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Fatal Blooms in Moonlight

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Fatal Blooms in Moonlight
Various arrangaments of the "Fatal Blooms in Moonlight" theme.
Debut appearance Kirby: Triple Deluxe (2014)
Last appearance Kirby's Dream Buffet (2022)
Other appearance(s) Kirby Star Allies
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Kirby Clash
Composer(s) Hirokazu Ando
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"Fatal Blooms in Moonlight" (originally known as "Moonstruck Blossom"[1]) is a musical piece from Kirby: Triple Deluxe, composed by Hirokazu Ando, which serves as the theme of the first battle with Flowered Sectonia and Soul of Sectonia. It uses the main melody of "Bouncing Boss Battle", the standard boss battle theme in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, which is itself an arrangement of "Floral Fields", one of the two main motifs of the game's soundtrack. The title is meant to indicate a sense of bewitching beauty illuminated by the moon, the frustration that Queen Sectonia experiences as she attempts to defeat Kirby, and the fatal throes Sectonia has subjected herself to in order to take control of Popstar.


Queen Sectonia, blooming threateningly in majestic moonlight after merging with the Dreamstalk.

"Fatal Blooms in Moonlight" is a remix of sorts of "Bouncing Boss Battle". However, it is much slower-placed and includes more elegant instrumentation, starting with a quiet piano intro and continuing into a fuller arrangement. In its main segment, the song runs at about 160 beats per minute in the key of G minor. Like its basis, the song still features electronic instruments along with brass and synths, but it also includes a female vocal as its lead instrument. According to director Shinya Kumazaki:

One track I particularly liked was the music for the big showdown, 'Fatal Blooms in Moonlight'. As the title suggests, we were going for a sense of a bewitching feminine beauty illuminated by the moon. In the music for other boss battles in the series, we've been trying to make it sound harsh and scary. But this song focused much more on beauty. When I was scripting the game, I listened to this song over and over, and channeled that sense of frustrated dreams which your foes experience.

The female voice is an important element in this track, and the screams and laughter leave a deep impression during the boss battle. The actress who was responsible for the female voice on this track also did Kirby's voice.[2] [...] This track plays at the game's finale and contains a lot of ideas and themes. I hope that everyone plays to the end of the game and gets to experience the way the music and action combine.

— Shinya Kumazaki, Kirby: Triple Deluxe Soundtrack[3]

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

"Fatal Blooms in Moonlight" appears as Track 102 in the Triple Deluxe's Jukebox. As mentioned above, it plays during the first battle with Flowered Sectonia and Soul of Sectonia.

Additionally, elements from "Fatal Blooms in Moonlight" are incorporated into the cutscene themes "She Who Holds the Stars" (track 101) and "FLOWERED" (track 106), themselves both tracks relating to Flowered Sectonia.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

During Morpho Knight's boss battle in Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! and Soul Melter (EX) in The Ultimate Choice, if player 1 is Taranza, Morpho Knight's theme will be replaced by a medley of Queen Sectonia's battle themes, which includes "Fatal Blooms in Moonlight". The track title on Kirby Star Allies: The Original Soundtrack is 月魄げつはくのファントム (Phantom of the Moon’s Spirit). This medley is arranged by Hirokazu Ando. It can be found as track 182 in the Jukebox as of Version 4.0.0.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

"Fatal Blooms in Moonlight" is one of the selectable music tracks on any Kirby stage in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and as of version 8.1.0., can also play on Battlefield, Big Battlefield, Small Battlefield and Final Destination.

Super Kirby Clash[edit]

In Super Kirby Clash, a remix of Phantom of the Moon's Spirit, which primarily adds electronic sounds and effects to the original medley, plays during the Super-rank Party Quest against Taranza.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, the original version from Kirby: Triple Deluxe, named "Kirby: Triple Deluxe: Memorial Song 2" in-game, is unlocked for potential use in races upon reaching Gourmet Rank 106.

Other appearances[edit]

In addition to the original song, "Fatal Blooms in Moonlight" is paired with "The World to Win" in a piano and violin-focused medley to serve as the bonus track "Midnight Moonlight (Forever-Sleeping Flower)" on the Kirby: Triple Deluxe Soundtrack CD.

The theme is also the last track featured in the "Kirby: Triple Deluxe Medley" from the Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert, where it is performed fairly faithfully to the original appearance, though with woodwinds as the lead rather than a female voice. This version was arranged by Shogo Sakai.

A lyrical version, titled "Eternal Dream", is also on the Kirby Memorial Arrangements CD. This version features vocals by Oriko Takahashi, lyrics by Shinya Kumazaki, and an arrangement by Megumi Ohara. The lyrics depict Queen Sectonia's final thoughts as she combines with the Dreamstalk.

The theme was performed live at the Kirby 30th Anniversary Music Festival as part of the "Kirby Finale Battle Fest" medley, along with "Final Boss" from Kirby's Adventure, "Vs. Marx", "0² Battle", "C-R-O-W-N-E-D", and "Vagrant Counting Song of Retrospection". The theme was played in a slow paced and somber tone, in contrast with the other themes of the medley.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 狂花水月きょうかすいげつ
kyōka suigetsu
Blooms of Madness and the Moon Reflected in Water
(lit. Madness Flower, Water Moon)
  • 水月すいげつ (the moon reflected in water) is a symbol of both purity and illusion in Japanese and Chinese.
  • 狂花水月きょうかすいげつ is also a pun on the idiom 鏡花水月きょうかすいげつ (Mirror Flower, Water Moon), which is also read kyōka suigetsu, and implies something beautiful that can seen but not touched (such as an illusion, phantom, or mirage).
Chinese Fatal Blooms in Moonlight
Dutch Fatal Blooms in Moonlight -
French Moonstruck Blossom[4]
Fatal Blooms in Moonlight
German Moonstruck Blossom[5]
Fatal Blooms in Moonlight
Italian Moonstruck Blossom[6]
Fatal Blooms in Moonlight
Korean Fatal Blooms in Moonlight
Russian Fatal Blooms in Moonlight
Spanish Moonstruck Blossom[7]
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  1. 1.0 1.1 "My personal top 3 favorites are tracks 24 and 90 (with red notes) and track 102 (with blue notes), which is the final boss stage theme called Moonstruck Blossom. You can have fun comparing the different styles of these two composers!" –Shinya Kumazaki (Archived Miiverse link)
  2. This is referring to the actual voice of Sectonia in-game, not the soprano in the music, which is a virtual instrument ("Soprano Ahs lite" from Sampletank 2.5 XL).
  3. Kirby: Triple Deluxe Soundtrack Composers' notes