossip and other content in a sensationalist fashion. See, e.g.: "The sports daily newspapers [...] are one of the most popular formats in Japan. Their focus is on sports news and entertainment gossip, featuring big and colorful banners and photos on the front page [...]" –Encyclopedia of Journalism (SAGE Publications, 2009), pg. 810(archive) (Volume 3, under the entry for "Japan"); "While Japanese 'sports newspapers' do cover athletic events, they also cover some news, leisure and entertainment, and, perhaps most importantly, they're a good source of celebrity gossip." –Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal Edition 1 (Kodansha Comics), pg. 3's translation notes(archive).