Fatal Blooms in Moonlight

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Fatal Blooms in Moonlight
Various arrangaments of the "Fatal Blooms in Moonlight" theme.
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Debut appearance Kirby: Triple Deluxe (2014)
Last appearance Super Kirby Clash (2019)
Other appearance(s) Kirby Star Allies
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Composer(s) Hirokazu Ando
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"Fatal Blooms in Moonlight" (also 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 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.

Composition[edit]

"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:

Quote1.png 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. [...] 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.
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— Shinya Kumazaki, Kirby: Triple Deluxe Soundtrack[2]


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.

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 1P 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. series[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]

A remix of Phantom of the Moon’s Spirit, which primarily adds electronic sounds and effects to the original medley, plays during the Super+ Party Quest against Taranza.

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.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 狂花水月
kyōka suigetsu
Madness Blooms and the Moon Reflected in Water
  • 水月 (the moon reflected in water) is a symbol of purity or illusion in Chinese and Japanese.
  • 狂花水月 is also a pun on the idiom 鏡花水月.


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