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A Battle of Friends and Bonds

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A Battle of Friends and Bonds
Various arrangements of "A Battle of Friends and Bonds".
Details
Debut appearance Kirby Star Allies (2018)
Last appearance Kirby's Dream Buffet (2022)
Other appearance(s) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Kirby Fighters 2
Composer(s) Hirokazu Ando[1]
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"A Battle of Friends and Bonds"[2] is the main boss battle theme of Kirby Star Allies. It was composed by Hirokazu Ando.[1]

Composition[edit]

Battling alongside friends.

"A Battle of Friends and Bonds" is a resolute theme in A minor and 4/4. It is derived from the intro/second section of "Twinkle☆Stars". The dramatic intro uses the rhythm of said sections, and a string accompaniment related to the general intonations begins. The main section begins with a build-up based on the initial phrase in the woodwinds. Then, strings plays a more complete version of the second section of "Twinkle☆Stars", ending the third time in a precipitous passage closer to the second section of "Green Greens". A variation of this repeats with brass instrumentation, and a final rapid and dramatic fanfare, repeating several times insead of "Green Greens". The track then loops.

The more complete variant of the theme, "A Battle of Friends and Bonds 2", picks up from the end of the third section of the original. A transitional passage builds up tension and seems to prepare a modulation. The second section of "Green Greens" plays again with diminished harmonies. It becomes tonally unstable, but eventually returns to A minor again. The intro motif from "Twinkle☆Stars" comes with a strong pitched percussive basis. The string accompaniment from earlier in the theme sees an extension, and the track then loops from the first section of "A Battle of Friends and Bonds".

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

In Kirby Star Allies, "A Battle of Friends and Bonds" plays during the boss battles against Whispy Woods, Pon & Con and Parallel Woods (1st phase only). Additionally, the extended version ("A Battle of Friends and Bonds 2") plays throughout the latter half of Heavenly Hall and during the boss battles against Yggy Woods, Goldon & Silvox, Kracko, Twin Kracko and Parallel Twin Kracko.

A rock remix of "A Battle of Friends and Bonds 2", titled 異空いくうをかけたたたか (The Battle Another World is Gambled Upon, or Another World to Win), plays during the second phase of the battle against Parallel Woods, as well as the battle against Parallel Big Kracko. This remix was arranged by Yuuta Ogasawara. A medley consisting of "Another World to Win", "My Friend and the Sunset" and "Masked Dedede's Theme", titled 異空いくうをかけた剣王けんおうとのたたか (The Sword-King Battle Another World is Gambled Upon, or Another Swordsman and King's World to Win), also arranged by Yuuta Ogasawara, plays during the second phases of the battles against Parallel Meta Knight and Parallel Dedede.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

"A Battle of Friends and Bonds 2" appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a track that can play on Battlefield, Big Battlefield, Small Battlefield, Final Destination and any Kirby series stage. This game was the first time the track was officially named in English.

Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

In Kirby Fighters 2, a remix of "A Battle of Friends and Bonds 2" plays during the Twin Woods battle.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, "A Battle of Friends and Bonds" appears as "Kirby Star Allies: Memorial Song 1", unlocked at Gourmet Rank 67.

Names in other languages[edit]

A Battle of Friends and Bonds (2)[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ともときずなのたたか
tomo to kizuna no tatakai
ともときずなのたたかい2
tomo to kizuna no tatakai 2
Battle of Friends and Bonds
Battle of Friends and Bonds 2


Another (Swordsman and King's) World to Win[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 異空いくうをかけたたたか
ikū o kaketa tatakai
異空いくうをかけた剣王けんおうとのたたか
ikū o kaketa ken ō to no tatakai
The Battle Another World is Gambled Upon
Based on "The World to Win" (このほしをかけたたましいたたかい, The Soulful Battle this Planet is Gambled Upon)
The Sword-King Battle Another World is Gambled Upon

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Kirby Star Allies Jukebox
  2. Derived from "A Battle of Friends and Bonds 2" in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate